“LLtK is diamonds.”
Title: Long Live The King
Author: WS Greer
Series: An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #2
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: 5th September, 2016
ALL IT TAKES IS A YEAR TO BUILD AN EMPIRE…
Dominic Collazo has taken the infamous Giordano crime family to even greater heights in the year since he became the boss. The Family is making more money than ever, and they’re doing it quietly. Things couldn’t be better for the young kingpin.
ALL IT TAKES IS LOVE TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE ON TOP OF THE WORLD…
Alannah Sullivan may not have many friends, but when you’re lucky enough to spend your life with your soulmate, you feel untouchable. When the love of your life is the most powerful man in the city, you roll with the punches and proudly stand by his side.
ALL IT TAKES IS BETRAYAL FOR IT ALL TO COME CRASHING DOWN AROUND YOU…
There’s a traitor in The Family. Someone who knows everything. Someone who’s sabotaging business and bringing heat to Dominic that can only end in his fall from power. And everyone knows there’s only one way for a mob boss’ reign to end.
ALL IT TAKES IS A MOB KING WHO’S WILLING TO DIE TO PROTECT HIS QUEEN…
Dominic would never let anything happen to Alannah, no matter how dangerous things become, or how guilty everyone around him looks. Even if everyone he ever trusted turns against him and he has to burn it all down to save her. He’ll let it burn, even if saving her means he’ll be consumed by the blaze.
Get ready for September 5th. The KING is coming back in all his glory!
We hope you’ll enjoy reading our interview with someone who has become very special to us. Author WS Greer’s An Italian Mafia Duet series has conveyed Dominic Collazo in such a light that our opinion of him in the second book to be published soon has changed a tad, too. Itching to publish our review of the follow up to Kingpin would be putting it mildly. However, we don’t want to jump the gun! Excuse the pun but just for the sake of a good fight Dominic is going to put up, we’re going to find out what makes the man behind Dominic’s story tick.
1) Kingpins are the bad boys in Mafia novels Dominic. But your stance is slightly different to what we’re used to. Why is that?
I don’t think my stance on it is different. I understand this lifestyle because I’ve been a part of it since I was a little kid. When I got beef with a Russian, they can be killed indiscriminately because they’re outsiders. When it’s somebody in Our Thing, there’s rules. But when it comes to Alannah, fuck the rules.
2) You’re considered the Boy Wonder and earned a very responsible position at such a young age. Don’t you think this is unusual in the Mafia hierarchy?
It is unusual, but that’s because I’m one of a kind. There will never be another boss my age. After everything the Family went through after my father died, I was the best choice to bring us back to life in the mid-west.
3) Your mob bosses weren’t happy with your relationship with Alannah. Was it because she wasn’t family?
I guess, but I don’t fucking care, so it don’t really matter. Frankie saw her as a distraction, and I saw Frankie as annoying, so it is what it is. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Alannah is everything.
4) You had to make some difficult decisions and you’re a very proud man, so how did you feel about being betrayed?
Disrespected in the worst way. It’s common in Our Thing, so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. But everybody involved in my betrayal will feel my vengeance.
5) Fate plays a huge hand in yours and Alannah’s future happiness. It appeared to us that you had no compunction about bringing her into your life. Were you never conscience-stricken?
When Alannah’s life is in danger, I feel upset with myself for involving her in all my shit. But then that feeling turns to anger towards the person who tries to hurt me by hurting her.
6) How did the constant tension affect your relationship with Alannah and the mob?
My relationship with Alannah has never wavered. My relationship with La Cosa Nostra may become difficult, but I can handle that. In the end, I’m gonna do what I want, and everybody else will just have to deal with it.
7) Were you not the least bit aware of who was behind certain goings on?
I had my suspicions, but in Our Thing, proof is everything. The Commission doesn’t take unsanctioned murders lightly. It wasn’t until Alannah was in jeopardy that the rules to Our Thing went out the window.
8) Would you have done anything differently if you’d known?
Yeah, I would’ve killed everybody the second I became suspicious of them, rules be damned.
9) You made a life-changing decision at the end of LLtK. Could there have been another way out?
Nah. The circumstances being what they are, there was no other way out for me and Alannah. We needed this.
10) Are you happy?
Yeah. My life has changed a lot, and I get this gut feeling that I have eyes on me, but I’m happy. Some things just take some getting used to.
Thank you WS Greer for giving us this opportunity to interview you.
You’re more than welcome and the pleasure is mine.
KFF: This is a difficult question to answer for us bloggers because we’re sure that more than one of us are considered to be frustrated writers. Why did you decide to start writing?
Well, I was always into writing, it just wasn’t books. Growing up, I was always writing songs and poems. When I became an adult, I was still into music, but it costs way more than it pays, so I needed a change. Once I got big into reading, I had a desire to try writing my own book. 30 days later, I had Frozen Secrets finished! 3 years later, here I am with 8 books on the shelf!
KFF: Are there any outside influences as to why you’ve chosen to write about the mob?
I have a weird infatuation with the Italian mafia. I think I may have been in the mob in a past life, seriously. I love mob movies, and to me, mobsters make the best bad-asses.
KFF: It is more than obvious that you have done your homework regarding the Mafia. How did you go about it?
A whole lot of reading and watching movies. I’ve watched tons of documentaries about the mafia, particularly the 80’s and 90’s mob, which is why my mafia’s lingo sounds like theirs (fuhgeddaboutit).
KFF: Lol, Dominic’s expression is timeless. Back to books. Which one has influenced you most in your life?
