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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Controlled Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway with Becky Komant

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in  Becky Komant's The Controlled Blog Tour hosted by Pump Up Your Book.

About Becky:

Becky Komant was born and raised in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia. Spending most of her childhood years outdoors and playing sports, Becky’s passion for fitness was ignited. Working at a gym at the age of 16, she then went on to an advertising position at a local newspaper following high school. Soon after, Becky started her family and wanted to be more involved with her children. It was then that Becky followed her passion and founded a successful private training studio. Realizing that being a trainer was much more than just helping people physically, this led her in the direction of becoming a certified life coach. Because of her fitness and life coaching career, Becky always envisioned writing a book. Over time and thought, it evolved into her first novel, The Controlled. With more writing on the horizon, she hopes to inspire others on many levels. Becky continues to reside in Kelowna with her family.

Her latest book is the adult suspense thriller, The Controlled.


Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Becky!

Becky has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her.

My Connection to Sarah's Evolution
By Becky Komant

Every interview and conversation it’s one of the first questions I am asked:

“Is any of the story from your life?” “Is it true?”

I must admit, I definitely gave reason to question:

Sarah is a mom of five – I am a mom of four

Sarah is a fitness trainer – I am a fitness trainer

Sarah is a fitness competitor – I am a fitness competitor

… I could even add a little more but I am sure you get the point.

When I was developing the storyline to The Controlled I knew I needed a main character who was strong. Also one that many people could relate to. I don’t necessarily mean relating to the plot, but relating to her life. I remember sitting cross-legged on my gym floor across from my writing coach going over things. We bounced a few ideas back and forth and then it just came to me. I knew that by using the foundation of my life to create my main character, Sarah, it would just flow. They say to write what you know. I have knowledge in many areas of Sarah’s life, so it was the best direction to go. Originally, the main character was going to be a cheerleader with her dashing husband a coach for the football team. Glad I never went there!

Watching Sarah evolve has been fascinating for me. Being that it was my first book, I never had any idea of how captivated I would be by a character I created. She is very real to me. I put so much heart and soul into her – how she feels in each and every battle she must conquer. She is a beautiful girl with determination, a girl who learns through her journey what she is willing to live with and without. She is a compendium of many women in my life, some I have known and others who I have seen from afar but never met, some are just in my dreams.

I was out grocery shopping yesterday, someone said the name Sarah, I actually turned and expected to see her. I had goose bumps! Sarah will never be fiction to me. She will be the girl that I walk by that is struggling in her life, the one who is digging deep to overcome those struggles.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Becky! 

One lucky winner will win a digital copy of Becky's suspense/thriller, The Controlled.

Sarah Ruiz thought she had it all – until someone entered her life who was hell-bent on destroying her.

Sarah Ruiz is a business owner, a fitness trainer and a mom. Married to the ever-so-charming and wealthy Alex Ruiz, Sarah appears to have the perfect life. But behind closed doors, he revealed a side of himself that destroyed her love for him. With five beautiful children and unable to leave her situation, Sarah knows she must make changes.

Sarah’s journey to freedom take a turn when a man, Gabe Benoit, promises to help her. Thus starts a whirlwind of romance, intrigue, seduction, blackmail and manipulation. No matter which way Sarah turns, she is backed into a corner before she can even realize it. When she finally has promise of a better future, she must use every ounce of her strength to work her way through the web of lies and find truth on her journey to independence.
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Tour Participants

Monday, July 1 – Interview at Examiner
Tuesday, July 2 – Book Spotlight at Tales of a Book Addict
Wednesday, July 3 – Interview at Review From Here
Friday, July 5 – Character Guest Post for Read 2 Review
Monday, July 8 – Guest Blogging at Literarily Speaking
Friday, July 12 – Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
Monday, July 15 – Guest Blogging at My Devotional Thoughts
Tuesday, July 16 – Book Trailer Reveal at Books and Needlepoint
Wednesday, July 17 – Book Featured at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Thursday, July 18 – Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Darlene’s  Book Nook
Thursday, July 18 – Book Featured at Naturally Kim B
Monday, July 22 – Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Tuesday, July 23 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Wednesday, July 24 – Book Review at Naturally Kim B
Thursday, July 25 – Book Review at Sara’s Organized Chaos
Friday, July 26 – Book Trailer Reveal at Celtic Lady’s Reviews
Monday, August 5 – First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Tuesday, August 6 – Character Guest Post & Book Trailer Reveal at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Wednesday, August 7 – Interview at Literarily Speaking
Thursday, August 8 – First Chapter Reveal at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Friday, August 9 – Book Trailer Reveal & First Chapter Reveal at Margay Leah Justice
Friday, August 9 – Interview & Guest Blogging at Alana Munro
Monday, August 12 – Interview at Blogcritics
Tuesday, August 13 – Book Featured at I’m Shelf-ish
Wednesday, August 14 – First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter
Thursday, August 15 – Facebook Party (link added soon!)
Monday, August 19 – First Chapter Reveal at Between the Covers
Tuesday, August 20 – Interview at The Dark Phantom
Wednesday, August 21 – Book Review at My Book Addiction Reviews
Friday, August 23 – Book Review, First Chapter Reveal & Book Trailer Reveal at  Mom in Love with Fiction
Monday, August 26 – Interview at Beyond the Books
Tuesday, August 27 – Book Featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Wednesday, August 28 – Interview at The Writer’s Life
Friday, August 30 – Interview at As the Pages Turn
Monday, September 2 – Book  Trailer of the Week at Pump Up Your Book
Tuesday, September 3 – Book Featured at Read 2 Reviews
Wednesday, September 4 – Book Review & Guest Blogging at Queen of All She Reads
Thursday, September 5 – Character Interview at Beyond the Books
Friday, September 6 – Character Guest Post, Book Trailer Reveal & First Chapter Reveal at Thoughts in Progress
Monday, September 9 – Interview at Book Marketing Buzz
Tuesday, September 10 – Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life
Wednesday, September 11 – Interview at Between the Covers
Thursday, September 12 – Book Trailer Reveal at Cindy’s Love of Books
Monday, September 16 – Book Review & Guest Blogging at Jersey’s Girl Book Reviews
Tuesday, September 17 – Guest Blogging at Sasha Jackson Mysteries
Wednesday, September 18 – First Chapter Reveal at Gina’s Library
Thursday, September 19 – Character Guest Post at My Cozy Corner
Friday, September 20 – Book Trailer Reveal at Literary Winner
Monday, September 23 – Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Tuesday, September 24 – Character Guest Post at Books R Us
Wednesday, September 25 – Book Review at Between the Pages
Friday, September 27 – Interview at Pump Up Your Book
* * * RESCHEDULING: Book Review at All Grown Up?


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