Thursday, April 17, 2014

She Likes it Rough by GVR Corcillo: Spotlight with Excerpt


Contemporary / Chick Lit / Romantic Comedy

Date Published: July 2013
Can daring adventures with an adrenaline junkie give a daydreaming pushover the courage she needs in order to make her life count for something? 

When a freak fast-food accident almost kills scaredy-cat Lisa Flyte, she decides it's time to get a backbone and really start living life! But how is a shrinking violet like Lisa supposed to get assertive all of a sudden after a lifetime of watching from the couch? 
Jack Hawkins, that's how. When Lisa finds out that the outdoor extremist from her MBA classes needs a clueless urbanite to test his top-secret line of adventure gear for beginners, she gets the most outlandish idea of her life: she will be his undercover test dummy if he helps her become brave on their adventures in the wild. 
They strike a deal. But can Lisa use her outdoor moxie to become the alpha hero of her everyday life? Will she find the grit to pursue a career she really wants or the nerve to stand up to her bullying family? 
And will she get gutsy enough to go after Jack? He's a man who's not afraid of anything...except maybe of falling for Lisa.

GVR Corcillo’s debut chick lit novel, She Likes It Rough, was awarded Best Indie Book of 2013 by the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards. The romantic comedy also took first place in the Humor category. established the awards program to pay tribute to authors who are self-published or have had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher. 

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I look straight at Jack. “What?” I demand, trying to pretend I didn't just freak out because I thought a damn jellyfish was attacking me on the fourth floor of a building downtown.
“Interesting,” he muses. “Your first reaction to fear is to strip.” He nods thoughtfully. “Good to know.”
“That's it?” I ask. “That's your reaction, to make a joke? Your whole staff is going to think I'm your booty call. Don't you care?”
He slides me a look, then grabs a duffle off a shelf. “No one is going to think that.”
“Why?” I challenge. “Am I so out of your league that the idea would be crazy to anyone who knows you?”
He stops and looks at me. “Lisa, I don’t have sex in the office. It’s not a rule, exactly, but I just never do. And I don’t encourage it among my staff.” He starts to fill the pack with gear from his desk and cabinets. “But if it'll make you feel better, I'll tell Peg how crazy hot I think you are.”
I tighten my jaw and suck in my tummy. “You’re making fun of me.”
“That’s because you’re whacko.” Jack doesn’t even pause what he’s doing when he says this. He zips the duffle shut. “Let’s go.” He brushes past me on his way to the door.
“Jack,” I say. “This deal is never going to work if you get mad at me every time I ask a question or make a suggestion.”
“I’m not mad.”
“Then why are you so edgy?”
He turns to me, his hand on the doorknob. “Because I hope to God I’m doing the right thing.”
“Why?” I ask.  “What are you doing?”
“I’m taking you on your first adventure.”

GVR Corcillo

With her Ivy League education, white trash sensibility, and pop culture savvy, GVR Corcillo delights in writing chick lit about characters who try not to trip as they valiantly march to their own bongo beat.

She didn't start writing right away. First, she worked in a greenhouse, a supermarket, a movie theatre, a potpourri-stuffing factory, an electrical fixtures plant, a book warehouse, a metal-perforating factory, a video store, several movie studios, a children's museum, a radio station, and a bar. She also taught high school in Watts and South Central Los Angeles.

But none of these fit the bill for what she always wanted to be when she grew up - a writer. So, she won some writing contests, hit the New York Times Bestsellers List with her first short story, and got a screenplay produced.

Geralyn Vivian Ruane Corcillo, a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, lives in North Hollywood with her husband Ron, a television comedy writer. They are both New York Giants fans. 



Becoming GVR said...

And I love comments, too! I hope lots of your fans chime in and pepper me with questions and comments! I will address them all! Laurie, thank you for so beautifully featuring my novel. This week has just been delight after delight! It started out with my finding out that She Likes It Rough has advanced to the Quarter Finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, and from there, it has been awesome tour stop after awesome tour stop! I am so excited that your lovely website is the penultimate stop on my tour! Thanks for all of your hard work for book lovers everywhere! -GVR Corcillo

Maggie Le Page said...

Laurie, I'm so excited to see you've hosted GVR Corcillo on your blog! I've just finished reading "She Likes It Rough" (what a title, huh?!) and I loved it! A great way to escape from my life for a couple of days. Kids kept interrupting my reading, so I resorted to reading in the kitchen as I (pretended to) cook tea! GVR, you fully deserve your quarter final selection in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 :)

Becoming GVR said...

Maggie Le Page in the house! Thanks for stopping by, Maggie! And I am so glad you enjoyed my book! Wow - you faked cooking to escape to read - way to go! And YOU also fully deserve your advancement into the Quarter Finals of The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest - your Heat of the Moment is delightful and insightful and frightfully funny!

Heather McCoubrey said...

GVR!! I started She Likes it Rough last night and I'm loving it so far! Can't wait for some time to read this afternoon or evening!!!

Have an amazing day!! xoxo

Glynis Astie said...

Hey, GVR! Fancy meeting you here. :) I cannot say enough good things about She Likes It Rough. Absolutely love Lisa and her crazy schemes, not to mention the motley crew that she hangs with. Rounding out the posse is the smoldering Jack, who I think has very MacGyveresque qualities, don't you? How can you go wrong? I definitely recommend picking up this hilarious book. You will enjoy reading it until the very last page!

GVR Corcillo said...
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GVR Corcillo said...

YAY!!! I finally FIGURED OUT how to change my Google profile to have my pic and name!!!!!!! Does that make me sound like a total technodork? I totally am, but learning as I go go go! (I am kind of afraid of computer stuff I don't understand...)

GVR Corcillo said...

Author Exraordinaire, Heather McCoubrey, I am so glad you are enjoying my book! Can't wait to read your To Love Twice! I love London and I want to go back there in your book! And I LOVE stories of people learning to love again after they can rise above the echoes of tragedy...

GVR Corcillo said...

Glynis Astie! I should hire you as my publicity diva, you are so good as capturing wonderful aspects of my book in such catchy prose! But wait, I can't hire you, as you are using that catchy prose to work on your third novel French Fry! And I bet you are busy with your novel that just came out, French Toast! Second book after the hilarious French Twist with madcap Sydney and sexy Louis; she's an adorable spaz and he's irresistibly cool as a cucumber, taking the whirling dervish Sydney in his stride. What a fun series!

GVR Corcillo said...

Hi Everybody! I just got a Facebook message from author Nicole McGehee! She stopped by the site and loved both the site and the post, but she had trouble signing in to comment. Let me know if any of you figure out how to sign in with an Open ID because I can never get that to work either :( I am honored for Nicole to have stopped by! She is an amazing author who writes sweeping sagas set in the early to mid-twentieth century - Sidney Sheldon move over and make room on the shelf for Nicole McGehee's awesome books!

Kathryn said...

I cannot wait to read this book. I hope my family has low expectations of me for the next few days. And sleep...I don't really need that, do I?

GVR Corcillo said...

Kathryn Biel you are too funny! But yes, sleep is the first thing that gets nixed from my list if I get busy. You will be hiding from your family reading my book, and I will be glues to my kKindle reading your book, Hold Her Down - I am dying to find out what scandal rocks your heroine's world!