Please help us welcome author Teodora Kostova to TNA today on the tour for her latest release, A Sip of Rio. She’s sharing a Playlist to get us in the summer vacation mood, and there’s also a great giveaway, so be sure to check out all the details for that below.
Playlist to Get Into the Holiday Mood
My taste in music is quite eclectic, to say the least. The songs on my iPod range from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Oasis to Justin Bieber, Adele and Beyonce. With a lot of alternative rock bands, indie artists and 90s RnB thrown in.
I go through phases when I listen to a genre or an artist constantly until everyone, including myself, gets so sick of it they’d rather chew off their own arm and beat themselves (or me) to death with it than listen to another Rihanna song ever again.
Having said that, when it’s time for our summer holiday I usually get in the mood by listening to fun pop songs that make me grin like an idiot and shake my hips like a weirdo, even in the middle of the security check line at the airport.
Here’s my current summer playlist:
- Despacito by Louis Fonsi (I’m obsessed with this song)
- Cheap Thrills by Sia
- Cake by the Ocean by DNCE
- Mama by Jonas Blue
- Your Song by Rita Ora
- Signs by Drake
- Swalla by Jason Derulo
- It ain’t me by Kygo ft.Selena Gomez
- 5 Fine Frøkner by Gabrielle
- Strip that down by Liam Payne
- Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled
- There’s nothing holding me back by Shawn Mendez
- Waves by Mr Probz
- Youth by Troye Sivan
- Beautiful Mess by Kristian Kostov
- Closer by The Chainsmokers
- Counting Satrs by One Republic
- Starboy by The Weeknd
- Galway girl by Ed Sheeran
I love discovering new songs when I go on holiday – the summer hits chart looks very different in Italy for example than in the UK. Apart from Despacito, that song is number one everywhere. And thinking about it makes me want to listen to it a few hundred times, so… *asks Alexa to play Despacito and starts shaking her hips like a weirdo*
About the Book
Release Date (Print & Ebook): September 2016, available as ebook, print and audio book
Length (Print & Ebook): 47000 words, 228 pages in paperback
Subgenre: m/m contemporary romance
E-book Pre-Order Links: Amazon/KU
Print Pre-Order Links: Amazon || Book Depository
Audiobook Links: Audible || iTunes
Blurb: 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.
Liam stirred next to him, turning gingerly and moving to snuggle in Blaine’s arms. Laying his head on Blaine’s chest, and wrapping an arm around his waist, Liam made a content little noise, his breathing slowing down almost immediately.
Blaine smiled as he looked down at Liam, calm and relaxed, seeking comfort in Blaine’s arms. His stomach did a little flip at the thought of Liam seeing him as something more than a holiday fling, but not being ready to admit so yet. They still had a few more days left here, maybe Blaine could make him see that what they had didn’t have to end when they got on the plane. He had this crazy idea taking root in his mind about how they could make this last, and how they could make Liam’s dreams come true.
But it was scary to voice it out, and even scarier thinking about Liam’s reaction. What if he laughed in his face and dismissed it as nothing more than a fantasy?
Blaine sighed, kissing the top of Liam’s head as he fiddled with his phone one handed, activating the camera app. He snapped a photo of them, Blaine looking up at the camera while Liam slept peacefully in his arms.
On an impulse, he sent the photo to Hayden, adding underneath,
I think I’m in trouble
He put a blushing emoticon at the end of the sentence, not that Hayden needed that clarification. He’d get what kind of trouble Blaine meant just by looking at the picture. Even to Blaine’s eyes it looked intimate, raw, and way too intense to post on social media.
Hayden replied with a meme of a guy who had pink paper hearts stuck on top of his eyes, with the caption: ‘Heart eyes, motherfucker’.
This is you right now ^^^
Blaine laughed quietly, shaking his head. He texted back, clutching his phone tightly and eagerly awaiting Hayden’s response.
What am I going to do?
Was it really that easy?
About the Author
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.