Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thank You!!

My readers are my very favorite people. Without you, I couldn't continue to do what I truly love. And, because of you, I might get to do it a little bit longer.

Because, thanks to you, A LITTLE TOO FAR debuted on the USA Today bestseller list!!!

It really does take a village, so I also want to thank everyone over at New Leaf Literary and William Morrow/HarperCollins. I have been privileged to have an amazing group of people in my corner from day one. And I also want to thank authors Jennifer L. Armentrout, Cora Carmack, and Jay Crownover for taking the time to read and blurb A LITTLE TOO FAR, and super-blogger extraordinaire, Maryse, for getting the word out to so many people. Thanks, also, to my blog tour hosts, Natalie at Love Between the Sheets, Rachel and Jamie at Rock Stars Book Tours, Lisa at A Life Bound by Books, and Lisa at Tasty Reads Book Reviews, as well as all the bloggers who graciously agreed to host tour stops. It's only because of your love of books that I can keep writing them, so thank you!

So, cupcakes all around! You guys are the best!

And, in celebration, here's a snippet from the upcoming A LITTLE TOO MUCH:

As we sway with the movement of the train, his body brushes against mine, and by the time we stop at Fiftieth, he’s pressed tight against me. I don’t know whether it’s that I’ve shifted back into him, or he’s leaning forward into me, but whatever it is, what I do know is neither of us is breathing. There’s a palpable charge, like static electricity, with every subtle shift of his body against mine, and when the doors slide open, neither of us moves for a several beats of my pounding heart.
Finally, I have no choice.

“Hilary,” he says as I step away from him onto the platform, and that one word sounds like a prayer. I turn and his expression is guarded. He looks at me with pleading eyes, like there’s something more than my name he wanted me to hear. Like he just poured his heart out and he’s waiting for some response. But before I can figure out what those deep eyes are asking, the doors close, and a second later, he’s whisked off through the tunnel.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A LITTLE TOO FAR Character Week--Rome

Today is A LITTLE TOO FAR's birthday, and I'm so happy it's out there in the world for you all to read. So many lovely bloggers and Goodreads reviewers have already posted reviews. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to read! Initially, I was afraid to look. I've got stepbrother sex, and a tempted soon-to-be-priest--all the things that I KNEW were going to piss some people off. But here's the thing... People are reading and discovering all those things are not there just for "shock value." I didn't set out to write some scandalous, controversial book just to sell copies. I sat down with a character in my head. She seemed pretty cool to me, and she had a story to tell. I wrote it down. That's it.

I think the reason A LITTLE TOO FAR is getting such lovely reviews from readers is because everything in the story feels organic to Lexie's journey. I didn't have an agenda, and it never really occurred to me that people might consider what she goes through to be controversial, or over-the-top. My take-away from the reviews I've read is that the taboo doesn't read as taboo. It's just natural and authentic. I'm glad, because I LOVE Lexie, Trent, and Alessandro, and I'd hate for them to get lost in controversy or scandal. I want them to shine, just like the last character from A LITTLE TOO FAR, who I'm introducing you to today!

You've met Lexie, Trent, and Alessandro. Last but not least on A LITTLE TOO FAR Character Week is Rome! I set this novel in Rome for selfish reasons. I adore Rome, and was able to relive my time there in Lexie's Roman experience. Rome has a life of its own, which I tried to bring to life on the page in a way that would allow my readers to experience it even if you've never been.

There's this:

And this:
 And this:

And here is Lexie's first ever apartment!

I hope this give you a visual for some of the places described in the book. Rome is one of my favorite places on Earth. Let me know what you think once you've read.

And, since it's publication day, I want to take a second to thank my amazing New Leaf Literary and HarperCollins teams. My omnipotent uber-agent, Suzie Townsend, has surpassed by far anything I could have hoped for in the perfect advocate. She's tireless and ferociously talented and a total rockstar. The day she sent my little manuscript to my crazy fabulous editor was the luckiest day of my life. And, speaking of my crazy fabulous editor, every step of this process has been a joy because of Amanda. She and the whole William Morrow staff have been beyond supportive, and I feel so blessed to have ended up in such an amazing publishing home. Thanks and smooches to all of you! And thanks to all you readers who have picked up a copy of A LITTLE TOO FAR! It's because of you that I can do what I love for a living. You are my favorite people!

