Jen: Today we welcome Kait Gamble to Romancing the Book. Kait, will you share a short bio with us?
Kait: Kait, having been afflicted with wanderlust at a young age, has travelled three continents and has the other four on her buckle list (yes, even Antarctica). Until she can see them all, she writes romances that take readers to far flung locales, often to places she’s been or hopes to one day go. For now, she’s settled in England where she spends most of her time plotting, scribbling ideas on every available scrap of paper and trying out dialogue on her cat.
Jen: Tell us a little about your newest release. Do you have an excerpt to share?
Kait: Breaking Rossi’s Rules
Searching for an escape from her life, heiress Anika De Winter takes up her friend’s offer to get her into the exclusive Totally Five Star Hotel in Monaco. It isn’t until her arrives that she finds her friend’s intentions might have been good, but it thrusts her right in the autocratic hands of billionaire venture capitalist, Luca Rossi.
In need of a diversion, Luca had plans to spend a weekend with ‘a friend’ but finds she’s been replaced with icy Anika. He’s never been quite as intrigued by a woman before. So he proposes a deal. She spends time with him and he doesn’t say a word about how she got the room.
Trapped, Anika shouldn’t feel so attracted to devilishly handsome Luca, but the chemistry between them is explosive and it doesn’t take long for them to succumb to passion.
But will it burn out when their time in Monaco ends?
Luca held out his hand sideways. “Then may I seal this deal?”
“You may.” She stuck her hand out, expecting him to shake it.
His hand closed around hers and, with a quick jerk, he pulled her against him to capture her mouth with his in a breath-stealing, mind-scrambling kiss.
He tasted heavenly—like champagne and pure man—and he definitely knew how to kiss. Luca expertly parted her lips to gain access, easily plundering her mouth. He delved his tongue deeply and used it to duel with hers. She could taste the dark chocolate of the soufflé mixed with something that was entirely male.
Luca dipped her low so he could explore her mouth fully, keeping her off balance leaving her no choice but to cling to him, even though, intuitively, she knew he wouldn’t drop her. It was pure instinct when she pressed herself against him. She couldn’t stop herself any more than she could stop her nipples from puckering when her breasts grazed his solid chest, or halt the heat blasting through her body.
He plundered. He took. He explored her mouth with stunning expertise. And she wanted more. To feel all of him against her. Taste more of him. From the big, rigid length of him pressed against her, she knew she wasn’t the only one affected.
When he finally pulled back, her mind was foggy with just one thought—she wanted more of Luca Rossi.
Jen: Where did the idea came from?
Kait: I was approached by my editor about possibly writing for the Totally Five Star imprint and was immediately struck by an idea about two beautiful, glamourous, extremely wealthy people who end up in Monaco to escape. Anika from the constraints of her life and Luca from the day to day grind of his.
I knew right from the start that I wanted them as social equals even though they came to be that way from opposite means. Anika is from old money while Luca is a self-made billionaire. Their wealth gives them both incredible freedom yet at the same time leashes them with rules about proper behaviour. It also gave me a new set of issues to deal with such as how would Luca impress a woman such as Anika to whom his money means nothing?
It was a fun yet challenging story to write.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Kait: If I have nothing to write them down with I repeat it over and over in my head until I remember. As you can imagine it doesn’t always work considering I’m being pulled in a million directions at once. I’ve lost so many ideas over the years. Friends of mine are used to hearing ‘I had the BEST idea! But I lost it…’ I almost always have my phone handy now to take notes.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Kait: Hmm… Raoul Bova would make a good Luca (though Luca is a few years younger) and Abigail Spencer or Lily Collins for Anika.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
Kait: I celebrated my first book with champagne with my family and a celebratory shot over Skype with my bestie on the other side of the world. To celebrate a new contract I’ve taken to collecting moth orchids while on release day I’ll splurge on a pastry (which I rarely allow myself) and maybe champagne/prosecco that evening.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Kait: I’m all over the place when I’m not writing. I can be found in my garden either pulling weeds or taking photos, playing video games or trying out a new recipe in the kitchen. But usually I’m trying to catch up on the things I skipped doing in favour of writing ‘Just one more sentence…’
Jen: What’s next for you?
Kait: I’m currently working on several books, one of which is another for the Totally Five Star imprint. This one is set in gorgeous St Lucia and is about a couple that meet up again by chance. Jackie and Logan had a past—a hot and heavy one, but they parted ways under circumstances beyond their control. Now thrust together again they find the chemistry is still there but can they get over the past to move forward to a future together?