Thursday, April 18, 2024

Book Tour + #Giveaway: Soft Lies & Hard Truths by Dalia Dupris @dalia_dupris @RABTBookTours

California Heart Series, Book 3


Contemporary Romance

Date Published: 04-17-2024

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press


Heartbroken and mortified by mean-spirited taunts and social media pictures of her looking like a hot mess at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Leah James decides to accept her friend, Miguel Montoya’s, offer to take a road trip to their hometown of Santa Lorena.

Miguel, ex-Marine turned fitness trainer, is done pretending that he doesn’t have strong feelings for Leah. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew she was the one, and now this trip provides the perfect opportunity to take their relationship to the next level.

Will shocking lies, deceits, and half-truths dampen the fiery sparks of passion that ignite when Leah and Miguel are forced to share a cozy honeymoon cottage, or will they overcome their fears and build a brighter future based on honesty and love?

Interview with Dalia Dupris

    Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

    I haven’t read anything that has made me think differently about fiction, probably, because I have always valued the joy and pleasure that’s involved in reading a well-crafted story. More recently, I have come to realize that fiction can be a positive contribution to a person’s mental health ad sense of well-being. It can help us forget our own problems and immerse us in a totally different world that provides a perfect, low-cost form of entertainment and pleasure.

    How do you select the names of your characters?

    My goal is to match character names to the character traits. For example, in Orange Blossoms-Love Blooms, Book 1 in my California Heart series, Elaine is the main character. She is loyal to her family, and will do anything to save her family’s legacy, but she is also fragile based on events in her past, so her name captures that mixture of loyalty and vulnerability. Her sister Morgan is the main charater in Anything But Love, Book 2 in the series. The name is bolder, which reflects Morgan’s more cavalier attitude towards life. I selected Marcel, as her French lover’s name, because I thought it sounded romantic. For me, each name should be a hint about the character. Leah is the main character, in Soft Lies & Hard Truth's, the final book in the series. The name is soft, and it reflects her current heartache and disappointment in love and her relationship with her father.

    Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find? Yes!
    However, they aren’t really secrets as much as they are clues to the direction the story will take. I believe all novels are mysteries, which is why readers keep turning the pages. Novels are also like puzzles, and it’s not until the end, that all the pieces come together, and all the questions get answered. Readers of the first two novels will pick up on secrets that are revealed in the final book. There’s the aha moment when the secret is revealed, and the reader has a sense of satisfication that everything now makes sense. There are lots of secrets in Soft Lies & Hard Truths.

    What was your hardest scene to write?
    The sex scenes are always the most challenging scenes for me to write in all my novels. I have to decide the buildup to the scene, how much sexual tension will exists, how explicit will it be. What kind of language will the characters use has to be determined. There’s foreplay, the act and follow-up. Also, how will this new level of intimacy effects the flow of the story as the characters’ relationship has moved to a new level.

    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?
    Each book stands on its own. Definitely. However,these three books are part of a series and as such, they have characters that are connected to each other in ways that are not always obvious. Even my novella, A Whirl With My Mocha-Chocolate Swirl, is connected to my new release, Soft Lies & Hard Truths. Different tropes emerge through the various interconnected and independent story lines. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say there are enemies to lovers, friends to lovers and found family tropes in these contemporary novels of love lost and love found.

    What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
    I always strive to entertain the reader by introducting them to main characters, Soft Lies & Hard Truths, it’s Leah and Miguel, who are both likeable and complex. They have histories that shape them and stories that need to be told. I want the reader to cheer for them to overcome their insecurities and have their hopes and dreams come true. If I laugh and cry at different times, while I’m writing the book, than I know I’ve been successful in making the characters come alive and that readers will hopefully care as much as I do, about what happens to Leah and Miguel. Early reviews have me feeling positive that my goal has been achieved.

    What inspired you to write Soft Lies & Hard Truths?

    I have a background as a therapist, so I’m fascinated by how often all families have secrets or you could call them soft lies and half truths. Leah and Miguel both have troubled relationships with their fathers. What are the secrets/lies that shape Leah’s relationship with her father and how has it affected her self-esteem? When Leah discovers an enormous family secret will it bring her happiness or more pain?Will she be angry at not being told the truth sooner? These are issues that she’ll need to explore as her world is turned upside down.

    Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in Soft Lies & Hard Truths or what you have planned for the future?

    Holiday Hope is the book I have been working on for the last year. Jayden, the main male characters, is an injured football player, whose had one too many concussions to continuing playing pro ball. Shayla is an aspiring actress whose Hollywood aspirations have not been fulfilled. They are at major crossroads in their lives. They have to decide if they will cling to their fantasy version of the perfect life or if they can create a new vision that brings them unexpected joy with their careers and each other.

    Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Soft Lies & Hard Truths?

    Jayden is the local boy who makes it big, graduating from high school, and immediately signing on with a professional football team. His life seems perfect, as long no one discovers his medical condition or that he’s dyslexic. Shayla, best friend to Jayden’s sister, Talia, has moved from northern California to Los Angeles, and despite going on numerous auditions, she hasn’t gotten her big break. Her side job as a hair stylist to a temperamental A list actress leaves a lot to be desired. When Shayla returns to Oakland to be the maid-of honor in Talia’s wedding, she’s paired with Jayden, who she discovers has changed from an irritating teen to a handsome, and alluring, but complicated man who has somehow captured her attention. But does he feel the same way, and does it matter if Shayla plans on returning to LA to pursue her acting career?

    What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

    It was so much fun to write the character of the actress, because her behaviour is so outrageous. I also enjoyed writing about a professional athlete who is perceived as having a dream life, but in reality, the sport has left him with health risks, which ultimately means that his dream career is over. Additionally, I wanted to portray a strong male character who is challenged in other ways, such as the dyslexia. Shayla, the female main character, has a big heart and it’s fun to create a world where she will, ultimately re-discover her joy.

About the Author

Dalia Dupris has been a book lover as long as she can remember. Dalia’s BA in English Literature from UCLA and Master’s degree in Social Work, from the University of Southern California, in addition to years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist, contribute to her creation of relatable and complex characters.

In her spare time, she enjoys bike riding along the California coast with her husband, and hiking with her daughter. She loves hearing from her readers. Their words of encouragement inspire her to continue creating memorable characters, who will make you laugh and cry and keep rooting for them until the very last page. Subscribe to her website for a chance to learn more about Dalia and her books.


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Michael Law said...

Great interview! This is looks really good.