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Why was she stolen? The Author explains

Stolen Princess Book Cover Stolen Princess
(Royal Conquest Saga #1)
Nikki Jefford
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, New Adult, Retelling
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Publication date: November 11th 2018

She sacrificed herself to save her family from poverty… The ball was only the beginning. It wasn’t enough to kill my mate, heir to the throne. My obsessive Fae brother-in-law wants the crown. And he wants me ruling by his side. I thought I was done with romance until a certain pompous elf reappeared in my life at the illustrious Monster Ball. A little teasing led to bruised lips and captured hearts. No one wants Jhaeros and me to be together, not even my favorite sister, Melarue. But she’s a teenager just coming into her elemental powers and discovering boys—the wrong kind—the type I want to shoot arrows through. My royal in-laws are playing a treacherous game, and my brother-in-law is determined to get what he wants. But this elf princess no longer has a master. I don’t want a crown. I want freedom, family, and the love of a lifetime. But love might be the one thing that destroys us all. **This book will now include the prequel novella Enemies and Lovers.

If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

Just one? I am a huge Sarah J. Maas fan. Her storytelling and characters steal me away in every single one of her books. For a deceased author, I’d go with Jane Austen. I love her humor and all the family scandal that goes along with her novels.

In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?

Currently, Rainbow Rowell is cracking me up with her Simon Snow series. Listening to Wayward Son in bed on audiobook my entire body was shaking with laughter (while my husband was trying to get to sleep).

What have you done with the things you wrote when in school?

All my spiral notebooks and three ringed binders stuffed with stories used to be stored in boxes beneath the stairs of my mom’s house in Alaska. She recently dumped them off at my current address in Washington State. Now they’re shoved in my closets. I’d never take the time to reread them, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to throw them into the recycle bin.

Do you have any pets?

I have a Westie named Cosmo. He will be 14 years old soon and has been my sweet little writing (and reading) buddy all along. With writing being such an isolated endeavor, having his company is a huge comfort. Luckily, he can’t reach my keyboard the way a cat can. He does like to sleep behind the wheels of my chair, so I have to watch out that I don’t back up and roll over him.

Which of your books are you most proud of?

I’m super stoked about my current series: Royal Conquest (Stolen Princess). It’s outlandish, unpredictable, steamy, and laugh-out-loud funny. Watching readers become hyper over how much they enjoyed the characters gives me an overwhelming sense of satisfaction and pride. Fans fuel the flames and keep the series going!

Do you have an unusual hobby?

I enjoy motorcycling. This is my husband’s passion. I never expected to take any part of it until six years ago when we were living on a remote island with a max speed of 40 MPH. I was getting bored with island life and figured that if I was ever going to learn, that was the best place to do it. It really revved up our relationship and gave us something fun to do on (sunny) weekends.

If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?

I wish I knew! One thing is certain, my husband and I dream of living someplace sunny and warm most of the year. I was born and raised in Alaska for the first thirty years of my life. My husband grew up near Paris, which has Seattle’s similar overcast and rain. Somehow, we ended up in the Pacific Northwest with rain, rain, gray, gray, gray. Not ideal for motorcycling or healthy dose of vitamin D!

About the Author

Nikki Jefford is an award-winning, bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and quirky combinations in-between.

She is a third-generation Alaskan now living in the Pacific Northwest with her Westie, Cosmo, and her French husband, who she wouldn’t trade in for anyone–not even Spike or Mr. Darcy!

When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking, or out riding her motorcycle, a Honda CB500F, (so long as it’s sunny and warm)!

To get in on the fun and adventure, visit Nikki at her website for release alerts, updates, exclusive giveaways, and a free story when you subscribe to her newsletter: http://nikkijefford.com/

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All of Me Book Cover All of Me
Emily Duvall
Independently published
10 Jun 2019

Maren Cole survived adolescence by relying on her intellect, but has never felt more different as an adult. The diagnosis she received as a person with Autism makes functioning in a fast-paced city with bright lights and big sounds a challenge. Forget about dating. Forget marriage. She would like to survive a conversation. Independence has never been more isolating or confusing and is complicated by a situation that puts her directly in the path of arrogant lawyer Caleb Allan.Caleb isn’t interested in anyone except himself and his legal career. The one person he doesn’t need to spend time with is the awkward Maren Cole, but their interactions are unavoidable when she has the potential to push his career ahead. Forced to confront the fact that she’s unlike anyone he’s ever met, Caleb knows falling for her will destroy his work. He may also lose his heart to a woman who may never fully love him back.

