Monday, September 16, 2013

Happy Book Birthday! Giveaways and Fun Facts by Elizabeth Reyes

In honor of her first book release three years ago, September 6th-17th is everything Elizabeth Reyes and several, several blogs are participating in this wonderful event to share some love to this amazing author. I have read all of the books from The Moreno Brothers series by the ever-wonderful Elizabeth Reyes. They're light, steamy, full of good relationship tension and drama and they go by soooo quick. They're perfect for summer, but if you're having tough time letting summer go, I say give them a try and hopefully you'll enjoy them. Elizabeth has written two other series--one about fighters on The 5th Street and one about Fate. I hope that if you ever give these books a go, you'll find them entertaining and sweet. Ok, so since I've only read The Moreno Brothers series, I decided to pick this guest post among all of these topics because I thought that it'd introduce the series to you as well as Elizabeth as a writer. I hope you enjoy!

Title: The Moreno Brothers
Author: Elizabeth Reyes 
Genre: Contemporary romance 
Age Group: Upper YA (Forever Mine and Sweet Sofie), New Adult 
Event organized by: AToMR Tours
Buy Links for the books: Amazon 
Book Description: You can find each book description on Elizabeth's Goodreads page

Fun facts about The Moreno Brothers series by Elizabeth Reyes

  • I started writing Forever Mine in the tenth grade. The first seven or so chapters were put away into a drawer for many years. I finally found it one day and decided I needed to finish it.
  • The Moreno Brothers was never going to be a five-book series. In fact, originally it wasn't going to be a series at all. I was just writing a love story about a high school senior who had two brothers and several friends who falls hard for the new girl in school. One story only.
  • When I finally finished Forever Mine the first time, it was about ten chapters shorter than the final everyone has read. After going back and finishing it, I put it away again because something about the ending just wasn't doing it for me. I pulled it out again two years later and rewrote the ending. During this two-year hiatus, I did take it out and tweak here and there so the whole gang was in my head all the time. But then I sat down finalized the ending. Only then, when it was truly done, did I feel completely depressed because I missed my characters. That was when I decided there had to be more.
  • When I decided there would be more, it was The Moreno Brothers for a reason. I was only going to write the stories of the three brothers, until Sofia and Eric's story started to come to me as all my new stories come to me—relentlessly, at night, and when I’m trying to sleep.
  • Sweet Sofie was supposed to be a 30-40k word short novella. This was when I found out I'm incapable of writing anything short. Consequently I've always said I was going to write Moreno Brothers’ holiday novellas, but I'm afraid to even start because I'm certain they will turn into full-length novels!
  • Romero's story was never supposed to see the light of day. But I tell you once my readers plant the seed the story takes on a life of its own. His story came to me slowly and then just started to snowball and I had to write it. His by far has been the one I was most nervous about putting out there, especially since he is so different from his more proper counterparts in the series.
  • I've often mentioned that my muse takes over all the time. This is probably hard to believe, but some of the twists and sudden changes in the plots take me by as much surprise as they do my readers. One perfect example of when my thoughts actually made it into the narrative is when Angel is sitting in his car watching Sarah and the coach talking in the bleachers. Try as he might to stay calm about it he finally starts walking toward them. The very next line after that happens is "He had no idea what he was going to say or do, but even the voice in his head couldn’t stop him." Okay, that voice? That was me! I sat up straight as I often do when the story starts to write itself thinking WTH!? What's he gonna do? LOL
  • (Whispers) I actually toyed with idea of having Sofie leave Eric for Brandon. (Dodges tomatoes and eggs from angry Eric loyalists.) But I didn't!! =D Still, I felt Brandon needed his happily ever after, and that's why I'll be giving it to him very soon. Of course, there will be a ton of turmoil, angst, and heart-stopping twists before he gets it. Hey! If he wants it just like all my other guys, he'll have to take it like a man! ;)
  • Many have mentioned enjoying reading about these second-generation Morenos. There are still quite a few first-generation stories that haven't been told, but let the record show that the seed has been planted. ;)
  • I still crack up when I read certain scenes in Romero, especially the ones with Manny and Max.


One of them is US, one is international. Be sure to participate in the right ones and I wish you all good luck since the prizes are ah-mazing!

Meet Elizabeth

"I write because I must. It's not a choice or a pastime, it's an unyielding calling and my passion."Elizabeth continues to answer to her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel Forever Mine (Moreno Brothers #1) in 2010 she has now published 10* novels total and fast at work on the next. The excitement her Moreno Brothers, 5th Street, and Fate series have garnered have far exceeded her wildest dreams. It is with as much excitement that she'll continue to put out books related to these series as well as introduce brand new ones very soon.

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  1. I haven't heard of this author nor these books. But they sounds really good. Happy book birthday and thanks for sharing this amazing giveaway :)

  2. Um. Siiri? Why haven't I read this series yet?! I need to get to it asap, I want to meet these brothers and I want to laugh at whatever it is Max and Manny do that makes her crack up. Thanks for putting these on my radar!

  3. I've been seeing these books around because of this event and each post makes me want to pick up this series more and more! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have a bunch of Reyes's books, and have heard how great they are. I really need to get started!
    Thanks for sharing, Siiri!

  5. Those covers are super sexy! I haven't even seen this series before. I have no idea why! I love a good series about brothers :D

  6. How nice! I haven't seen many giveaways or celebrations of debut novels and where the author has come since then. I am having a hard time letting summer go, but I literally just bought Attachments by Rainbow Rowell for the same reason - wanting the hearty fluffiness of a read meant for summer. Sounds like Elizabeth is a great author though. Is she one of your favorites? Nice of you to pick this guest post so that those of us unfamiliar with her work will now understand why you love it so :).

    In tenth grade? How awesome. I always love reading about when a writer first got started. I can understand putting some chapters & scripts away too - I've done the very same and I hope to return to them one day as Elizabeth clearly did. I also love it when the writer starts off thinking that the work will only be this long or incorporate this person's story and then the characters end up surprising her :).

  7. I can't belive she started writing this series in tenth grade. That's amazing! I haven't yet had a chance to pick up Forever Mine, but I have heard a lot of great things about this series. Sometimes those light and steamy summer reads are all I feel like reading. I'll definitely have to check this out when I can. Thanks so much for sharing, Siiri! :)

  8. Amazing that Elizabeth starting writing these in 10th grade! I read Noah and loved it. I have the first in the Moreno Bros series, I just need to read it! Thanks for sharing, Siiri! :)