Thursday, June 12, 2014

Blog Tour & Interview: (Once) Again by Theresa Paolo

Welcome to my stop on the (ONCE) AGAIN blog tour. I'm excited to have Theresa Paolo, the author of this exciting new romance, with us today. Theresa was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions. Plus there's a teaser quote and a giveaway. But before all that, let's find out more about (ONCE) Again.


Josh will have to reconcile his past…

In order to make Kat his future.

After surviving a real-life nightmare, Josh Wagner is sent home from his dream college on crutches. Bedridden and tormented by flashbacks, he’s just seen his world shattered and his baseball scholarship go up in smoke. Josh’s family hires a health aide to help take care of him, but when he opens the door, the last person he expects to see is his biggest regret…

Katherine Singleton is the only girl Josh has ever loved. Now, even though she’s only taking care of him because it’s her job, Josh is determined to win her back. But Kat had to move on after their breakup two years ago, and despite her feelings for Josh, a lot has happened since he left…

When Kat’s past comes back to haunt her, Josh decides it’s his turn to take care of her. But protecting her—and redeeming himself—will put Josh in the line of fire again. Will he survive this time?


This sounds like a great summer read, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. 

Now, without further ado, please help me welcome Theresa.

Cherie: Tell us about your novel, (Once) Again, in your own words.
Theresa: In short: Regret, mistakes and forgiveness.  Longer version: Josh’s biggest regret, and first and only love, Kat, shows up on his door step and he has a chance to make things right, but a lot has happened in the two years since they’ve last seen each other.  In order for them to have a future they both need to face the demons of their past.

Cherie: What is your writing process like?
Theresa:  I’m a total pantser. I wing it. I like to do sprints with my critique partners, where we write straight for thirty minutes then check back in with each other. Without those sprints I don’t think I’d ever finish a book.

Cherie: I've never tried "sprints". I'm going to have to remember that. Where did you get the idea for your novel?
Theresa:  (Once) Again is a companion novel to my first novel (Never) Again. (Never) Again came to me after I watched breaking news of a school shooting and I kept wondering what the family of the loved ones were thinking. What happened when they saw the breaking news and the realization that they knew someone in the building set in. While writing (Never) Again Josh’s voice was so strong I just knew I needed to write his story.

Cherie: What was your most difficult chapter to write?
Theresa: The most difficult chapter to write was when Josh finally admits to what really happened in the halls the day of the shooting. I cried writing the scene and still get teary eyed when I read it.

Cherie: Can you share with us something about Josh that we don’t learn about them from reading the book?
Theresa: Josh is pretty much an open book.  

Now that we know about your book and you as a writer, I have some fun questions for you. Try to answer in five words or less:

Favorite color? Purple

Do you believe in love at first sight? On the fence.

Have you ever experienced that head-over-heels, tingly, have-to-get-to-know-someone feeling yourself? Yes and we’re still together J

Who are you drawn to the good guy or the bad guy? A combination of both ;)

What’s the first thing you notice about a guy? Eyes

If you had all the money and time in the world, where would your dream vacation be? Toss-up between Italy and Scotland.

Are you a morning person or an evening person? Midday person! lol

Favorite authors? Sarah Dessen, Toni Blake, Marie Force, Simone Elkeles, Susan Mallery, J. Lynn and Cassie Mae

Favorite movie or television show? Dawson’s Creek and Vampire Diaries

Guilty pleasures that get you through the writing/revising process? Coffee, tea in the morning, wine and cosmos at night. Also Cheez its.

Favorite place to write? My parents’ backyard. (It helps that my mom starts making me cosmos)

Who is your mentor (or hero)? My mom

What book are you the most excited to read? Jennifer Armetraut’s Stone Cold Touch and J. Lynn’s Stay With Me

Are there any types of books you don’t read? I’ll give anything a shot!

Thank you Theresa for being here today!

I have a little teaser for you, and then don't forget to enter the giveaway.

Pre-order your copy of (ONCE) AGAIN today

Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour!

Suzi Retzlaff - Post about research
Stephanie Judice - Guest post
Kelley Lynn - Teaser
Julie Reece - Interview
Rachel Schieffelbein - Playlist
Cassie Mae - Review 
Melissa Giorgio - Meet Josh & Kat 
Jessica Salyer - Review 
Suzanne Van Rooyen - Excerpt

About the author:

Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series, under her pen name Tessa Marie. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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  1. Sounds like a great read! I'm now following on twitter :)

  2. Thanks for having me, Cherie! :) !!!!

    Thanks for the follow, Stephsco!