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Eve Devon – Author Interview

Eve Devon_author photoThe next post in my author interview series features the lovely Eve Devon whose latest contemporary romanceThe Love List’ I reviewed recently.

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The Love List Cover High ResFalling in love is just not on Nora King’s To Do List…

Neither is accidentally super-gluing her shoe to her hand right before the biggest presentation of her life! With all the hard work she’d put into securing the family business after her father’s death, Nora has no choice but to accept help from a knight in shining armour.
Disaster relief worker Ethan Love is still haunted by his last deployment, and desperate for distraction. He’s in town to ask Nora for a major favour, and swooping in to save her presentation is a sure way to get her on side.
As Ethan sticks around and helps Nora through her grief, her barriers tumble down…but will she dare to swap her To Do lists for a How to Fall in Love list?

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The Love List is the second  in the series, the first being ‘Her Best Laid Plans.,20762031Author InterviewWelcome Eve.

Thank you Jane I ‘m happy to be here.

What inspired you to write your contemporary romance series?

When the hero from her Best Laid Plans, Jared King, finally admitted to me that he’d walked away from his birthright at twenty-one, I realised his actions had to have also impacted on his two younger sisters Nora and Sephy. I just didn’t know I’d get the chance to write about that fallout until I was offered a three book contract on the strength of Her Best Laid Plans. Immediately I knew I wanted Nora and Sephy to tell their story and get their own HEA. Family dynamics are fascinating and something we can all relate to. Sometimes no matter how we think we’ve avoided some of the stereotypical roles (eldest/responsible child), (middle/peace-maker) and (youngest/rebel) we find ourselves sitting right in the middle of those roles…but what happens when something occurs in a family that changes those roles completely. Who do you become and how does that shape your life?

I loved your heroines in ‘Her Best Laid Plans’ and ‘The Love List’ because they were witty and funny. Where do you find inspiration for your female leads?

Oh, that’s lovely to hear—thank you. TBH as soon as I gave up trying to make my characters funny or witty and just let them breathe and react honestly to their environments, I found the humour creeping in. I guess I have a wry and slightly zany sense of humour, so perhaps some of it comes with that. I like visual comedy as well. And I absolutely adore the kind of wit present in Gilmore Girls—so wish I could write that kind of clever/funny!

What’s next after ‘The Love List’?

I have the last King sibling—Sephy’s book coming out next year. It’s tentatively titled “Heart Couture” and I so loved writing about feisty single-mother lingerie-designer Sephy, who manages to get herself into quite the fix in the lead up to launching her new lingerie line.

17857601I enjoyed reading your debut romantic suspense ‘The Waiting Game’ with its chilling suspense and menacing antagonist. Do you plan to write another?

I’m so grateful I get to write suspense as well as contemporary romance. I have a suspense continuity that features an alpha-geek head of R&D for a global security corporation and his reformed-rebel assistant. I’ve been told I write really creepy villains, and the one in this book is particularly intent on ruining the company’s reputation. I have another suspense I’m working on about an agent who’s lost his edge and a data forensic analyst determined to find hers as they tackle some corporate crime (corporate villains are particularly great to write because they can hide any psychopathy under a veil of ‘successful businessman’!), and, lastly, I keep getting asked for Megan and Alex’s story (from The Waiting Game). Watch this space!

How important is writing in your life?

Incredibly. I never take being able to craft a story for granted and I really appreciate how it brings balance to my life and helps me be who I am supposed to be.

Have you a favourite author, book or genre that you read to relax? What do you like about them?

I can read across most genres and always find something entertaining but I really do love a little Nora Roberts or Dickens to transport me completely out of my world and into the lives of these fantastic characters they created.

Can you describe your writing process?

Usually a scene pops into my head and refuses to let go so that I end up mulling over “what if” scenarios as the characters start telling me secrets. Next I write a loose outline, leaving myself a little wiggle-room for the plot to breathe and take unexpected turns. After the outline comes the choosing of the notebook! Finding the right one is a ritual that requires considerable thought and… a lovely shopping trip. The notebook must be both beautiful and practical and contain four sections for: Characterisation, Research, Plotting Journal and Edits. I use my plotting journal section to write the number of words I’ve written that day, a plan for what I want to write the next day and any light-bulb moments that come to me. Oh, and the plotting chart, aka huge bulletin board (!), makes an appearance about a third of the way through the first draft when I need to have a bit of a think to make sure all the different threads that are starting to come together get tied up and I don’t leave any loose ends. Somehow through much pondering, procrastinating, angsting, charting, writing and re-writing, my book is born, completed, edited and released!

