This week, I'm bringing you a new release by my fellow Missourian Angela Evans! Her new book is a tale of family secrets, murder and romance. Check it out!
Tell us about yourself. Why did you decide to write in the romance/erotica genre?
I have wanted to be a romance author since I was in high school (that was a long time ago, but we won’t talk about how long). I am thrilled to be making my debut as a published author in romantic suspense.
What "heat level" should readers expect from your latest release?
Hiding In Plain Sight is rated a 3 on a scale of 1-5 for heat.
What do you like most about the heroine and/or hero in your new book?
I love that the heroine in my book realizes her own strength on her journey, she realizes that she’s not as weak as she thinks she is and that when the chips are down she’s more than capable of taking care of a few bad guys herself.
How do you get ideas for new stories?
Ideas come from everywhere, this particular story came from watching my son take a taekwondo class from a female teacher. I was thinking about strong women, women who are capable of kicking a little ass and what would lead a woman to study martial arts. From there, a story was born!
What is your favorite romantic movie and why?
Recently I wrote an article for All Romance eBooks about ass kicking heroines that referenced Pretty Woman, I don’t know if it’s my all-time favorite, but it’s front of mind so I’ll chose that one for today. I particularly love the end where she tells him she’s going to rescue him right back. See, kick-ass heroines.
What is something you want readers to know about you?
I want readers to know that I love hearing from them! Shoot me an email, follow me on Facebook, let me know what you think of my book or ask me what is coming next.
What do you do in your free time when you're not writing?
Free time? What is that? I’m a mom of two, so most of my free time is taken up right there but I also love photography, baking, cooking, and binge watching scary cop shows looking for inspiration for the bad guys that every romantic suspense needs.
What's the best way for readers to connect with you?
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on the second book in the Hidden Dangers series which features Natalie who readers of Hiding In Plain Sight will definitely be excited to see again.
What is your MOST and/or LEAST thing about being a romance/erotica writer?
My favorite thing is that I love creating new stories. My least favorite is writers block. GRRR!
Kierra Centerand was once vivacious and outgoing, but that all changed the night her stepfather killed her family in an explosion that authorities wrote off as an accident. Now, ten years later, Kierra has returned to the small town of Briarview to find answers, confront her demons, and see if she can finally move on with her life. Not much has changed, Briarview is still the quaint, charming, small town Kierra left behind. Only now her high school boyfriend, Bryan, is the sheriff, and her stepfather is somewhere in the town, hiding in plain sight.
When Bryan Donaldson sees Kierra again for the first time, he is surprised—she’s no longer the fun blonde he remembers, but rather she’s shy, prone to panic attacks, and hiding from the world. When Kierra’s stepfather starts making threats, Bryan is determined to keep her safe in his arms, and in his bed, for life.
Kierra's chest suddenly felt too tight to take a breath. She desperately wanted to tell him to stop talking, to run away. She wished she had never come to town, and that she was anywhere but here listening to Bryan's calm, soothing voice.
“I can also tell you the thing that's going to be the hardest to hear. The explosion was ruled an accident. It appears that they only did a cursory investigation, but there was no reason to suspect foul play. It was ruled an accidental gas leak. Most importantly, in that investigation they didn't find a fourth body in the house. The only victims of that explosion were your grandparents, and your mother.”
Somewhere in the distance a bird chirped and parents cheered at the Peewee football game. Kierra heard it all as though it were a million miles away. She couldn't breathe. She couldn't think.
Her stepfather was alive somewhere.
No one believed her ten years ago, no one was going to believe her now, but she knew for certain that somehow he was responsible for the explosion that killed her family.
And he was still out there somewhere.
Angela Evans has been creating stories in her own imagination since she picked up her first book. In high school she remembers sneaking a copy of a romance novel off her mother’s book case and immediately fell in love with the story, the genre, and the idea of falling in love!
Happily married for over twenty years, Angela resides in Southern Illinois (think St Louis not Chicago) with her husband, two children, one very fat cat, and one very spoiled white German Shepherd.
Angela is currently obsessed with the genre of romantic suspense. When she’s not writing new stories you can find her binge watching cop shows looking for inspiration for those creepy villains every suspense story needs.
Angela is a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as her local chapter,
Missouri Romance Writers of America where she is currently serving as Vice President of Publicity.