Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday Author Spotlight: Aimee Nicole Walker #Interview #Giveaway




It's Saturday! That means it's spotlight time. YAY! Today we have the lovely, kind, talented, and unforgettable Aimee Nicole Walker here with us. She's talking about some of her books and a book that is coming out in November! Very exciting stuff. There's an interview and a terrific giveaway at the end so be sure to check it all out!








Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head.

Josh “Jazz” Roman is a small-town business owner with big dreams and an attitude to match. He finds himself in the middle of a case that brings the dreamy detective to the front door of his Curl Up and Dye Salon. Josh learns that the biggest threat to him isn’t a killer; it’s a man who wants something from him that he vowed to never give again - his heart.

Both men deny that there’s something between them, even though they’re drawn together like magnets. Can Gabe convince Josh to let down his guard or will Josh let past hurts destroy his chance at a happy future?

Dyeing to be Loved is the first book in the Curl Up and Dye Mystery series. These books are written to be read in order. They contain sexually explicit material and are intended for adults 18 and older. 







Psychic Emory Jackson and former black ops specialist Jonathon Silver are men from two completely different worlds with one thing in common: heartbreak. Emory still mourns the loss of his husband five years prior, and Jon is reeling with grief from the recent death of his twin brother.

Sparks fly when mutual friends introduce them, but it’s so much more than basic attraction. There’s an undeniable awareness and a sense of belonging that neither man can deny. Despite Emory’s premonition of a future with Jon, he has vowed never to love again. Jon is convinced that his tainted soul is the reason he will never have someone to call his own. What if they’re both wrong?

Maybe these broken men with their jagged edges could somehow align perfectly to form something whole and beautiful. But will that realization come too late for them?








Circle of Darkness – Release Date Nov 15th

There isn’t a monster D’Angelo Kumar can’t destroy or a crisis he can’t manage until he meets Angel Bai. The insane attraction he feels toward the sexy waiter is unwelcome because D’Angelo doesn’t have room in his life for relationships. A solitary path is the only option for a man like him, but fighting his growing feelings for Angel may be the first battle he can’t win.

Angel’s abilities extend beyond memorizing the menu at D’Angelo’s favorite Italian restaurant, but he knows better than to trust anyone with his secret. When a vision reveals that D’Angelo’s life is in danger, he will risk everything to save him. The only thing scarier than monsters and demons to Angel is never knowing D’Angelo’s touch.

To say the demon hunter is reluctant to form a partnership with the psychic is putting it mildly, but D’Angelo needs every advantage he can get when the world’s very existence is threatened. As darkness looms nearer, D’Angelo and Angel’s unexplainable connection grows stronger. For a chance at happiness, the two men will need to call upon unlikely allies for an epic showdown between good and evil.


Sexy, witty, and action-packed, Circle of Darkness is the first book in the Genesis Circle paranormal romance series by Nicholas Bella and Aimee Nicole Walker. This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults 18 and older.  






Interview

Thank you, Aimee, for hanging out with me today. Even though I pretty much forced you into this. But it will be worth it in the end… I hope. I’m just going to ask you some questions and then I will release you.  I am so happy to be here. Thank you for having me.


Describe yourself using just three words.

Quirky, independent, and fierce.


GRL is only a few days away. This will be your first year attending. What is going through your head right now and what excites you about this?

This is my first year and I’m excited about all of it. Seriously! I get to breathe the same air as my favorite authors and meet the readers who’ve come to mean so much to me.  It’s my first book convention ever, so I’m thrilled to experience as much as I can.

What do you hope to take from the GRL experience?

I hope to strengthen existing friendships and open myself to new ones. Anyone who’s read my books knows how important friendships are to me. It’s one of the main themes in almost every single book or series. Friends are the family we choose. Cherish them.

You have a cover reveal coming up as well. Tell us about this Christmas story headed our way.

