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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Getting by (A Knight’s Tale #1) by Claudia Y Burgoa

Jul 10
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Today it’s my pleasure to interview Claudia Y. Burgoa about GETTING BY,

book #1 in her 4-book series, A KNIGHT’S TALE.

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There’s an excerpt and giveaway too 🙂

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Getting By cover

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Blurb:

When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s–her childhood friend–wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had
been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.

 

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park–a city close to San Francisco– might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.

 

This is the first book in the 4 book series.  The second book will be released later this year. 

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Welcome to CABR Claudia 🙂

How would you describe GETTING BY using 10 – 20 words?

A drama about two people with a difficult pasts and afraid of commitment, but is also about the Knight family.

Tell us about the inspiration behind this book.

My search for what a person might live after losing their immediate family, combined with the inspiration of my quirky aunt and uncle who happen to have a set of twins and a son, who at the almost age of thirty and twenty seven are not near commitment and have a mother who is ready to plan a wedding. They’re fun and have all this layers of crazy that I love. Cade’s actually inspired by my half-brother, who is usually tagging along with my cousins.

What makes Emma and Jake ‘tick’ as a couple?

They are complicated, fun and Jake’s that boy that every girl wants because he understands every bit of crazy Emma is about. While Emma doesn’t sweat much about the lack of romanticism in him and cherishes his fun side.

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Does their story set up the three other books or are those simply linked by friendships of the characters in GB?

Each book will tell the story of each brother, nevertheless, the main characters will pop within the other books as they’re part of the family. The second book which is about to enter the editing stage tells the story of Mitch—Jake’s twin brother—and Hayley.

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Tell us about the most difficult scene or subject matter in GB and how you dealt with it.

The scene where Emma sees her house for the first time after her parents died, setting the mood and what it’d feel like to face her childhood home now that her parents are no longer there and see how the new people modify it. I won’t lie, I cried. If there’s a sad scene in one of my books; chances are I shed as many tears as the character should have.

EXCERPT:

“No, sorry.” I began to search for an exit but everything was blocked. For one second I wished I had Jake next to me to take this guy out of my sight. I took a deep breath and sent Jake back to where he belonged—next to my parents. Not that I wished him dead, but I didn’t need him or the memories of us around. Bringing him back would never help me move on and find a guy that might accept me and who I could be with for the rest of my life. Like Grampy suggested. “But nice to see you, I guess.”

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Bullet dodged, I finished my journey to the old house, which no longer had a door and begged for mercy to be taken down or repaired. My pretty sign of welcome and the flowers I painted around it were all washed away. I took a peek into my old house; no tree house—who tore it down? No, wait, the entire tree was gone from my house. The perfectly manicured grass housed a tiny plastic playground and a few dog toys. Whoever lived there had no respect for Mom’s award winning garden, because it no longer existed.

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A pang of loneliness hit me. These were the moments I wished life had a different outcome. In a perfect world, Mom would’ve been helping Tina in the kitchen, and Dad would be flipping hamburgers with John. Chloe might come from New York—or not. And I’d be arriving from France, with my boyfriend who I hoped was close to proposing because we loved each other very much. We met in Europe—love at first sight. It was him, my personal hero and stalker. Serendipity sent him my way, forever. But when I opened my eyes, I was standing alone looking at a stranger’s backyard—Mom and Dad weren’t there.

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Hello, real world, you suck!

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Claudia Y Burgoa pictureABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Claudia Y. Burgoa lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story. Claudia writes romance, sci-fi, and fantasy.

She has published two novels: Where Life Takes You and Getting By. Claudia is currently working on Standing By, the second book in the Knight series. For 2014, Claudia plans to released three, perhaps four novels.

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CONTACT THE AUTHOR:

Website | Twitter @yuribeans | Facebook |

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