Emily Duvall tells us about her book ‘All of Me’.

  • Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

One question I get from people is, “What qualifies you to write about someone on the spectrum?” I am open about the answer, in that, one of my children was diagnosed with Autism. There is a cohort of children in our country with diagnosis that are aging into their early and mid-twenties. Initially, Maren was a lot younger and the book would have been a young adult story, but as her story came into focus, what I really wanted to write was about someone older than a teenager, and what dating, love, and independence might look like for them.

As a side note, this is the first time the romance genre is opening-up and accepting heroines like Maren and for that reason, the timing felt right. Ten years ago, there was no room for someone like Maren and her family in romance books.

  • How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?

The topic doesn’t take long to come up with but making sure the idea can stretch to an 80,000 word novel is a different beast. I have started stories, and, right around the 10,000 word mark I give the storyline and the potential for conflict more thought. Often, the story is scratched because there’s no way it can be turned into a full-length novel. I usually end up combining ideas from 3-4 stories to create one book. I have a notebook in my purse for writing down ideas because potential stories are everywhere!

  • How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?

Usually, I don’t know how much research I need until I begin writing. As the plot unfolds and the characters find themselves in situations or dialogue that requires some type of specific knowledge, I write those questions down in a spreadsheet. Once the first draft is finished, and I cannot continue until I have these questions answered, then I reach out to someone who can answer them (I like to give all questions at once). Sometimes I look up other fiction books from authors who have had characters with similar problems and read their books or I check out nonfiction books at the library. It doesn’t take too long, once I know what I’m looking for. All of Me took about two months’ worth of research before I could get all my questions answered.

  • What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?
  • How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police, medics etc when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?
  • If you need specialist knowledge to write a book, how do you obtain it? For instance, do you interview people? Go to the location? Use Google Earth? Apps?

I interview people as much as possible, especially about a topic that all the Googling in the world wouldn’t give me the information I need. Sometimes I get rejected if I ask for an interview, but most of the time, people are willing to answer questions over email or meet. I offer to put their name in the acknowledgements as a thank you. Many writers shy away from this step and I encourage them not to. Sometimes, it can feel like cold-calling, except it’s cold-emailing, I’ll search for the type of business/specialist I need, and write an email explaining who I am and if anyone would take the time to answer some of my questions.

If I need specific information about a setting, I try to write about places I have been, although Google Earth can be useful if I need to get a snapshot of a street or downtown that I want to use to mimic in the story. There is no real substitute for writing a story set in a place I’ve experienced, which is why, most of my books are set in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia since I live in this area.

  •  How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?

I have been rejected more times than I can remember. This industry is tough! I decided to self-publish this book because I had other projects I wanted to give my attention to and waiting for an agent to accept the work can takes months, and then even years to get the book on the market. Sometimes, the best call for a book is the one that makes the most sense to you as a writer. There are more “No’s” in this industry than “Yes” so I made the choice to publish and move forward.

  • Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?
  • Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?

There are so many avenues to publishing these days that writers should do what is best for them. Self-publishing is a great way to build your audience and that matters, if, later on you submit a novel to an agent or a publishing  house, they can see that  you have a following and that you are active in your writing career.

  • Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?

Most writers I know, even ones that are best-selling authors, have other careers. The authors that do make the big figures are rare.

  • What is your favourite genre?

While the romance genre is my favorite to read, I am also a big fan of the YA genre and books with suspense.

  • If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

I love books by K.A. Tucker and Lauren Layne. They write romance and I just connect with their writing styles. My writing improves after I read their books.

As for a dead author, I would say L.M. Montgomery and her beloved Anne of Green Gables stories. I’ve always been drawn to those stories. They’re timeless.

  • Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

It’s been ages since I read my first romance book, but it came out of the early 90’s. Her name is Judith McNaught. I used to read every one of her books. Every now and then, I re-read some of her works because they not only take me back to a time that I discovered that genre, but because the tension between her hero and heroine is real and raw, and I need a reminder as to what that should look like. She wrote during the beginning of the “boom” in the romance genre and her books, along with authors like Nora Roberts and LaVyrle Spencer, were on my bookshelf when I was supposed to be reading books for high school. I think the books a person connects with initially can set the standard for expectations for other books in that genre. 

  • Which of your books are you most proud of?

