Thursday, May 4, 2017

Blog Tour: His Family of Convenience

An Excerpt “We can do a paternity test. I know you’ll want to do that.” Senna watched as his grip tightened around Max almost imperceptibly. “It’s not necessary.” “Well, it’s not necessary for me. I know you’re Max’s father. But it would probably be good just to get one on file.” “There’s a test already on file. Would you like a copy? I can have someone send it to you.” Senna blinked. How had he managed that? She straightened up and leaned closer. Her voice lowered and she laid a protective hand on Max’s chubby leg. He rewarded her by blowing spit bubbles her way. “Marco, you better tell me right now what you’re talking about.” “My security team was able to obtain a sample while your roommate was at the park with Max.” His voice was almost detached, like he was commenting on the weather. “Abby let some stranger swab my son? No, not possible.” Senna began to shake, and her hand tightened around Max’s leg. The idea of someone being close enough to Max to touch him without her knowledge made her nauseous. “Nobody swabbed Max. Even I didn’t want my investigators to touch him without your permission. But one of them may have taken one of his pacifiers from his stroller when Abby wasn’t looking.” His blithe words made it sound like he was recounting an uneventful cocktail party. “He was perfectly safe the whole time.” A fierce flame of anger ignited in her belly. She’d experienced a few protective “mamma bear” moments since Max was born, but his casual indifference was galling. “And you just did this. You didn’t think about consulting me? Or, I don’t know, picking up the phone and calling me?” “Senna, you worked here for how long, almost a year? You should know that the Medinas find a way to get what they want. I’d advise you to remember that.” Gone was the sweet new father charm that had played out over his masculine features. Now his eyes were hard, probing, daring her to challenge him back. Senna knew he didn’t like having his actions questioned, but she had no desire to play the role of compliant subordinate. She stood quickly. “Give me my son. We’re leaving.” “No, you’re not. Sit down.” Marco made no move to stand, and he held Max even tighter in his grip. “You can’t do things like that, Marco. This isn’t your village back home where you control everything around you because that’s the way the Medinas have done it for centuries. I won’t let you roll in here and take over. It’s not going to happen. So give me my baby; we’ll be in touch.” How did this get out of control so fast? “I have no intention of letting you or Max go anywhere.” An Interview * Did you use any of your own experience as inspiration? Definitely the setting. When I was 16 I spent a summer in the south of France, not far from the Catalan region of Spain where this book is set. I fell in love with the landscape, the people, the food…everything. It’s a gorgeous, utterly romantic setting and I knew that’s where I wanted the Medina family to be from. * On average, how long does the writing process take? Decades! LOL! I mean, for me anyway. There are days where the words flow and I can write 5000+ in one sitting. Then there are times when I’m lucky to get 1000 words on paper in an entire week. I’m trying really hard to get into the habit of writing something, anything, every single day. Just to get into the habit. Then there’s editing, revisions, oh and trying to sell your book. Publishing is not for the impatient! *  When did you realize you wanted a career in writing? I’ve always written, but writing fiction wasn’t something that always called to me until the last few years. I’ve always been a daydreamer, a romantic, and as all writers, I’m a huge reader. My degree is in journalism and I’ve made a living in the technical writing/editing field. But that type of writing is so different from writing fiction! I didn’t even know if I could do it. I would love to get to the point where I could ‘quit my day job’ and just immerse myself in writing romance all day long. * If you weren't an author, what other career paths would you have taken? I spent the first two years of college as an Astronomy and Physics major. I love the study of stars, galaxies, and the universe. Unfortunately I’m terrible at math so I had to give up that dream. But my characters do seem to spend a lot of time stargazing so I guess those years weren’t a complete waste. ☺ * Out of the characters that you created, who is your favorite? That’s tough. In this book I love my heroine so much. But that’s an easy answer. Of the secondary characters I think my favorite is Mila, Marco’s youngest sister. She has four older brothers and brooks no nonsense from any of them. She’s smart and sweet and I’d love for her to get her own happily ever after. * What advice would you give to someone looking to be a writer? Never give up, never surrender (thank you Galaxy Quest!) Don’t be afraid to fail. Of course there are those stories about authors whose first novel is a runaway best seller, but for every one of those authors there are hundreds who just keep at it. They might not sell their first book. They might not sell their tenth. But they persist. Be open to advice, surround yourself with authors and editors to support you and just keep at it. * What kind of research (if any) was required for any of your books? Book #3 in the Medina Legacy will take place in the Caribbean on a private island. So I’ve been having fun researching what an uber-exclusive private resort that caters only to billionaires would look like. And now I want to live there… *How long after you finish a book do you start another one? With this series, I had the second book almost complete by the time I sold the first book. But then comes revisions and I had to rewrite large chunks of HIS FAMILY OF CONVENIENCE to fit the Indulgence line. Those changes necessitated revisions in book two so I had to go back and forth. Right now I’m in final revisions for book #2 (Brynn’s story) while getting going on my first draft of book #3. So it’s a little schizophrenic at times. But so, so fun!

Meet the Author:

Amy Ayers remembers writing her first fiction as an introspective tween in rainy Portland, Oregon. She took a break from writing to move with her family to the desert of Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Women’s Studies which lends itself to writing strong, opinionated heroines. She has worked as an Editor, a Job-Skills Trainer, and as an Executive Assistant. She even spent a college semester writing articles for the Tombstone Epitaph in the town ‘too tough to die’. She currently divides her time between her writing, her family (including one husband, four boys and two dogs), and her daily commute to work. A life-long lover of literature, she began writing her own contemporary romance in earnest in 2014 and is thrilled to be published with Entangled. She hopes to win the lottery someday so that she can devote all of her time to writing; until then, she writes when she can.
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About the Book:

Senna Callas’s one-night stand with her alpha asshole boss, Marco Medina, was supposed to mark the end of her internship and their ridiculous attraction. After being unreachable and ignoring Senna for a year, Marco sweeps back into the country and summons her to his office, revealing he knows her secret…the secret created during their explosive night together.
Marco is determined to be there for the son he’s just discovered he has, but when it comes to being with Senna, his choices aren’t his own. His meddling family expects him, the firstborn son, to follow through with the arranged marriage set up when he was a child. And Senna has no plans on being his mistress and still resents how her attempts to contact Marco were ignored. The only thing going right between them is the attraction that burns no matter the complicated situation they’re in.
Marco would do anything to protect his family, anything except decide between the legacy he was born into and the young family he’s just found…
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