Monday, February 8, 2016

Virtual Book Tour & #Giveaway for A Separate Heaven by Alex Disanti

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour, presented by Goddess fish Promotions, for A Separate Heaven by Alex Disanti.  Please leave a comment or question for Alex to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway, where Alex will award a $25 Amazon GC to one (1) randomly chosen commenter, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  you may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your chances of winning.

Interview with Alex Disanti

Me:  Do you write full time or do you have an "evil day job"?

Alex:  I now write full time (within the confines of “life” and all the interruptions it manages to provide).

Me:  "A Separate Heaven" is your first novel.  What has been the most difficult thing for you to deal with once you decided to become published?  What's the easiest?

Alex:  Marketing and all it encompasses has been the most difficult.  Easiest and most rewarding is hearing from fans of the series and discussing the story with members of book clubs.

Me;  You have a large group of "test" readers or beta readers - how do you manage the feedback from such a large group? Is there a large amount of feedback?

Alex:  In the beginning it was difficult because I was printing the manuscripts for what comprises the first three books. That was a lot of time, paper and ink. (I can tell you that not everyone wants to read books on a monitor!)  But I was so fortunate to have those test readers (beta readers) because I had such positive feedback from them and it energized me and confirmed my own beliefs about A Separate Heaven.

Me:  You live in the Texas Hill Country but your books take place in New York, do you ever plan to bring your characters to your home state?

Alex:  I like your question!  I have thought about it many times. If I do, it will be toward the end of the series but I will only do it if I can make it seem feasible.  We already feature the ranch in Montana and Dominic’s best friend, Garrett Grayson (an actor/producer) who owns an adjoining ranch, sooooo…but I haven’t ruled it out completely.

Me:  Do you have a "dream' cast in mind if your book is optioned for a TV series?

Alex:  Chris Noth as Dominic Gianelli.  For Paige Hamilton, Jessica Alba or someone similar in looks but about the same age or younger.  It is my understanding that ten years in either direction is doable for an actor.  i.e. a thirty year old could portray a twenty year old and up to forty years of age. The fact that Paige is so young is an important factor in the story.  Who would be my dream man to portray Dominic?  Sean Connery in his fifties!  Anne Bancroft would have made the perfect Aunt Sophia.

Me:  Do you have other books "simmering" in your mind for when you finish the seven books in the "A Separate Heaven" world?

Alex:  I do. And one is actually set in Texas. Another is about a construction worker whose life takes a turn for the better after his wife leaves him.

Quick Get To Know You Questions:

Regular or Sweetened Ice Tea?  Sweet Tea!

Boots or sandals?  Flip flops for home and warm weather, but love my boots!

Name one "vacation" or "inspiration" place you want to visit in 2016:  The Amalfi Coast of Italy.

Favorite non-fiction writer?  Karen Blixen (Isak Dinsen)

Favorite childhood writer?  Bess Streeter Aldrich (A Lantern in her Hand) and Louisa May Alcott

Tex-Mex or Pasta?  TEX MEX J 

A Separate Heaven
By Alex Disanti
A Separate Heaven, Book 1

Publisher:  Still Waters Ltd.
Release Date: January 25, 2010
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Format: eBook/Print
Length:  294 Pages
ISBN:  978-0615273358

Buy Links:  Amazon Book 1     Amazon Book 2    Amazon Book 3

About the book:

Step into a world of riveting drama.  Enter A Separate Heaven, a story comprised of power, wealth, and romance, multifaceted characters, and complex relationships.  A novel by Alex Disanti.  From Long Island to the shores of the Mediterranean, this exciting series spanning twenty five years in the lives of the Gianelli and Hamilton families will hold you spellbound.

Excerpt from A Separate Heaven, Book 1
© Alex Disanti

On October 2, 1980, Dominic Gianelli entered the offices of Carson, Wiehls and Fullerton. A client for only weeks now, his arrival caused a flurry of activity among the staff.  Even the most experienced members of the investment firm were on edge. Henry Carson, owner and senior partner, was nervous and unsettled, completely out of character for him, but this was no ordinary client.

Gianelli was an enigma, recognized internationally in the business world and his accumulated assets were reported to be prodigious. Little else was known about him, although his penchant for two things, accuracy and privacy, had been evinced at their first meeting.  He seemed to have come on the scene quickly, yet his profile revealed more than twenty years of steady, well-planned acquisitions and disposals.  With as many European contacts as domestic, he was well respected here in New York.  After all, one did not ignore this kind of wealth and, therefore, power.

He was a big man, six-feet, three inches in height, 270 pounds. Immaculately groomed, he had brown eyes and short, dark, slightly thinning hair combed back from his forehead.  He seemed, by nature, a rather quiet man with low tolerance for the frivolous or inept.  He had an air of confidence that was not lost on those who met him.  Gianelli was a man comfortable with himself. When he entered a room, he owned it, and he knew it.

Additional Books in A Separate Heaven Series

                                Book 2                                                           Book 3

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Alex Disanti lives in the Texas Hill Country.  While writing has been a lifelong love for her, A Separate Heaven is her first novel.  Early works were mainly poetry and short stories.  As A Separate Heaven progressed from thought to paper, friends and family began reading the manuscript.  Then, in an effort to test the marketability of the material, she enlisted the aid of what she calls her “test readers.”  These readers vary in age, occupation and background.  It simply grew from there.  Alex’s rich detail brought the characters to life, and the ensuing chapters could not come quickly enough for her readers.


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  1. Replies
    1. Hi Lisa! I hope your Monday is going well! You're welcome1

  2. thank you for the chance to win :)

  3. I love how this book came to be a book. Any poetry books in the future? (

    1. Good morning, Misty! I DO love poetry. And from an early age I was devouring it. In first or second grade, each child was to recite a favorite poem. I chose Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Highway. I have poetry that I wrote years ago and some more recent, so I may indeed include poetry with my collection of short stories. Thank you!

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    1. Welcome Ana Valente (pretty name!) Thank you for following!

  5. Thanks for this great feature. This novel sounds emotional and unforgettable. A very talented author. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Good morning Traveler (great user name- sounds adventurous - as if you are free to wake up and hit the open road each day!) Latch on to A Separate Heaven when you have a chance, and enjoy the read! Thank you for joining us here today!

  6. Many thanks to Queen of All She Reads for hosting A Separate Heaven today. I enjoyed the interview! Thanks again.

  7. Enjoyed the interview and excerpt, sounds like a wonderful book, thanks for sharing it!

    1. Hello Eva! Nice to have you back! Wishing you a great week. Thanks for being here. :)

  8. Just enough in this excerpt to really make me curious to know more.

    1. Hi Jane! I hope your Monday has been a good one so far. :) I haven't made it from pj's to jeans yet! Doing the FB, Twitter, Blog, Tour route at the moment. RE the excerpt, I am in love the character Dominic. It's the power thing!

  9. What is your favorite genre?

  10. Hi Becky. Drama best describes what I enjoy reading and watching even though the term is used most often to depict a type of television series or movie. Thanks!

  11. Did you know growing up you would become a writer?

  12. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  13. Thanks for the giveaway and I like your cover. Very pretty

  14. Great post- I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing :)

  15. I enjoyed the interview. Thank you for sharing.

  16. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you!

  17. Thanks so much for sharing ! Love following the tour and reading the interview.

  18. This sounds interesting! I see that your dream vacation is Italy. Have you ever been there before? It is definitely on my list of must-see places!