Interview and #Giveaway: Allyson Lindt – Holding Her Close (Bits and Bytes Series) @GoddessFish

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Zach is haunted by ex-girlfriends. The day his fiancée dumped him, she also sold her shares of his multi-billion dollar corporation. On top of that, the girl who broke his heart in high school—the only woman he’s never been able to forget—is back in his life. She’s filling his business partner’s head with delusions of recovering from the hostile takeover, and haunting Zach’s most vivid fantasies. But Zach’s got a plan to solve half the problem: one night with her, and he can put the past behind him.

It’s been years since Rae talked to her high school sweetheart. But her best friend is his business partner, and running in the same circles has caught up to her. Rae is seeing Zach everywhere, including her explicit, rampant imagination. When he proposes a single night together for closure, she hopes it will be just what she needs to move on.

The past and the present intertwine as “Just this once” becomes “Just one more time.” When Rae discovers the solution to Zach’s business problems the entire situation becomes one giant knot. Can he trust her enough to risk his heart and livelihood a second time, or will experience convince him to walk away from everything?

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A quiet knock filled the dark living room, sending a tremor through Rae, and she paused. She swallowed and padded toward the door. Her heart flipped when she peered through the peephole. Zach stood on the other side, tugging on his ponytail.

She flipped the deadbolt off and opened the door enough to let him in. He took the silent offer and stepped inside, kicking the door shut behind him. His hands rested on either side of her face, and he kissed her. There was hunger in his lips. It stole her breath as he held her close, and she gasped when they broke apart. He studied her, blue eyes frantic.

She didn’t know what else to do. She returned the kiss, pushing closer. The sensations set her nerve endings on fire, and she stumbled back, pulling him with her. She hit the arm of the couch, lost her balance, and landed on the cushions.

He laughed as he knelt on the couch, straddling her, and brushed a loose strand of hair out of her eyes. “I couldn’t sleep. I was out driving, and I got your message, and I… I don’t even know. I had to see you.”

“What are we doing?”

He shook his head. “Not talking. For God’s sake, we’ve done enough of that.” He leaned forward, lips brushing her collarbone and tracing a line up her neck. “We can hash it all out later, I promise, but I want you so bad right now—and even if you made me talk, I’d tell you whatever you wanted to hear to have you.”

She arched her back and moaned as his lips roamed her skin. “Yeah. Later is good for me too.”

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Tell us a little about your book?

Holding Her Close is what happens when a cast of characters sits in my head for more than a decade, demanding I tell their story. Zach and Rae dated in high school, and things ended on a pretty sour note. Now that they’re all grown up, and still have friends in common, they’re going to try and put that past behind them so they can be civil to each other. Which is great in theory, except deep down, neither wants to let go of the better memories, and the more bitter ones still have a hold on them.

How much emotion does it take from you to write?

So, so much. If I’m stressed, or can’t find my center, I have the hardest time writing. And I frequently will realize I’m making expressions along with my characters as I write them. I don’t think writing would bring me nearly so much enjoyment if I couldn’t pour myself into my characters’ emotions.

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There’s a scene right where Zach and Rae are both finally starting to let down their defenses. They’re admitting they’re both to blame, and realizing they still care:

Rae flipped the deadbolt off and opened the door enough to let Zach in. He took the silent offer and stepped inside, kicking the door shut behind him. His hands rested on either side of her face, and he kissed her. There was hunger in his lips. It stole her breath as he held her close, and she gasped when they broke apart. He studied her, blue eyes frantic.

She didn’t know what else to do. She returned the kiss, pushing closer. The sensations set her nerve endings on fire, and she stumbled back, pulling him with her. She hit the arm of the couch, lost her balance, and landed on the cushions.

He laughed as he knelt on the couch, straddling her, and brushed a loose strand of hair out of her eyes. “I couldn’t sleep. I was out driving, and I got your message, and I… I don’t even know. I had to see you.”

“What are we doing?”

He shook his head. “Not talking. For God’s sake, we’ve done enough of that.” He leaned forward, lips brushing her collarbone and tracing a line up her neck. “We can hash it all out later, I promise, but I want you so bad right now—and even if you made me talk, I’d tell you whatever you wanted to hear to have you.”

You can only pick 3 words for your main characters..what would they be?

For Zach—arrogant, charismatic, confident

For Rae—intelligent, reserved, independent

Which was the easiest character to write and the hardest ~ and why?

