Friday, August 12, 2016

Interview With Naima Simone and Giveaway

Southern Magic is proud to interview Naima Simone!  

She will be at our luncheon in Hoover, Alabama November 5 with Jennifer Ashley, Hildie McQueen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Raye Harris, Dianna Love and 20 plus authors.

Who are your top five authors to read?
Oooh. You know since I turned 40 I have Swiss cheese memory. Like my memory looks like my son’s underwear. So I know I’m going to miss someone! Okay, here goes. Nalini Singh, Tessa Bailey, Kristen Callihan, Kylie Scott, and Vi Keeland. Can you tell I’m on a New Adult kick? LOL!

What is your go-to book to read over and over again?
Hands down, Son of the Morning by Linda Howard. A masterpiece. I re-read it every year. I love you, Lindaaaaaaa!! Okay, I’m back…

Who influenced your writing the most? Why?
It hasn’t been just one person, but an entourage. So many authors have given me the excitement to write, just by reading their books. You ever read a book that’s so good, it just makes you want to write your own? Nalini Singh does that, because every time I read a novel by her, the beauty and perfection of every word—like, not one is wasted and careful selected—awes me. And then there’s the humor of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and the wonderful mixture of heat and emotion of Beth Kery. And then there are the people in my life who influence me just by their unflagging support and encouragement, like my hubby, father, mother, and friends. So yeah, I have an entourage. Move over, Kanye!

Describe where you are the most productive when you write.

Books-A-Million. Mainly because there are no distractions, and I refuse to pay $5 for a day’s worth of internet, so I can’t get on to Facebook or Twitter. I could use my phone, but then I would have to listen to Mr.’s mouth about the data plan, so I don’t even do that. See? No distractions.

Tells us a little about your current book?

My current book is The Bachelor’s Promise, which is book 3 in the Bachelor Auction series. It releases on August 29th from Entangled Publishing. Yaay! It’s loosely based on The Frog Prince. Short and sweet, Aiden Kent never expected to see Noelle Rana again. He’s determined to keep his distance from the beautiful enigma wrapped in denim and leather, because everyone knows you can’t trust anyone with the last name Rana. But he made a promise to his dying mother, and it isn't long before Noelle invades his personal space. Still, he can't stop thinking about the exotic beauty's alluring curves. He wants the daughter of his enemy, and he’s determined to have her…if only for one night. *cue Luther here*

Show us your one favorite scene of dialogue from that book.
Okay! Here’s where she’s sniping at him about the woman who “bought” him at the bachelor auction, ‘cause why? She’s jealous, of course! ☺ Aaaaaand scene!
“It’s just a date,” Aiden said.

“One a woman paid thousands of dollars for. I can’t say I blame her for being…anxious.” Noelle cocked her head to the side. “Does that make you some kind of gigolo?”

He snorted. “She’s paying for a trip, not sex.”

“Really?” she drawled, disbelief dripping from every word. “So you don’t plan on f**king her? Is that a sudden moral decision or a physical problem?”

Slowly, he turned to face her. “If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were pushing me.”

“Pushing you?” she scoffed. “For what?”

“I don’t know. Details about my sex life? Do you want to talk about it?” he challenged. He shifted forward, eliminating the space between them in the already close quarters of the elevator. He leaned over her and planted a hand on the back wall, his arm nearly brushing her ear.

“No,” she rasped. “And I don’t care.”

He tilted his head. “You sure about that?”

“Yes,” she said, but her gaze dropped to his mouth before quickly returning to his eyes. But not quickly enough. Lust licked at him, sent heat surging through him like a torch. And all because of a
glimpse at his mouth. A hungry glimpse. A glimpse that, whether she acknowledged it or not, asked him to taste her. And f**k if he didn’t want to give it to her.

Thank you, thank you! I’m here all week! LOL!

What do you believe makes a man sexy?
Aside from legs like tree trunks, abs you could bounce me off of—forget the quarter!—and a mouth made for sinning? Yeah, aside from that, because yep, that’s aaaaall good, but confidence and a sense of humor? Those are hot! And a man who is protective and willing to leap and cover a grenade for his woman…Why yes, I did just channel Steve Rogers…

One more thing! THE BACHELOR’S PROMISE, Book 3 in the Bachelor Auction series is out August 29th, and you can pre-order it now! Aaaand Book 1, BEAUTY AND THE BACHELOR, is on sale for 99 cents now!

Here's her short bio.
Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights— creating stories of unique men and women who experience the first bites of desire, the dizzying heights of passion, and the tender, healing heat of love.

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

The Bachelor's Promise

Beauty and the Bachelor

Look for Naima in the following places.

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The giveaway for this post from Naima is a $10 Amazon gift card.

Question: What was your favorite fairy tale as a kid?

Leave an answer to be entered to win. The winner will be announced Monday in the comment section.


Suz and Allan said...

If I'm only picking one fairy tale then I'd have to say Cinderella.

So nice to learn more about you Naima! I think Susan Elizabeth Phillips is very funny as well!

Connie Thompson said...


Naima Simone said...

Hi, Suz!
I think Susan Elizabeth Phillips should do stand-up. LOL! I love Cinderella, too! So much, I took my daughter to see the movie when it came out. :-) The next book in the series will be based on Cinderella...with a twist. *evil grin* I'm a stinker. Thank you for coming by! <3

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Connie!
Oh, Rapunzel's a good one. I don't know why I haven't thought of her. Wonderful fairy tale. Creepy witch. Determined prince. Beautiful princess who doesn't know how pretty she is. Witch sent spiraling from tower. Good stuff! :-D
Thank you for coming by, Connie!