I must say, All of Me. It’s the first book that was different from my others. It was the biggest challenge to write because the characters both struggle with so much. Halfway through my first draft I remember turning off my computer. I asked myself, “How will there be room for love in this story because they’re both self centered?” I almost threw in the towel because in a romance, the romance MUST come first. That is the golden rule of a love story. Two characters like Maren and Caleb Allan are going to have a difficult time falling in love.

  • What, in your life, are you most proud of doing?

I am most proud of being a mother and being a wife.

  • Do you have an unusual hobby?

I’m currently working on making ‘latte art.’ I got this awesome coffee/latte maker for Christmas and I’m elevating the art of drinking coffee to make those fancy leaves or hearts in the coffee. So far—no success. The foam just looks like a blob.

  • If you could be any fictional character, which would you be? And why?

I would like to be a character in one of Liane Moriarty’s books. There’s a delicious amount of drama that doesn’t happen in the day-to-day life of an author.

  • If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?

Recently, I visited London for the first time. I absolutely loved it! The city was incredible with the history and the architecture. I loved getting lost in the city and finding a café. I was a fan of the gated parks. I think there is a story with those, I just haven’t thought of one yet.  In the U.S. we don’t have gated parks in the cities like the ones there. I was tempted to jump the fence and pretend I was a local.

  • What would you take on a desert island to read if you could only take 3 books?

Such an unfair question! I could narrow my choice down to ten, *maybe.*

Do you people watch to find characters for your books? How do you do this? What is the funniest thing you have seen that you have incorporated into a book? Or do you add some traits from your family and friends into your characters?

Oh yes. I do love to people watch. Sometimes I’ll see a look, a fashion style, or just their interaction with other people and some inspiration will hit. Oftentimes, a friend will tell me a story about something that happened at work or to a friend, and I’ll have a moment where I think, that would be a great story (or make for a great character trait/situation).

Author Bio

Where to begin? Emily has many favorite things. She loves coffee, books, and taking photos of the two together.

#Writer 💖 Story spinner 📚 Runs on coffee ☕
Award Winning #Author of contemporary & romantic suspense

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Why Awake?

Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds Book Cover Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds
An 8th Dimension Novel Book 3
Carissa Andrews
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Independently published
Publication date: November 12th 2019

The final five angels have been located and averting the apocalypse means somehow recreating the birth of Christ.  Morgan never expected total annihilation would come down to the actions of five misfit angels. But as each one’s hidden angelic power unfolds, so does the sinister truth… the entire Jesus storyline has been wiped from the collective consciousness, leaving a tear in the fabric of reality. The final five need to figure out how their gifts are meant to fit together in order to set things right. However, coming to terms with the responsibility resting on their shoulders doesn’t come easy. To make matters worse, the demons have found them and unless they get on the same page quickly, the darkness will consume them all. But how can they make things right when the thing that’s missing happened more than 2000 years ago? One thing’s for sure. If they fail, existence ceases. If you love books like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s American Gods or Good Omens, Joe Hill’s Nos4A2, or Stephen King’s (Richard Bachman) Blaze, then you’ll love Awakening!

“Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular genre to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?”

When I originally went to college, I had big plans to become an archaeologist or anthropologist. I have always been fascinated by the idea of mythology, spirituality, and religion. But more than that, I have always loved the paranormal and supernatural side as well. I grew up in a very eclectic, open minded family who embraced dichotomous thinking—which basically means holding two seemingly opposing viewpoints as true at the same time. For example, being Christian, but believing other religions or spiritual traditions hold similar truths. Magical mindsets and energy work have always played a role in my life. In fact, in 2002, I started my journey to become a reiki master. I have also dived deep into comparative religion because the concept is deeply fascinating to me.

Then, on the other side (remember the dichotomous thinking), I love science. Physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry—you name it. So, being this strange person with seemingly opposing beliefs, I find I can look at subjects more… subjectively.

Awakening originally came to me as a way to make sense of the world after the 2016 election. I’m not gonna lie—it seriously felt light we were fighting a war of light and dark and the dark was winning. So, my question to myself was… what if there were angels buried in the subconsciousness of humans walking the Earth? What would that look like? How would that play out?

However, I couldn’t quite wrap my head around their mission. What would they fight for? How would they fix things? Then, at our local writers group’s Christmas party last year, we got an interesting writing prompt. There were actually something like seven of them, but the one I chose was: write something about the Jesus story from a totally different perspective.

