Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Q&A with Aimee Duffy!!



1.  Tell us about your newest release.
Alexa Green, a notoriously scandalous UK heiress, visits Marbella in Spain with her two best friends. To make their last holiday memorable, they each have to do one crazy dare. The first goes wrong and Alexa ends up in Enrique Castillo’s penthouse wearing nothing but her underwear.

Enrique is planning a charity ball, and manages to ‘persuade’ Alexa to help since his party organizer had to quit. Alexa doesn’t make it easy for him, and is determined to enjoy the rest of her girlie holiday, keeping Ric busy doing damage control with the high class Spanish socialites
2.  Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
Alexa wins a bet against Ric and takes him to a water park. He’s usually uptight and straight-laced. It was fun writing the scenes and watching him loosen up from ‘grumpy Castillo’ (Alexa’s name for him). And the competitive nature and adrenaline junky in both of them made this scene great fun to write. 
3.  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
In high school, I loved the written assignments in English, not so much the verbal presentations. When I was little I did always want to be a Goosebumps author too. I had so many nightmares I could have probably written a series. That’s my least favourite part of having an overactive imagination.
 4. What is a typical writing day like?
If I put aside a day to write and only write, I have to unplug the wireless and take away other temptations (like hide the TV remote). When I do I can get a lot of words down. Otherwise I try to squeeze an hour or two in every day.
 5. Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?
I listen to different styles of music for different books. I had Christina Aguilera’s Stripped album on repeat while writing this. Especially Infatuation.
 6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned as a published author?
That writing the book isn’t the hardest part. There’s so much more after; revisions, edits, promotion, first review angst, bad reviews. Still, I wouldn’t give any of it up ever.
7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I have a big support circle of writer friends who I could never have gotten this far without. Michelle Smart, The Romanchics, Amalie Berlin, Melissa Blue, Catherine Coles, and loads of others. Sometimes you need others there for support, encouragement, or just to have a glass of ciber bubbly with.
8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
I don’t have my own yet, but my brother, parents and the rest of my family are very proud of me.
9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
Shopping (it’s at the top of the list, especially if shoes are involved), hillwalking, music festivals, reading and swimming. I’m open to try most things at least once.
10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
 I have a few in the works. One is with my editor, it’s a bit steamy. I’m also working on a single title. It’s very early days yet.
11. How can readers connect with you online?


Sinfully Summer Blurb

Sun, Sea and Scandal

Notorious heiress Alexa Green has certainly been enjoying her most recent girls-holiday in Marbella. Just as we thought, she’s been knocking back the cocktails and showing off her fabulous bikini body on the beach… but rumour has it she’s also been spotted sneaking out of Enrique Castillo’s penthouse in the early hours of this morning – in nothing but her underwear! Our question is, doesn’t this fiercely private billionaire know what he’s letting himself in for?

He’s got the millions… and she knows how to spend them! So lie back on your sun lounger and get comfortable, because this summer fling is going to be a sizzler!


Excerpt

Adrenaline roared through her veins. This was her only chance. Pushing away from the wall, she rounded the lift, desperately seeking an escape. She barely noticed the plush furnishings, soft-looking leather sofas and floor to ceiling window which showcased the most spectacular view she’d ever seen. Instead she focused on the walls surrounding the elevator.

‘Are you lost?’

The heavily accented voice froze her to the spot. She darted a glance toward the sound. Dark brows furrowed over the richest coloured eyes she’d seen. His gaze swept over the length of her body, then up, lingering on her rear for a beat too long. Her skin tingled under his scrutiny.

Turning her whole body to face him, she slapped a hand on her hip. ‘Had a good enough look?’

His lips quirked in a sexy, lopsided grin. The jitters were back and Alexa swore the temperature in the room shot up ten degrees. Her gaze dropped to his broad shoulders, covered in a thin white t-shirt, then down to a well filled chest. She could see a dark pattern beneath the t-shirt. She longed to find out what kind of tattoo he had. Usually, tats didn’t do it for her. But on that body…

‘I could ask you the same thing.’

She snapped her attention back to his face. He stepped toward her, his jaw set, his eyes dancing with humour and something darker…something that made her blood heat and her mouth water.

Alexa raised her arm, palm out. ‘Hold it there, Mr. Any closer and I’ll scream.’

He paused by the sofa. Propping his hip against the cream leather, he folded his arms across his chest, causing the muscles to bulge. The moisture drained from her mouth and flooded in her belly.

‘No one’s here to hear you.’ He cocked a brow. ‘You seem to be forgetting where you are and,’ his gaze dipped down to her breasts causing the nipples to peak against the lacy fabric ‘how underdressed.’

Alexa thought this moment would have topped the blush scale. She planted her other hand on her hip and glared at him, unwilling to show any weakness. ‘I’m just leaving.’

She turned and strode back to the lift, keeping her back straight and trying not to wiggle her hips too much. The predatory sheen in his eyes made her body more jittery than the idea of sprinting around the lower floor in her underwear. She reached out to hit the button, but a large hand circled her wrist before she made it.

Alexa squeaked and darted back a step. He was so close, and his chest was right in her face. She could see the dark outline of the tattoo beneath the thin cotton. The outline of a burning sun, she thought, or something that looked like a sun. Her hands itched to lift the material and see for herself.

‘I’m up here.’

She snapped her gaze back up to his smirking face and took another step back. His lips kicked up at the corners and his eyes darkened. She swallowed against the urge to step closer, to feel his hard body pressed against hers. But she realised she was in little more than her bra and knickers in a stranger’s home. Unease skittered down her spine.

Alexa squared her shoulders, trying to quash the fear turning her heated blood into cold sludge. ‘I’m leaving now.’

‘After you explain what you’re doing in my home in your undergarments.’

 Undergarments?’ Alexa pressed her lips together to keep a giggle at bay. ‘Seriously?’

About the Author

All my life I’ve been dreaming up stories. My mum said when I was little I used to make all the My Little Pony figurines talk to each other, and even fall in love. Later, it was Barbie and Ken. In my teens, I played matchmaker with my friends at school.

When I wasn’t creating imaginary scenarios, I had my nose stuck in books, reading across genres and there was one thing I loved more than the escapism—the fact a story can touch me so deeply, like I was experiencing everything along with my characters. I knew from early on this was something I wanted to do for others.

Fast forward a few years, and the dream almost got lost in real life, but I still couldn’t shake it completely. Now I write sizzling romance with the hope of making my readers’ hearts race like they are falling in love for the first time.
 


Thank you so much for having me!

1 comment:

Aimee Duffy said...

Thank you so much for having me!

Aimee x