Welcome to Author Spotlights on Mondays! Brand new author Amber Page is visiting this week and sharing a peek at All's Fair in Lust and War. Be sure to check out my interview with her and comment for a chance to win your choice of an e-book or a signed print copy! Sorry, US only for print because of shipping costs!
What happens in Vegas…is even hotter in New York!
After a fling in Vegas that was so wild even she can't believe it happened, copywriter Becky has finally gotten her mojo back. Time to get back to New York and win that promotion!
But things veer catastrophically off course when her new coworker Mark saunters in…and he's much too familiar. Even worse, Mark and Becky will be competing for the promotion—and he's just as good in the boardroom as he was in bed! So what's a girl to do when Mr. One Night becomes Mr. One-Desk-Away? Stand her ground, of course—if there's going to be a war, she's going to make sure she enjoys it!
“Let’s get one thing clear,” she said. “What happened was supposed to stay in Vegas. It will never happen again.”
“Never, huh? That’s a long time.”
“I’m serious. I’ve worked too hard to get where I am to let some man screw up my life.”
He pulled her into his arms and tilted her face up to his. “I think you know I’m not just ‘some man,’” he said as he brushed his lips across hers. “I’m magic.” With that, he deepened the kiss. Their tongues darted and danced, and he pulled her closer, wanting more.
He was reaching for the buttons on her blouse when the sharp whistle that signaled the arrival of a text message on his phone blared.
Becky jumped back, staring at him with undisguised horror. “I’m not sure if you’re magic,” she whispered. “But I am beginning to think you might be the devil.”
“I’ve been called worse by my competition,” he said. “But usually not until after I beat them.”
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Me: What inspired you to write your first book?
Amber: All’s Fair in Lust & War is actually my first book—not just to get published, but ever.
I’ve been wanting to write it (or something like it) for years. I’ve been a copywriter for longer than I care to admit, and I’ve always thought that an ad agency would make the perfect setting for a romance novel. Ad folk are every bit as dramatic as romance novel characters (but not quite as good looking). You wouldn’t believe the things I’ve seen over the years…
Me: Do you see writing as a career?
Amber: This is probably going to sound pretentious, but to me, writing is more than a career. It’s what I am. A state of being. In my mind, I’ve been a writer since I wrote my first story in the third grade. And I’m sure I’ll continue writing for as long as my mind and hands are able.
Me: Give us some insight into your main character. What makes him/her special?
Amber: Becky is an amazing human being. She’s seen way more than her fair share of bad times and been betrayed in the worst possible way, but she hasn’t let it stop her. She’s made her mark in what is an extraordinarily tough business, but she hasn’t let it change her. In my mind, she’s the consummate career woman—but unlike a lot of ambitious types, she hasn’t lost her ability to relate and to care for the people around her. She’s definitely a woman who deserves a happy ending!
Me: I love a good conflict. What draws your main characters to each other and keeps them apart?
Amber: The book starts on the morning after their one night stand in Vegas. It was supposed to be a fling—they felt safe in giving in to the chemistry between them because they knew they’d never see each other again.
But then Mark shows up in Becky’s office, and her boss informs her that she’ll be competing against him for the promotion she’d already been promised. That sets the stage for an enormous amount of acrimony…but they can’t deny the sparks between them. The sexual tension is delicious!
Me: How did you come up with the title?
Amber: I didn’t. I sent in the final revisions to my editor under the title Winner Takes All. When the AAs came back, the new title was in place. It’s definitely a lot sexier!
Me: What new stories are you working on?
Amber: I just finished up the first round of revisions for the follow-up to All’s Fair. This time, the heroine is Jessie, Becky’s best friend. The blurb I wrote to sell it to my editor goes a little something like this:
Jessie built Roar, her digital advertising agency, from the ground up. Now that she’s gotten her big break, New York’s biggest agency, helmed by the ad world’s handsomest executive, wants to take it back. Can she keep her company—and her heart—safe from his advances?
When Nick finds out that Jessie’s upstart agency has stolen his company’s biggest client, he knows what he has to do—buy her out and bring her under his control. But when she refuses to bend, he finds his business mettle—and his heart’s defenses—tested like never before.
Can he get the deal done without losing his heart in the process? There’s only one way to find out.
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Thanks for stopping by, readers! Be sure to comment by midnight EDT on Wednesday, September 10, for a chance to win your choice of an e-book or signed print copy of All's Fair in Lust and War, and congratulations on the start of your publishing career, Amber!
Romance...With A Kick!