by Anni Fife
GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense
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Chased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart and the only leverage she has against her father. She is left with no choice except to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.
Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he's in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It's a promise he can't keep.
When Katya's past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.
We pulled into the underground parking at King Security and Luke parked the SUV in line with several other huge black Ford Expeditions. It appeared King Security had its own fleet.
Unable to stop myself, I blurted, “You were with Anna when you were undercover with my father, weren’t you?”
Luke pulled the keys from the ignition. In the deafening silence I didn’t think he was going to answer. Then he turned to me and bit out. “Yes!”
Wow! I didn’t expect him to be so honest. I sat back and folded my arms, tight. Damn, his answer hurt me. “So you make a habit of lying to your women? Being with them while you’re pretending to be someone you’re not? Is that your thing?”
“She wasn’t my woman,” Luke growled. “She was just a woman. She was there, I was there. It was never deep and it sure as hell wasn’t forever. Then it was over, and I made certain she was clear of the investigation. That was it.” He leaned towards me and said impatiently, “That tell you what you want to know?”
“Not even close. You made love to her didn’t you?”
“Hell no!” Luke snarled. “I fucked her. Like I have all the other women in my life. There’s only one woman I ever made love to Katya. And that was you.”
I went rigid, stunned into silence. Luke turned to open his car door. “You didn’t make love to me, Michael did,” I whispered.
Q & A with Anni Fife
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What was the hardest part of writing this book?
I think writing the erotic love scenes. It was challenging to ensure they didn’t make readers cringe with embarrassment. I likened them to filming exquisitely sensual sex scenes. To make them appear sexy and seductive, the director has to film a million controlled takes. And they definitely are not sexual for the actors participating in them. But when they get it right, the end result is worth every take. Likewise, to make my written love scenes sexy and authentic, I had to expose my inner woman, the part of me that is most private and vulnerable. Not easy!
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I loved everything! But I suppose I could point to my favorite part being character development. I’m a psychology fundi, so I get high on fleshing out the intricacies of what makes my characters tick. I dig deep into their motives, and try to analyze their actions from their own worldview. I do my best not to bring my own perspective into contention, as I believe this distorts how a character develops. I also liked the editing. I used to do a lot of film editing so book editing is a natural progression for me.
What inspires you?
There is no one thing. I have always loved making up stories in my head, but I never believed writing novels was a feasible career choice. I’d daydream about it, but my decision to follow my passion was sudden. A confluence of life events and opportunities that came together and made it possible make the life-changing decision to become an author. And I love writing Contemporary Romance because I find our world an increasingly challenging place to live in. We are surrounded by so many NOT happily ever-after’s. To be able to lose myself in a world of steamy romance, unpredictable suspense, and a guaranteed HEA is a fantastic job to have. It gets even better when I get to choose the hot alpha male, the sassy intelligent gal, the break-ups, the make-ups.... you get the idea.
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?
The most influential author in my writing is probably the inimitable Kristen Ashley. When she releases a new book, I turn it into a day of celebration. Out comes the red wine, chocolates and a comfy pillow. Then I curl up and spend the whole day alternatively laughing and weeping—and, of course, crossing my legs to contain the delicious tingles of desire. Her alpha heroes invade my dreams. Her heroines are funny and beautifully accessible. And her stories are both heartbreaking and uplifting.
What do your plans for future projects include?
I’m putting all my attention into my King Security Series. I have at least six novels planned, perhaps more. I’d like to write at least four of them before I think of taking a break to write something else. The next up is Gray’s Promise. It’s set in New York and Denton, Texas. Grayson Walker is Luke’s best friend, and he’s a wicked charmer. Zoey Morgan is his one-and-only. Torn apart by horrific tragedy, Gray and Zoey still carry the emotional scars fourteen years later. We follow their fraught reconciliation, and the unknown evil stalking them. Their journey is filled with pain, and a heart-wrenching beauty. And, of course, sexual chemistry so scorching it still gets me in a hot sweat when I think about it. I hope to release Gray’s Promise later in 2017.
Do you ever get writer’s Block? Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I’m lucky, to date I have not experienced it. The ideas for my stories tend to come when I’m walking on the beach, hanging around the pool, or even daydreaming in bed. What I have learned is to not waste any time when the muse hits because as quickly as it comes it can go. I always have a notepad and pen with me, and if not, I use my Note App on my iphone. The best advice I can offer is not to over think it when the block hits. Change what you are doing, go for a walk, think of something completely different. This works for me. What also helps is that I am an intensive plotter. And most of my plot includes reams of dialogue between my main protagonists. So when I sit down to do the actual writing, my scenes and most of my dialogue are already laid out.
Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different?
I wish I could say yes as it sounds like a wonderful experience, but for now at least, I have to say no.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Last year, Anni Fife closed the door on a twenty-year successful career in television production, to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of one month, she closed her business, packed up her city life and moved to a small seaside village. ‘My writing has always been constrained by client briefs,’ Anni says. ‘Now, I finally have the opportunity to write to the beat of my own heart.’ LUKE’s Redemption is Anni’s debut novel and she hopes you enjoy it as much as she loved writing it. Anni loves to spend hours walking on the beach searching for pansy shells, more hours drinking red wine with her gal posse, and the most hours writing romance novels filled with women you can relate to and men you love to dream about. She is currently working on her second novel, GRAY’s Promise.
Anni is published by The Wild Rose Press.
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