Please help me welcome author Annie Rains to the blog today 🙂 Annie has agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her writing and I’ll think you’ll enjoy getting to know her as much as I did. Afterward, check out her book Welcoming the Bad Boy. Not only do I love the cover, but the blurb lets me know this is going to be a good read.
Also, don’t forget to enter her giveaway!
Let’s get started …
How would you describe yourself using 5 words?
Thoughtful, Happy, Creative, Introvert, MOM
Great descriptive words 🙂 What’s your favorite dessert?
Banana pudding! I love the old-fashioned kind that gets baked in the oven best, but any pudding with bananas and wafers gets my attention!
I just had banana pudding with wafers for the first time at a restaurant recently. I can’t believe what I’ve been missing. It was so good. If we opened your refrigerator, what’s the first thing we’d see?
Lots of fruits and vegetables! We eat pretty healthy at home, although there are a few sweet treats hidden away from the kids 😉
I love naming my characters. How did you go about naming yours in Welcoming the Bad Boy?
My characters *usually* walk on the scene in my mind already named. I don’t rename them unless the names in the story are too similar or I’m just not in love with the character’s name.
What is your favorite scene to write … action, love scene, fight or something else?
I love highly emotional scenes and those can happen anywhere, in any type of scene. I really enjoy trying to write those scenes that are intended to make readers do the ugly cry.
Those are amazing scenes. Nothing better than a good cry while reading an emotional scene. The writer has definitely done their job well if they accomplish that 🙂 How would your heroine describe her hero in Welcoming the Bad Boy?
Sexy and charming! Griffin looks like a bad boy with his dark hair, dark shades, tattoos and motorcycle, but he’s really Mr. Perfect in disguise.
Love it! Your cover is gorgeous, what was the first word that came to mind when you first saw it?
Would you like to share what you’re working on now?
Right now I’m working on a proposal package for a whole new series! It hasn’t been approved by my publisher yet so I can’t give any details except to say the guys are hot, the setting is sunny, and the sexual tension is steamy!
RANDOM FUN : Finish this sentence :
My favorite quote is ___________ When it rains, it pours. And that can be for good things and bad!
I just finished reading ___________ Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye. I would highly recommend this book! Now I’m reading Jill Shavis’s new Heartbreaker Bay series.
My next vacation will be *hopefully* somewhere sunny with waves!
I never go to bed without lots of blankets and socked feet.
My kitchen is a perpetual mess.
Cookies are a sometimes treat. I’d rather have cake!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog and sharing my new release with your readers!
Thank you for coming to the blog, Annie. I enjoyed meeting you and wish you much success with your book. It sounds fabulous xoxox
bestselling author of Welcome to Forever (“Full of heart and emotion!”—Lori
Wilde) comes a sweet, sexy novel about breaking all the rules. In Seaside,
North Carolina, the boys on the base are heroes—but that doesn’t mean they’re
Hunt only dates the very respectable, very boring men who meet her father’s
strict standards. In private, however, she leads a double life as a romance
writer of steamy stories about the least respectable sorts of men. Valerie has
always kept her hottest fantasies separate from her real life, but when she
nearly runs a hot-blooded biker off the road, the lines begin to blur.
him, Griffin Black can’t be angry after he learns the reason for her distracted
driving: an unruly puppy belonging to her ailing friend. As a member of the
military police K-9 unit, Griffin insists on training the dog himself. But he
soon wonders how he’s ever going to stay disciplined around the most alluring,
down-to-earth, and totally unattainable woman he’s ever met. Valerie is the
ultimate good girl. And Griffin is going to need all his old tricks to unleash
her wild side.
She wrapped the dry towel around her body and collected her clothes to go seek out Griffin’s dryer. When she opened the bathroom door, he was standing in front of her. His eyes traveled south. Really, a towel covered as much as any of her strapless dresses. Strapless dresses involved hooks and zippers, though. All Griffin had to do if he wanted to see her naked was pull the end of the towel tucked beneath her arm.
She took a breath, really wanting him to pull. What was the point of a summer fling if she couldn’t live out her wildest fantasies? In fact, if she were writing one of her books right now, her heroine would probably tire of waiting to see what the gorgeous bad boy was going to do and drop the towel herself.
Val slowly lifted her arm and dropped the towel to her feet. No going back now, which was completely fine with her.
“What are you doing?” Griffin asked. There was a deep edge to his voice.
“Drying off.” Her heart thudded inside her chest. Her hands were shaking. This wasn’t like her. She didn’t seduce men. She should pick her towel up off the floor right now and pretend like that was an accident.
Instead, she stood frozen.
Griffin reached for her in the dark hallway, tracing a finger from her neck down to her breast.
Then he anchored a hand on her waist and pulled her toward him, kissing her again, harder this time. Deeper. A little gasp caught in her throat as his other hand reached between her legs and started to caress her, finding a rhythm that had her clutching his still wet body to keep from falling on the ground.
She reached for the hem of his shirt and started to lift his wet clothes off him. Unbuttoning his jeans, she pressed them down, working until he was as naked as she was.
“Are you sure this is what you want? We’re breaking all the rules in those romance novels you like to read,” he said, his voice gravelly.
She swallowed, burning for him. Needing to feel his hands on her. His mouth. His tongue. “I want this. I want you.”
A small smile lifted his mouth. He took her hand and started leading her down the hallway, passing Trooper as they went.
“Sorry, buddy. You have to stay behind,” Griffin called, pulling her into his bedroom and shutting the door. “If it starts to thunder we’ll have to stop,” he said between kisses.
“A woman should never come between a man and his dog,” Val agreed.
“You know me so well.” He kissed her again and then he pulled her toward his bed.
romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the
coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military
communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while
also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie
isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading
a book by one of her favorite authors.