September 2, 2013

Book Blitz & Excerpt: Only Between Us by Mila Ferrera



Title: Only Between Us 
Author: Mila Ferrera 
Publication date: September 3rd 2013 
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Last semester, Romy escaped from an abusive relationship with the guy she’d thought was the man of her dreams. This semester she’s putting herself back together, determined to reclaim her passion for art and for life. When she signs up for a painting class at the local art co-op, the possibility of passion becomes very real -- in the form of her teacher, Caleb. Both mysterious and seriously hot, Caleb bares his soul on his canvases, and Romy’s fascinated by what she sees.

Caleb is just trying to keep his head above water. Caring for his traumatized, unstable sister is getting harder every day, and his paintings are so dark and bleak that no one is buying. Teaching classes at the co-op is no longer enough, and now he’s going to have to sell more than just his art to the wealthy, sex-starved women in his classes. But when Romy comes along, she makes everything more complicated. She sees the truth in his paintings -- a truth no one else has realized, until now.

Romy and Caleb might have a real shot together -- one that could heal them both. But when ghosts from their pasts re-emerge, determined to keep them apart, will they be strong enough to hold on to each other?
The stairs creak and we look up to see a guy coming down the steps. He looks to be in his mid-twenties, maybe a few years older than I am, and he moves with the careless grace of an athlete. 

“Holy hotness,” breathes Jude, mimicking my thoughts perfectly. It’s not that I’m on the prowl, but in this life, there are a few objective truths, and this guy’s attractiveness is one of them. His jeans hang from his lean hips and are stained with paint. A similarly decorated t-shirt clings to his frame, and there’s a smear of blue on his tanned, muscular forearm. He has chin-length, chocolate brown hair, but he’s pulled some of it away from his face in a partial ponytail high on the back of his head. And that gives us a perfect view of his wolf-gray eyes, which skate over us with mild interest as he descends the stairs and walks toward us. 

“You guys here for my class?” he asks, nodding toward the classroom. Oh my God. He’s the teacher. 

“Absolutely,” Jude says quickly, newly enthusiastic, and I can’t hold in my laugh. 

“Head on in and grab an easel. We’ll start in a few minutes. I’m Caleb,” he says, holding his hand out to Jude, who shakes it and introduces himself. 

Caleb turns his gaze to me and offers his hand. “Romy,” I say as I take it, my heart beating a little faster as my skin touches his. 

He lets go first. “Have you painted before?” he asks softly, giving my toolbox a questioning glance. 

“A little.” That’s a lie. I minored in art in college, and painting was my passion. Until last year. I was passionate about a lot of things until last year, actually. He smiles, and it’s as warm as his skin and steals my breath. “You look nervous, Romy. You don’t have to be. This is supposed to be fun.”

The Only Between Us playlist:

I have playlists for all my books, and OBU is no exception. I put my lists up around pub time, and they can be found right here if you want to listen. If you’d just like a song list, though:

Only Between Us Playlist:

New Low by Middle Class Rut – “I have no space/No room to move around/And this box is getting smaller/I'm trying to get out …” At the beginning of the book, Caleb is so worn down and feels so trapped, and this song reminds me of that.

Be Calm by fun. – “I know you feel like you are breaking down/I know that it gets so hard sometimes/Be calm …” A perfect reminder during those moments of anxiety, and Romy has many of them.

Seven Devils by Florence and the Machine – “For what has been done/Cannot be undone/In the evil's heart/In the evil's soul …” I think this song is kind of terrifying, and to me it captures the kinds of memories Caleb and his sister face.

Iridescent by Linkin Park – “You felt the gravity of tempered grace/Falling into empty space/No one there to catch you in their arms …” This song is just the soul of loneliness, and I think it’s one Caleb would listen to as he paints.

Take Me Back To Where I Was by Shiny Toy Guns – “Please take what I've had to hide/Start me over from the start/Reshape my heart tonight …” A very melancholy song, but a beautiful one. Another Caleb painting song.

Timeless by The Airborne Toxic Event – “Just help me through this moment/After everything I told you/How the weight of their loss is like the weight of the sun …” Caleb has suffered incredible loss, and the moment he lets that out is pretty cathartic.