Aidee Ladnier said...

Totally a Beauty and the Beast, girl. I love those monster bridegrooms!

Jillian said...

Great interview! But I am not surprised since you are made of awesome, Naima!

As to Fav fairytale- Jack and the Beanstalk was one I loved followed closely by Hansel and Gretel. It was all that cake in H and G. And the golden eggs in J and B-stalk.

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Aidee!
Oh, me. Too. The movie is supposed to be coming out next year, and I can't wait!! I love when people see past the exterior to the beauty beneath. Or even with the exterior that is monstrous to others is beautiful to the hero/heroine. Sigh. Looooove.
Thanks for stopping by, Aidee!! *waving*

Naima Simone said...

Aaw, go on, Jillian. Hee-hee. I'm batting my lashes at you, by the way... LOL!

One of my absolute fave cartoons when I was a kid was Disney's Jack and the Beanstalk. That giant KILLED me. "Oooh. Pisna...uh, pisnooshu...uh...pistachunoo....uh, nuts." LMAOLMAO!!! He was trying to say pistachios and was finally like, forget it. Haaaaah! Okay, I'm crying now!
Thanks for coming by AND the memory, Jillian!!

Josie Lee said...

I would have to say Little Red Riding Hood was my favorite and it still is.

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Josiiiie!
I've always wanted to write a romance based on Little Red Riding Hood. It has everything: paranormal elements, suspense, betrayal, greed, excitement and romance... Well, my version would have romance. And sex. Hot sex. LOLOLOL!! I remember my mom reading the bloody version of Little Red Riding Hood to me. Gave me nightmares! Still love the story, though! :-D
Thanks for coming oveer, Josie! <3 <3

Emily Allen said...

How do I choose just one, but if I have to it will always be Beauty and The Best. It reminds me that it's what's on the inside that counts.

Sean Stark said...


Naima Simone said...

Hi, Emily!! *waving like a lunatic*
Oh, that's exactly why I love Beauty and the Beast! There aren't many renditions--movies, books, tales, cartoons, etc.--that I haven't enjoyed because of the theme. It's just beautiful. Thank you for coming through, Emily!!

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Sean!
Cinderella! Absolutely! It pretty much captures every girl's dream of being chosen from among a high school of girls by a handsome, popular jock who could have his choice of anyone. But he sees you. Really sees you...with your slamming make-over. Okay, that's not EXACTLY how the story went, but, yeah...Cinderella rocks! LOL!
Thanks for coming over, Sean!


I loved this post !!! My favorite fairy tale as a kid was Beauty and The Beast and It still is

Naima Simone said...

LOL!! Thank you, JoJo!! I had fun doing it! Beauty and the Beast is still one of my all time faves, too. I promise you, the movie that's coming out next year? I'm going with or without the kid. LOL!!
Thank you for coming through, JoJo!! <3 <3

Diana Tidlund said...

Snow White was always my favorite.

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Diana!
I love Snow White, too! Although, I always wanted to slap her upside the head for falling for the corset, comb and THEN the apple? I mean, gurl! Stranger Danger! LOL! But, no, I love it. Except for that Snow White and the Huntsman movie with Kristen Stewart. *shudder* LOL!
Thank you for coming through, Diana!!

Delene Yochum said...

Hi Naima- It has to be Cinderella- I used to wait every year for the CBS Version with Leslie Ann Warren to come on so I could watch it! Back in those days of Wizard of Oz being a yearly thing too. So miss them! Thank goodness Sound of Music still gets a yearly show. I digress anyway who doesn't love a story where the mistreated poor sweet lady doesn't find Prince Charming and gets the HEA! Le Sigh <3

Margaret Hughes said...

Hi Naima!
I think my favorite is the Princess and the Pea...a woman who can call bullsh!t with only the slightest of indicators is a woman after my own heart! Congrats on the upcoming release!

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Delene!
I LOVED that version!! The memories! I haven't thought of it in years! You know what was one of my favorite versions, too? The Slipper and the Rose. The musical version with Richard Chamberlain as Prince Charming. I had such a huge crush on him back then, and all because of that movie! Oh, and Ever After with Drew Barrymore! Looooooove!! And I'm with you. The underdog rising victorious and getting her man! Thank you for stopping by, Delene! <3 <3

Naima Simone said...

Heeeey, Margaret!
LMAO!!! I have never thought of the Princess and the Pea that way! Hilarious! And SO true. There's a book in there. I'll give you credit...*snicker* Thank you for the book congrats, and for coming through!

tewanda said...

Beauty and the Beast

Jess1 said...

It would be Beauty & the Beast. Thanks for the contest!

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Bube said...

Beauty and The Beast,Cinderella,The Sleeping Beauty :)

Suz and Allan said...

I couldn't agree more. Susan Elizabeth Phillips would make an excellent stand up comedian!

Mary Preston said...

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has always been a favorite.


Nashra Rilwan said...

Beauty and the Beast!

Carla Swafford said...

Emily Allen, you're the winner! Please let us know your email address here and Naima will get you set up with the Amazon gift card. (Spell out your email address as (AT) and (DOT), then spammers shouldn't pick it up.)

Thanks for commenting!

Naima Simone said...

Congratulations, Emily!! *dancing*

Emily Allen said...

What a great surprise. My email is

Emily Allen said...

What a great surprise. My email is