~BREI BETZOLD Spotlight Day~

Hey crew we’ve got Brei Betzold heading up the day. She is the author of the My Misery Muse Series and Painted Lines. Both of which I loved. Check out my reviews for book #1 in My Misery Muse and for Painted Lines. There’s an awesome alternate ending for Painted Lines.We’ve also got a fabulous interview with the boss herself. She’s down to earth and we love her to bits her at F & D. also be sure to leave a comment to this post to be entered for an Amazon copy of either My Misery Muse or Painted Lines. I’ll pick two winners. Your post should include which book you want and why you want to read either of the stories.

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Synopsis:

Warning: This is not a fluffy love story – it contains and alludes to violence, torture and rape – a heroine broken in mind but not spirit – a hero with his own past regrets.

Scout has always wanted to follow in her family’s business of custom bike building. Being female never stopped her from getting greasy and slapping on paint with the best of them, and made her work even harder at opening up her own shop someday.

When an opportunity to win $500,000 dollars in prize money presents itself, Scout and her group of misfit friends sign on the dotted line to be filmed for a reality television show to win it. But like anything in life there’s always a catch to free money.

When nightmares of the past meet dreams of the future, Scout is forced to face her demons, or be quickly over run by the memories. In the midst of her inner turmoil, family will come home, and possibly a life she never expected to have could be within her grasp.

D’s review:

Click here to read my review of PAINTED LINES

ALTERNATE PAINTED LINES ENDING!!!! *DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ PAINTED LINES*

Once you click the link you will be asked for a password. Type in or copy and paste– Painted Lines

Click here to view the alt ending for Painted Lines

Pinterest link for Painted Lines characters–

http://pinterest.com/zeallie/painted-lines/

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First young love gets sidetracked by dreams that take them on two different journeys, but an unknown bond brings them back together again. Devi Porter an up-and-coming tattoo artist in Dallas is trying to live her life as best as possible, but never able to forget the love she had with Seth. Seth a bassist for the popular band My Misery Muse is struggling with his fellow band members with the lifestyle that he now lives. The band decides to go home to Dallas to work on their latest album as well as to work out their problems out from under the glare of the media. Seth and Devi meet up again and both realize they have a lot to work out between themselves as well. As they get reacquainted life and obstacles are thrown at them at every turn, are they able to overcome them to become the family neither really had?

D’s Review of MMM:

Click her to read my review of MY MISERY MUSE

FAITH book two in this series is also available!!!

BREI BETZOLD INTERVIEW:

Hey Brei,

Thanks for stopping by Flirty and Dirty Today.

So let’s have some fun with this interview. I usually leave this for the end of the interview but let’s jump right in *winks and laughs* This is gonna be good…

Tell us one flirty thing about you and one dirty thing about you.

Hmm something flirty about me…honestly I am a reserved person in some ways with expressing how I feeling but blunt with my opinions.   My husband says I portray everything through my eyes though.  Then again the first time I kissed my husband he ran away, to make sure I wasn’t drunk, so obviously I suck at flirting.  Dirty hmm lots of things dirty about me, this took some deliberation.  So I have a slight addiction to gay erotica, there is just something about reading to men going at it without the worry of hurting the other.  The lack of restraint, just works.

This is your third book. The first two were from you’re my Misery Muse Series. How do you feel you have changed or grown in your writing over the span of these three stories?

With My Misery Muse it was scary, new, and I had no idea what I was doing or getting myself into, when I got the response I did to it, it surprised me.  Now though, thanks in part to Painted Lines, I have found I like the darker side.  I am not as weary to write about things that are whispered about behind hands, or hidden in closets.  I think that realization will have an effect on what’s to come, even in the My Misery Muse series.  I also am more comfortable writing about sex, the first time is scary and uncomfortable, but after some practice it flows easier.

One thing I notice in your stories, which I’m not sure many notice or not, is the underlying but very strong current of family and loyalty to family whether through blood or circumstance. Which by the way is a huge draw for books to me. What does family mean to you? And why is it important for you to portray that in your books?

Family is everything to me, I would do anything for them.   I have friends that I haven’t seen in years but if they called me at 2 a.m. and said they needed me I would be there in an instant.  It’s something that’s been ingrained in me by my parents.   Along with family isn’t always blood sometimes it based off an understanding, a friendship, something sometimes stronger than blood.

It’s important because I think it’s often something that’s overlooked, that they’ll always be there.  I’ve learned though that’s not always the case, so I hold those to me closely and I think that reflects in my books.

I love the characters that you introduce us to. The banter you create between some of them is funny as all get out. Are you funny gal by nature? Would your friends and family describe you as the joker in the group?

