Novels Now is becoming rather international. Last week my author guest was from Holland and today I’m welcoming Angela Kay Austin from the United States of America. Angela writes romance.
Qu: Like many other great inventions, the e-reader has taken off. Do you read in both electronic and paper mediums? Which do you prefer?
Ans: I do read in both myself. Some things I want to hold in my hand. I also still love to get autographs from my favorite authors, and I collect and show off my fav books. At one RomanticTimes convention, I jumped around from table to table collecting autographs 🙂 like a kid pumped up on cotton candy and soda! (I have a shelf of signed books collected at conferences, too)
I don’t think I have a preference. I just want some things electronically, and some in hardcover.
Qu: Do you travel to find locations or do you use the ability to go anywhere in the imagination, to do just that?
Ans: I set my books in places I’ve visited or, in some cases, dream of visiting. I watch video, check out websites, and do whatever I need to in order to know it well enough to pull the reader in.
Qu: What is the most important physical sense of your current heroine? (Taste, touch, sight,hearing or smell)
Ans: I don’t know if my heroine in “Give Me Everything” has a most important sense, but I do think her loneliness may be in part due to the lack of touch. She doesn’t have that closeness with anyone, and that is something she’s purposely done. So, when I think about it, yes, touch. It’s changed her life in many many ways.
Qu: Who is your favourite fictional hero?
Qu: Not including superheroes. I’ve loved different characters for different reasons at different times. My favorites, at the moment, are: Rick Castle (Castle), Michael Weston (Burn Notice), and Jax Teller(Sons of Anarchy). I love the humor of Castle, but I also love the drive of Michael, and the “I will kill you” of Jax 🙂 Overall the commitment to friends, family, and lovers makes them near and dear to my heart.
Angela has kindly agreed to let us read the blurb for her Give Me Everything novel and to share a short excerpt with us. Goodness, she does put her heroine through a lot.
He’d sat on top of the world… the perfect woman, a daughter, and a job that made his father proud. Now, Kendis was divorced, and his daughter wasn’t really his. At least, he has a good job…at Brady and Associates, the firm that sends him to Maryland for their client, Eastover. Eastover, one of Maryland’s largest commercial real estate developers, is on a mission to take over older, outdated malls.
She’d been through the wringer in her personal life, and now LaKia thinks the only thing she can control is her career as Marketing Director for a small commercial real estate company. She’d always wanted marriage and children like her best friend has… but she’s given up on ever finding her own Mr. Right.
Until Kendis. He gave her everything, and she gave it right back.
GIVE ME EVERYTHING
The solitary inflated tube bounced clumsily down the frenzied river with its four passengers. Cold water from the New River sprayed LaKia Jackson over and over as she dipped her oar into the crystalline water in unison with the others in her raft.
Urgently Terrence shouted, “Nic, LaKia rock…left!”
Terrence and Kendis removed their oars from the water. LaKia and Nichelle dragged their oars in the river and paddled repeatedly until sweat blended with the mist of river water covering their bodies.
“Rock, right!” belted Terrence.
“LaKia watch your right,” repeated Kendis.
Concentrating on her left, she had ignored Terrence and Kendis’ last call. Her oar collided with a rock, snapping and cracking as it ripped from her hands shattering into smaller pieces. Her fingers quivered from the prickly sensations shooting through them. Her heart leapt from her chest when she saw the rock in front of them.
The momentum from her body cast her from the raft.
Kendis caught her around the waist, but his grip slipped.
She fell sideways, rocking the raft, into the water. The vibration inside her helmet as it bounced off the rubber tube rang in her ears. Cold spring water of the New River gorge rushed into her mouth.
Gasping for air, she tried to pull herself back into the raft. Her hands were too wet. A sickening wave of terror welled up in her belly. “Nic-, Terrence help.”
Frantic, her friends’ hands and arms thrashed through the water. They couldn’t catch her as they guided the raft around the rocks. Waves of salty water filled her nose and mouth; she sank beneath the water, but her vest buoyed her back to the surface.
She had been trained for this…what was it again? Point your feet downstream, keep your body limp, and protect your head. How do you keep your body limp, when you’re scared out of your mind?
Her torso ping-ponged from rock to rock banging her arms and back against every stone in the gorge; slowly consciousness began to drain from her body. Choking from the water in her mouth, she gagged as she slipped beneath the water again. The ragged pieces of her vest, shredded by the gorge’s rocks, floated in the water around her.
The arm that pulled her out of the river felt as solid as the rocks beating against her body. For a moment, she thought she wasn’t being pulled from the water and that she had drowned. But, then she felt the warm air of summer brush
across her cold wet skin; her rescuer’s other arm reached down and wrapped around her body to secure his grip. Shivering as she laid on the bottom of the raft, she opened her eyes. Kendis Washington—her enemy, was now her rescuer.
She stirred and awakened as Kendis slid his hands beneath her limp frame. Each shove of her battered body sent a painful shock through her. Fluidly, he scooped her off the rubber floor of the raft and headed toward the dressing tents.
Contact Angela: Website: http://www.angelakayaustin.com/
Buy Give Me Everything: http://www.amazon.com/Give-Me-Everything-ebook/dp/B006U5PS7O/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1370702958&sr=8-1