I’m sure like most writers you enjoy connecting with your readers. Do you prefer Blog, Facebook, Twitter or a combination of all of these? Why?

I love connecting with readers. Writing can be quite solitary so to be able to talk all things romance, or books; or just to be able to put the world to rights, I’m always up for a natter! I particularly love these places: WEBSITE  TWITTER  FACEBOOK

You currently write for two respected publishers does this mean you would never consider self publishing? If not why?

I’d never say never, but I do appreciate the support and editorial services publishing houses offer.

Is writing your only creative outlet or do you have other artistic talents to share with us?

I cannot lie…I truly believe that “craft”, not tea, is Life’s panacea! You may have seen some of my “blingy bookmarks” around that I make to order. The dining table is usually covered in one of my craft “efforts”. As is the sofa. And the spare room. And I might have shoved some knitting in my bag! Rest assured though, no one—absolutely no one will, ever have to suffer seeing the results of my attempt at oil painting. The word “abstract” really didn’t cover it!

Thank you so much for talking to me today Eve and I look forward to Sephy’s story and  your next romantic suspense.

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Hard to Forget – Incy Black – Release Day Spotlight and 5* Review (Hard to…#2)

It’s release day for Hard to Forget, the second in the ‘Hard to…’ series from Incy Black.

PostA warning ignored…a love denied

Four years ago, Major Jack Ballentyne followed Special Agent Lowry Fisk into a death trap. Fortunately, both of them lived to tell the tale, but when he had Lowry drummed out of the British Intelligence Service for her own safety—and his own peace of mind—he knew she’d never forgive him.
Lowry Fisk knew, she just knew, that the Service had a mole, and it was up to the Assassins, the secret black-ops unit of the Service she and Jack belonged to, to find him. And as the Assassins leader, Jack should have believed her, even though she had little evidence beyond a gut feeling. But when he hadn’t, she’d taken it upon herself to find the traitor—and ended up assaulted, shot, and left for dead. Jack had come to her rescue, but it had been too little, too late. Now all she wants to do is forget the attack, the Service, and the sexy, steely-eyed Major with the power to make her feel weak.
But the mole is on the move, and he’s coming for Lowry to finish what he started. Jack has to get the stubborn, dangerously gorgeous woman to let him back into her life and allow him to protect her—without allowing her to worm her way into his heart.

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My Review 2‘Hard to Forget’ is a fast-paced, gritty, sexy story. Full of strong, realistic characters, which showcase this author’s amazing, unique voice perfectly. The dark, action- packed scenarios are not for the squeamish. Every unsavoury incident reveals more about Jack and Lowry and those involved in their deadly pursuit.

Jack and Lowry are characterised by their mental toughness and emotional detachment. Haunted by a terrible incident in their professional past, their physical scars hide unwanted emotional vulnerability. This makes them wary of the other’s motives and unwilling to acknowledge the desire that draws them together. The sexual tension between Jack and Lowry explodes into heat and steam and finally love. A happy ever after hangs in the balance. Will they overcome their inner demons and outwit the deadly menace that pursues them?

This story is relentless there is no time to sit back and relax but it’s worth the angst. ‘Hard to Forget’ has the addictive quality of a spy novel combined with the grit and realism of a psychological thriller.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Hard to Hold- Check out my 5*review of the first book in the series here.

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It took a swan dive from a roof to convince Incy (aged 5) she wasn’t an avenging fairy and that no, she most certainly couldn’t fly. Bruised but undefeated she retreated deeper into her make-believe world populated with the brave and the poisonous.
When not fighting injustice and righting wrongs on ‘Planet Incy’ she works as a Marketing Director. (Unfortunately, her law degree languishes unused, the distinction between good and evil proving too worrisome in real life.)
Her five children are well versed in what scares her (most things) and delight in pushing her neurotic buttons—at their peril.