Now, I have to place a caveat here – I am actually very eclectic spiritually because of my background. I don’t identify as one religion or another anymore. I just don’t feel it’s necessary. So, as a sciencey, fantasy jumbled up mess I am, I took an idea I’d had in the back of my mind for a long time about the Jesus story. It relied on the question of—what if Jesus didn’t exist? What if in the future, darkness had taken over and his light never shone on the world? (Okay, historically, there are actual questions about true existence, but there is no denying his story exists—and has had a huge impact on the world.)

But more than that, what if someone from the future could go back and make things happen? How could you tell this story where it seems both believable—and completely crazy at the same time? I mean, that’s what science fiction and fantasy are meant to do, right? Play with the bigger questions of who we are, why we’re here, and the stories we tell ourselves… right?

To my knowledge, no one has written a story quite like Awakening. It’s part urban fantasy – part alternative history – part science fiction. But what I am most pleased about with this book is that it must have placed its timing perfectly (I may have written it, but I swear the stories have their own timing). Both Christians and non-Christians alike love the story and the way the story was able to tread the wire between motivation and blasphemy.

About the Author:

Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, award-winning graphic designer, indie author coach, and internationally bestselling author from Crosslake Minnesota. She is the President of the Lakes Area Writers Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit for writers in central Minnesota, as well as the owner of Author Revolution, LLC – an organization geared toward helping new authors navigate the waters of indie publishing. For 2020, Carissa has her sights set on becoming a NYT or USA Today Bestselling Author with her upcoming series, The Windhaven Witches. You can learn more about Carissa, her services, and her upcoming novels by visiting her websites: www.carissaandrews.comwww.authorrevolution.org, or authorrevolution.teachable.com

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How to steal: the author lets us know

Heist Book Cover Heist
Melanie Perkiss Witch Hunter
Kezzy Sparks
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Thriller
Square Six
Publication date: October 31st 2019

A thrilling introduction to the dark mystical world of Melanie ‘Breaker’ Perkiss, Buffalo NY’s most capable witch hunter and spell lifter.  In this debut instalment, a dark mage acting on behalf of a vengeful ex has magically removed the genitals of a man and vanished, leaving him wiped clean down there. And unfortunately for the victim, he is set to wed…now imagine saying ‘I do’ while in that deprived state. No wonder when a shell-shocked and heartbroken Casey walks into Melanie’s office to report the incident, the witch hunter immediately goes on a chase, risking her own life as she encounters dark creatures and malevolent spirits in the city’s darkest corners. The pressure is indeed on Mel: the wedding is fast approaching and leads remain few. Will she be able to corner the mage, recover the taken goods and save a doomed marriage, while bringing the conspirators to justice?  

  1. Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

Answer: I chose this particular plot premise because a theft of body parts off a living person by witches is not something you often encounter in urban fantasy books. And further, what appealed to me regarding the genital heist is that the victim is set to wed, which therefore puts pressure on the main character to solve the mystery and bring it to closure before the day comes.

  1. How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a notebook where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?

Answer: I must say I do take quite a bit of time, thinking about a plot line and weighing whether it will appeal to readers or not. Although I do not make heavy notes about a book before writing it, I do outline a little bit so that the writing process is guided and can be completed faster.

  1. How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?

Answer: I don’t do a lot of research really, since most of the stuff that I put down is something I create in my head. The plot material for HEIST was never researched on, except for some minor details about the witchcraft trials of Salem Massachusetts in 1692—3, which I speak about in one chapter.

  1. What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?

Answer: For HEIST I never used any researched materials, except for the dates of the small historical event I mentioned before.

  1. How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police, medics etc when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?

Answer: I suppose in situations where one is writing a novel that closely follows reality, the information you’d get from authority figures would be of great value since they are the ones who actually work in the field you have chosen to write about. Fantasy works differently, though, because almost everything is imagined. Myself I have never approached any authority for background information.

  1.  How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?

Answer: Yes, I have had some early works of mine rejected, and that didn’t surprise me. It’s only the fewest authors who can boast that they have never been turned down. Rejection is all part and parcel of the creative industries.

  1. Did you need to self-publish any e-books before a publisher took you up?

Answer: Sure, I did self-publish, and still would do so if needed.

  1. Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?

Answer: Without a doubt, I do believe self-publishing actually offers a viable alternative to the traditional approach. Many authors have succeeded first as indie writers and then gone on to snag traditional contracts. Yes, it’s harder to find audiences when writing as an indie, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. The biggest benefit of being an indie is total control. Everything you put out there, you are responsible for it.

  1. Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take you before this happened?

