Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Standard Tour + #Giveaway: The Touched Series by Elsa Winckler @elsawinckler @GoddessFish

The Touched Series
by Elsa Winckler
GENRE: Contemporary romance


When it comes to men, if physiotherapist Caitlin Sutherland didn't have bad luck, she would have no luck at all. To help cope, Caitlin starts blogging in her spare time, about the types of men she meets and the bad dates she goes on.

While on duty during the annual Wines to Whales bicycle race, a gorgeous, sweaty cyclist walks in and sets her hormones dancing. But he is Don Cavallo; one of the four Cavallo brothers — hotel tycoons, famous as much for their business skills as for the number of beauties regularly seen on their arms.

Don Cavallo has his own issues with the other sex. He has yet to find one who is interested in him and not in his money or hotels. But when this sexy physio puts her hands on his back she not only touches his body, but also his heart.

They've both been burned before, but neither of them can stop themselves from playing with fire.


Touched to the Heart

‘Where’s your girlfriend?’ Was the first thing that popped out of her mouth. Caitlin nearly groaned out load. She looked away and unlocked her car. ‘Sorry, none of my business,’ she mumbled and opened the door.

‘She’s just a friend.’

‘Did you enjoy your date?’ she asked.

He shook his head. ‘I was watching you the whole night.’

Stunned, she swallowed.

‘And you? Did you have a nice time?’ he asked.

‘I…’ At a complete loss for words, she frantically tried to think of a word, any word. Nothing came to mind. She shook her head. He’d been watching her all night?

He stepped around so that the car door was between them. Her hands were resting lightly on the door.

‘Thought so.’ His smile was devastating. ‘I’d like to take you out, Caitlin.’

 ‘As in a date?’ she asked, still stunned.

‘Yes, Caitlin, as in a date.’ He touched her cheek. ‘There is something here,’ he said and motioned with his hand between them.

She didn’t move, just stared at him. Was he really asking her out on a date?

‘I don’t know what it is, but it’s keeping me awake at night. Let’s try a date and see how we like it. Friday around seven?’ he asked. ‘I’ll pick you up and we’ll have dinner.’

Caitlin stared at him for another minute before she was sure she could string a few words together. ‘Don, you…me…’ She shook her head and grimaced. ‘We live in two completely different worlds, we have nothing in common. You are…you, the papers are full of your businesses. I’m a physiotherapist from Hermanus. I don’t think —’

‘Then don’t. Think, that is.’ He smiled. ‘You do know that you can’t believe everything you read in the papers. And I happen to like this physiotherapist from Hermanus.’

She looked at him a moment longer. This was so not what she should be doing. Hannah’s warning and her own misgivings about him swirled around in her head.

His eyes never left hers.

She was a big girl. And if she prepared herself for the worst, then surely she’d be fine.

‘Where? I’ll meet you —’

‘I’ll pick you up,’ he said and lowered his head.

‘You don’t know where I live and I always drive myself,’ she managed just before his lips touched hers lightly.

 Touched Series:

Touched to the Heart (Escape Press 1 July 2014)

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Touched to the Soul (Etopia Press 6 August 2015)

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Touched to the Core (Etopia 4 Nov 2015)

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Touched to the Depths (Etopia 3 Dec 2015)


What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?

I start with an idea that swirls around in my head for weeks, sometimes months. I write it down because if I don’t pen it down somewhere, I forget!

The next step is usually to think about the characters and I’ve found that if I spend enough time with this step, the rest of the process will fall into place. I sometimes even use the Myers-Briggs Type indicator to analyse the characters but then again, they may refuse to be put into any kind of box. In such instances, I have to go with the flow and do what they ‘tell’ me to do J

I have a vague outline, but I don’t plot in detail. The characters decide what happens when and I try not to get in the way but to tell their story.

In Touched to the heart, the first story in the series, I had this idea about a physiotherapist and a cyclist. I didn’t set out to write a series about four sisters and four brothers but once I had Don and Caitlin’s background set up, these other characters kept intruding. So although the idea of four sisters falling for four brothers is probably far-fetched, I had no choice but to tell all their stories.

In all the stories I’ve written so far, there is a magical moment (usually towards the end) when all the pieces fall into place. Then I know – this will work. If this doesn’t happen, I have to go back because then something isn’t right.

I write Mondays to Fridays and try to do between 2000 and 5000 words a day. I start everyday by reading the previous day’s words and making changes where I need to. I know most writers will tell you not to do this, but to finish the story as quickly as possible. I’ve tried this, but find I get a better sense of the mood when I read through the previous day’s words.

My husband reads through the story when it’s about half-way. He has a very good sense whether a story is working or not. When he read the first few chapters of Touched to the heart, he had a problem with the direction the story was going. I was very irritated and fed-up but grudgingly  had to concede he was right. I was struggling with the story and couldn’t figure out why. It took me a few days to get back to the exact moment where I steered in the wrong direction but once I had that figured out, the problem was solved and the story flowed.

After I’ve finished a story, I try to leave it for at least a week before I start reading it from the beginning. There isn’t always time for this, but when I’ve had a break it’s easier to pick up mistakes.

When I’m finally happy with the story, I send it off to the publisher and then the waiting begins …


I have been reading love stories for as long as I can remember and when I ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James The Brontë sisters, etc. during my studies, I was hooked for life.

I married my college boyfriend and soul mate and after 39 years, 3 beautiful children and 3 grandchildren, he still makes me weak in the knees. We are fortunate to live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty's Bay, South Africa with the ocean a block away and a beautiful mountain right behind us. And although life so far has not always been an easy ride, it has always been an exciting and interesting one!

I like the heroines in my stories to be beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong.  And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity. They are of course, also gorgeous!  My stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story.

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Elsa Winckler said...

Thanks so much for hosting the series! Appreciate your time!