Good evening everyone! Tonight’s featured author is Christa Simpson, a contemporary romance author. Thank you so much Christa for joining the blog tour!
Everyone, enjoy the read!
I live in a small town in South-Western Ontario with my two little girls and my husband of 10 years.
I’ve just published my debut New Adult Romance novel , TWISTED. Books two and three of The Twisted Trilogy, TWIST AND TURN and A TWIST OF FATE, are coming soon!!
Author: Christa Simpson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Release Date: February 26, 2013
Where to buy: The TWISTED e-book is now only $0.99 at Amazon, Kobo, the Apple Store, Smashwords and more!! Get your copy now!
Reviews: Hot! “Found this book on a chance. Boy I was pleasantly surprised it kept my attention ! Hot steamy and couldn’t put it down. Cannot wait to read the next one!!!!”
Other Work: In Progress Twist and Turn. Book two of The Twisted Trilogy.
Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.
Excerpt from Twisted:
Being inside his personal space wasn’t exactly the place I had expected to be this morning, but there I was, wearing nothing but a barely there bra. My eyes flashed away from his glimmering aqua glance and landed on his luscious smiling lips. Lower yet, my eyes focused in on his smooth chest peeking out of his crisp white, mostly unbuttoned shirt. Damn it. He looked like a tasty morning treat, his shirt fully tucked into those black slacks hung handsomely from his masculine hips.
I swallowed the lusty lump from the back of my throat. “Sorry,” I said softly. I didn’t even know whether I was apologizing for getting in his face or eyeing his body like a piece of man candy.
It didn’t seem to matter to him. He took my chin in his hand and looked right through me with his piercing gaze. “You can feel sorry for a lot of things, but this shouldn’t ever be one of them.”
His lips covered mine, his drugging kiss long and slow, as I struggled with myself to make him stop. I should have. But I couldn’t. I didn’t.
Edwin stopped first and smiled at my carelessness. I stood there a little stunned and a lot disappointed with my lack of judgment. With fists bunched at my side, I forced a stern look to make its appearance. It was hard to keep it together.
“What do you think you’re doing Eddie?”
“I couldn’t help myself, and you didn’t stop me. What do you expect? I’m only a man.”
How could I argue with that? I loosened my fists and took a deep breath, relaxing my tense muscles. “Well maybe you can give me some notice next time,” I said sarcastically.
“I didn’t plan for this. It just happened,” he insisted.
“I’m sure. You’re lips just bumped into mine.”
“Like you just happened to rush out of your door at the exact time I was passing,” he challenged. His arrogance was starting to make me angry, but I was relieved to feel any emotion other than sadness and despair.
Agitated, “Wait a minute: that really happened,” I argued. “Don’t try and turn this on me.”
“Mmm, hmm,” he replied, pressing my every button.
“Well I hope you enjoyed yourself, because I’m not gonna let you take advantage of me like that again.” I backed away, more for me than for him. He smelled so good. Too good.
He laughed and just stood there, shaking his head, staring at me. His fresh aftershave and fragrant cologne mixed with his arousal in an enticing aroma. It had a terrifying effect on me, heightening my senses and messing with my mind.
After being so dangerously close to him, I was desperate for some privacy to regain my composure. But his eyes never left mine and I worried that he was magically deciphering my thoughts. Nerves getting the best of me, I did what any reasonable woman would have done in the circumstances: I bolted for the washroom.
“I was just going to brush my teeth,” I announced, trying to prove my innocence. I ducked into the washroom, feeling safe once I was out of the fathomless aqua force field he was wielding.
“Oh really?” he replied, following after me. “Funny. Because that’s exactly what I was coming to do.”
My grass coloured eyes grew wide with anxiety and as soon as I noticed, I glared at myself in the mirror. Time… space… I need…
Edwin appeared nonchalantly in the reflection behind me. I tore my eyes from his firm chest and confident stare, and fixed them on my toothbrush, as I shakily applied the paste. I put the tube down and pressed both of my hands against the cold marble countertop to support my weight, stop the shaking and avoid his mystical eyes.
