Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cul-de-Sac by M.E. Yildirim Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway

On the Edge Series
Book One
M.E. Yildirim

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Date of Publication: September 25th 2015

ASIN: B01490125I

Number of pages: 310
Word Count: 131533

Cover Artist: Gözdem Perrichet

Book Description:

Sometimes feelings turn out to be the most lethal of adversaries.

He is known as Xan–an unapologetic king of an underground fighting arena who doesn't step out of the ring until a fight is over and won. Nothing matters to him as much as adding another victory to the tally. But who is Alexander Thorpe, the man behind the fierce stance, and what is he really fighting for? Brutal childhood and the rough reality of living on the streets create the perfect background for a relentless and merciless warrior, but is that really all there is to the man himself? Even winning can lose its appeal if a man doesn't know what is he really fighting for... or with whom?

“Perfect” is the word often used when it comes to Catalina Bennett, “privileged” is another. An entitled upbringing, private schools and extracurricular activities make for a flawless résumé, but they don't paint the whole picture of a person. As a photographer, she chooses to stand behind the camera, which is a perfect way of getting to know the world... without letting the world know her. Fostered by her grandmother after the loss of both parents at the tender age of ten, she is expected to bring nothing but honor to her family's name. Be nothing else than prim and proper, with no space left for her wants or needs.

But nothing can be denied forever.

Two completely different worlds of two individuals collide during an accidental event. But does coincidence really exist or do things happen for a reason? Life is made of seemingly unrelated moments, fragmented memories and betrayals influencing the reality, no matter the class a person is from.

Sooner or later, suppressed emotions and desires demand their due…

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“Got your attention finally though, did it not?” Kelton Donovan scoffed.
“A tap on my shoulder would do the same.” Xan scowled at the man who was his tormentor always, friend mostly unless he decided otherwise which happened on a few occasions.
Kelton was a thirty-seven-year-old ex-Marine carrying his own baggage. Xan met him when the baggage was getting the better of him and his only reality was the bottom of every bottle he could find.
One night he found himself in a dark alley on the receiving end of a knife when a few teenagers decided he was the best entertainment that stumbled into their way.
It didn’t look pretty, Xan remembered but then the sight of blood wasn’t a novelty in his own life.
Far from it.
For reasons he still fully couldn’t comprehend, he sidled up to the man, probably saving his life. Not that Kel was grateful, spewing profanities right and left that even Xan–who was no stranger to the life on the streets–had never heard before.

About the Author:

M.E. Yildirim is a Public Relations specialist from Poland who is confident Satan himself created math and that the world needs more bookworms to balance the evil out. Her mother is the one who had inculcated in her respect and love for written stories and taught her not to judge a book by its cover. She lives with head full of voices which won't be silenced until she lets them out to live and spin their tales on paper. That's right-their tales, since they seem to have a mind and will of their own.

Walking through life to the beat of her own drum, she has worked in a PR Agency, small companies, a big consortium and even in the Military. But none of it could ever compare to the adventures of creating and building up her characters and stories. M.E. believes that books are for smoothing out everyone's feathers and reminding people all the things they've already forgotten. She is happily married, oftentimes engaging her husband in her writing, with or without his consent. Tenacious as much as the characters she creates, she loves challenges, letting her own creations to take advantage of that fact.

