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Christine Presents ~ His Target His Desire by Aspen J. Lee

Please welcome Aspen author of His Target His Desire.

Aspen will be awarding $30 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.NBTM_TourBanner_HisTargetHisDesire

His Target, His Desire

by Aspen J. Lee

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 INTERVIEW:

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?
    What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I woke one morning with a dream fresh in my head, so vivid I still lived it even though my eyes were open. Within an hour I was walking while dictating into my cell. The first four chapters were born. Since then the story has changed dramatically. That was the infancy of one of my novels, which I’m currently still working on. Looking around me, listening to conversations in cafes, reading the paper, watching the news, all rich fodder for story ideas.

Two people meeting, both pretending to be someone else, is not a new idea, but I loved the premise and wanted to use it for the plot in His Target His Desire. My background in science allowed me to formulate a twist that deepened the plot and added an element of science fiction.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I’m a little hooked on erotic suspense, both releases through Siren-Bookstrand Slipping Through His Fingers and my latest His Target His Desire, falling in this category, and I’ve just completed another erotic suspense. Erotica is just so much fun to write. However, I did diverge with an erotic paranormal soon to be published by Eternal Press and released later in 2015. What I write is what pops into my head. I’m willing to let the ideas drive me wherever they go.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I loved Vicky Roach in my first novella Slipping Through His Fingers. She is smart, plucky and not afraid to make the hard decisions. She was faithful to her brother throughout and willing to make sacrifices for those she loved. She also won the sexy detective, Matias, in the end.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

Once upon a time, I belonged to two critique groups, but now I have only one. Critique groups are a fantastic way to gain feedback on your novel. All authors believe everything they write is worthy of being published. Working with a good critique group, or even one individual, can help you polish your manuscript to something you’re happy to see on a bookshop shelf. They can also offer support and encouragement on your writing journey, because after all it is a solitary job. However, it’s critical you find the right sort of partners. Not everyone is suited to your personality or your genre. It’s important you feel comfortable with each member in your group or the relationship will not work well. Too many offering suggestions can also be a hindrance, as too much advice can thin your unique voice. Don’t forget everyone will have their own opinion and how they would chose to write the same story. It is important to recognise when your story does need help and when it’s fine as it is.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

For about five years I dreamed of being an author, but like most people who have dreams I thought it would always remain just that. I joined a writing group and started a Masters in Writing in the hope it would push me further toward my dream. It didn’t really. I toyed a lot with stories, growing bored with the plot and characters before I moved beyond the first chapter. Now I think I was simply sabotaging my own success. I was missing a key element—faith in my ability. What pushed me over the hurdle? Three things. First, I attended two writing workshops and meet two amazing women whom were such a great inspiration. Second, I stumbled upon my genre, romance, and joined a romance writing group full of supportive and keen writers. The third being time. I watched it tick away one year, and then the next and started to realise I may get to the end never having achieved my dream.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

The old writer question: a plot or a pantser. I’m a little of both. All my books have started with an idea, usually enough to fill one scene. I launch into that scene and as I type the story grows. Three-dimensional characters begin to emerge as the storyline forms. Usually by chapter five or six I have the plot in detail. Once this happens I’ll start to outline the rest of my chapters, filling each with notes about what is to happen in that chapter. Sometimes it means I’m doubling back and changing what I’ve already written. If I’m lucky, I start it right, which means I have little changing to do. His Target His Desire started with the idea for the opening scene and the general premise, but the black scene or the climax eluded me for a while. I was at least a third of the way through before I had the pivotal scene in my head.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I’ve recently submitted another erotic suspense, but haven’t heard if it’s been accepted yet. It’s following the theme of deception, which I used in His Target His Desire. I have another idea, which will likely be my next venture, where I’m taking a walk from erotic suspense into erotic humor.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

Cypress lives incognito and Bryant has yet to discover the truth about her. When two men attempt to kidnap her in broad daylight, Bryant pushes her to reveal her secret if he has any chance of protecting her. He is not prepared for what he hears. Now it is his turn to reveal the truth about himself.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

For the lead actor I would have to say Hugh Jackman. He has the height, body and skin colour of Bryant. And his age is about right. Bryant is smart, resourceful and shrewd. He has a depth of experience in black ops and then as a freelance being paid to hunt the unhuntable. I don’t think a younger actor could convey those qualities. Hugh has a great physical presence, athleticism and can play the tough guy/ soft guy really well.

I can’t get past Scarlett Johansson as Cypress. Wrong hair colour, but she oozes sex appeal. I think she’s someone who could pull off acting in a movie that combines suspense and erotica.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

My hobbies range from experimental cooking (using the family as the guinea pigs, which they mostly like) to cycling, with felting, reading and traveling, to name a few others, falling in between the gaps. Sadly none of these helped me write His Target His Desire. My science degree, majoring in molecular biology, gave me the foundation for the twist in my novel, and a healthy does of research into some forms of martial arts helped put some excitement into a few scenes.