Monday, September 16, 2013

A LITTLE TOO FAR Character Week--Lexie

You've met Lexie's boys, Trent and Alessandro. Today is Lexie's turn on ALTF Character Week. What can I say about my lovable narrator...?

Lexie is in a pretty serious dilemma. She's slept with Trent, her best friend...who also happens to be her stepbrother. (I mean, look at this picture and tell me you wouldn't sleep with him too!) She knows it will likely not only destroy their friendship, something that means more to Lexie than anything else she possesses, but also their family if they were to be discovered. So she does what any normal twenty-year-old would do: she runs away. Because, luckily for Lexie, she's managed to score a scholarship for a year abroad and will be spending her junior year studying art history in ROME!

But, the thing is, Lexie seems to be a magnet for off-limits men. She goes to confess her sins with the hope of not burning in hell for all eternity, and meets the very easy-on-the-eyes soon-to-be priest, Alessandro Moretti. As they become closer, Lexie discovers Alessandro's dark past and the reasons serving the Church is so important to him. She stuffs down her attraction to him, knowing nothing could ever happen between them. ...So when it does, she's more surprised than anyone.

Being with one could destroy her family. Being with the other could destroy his life.

So, what's a girl to do?

Friday, September 13, 2013

A LITTLE TOO FAR Character Week--Trent

Yesterday you met Alessandro. The other gorgeous guy in A LITTLE TOO FAR is Trent, Lexie's stepbrother.

I've seen a lot of comments that people aren't interested in reading A LITTLE TOO FAR because the stepbrother thing creeps them out. That's their prerogative, and I totally respect that. But the thing here is, Lexie and Trent were attracted to each other before their parents married. In Lexie's words:

"If we’d just met, like, at school or the mall or been living anywhere other than under the same roof, then there’d be nothing wrong with our being together."

Trent and Lexie have a deep and profound connection, and if there's one thing Trent knows more than anything, it's that he and Lexie are soul mates. He only feels whole when he's with her. He's spent years compensating for how he feels by distracting himself with other women. But he's not your typical womanizing man-whore.

Page 21:
I pull away and look at him. “Have you ever cheated on anyone?”
He contemplates that for a second. “I’m not going to say I haven’t pissed a lot of girls off, but I prefer to do it honorably. If it’s just a hookup, I make sure they know that before anything happens, and if I’m with someone and I want to hook up with someone new, I break up with the one I’m with first.”
I roll my eyes. “So chivalrous.”
“Say what you will, but I’ve never been anything less than straight up with any girl I’ve ever been with. I’ve never lied or gone behind anyone’s back. Ever.”

But things get complicated when they finally act on the desire they've both been suppressing. Lexie leaves to go to Rome for a year, and Trent has to sort through the emotional wreckage. For him, that means finding a distraction, and this time, it's Lexie's best friend, Sam. But try as he will, he can't stop thinking about Lexie. And when Lexie tells him about Alessandro, as always, he's her best friend:

So what is a guy to do?

And for a special treat, today on the A LITTLE TOO FAR blog tour over at Love Between the Sheets, there is a post from Trent's POV. While Lexie's in Rome, Trent drunk dials her from a party. Hear the conversation from his perspective at the bottom of Sex and the Books' review!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A LITTLE TOO FAR Character Week--Alessandro

In A LITTLE TOO FAR there are men. Gorgeous men. Two of them. And both are very off-limits. Lexie finds herself in a position she never dreamed, having to decide between the two, knowing that choosing either one will have dire consequences.

Trent is Lexie's stepbrother, confidant, and best friend. We'll get up close and personal with him tomorrow. But today, we meet Alessandro.

Alessandro is the American son of a French mother and an Italian father. He's also a transitional deacon in the Catholic church, months away from his ordination as a priest. Yesterday, I gave you a glimpse into Alessandro's past, and it's dark. He's chosen the path he believes will atone for his sins, but he's still tortured by a past he can't outrun. In Lexie, he sees passion. He sees good. And, much to his dismay, he sees a possible future. Pledging his life to the Church is his best chance at redemption. He believes the Church is the only thing that can control his dark side. But is it worth giving up his only chance at true happiness?

