Friday, June 22, 2012

Simplicity Blog Tour Stop

I'm proud to be a stop on the Simplicity blog tour:

Today we meet Jake Peterson from Valia Lind’s Simplicity.
Hello Jake. Welcome.
Hello Brenda. Thank you for having me on the blog.

It’s my pleasure. Now, I know all the girls out there are wondering who is this Jake Peterson? How would you describe yourself in a few words?
Umm, I don’t really like talking about myself. *squirms* But I guess I’d say I’m a son, a guardian, and a photographer.

How is the life on the island treating you?
Well, at first is was really hard trying to adjust to everything. I mean, it’s not like there’s a class on it or anything. We really had to band together and trust each other and God to see us through. I have to say, I couldn’t have been marooned with the better group of people though. These men have pushed past all the obstacles to make a place for themselves and I’m just glad I get to be part of that family.

Do you resent what happened to you?
 No I don’t. I think we are placed where we’re supposed to be. There is a reason why God sent us to this island, and while we may not know what it is, I have faith. As a person, I have grown tremendously since coming here and while I wish my loved ones didn’t have to go through the pain of losing us, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

What changed when Alexis came to the island?
 *squirms again* Umm, everything.

Can you tell us what you like most about Alexis?
 Alexis, well, she’s, umm, everything. She’s strong and capable. She’s fearless and beautiful. She’s taught me things about myself that I didn’t know where part of me. She pushes me to be a better man. She has this tendency to overreact and she’s as clumsy as they come. But she will make me laugh any time of the day, and she’ll brighten a place just by walking into it. She’s perfect. *blushes*

Wow. *fans self* I didn’t know guys talked like that. If we were to ask Alexis about you, what would she say?
Umm, that I like soccer and running away to pout in the jungle?

Why is that?
No comment. You’ll have to read to find out.

Now, what is one thing you miss most from back home?
My camera. I know most people would say family, but my family is on the island with me. My camera has always been an extension of myself and I just wish I could capture some of the beauty I see here on film.

What about food?
Well, I miss a good steak. Oh and pizza. But the island has great selection of fruits and game so I’m not complaining.

If you can have one fiction book with you on the island, what would it be?
I have to say something by Alexander Dumas or Agatha Christie. Those were my favorite back on mainland.

Favorite place to visit?
France. or Italy. Anywhere Alexis would go with me. *coughs*

Now, before we let you go, the most important question. Coke or Pepsi?
I’m a Dr. Pepper kind of a guy. 

Thank you so much, Jake for sharing your thoughts with us today! 

June 16th - Introductions at Words are Things!
June 17th - Dee @ Good Choice Reading 
June 18th - Jessie Harrell - Excerpt 
June 19th - Paige - book review/character interview 
June 20th - Margie - book review/interview
June 21st - Savannah - book review
June 22nd - Brenda Pandos - Character Interview 
June 23rd - Kelly - book review / interview
June 24th - Farah - interview/ book review
June 25th - Dana - review 
June 27th - Linda - book review/ excerpt 

Driven, beautiful Alexis Sinclair lives her life to the fullest, following her dreams of running a big company. But when her world is torn apart by a storm, everything she has ever known disappears. Now, marooned on an island with a group of men, Alexis must learn to live in a world made up of simple things. Letting go of every known convenience, she realizes how insignificant her life has become. Filled with unrequited love for her rescuer she must battle the demons buried deep inside and she must look within herself and to her faith to find the strength needed to survive.
Strong and influential, Jacob Peterson, has done all he can to survive. When the fate turned its tables on him, he learned to cope with the inevitable. Plagued by his past and secrets buried there, Jacob exerts a rigid control, refusing to succumb to the joys, and torturous pain, of strong emotions. Without considering love a gift he may never receive, he believes--he chooses to live by strict set of rules. But when a strange beautiful woman washes up on his beach, the walls that he has put up long ago begin to crumble. Is she a punishment sent from God to torment his weary soul? Or is she a gift, sent from above, there to teach him how to trust? Who is this woman? And how will he stop himself from losing his heart?
Will he learn to forgive the past in order to save the woman he loves?

Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia Valia always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in YA fiction. Her first adult book Simplicity is being republished, while her YA science fiction is on submission to find a home. 

Find her at and @ValiaLind.

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