Friday, February 26, 2016

"HEALING LOVE" by Abby Niles

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Love to the Extreme #4
Abby Niles
Releasing February 15th, 2016

Doctor Ella Watts wants her old life back. Desperately. But the past has returned for its rematch, and going back home—even telling anyone her real name—isn’t an option until she’s confident in her MMA abilities. Personal trainer Lance Black is the man to help her reach her goals. Not only is he toned, muscular, and gorgeous, he’s patient, a great teacher, and willing to treat her like a worthy opponent. Except his size makes her freeze whenever he gets too close. If Ella can’t learn how to overcome her fear of being attacked, she’ll never be able to move on with her life.

Underground fighter Lance Black knows there’s more to the mysterious blonde ninja than a beautiful woman determined to improve her fighting skills. She can best anyone close to her size – man or woman – but insists on working out with him, even though he’s got a good 70 pounds and several inches on her. Despite her reticence, he’s determined to get her to open up so he can help her get over her mental block. And if that means he can get to know her outside the gym, all the better.

As long as she never learns his secrets.

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Abby Niles is the author of the contemporary MMA series, Love to the Extreme, and the paranormal series, The Awakening. She is also the author to the geeky romantic comedy, Defying Convention, where Live Action Role Players (LARPers) set out to teach their favorite author a lesson, but end up playing matchmaker instead.

Abby lives in North Carolina with the love of her life and their combined gaggle of kids. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to catch up on an endless pile of laundry and find time to get some much needed reading in.

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1) What is the first book you read that comes to mind? Why is it so important to you? 

It’s definitely not the first book I read, and it’s not just one book, but it’s a series that made me love to read. It took reading from being a chore to being something I loved. And that was The Sweet Valley High series. I discovered the series in 6th grade and I discovered I loved romance because I couldn’t get enough of Elizabeth and Todd. From that series, I moved on to meatier stories. By high school, I was reading my mom’s romances. 

2) How much of you and/or your surroundings is a part of your stories? Is the influence based on a conscious decision, or do you periodically recognize yourself in one of your characters and it wasn’t planned? 

There’s a piece of me in every one of my stories. When you’re writing from a deep place, part of yourself is going to slip onto the page. Some stories have more of me than others (EXTREME LOVE for example), but every one of them have some of me in it. 

3) What genre is the most intimidating when you think about writing in it? Explain why! 

Honestly, historicals. I LOVE historical romance. I wanted to be a historical romance writer. Even tried my hand at it. I wasn’t very good. You really have to know your stuff to write in that genre. It’s like a different level of research. The clothing, etiquettes, surroundings…everything has to be researched. I bow to historical writers. 

4) In your opinion, what is the most important feature a book needs to have? 

I don’t think a book can thrive off just one feature. You’ve seen reviews that says the romance was hot, but there wasn’t any conflict so the book was just meh or steaming hot love scenes, but the plot sucked or good plot, but no chemistry between the H/h. So a book needs a whole bunch of important stuff to be complete. 

5) If you had the chance to influence the questions people ask you in interviews, what question is the most annoying and you would love to never hear again? What question would you really like to answer that you have not been asked yet, and what is your answer to that question? 

Probably ones like the one below, lol. I wouldn’t call questions like that annoying either. I don’t find any of the questions annoying. More like they put me on the spot and I get uncomfortable with comparing my writing to other writers. J
I’ve done a lot of interviews so I’ve been asked all kinds of questions. One thing I don’t think I’ve been asked a lot about is earlier books I’ve worked on, maybe things that have never been published.
Something like: Have you ever pulled out the stuff you wrote before you were published and read it?
Answer: OMG. Yes, I have. And, OMG. It sucks. I’m glad I’ve kept all of my earlier work so I can see how far I have come as a writer. My voice isn’t even the same. You can tell I was trying to find it. 

6) Name three characteristics of your writing style that are important yet different from other authors.

Umm…eek. I’m not sure. Uhhhhh, *scratches head* I have a very laid back voice. *grimace* Ugh. Yeah, I suck at this question. 

7) Which of your characters seems to be the most independent, and has taken on a life of their own? 

Ahh, that would have been my hero Luke Evans from DEFYING CONVENTION. Gah, he was difficult. Defying Convention is romantic comedy set at a sci-fi convention. This was supposed to be a light-hearted read. Luke was anything but light-hearted. He fought me in every. Single. Scene. He was angrier than he was supposed to be. He refused to be brought down a notch too, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why he was so damn angry. What I had in mind didn’t justify that amount of pent-up rage. 

It’s funny how that works as a writer. You’re the writer. You should have control. I did not. The character did. Times like that, I just go with it, because it’s usually leading to something I’m not seeing yet. Luke eventually let me in on why he was so angry, and yes, he was justified…and it was much better than what I had in mind. So sometimes, your characters know best. 

8) What do you want tell your readers at the end of this interview? 

Thank you. Without you, none of this would be possible and you have no idea how much I appreciate each and every one of you.

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