Welcome to Under the Covers, Lani! Let’s talk about your new series Simple Man. Where did you get the idea for the series?
This series has been a works in the making for a very long time—at least two years. The Simple Man Series is a spinoff of my original books—the ones I wrote in 2015-2016. For years everyone has asked me if I’m going to write about the kids from those couples’ books, and I’ve tossed around the idea for a while.
As an idea formed, I thought about what would piss the fathers off the most when it came to their little girls—and those were men for their babies just like them. 🙂
Please tell us more about Rafe. He’s a character that’s been around for a while. Did you always know you wanted to write a book for him?
I did know I wanted to write a book for him. He has been around for a while, and I’ve been thinking about him for just as long. It took me a while to build his story in my head, that was why I kept sneaking him into my other books here and there, giving readers clues about him as I went. He’s not a simple man at all—which is kind of a play on the ‘Simple Man’ part of the series title.
What is his greatest strength? What is his weakness? What’s your favorite thing about him?
Greatest strength? Hmmm. I’d say it’d have to be his will and determination. His weakness? Definitely Janie. He’d do anything for her, and I do mean anything—which is what you’ll find out about in the story! My favorite thing about him is his love for Janie. He’s loved her for a really long time, but he waited until she was old enough to understand it before he made his move.
What was the biggest obstacle you had while writing about Janie’s conflict?
It was hard to write Janie without also writing about her father, James. A lot of my betas were concerned with how James had allowed Janie to do the things she did, that he’d never had allowed that in his book. The only thing is, that as a father, James wanted Janie to have exactly what she wanted. And Janie, for all her faults, knew exactly what that was—and that was Rafe.
Is there a heroine you’ve written that you think is most like you?
Hmmm. I think they’re all a little me—just like all the heroes are a little like my husband.
What would you say is the hardest part about writing an age gap like this?
Making it not be weird. LOL. There is definitely a fine line when there is such an age gap—and when the characters knew each other when they were underage.
Since this is your first time here, lets get to know you a little more! Tell us five things about yourself we normally wouldn’t know.
I think these questions are so hard to answer! I feel like I’m pretty open with who I am!
- I’m an introvert to the extreme. If you ever meet me, I’m just as nervous to meet you as you are to meet me.
- I’m yell and am loud—which you wouldn’t think I am since I’m so softly spoken.
- I have a really naughty sense of humor. I can turn anything around and make it naughty.
- I like taking naps. A lot. If I don’t have one, I’m mean.
- I’ve never ridden a motorcycle before. I write about them, and have never even been around oen!
What’s the last book that kept you up all night reading under the covers?
Hmmmmm……I’m in a book funk right now as I write this. The last one had to be Patricia Briggs Burn Bright.
What three things you can’t leave home without?
I’m only going to assume that you want weird things, other than the obvious. 😛 But, my phone—because duh, I have to be able to read. My chapstick—I don’t wear makeup because that takes too much time. And a snack.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I’m working on Reagan and Tyler’s story. Reagan’s father is Bennet from Kill Shot. 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing with us today!
by Lani Lynn Vale
Released: April 5 2018
Series: Simple Man #1
She’s in a white dress that dances around her ankles, and her hair tumbles in a long sheet of curls down her back. A veil covers her beautiful eyes, and she smiles directly at him. Janie is everything Rafe’s ever imagined she would be on her wedding day.
Breathtaking. Gorgeous. Perfect.
The moment he sees her walking down the aisle towards him, he knows that she’s the one.
Then she passes him, making her way to the man she’s to marry.
A man that wasn’t him.
A man that he knows with one hundred percent certainty isn’t good enough for her.
It seems that her father isn’t the only one who’s having a hard time giving her away. Rafe only wishes he knew why.
Everything about Janie sparks protective instincts he doesn’t feel for anyone, not even his own fiancé.
What he feels for the bride, however, isn’t merely a simple attraction. He knows that something is there just beneath the surface…if only he could reach it.
It has to be something huge, too, otherwise he wouldn’t be drinking whiskey straight from the flask in a church pew and wondering how many years he would do in prison if he shot the groom in front of about a hundred witnesses—half of those being cops.
He was good…but not that good.
A near-death experience cost Rafe almost six months of his memory, but right now he can’t help but feel like a huge mistake is being made on both of their parts. One that’s going to cost him everything.
Then she says I do.
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