Scott—Zach’s best friend (who has his own book next in the series, Conflict of Interest)—was easiest to write. There’s something about Scott that always speaks to me, and I have to admit, he’s probably been the hardest to walk away from now that the series is over.

Zach was hardest to write. He’s got a driven, aggressive mindset that doesn’t come naturally to me, and it was difficult to step into those shoes.

(If this is a series) How many books are you shooting for in this series?

This is a four book series, and all four books (Holding Her Close, Conflict of Interest, Toeing the Line, and Learning New Tricks) are all available now.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve decided to take both my geek and the smexy to a new level. I’m working on a m/f/m ménage novella centered around three individuals who come together to play Dungeons & Dragons, and end up taking the role play to a very real new level.

How do you deal with unruly characters? When they won’t cooperate and don’t do what you expected?

I’m not very good at putting a character in their place. If they want to be out of control, I usually let them run rampant. At least at first. In the end, it’s about 50/50 whether I end up cutting their lack of cooperation, or using it to change the direction of the story completely.

What’s one thing that you enjoy about writing?

I get to live other lives, and see the world through so many perspectives that aren’t my own. There’s always something new to experience.

Since we’re cover hussies….what was your first impression of your cover?

A. I worked pretty closely with the cover artist on this one. I’ve gone back and forth a few times about the final design, but the moment I saw this couple, I knew they were who I needed.

What do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks?

I’m a techie, and if allowed, a packrat. Since I’m running out of room, and I still want to collect books, it’s all ebook for me. I will pick up a hardback if I really love the book, but I don’t purchase a lot of paperbacks these days.

Is there a genre you would like to write but are a little apprehensive to try?

I’d love to write suspense. Something with lots of tension, and secrets, and corporate espionage, and double crossing, and big reveals. I’m not sure if I can keep my mood somber long enough to pull that off, but I’d love to try.

Okay…. personal time!!!! Oh yeah, I go there… Hahah…

Eep! Okay. Fire away.

 What is on your night stand?

A. My cell phone. Always when I’m home, unless I’m using it. An empty coffee mug. And until about thirty seconds ago, a long-haired gray tabby cat. He’s gone off to find food, though.

What are you listening to you right now?

A. I think if such a thing as a metal-head card existed, I’d be about to have mine revoked. Right now I’m on a big pop-country kick. Lots of Carrie Underwood in my current playlist.

 What are you reading right now?

A. I’m re-reading Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead. I loved this book last year when it came out, and I was lucky enough to snag a review copy of the sequel, The Immortal Crown. Which was just as incredible and made me want to read book 1 again.

What is your favorite season? Holiday?

Spring is my favorite season – the temperature is just right, everything is coming to life and green, and there’s lots of gorgeous rain. But my favorite holiday is Christmas. I love finding the perfect gifts for people.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Right now—sleep. It’s been a long few weeks at work J But normally, read, discover new movies, go for drives in the canyons, and play video games.

Quickie Time

 Dark or Milk Chocolate? Dark

Favorite color? Red

Left or right handed? Right

Junk or Health Food? Junk

Night owl or early bird? Early bird

Leather or Lace? Leather

Soft or Hard… Bed, where was your mind?;) hard

Cowboy or businessman? businessman

Tattoos or piercings? tattoos

Hairy chests or smooth? smooth

Sexiest feature on a man? Eyes.

Vampire or Werewolf? Vampire

Twitter and/or Facebook? Twitter

Pinterest or not? Yup

What’s the last thing you Googled? SET IDENITY_INSERT OFF – it was a day job related thing. Not quite so interesting as some Google searches.

 Is there anything else you like to add?

It’s always a blast to visit here, thanks so much for having me back.  And of course, I’d love to meet your readers and fans, and know their answer to one of your quick questions—milk chocolate or dark?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:allysonlindt

Allyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She prefers that her geeky heroes come with the alpha expansion pack and adores a heroine who can hold her own in a boardroom. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.

Find Allyson Lindt

Website: http://allysonlindt.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allyson-Lindt/116062025108551

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllysonLindt

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7024176.Allyson_Lindt

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/allysonlindt

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Interview and #Giveaway: Allyson Lindt-Unconventional Fling @GoddessFish @AllysonLindt

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Jade is in Nashville on her third week of a month-long business trip. She doesn’t mind seeing a new city every week, but she’s dragging after so many without a break. When a sexy stranger wants to share her breakfast table, she welcomes the change in scenery. The easy banter and teasing that dances behind the eyes of the handsome voice actor have her wondering if just this once, a one-night stand might be worth her time.

