We are so excited to have the one and only Lora Leigh visiting with us today and talking about her latest release NAUTI ANGEL (out Nov 7, 2017). As massive and long-time fans of the Nauti series, it always feels like a treat going into a new book in this world and this one in particular because we get a glimpse at one of my fave original couples. Here’s more from Lora.
Welcome to Under the Covers, Lora! As long time fans of your Nauti series, we are thrilled about your newest release NAUTI ANGEL.
Hello and thank you for inviting me into your world and for your interest in NAUTI ANGEL. I’m so excited to see the release of Angel’s story as well.
Can you please tell us more about what we can expect from this installment?
In Nauti Angel you can expect to see an ending and very small glimpse into a new, upcoming beginning. Nauti Angel ends the Nauti chapter of the Mackay’s stories and begins to set the stage for a new, upcoming chapter in this world that the readers and I share such a love for.
Angel is such an interesting character. Have you always had her story in your mind and what is your favorite thing about her?
From the beginning of Nauti Dreams, I’ve had Angel living within my imagination. In the prologue of Nauti Dreams, the believed death of Beth Dane, set the stage for a mother’s torment and guilt and began a five year separation of Natches and Chaya before their story could truly begin. Even as a three year old, Angel was a strong influence on that story, and she continued to influence her mother Chaya, and then her half-sister, Bliss, for twenty years longer.
What was your favorite part of writing this book?
Seeing Angel’s strength and the love Duke Mackay felt for her. A love that went far beyond the emotional and the physical, but spoke instead to the very depths of a woman’s wounded soul.
Do you have a favorite scene? If so, can you give us a snippet that isn’t spoilery?
She was only three years old. She wasn’t supposed to be outside alone without her momma or daddy, or her aunt. Beth knew that. As she stumbled along the dark, deserted street, she knew she was going to get in trouble. Her momma promised to take away all of her cartoons if she ever wondered off alone. But her daddy hadn’t woken up after he closed his eyes, just like Jenny.
They were so still and white, and she knew they were gone forever like Momma told her Grandma and Grandpa were gone forever.
The place where she was waiting for Momma was so scary now. It was just big rocks and pipes and it was so hard to breathe in the small space where she’d awakened. She needed her momma. She was just a little girl. She wasn’t supposed to be by herself, especially in this place where she didn’t understand what people were saying and the sound of cries and angry voices seemed to echo around her. The houses didn’t look like the ones at home either. They were little and rough- looking. The road was dirty and uneven and there weren’t any cars moving on it. She hadn’t even seen anyone. She hadn’t heard a single sound that made sense. Where was her momma?
You are revisiting an old favorite Nauti couple in this one, Chaya and Natches from Nauti Dreams. Was it different being in their heads (and where they are now in life) after so many years that you’ve finished their book?
It wasn’t really too difficult. Through each book I’ve watched them grow, fall even deeper in love and yet they still retain their incredible individuality. They refused to sit back as friends and cousins found their way and their own adventures, so seeing the changes, the maturity and their growth became a natural progression I think.
What does your writing process look like?
Chaos! A chapter here. A chapter there. Notes. A dozen or so journals spread out, street maps, lake maps, character sheets. 20 versions of a story and counting…. And the sound of my voice swearing at the current hero… lol!
Tell us three things you can’t leave home without:
Laptop, iPad, backup external power.
What’s your favorite trope to read?
Honestly, I don’t think I have a favorite. And I never really think in terms of tropes either. Just whatever catches my interest at the time.
What’s the last book you read and loved?
It was a re-read of Linda Howard’s Son of the Morning.
What are you working on next?
Cassie’s story from the Breeds, Cross Breed.
*cue fangirl happy dancing* Thanks so much for answering our questions and sharing with us today!
Thank you once again for inviting me, and I hope you enjoy NAUTI ANGEL!!!
Available November 7, 2017!
by Lora Leigh
Released: November 7th 2017
Series: Nauti #9
Published by Berkley Books
#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh unleashes a fiery new Nauti novel, in which a dangerous woman finds herself a target in more ways than one...
Angel Calloway isn't the girl next door. Known for being rude and cursing like a sailor on a bender, she's meaner than the two mercenaries she's followed since she was young. Needing anyone is not what she's about. Or so she thought--until she found the mother she was taken from so long ago, Chaya Mackay, wife to the notorious Natches Mackay.
One night with Angel and devilishly sexy Marine Reece Duquaine was hooked. She nearly blew his head off, and moments later, she blew his mind. He's been after her ever since, wrestling with a desire that fights to consume him. But now he has her in his sights--and is ready to take his shot.
Unless someone else moves in for the kill first...
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