Answer: To be honest, current trends show that for the average writer, it’s well nigh impossible to survive solely on royalties. For that reason most authors have a day job with which to support themselves, and they will continue to work until such time royalties have built to a substantial amount. Very few do ever get to that level, though, and I am still a long way away from quitting my day job myself, unless a miracle happens.

  1. What is the funniest thing that happened to you on a book tour?

Answer: This is my first virtual tour and I am not very sure what could happen. If there is to be anything awkward or embarrassing coming however, we will see about it.

  1. What do you read when you are ill in bed?

            Answer: I haven’t been ill enough to stay in bed for a number of years now, and I can count myself lucky in that regard. What I would read, though, were such a thing ever to happen, would be something perhaps light and fun, think Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, but definitely not something with a lot of ghosts and dead people in it like Darynda Jones’s Charlie Davidson series.

  1. What is your favourite genre?

Answer: Currently my favourite genre is the paranormal mystery. I have always been fascinated by magic and its elements and at some point in my life, actually believed it existed. To that end, I have sampled everything from Ilona Andrews to Jeaniene Frost.

  1. If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

Answer: One writer I would never fail to recommend is Dan Brown. He is not perfect by all means, but it’s no fluke either that he has sold hundreds of millions of copies of his books. He is definitely the master of the modern day thriller.

A dead author I’d recommend any day is Charles Dickens—no need for introductions there.

  1. Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

Answer: No question, I would say Dan Brown has been a great influence. He has this ability to get into a story fast and then keep you hooked till the last word. And you’re left with no idea how much time has elapsed when your eyes are glued to the pages. With that said, I have found myself trying to do things like he does. Genre-wise I am not into the same stuff he is into, though, and I enjoy writing the fantasy story more.

  1. In your opinion, who is the funniest author now writing?

Answer: I would say two authors compete for that title currently, the first being Janet Evanovich and the second Jim Butcher. In any instalment of Stephanie Plum’s series, she gets into many laugh-out-loud funny moments and her banter with her associates is out of this world. She is quirky and comedic and does things you might imagine as foolish, but she always gets her way in the end and delivers on whatever she set out to do. Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden is another funny character and is very popular for that reason, less so for his ability to work magic.  

  1. Have you ever tried to imitate another author’s style? And if so, why?

            Answer: I certainly did do a little imitation during my early days. And the author I naturally chose to write like is Dan Brown, because he is phenomenal and a great influencer. I actually have a novel that bears the same structure as the Da Vinci Code, though it’s one I never got as far as publishing.

            Recently though, I have grown up and struck out on my own, and in HEIST you never sense anything Dan Brown-esque at all.

  1. Which of your books are you most proud of?

Answer: Since HEIST is my only published book, I would then say that debut of mine is the one I am most proud of. It possesses all the elements of what I imagine constitutes a good story. Its plot premise is one that hasn’t been overly done, its magic elements are unique and inventive. Also it has got all the suspense, vulnerability and subterfuge that readers look for.

  1. What, in your life, are you most proud of doing?

Answer: I’d say following my dreams and doing those things that I love to do is what I am proud of most. Many people go around with a novel idea in their head but never get around to actually put it down on paper, but I have been able to do it. And for that, I’d say I am blessed.

  1. Do you have an unusual hobby?

Answer: Probably not at the moment, but some years ago, I really tried to get into underwear modelling. That’s, of course, not an easy thing to do and the chances of succeeding are tiny. It’s a fun thing to try though, and when I was at it I was really serious about it, though now when I look back I realize it’s not anything I was made for. It did provide a little entertainment and heartaches, though, while it lasted.

  1. If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?

Answer: There is really many candidates for this, and it’s hard to make a choice. Florida with its warmer weather and many good beaches would not be a bad idea, as would be New York City with its variety and bustle.

  1. What would you take on a desert island to read if you could only take 3 books?

Answer: One Harry Potter maybe, just to have a little magic with me—for in case I need to work some spells. Second, an epic horror from Stephen King, just to make things look as grim as possible, and then a Dan Brown thriller to provide the suspense and quick thrills.

Author Bio

Young man with a mobile phone standing at the wall

Kezzy Sparks is a Toronto based author and writer. HEIST is his debut fiction in the long form. He enjoys reading as well, and lists works by Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Benedict Jacka, Dan Brown and Kevin Hearne as some of his personal favorites.

https://kezzysparks.net/

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What makes Passion: We hear from the author

Passion Punch Book Cover Passion Punch
Key West Escape, #3
Tricia Leedom
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance
Firefly Hill Press, LLC
(October 22, 2019)

When April Linus’ best friends find themselves in trouble with the Miami Mafia, the former heiress turns to an even more dangerous criminal for help… her father.