Continuing with his casual lack of concern, Edwin reached around me and under my outstretched arms to retrieve the toothpaste and his brush. I closed my eyes and inhaled his scent, totally disarming my anger and arousing my budding curiosity.
I took a deep breath. “What are you doing?” I asked, as I ran my brush under the water.
“Brushing my teeth. Obviously.”
“Hah!” I replied, with a mouthful of paste.
Edwin began to fight me for the sink bowl, playfully hip checking and trying to shove me out of the way. I defended better than a seasoned veteran, boxing him out with my hips and rear-end.
“I better warn you,” Edwin mumbled, with paste foaming around his lips. He nudged me aside and emptied his mouth full into the sink. “I may try and kiss you again when you’re done brushing.”
I sputtered into the sink, reacting to his terrifying words. “Don’t even think about it!” I squealed, extremely uncomfortable with the notion.
“You asked for notice and service is effective,” he taunted. “Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
1 When did you first start writing? I can remember writing stories for the fun of it when I was 9 years old. Then I moved on to journals and poetry throughout high school. After putting the pen down over my college years and later while raising my babies, I found a ridiculous amount of ideas overwhelming my thoughts, until one day I started to write them down again. I don’t know what drove me to write out a few scenes one day, but that was the beginning of The Twisted Trilogy.
2 Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be? I’m actually a legal assistant, specializing in civil litigation and estate administration. Writing is my hobby. I started back into it for entertainment and to clear my mind, not expecting that anyone but myself would ever read my writing. The more I wrote, the more compelling the need to share it became.
3 What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up? I like to write contemporary romances. Twisted is a New Adult novel with a paranormal twist, so you’ll find that I like to switch it up within the romance genre for flavor.
4 Where does your inspiration for this story come from? Every day is a new inspiration. Faint memories and new dreams mixed with a fresh perspective and a great character base is how I come up with my stories. I must admit that my stories play out like a movie in my head, my sarcastoball husband being my primary inspiration for my male characters.
5 What has your publishing experience been like? Eye opening. I was struggling with the decision between traditional and self-publishing. Impatience won out and I quickly decided that self-publishing my first novel was a must. I self-published with KDP (Amazon), knowing it’d be difficult as a new author, without a literary agent and/or credentials, to publish traditionally. I decided I would kick start my writing career myself and it has paid off!!
6 Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair? The only routine that I can stick to is writing on my lunch hour. For about 30 minutes every day I sit at my computer and either write or edit (mostly editing these days). It’s the only alone time I have in a day, otherwise I have my two little girls attached at the hip or, after their bedtime, my hubby wants my time. That’s why I’m constantly fingering my phone, jotting down ideas when they strike, so when it’s writing time I need only remind myself of the goods and then elaborate on them.
7 How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books? My character names are typically chosen from those I hear in passing. I pick a place I’ve either been to or researched online and the story just unfolds in the setting like a movie.
8 In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why? Edwin is my favorite because he’s sexy, confident (maybe a little cocky, but I like that) and romantic. He’s the hunk on the cover. J
9 Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it? I learned that dreaming up and writing the story is the easiest part.
10 How did you/do you market your work? Twitter, Facebook, my blog and word of mouth.
11 Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time? What a rush!! I was overcome with excitement and anxiety. Like, I cannot believe I finally did it and I wonder how readers are going to like it.
12 Favourite authors? Lori Foster, Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz), Victoria Dahl and Maya Banks.
13 Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”? No. I have too many ideas and not enough time to write them all down. I write on my own schedule, so I only sit down when I’m raring to go, which is almost always.
14 What piece of advice would you give to a new writer? Don’t give up. It’s worth the risk to put yourself out there. Just make sure you start and establish an author platform BEFORE you publish your book and then you’ll be set.
15 Are you working on anything new? If so, can you tell me about it? I’m currently editing the second book in The Twisted Trilogy, Twist and Turn. I’m also writing a couple of other single title romances. They’re all in their very early stages, so there’s not much to share just yet. I keep inspiration pinboards on Pinterest for each of my works. Here’s the link for the Twisted board. http://pinterest.com/christamsimpson/twisted/