First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family (the ones you want to see).
Now I have a special treat for you. Fabulous author April Hunt is my guest today. She and I not only share a love of writing, but we also share a love for chocolate. April was lucky enough to grow up near Hershey, PA. (you know, where the chocolate is made), but she now lives in Virginia. She loves writing about sexy Alpha men—and women. Her novella Hot Target is included in my romantic suspense Don’t Breathe a Word (11/4/19).
Happy release day, April. Yes, her romantic suspense Lethal Redemption (Steel Ops, book 2) releases today with a special bonus novel: Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake! That’s right, not only do you get Lethal Redemption, an edge of you seat thrilling read, you also get Piper’s novel about honor, loyalty, love and a dog in need of healing.
April Hunt “will keep you on the edge of your seat” (Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author) in this heart-pounding new romantic suspense.
Top FBI profiler Grace Steele was just a girl when she escaped the Order of the New Dawn, and she’s spent the last seventeen years trying to forget her time there. But when private security firm Steele Ops needs her help extracting a young woman from the secretive cult’s clutches, she’s all in. Even though the mission requires posing as the fiancée of the only man who’s ever broken her heart.
It’s been nine years since Cade Wright turned his back on his childhood sweetheart, and he’s never stopped regretting it. Now that they’re forced to work together, he knows this is his opportunity to show Grace how much he’s changed. But the deeper they get pulled into New Dawn, the clearer it becomes that the demons still haunting Grace are very real, and Cade will have to risk everything to keep her safe . . . including his own life.
Includes the bonus novel Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake!
April agreed to answer a few of my questions:
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I started out by reading—anything and everything I could get my hands on. Some kids used their allowance money for candy, or the latest cool shoes. I, on the other hand, horded it until I could finally convince my mother to take me to Walden Books. And even as a young girl / pre teen, I migrated toward books with romance. But I was picky. I knew what I liked, and if I couldn’t find it on the shelf, I started writing my own. Like chocolate, writing happily ever afters is very addictive, and I’m still doing it many, many years later…except now I get to see my own stories on the shelf.
- What’s your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?
I have an office, but I usually only use it if I’m under a SUPER tight deadline, and usually park myself on the left side of the couch. (The hubby owns the right side, lol).Most of my work happens when everyone is either out of the house, or in bed. I’m a late night writer. No 5 AM wake ups for this girl, lol.
- Do you plot out your stories or do you just sit and write and see where it takes you?
I’m a half-reformed pantser if that makes sense. I usually make sure I have the basic foundation for my characters and their motivations, and of course, a plot, and then I bring up a blank doc and see what happens. Sometimes it works, sometimes my delete key gets one heck of a work out. But whether I really plot ahead of time, or pants-it, the characters always let me know that they have minds of their own.
- You write a lot about ex military in your books. Do you have a connection to the military?
My father was in the US Navy, and I spent most of my life living a pebble’s throw away from a military base. And let me tell you, those base MP’s are NO JOKE. They actually gave me my very first speeding ticket.
- You’ve written several books where the main protagonist is a kick-ass woman. Someone who does a job traditionally belonging to a man. I love it! Which is easier to write alpha males or alpha females?
I love alpha heroes, all the brooding and protectiveness, but I HAVE to pair them with women who they don’t need to protect. All my heroines can hold their own—in life and with the men who want to win them over. I don’t know that one is easier to write than the other, but I have to say that my current secret project has even more kick-ass women and it’s the most fun I’ve had writing in ages.
- Hot Target is a bonus novella in Don’t Breathe a Word, my romantic suspense out Nov. 5th. What do you like best about this book?
Hot Target almost didn’t happen, but my publisher saw that people were begging for Logan’s story. He’d been a key character from my very first book baby, Heated Pursuit, and the flirty, somewhat dorky, cowboy who never really took life seriously. I loved showing people that despite Logan’s laid back, and somewhat sexually suggestive T shirts, there was a deeper, slightly darker side. Sometimes people wear masks to hide pain, and that Logan had gotten really good at it. He just needed the right woman to show him that it was okay to remove that mask.
- What’s next for you?
Lethal Redemption (book 2 in my Steele Ops series) comes out November 26th with Fatal Deception (book 3) out spring 2020. I’m currently working on a super secret project that I can’t yet discuss, but just know that there will more kick-ass heroines coming your way soon. 😉
And get don’t for get to snag a copy of my latest romantic suspense Don’t Close Your Eyes and get April’s novella Hot Target for free. Order now at Amazon, IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads Kobo, Apple Books. Ebooks.com and Forever Books.