Oh my! Hold onto your hats because it’s a wild ride. Josh and Gabe are the proud, doting fathers of ten-month-old twins, Destiny and Dylan. The story starts right before Thanksgiving and goes through the New Year where we celebrate the twins’ first birthday.  There are shenanigans aplenty, tons of laughs, sexy times, and so much love in A Dye Hard Holiday. We get to catch up with our favorite characters and meet some new faces. It was an absolute joy to write.


Of all the amazing characters you’ve ever written Josh is my favorite. Hard not to love that fire cracker! Did he just pop into your brain one day or was there inspiration for him?

I have never in my three years of writing connected with another character like I have Josh Roman. I feel like he is a part of my soul that I’ve ripped out and put on paper for the world to see. Sharing his books feels as intimate as sharing my journal with complete strangers.

Josh started making his presence known to me about the time I started writing the Fated Hearts series in late 2014. I kept telling him he had to wait. Then book ideas for him kept popping up in my head like little film clips, and I just kept ignoring him. His voice just kept getting stronger and louder in my head. At the time, I didn’t really have an interest in writing multiple series at once. I worried that one series would pull my attention more than the other, and I’d end up with an incomplete series and angry readers. I knew that it would be almost impossible to walk away from Josh’s personality once I tapped into him.

Mostly, Josh is a complete figment of my imagination. Years ago, I’d say ten to twelve years, I was driving home from my old job, and I saw a young man walking down the street surrounded by girls. I would guess that he was probably in high school. He was the most fabulous kid I ever saw. I mean, he was so sassy and happy in his own skin as he danced around and laughed with his friends. He was so vibrant and full of life that he nearly levitated off the ground. He made my heart deliriously happy, and I’m pretty sure I smiled the entire thirty-minute drive home. I saw him again the next night, but he was by himself. He was singing along to whatever song was playing in his ear and snapping his fingers like he didn’t have a care in the world. Again, this joy just radiated inside me like a ray of sunshine, and I remember praying that nothing and no one would ever dim his bright light. The world can be such a cruel place, and he triggered my protectice instincts. I never saw him again after that night, and I still wonder where he is and how he’s doing. This kid looked nothing like Josh, but I think Josh definitely exudes that same fabulous ray of sunshine.

I have to ask this. HAVE TO. You collaborated with Nicholas Bella in Undisputed and you also have another collab with him coming out. He’s as dark as you are light. HOW do you make this work?

Writing with Nicholas Bella has been one of the easiest, most flawless experiences in my life. First, we have the same work ethic and dedication to our craft. We approach our projects in the same way, constantly striving to improve our skills and grow as writers. We have complete trust in each other, which is the most important component in any collaboration. We respect what each of us brings to the table. We have no egos and we listen to each other. When it comes to romance, we rely on my instincts and knowledge of what works best. When it comes to paranormal, supernatural, or gritty elements, then we rely on Nick’s instincts and knowledge.

 In both situations, we always listen to what the other one says. Our personalities are very similar, so it helps a lot. Our subject matter in our solo books is completely opposite, but we’re very much alike as people. Does that make sense?

I also think that sometimes we, as creators, get pigeonholed as to what we’re capable of doing.  Sometimes it’s fair, and sometimes it happens because we don’t show the other sides of our personalities or our different passions. We’re not interested in status quo; we need to be challenged. Our next book, Circle of Darkness, is the absolute best of what Nick and I offer as authors. It’s both of us spreading our wings and trying new things while showcasing our best strengths. We are so very proud of this book.

Can you tell us about some of your future projects?

I am happy to reveal that Circle of Darkness will release on November 15, 2017.  This is a Diverse Reader exclusive and the first time we’ve shared this information publicly. Surprise!

Josh, Gabe, and the gang return on November 24th in A Dye Hard Holiday. I Just completed the first book in a new m/f series that takes place in my Blissville Universe. I crazy love that book and I’m so excited to release it either in late December or early January. After GRL, I’m starting an M/M standalone that has called to my heart for months, and I cannot wait to lose myself in their story. It’s a friends to lovers, second chance love that spans four decades. Gah! I can’t wait. Then I’m back to Wren and Dare for the third book in my Road to Blissville series. I’ll also continue working on the second book in the Genesis Circle series with NB and the first book in my collaboration series with Annabella Michaels. So much fun stuff is going on!

