Today I have the wonderful Aliyah Burke who is here to talk a bit about herself as well as her latest book "Harbour of Refuge" which is part of the In Aeternum Series.
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Thank you for having me here today, Ms Bergman. I’m thrilled to be here. About me? Let me see. I’m a very quiet person who doesn’t like the spotlight. Extremely shy actually. I have three dogs and a cat in the house with my husband and myself. Two Borzoi and a German Shepherd then a domestic shorthair cat who thinks he is actually a dog.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I don’t have a lot of spare time but when I do have some, I have dogs which I train, show and race. I am a voracious reader and will read just about any kind of book, my favorites are romance and military fiction. I also quilt which is very relaxing for me.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I have a binder, which has my schedule in it along with a few other calendars around. I have my entire year already figured out in each month. My routine is that I take care of emails and promo first then hit all of my word counts, one at a time. How long it takes to hit them each day depends on how many books I’m working on at the current time.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Everyday life would be the simplest explanation. I love to people watch and many ideas come from that. Sometimes it’s something I hear on the news or even a commercial could spark an idea. I have a very vivid imagination so things come from any little thing. One minute there’s nothing new there, then a new idea will take root and I have another story idea.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I can’t answer that. I don’t have a specific favorite.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I am petrified of bovine. To me it’s not funny but a lot of my friends think it hilarious that I’m scared of them. Can’t explain it other than I think they’re evil. But I’ll still go to a rodeo and love to watch bull riding. Doesn’t make any sense but hey, this is me we’re talking about. J
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
There are always real life experiences in each of my books. Those who truly know me can always pick them out when they read them. The rest of the story from the characters telling me what to write and where we’re going to get to the happily ever after.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I don’t have a ‘muse’ like many writers claim to have. For me it’s the characters which drive me. Usually for me, it’s the hero who stands up and says tell my story and do it now.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I write in paranormal, historical, and contemporary now so I think I’m good as far as venturing into new areas for the time being.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Depends on what genre you’re talking. I’m a huge Christine Feehan fan (Dark series), Suzanne Brockmann (loves me some Sam/Alyssa), Cindy Dees, Iris Johansen, Jennifer Roberson, and Leigh Greenwood (cowboy series and his seven brides series) to name a few for romance and fantasy. Military fiction is a whole other kettle of fish, so to speak.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Another thing I can’t answer. I don’t have a favorite, there is something about each of my characters which strikes home to me and I don’t know how I’d pick a fave.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Overall? Making others understand it’s not easy or all fun and games. To write a quality story it takes a lot of our time, heart, and tears. The other thing is to not let the negative reviews get to you, an author must have a thick skin and know (and accept) you can’t make every single writer happy. There will be someone who doesn’t like your story and as I’m sure most writers can attest to there are folks out there who thrive on giving scathing reviews just because they want to see if they can stir up trouble.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Join a writing group. The advice and information you can learn from others is invaluable. If you want to do this as a career, be serious about it and treat it like a job.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Working with animals in some sort of fashion. I mean, I am now with my dogs but I would say even more so.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
For me? An Alaskan rail ride. Somewhere in Ireland, Scotland, and/or Wales in a small house for a few weeks. Possibly back to Australia or Antarctica. Then again, a trip to the rodeo would also work for me. J I’m flexible.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
My latest release is the second story in my In Aeternum series from Total E-Bound, Harbour of Refuge. This is the tale of Enzo Cassano and his woman, Halyn Jennings. I had a lot of fun writing this story and do hope readers enjoy their trip to get to their happily ever after.
What happens in Monte Carlo stays with you forever… Well, if you’re one of the lucky ones.
Enzo Cassano is the driver of a powerboat team, used to the fast life and all it includes—women, parties and popularity. Until the race in Monte Carlo when he meets a woman who is unlike any he’s met before. Her small-town values and almost innocent ways charm him beyond everything. He discovers, however, that beneath her exterior she’s very firm in her beliefs and won’t budge.
Halyn Jennings may be from a small town but she knows a player when she sees one and Enzo is definitely that. She doesn’t mind—she still likes him and enjoys spending time with him, well aware that what is happening between them is most likely temporary. She’s not the supermodel type he’s accustomed to being with.
