By Rachel Dunning
Expected Release Date: March 2016
99¢ Pre-Order Sale
Over 400 Pages
New-Adult Romance / Sports Romance
The Debt Collector
I pay my debts, and I expect others to.
I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father’s passing meant I would automatically take on dad’s debts. I refused.
And I paid for that refusal.
So did my sister.
So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that’s where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a “favor” when I arrived.
I paid for that one too.
I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.
Besides, trouble is my middle name.
I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn’t care who gets rolled over in the process.
I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying “I’m sorry.” The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad’s wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.
I drink. I party. I meet guys.
But I wasn’t always like that.
I’ve had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.
She and I hit the road for the summer, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.
But there’s a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.
Which is when I met the Debt Collector.
It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.
That’s all it was supposed to be.
I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.
And yet…so unbelievably right.
**Content Warning: Not intended for readers under the age of seventeen.**
I push my head back against the wall, not sure what’s coming, but not fighting it either.
“Who are you?” he repeats.
“I…I don’t know what you mean.”
“I see you at a bar in Texas, then I look for you all over Nashville. And suddenly you’re at my side in a hospital, following me into this warehouse. Who are you?”
“I didn’t follow you into the warehouse. You needed to pick up your truck, and you were stumbling.”
“So I wanted to make sure you were OK.”
And I want you to take my clothes off and I want us to live happily ever after. “That’s it.”
Logan grins, a deadly look for him with his dimples. “Don’t do that,” I say.
Because you’re beautiful. “Just don’t.”
It is my pleasure to welcome Rachel Dunning, author of Debt, to Room With Books!
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
There are so many good books and good authors that to pick one is impossible for me. Every book I’ve read has influenced how I write.
As far as stories influencing me, well, my older sister got me hooked on Soap Operas at a young age. Loving was a big hit in those days, and I remember lying on the floor, six years-old, watching the bad brunette (I forget her name) stroll down the curving stairs, and you just knew trouble was on the way. Then came Days of Our Lives. Yikes. I forget the characters’ names, but there was a dude with an eye-patch (“Bo”?), he was the “good guy,” and we liked him, then we thought he was dead, but he came back to life… Hahahaha.
If you read my books, you’ll know I was a big soapie fan in those early years. I just love the drama.
What was your first job?
I did telesales for a vitamin company. I’ve come a long way.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite? Why?
Yikes. Tough one. Tough, tough, tough. Aside from the main characters, the side-characters always grab my attention. Probably Thunder from the Johnny Series is my favorite. He’s hard not to like — I mean, tough-ass biker dude who has a heart of gold? C’mon. Then there’s Kayla from the Naive Mistakes Series, Leora’s best friend. I loved their friendship. So unlikely and yet so sweet. I also liked Vanessa from Johnny #4. She was tricky. You don’t know until near the end whether to like her or not.
What does your writing schedule look like?
I have no schedule. When I’m working on a book it’s all I do. I ignore calls, I let dinners slip, I go to bed late. It’s a complete obsession. I just can’t let the book go.
Then, when it’s done, I take some time off. The last thing I want to do is look at a keyboard or write…until another bright idea hits me. Then it’s late nights and cold food again.
Do you use your own experiences?
Not really. Of course I have a view of life because of my experiences and what I’ve done, but I try and make the stories original (at least for me.)
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
For this one, yes. It just came to me, but they generally come to me after the book is written or mostly written. The concept of “debt” or “owing someone” (not so much financial) is a big theme in the book, and there’s another meaning to it that I won’t share with you now because it would give something away that only readers should know. And, no, you’ll never guess it.
If you could pick one profession other than author, what would it be? Why does it appeal to you?
I’d be a writer… Oh, no, wait, a storyteller. No, darn it, er…a screenwriter…. No.
OK, for real: I’d love to be an actress or a singer (which probably means I’d be waiting tables…)
What are you currently working on?
Mind Games #3 is scheduled for release later this year.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Caramel Chip, Coffee Caramel, anything with caramel
Night owl, or early bird? Night owl
Coffee or tea? What’s tea?
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Roller Coasters
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Neither. I hate swimming. I could tell you it’s because I almost drowned in the ocean when I was six, but I’d be lying (not about the drowning, that really did happen.) I just don’t like the water.
Walking or fitness club? Pool chair
Any last words?
Thank you Rachel for spending time at Room With Books. I wish you all the best with Debt and I hope you will visit again.
A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.
She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.
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