Chasing Fire #2
By: Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers
Releasing July 21st, 2015
The second in the “seriously sexy and sinfully steamy”* Chasing Fire series, about a pain too deep to forgive and a passion too hot to forget…
Alessandra Sinclair knows that Hudson Chase is the last man she should want. The boy from the wrong side of the tracks has grown into a man who would do anything to get ahead, even if it means breaking Allie’s heart. But whenever she’s near him, the attraction between them is undeniable. And now that they’re working together, keeping her distance from Hudson is almost as impossible as keeping her feelings in check…
Hudson already lost Allie once and he refuses to lose her again. He’s determined to use their new business partnership to rekindle the spark he knows is still there. Only the closer he gets to winning her over, the clearer it becomes there are still secrets that could tear them apart for good…
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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers, authors of the Chasing Fire Series.
Hi Ann Marie & Amy, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Would you please sell us a little about yourself and your background?
What were you like at school?
AMW: In high school I was basically a nerd. Theatre and Student Government were my main activities. Let’s just say I wasn’t the most athletic.
AR: Which is the total opposite of me, I was very athletic.
Were you good at English?
AR: Ann Marie would say that I am grammatically challenged, I would say that I raise grammar to a new art form. It pays to have a partner who gets giddy over diagramming sentences.
Which writers inspire you?
AMW: For me it’s Sylvia Day. The evolution of her career and the way she interacts with her fans makes her a wonderful role model for any writer. Plus, I love her male leads!
AR: For me it’s JR Ward. Her powerful male characters, strong women, and witty dialog. Not to mention she makes an effort to connect with her readers/fans. And like Ann Marie said, Sylvia Day is very gracious to her fans. Both of these authors inspire me.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does Hudson do that is so special?
AMW & AR: Hudson is a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who is now CEO of one of the country’s fastest growing companies. While he is definitely all “alpha”, the way he feels about those close to him is the driving force in all he does. Alessandra is the girl who on the surface has everything. Getting to know the many layers beneath her gilded facade is what makes her so relatable. Her personal evolution was a major plotline in book two and she will continue that growth in the third installment of the series
Which actor would you like to see playing the Hudson Chase from Release Me?
AMW: When writing the Chasing Fire series, Amy and I envisioned British supermodel David Gandy as Hudson Chase. We don’t really have anyone in mind for Allie but several readers have suggested Blake Lively.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
AR: With a demanding career, it’s whenever and wherever I can, mostly at night and on weekends. Sometimes even jotting things into my phone as the scene hits.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
AMW: Because we write as a team, we have to outline the novel before we divide up the chapters. Usually there are several phone calls (sometimes over Skype with lemon drop martinis!) where we brainstorm and play “What if…?”
What is the hardest thing about writing?
AMW: Finding uninterrupted chunks of time to get the voices down on paper.
AR: Ditto that.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
AMW: I love to read, especially romance, but I can’t really read anything else when I’m writing so with the schedule we’ve been keeping, my TBR list is loooooong.
What book are you reading at present?
AMW: I just started THE ENTICEMENT by Tara Sue Me.
AR: I’m finally hitting my TBR list and I’m midway through BURNED by Karen Marie Moning.
Please tell us about the covers for the Chasing Fire Series and how they came about.
AMW: Amy & I had a cover conference with our editor where we decided to feature the male lead on book one, the female on book two, and then both of them on book three. After that it was up to the art department.
Who designed your book covers?
AR: The art department at Berkley designed all the covers in the series.
How do you relax?
AR: I run every morning.
What is your favorite quote?
AMW & AR: Our favorite quote from RELEASE ME is:
“The sight of him nearly took her breath away. Wearing a charcoal suit, white shirt, and silver-gray tie, he looked every bit the powerful, in-control CEO. But Allie knew the passion that burned behind those eyes, and when she looked at his dark, unruly hair, she knew he’d run his fingers through it just before stepping into the room. He moved with measured grace, his muscles flexing beneath his perfectly tailored suit. Allie knew every inch of that body intimately, how it felt beneath her touch, how it moved over her . . . inside her. She knew the man, not the corporate myth. He was the one who she’d fallen for. He was the one who’d broken her heart.”
What is your favorite movie?
AMW: I’m a sucker for “Love Actually” whether it’s the holiday season or not.
AR: Gah! As a film major this is almost impossible to answer, but I love Hitchcock and of course the epic love story “Gone With the Wind”
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
AR: Both Ann Marie and I can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
AMW: I also have a website annmariewalker.com
Any final words you’d like to share with our readers?
AMW & AR: We’d like to thank the readers for taking a chance on a pair of debut authors and we couldn’t be happier to have them along for the ride. The tweets and Facebook messages sent literally from around the world never fail to humble and touch us. We hope to do readers (and Hudson) proud.
Thank you very much, Ann and Amy, for taking the time out of your busy schedules to take part in this interview.
Though thousands of miles apart, Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers are in constant contact, plotting story lines and chatting about their love of alpha males, lemon drop martinis and British supermodel, David Gandy. You can find them on twitter as @AnnMarie_Walker and @Amy_KRogers.
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In the distance Allie could see the black limo waiting at the bottom of the hill. She paused, her hand reaching out to rest on the gleaming wood of her father’s casket, before turning to leave. She and Harper had nearly reached the car when she heard someone call her name.
“Alessandra,” Benjamin Weiss said, hurrying to catch up to her. “A word, please.”
“I’ll wait for you in the car,” Harper said. She slid into the limo and Clayton closed the door behind her before assuming his post a few feet away. Allie knew that behind those dark sunglasses his razor-sharp gaze was scanning the crowd, and that beneath that well-tailored suit a loaded gun was holstered. She tried not to think about why, focusing her attention instead on Mr. Weiss.
“I’m sorry to bring this up now,” he said, “but the board has called for an emergency meeting at Ingram headquarters. I’d hoped to put this off until at least next week, but between your parents’ passing and the revelation of Mr. Chase’s acquisitions . . . Well, I’m sure you can understand their concern.”
Allie nodded. Of course the other board members were concerned. Richard and Victoria Sinclair were gone, and now their daughter, a relative stranger to them, was at the helm alongside a man who’d spent the past few months covertly acquiring a substantial portion of their stock. When he wasn’t fucking her on every available surface, that is. At least the last part wasn’t general knowledge. It was going to be hard enough to face that room with Hudson sitting across the table from her. Thankfully no one on the board knew about their personal involvement.
“When?” she asked.
“Tomorrow morning.” Mr. Weiss gave her a quick rundown of the proposed agenda before ducking into the back of a waiting town car.
Allie pulled her coat closed and crossed her arms over her chest, holding the pieces of herself together as she stared out across the top of the limo at row after row of headstones. When she’d walked out of Hudson’s penthouse two weeks prior, she hadn’t planned on ever seeing him again. Now she had a little less than twenty-four hours to prepare for her first board meeting with him. She had no idea how she would react once they were in the same room, but one thing was certain: she had to keep her distance. And never, under any circumstances, allow herself to be alone with him.