Enzo’s life is turned upside down by an unexpected visitor from his past, he has to learn to accept that racing isn’t everything, and not everyone wants to be the centre of attention. Halyn’s own past comes to light in a harsh revelation and he discovers things aren’t always so easy. Will he be able to find a way to break through her barriers and prove to her she’s the one he wants, for forever?
Halyn watched Enzo as he carried their bags to the building. A cosy log cabin with two bedrooms and one bath. It was maybe a thousand square feet. She loved it there and sometimes wondered why she only made it up once a year.
A light mist fell as she waited by the car, lost in the pure magnetism of his walk. Enzo wore black. His pants, shirt, shoes, even his baseball hat was black. She couldn’t stop the moan of appreciation that slid free.
He paused at the porch, set the bags down and glanced over his shoulder at her. “You coming?”
Oh, if only. She smiled and walked up to meet him. Edging past, making sure to rub against him. It worked—he snaked a hand around her waist and bucked his hips into her.
She didn’t say a word. He was spot on, she was trouble. Unlocking the door, she then swung it open. As normal, a sense of calm filled her as she took in the interior. They walked into the living room.
“Nice,” he murmured behind her.
“Bedrooms are to the right,” she said, shutting the door.
“There are two.”
She walked by him, brushing her lips over his as she did. “And pick one. I prefer the one on your right when you turn down the hall. But whichever you choose will be fine.” Readjusting the bags in her hands, she walked to the left, heading past the dining room to the kitchen.
“This is a really nice cabin.”
She looked up at Enzo from the fridge. “I like it. It’s going to get cool tonight—do you want to grab some wood from the piles outside and set it in the fireplace so it can dry off a bit?”
“On it.” He left, only to peer at her again. “In case I hadn’t mentioned this before, thanks for bringing me.”
All she could do was smile at him. For a while, their busy schedules hadn’t worked out and she was worried she’d be going alone. Then, once her dates had been confirmed and he’d said he was free, all she’d been able to think about was four days up here with Enzo. Alone. No one else. And as much as she enjoyed Liev, she was thrilled to have some alone time with his father.
They’d got a later start than she’d anticipated, so she wasted no time getting started on dinner. Soon she had the water on for the angel hair pasta and set about making shrimp scampi. Enzo opened a bottle of wine and lit the candles as she carried the food to the table.
Talk was nice and light over their shared meal. “So,” he said, over the apple pie she’d made for dessert. “How do we do this leaf watching?”
The way his mouth moved mesmerised her and she had to shake herself to focus on his conversation.
“Not much to it. I like to drive along the roads and look, sometimes I just walk from here. I’ve got my camera. Nothing set, nothing rigid, just fun and relaxation. Sleep at night.”
“Sounds fine by me. I don’t know how much sleep you’ll be getting, but I’m all for the relaxation and fun.”
Her body hummed with expectancy of what that meant. Instead of responding, she finished up her final bit of pie. She looked up and found him completely focused on her. His eyes gleamed in the candlelight.
“Just can’t get over how beautiful you are.”
Her cheeks heated with embarrassment. She ducked her head and got up from the table.
“Wait.” Enzo looped his fingers around her wrist and tugged her to him.
“I have to clear the table.”
He slid back from the table and drew her to him, forcing her to straddle his legs. “Sit.”
She did. With one hand, she swiped some hair back from his face—she loved touching his hair, it was so thick and silky. He settled his hands upon her waist.
“Thank you,” he murmured between kisses. “For a delicious dinner. Breakfast is mine.”
Winding her arms around his neck, she put them nose to nose. “Sounds like a plan. But I really need to do dishes.”
“You cooked, I’ll clean.”
He gave her another kiss, which had her thinking of something else entirely. Grinding her pelvis into him, she wanted to smirk when he groaned and thrust up into her. She could feel him beneath her, hard and thick. Slickness gathered between her legs and she pressed harder onto him, searching for the release she knew he could give her.
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My next release will be out 06 May 2013. Book 2 in the McKingley series which is co-written with McKenna Jeffries and published through TEB. This one deals with the story of Arissa Wright and the man who steals her heart, Deiter Schneider.
Again, thank you so much for having me here today. I’d love to give away a copy of either Harbour of Refuge or Casanova in Training (PDF version) to one commenter on the interview. So if you leave a comment, I’ll randomly pick a winner on the 25th and get in touch with them.