Brandon is tired of the playboy image that comes with his cult-celebrity status. When he meets a business woman with a travel schedule as hectic as his, she lights a spark deep inside. The problem is, he’s hoping for something long-term, and she’s hesitant to start anything that will become long-distance. With less than three days before they go their separate ways, Brandon has to show Jade there’s more to them than just an unconventional fling.

Mini Blurb: Jade needs to break up a monotonous, five-week business trip. A one-night stand with Brandon, the sexy voice actor she meets at breakfast, is the perfect solution. With three days before they go their separate ways, Brandon’s hoping to show Jade there’s more to them than an unconventional fling.

interview1Welcome to All I Want and More Allyson

Tell us a little about your book?

A: There are two things I’m fascinated with (okay, there are a lot more than that, but two specifically that apply here)—the idea of having a job that lets me travel, because who doesn’t want to see the world on someone else’s dime? And hotel sex; there’s just something different about getting it on in a hotel room. It’s still a bed, but it’s not *your* bed.

Unconventional Fling brings those both together, because sometimes, if the circumstances are right, and fate is in a generous mood, a one-night stand can become so much more.

How much emotion does it take from you to write?

A: If I’m really into a scene, I emotionally lose myself in it completely. I’ll snarl when the characters do, I’ll smile, I’ll cry, I’ll moan. I submit completely to my characters when it comes to emotion.

What is your favorite part of the book?

A: There’s a scene where Brandon and Jade hook up again for the first time after going their separate ways. There’s a little hesitation, a bit of fumbling, and then some slipping and sliding in the shower (and in case you’d like a tease):

She plucked her body wash from the corner. His hand wrapped around her wrist, and his eyes narrowed, but his smile never wavered. “Apricot energizer?”

She twisted away from his light grip with a laugh. “Are you worried about smelling like a girl?”

He ducked his head, lips hovering close enough to her neck that she could feel his breath, but he never made contact. His nose glided lightly up her skin. “I’m concerned that if I smell like you, you’re going to be even more impossible to get out of my head.”

You can only pick 3 words for your main characters..what would they be?

A: Intelligent, sexy, and lonely

Which was the easiest character to write and the hardest ~ and why?

A: My heroines are almost always harder to write for me than my heroes, and this story was no different. Brandon popped into my head complete with flaws, motivation, and passion. For Jade, I had to make sure I wasn’t mirroring myself on the page. And she was a little tight-lipped about what she wanted out of life beyond a paycheck. But I eventually got her to open up.

How many books are you shooting for in this series?

A: Right now I have at least one more planned, and ideally it will be a three book series. If you’ve read Unconventional Fling, I can VBT_UnconventionalFling_CoverBannertell you I plan on bringing Trent back for Unconventional Spark and pairing him with a heroine who makes him question everything he knows about anything.

What are you currently working on?

A: You probably don’t want the entire list, lol. I’m planning a new series, chock full of more cubicle dwellers, a kick-ass hacker for a heroine in book 1, and a hero who’s about to learn karaoke can be a gateway to some of the sexiest trouble of his life.

How do you deal with unruly characters? When they won’t cooperate and don’t do what you expected?

A: Lol, this happens to me so often. I always plot a story before I write it, and more often than not, about 1/4-1/2 the way through, I have to rearrange to accommodate willful characters. But I don’t fight it, unless what they want to do is “go take a nap.” I tend to think they know what’s best.

What’s one thing that you enjoy about writing?

A: Losing myself in someone else’s story. Being able to dive into a new tale, and world, and mindset, and live a life that isn’t mine through someone else’s eyes. There’s something almost magical about that.

Since we’re cover hussies….what was your first impression of your cover?

A: I swooned when I saw my cover. I was just checking my email while I waited for my coffee, and the image came up, and… I think a lot of authors dream of that moment where they see that perfect book cover, and they know they’ve made the right choice, and that was Unconventional Fling for me. Her eyes, the colors, the layout. It’s a gorgeous example of how effective simplicity can be.

What do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks?

A: I get the feeling that this is an unpopular opinion, but ebooks. It’s true, there’s something about owning a paperback copy of something, but an ebook doesn’t take up any more shelf space, I can care hundreds of them in my purse, and I can read them on my phone. And since I’m always reading when I’m not writing… talk about convenient.

Is there a genre you would like to write but are a little apprehensive to try?

A: There’s a story I’d like to write someday that I guess I’d describe as dystopian or futuristic fantasy. But the rules are different for building those worlds on paper than a contemporary romance world, and I’m not sure I could do the conspiracy and tension that is my plot justice. 

