Daring Hearts, #1
by Kay Phoenix
Date of Publication: November 2nd 2016
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Steele and Stone (Daring Hearts, #1) . . .
Michael meets wide eyed, country-fied, outdoors loving, artist type, Elle. There was a catch to it. He was there to get her land for his company. But he got much more than the land. He got that bone deep feeling that he never thought would come his way. The two had a lot to shift through to find that peace of self they were both looking for. In order to enjoy the peace of togetherness they had found within each other.
I found things a little quick paced. I would have loved to seen this one expanded and give more room to grown more or further. If you are looking for a quick read that will give you some depth and emotional pull. Then pick up a copy of Steel and Stone.
Elle Thompson was raised in Denver. She paints. She hikes. She knows how to avoid cougar attacks.
The only cougars Michael Williams usually worries about are the ones that wear leopard print leggings on 5th Avenue.
But, when his acquisition firm sets its sights on Elle's family business, his tidy life goes awry. As things unravel, so do all his preconceived notions of love and what makes a perfect partner.
Michael Williams was a soft city boy, and she was willing to bet he not only indulged in regular manicures but perhaps even enjoyed the occasional facial. She wondered whether he had rolled up his sleeves for fear of getting his expensive, white, designer dress shirt dirty with barbecue sauce. He probably wore designer underwear as well.
Boxers or briefs? Her gaze traveled south. Briefs, probably. Expensive white designer briefs. Tighty whities.
He was definitely not her type.
She smirked as her gaze traveled back up to his eyes. They were staring back into hers.
Caught red-handed! Her smirk faded and her cheeks reddened. She grabbed at a strand of hair to twirl in her fingers and pretended to be interested in a framed painting of a pig in an apron that was hung behind his left shoulder.
Something primal lurked below the surface of his gaze, and it drew her back in. It was as if she stared into the eyes of a caged animal set to pounce. Not one that had been born in a zoo, but one that had been captured in the wild and placed in captivity. Perhaps he hadn’t always been a city boy?
MY INTERVIEW WITH KAY PHOENIX
How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I write emotion driven stories. My plots usually involve the characters learning some very important life lessons regarding love and how to live the best life possible. Basically, all my characters already had these great traits inside them; they just needed a kick in the pants to “wake up”. I also write paranormal, and this is a theme that runs through those characters as well.
What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
As far as a routine, I like to have a cup of coffee next to me and a dog at my feet. I also like it to be very quiet. I do my best writing late at night.
Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
A story with flat characters is boring. My characters are somewhat based on real people, or real events that I’ve either experienced or read about. I’m a firm believer in a strong character arc, and I like to see characters finish the story as a stronger, happier person than they were at the beginning. Yes, sometimes even my antagonists.
Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
In this particular book, Steele and Stone, I have bonded with Elle, not surprisingly. I think most authors bond with their main characters, especially when they are taking them on a journey of self discovery. There’s no way to put your characters through hell without learning something about your own, authentic self as you write it.
Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
YES! I have a character named Johnathan who is a werewolf in another series I’ve been working on. His father was a Nazi in Germany and was a pretty horrible, abusive person. His father becomes a werewolf and in a fit of spite, makes his son a werewolf as well. So, what does Johnathan do with this newfound, somewhat “super human” animal telepathy that comes with his “curse”? Well, he moves to Africa to become one of the best, most sought after photo safari guides ever. How better to see the animals, than with a guide that seems to be able to communicate with them and make them almost pose for your camera?
Johnathan is a kind soul, and he uses his “curse” for good. However, he will have to face his father, eventually, and the hordes of others like him.
Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the inexperienced?
As a typical Virgo to the core, it really bugs me when something is awry. So, if I’m feeling out of control, you can bet I’m already aware of it and trying to figure out what to do.
A passion of mine, that makes me very excited, is sharing art with people. I love bringing someone to a museum, musical, or art show who claims that they aren’t “into” art, and then being able to convince them why they need art in their lives, figuratively. The moment I see the shift in their perception is something that brings me great happiness. I guess you could say I have the heart of an entertainer, because I like bringing happiness and pleasure into people lives and helping them transform their own. I hope that makes sense.
Ms. Phoenix is a rare bird herself, a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. She belongs to Las Vegas Romance Writers and serves on the board.
Prior to writing, Kay was a Graphic Artist for fifteen years in the casino industry and holds degrees in both Graphic Arts and Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping and photography. Her art and photography are displayed in Las Vegas art galleries several times a year.
Kay writes in the contemporary and paranormal romance categories, as well as non-fiction articles.