No, they would say I am the quiet one that likes to watch interaction play out.  Also that my sense of humor is often odd and perverse.

What does writing do for you? What could you do without in the writing world?

Writing helps keep me sane, it’s my outlet.  If I didn’t have writing I would probably make an attempt at something like photography or painting.  A different way vent.

What is it about the NA Genre you enjoy writing about? Do you plan on trying your hand at any other genres?

I love the age group of NA, early 20’s when it’s still socially expected to do stupid shit and fuck up.  It’s a fun age that I thoroughly enjoyed, because all too soon real life creeps in.  When that happens you lose the last visages of naiveté and childhood.  You’re expected to grow up and conform to do things like pay rent.  Yes I do plan on trying out other genre’s, paranormal holds some interest, I have a love of Urban Fiction.  I’ve also thought about a YA novel but we’ll see.

Where do you get the inspiration for your characters? The girls are kickass, funny and sexy.  I love their strength. And the guys well… *blushes* the guys will have you dropping their panties.

Some of it is my life, the people I know and met along the way.  I have met a lot of interesting people in my life, a lot of strong women.  I like to write about strong women, they are interesting multi-faceted.    Other parts I have no clue they just sorta pop up as I am writing and I just go with it.

How do you come up with the settings for your books- I mean My Misery is a tattoo and rock mash up and Painted Lines… omg Painted Lines—the custom choppers base for the story is sick! I loved that premise.

You write what you know right?  My parents are interesting people, I was raised around musicians, artists, bikers, race car drivers and many others.  So I just took what I know and ran from there.

I will say both MMM and PL both dealt with subjects that are difficult- especially in Painted Lines. How do you balance the sensitive nature of that sort of topic along with keeping the story sexy and hip?

Beta readers lots and lots of help from beta readers, they are truly a life saver.  Part of it is also instinct.  Instinct played a lot with Painted Lines, there were things that happened in that book that gave me nightmares as I was writing it.  So I walked a thin line with giving enough of the details but trying not to get too involved with the details.  Painted Lines was difficult to write for me, but I am glad I did.

Do you have a release date for the next My Misery Muse instalment? How about Painted Lines? By the way, you stole my heart with Painted Lines. I absolutely loved that one.

Tribal (My Misery Muse 2.5) has a hopeful release date of September 13th better well known as Friday the Thirteenth.    As for Painted Lines, I have decided to write a follow up only it will not be in Scouts POV, as for a release date I am hoping for spring of 2014.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to talk with us. Can’t wait to read more from you.  Keep it flirty and dirty girl.

Author deets:

Bio— Brei Betzold is a stay at home mom to one very interesting little boy. She has been writing since 7th grade when her English teacher turned her onto poetry and never stopped. In high school, she had yet another English teacher inspire her to start writing short stories where she found her first true love, turning words into something so simple yet complex that it can move other people to love it or hate it, but in the end to feel emotions about something she created. She can usually be found reading, writing, playing Lego’s with her son, or snuggled on the couch while her two favorite boys battle it on the Xbox.

Social Links

Blog— http://mymiserymuse.blogspot.com/

Twitter— @breibetzold

Facebook— https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brei-Betzold/124156631073209

Goodreads— http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6584188.Brei_Betzold

 

GIVEAWAY!!!!! 

2 Winners!!! Amazon of either My Misery Muse or Painted Lines. Enter a comment to this post telling me which book you would like to read and WHY!!  Don’t forget the why part.

8 comments

  1. Andrea C says:

    I would love to read Painted Lines just reading the review makes me think it’s a book I want be able to put down.

  2. Mary Jo Toth says:

    Painted Lines has me intrigued from the synopsis and review you provided. There seems to be many layers to Scout’s story and I’m not really sure where Brie plans to take us which is making me curious. Thank you for hosting a giveaway.

  3. I would love to read Painted Lines. I haven’t bought it yet, but I LOVED both of the Misery books! Can’t wait for more in that series 🙂

  4. bklover35 says:

    I would like to read Painted Lines. I have read My Misery Muse and loved it. Painted Lines sounds just as good and I need a repeat of this authors book. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  5. Naomi O'SUllivan says:

    I would love to win Painted Lines as I have My Misery Muse but have not read it yet so I could read one after the other!! 🙂

  6. Nicole Huffman says:

    I would love to read Painted Lines. I have read My !Misery Muse and loved it. I would like to read more by this author.

  7. Mindy says:

    Painted Lines please ! I loved My Misery Muse and Brei Betzold is an awesome author ! Thanks for the giveaway !

  8. Melissa says:

    Well the answer is simple…I have read both of MMM books and they are insanely good…so why should Painted Lines be ANY different…I cannot wait to read it!!!! So Painted Lines Please!!!!!

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