Okay…. personal time!!!! Oh yeah, I go there… Hahah…

A: Eep! But okay, I’ll play 😉 

If you thought you were safe… Nah… Forgot it… Not a chance! We will start off slow and easy, I promise!

 What is on your night stand?

A coffee cup, a notebook with story notes in it, and my phone. Because I’m addicted to checking my email at three am. An old job left me with some bad habits.

What are you listening to you right now?

Halestorm. Right at this very moment, a cover of Gold Dust Woman—possibly one of my favorite songs ever. I think Lizzie Hale deserves recognition for resurrecting amazing, female metal like we haven’t seen for a couple of decades.

What are you reading right now?

This interview 😉 Okay, seriously, though. I’m re-reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman, because it’s one of my favorite books ever. Nobody slides between reality and the fantastic like Mr. Gaiman, and I adore his vision of the gods, both old and new.

What is your favorite season? Holiday?

Spring is my favorite season. Things are new and green and just starting to come to life, and it’s cool, frequently rainy, and just gorgeous. But my favorite holiday is Christmas. I love finding the perfect gifts for people, and seeing them smile when they open the presents and they know someone gets them.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Hehehe, as far as the world knows, I’m a gamer girl. That’s the façade I like to keep up. Honestly, though, I do a lot of reading, and baking. I love to find new recipes to try out, sweet, savory, deserts, main courses, soups, all of it.

 

Quickie Time

Dark or Milk Chocolate? Dark

Favorite color? Red

Left or right handed? Right

Junk or Health Food? Junk (unless there’s fresh fruit. Fresh fruit always wins, lol).

Night owl or early bird? Early bird.

Leather or Lace?  Leather

Soft or Hard… Bed, where was your mind? Hard (and my mind was in bed, where it should be, right? 😉

Cowboy or businessman? Businessman. Suit porn for the win.

Tattoos or piercings? Tattoos

Hairy chests or smooth? Smooth

Sexiest feature on a man? Eyes. Gorgeous, deep, soul-piercing eyes.

Vampire or Werewolf?  Vampire (see: smooth chests above)

Twitter and/or Facebook? Twitter.

Pinterest or not? Not until I get rid of a different addiction.

What’s the last thing you Googled? Ian Somerholden (did I mention loving gorgeous eyes?)

Where can your fans find you?

Twitter: @AllysonLindt

Blog: http://allysonlindt.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7024176.Allyson_Lindt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllysonLindt

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/allysonlindt

Is there anything else you like to add?

Y’all conduct a brutal interview, it was a blast. Thanks for having me today! And I’d love to hear from your readers. So tell me, dear visitors, cowboys or businessmen?

** Elaine here..to answer your question Allyson, I’d pick Cowboy 🙂

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excerptBrandon dropped into the seat next to Jade, arm brushing hers. A tingle rushed through him. What is it about this woman? “I was worried you might not show.”

Jade shifted to face him but didn’t break the contact. A soft smile danced on full lips. “Does that happen a lot? They don’t show?”

He bit back his surprise. If she’d been anyone else—one of the attendees for instance—he might think the question was founded in the rumors. But there was no way she’d heard those. She hadn’t even known who he was. Which was kind of nice. “I don’t know. I haven’t made a habit of extending the invite.”

Her brows rose, hazel eyes studying him. She shook her head and took a sip of her drink. “Thank you again for this afternoon. I don’t think I’ve ever been rescued by a knight in shining armor before.”

Pride rushed through him but wilted when something occurred to him. “Is that why you’re here?”

She laughed—that was a beautiful, playful sound—and shook her head. “I mean, it certainly didn’t hurt. But I’m here to see you, not because I felt obligated.”

“Good. Perfect.” He fumbled for more words. It was difficult to concentrate with all the blood rushing from his head and into his lower extremities. He was having a hard time thinking about anything but her gorgeous mouth, kissing those full lips, and if that was what her laughter sounded like, how incredible it would be to make her moan.

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abouttheauthor1Allyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She was lucky enough to marry her muse and soul mate. When they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re AllysonPicture3building new worlds together. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.

Find Allyson Lindt

Website: http://allysonlindt.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allyson-Lindt/116062025108551

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllysonLindt

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7024176.Allyson_Lindt

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/allysonlindt

Buy Unconventional Fling:

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Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unconventional-Fling-Working-Girls-Guide-ebook/dp/B00G2ETTXW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382382035&sr=8-1&keywords=unconventional+fling

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