Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Book Tour + #Giveaway: My Life on Tender: Arina & Cal by A.G. Billig @RABTBookTours

Book 1 in My Life on Tender series


Rockstar Romance/Contemporary Romance

Date Published:  11/11/2023



Curl up with your next favorite rockstar romance and meet these two hot lovers…

A gipsy fortuneteller predicted I had three years to find true love in a foreign land, away from home. But not in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d end up falling in love with a smoking hot rockstar from Southern California…

I’ve always had a thing for tall, dark-eyed, handsome guitar players. Now, I’m dating one. Cal is a famous rock star from Southern California, and I accidentally matched with him on Tender. When he passionately explores my naked body and makes love to me, he takes me to paradise. However, when he flirts with his cute neighbor or forbids me to touch his ugly, I’m in agony and fear I have made the wrong choice.

Cal’s unpredictable nature keeps me on my toes. He showers me with gifts and love on one day, but on the next, he acts as if I’m his worst enemy and turns cold. As if his dark past and emotional scars won’t let him open his heart again and love a woman. As if he is a complex riddle that I cannot solve.

The quartz crystal gifted to me by the gypsy fortuneteller seems to agree with it. It’s supposed to turn pink when I find true love, but it stays white. That is the reason why Tender is still installed on my phone, and I keep on swiping left and right. Tender is my trusted friend, my accomplice, and a contingency plan if Cal and I fail.

However, this is not an option. I’ll make things work between us. I’ll make him adore me. Beg me to become the second Mrs. Hudson and stay with him in California. I’ll keep my promise to myself to never again squander another birthday, drowning in my own tears.

Arina and Cal is a rockstar romance novel and the first book in My Life on Tender Trilogy. If you enjoy spicy scenes, unexpected plot twists, an unconventional female protagonist, and surprise endings this novel is for you. The book is also packed with your favorite tropes: one of us is famous, grumpy sunshine, blind to love, and emotional scars.

Get cozy in your reading corner and dive into this steamy romance book. Let the warmth of the love story chase away the chill of the season.

Interview with A.G. Billig, author of the rockstar romance My Life on Tender: Arina and Cal

    How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

    I started writing fiction when I was 8 years old and completed my first novel at 15. Counting that book, I’ve written six books so far. Love as our inner super power is the main theme of all of my books whether it’s fiction (novels and short stories) or non-fiction (personal growth, relationships). My Life on Tender: Arina and Cal, a rockstar romance is actually my first published novel, and I’m excited about the warm feedback from the readers and having it turned into a TV series.

    If you’re planning a sequel, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

    Arina and Cal is the first book in My Life on Tender trilogy. Arina Gramma, the protagonist, is a young Romanian and digital marketing maven traveling the world to find true love. And what can be a better place to meet the man of your dreams when you’re in a foreign country than dating apps? On Tender, Arina matches with Cal, a sexy rockstar from SoCal. If you love beaches, LA and Huntington Beach, you will love this book. The sequel is set for release in February 2024 and the third book probably in May, on my birthday. There is also a prequel novella available for free to those who to my author website and sign up for my monthly newsletter. You can get it here. Another way to stay in the loop with my upcoming book launches is to follow me on Instagram.

    Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

    The books, especially the first two in My Life on Tender trilogy can be read as stand alones or as a series. Arina and Cal is available in KU for those who have a Kindle Unlimited subscription. While the first book is set in Southern California, the second book will take you to all the romantic places in Dublin, Ireland and the third one to sunny and exotic Thailand.

    How did you come up with the title for your book?

    Tender is, as you might have guessed by now, Tinder. I had a Tinder account for many years and some of my own experiences inspired me in writing Arina’s. The series title summarizes one of the main themes of the book and came to me in a flash of inspiration. Other themes included in the book are: pursuit of dreams; betrayal and forgiveness; finding true love. There are also tropes that romance readers love such as grumpy sunshine; one of us is famous; unexpected ending; blind to love; and emotional scars. The titles of the chapters are inspired by song titles I love and there is a playlist available on YouTube for those who purchase the book. The paperback version includes illustrations. I’m passionate about photography and I was happy to include some of the pictures I took while I was living in Huntington Beach, CA.

    How long did it take you to write this book?

    It took me about two months to write the first draft. The revision, editing, and publishing process was much longer .

    What did you learn when writing the book?

    Consistence and outline help me be a better writer. While writing the book, I set aside time in the morning to write about 2,000 words (the approximate length of a chapter). Also, having a clear outline for the book made it easier for me to complete the book. It’s making an art piece having the right mold; as long as you have this container, you can play with the raw materials you’re going to put into the mold as much as you want.

    What surprised you the most?

    Some of the actions and decisions made by the characters. A few chapters into the book, they took a life of their own, and I was but powerless in following with them, eager to see where they go.

    Have you ever killed off a character your readers loved?

    I write contemporary romance and women’s fiction, so there is not much room for killing off a character in my books.

    What do you do to get inside your character’s heads?

    I spent as much time as I can getting to know them prior to starting writing the book. Once I get into it, they take a life and will of their own and I remain open to all they want to share with the readers. I become a mere scribe, theirs. 

About the Author

A.G. Billig (her friends call her Andreea) is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author, motivational speaker, and founder of The Project Love. A life explorer, she delights in writing novels for the romantic in you and non-fiction books that will inspire you to fully open your heart to love.

Celebrated for her unparalleled ability in writing characters that resonate with readers and painting scenes that come alive, she delights in fashioning courageous women protagonists who will risk it all for love. While navigating through a bumpy ride of unforeseen challenges, they unveil their raw, authentic selves as the ultimate prize on their quest to a happy ending.

A.G.’s love for writing blossomed at 8, and she wrote her first novel at 15. As a child prodigy, she won several national literary awards in Romania, her country of birth. Her academic qualifications include a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures and an MA in PR and Communications.

Over the years, she experimented with different roles to explore her creativity and interests. She was a TV host, a radio host, an editor-in-chief, a PR consultant, and a self-publishing coach. She even won a bronze medal in ballroom dancing. Ultimately, she came to the realization that writing is where her true happiness lies.

She is currently a proud (and grateful) resident of the magical place called Sedona, Arizona.

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