Is there another path to redemption? That's what Alessandro needs to sort out before it's too late.

If you want a glimpse inside Alessandro's thoughts when he first meets Lexie, you can read that from his point of view on Mary Elizabeth's Crazy Book Blog!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Alessandro, 9/11, and everything after

I wrote a book. In that book are characters. My characters are 100% alive in my head. They've lived lives and had experiences that shape them as people. It's rare that I know a character's back-story until they tell it to me as I'm writing them. And one of my characters took me somewhere I never imagined I'd go, straight into the middle of 9/11.

Everyone remembers where they were twelve years ago today. We'd moved from Boston to California a few years earlier so, being on the west coast, I woke up to the horror. We knew people who worked in the World Trade Center, but, thankfully, the only thing we lost in the attacks was a birthday gift. My daughter's birthday is September 16th and my mother-in-law had mailed her birthday gift from Cape Cod on the 10th. It never arrived, and the post office confirmed that it would have been trucked up to Logan Airport (Boston) the evening of the 10th and put on the first commercial jet heading to California in the morning.

I can't even watch the video of the planes crashing into the towers and the towers falling. I still get that cold finger up my spine when I think about it. My heart goes out to everyone who lost someone that horrible day. In addition to all the brave first responders and the loved ones we lost, some of us lost our sense of security.

But then, something amazing happened. We all took comfort in each other. We band together with our neighbors and became stronger as individuals and a nation. In all the horror, that was the gift. In our, "me first" society, people seemed to remember that it's not all about "me." For a short time, all the selfish seemed to run out of people and compassion replaced it.

So, on this twfelth anniversary of one of the worst days in our nation's history, I hope we can all remember what it felt like to care about others more than ourselves. If we can find a little of that in ourselves everyday, we can change the world.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A LITTLE TOO FAR excerpt #2

One week!!! We're one week from A LITTLE TOO FAR! Check back in every day this week for ALTF Character Week, where you'll get some insight into Alessandro, Trent, and Lexie!

Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered ALTF! Hope you registered for your code to download an exclusive excerpt of the first chapters of A LITTLE TOO MUCH! If not, do that here by today!

Here's a few of today's reviews:
"There's much more to this book than you'd think and it will definitely charge your emotions, make your heart race, and just let you melt into a world where desire rules."--In the Best Worlds

"This is definitely a different story that one you have read before. There are surprises and moments that will definitely take your breath away."--A Love Affair With Books

"This book will take you on an emotional ride. So well written and fun to read. You'll devour it in a day!! 5 stars!!!!--The Book Whore-der's Delights

"All in all, it was angsty, bitter-sweet, and beautiful."--Jessy's Book Club

And to celebrate one week until launch, here's another little snippet.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


First thing, before I forget: You have two places to enter for signed ARCs of A LITTLE TOO FAR if you want to win one before release. The Goodreads giveaway ends tonight at midnight PST, and Page Turners Blog is running one that ends on Friday. (Click the Rafflecopter link at the bottom of their interview.)

So, see that counter over there -->
It says we're only two weeks(!!!) from release of A LITTLE TOO FAR! I'm sort of giddy about it, but I'm also all kinds of nervous. I've been overwhelmed by the review love. I popped over to Goodreads this weekend and discovered a huge percentage of reviews so far are five stars, which makes me jump around the room clapping like a moderately crazy person. I'm sooo happy that you're loving it!

Here are a few snippets of reviews that have posted:

"To say that Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far left me satisfied would be a ginormous understatement. This book has earned a special spot on my favorites list."--Kimberyfaye Reads


"Pure awesomeness!!!!!!!"--Damaris, Good Choice Reading

"Amazingly wild and insanely bittersweet ride with addictive storyline and sweeping of feet romance, A Little Too Far is definitely a novel that has to be read."--Smokin' Hot Babe

I'll take it! You guys totally rock for taking the time to read my little book!

If you want an exclusive sneak peek at A LITTLE TOO MUCH (book 2), all you have to do is go here or here or here to pre-order A LITTLE TOO FAR by Sept 9th, and you can register for a code to download the first chapters of A LITTLE TOO MUCH here!

And for those of you who might not have gotten their hands on A LITTLE TOO FAR yet, here's a little something to whet your appetite!

Love you guys! Happy reading!