Happy Thursday, peeps. I've nabbed fellow Evernight Author Angela Evans on her release day today, and have aked her my nosy questions.
So, grab a cuppa and get to know her :-)
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hello, I’m Angela Evans. I’m excited to be here to talk a little about Hiding In Plain Sight.
I live in Southern Illinois (think St. Louis, not Chicago) and I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I have two children, both teenagers, and I’ve been married to my husband for over twenty years. When I’m not writing, or reading, you can probably find me baking, cooking, or dabbling in photography.
What made you write ‘this’ story?
The female character made me write this story. Her story came to me while I was watching my son’s karate class one night and I was thinking about a woman with a traumatic past who might seek to find confidence again by pursuing martial arts and self-defense training. From there I created Briarview and the other characters in the story. I love telling stories where someone realizes they have depth and strength they didn’t realize that they had, and to me that’s what happens to Kierra in Hiding In Plain Sight.
Tell us about your cover.
Isn’t the cover gorgeous? The bottom of the cover shows the street where Kierra is walking in the prologue for the story and looks like any small town main street in America. In the story Kierra transforms, both mentally and physically and to me the image of Bryan and Kierra on the cover represent who she becomes by the end of the story.
Describe a typical day’s writing for us
A typical day of writing for me means thinking about the scene I’m going to write throughout the day, sometimes even while I’m sleeping the night before. I work from home all day and if I’m lucky I can sneak in a few paragraphs between projects during the day. Once the family is home my focus is on them until late at night when I get the quiet time I need to put my thoughts from the day down on paper.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people, and by their stories. For me writing romance is telling people’s stories. I love to create a character that everyone can relate to. When I’m reading I love great characters that I literally miss when I read the last page. That’s my goal is to create characters you’d like to be friends with in real life.
If you weren’t a writer what would you be?
I truly cannot imagine what I would be if I weren’t a writer. My day job involves working on line, social media and marketing, so I guess I’d do more of that. And read. A lot of reading would happen.
Do your characters ever surprise you?
All the time! And they frequently frustrate me. They’re not mindless puppets who bend to my will, sometimes they flat refuse to do or say what I want them to do. That is what we call writer’s block.
What could not do without when you’re writing?
Coffee! Coffee is the fuel of writers.
What words of wisdom do you have for the aspiring authors out there?
Never give up. Your dreams do not have an expiration date.
If it’s important to you, make time for it. Make it a priority.
Where do you see yourself in ten years' time?
In ten years’ time my children will be grown and my husband and I will be “empty nesters” as they say. I like to think that will give me more time for writing, by then I’d love to have a substantial back list and an established reader base. I’d love to be able to pay it forward and help other aspiring writers the way my mentors have helped me.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
Yes, definitely. Writer’s block is the most frustrating experience in the world because you feel like the ideas are stuck and you cannot get them out onto the page. It’s horrible!
What other books can your readers look forward to?
I’m currently writing the second book in the Hidden Dangers series which is a lot of fun. This story features Bryan’s fiery sister, Natalie Donaldson and a new man in town.
And finally can you share the blurb and excerpt with us?
Kierra Centerand was once vivacious and outgoing, that all changed the night her stepfather killed her family in an explosion that authorities wrote off as an accident. Now, ten years later Kierra has returned to the small town of Briarview to find answers, confront her demons, and see if she can finally move on with her life. Not much has changed, Briarview is still the quaint, charming, small town Kierra left behind. Only now her high school boyfriend is the sheriff, and her stepfather is somewhere in the town, hiding in plain sight.
When Bryan Donaldson sees Kierra again for the first time he is surprised, she’s no longer the fun blonde he remembers, but rather she’s shy, prone to panic attacks, and hiding from the world. When Kierra’s stepfather starts making threats, Bryan is determined to keep her safe in his arms, and in his bed, for life.
He watched as she enjoyed another sip of her coffee. She loved coffee more than anyone he had ever known. Drinking coffee had never been something he considered sexy before he shared a morning cup with her. If she kissed half as sensually as she sipped that coffee, he was in trouble.