How can your fans follow your work: Website, FB, Twitter?
Twitter- @AimeeNWalker 

Facebook – Aimee on Facebook

Blog – On the blog


Last question. Looking back on the Aimee you were when you first published how have you changed?

The biggest change is the amount of control and freedom that I give my characters to tell their story. When I first started out, I attempted to outline the story at least a few chapters ahead to give myself direction. I realized about halfway through Only You that it didn’t work for me. I spent hours making notes, but Sebastian and Adam weren’t listening. They wanted to go in a different direction. I fought that to an extent because I thought I knew better. Moving forward to Chasing Mr. Wright, I let the characters have a little bit more control, and even more with Rhythm of Us until I got the point that the only thing I was jotting down were character notes and names so I could quickly reference them. My book ideas pop up in my head like scenes in a movie. I now go into my projects with two or three scenes in my mind, and I allow the characters to connect those dots and tell their story fully without my input. There are many days that I sit back and just say, “I didn’t see that coming.” I often don’t know what I’m going to write when I sit down at my desk. I just stopped fighting it and allowed it to happen. I do not always like or agree with parts of the stories they tell because it’s not something I would do or can relate to. Then I realize, this story isn’t about me. It’s not my story to tell.



Fast Fire Questions:

Favorite Comfort Food? Lasagna
Hero or villain? Villain
Favorite animal? Dolphin
Coffee or anything else? Coffee
Favorite smell? Clean laundry
Cats or dogs? Dogs
Favorite time of day? Morning


Okay, lady! Thank you for talking to me. You may release the bindings now.


Thank you so much for having me on your blog today. XOXO






Giveaway

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38 comments:

  1. I have read all your books and wait breathless for the next on. Is ther going to be more of the curl up and die series

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    1. Thank you! I have the holiday CUAD coming and a final book planned for Josh and Gabe next year. They won't be going away completely because they'll also appear in the Road to Blissville series and supporting members and my m/f series The Lady is Mine. Any books that center around Blissville will have Josh and Gabe in them.

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  2. I love all your books and can't wait for your new ones. Thank you for sharing your stories with all us readers. I can't wait to catch up with josh and the gang!! ^·^

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  3. I love all your books and can't wait for your new ones. Thank you for sharing your stories with all us readers. I can't wait to catch up with josh and the gang!! ^·^

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  4. Great interview. Really looking to Circle of Darkness. Any plans to write more in the Undisputed world?

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    1. Thank you, Denise. There are no immediate plans because we're putting all of our focus in our Gensis Circle world, but we aren't ruling anything out. I'd love to explore Troy's character a little more someday.

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  5. I'm so excited for your next stories!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so excited to write them!

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  6. One of my favorite human beings and author! ❤

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  7. I enjoyed the interview you are one busy lady! Congratulations on your upcoming releases.

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  8. Congrats on the getting the spotlight, Aimee, and thanks for the interview. Your first book and it's GRL? Boy, when you go, you go big! And I liked your talking about your connection with Josh.
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  10. I haven't really read Aimee's stories...apart from Undisputed
    I need to rectify that!

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  11. I enjoyed reading your interview and I have loved every one of your books since I stumbled across you awhile ago lol. Can't wait for your next release! ❤❤❤

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  12. I have read all of Aimee;s books and I love them all!!!

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  13. I have read all of your books and can’t wait for more!!!! Love your Co-labs as well!!!!

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  14. Thank you for the interview. I haven't read a book by you yet but I do plan to.

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  15. A new to me author that I can’t wait to try. Thanks for the interview.

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  16. Congrats on the spotlight! The new books look great!

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  17. It's always a great pleasure to read your books! I remember so clearly how I found the first one, Only You. I loved it and since then I started stalking you, lol. I look forward to your upcoming releases. <3

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  18. I'm excited about more Gabe and Josh.

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  19. Congrats on the spotlight amd thank you for the wonderful interview!

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