When it comes to reading, I’m really not sure. I’ve read so many, it’s tough to say at this point. But when it comes to writing them, nothing has changed me the way writing Kingpin did. Dominic was the first character that came to me before the rest of the story did, and people’s response to Kingpin was beyond anything I ever dreamed, so I know the way I went about creating Dominic and Kingpin is the way I need to do it from now on. So get ready for some seriously villainous characters going forward.
KFF: We’d love to know what’s on your TBR list!
Oooh, there’s a bunch. Let’s go with my most recent three: Fellside, by M.R. Carey, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, and King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard.
KFF: How often to you write and what time of the day are you most inspired?
I try to write every day, at least two hours a day. I prefer to write in the morning, but since I have a full-time job in the US Air Force, I write at night during the week, and in the morning on the weekends. Hopefully I can write full-time one of these days, then I can write in the mornings every day!
KFF: Do you brainstorm your ideas, let them stew for ages or go with the flow?
I brainstorm like there’s no tomorrow! I write everything down, and I have pages and pages of notes on my phone and my computer.
KFF: You must read a lot. What would you recommend to your readers?
The most recent books that blew me away are Red Queen and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. Phenomenal books, and I can’t wait for book 3.
KFF: Are your book covers your ideas?
The photos for the covers are always 100% my idea, but the fonts and positions of the titles are all my outstanding cover designer’s idea. Love ya, Robin Harper!
KFF: Are you happy with the reviews you’ve had up to date?
Absolutely! There are always reviews that hit me like, “What the fuck?!?! That makes no sense!” which is why I tend to stay away from reading them. But my books are rated well, even the ones I’m not the proudest of. I’m very lucky to have the love I have, I’m just trying to get more!
KFF: Constructive criticism. How much importance do you give to this?
I need it even though I hate it. Long Live the King had a lot of revisions thanks to my awesome beta readers, and if they hadn’t told me there were things I needed to change, this book wouldn’t be what it is. So, it’s hard to take, but I always manage to get over myself and listen. Sometimes it takes a while, but I always get there eventually and do what’s best for the book.
KFF: Would you dare wipe out a whole chapter because your beta readers didn’t feel it went with the flow of the book?
For sure! I did it in Long Live the King! Chapter 11 is not in the original manuscript for the book. It literally changed 100%, and I switched POV’s multiple times in LLTK after listening to my betas.
KFF: Would you make major changes regarding the development of your characters’ personalities because your beta readers weren’t happy about it?
Yep, did it! Like I said before, I had a lot of critique about Dominic from my betas in LLTK. I changed about 95% of Dominic’s chapters in LLTK.
KFF: Editing process. Is it perfect?
Nope, and never will be. I’ve paid for editors and they’ve still missed stuff. My wife and I are both authors so we tag-team editing now, and we’re doing a pretty decent job I think. Plus we’re free, so it’s perfect!
KFF: Proofreading is considered to be an art. How much importance to you give it?
A ton. I’m proofreading nonstop, really. Somehow, things always get missed, but we try to give it our full attention.
KFF: What do you think about the rating scale on Amazon and Goodreads and if you could, would you change it?
Umm, I’m not sure about this one. Some of the comments on the ratings are outright rude and strange. There have been times when I was sure the reviewer hadn’t even read the book. But it is what it is. If there was some way to prove you’ve read the book, that’d be nice.
KFF: What would you do to better your writing?
All you can do is keep writing. I try to get better with each book, and I have a newly developed process when it comes to building my characters now, so I think things are looking bright for the future!
KFF: Formatting. Who said that! How do you go about it?
Well my formatter, Christine Borgford, handles that. She’s a beast, so I don’t have to give my two cents in that regard. She has that all figured out and I love every interior she’s ever done for me.
KFF: Would you consider doing trailers for any of your books?
Well, I’m working on making my teasers more like trailers. I like being different and unique. I’m not really interested in actual trailers with moving people and such, because I tend to skip over those when they’re in my timeline, so I assume most people do too. But, if I can take a teaser and make it awesome and interesting, it’ll give me an edge and help my stuff stand out. I’m working on that every day, and I’m actually about to post some new ones this week for LLTK.
KFF: Erotica, contemporary romance or suspense. Which genre would you choose first?
Suspense, without even thinking about it. I can’t read erotica, and I’ve tried writing it. Bad idea. So, for me, suspense is everything. I need suspense and psychotic characters, so that’s what the world can expect from me going forward. Suspense and villains! Stay tuned!
KFF: Thank you WS Greer for being so candid with us and your readers, too! Looking forward to future reads from you.
KINGPIN (An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #1)
KFF’s 5 ★ Review HERE!
WS Greer is an international bestselling author of romantic suspense, and an active duty military member with the US Air Force. He’s been serving his country since 2004, and has been an author since his debut novel, Frozen Secrets, was released in 2013.
WS was born to military parents in San Antonio, Texas, and bounced around as a child, from Okinawa, Japan, to Florida, to New Mexico, where he met his high school sweetheart, who’d become his wife in 2003. Together, the two of them have two wonderful children, and are currently living overseas on the tiny island of Guam.
WS has tackled different genres throughout his writing career. From romantic suspense with his debut novel Frozen Secrets, to erotic suspense with his bestselling Carter Trilogy and Defending Her, to contemporary romance with Worth Saving.
WS has learned a lot about writing over the years, and his goal is to build a loyal and thriving fan base in the romantic suspense genre from here on out. His stories are deeply rooted in suspense, but WS loves the added drama of intense, emotional characters. Emotion, suspense, and drama is what WS does best.
WS loves connecting with his fans and readers, and does so whenever he gets the chance, and he would love to hear from you. You can find him on his personal blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Stay tuned, there’s more suspenseful stories coming from WS Greer!
Get ready for the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime!!
Get ready for Long Live the King
(An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #2)