Where are you from?
Poland (Europe)
Tell us your latest news?
I'm excited about the release of “CUL-DE-SAC” not only because it is book 1 in a new series, but also because it's categorized as Contemporary Romance and I've been writing Paranormal so far. It has opened up a whole new venue of possibilities, an exciting journey I couldn't wait to undertake.
When and why did you begin writing?
I always loved writing, creating stories but it was just one of my interests and I never took it seriously... until I did a few years ago. Never thought I could have the kind of patience or persistence to pursue the subject and bring it to the end and it still tends to surprise me each time when I am starting and finishing writing a book. I was focused on Paranormal Romance for the last two, three years, and although I feel the biggest affiliation with this genre, after all it's what I love to read myself as well, I think it is safe to say that everything that contains the word 'romance' is a fair game to me. I am an incorrigible yet a firm believer in Happily Ever After... after all the obstacles had been overcome, of course. A happy ending is like a reward arriving on the heels of a victory, a pat on the shoulder for a job well done. I think that HEA is all that truly matters in the end.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Writing has always been a part of my life in one form or another, it wasn't a conscious thought, it just... was. But I think that it dawned on me after my first novel was published in my country. I had the chance not only to observe, but also participate in the whole process, in what happens after writing and it was an eye opener. Our expectations are usually ahead of the reality we encounter and nothing  can replace a personal experience.
What inspired you to write your first book?
It would be hard to pinpoint exactly one thing or a reason. My love affair with a Paranormal started with vampires, but so far i haven't given them a single story yet, although it is somewhere on the back burner. Werewolves and shapeshifters have always held my fascination for being primal and earthy. They've felt much more real to me than the more sophisticated vampires at the time. Bits and pieces were assailing my mind more and more insistently until I had to give a voice to the character that was so arrogantly demanding my time and attention. And then all hell broke loose! :) One day you think you don't have enough to say to last for a single book, the very next it turns out there is plenty more.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I always try to give the same amount attention to my main characters, both female and male. I think that telling a story from two perspectives enriches it, gives the readers a chance to catch a breath and make them realize that nothing is one-dimensional in life, that there are interesting angles they didn't yet consider. I believe that every writer has their own style which translates mostly in details, catch phrases, specific brand of humor. It's what makes us reach for our favorite authors again and again.
How did you come up with the title?
I loved the meaning behind the cul-de-sac I wanted the title to be ambiguous and I love the meaning behind it:
A street or passage closed at one end.
A route or course leading nowhere.
It just felt right.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There is always a message, the whole point of the story to where it all comes to in the end. What would be the purpose of writing without it after all? My main point is always to show and emphasize, time and time again, that second chances do happen. They usually come in a different shape and form than we could expect and while we are completely, utterly undone and unprepared for it. Yet, this is life and we make of it what we can. “CUL-DE-SAC” is first and foremost about not judging a book by its cover, realizing that there is always much more to people that meets the eye. However, every reader finds something else in stories. As Carlos Ruiz Zafón said; “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
How much of the book is realistic?
I would say it's realistic from the beginning till the very end, it's very important for me to write stories that are believable, no matter which genre they are categorized under. In my case writing in general is based on life and experience, whether it belongs solely to me or was witnessed by me at one point or another. As a reader and writer I always need to find some qualities in characters that I can refer and relate to. They need to be as real as possible with all their merits and flaws mercilessly stripped bare before readers, maybe not to judge, but to understand why they do what they do.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I can give my characters some of merits I admire in people I know, burden them with flaws I don't appreciate in those who had passed through my life. It's always more believable to write about something you know or understand, about things that matter and touched you personally. Xan, the main male character of “CUL-DE-SAC” is partially based on a person close to me, or more accurately-the harsh and bleak reality of his life is. However, the whole point of writing fiction is creating events and characters mostly from imagination alone. I wouldn't find it sporting to simply tell someone else's real life story. Besides, it is not my place to do it.
What books have most influenced your life most?
All those I had chosen by myself and the librarians were trying to tell me I was too young for! :) Romance, Drama, Thriller and Horror stories, and let's leave it at that.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Nora Roberts, her books have accompanied me since I was a teenager, I loved her novels, still do. She has always been a great example that there is nothing wrong with writing more than one genre and that mixing things to spice them up can result in success.
What book are you reading now?
Archangel's Enigma” by Nalini Singh.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Definitely not a “new” author but I have finally reached for the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning and read all published ones at once while holding my breath. When I start to enjoy an author I usually reach for all the books they had ever written, so it takes some time for me to get to the next one.
What are your current projects?
I am playing with the ideas for the next books in the series “On The Edge” initiated by “CUL-DE-SAC”. I am also considering a new Paranormal Romance series. Somehow, whenever I plan to write a stand alone novel, I always end up with a series because the characters are growing on me and I let them lead me.
What would you like my readers to know?

I would encourage them to reach for my books, of course! :)  I honestly think it is hard to say no to men, who had been scarred by life, but still strive for good, instead of giving in, even if nobody believes in them. Maybe even more so because of that. To men, who have an air of danger about them and try to hold the whole world at bay by acting the villains, but at the end of the day, they remain nothing more and nothing less than simply men with merits and flaws written in the fabric of their very being.


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