BLURB:

The rules of survival in this line of work: trust no one, hold no assumptions, don’t fall for your target. Bryant Holt breaks all three.

For 1.5 million, Cypress Howard is now his target. Ex-black ops, Bryant finds he can’t resist her temptations.

He’s way out of her league, sexy as hell and asking her out for dinner. It just doesn’t make sense. But Cypress is frightened of letting any one in.

Why? Because Cypress now lives incognito. The real her is dead, or so everyone thinks.

A deal is struck between secret factions and Cypress is now being hunted. Bryant’s claimed her, and he’ll do anything to save her. But first he must unravel the maze of her past.

When her life begins to implode, Cypress’s lover turns into James Bond. Who the hell is he? It’s too late to question, Bryant’s already chained her heart. All she can do is hold on.

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EXCERPT:

“Sorry.” She gave him a quick glance as her cheeks heated some more, determined to give him only a moment’s eye contact, enough to endorse her apology, before turning her attention back to the broad shoulders in front, but the arresting smile and deep brown eyes held her head in place.

“Pleasure’s mine.”

O-k-a-y. A delicious yet confusing comment.

“Bryant Holt.” A hand came toward her in the ritual of welcome.

Long fingers laced around, encapsulating her hand, locking it to his warm palm. When she glanced up, the intensity of his gaze, lessoned only a little by his generous smile, swallowed her.

“Cypress Howard.” The words came out quick. Great, now he would think her childish, gushing or simple. “I wasn’t looking.”

His brow furrowed, then one eyebrow shot up quizzically—sexy, in a cute, alluring way.

“Your screen, I mean. I wasn’t peeking at your typing, or rather what you were searching through.”

He gave a small nod to show he understood her bumbling explanation. “Doesn’t matter. My cells littered with work stuff, boring as hell and riddled with jargon even I can’t understand.”

“You work in this building? It’s just that I’ve been riding this lift for a year now and haven’t seen you before.” Left off the sentence end was an elaboration that went something like “yours is a face I wouldn’t forget,” but it was way too much of a pickup line. And what about everything else she’d said? Did it all sound cheesy?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After joining her local writers’ centre and attending a workshop on romance writing, Aspen J lee decided she was set on the wrong career path. Swapping sides from factualising to fictionalizing life, she quit her job and started a Masters in Writing.

Soon after she discovered passion rather than academics was the key ingredient, so picked up the pen and began to fashion her own stories. Another workshop introduced her into the world of spicy writing. The end result was Slipping Through His Fingers, published by Siren-Bookstrand (2014). Two novels followed His Target His Desire (Siren-Bookstrand, 2015) and Bound (Eternal Press, 2015).

Aspen is currently crafting her fourth erotic romance and dipping her quill into a dystopian, both of which she hopes to have published later this year.

When Aspen can extract herself from her characters, she can be found in her kitchen, crafting magic of a different nature, with dogs and cats in tow. She lives on 6.5 acres, which she shares with the wildlife, a husband and three children.

You can follow Aspen on her website aspenjlee.com and her blog aspenjleeauthor.com.

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Aspen will be awarding $30 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

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15 comments on “Christine Presents ~ His Target His Desire by Aspen J. Lee

  1. Aspenjlee
    May 27, 2015

    Hi Christine, thank you for hosting me today and giving me the chance to share my novel with your readers. Aspen x

  2. Aspenjlee
    May 27, 2015

    Reblogged this on aspenjlee and commented:
    Hi Everyone, please join me on Christine Young’s blog for chats, snippets of my novel and a chance to win a $30 Amazon voucher

  3. Thank you for hosting

  4. achristay
    May 27, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  5. Aspenjlee
    May 27, 2015

    Hi all American readers. I’m all the way over here in Australia and it’s now 12 o’clock. My eyeballs are hanging out. I’ve got to go to bed. But I will stop by in the morning (my morning)

  6. Cali W.
    May 27, 2015

    Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. 🙂

    • Aspenjlee
      May 27, 2015

      Hi Cali, I really appreciate your response. I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

  7. Betty W
    May 27, 2015

    Terrific interview! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Aspenjlee
    May 27, 2015

    Hi Betty, thank you so much for your response. I’m really glad you enjoyed reading the interview.

  9. Aspenjlee
    May 27, 2015

    Thanks Christine Young for hosting me and giving me the chance to share my novel. I’ve had a lot of fun. Aspen x

  10. Rita Wray
    June 3, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview.

  11. Ree Dee
    June 8, 2015

    I really love reading author interview. Thank you.

  12. Eva Millien
    June 10, 2015

    Great interview, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  13. Mai Tran
    July 13, 2015

    If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?

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