Anaiah Press proudly presents
DANGEROUS LOVE by Kara Leigh Miller and Jody Holford
a romantic suspense novel available on April 14!
DANGEROUS LOVE by Kara Leigh Miller and Jody Holford
a romantic suspense novel available on April 14!
He’s fighting to forget his past while she struggles to remember hers...
Doctor Josh Parker lives with guilt about his wife’s death every day.
He believes himself incapable of ever loving again, but when a mysterious woman arrives in the Emergency Room, brutally beaten and left for dead, he starts to feel something he hasn’t felt in far too long: hope.
Alessandra Matthews has no memory of the events that led to her being hospitalized. Worse, she has no idea who hurt her or why. Although she’s uncertain of who she is, she is fully aware of one thing—she’s falling for her doctor.
Sometimes, what you don’t know can kill you...
As Josh and Alessa work to solve the mystery surrounding her past, she soon realizes just how much danger she’s really in, but Josh refuses to let her face the darkness of her memories alone. With each of them struggling to put their pasts behind them, theirs is a DANGEROUS LOVE.
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About the Authors:
Kara Leigh Miller
Kara lives in Upstate New York with her husband, three kids, three dogs, and three cats. When she's not busy writing romance novels that leave readers swooning, she's spending time with her family or attending one of her many writers groups. An active member of The Romance Writers of America and the CNY Writers Haven, Kara is also Managing Editor for Anaiah Press' Surge and Romance Imprints. She absolutely loves to hear from her fans and fellow authors, so feel free to drop her a line anytime!Website</ a> Twitter Goodreads Facebook
Jody lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters. She is a fan of Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson, and Rainbow Rowell. In reading and writing, she likes characters who are flawed, but driven toward the pursuit of love and happiness. In November 2013, she published A Not So Lonely Christmas with Foreward Literary. In December 2014, she published Forever Christmas through Kindle Direct.Website Twitter Goodreads</ a> Facebook
Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
JODY: I was born in Ontario but my family moved to BC when I was 7. We live about an hour and a bit from Vancouver. I’ve been married for 15 years this summer and we have two daughters, ages 12 & 9. I’m an avid reader, a diet-Pepsi-oholic, a chocolate chip cookie lover, and my idea of “camping” is a three star hotel. I like to be with my family and friends and am always in awe of how lucky I am to have such amazing people in my life.
KARA: I was born and raised in Upstate, New York, in a very small town named Mexico. I still live there today. We have two traffic lights in our town. lol. Growing up, I hated it. There was never anything “fun” happening, but now, as a parent, I love the small town feel. It’s a great place to raise my kids. I have five of them. Four girls and one boy. Them and my husband are my reasons for getting up every morning. I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded with my family and some really terrific writer friends.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
JODY: New York City. Or Italy.
KARA: California, maybe. Or someplace tropical, like the Caribbean.
What is your favorite genre to read?
JODY: I love romantic suspense. Like Sandra Brown. Or Tess Gerritsen. Or just happily ever after with depth. Like Rainbow Rowell.
KARA: Young adult paranormal, but sweeter ones, like The Twilight Saga. I’ve only ever written contemporary books. They’re easy as they’re set in the world I live in each and every day. So when I read a paranormal where the author was able to create a variation of our world with new beings and new “rules” it leaves me in awe. I’m not sure I could ever do that, so it’s nice to read how others are able to do it.
What is one silly fact about you?
JODY: There’s a lot of silly about me to choose from. Let’s see....I’m really bad with directions. I find them complication so I often tune out when people are trying to direct me somewhere and then I end up lost. Or I would if my husband didn’t drive most of the time.
KARA: I’ve never had a broken bone. I’ve had a few crazy, rare conditions -- stepped on a rusty nail when I was a kid, but I’ve never had so much as a sprain or fracture or broken bone in my life. Also, like Jody, I’m very directionally challenged. lol.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
JODY: It wasn’t really a conscientious decision I set out to make. It was a wonderful opportunity that came up. Kara ran a contest to co-author a book with her through Anaiah Press and I won. Being a Christian publishing house, the clean and sweet were a given, but I’m glad that it was a romance contest because that’s my preference. And yes, I write steamy romance as well but not as steamy as some. I just like when the chemistry between the characters makes your tummy jump.
