Friday, August 21, 2015

The Connolly Affair (+$20 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: The Connolly Affair
Author: Brett Scott Ermilio
Series: Connolly Affair #1
Pages: 405
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: N/A
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance-Suspense 
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Nicki Connolly’s life has flat lined. Nicki’s dull marriage to her husband, Aiden, flounders further and further into a hopeless abyss. Despite the setbacks, Nicki attempts to balance being a working mother, a successful attorney and relishes the distractions of a budding romance with a man named Taylor Diamond. Nicki has been assigned lead attorney in a massive class-action lawsuit that will make or break her career at the firm of Rapture and Myers. That is when the handsome Taylor Diamond appears in her life. 

Taylor Diamond has been named second chair for the big case. Taylor has it all: looks, brains, a strong family name and many connections. But dark forces loom and converge upon Nicki and Taylor. As obstacles grow, the two form a fiery bond just as the case and her life reach an epic breaking point.

The Connolly Affair delivers a suspense-filled thrill ride that will have readers on the edge of their seats. 

~Guest Post ~
I want to talk about why I created "The Connolly Affair" and what I hope readers will get out of it. This book series is going to top out at just under 1,000 pages. Book one came in at about 380. Book 2 I'm nearly done with is about 300. And book 3 will be similar to book 2. I can honestly say that this trilogy has been a huge amount of fun for me to write. I will start at the beginning.

"The Connolly Affair" was created because my wife challenged me to write this genre (romance). I know she loves thrillers so I decided to write a romance-suspense story that had numerous chilling and thrilling moments embedded in it. Because I used to have fun with her when she read romance novels, she pushed me to write something great in the genre. I read some of the "50 Shades" books and got a point of reference. It wasn't a genre I was familiar with (in all honesty.) I have written a lot of material, books, screenplays and TV shows, and I've had love and romance as a centerpiece in many stories. But never did I delve in such detail. I visited numerous blogs on sexually thinking like a woman. Down to blogs that were highlighted by sexual stimulation and masturbation. It was definitely enlightening for me and wasn't what I learned in Sex Ed.. So it was a great education for the book and me personally and only enhanced the realism of Nicki Connolly and really took the POV of many every day women who blogged about their lives. Truly multiple perspectives was important.

Knowing my wife is critical and enjoys good books, I pushed myself to create a fun, passionate, romantic and suspenseful story that centered around a strong female central character. Nicki Connolly is a mom in a dull marriage. Things aren't going well at home. She also is a very bright attorney who worked her way up to partner at her law firm. She balances both work and family. She has two young girls who she is dying to spend more time with. But her job, in particular a big class action lawsuit she is leading, is taking precedence in her life. The lawsuit was initiated by Nicki on behalf of her cousin (who was like a sister to her) and her cousin's daughter; both of whom are sick by the neglect of a big food processing plant near their town. Nicki must stay strong for them (and the rest of the town) while her husband doesn't like Nicki being pulled away from the family. It causes him to dial back his construction business and be the primary caretaker of his daughters. This frustrates him and creates further friction in their marriage.

I love having a strong female character as my centerpiece. She is the driving force of "The Connolly Affair" and a voice I loved writing. No spoilers here, just know that the themes of marriage, love, family and the challenges of intense passion and suspense take center stage in an awesomely entertaining three books (I can definitely vouch for 2 is amazing and complete and book 3 is well laid out).

In this, the first steps of this release, I hope the readers check out this series and see where this amazing story heads. I believe passionately in this trilogy and am very proud to deliver it to everyone around the world.

Brett Scott Ermilio-

~Try an Excerpt!~
See, everything new became old. Everything special became ordinary. I’d love to blame him for my betrayals, but mirrors are all too honest. And there was no way around it. I made this choice.

But even so, it is hard to fathom happiness, evaporating like a water droplet on a blistering hot day. And that’s what happened. Our spark was gone, our flame had dulled.

And there it was. I had a wonderfully honest and kind husband, I had two amazing children, I was a partner at my law firm, and in a single fall moment I risked it all.

~Meet Brett!~ 

Award winning writer Brett Scott Ermilio currently resides on the Jersey Shore with his nine colorful roommates: his loving wife, four beautifully chaotic children, three small yapping dogs and one moody fish.

The nephew of Neil Scott Bogart (The Disco King and founder of Casablanca Records), Brett has been writing stories since he was sixteen. His first completed screenplay was written at age seventeen. He won a screenwriting award for his move script, “Jacob.”

Over the years, Brett has written, directed and produced a feature film, worked on numerous screenplays. He had his first book published through Lyons Press, Going Platinum: KISS, Donna Summer and How Neil Bogart Built Casablanca Records, a biography highlighting the meteoric rise of Neil Bogart from birth to death. 
Over the next year, Brett is releasing his highly anticipated romance/suspense trilogy, The Connolly Affair, and plans to continue writing enthralling stories and looks forward to sharing his thrilling adventures with the world.  
Brett will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Great post! I enjoyed reading it, thanks for sharing :)

  2. Thanks for the interesting Guest Post!

  3. Great excerpt and book tour~I really enjoyed learning about you and your book! Thank you for a great post and contest!

  4. I had no idea that a fish could be moody. Good to know, LOL!