Both Hands by Ani DiFranco – “I am writing graffiti on your body/I am drawing the story of how hard we tried…” This one haunts me. It’s just a classic song about how you can love someone and still struggle to be together.

Dig by Incubus – “Dig me up from under what is covering the better part of me …” A lot of this book is about exactly this.

Guilty As Charged by Tegan and Sara – “And so I go back home to be by myself/I try everything I've ever read/Desperate, I still can't get you out of my head …” How Romy feels about Caleb, in a nutshell. 

Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie – “Cause you’re the only song I want to hear/A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere …” There’s something amazing about finding peace and sanctuary in another person, and it’s how Caleb feels about Romy.


What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
By far, my favorite scene to write was the one that inspired the cover. Because of the chapter structure, the reader gets both Romy’s (at the beginning) and Caleb’s (as things get wild) perspectives, and because it’s their first KISS. It’s a very intense scene, and one in which both characters completely let themselves go. I love that kind of scene.

Who’s your favorite character to write and why? 
Caleb. He’s got all this stuff going on inside of him, but he struggles to express himself with words, especially when things get emotional (he pours all of that into his paintings). And yet, sometimes he says really insightful stuff that leaves Romy, who’s training to be a therapist, kind of stunned. He’s just a very interesting character to me, who’s been through stuff that’s really made him question his worth and strength. Of course, Romy helps him figure it out J 

Is there a character / characters in your books you particularly identify with? 
Probably Romy and Jude in this particular book, since I know how scary it is when you first start seeing clients—you want so badly to do right by them, and are afraid of getting it wrong somehow and inadvertently harming the person. Romy really struggles with this—even with Caleb, who’s not her client. 

What are you working on next? 
EVERYTHING BETWEEN US, another standalone contemporary romance, comes out 11/5/13. It features Caleb’s best friend, Daniel, who is also an artist. It’s on Goodreads! Daniel’s a very different character from Caleb. In his own words: “Caleb bares his soul on his canvases. I bare everything but.” 

Any series plans? 
I will never write a romance series that features the same couple over and over again. I think I’d get bored of writing all that breaking up and making up, so I only write standalone novels with HEAs. That’s what makes me happiest! 

Where were you born and where do you call home? 
I was born in California, but I think I belong in New England. 

What are three things that make you happy? 
My children, good food, and the ability to lose myself in a story. 

What’s your greatest fear? 
Not knowing what I’m talking about. It’s why I do so much research. 

What’s your most embarrassing moment? 
Exuberantly bursting into a colleague’s office when he was in the middle of a therapy session with a client (in my defense, he didn’t have a “session in progress” sign on the door!) Imagine having a deep, wrenching conversation with your therapist interrupted by this random, bespectacled, awkward woman. I was that woman. 

What is your most treasured possession? 
Whatever hard drive contains the most updated versions of all my novels. I’m not very sentimental. 

What is your favorite smell? 
CK One 

What is your favorite food? 
There are so many! I guess … dim sum of nearly any type. 

What is your guiltiest pleasure? 
Sour cream donuts, drenched in glaze. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 
Surviving graduate school. 

One piece of advice to someone who’d like to follow in your footsteps? 
Focus on quality. Don’t put junk out there—invest in your work. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be? 
Invisibility. Or possibly the power to unsee things. 

What turns you on creatively? 
The extent to which people will sacrifice for the ones they love. 

What are your pet peeves? 
Passive-aggressive digs (I much prefer direct communication), rude drivers (who forget the other cars are operated by human beings), and self-satisfaction.


Mila Ferrera lives in New England, where she has a family and a job and does various normal, everyday things, all while plotting novels in her head. She has a passion for writing new adult/adult romance featuring psychological twists and tortured heroes. Her own psychology internship involved plenty of consultation, but alas, no sexy Swedish doctors, and her decision to make one up is what sparked her self-publishing adventures. She's the author of SPIRAL (available now), ONLY BETWEEN US (9/3/13), and EVERYTHING BETWEEN US (11/5/13).

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