KARA: Honestly, I started out writing steamier romances, and while I don’t discourage or judge those who primarily write in that subgenre, it just wasn’t for me. I felt it was too “cookie cutter” at times. Certain things were almost expected, and anyone who knows me well, knows I don’t like to follow strict writing rules. lol. I like to be able to go where my characters go and take the plot in different directions. I’ve found the sweeter, cleaner romances afford me that opportunity because there are no real expectations on the characters to engage in certain behaviors. But above all that, it’s a real stretch as a writer to let that chemistry and tension come through on the page without resorting to the physical acts of love. I think writing sweeter has made me a much stronger writer.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?
JODY: I’m going to have to break out of my comfort zone this year to promote Dangerous Love. That’s the most immediate thing. I’ve spoken to local bookstores about doing author signings and even though the idea excites me, it terrifies me too. The staying at home and working on the computer part is much easier for me. Kara and I are working on Jaded Love now, which will also release through Anaiah. We have a third book in the Mending Hearts Series that we will be working on later in the year. I have a picture book coming out, also through Anaiah, in January 2016. On my own, I’m working on polishing up a contemporary romance to query more widely to agents. And my WIP is a romantic suspense.
KARA: Primarily, just keep writing! As Jody said, she and I are currently working on a second book, Jaded Love, with the possibility of a third: Broken Love. In addition, I have a new series of romantic suspense books that will also be released from Anaiah Press starting in mid 2016. I’m also working on a New Adult book series for my agent to submit that will more than likely be released under a different pen name. I’m also planning to attend a few writers conferences this year in an effort to learn and grow as a writer. Hopefully I can get some book signings lined up, too.
Where do your ideas come from?
JODY:From Kara. Haha. I’m heavily influenced by what I read, by lyrics in a song, or by moments-- things that happen that somehow define the next step for a person even though they didn’t expect it to.
KARA: Everywhere! Literally, I can hear a snippet of dialogue or see a meme on Facebook or see something when I’m at the grocery store, and an entire idea will begin to form in my mind. Sometimes, I’ll even read a book that I fall in love with and will look up the author and his/her journey to creating the story I loved or their path to publication will inspire me to want to create something just as amazing.
What are the elements of a great romance for you?
JODY:I love when the main conflict is not between the characters-- for example, in The Search, by Nora Roberts, we aren’t on the edge of our seats wondering if the two mains will stay together, but we are caught up in how they can possibly make it through the situation they’re in, together. It’s an external conflict that pushes them closer together and that heightens, almost speeds up, the relationship. I love watching how they get through, together. Because that’s what real life is like. You choose the person you’re going to face everything with and it’s not about whether or not you’ll stay together but how you’ll get through these moments and still be okay.
KARA: A hero and heroine who are likable and relatable is the number one element! Once I’m connected with the characters, there needs to be a lot of attraction -- not just physical, but emotional as well. I want to read about characters who can relate to each other on a lot of different levels. Humor is also a must.
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
JODY:I think flawed is the first word that comes to mind. They have issues, together and separately. They’re both fighting their own internal battles that make them somewhat insecure in the relationship they now finds themselves in. I agree with Kara-- they’re real. We are all insecure and unsure of ourselves at times and we often (at least, I do) question how this person we care about so much about and admire so much can see something in us. Josh and Alessa have to work through their own perceptions of themselves and see what the other person sees in them. And they’re funny. Humor helps everything.
KARA: I’d like to think of them as real. They’re normal, everyday people you’ve probably encountered in your own life. They’re flawed and, at times, unsure of themselves. Like you or me, they often struggle with their emotions and choices, but ultimately find their way, even if things don’t happen as they thought it would.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
JODY:Our pasts shape the people we are but they don’t have to define us. Alessa and Josh learn this lesson as they take risks to be together, despite it sometimes feeling like a Dangerous Love.
KARA: If you’ve ever felt like your life was out of control, like no matter what you did, nothing would ever be “right” again, or if you’ve ever lost someone close to you and felt like you’d never recover, then you have to read Dangerous Love. It’s a story of overcoming loss, finding your way in life, and trusting in love.