This past spring, I enjoyed offering a DA interview on Brenda Novak’s annual auction to benefit diabetes research. Lauren Hawkeye (who also writes as Lauren Jameson) submitted the winning bid (thank you!), and I’m happy to host her here today with Unraveled, a box set released this week. Joining Lauren are Julia Kent, Opal Carew, and Sara Fawkes, three more of the eight authors featured in Unraveled. Let’s begin with a peek at the stories…
Three Little Words, by Lauren Hawkeye
First Line: “She was back.”
The first kiss happens: In the doorway to the heroine’s apartment.
Complete Abandon, by Julia Kent
First Line: “Should have named her Renesmee.”
The first kiss happens: On Josie’s front porch swing.
Taken By Storm, by Opal Carew
First Line: “Oh, no, no. NO. Don’t do this to me!” Jessica groaned, stomping on the gas pedal in vain.
The first kiss happens: Beside Storm’s motorcycle on the side of the road.
Anything He Wants: Atonement, by Sara Fawkes
First line : “So you’re not going to tell me where we’re going?”
The first kiss happens: Inside a BDSM house party.
Tell readers a little about your story, and how it relates to the “Unraveled” theme:
LAUREN HAWKEYE: Two years ago serious law student Malachi Hunter broke wild child
Adele Cavanaugh’s heart. When Mal is thrown back into her life… and she meets Dorian
Marshall, a bad boy with a soft spot for her. Adele doesn’t know how to choose just one
when they both help to ease her pain. Sometimes life makes us think we’re about to snap,
like a rope that’s down to the single remaining ply, but if we can thread in the support of
those who love us, we can knit the rope back together again.
JULIA KENT: Sometimes when your life begins to unravel, the ends get tied up in the most lovely of ways.
OPAL CAREW: When Storm bursts into Jessica’s safe little world, everything she thought she knew about herself and her cautious approach to life comes unraveled.
SARA FAWKES: Jeremiah and Lucy have been through the flames and have the scars to show, but can their love survive the real world?
What’s the story behind this collection? What brought you together?
LAUREN HAWKEYE: It all started with a simple question… I asked my RWA chapter mate Vivi Anna about a group she used to do anthologies with, called the “Allure Authors,” which included Sylvia Day, Lisa Renee Jones and Cathryn Fox. The idea grew from there. Sara Fawkes is a good friend of mine. Sara and Cathryn and I were in an Avon anthology together earlier this year, and Cathryn and Vivi knew one another. Daire, Sarah, Vivi and I are chapter mates. Opal and Sara have the same editor at St. Martin’s, and I had spoken with Opal about a Canadian anthology earlier this year. It all just clicked.
I recently suggested to a friend of mine that she and her blogging group do a box set, and she said they’d considered it but found the logistics discouraging. What were the toughest obstacles for the Unraveled group, and how did you deal with them?
LAUREN HAWKEYE: As with any project, trying to make everyone 100% happy is very difficult. However, this group of ladies has been wonderful to work with. Maybe we’re all masochistic, but I don’t think any of us found anything about this project too overwhelming.
And what are the fun parts?
LAUREN HAWKEYE: Everyone has different strengths, and it’s neat to watch us all find our roles in such a big project. Sara has a lot of information about self-publishing. Julia is a marketing whiz. Opal is the numbers girl. Cathryn and Sarah are wonderfully organized and detail oriented. Vivi is an ideas person, and Daire is great at making it all look pretty.
Authors, let’s say a new-for-you reader adores your story in Unraveled. What would you suggest she reads next?
LAUREN HAWKEYE: I would try Breathe or Surrender to Temptation, which are both written as Lauren Jameson.
JULIA KENT: Her Billionaires, the boxed set.
OPAL CAREW: His to Possess (Taken By Storm is the prequel)
SARA FAWKES: “Anything He Wants: Dominated by the Billionaire”
And just for fun: Something’s unraveling. Your inclination is to… a) Fix it. b) Get rid of it. c) Let it do what it will. d) Give it a pull because you just can’t resist.
LAUREN HAWKEYE: b) get rid of it—I’m a serial purger
JULIA KENT: a) Fix it
OPAL CAREW: d) Give it a pull because you just can’t resist.
SARA FAWKES: D. I’d give it a tug before fixing it. ;)
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