Welcome to the Cover Reveal
of new, contemporary romance novel
A Broken Us by Amy Daws!
Finley and Brody are in their own little bubble of deep, indescribable love. Finley’s quirky ways are the perfect complement to Brody’s scandalously sexy passion.
So Finley is undeniably crushed when she gets a hard dose of reality from her doctor. She can’t have children. Not now. Not ever.
Crippled with the fear of how Brody will react when he hears the news, Finley does the only thing she can think of—she runs.
Leaving behind all that she knows, Finley hops on an international flight to London to move in with her eccentric, childhood best friend, Leslie.
With a plethora of new people and experiences to distract her, Finley is surprised when a cheeky Brit named Liam, a self-proclaimed fixer, is determined to help her forget.
The only problem is . . . a large part of Finley’s heart is still with Brody.
A Broken Us is Amy’s debut novel
and is currently available for pre-order here
I open the door and steam comes rushing out. I quietly undress and toss my clothes in a heap on the floor next to his. I draw back the curtain and Brody is standing under the shower spray with his hands on the titled shower wall and his head hanging low. He looks so sad, so defeated. I hate it.
He hears the rustle of the shower curtain and turns. His eyes rove down my body and return to my eyes and a second of excitement ignites within them. I step into the tub and he turns to face me completely, his dark blue eyes locked on mine.
We stand before each other for a moment, having a serious but silent conversation. His eyes are boring into me with intensity, pain, passion, and desire. Mine are boring back into his with remorse, need, and want.
I reach out and drag my hand down his chest. He grabs my hand and holds it against his heart. I can feel it pounding rapidly beneath my palm.
“I’ve missed you so much, Brody.” I say, softly.
“Finley.” His deep voice echoes in the small bathroom.
Losing all control now, I fall into him and take his mouth with mine. He grips his hands tightly beneath my behind and hoists me up onto his hips. He turns and presses my back against the tile side of the shower. I cry out at the cold wall but he swallows my cries with his mouth.
It is my pleasure to feature Amy Daws, author of A Broken Us, on Room With Books. Hi, Amy, and thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Please tell us about yourself and your background?
I’m currently a TV commercial producer for a local network affiliate station in South Dakota. So I write, shoot, and edit cheesy commercials for a living. Electronic Media and Journalism is what I went to school for, so I’m grateful to have a job in my industry, but writing is definitely a huge passion of mine.
Is A Broken Us your first novel?
Yes it is! I can’t tell you how much fun I had writing it. It’s my first novel, but not my first book. My first book was a memoir entitled, Chasing Hope, and that was released Memorial Day of 2014. It was a true story of my journey through multiple miscarriages and eventually the miraculous birth of my daughter, Lorelei. I’m so thankful I wrote that book because it ignited this huge passion I have for writing and I have tons more books to get out there!
What inspired you to write A Broken Us?
I’ve read hundreds, if not thousands, of contemporary romance novels and I’ve never really read a book that had an infertility storyline in it. Since I’m so experienced in that area due to my history, I thought it could make a really interesting storyline for a heroine of a romance novel to be struggling with something like this. I saw this as a way for me to interest my Chasing Hope readers, but also open up my demographic to romance lovers like me.
Where do your ideas come from?
From all over! I stole my daughters Hello Kitty notebook one day because I realized that if I didn’t start writing these ideas that popped into my head then I would forget them and lose them forever. So now I have that notebook with me everywhere. I use a lot of my personal life but twist it and morph it until it’s barely recognizable. My life is not as cool and romantic as the stuff I write in A Broken Us but that’s the beauty of writing fiction, you get to take more chances.
How long does it take you to write a book?
I probably wrote Chasing Hope in 3-4 months. But I took a lot of breaks and didn’t spend nearly as much time on it. It was emotional and painful, so I had to step away from it at times. A Broken Us consumed me until I finished. I wrote it in two weeks. But that was tough because I have a full time job and a husband and daughter, so I literally wrote from 9 at night until 2 in the morning when everyone was in bed. There was a lot of coffee consumed during those couple weeks.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Publish more of course! Chasing Hope will have a sequel to it called, Chasing Peace that will sort of wrap up my true story and give a bit more closure on all of that. So I’m currently working on Chasing Peace. But I love, love, love reading contemporary romance. And now I love, love, love writing contemporary romance! A Broken Us has definite spin off potential and I’m working some of those ideas out now as well. So, overall, I imagine contemporary romance is where my writing career will be heading.
Tell us about the cover and how it came about?
The girl on the cover is a girl from my hometown. I actually took her senior pictures when she graduated high school. I do a little photography on the side, so when I was trying to find a model to be my Finley . . . she immediately popped into my head. My sister-in-law, Megan Daws, and I shot the cover photo. We both had our own cameras armed and clicking at our shoot. I don’t actually know whose picture ended up on the cover . . . and I don’t care. We’re a great team and I love working with her. A bunch of the photos from our shoot were used in the book video trailer, so it’s definitely a collaborative effort. I did all the cover design myself. I work in advertising and am very familiar with graphic design. I’m in love with my cover . . . it’s just beautiful!
What do you think most characterizes your writing?
Candid, honest and self-deprecating. And I love to write humor. I am a total goof in real life and I love to laugh, so I do my best to portray interesting characters that have funny moments. If you LOL while reading my books . . . I’ve succeeded.
Which writers inspire you?
Well, first, my all-time favorite British Chick Lit author, Elizabeth Young. Her book, Asking For Trouble, was one of the first chick lit books I read and I haven’t stopped reading since! She adds a hilarious, self-deprecating humor to her heroines that resonates so strongly with me. Also, Jennifer Lancaster, who made memoirs about non-famous people cool! She’s got a great voice on paper. Then of course there’s Samantha Young . . . love her On Dublin Street series, then Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, Abbi Glines. Okay, I have so many more but I’ll leave it at them. J
What’s next for you?
My memoir sequel, Chasing Peace, is going to be published in early 2015. And then I’m working on a spin off book to, A Broken Us, that I would love to release in the summer of 2015 if possible. Then there’s many more spin off potentials for A Broken Us that I’m super excited to get started on after that!
I truly appreciate your time today and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your Cover Reveal Tour.
Thank you so much, Patricia, for having me today! I have a deep affection for book bloggers, you dedicate so much time and energy to helping indie authors succeed and we couldn’t do it without you. So, thanks!
Amy Daws Bio and Links:
Amy Daws is a local TV commercial producer and lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s passion for writing. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle.
For more of Amy’s work, visit: www.amydawsauthor.com.
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-Daws/e/B00KGCDCXY
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