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If your book were made into a movie, who would you want to play your main characters? Chris Hemsworth (‘Thor’) for Luke Hunter. He’s perfect! Mila Kunis for Katya Dalca
How do you come up with the titles of your books? I don’t really know the answer to that, but it is one of the first things that rises in my creative brain when I start preparing for a new book. In fact, I have the titles for my next two books already. It’s a strange occurrence but it’s like the title just appears to me, and I recognize it immediately for what it is.
What does your writing space look like? I recently moved house so although my office is still small, my view has hugely improved. I now look out over a gorgeous valley and down towards salt-water lagoons. Clean sea air blows inside and I am often treated to flocks of seabirds squawking nearby. My close-up view is all about the most important element to my writing—my characters—and they surround me. I print out reference images and reams of physical descriptions and traits, and stick them to the walls and on pin-up boards. Added to that are color-coded timelines, and various writing tips that trigger my left-brain when it’s sleepy.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? I love walking on the beach searching for treasures the waves have brought in, especially my favorite muse, the pansy shell. Otherwise, you’ll find me hanging with my friends, drinking red wine around a barbecue, and gabbing about everything and nothing.
What is your favorite color? Purple
What is your favorite pleasure food? Pizza—with ham and mushroom and extra avocado—and a glass of red wine, or two, or three…
What is your favorite season? Summer. I love sunshine, light rains…but I hate WIND!
What is your favorite television show? I’m currently a fan of the Chicago Triumvirate – Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and especially, Chicago PD.
What is your favorite movie? Shawshank Redemption
Who is your favorite actor? Meryl Streep
What is your favorite song? Beautiful War by Kings of Leon
What is your favorite comfort clothing attire? A faded pink kikoy I bought on a trip to Zanzibar with an old T that is so threadbare I continually wonder how it’s going to survive another wash…but it does.
What books might we find on your bedside table? These days I only have my kindle nearby and I’m constantly updating it. Normally I always have the latest Kristen Ashley, and one or two books from my fellow Wild Rose authors—currently I’m reading Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads. I’m also delving into Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben and A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman.
Describe yourself in three words. Writer. Hermit-crab. #RedWineHolic.
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.
The smell of beignets wafted up and distracted, I lifted the bag and took a deep breath. Whoosh! Fine sugar blew up out of the bag and coated me.
“Shit, honey, you look sweet all over.”
Oh, just great.
Blinking sugar out of my eyes I looked up. And up. He was tall, well over six foot. Midnight-blue eyes rimmed by a deeper blue-black smoldered lazily down at me. “You’re holding the best beignets in the world. You gonna stand there or you going to take a bite?”
“Umm.” Jeez, Katya. Say something.
“Here, let me hold that for you.” He took the coffee from my hand. “Go on, babe. Take a bite. It’ll be the best thing you’ll ever taste.”
Still struck dumb, I did what he asked and lifted a beignet out of the bag and took a big bite. Oh! It was like sinking my teeth into a sweet pillow of ambrosia.
I nodded and stared back at him. Then, without uttering a word, I stuffed the rest of the beignet into my mouth. He grinned at me, shaking his head. “Want to wash it down with this?” He held out my coffee.
My fingers brushed against his. Yikes! I couldn’t stop the slight tremor caused by his touch. I took a gulp of coffee - half rich chicory, half hot milk - and finally found my voice. “Would you like one?” I offered the bag of beignets to him.
“Would be like taking candy from a baby,” he grinned. “But don’t worry, I’ve got my own.” He dangled a packet like mine in front of me.
Then we both stood there and smiled at each other while we gorged on sugary donuts. He would reach for my coffee to free my hand. Then after I ate some fluffy yumminess, he’d hand it back to me so I could take a sip. We swallowed the last of our beignets and licked our fingers.
I didn’t even know his name, yet I was more turned on than I had ever been in my life.
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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