Blog Tour Stop, Q & A & Contest: Genevieve Dewey’s First, I Love You

Welcome to my stop on the Litarti Literature Lover’s blog tour for Genevieve Dewey’s First, I Love You tour. Here is my Q & A with Ms. Dewey:

1. Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Yep. I usually take a walk, read a book, play with my kids or edit when that happens.

2. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Everything I’ve written so far I’ve self-published. After I wrote First, I Love You I went looking for publishing companies and 98% of them were very clear that they weren’t accepting submissions for a mixed genre contemporary fiction book. Since it’s not Erotica, or New Adult, or Fantasy, I just figured I wouldn’t waste my time, or their time, and went with Smashwords and Amazon. I have ideas for some stories I haven’t written yet and don’t know if I will submit to a publisher or just continue to go Indie.

3. How does your family and others ‘in the story’ feel about the book? Do your family members have a favorite character?

Well, the ones who have read it tell me they enjoyed it, but I’m reasonably certain they have to say that. Ha! Most family members like Tommy best. It’s odd, but there seems to only be two camps with James, love him or hate him.

4. If you could describe The Downey Series in three words what would they be?

Three! Have you met me? I could never be so concise. Alright: It’s about love. (contractions don’t count right? ;P)

5. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Oh, I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “As an author I reserve the right to put anything you say or do in my next novel.” It’s impossible not to infuse your own life a bit into your writing. But mostly, it’s all made up.

Title: First, I Love You by Genevieve Dewey
The Downey Trilogy Book One
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Contemporary Drama with romance subplot, Mystery/Suspense
Length: 301 pages


If Mario Puzo and Jane Austen crossed the time-space continuum and mated, “First, I Love You” would be their literary baby. Imagine being a detective with a mobster for a father, or a mobster with a straight arrow, good cop for a son. This is a relationship that is tricky on its best day. Add in some well-meaning meddling from a mob princess sister, an arrogant DEA agent, and gangsters running a human trafficking ring and you have a recipe for a book that refuses to follow the rules. Told from the perspective and point of view of each the six main characters this is the first novel in a trilogy about love, loyalty, revenge and redemption.

Omaha Detective Tommy Gates has kept his gangster father at arm’s length his whole life. Mickey Downey has spent the better part of the last two decades trying to find ways to get back the son he lost through Witness Protection. Now Tommy has taken an opportunity to work on a Federal Human Trafficking Joint Task Force in Chicago where his father lives. Tommy’s sister Kiki and his mother Mary see this as an opportunity to build a relationship between the two. Tommy’s new DEA partner James Hoffman sees it as an opportunity to gain leverage over Mickey Downey. Tommy’s other partner, FBI Agent Ginny Sommers wants to keep Tommy’s family as far from the case as possible. When Kiki and James join forces, sparks fly and it sets fire to a maelstrom of unexpected consequences for everyone involved.

One part The Godfather, two parts Emma and a dash of Casablanca mixed together, “First, I Love You” isn’t a detective novel, a gangster novel, a mystery, a romance or a family saga. It’s a little of all of the above.

Purchase Links: Kindle * Amazon (Paperback) * Smashwords

Title: Second of All by Genevieve Dewey
The Downey Trilogy Book Two
Publisher: DreateSpace
Genre: Contemporary Drama with romance subplot, Mystery/Suspense
Length: 364 pages


“…for there is nothing so perfect as a thing with no ending and no beginning such as a family of souls intertwined…”

This introspective sequel to First, I Love You takes you deeper into a tale of interwoven roles, divided loyalties, and personal conflicts.

Detective Tommy Gates and Agent Ginny Sommers struggle to balance their growing personal relationship with their task of finding his father. Back home, Kiki Downey and James Hoffman are facing their own internal and external pressures. After Mary Gates is led on a different trail by Mickey’s Irish kin, they are all given pieces of a puzzle that it will take the whole family to solve. Interlocked within the narrative are glimpses into how Mickey Downey became the man he is today.

Throughout their journeys, past and present, they all must struggle with what loyalties and loves come first, and what comes… second of all.

Purchase Links: Kindle * Amazon (Paperback) * Smashwords

Author Bio

Genevieve Dewey is the author of The Downey Trilogy (First, I Love You & Second of All) and the short stories Bird Day Battalion & V-Day Aversion. She is a wife, mother, sister, friend and Anthropologist. She was raised mostly in Nebraska, partly in Arizona. She has a Master’s in Anthropology and worked as an Applied Anthropologist for years (even ran her own research company for a while) before deciding to be a stay at home mom. She loves passionate (rational) debates, reading, and libraries… oh, and Chicago and high-heels and chocolate and target practice and gangster flicks and anything with the FBI in it and run-on sentences. She lives in Nebraska with her three brilliantly diabolical children and one incredibly funny husband.

You can find Gen online at: Website * Twitter * Facebook * Goodreads * Amazon * Pinterest

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4 Responses to Blog Tour Stop, Q & A & Contest: Genevieve Dewey’s First, I Love You



  2. Rebecca

    Both books look real good! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Timitra

    Thanks for the great giveaway!