She glanced up and met his eyes over the rim of her coffee cup and he even found the pink blush that crept up her face appealing. She was cupping the mug with both hands, and holding it near her face as if it were a delicate flower to be carried carefully and inhaled deeply.
“You make good coffee,” she said into the growing silence.
Maybe it was a mistake, but he decided it was time to press her and figure her out.
Without a word Bryan reached out across his small kitchen and took the mug from her hands, setting it on the counter behind her. He stepped forward and instantly saw the change in her eyes when she realized his intent. She went from eager and sexy to cautious and hiding in the blink of an eye.
“Don't do that,” he ordered her.
“What?” She glanced around desperately looking for a way out of the kitchen, this conversation, and his arms as they loosely held her captive against the counter.
“Don't get all skittish and wary on me. I know you're as attracted to me as I am to you, and I also know that scares the hell out of you, but you don't have to be scared of me, or with me. Ever.” He made sure to hold her gaze as he spoke, he wouldn't let her look away. He wanted to be sure she understood everything he was saying, and a whole lot of what he wasn't saying. He was going to have her in his bed, he could guarantee that. He wanted her under him and begging for release, and he would have it, no matter what he had to do to get her there.
He kept his arms relaxed, and gripped the counter on either side of her hips. All she had to do was tell him to back off and he would. But he was going to make her say it if that's what she wanted, because he knew damn well it wasn't at all what she wanted any more than it was what he wanted.
Slowly, keeping his eyes fixed on hers until the last second, he lowered his head and took her mouth in his. As much as he told himself he knew what she wanted, he could have shouted in relief when her mouth came open willingly under his. He fought to keep his hands on the counter and not bury them in her hair. As much as he hated the color of it, he would have loved to fill his hands with it and pull her even closer.
Go slowly, he reminded himself, but his erection was already straining against the jeans he had thrown on quickly while she was in the bathroom. He craved the feeling of her pressed against him, but he needed to make sure she was ready. If she bolted on him he might never get her here again.
He made himself content with the feeling of her tongue sliding against his and her arms sliding up around his neck, playing with the hair at the base of his neck. She tasted like the coffee he had made for her, and she smelled like sleep, woman, and everything sexy. He groaned and adjusted the kiss slightly so that it deepened and he was rewarded with a noise that sounded a lot like a purr from Kierra's throat.
Gathering up every shred of his self-control, Bryan ended the kiss, resting his forehead against hers and waiting for her to open her eyes. For a moment he thought she would hide behind her closed eyelids forever, but eventually she opened her eyes and met his with an expression that could only be described as wonder.
“Wow,” she whispered, causing Bryan to smile.
“Yeah, you could say that. As much as I'd love to stay here and kiss you all day long, I need to get to the office and see if any hits came back on your dad.”
“Stepfather. He's not my dad. Actually, I don't know who my dad is, but I know who it isn't, and it isn't him. We're not blood relatives. He was just another poor choice my mother made in her life.”
The wall was definitely back around her now. Even though neither of them had moved, the mention of her stepfather was enough to make her guarded and withdrawn, which only made him want to pull her close and kiss her senseless some more just to watch the walls crumble all over again.
Kierra pushed back against Bryan's chest, putting some space between them. That only served to frustrate him further. He knew better than to push her, but dammit he couldn't help himself.
“I bring up your dad.” He held up a hand before she could say anything. “Sorry, stepdad, I know he's not your father, and suddenly you don't want me touching you? A minute ago you were practically purring and all I did was kiss you. The mixed signals are about to make me dizzy here. Can you maybe clue me in as to what's going on here?”
You can find Hiding In Plain Sight on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Hiding-Plain-Sight-Hidden-Dangers-ebook/dp/B01BKVFFF2 and Evernight Publishing at http://www.evernightpublishing.com/hiding-in-plain-sight-by-angela-evans/
Readers can find me on social media at http://facebook.com/authorangelaevans, http://www.twitter.com/readangelaevans and on Goodreads at www.goodreads.com/angelaevans and of course on my website http://authorangelaevans.com.
Thanks so much for telling us about yourself, Angela. And Happy Release Day! :-)