Hi LH and welcome back to Under the Covers! As you are aware, we are huge fans of your work and we need you to write faster! *ehem* So let’s talk about Jason Momoa, I mean Hearts of Fire! Congratulations on the release! This is a sequel to Six of Hearts. Did you have any plans of writing HEARTS OF FIRE when you started SIX OF HEARTS or was it more of an organic thing that popped up as you were writing?
No, I didn’t. I only started to think about writing a story for Jack towards the end of Six of Hearts. That’s why there are no clues that he might still be alive. I began imagining where Jack would be and what he’d be like if he were still alive, and that’s where the idea for the story began.
You’ve described your hero to resemble a lot the main man in my life (I mean, who’s counting my husband, right?) Jason Momoa! So while that was what sealed the deal for me wanting to lock him in my basement of book boyfriends what was it for you the thing that stood the most about his character that makes you go weak in the knees?
I loved his intensity. I visualise him as one of those men with a real serious, captivating stare, who notices little details. I also see him as a very lonely but strong character, which made me want to create a heroine who would bring out his vulnerable side and be a friend to him as well as a lover.
If you had to describe Lille in 3 words, what would they be?
Dreamer. Curious. Kind.
Did you have a hard time writing a scene in HEARTS OF FIRE? Or one that made you laugh out loud?
I laughed out loud writing the bit where Violet was dyeing her hair in her underwear. It just seemed so odd but so normal at the same time. Like if three women were living together in a tiny camper van, I can see that sort of thing happening all the time. I’m not sure I found any parts particularly difficult to write, but I was very emotional when I wrote Jack’s reunion with Jay. Sniff, sniff.
The world of a traveling circus can be complex. Did you do any weird and crazy research for this?
Nothing too crazy except for going to see some fire breathers perform. I also went to a couple of circus shows while I was writing. They were mostly chain circuses and definitely the kind that I didn’t want to write about. I wanted to write about a unique, independent sort of circus with colourful characters and artistic performances.
As always with any of your books I spent a lot of time highlighting wonderful quotes. What’s your favorite quote from the book?
Ah, I don’t know…I hate picking quotes from my own books. It feels too much like narcissism, haha. A lot of my beta readers did love when Jack says this line: You have never been invisible to me, flower. You’re all I see.
What are your plans for upcoming projects that you can share with us? We are greedy bitches!
Lol. So greedy. I’m writing a book about King from Hearts of Fire at the moment. It’s set six years before the events of HoF, and takes place in the London Financial District known as The City. You’ll get to see King before he fell from grace, and then in the end when he finally finds his redemption and is reunited with his true love. I’m having a lot of fun with this story already. The heroine is a feisty, street-wise straight talker who suffers no fools.
Thanks for stopping by UTC and we can’t wait for everyone to meet Jack McCabe
The Circus Spektakulär is proud to present Jack McCabe: Fire-breather, knife-thrower, risk-taker.
My house burned down when I was just a boy, robbing me of both my parents.
Now I breathe fire, eat the poison that almost killed me.
Crowds come to see me night after night. Men for the spectacle, women for the thrill. I’m an oddity to be stared at and desired. With each flame I spit, I risk my life.
I wear scars on my body that will never go away, but the scars inside my head are far more difficult to overlook.
My brother doesn’t know me, and if I have it my way he never will.
Life was going exactly the way I’d planned until Lille came along. She wanted to run away with the circus, have an adventure, but this world was never meant for her.
I try to keep her safe, because she doesn’t know the dangers that are out here on the road. She doesn’t know the monsters that lurk behind the bright lights of the ring. In truth, I could be considered one of them.
We were fashioned from different cloths, never intended to mix. So I watch her. I try not to touch, even when her eyes invite me.
Join us in the Spiegeltent and let us give you a show. Allow my Lille to draw a picture for you in paint and sweat and skin.
The truest love is always the hardest to let in.
This is a standalone romance that tells the story of Jack McCabe, Jay Fields’ long lost, presumed dead brother. It is not necessary to have read Six of Hearts in order to enjoy Hearts of Fire.
The author is giving away (open internatonally):
1st prize: Hearts of Fire tote bag
Signed copy of Six of Hearts
Signed copy of Hearts of Fire
Hearts of Fire pocket mirror
2nd prize: Signed copy of Hearts of Fire
Hearts of Fire pocket mirror