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5* Review: The Waiting Game – Eve Devon

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 Five years ago a madman stalked her. Kidnapped her. Tattooed her.

When security expert Cameron Dexter—the man Brooke Bennett once loved—appears unexpectedly at her door with terrifying news, the former musician discovers she can no longer hide from her past. After five years, her vicious kidnapper is out of prison and on the hunt—for Brooke.

Now he’s returned to complete his art.

Cam failed to protect Brooke once before. Now he’d rather die than let her be captured. With her life at stake, Cam vows to keep her hidden and safe. Brooke, however, is done with running. Unlike Cam, she wants to stand and fight. Emotions both old and new roil between them, but addressing their heated past must wait. Together they set a trap in London to catch a killer. But they soon discover the enemy wears many faces.

And waiting is no longer an option…

 

The Waiting GameMy Review

 
‘The Waiting Game’ is a twisty, well paced story with a damaged but so courageous heroine – Brooke and a sexy, guilt ridden hero – Cam. Hooked from the first chapter I read this book in a couple of hours.
The stalker element in this story is menacing. The author conveys Brooke’s horrific experiences cleverly without resorting to descriptions of gratuitous violence. Sharing Brooke’s point of view brings the fear and lack of control she experiences vividly to life. The plot has lots of twists and a few nasty surprises for Brooke and Cam.
Cam’s need for control is a symptom of his guilt complex which proves an almost insurmountable barrier for Brooke to climb. The chemistry between the couple as Cam refuses to let his passion override his duty is sizzling. The emotional bond between the couple is tangible they so deserve their happy ending but will they get it?
Well written secondary characters enhance the story’s realistic edge. I would love to read Ellie and Alex’s stories.
The balance of romance and suspense in ‘The Waiting Game’ makes it an enthralling read.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Day Blitz: Hard to Hold – Incy Black – 5* Review

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Today is release day for debut author Incy Black. I  have already read and reviewed ‘Hard to Hold’ which is a great read  as you will see from my review below. Here’s an introduction to the story:

‘Anna Key Marshall is about to get what she’s always wanted: a baby. Granted, it’s through a sperm donor instead of her ex-husband, but you can’t have everything. She has no idea why someone wants her dead, but she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her unborn child—even if it means turning to her ex, the Black Ops specialist who broke her heart.

Five years ago, British Intelligence agent Nick Marshall slammed the door on the woman who betrayed him. But now Anna’s back in his life with a vengeance, pregnant and full of attitude. He’d like nothing better than to walk away, but with her life on the line, he has no choice but to do what he does best—protect her at all costs.

As old wounds resurface, Nick begins to doubt his version of what went down with Anna so long ago. And he begins to believe they might have a second chance together. But with Anna’s would-be killer on the loose—it will take the full force and fury of his protective instincts, fueled by a powerful love he can’t leave behind, to hold on to the woman he still loves.

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My Review

Hard to Hold’ is a gritty, fast paced story. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, reading long into the night. This dark tale is full of missed chances, wrong choices and lives blighted by traumatic pasts. The question is can they save their future?

Action and suspense colour every scene building to an explosive climax.

There is plenty of sensual heat between Anna and Nick. Hot love scenes the only positive of their volatile relationship. Anna is a great character, intelligent and driven. Like the mythical Phoenix she creates a successful life out of the ashes of her failed marriage. Nick is more in touch with his dark side and believes he is unworthy of true happiness. No wonder these two fight whenever they are in close proximity.

‘Hard to Hold’ is a unique blend of angst and sensual romance interwoven with nail-biting suspense. Graphic visual imagery depicts the often violent action and there is a particularly menacing antagonist. This will appeal to those who like me prefer their romantic suspense dark and twisty.

I received a copy of this book from the author/ Entangled Ignite via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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It took a swan dive from a roof to convince Incy (aged 5) she wasn’t an avenging fairy and that no, she most certainly couldn’t fly. Bruised but undefeated she retreated deeper into her make-believe world populated with the brave and the poisonous.
When not fighting injustice and righting wrongs on ‘Planet Incy’ she works as a Marketing Director. (Unfortunately, her law degree languishes unused, the distinction between good and evil proving too worrisome in real life.)
Her five children are well versed in what scares her (most things) and delight in pushing her neurotic buttons—at their peril.

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