Today I am so pleased to welcome Teodora Kostova to Joyfully Jay. Teodora has come to talk to us about her release, Sip of Rio. She has also brought along a tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
I’m a big believer in love at first sight, and in following your gut feeling even when it seems like the craziest thing you’ve ever done. It’s not something I put in my books as a trope or as a plot strategy. I write about it because I believe in it, and what’s more, I’m a living proof finding love when you least expect it can be the best thing that’s ever happened to you. Even if it’s too fast, too sudden, too reckless, too impulsive.
I met my now husband 13 years ago at a party. It was my first time travelling to the UK and I had no plans to stay. I was there for the summer as an exchange student to practice my language skills and hopefully make new friends from all over the world. My husband was visiting the place where I was staying with his friends and we met at this birthday party, and spent the whole night making out. Not even talking. Just making out. All I managed to find out about him was where he was from, how old he was and what his name was.
Oh, and his phone number.
The next morning he and his friends left and I thought I’d never see him again. But he texted me the very same day and we started talking on the phone every day. We were both busy, and lived hundreds of miles apart, so we saw each other just 3 times during the next 3 months. When it was time for me to go home, he wouldn’t let me leave. He asked me to move in with him.
I know, I know. It was probably a stupid decision on my part considering how young we both were and that we’d met just a few times, but there was no question for me whether I’d stay. Because I knew I loved him from that very first night I met him. That morning when he left I felt as if my soul was being stretched thin and I couldn’t breathe until I heard his voice again. I’d never felt that way before, and even though the rational thing to do would have been to get to know him better before I moved in with him, there was never any doubt in my mind that I was doing the right thing, even if it meant leaving everything I knew behind. My world was turned upside down and my life took an entirely different direction than I ever imagined. Just because I met this cute boy at a party and he asked me to dance.
And here we are, 13 years later I’m married to my best friend and I’m so happy I listened to my heart back then instead of my brain. Even if it was too fast, too sudden, too reckless and too impulsive.
Liam Young has a problem – he’s booked a romantic holiday to Rio de Janeiro months ago, but when he breaks up with his boyfriend, all his plans fall apart. Not only is his dream holiday slipping through his fingers, but Liam is sick and tired of getting his heart broken.
Blaine Reed has a solution that can save Liam’s plans. Recently divorced, Blaine needs a break, and a couple of stress-free weeks in Rio with a sexy guy like Liam sounds like heaven.
Liam and Blaine hit it off right from the start, becoming good friends even before they’ve left London. Despite their efforts to ignore the simmering attraction between them, it boils over when they end up sharing a room in one of the most romantic cities in the world.
Being together in Rio is easy, and it’s exactly what Liam needs – no feelings, no drama, nobody getting hurt.
Until someone does.
When the holiday bubble bursts, it’s up to them to find a way to be together outside of Rio’s seductive magic.
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I’ve tried bores me to death and I have to do what I’ve always wanted to do, but never had to guts to fully embrace. I’ve been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It’s the only time that I’m truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time – my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I’m procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Nintendo Wii game by a very inventive kid.
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