Jen: Today we welcome Anni Fife to Romancing the Book. Anni, will you share a short bio with us?
Anni: Anni Fife is an exciting contemporary romance author who has already made her mark in the popular genre of Steamy Romantic Suspense. Her debut novel, Luke’s Redemption, has been acclaimed by critics and readers and was a Finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards. Anni says she credits Kristen Ashley as her guiding inspiration, and strives to make her characters equally as heart-wrenching and unforgettable. She is currently working on Eva’s Peace (King Security Book 3).
Anni closed the door on a successful career in television production to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of a month, she shut her business, packed up her city life, and moved to a small seaside village. When she’s not writing, she can be found on the beach searching for pansy shells, or drinking red wine and gabbing with her gal posse.
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Jen: Tell us about your newest release.
Anni: I write for my own tastes, so if you like contemporary steamy romances with a lot of angst and suspense; hot alpha heroes with damage; smart heroines also with some damage; and burning chemistry that drives lots of conflict and even more heat—then Gray’s Promise might be perfect for you!
The ideas for my stories come to me when I’m walking on the beach, hanging around the pool, or even daydreaming in bed. What I have learned is to not waste any time when the muse hits because as quickly as it comes it can go. Gray’s Promise was not a smooth process. In fact, to say that things didn’t go as planned when I sat down to write this book, is like Nora Roberts saying she likes to write a bit of Romance—an understatement of note! I hadn’t even reached the end of Chapter One, when I realized Gray and Zoey’s journey to their happily ever after was going to be so painful and intense, and so darn beautiful, that a complicated suspense plot was only going to distract from their explosive relationship. Without hesitation, (but after two shots of Tequila), I threw out my intricate suspense plot that had taken me months to plan and research, and replaced it with an evil much closer to home. But this still wasn’t enough. I decided to also rework the physical relationship between Gray and Zoey because their sexual chemistry might have been as combustible as dynamite, but it was also intricately linked to their long and unbreakable bond to each other. Complicated emotional factors (clear in the story when you read it) determined I delay the actual consummation between them. This presented a huge challenge because I had to find a way to make their sexual encounters smoking hot without them actually doing the deed until the final chapter of their story.
Yowza! The love scenes between Gray and Zoey ended up being the hottest scenes I’ve ever written, most likely because the emotion between these two complicated characters is intensely raw, but also because Gray is just that darn hot!
I hope you enjoy the Blurb and the short Excerpt I’ve selected. I wish you all an awesome 2018…and hours of happy reading.
A jealousy that destroys everything in its path…a love that refuses to die.
Zoey Morgan seems to have it all as a successful surgeon in Boston. However, perfection lies only on the surface. Plagued by nightmares and amnesia from a tragedy that ripped her family from her fourteen years ago, she finds the courage to reach out to the only man who can make her feel safe. She’s buried the memory of their love, but her heart—and her body—responds to the ex-marine in ways that are all too familiar.
Grayson “Gray” Walker’s heart shattered when Zoey chose another man over him. Since then, he’s built an impenetrable wall around his emotions. But from the moment she implodes back into his life, her vulnerability breaches his defenses. His skills as an elite member of the King Security team cannot shield him from the devastation of learning he might have left Zoey high and dry when she needed him most. Now, Gray must navigate the tripwire of helping her heal while protecting himself from being hurt again.
As the embers of their potent love reignite, an old threat awakens, leading to greater danger than ever before.
Gray’s hands balled into fists. He wanted to punch the walls. “Take me to her. Now!”
“You need to control yourself, Mr. Walker.”
Rage joined the sick fear churning inside him and he glared at the doctor. She didn’t flinch. Her face held no judgment, but her steady gaze also gave no quarter. Gray found it anchored him, offering him no alternative but to deal with the reality slamming into him. The rigidity in his body eased. Doctor Wells nodded slightly, and in a cool, precise voice, continued. “Given Miss Morgan’s concussion and the yet unidentified drug in her system, we would prefer not to administer any more sedatives.”
The doors opened and they stepped out. She led them down another corridor and stopped outside a numbered ward. “Mr. Walker—”
“Okay, Gray.” She clasped her hands in front of her. “Zoey is extremely agitated. To calm her, you need to find the calmness within yourself.” Her probing stare insisted on a response.
He nodded sharply.
“She’s on the edge of hysteria and in danger of hurting herself. If you cannot calm her, we will be forced to sedate her for her own safety.”
Gray’s heart hammered wildly. He closed his eyes, and for the first time since he’d raced into the ED, let her image surface.
His beautiful red butterfly. Mercurial and brilliant. Her dark-copper hair alight with so many fiery streaks, he was constantly amazed it didn’t singe his skin. The curly length was unexpectedly soft, so goddamn sexy when it slipped like satin through his fingers. But as much as he loved her hair, it was her eyes that endlessly beguiled him. Tapered like a cat, they were vivid-green with a golden ring around her pupil. A fascinating combination of sex-kitten and innocent, and such an integral part of her expressive nature. There were times he thought they were too large for her heart-shaped face, but then she’d laugh and they’d turn that intense jewel-like green. Wicked. Infectious. Or she’d whimper with desire, and the golden ring would leak into the green. Hot and slumberous. Untamed.
He opened his eyes, forcing Zoey’s image back into darkness. “Take me to her.” He met the doctor’s unblinking scrutiny. “Please.”
Jen: Who was your first love?
Anni: Willie Garvin from the Modesty Blaise series
Jen: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Anni: Salted Caramel
Jen: What is your favorite movie?
Anni: Shawshank Redemption
Jen: What is your favorite color?
Jen: Who is your hero?
Anni: Nelson Mandela
Jen: Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
Jen: What do you collect?
Anni: Pansy shells
Jen: What is the most surprising item on your bucket list?
Anni: Kissing Idris Elba
Jen: Print or ebook?
Jen: Do you have any writing rituals?
Anni: Plan! Plan! Plan!
Jen: Vampire or werewolf?
Jen: Chocolate or vanilla?
Jen: What’s next for you?
Anni: I’m completely enmeshed in Eva’s Peace (King Security Book 3) and delighted that my publisher contracted this book based on a brief synopsis. It’s due for release in Fall 2018. I prefer not to offer a summary about a Work-in-Progress until I’ve finished the first draft. It gives me a breathless feeling, like I’m trapping my characters into a pre-determined story. Instead, I’ll share with you the opening paragraph to the synopsis I sent my publisher.
“Eva’s Peace begins amidst a crime that most police admit they dread more than any other—a missing child. Grace Young, eighteen months old, has been snatched from her nanny’s car. We get our first glimpse of Grace’s mother, Scarlett Eva Young, through the eyes of the lead detective assigned to the case, Detective Tom Payne of the Los Angeles Police Department. He stands alone in the observation room, watching from behind one-way glass as Eva and her ex-husband are interviewed. Tom finds Eva difficult to read. She is undeniably beautiful but her face is a blank mask. A frozen blank mask. In his experience, this meant she either didn’t give a damn. Or she gave too much of a damn. He wanted to believe it was the latter. For the child’s sake, he prayed it was the latter.”