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
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