Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: Taking Shots Author Tony Aleo

My Writing Quirks
by Toni Aleo

A lot of authors talk about how they need this and that, or rooms at this temperature, and these items around them. 
I’m not like that. 
I write in the most hectic situations. I never have the same drink. I’m always wishing I had a wand to cast a spell to clean my house and bring me food. I don’t even have an office. I sit on my couch.  Every day. It’s my thing and I really don’t want to change it. 
When I was younger, I had this amazing writing desk. I loved it. I would have my computer at arm’s length and I always had a little jar of candy (so wonder I have a big butt). It was complete quiet and no one ever bothered me.  I used to write my little Backstreet Boys fan fictions and I was awesome. Then I discovered boys, well, one boy, my now husband, and writing went down the tube. 
Fast forward about 10 years and I am holding my newborn daughter while my son is tearing up the house and my husband is laid up on the couch with a broken neck (car accident). I remember wanting to pull my hair out. Then, these two people came into my head and next thing I know, I’m at the computer writing their story. 
Since I started writing again, like that, I’m used to the hecticness. My children are a little on the crazy side. They are loud and busy, I think they might get that from me, but I still write. I wrote Taking Shots during their summer vacation, it was hell, but I did it. Trying to Score was a little easier since they were in school but they still came home. It isn’t just them, it’s my husband too. He is a needy little thing, wanting all my attention when my characters are vying for my attention, too. 
When I am not in the comforts of my home, my characters are still in my head. Talking and doing naughty stuff. So usually, I’m pulled over on the side of the road, typing out whatever it is on my phone. Or I’m at a hockey game typing my little heart out. It’s crazy and I know people think I’m nuts when my eyes shut a little and my mouth falls open. That’s usually how I look when an idea comes. 
I know, scary huh?

Author Bio
My name is Toni Aleo!
I am twenty eight years old, and married with two children. I live outside of Nashville TN, in the city called Clarksville. I have been writing since I was in high school, but never thought to publish anything until now! It took me seven months to write Taking Shots, when I was almost done; I posted it to Booksie.com and had an amazing response. Everyone loved it, and I have gotten so many comments on how real the characters are, and how every big event in the book had made people feel like they are in the book with the main characters. Which was what I wanted, I wanted people to read my book and feel for Shea and Elli, root for them when things didn't look like they would work out. I am absolutely in love with my novel, and I hope you love it too! I just finished the second in the Assassins series called Trying to Score.  Thank you so much!Website Twitter | Goodreads Amazon | BN

Book Summary:
Elli Fisher has never thought she was good enough. Let it be her job, her weight, her love life, nothing, she was convinced she couldn’t do anything right. She had walked through life for the past six years in a daze, never thinking that life could be good again after the abuse she endured from her ex boyfriend. She is lonely, sad, and depressed, that is until she meets Shea Adler. After doing a promotional shoot for the NHL team, the Nashville Assassins, she meets the hunky hockey player who shoots a puck, shattering her world.
Shea Adler was tired of the life he was living outside of the rink. The girls, the money blowing, the drinking, everything had to stop and it all did when he met Eleanor Fisher. He had never met anyone like her. She is feisty, witty, shy, and simply gorgeous. When he laid eyes on her, it was as if he was taking the hardest hit of his life into the boards, and he had to have her.
Elli is a little skeptical of Shea, but he knows that they were meant to be together, and he needed her in his life. But Elli just doesn’t understand what Shea could see in her. She is overweight, loud, and not even that pretty, so why would someone so gorgeous and so amazing want to be with her? It seemed that no matter how hard she tried to shake Shea off, he wasn’t going anywhere, and for the first time Elli didn’t feel alone.
But could Elli throw her insecurities out the window and love Shea with everything inside of her? Or will she let a past relationship, and her family ruin any chance of her being happy?
Would Elli miss her shot at love? 


  1. You sound like a really fun person. My brother lives in the Nashville area (Spring Hill) and I love it up there. The book also sounds fun, and I'm really impressed that the leading lady is overweight. That actually makes me really happy. I believe everyone can find love no matter what, and that is what makes me want to read the book. :)

  2. I just finished reading the book and I am excited about writing a review... But looking forward to having Toni on my blog for a guest Post tomorrow!! :)

  3. I love that you write in craziness! What doesn't kill you makes some great books - right? Oh wait, does it go like that? Well I changed it to be that!!!



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