Not an easy decision for the young, single mother who found herself pregnant at nineteen and forced to choose between her trust fund and having a baby. April’s father agrees to loan her the money, if she moves home for a few months so he can get to know his grandchild. Before she can decide what to do, she comes face to face with the last man she ever expected to see again… her father’s former bodyguard who disappeared five years ago after she slept with him.

Black Ops operative Jonas Ostergaard made a nearly fatal mistake the last time he was in Key West. After working his way into Philip Linus’ circle of trust, Jonas let the Arms Dealer’s beautiful, kindhearted daughter distract him from his mission. He was yanked off the job by his superiors, but now he’s back to stop Linus from selling a dangerous new technology on the black market.

Needing to prove himself to save his job, Jonas is determined to keep his distance from April this time. But when he suspects she knows more about her father’s illegal business dealings than she admits, he’s torn between protecting her and uncovering the truth.

Passion ignites when April and Jonas end up on the run dodging arms dealers in the steamy Amazon rainforest, but April wonders what kind of relationship she could have with a man who has more secrets than she does. A man who could disappear at any moment and leave her heart in tatters.

Trapped between loyalty to her father and a new allegiance with the man she’s falling in love with, April realizes none of it will matter if they don’t escape the jungle alive.

  • Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

I love action/adventure movies and I love romance novels, but as a reader, it was difficult to find books that blended the two. Everything I’ve ever written has had elements of both adventure and romance. Before I was published, I used to write Historical Romance with elements of adventure. When I went to grad school, I decided to challenge myself to write something contemporary, and I’ve always wanted to write a book inspired by one of my favorite movies “Romancing the Stone.” That’s how The Key West Escape Series came about.

Passion Punch, and The Key West Escape Series, is considered to be Romantic Adventure, which falls under the umbrella of Romantic Suspense. It’s a little different though because Romantic Adventure is lighter and funnier than traditional romantic suspense, but it’s still filled with lots of action and suspenseful elements. I’d like to think of my books as action/adventure movies in book form written for women.

  • Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?

I have never self-published. I was lucky enough to be signed for a three-book contract when my publisher accepted my first book. Books 2 and 3 weren’t written yet, so I felt a little pressure to deliver something as good as the first book, but I’m really happy with the way the series turned out, and I love my publisher Firefly Hill Press.

  • What is your favourite genre?

I enjoy reading romantic suspense, paranormal, and historical romance.

  • If you could recommend a living author – who would it be?

            I would recommend Diana Gabaldon. I adore her and the Outlander series.

  • Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

JR Ward has had the most influence on my writing style. After a contest judge told me early on in my career that my writing style was ordinary and boring, I realized that maybe she was right. I decided to study some of the authors I admired, and I was draw to Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I loved the rawness of Ward’s style. While I didn’t want to copy her, I realized I could punch up my own voice in similar ways, and that’s how I approached Rum Runner, my first published novel, and the first book in The Key West Escape Series.

  • In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?

My books are quite funny. I hope you’ll check them out. 🙂

  • Do you have any pets? Yes.
    • If so, what are they?  I have a two-year-old tabby cat. I rescued him from an animal shelter a few months ago.
    • And what are they called?  Finnegan
    • Do they help you write?  Finnegan like to walk across my keyboard and add extra letters to my words, so I guess he’s trying to help.
    • What is the funniest thing they have done while you are writing? He rolled off his cat tower. I was sitting on the couch writing when I caught this out of the corner of my eye. I reached my hand out with ninja-quick reflexes I didn’t know I possessed and caught him just in time to break his fall. He was fine. He’s just really clumsy.
    • Do you want to add a photo of them to this Q&A? [please add a separate file, not embedded into document] I don’t have a good photo of Finnegan yet, because he always looks p*ssed off. I think he hates having his picture taken.
  • If you could be any fictional character, which would you be? And why?

Claire Fraser. Why? Two words: Jamie Fraser. 😉

  • If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?

I’m in love with Scotland. I’ve been there five times, and I would love to move to Glasgow, in particular. The vibrant city has the perfect blend of old and new. Great people. Great pubs and restaurants. Art and culture. And I love the Glaswegian accent.

  • What would you take on a desert island to read if you could only take 3 books?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Lover Awakened by JR Ward

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I hope you enjoy Passion Punch, (Book 3 of The Key West Escape Series.)

~ Tricia Leedom

Author Bio

TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom

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