Monday, April 8, 2013

Review + Interview + Giveaway ~ Hidden Depths (Hidden, # 1) by Aubrianna Hunter

She is pierced, dyed and tattooed, born on the wrong side of the tracks. He is a traditional white knight born of the proverbial silver spoon. Their meeting was an accident, the fact that they became even the most tentative of friends, an anomaly. The only real thing they had in common... chemistry. Lots of chemistry. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough and Gia knew it. Now, if only she could convince her body...

Josh had always walked the line, lived the life he was expected to live. He had, by all accounts, the perfect life; a corporate lawyer, a beautiful home, a family empire to run, and the perfect fiancee. He was well on his way. The only question he had... was that really where he wanted to go? Plagued by dreams, Josh fought all his natural instincts, denying not only what he truly wanted but who he was deep down inside. Until one crazy night when he gave in to his desires...

Could these two polar opposites have more in common than even they realize?
The author did an incredible job of creating the optimal amount anticipation. In my opinion, this leaned more toward the erotic side; which meant more sex less drama and mind games. I was very impressed with the author’s ability to pull the reader {me} directly into the scene – the passion between Josh and Gia was explosive. The dialogue was realistic; it was used to make progress the story when things seemed to be stalled. 

The only reason I didn’t give this 5 Mugs is that I felt that Josh character seemed shifty in the beginning. I understand he is trying to rediscover himself but, I struggled to accept him after that. I am glad that Ms. Hunter intends to write future stories for the other friends in the group. We will get to check in with them…and see how things are going. 

About The Author

I am often asked; who is Aubrianna Hunter? And the truth is the answer isn't a simple one. Beyond being a dedicated wife and mother, I was raised by a Marine, and married into the Navy. 

Needless to say I can go toe to toe with the most sarcastic people you have met, and can dish insults and curse with the best of them. I blurt wildly inappropriate things at precisely the moment when the room goes quiet, so much so that my co-author has nicknamed me Ted... Yes... After the bear in the movie. 

Recently my husband has replaced calling me crazy with calling me "Creative", but the tone he uses to do it makes me question his sincerity. Though honestly, crazy is probably closer to reality. I like my hectic life, in fact I thrive in the chaos and would have it no other way.

Tell us about your writing process…

How long do you generally let a story idea germinate before you start the writing?

It depends entirely on how fast it hits. I have a book started that is approximately 10K words in. It started because of a Dixie Chicks song playing while I was on the treadmill. I got this movie playing through my mind, clear enough to bring tears to my eyes. I kept going for another mile before I finally gave up and started writing. Several hours later I surfaced and had the beginning of a book. It has been back-burnered because I have too many other projects started, but I had to write what I saw. 

Do you pre-plot the book or write as you go?

A little of both... I generally know where I am headed, sometimes I even have particular scenes in mind that I know I am working toward, but a lot of the plot comes as I go. I am more character driven. I won't let my people do anything that feels wrong for their personality. 

How do you come up with the characters names/personalities?

The names are always a challenge... I usually pick one I like and then almost always change it once I get the personality more firmed up and developed. Gia, Georgia... actually started off as Destiny. I liked the idea, but the name was totally wrong once I got to know her better.
The personalities, they are where I start. I always develop my people first, at least one, and then I develop what I think would be a good match for them. Once the characters are decided, I work on the story. 

How do you go about revising/editing?

Hmmmm... Other authors get very annoyed when I answer this question. I edit each scene immediately after I read it, fixing anything that is obvious. Then I don't look at it again until I am done with the rough draft. Then I go back and read the entire thing from beginning to end. At that point I am editing not just for typos, but for flow and to see how the book reads as a complete story. I will also change things up, mark any scenes that really don't work and revise from there. Then I will let it rest for a week or so and read the whole thing again with the new changes. After that... I send it to my publisher. I will do one more revision when it comes back from the editor, but that's it. I don't revise too much. For me, if I edit too much and over think, it takes away a lot of the vibe, a lot of the original nature of the story. I prefer the more organic feel. 

What is the average time it takes to write a book?

Depends entirely on how the characters feel in my mind. If I know the people, if they are well developed and ready to be written, I can write a book in a month, sometimes in two weeks. If the people aren't ready yet, they can float around in my head for months first. 

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I have so many books going right now it's kind of a joke! LOL. I am working on Deb's story, a follow up to Hidden Depths, called Hidden Desires. I am working on book three of a trilogy I am co-authoring with Jeremy Laszlo, The Beyond series. I also have a new erotic romance started that I want to finish very soon. Unrelated to anything I've written so far. Oh, and I really want to write Nina's story... a follow up to You Can't Go Home Again. And a couple things that are started and simply got benched for awhile. 

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to share with us?

Wow... that's broad. Final thoughts... I guess it would just be to encourage any would be authors out there to follow their dreams. I have done, been and tried a lot of things in my life before I settled into this career path. Now... I would never want to do anything else. I love it. Sometimes it really is trial and error. So, if you have any dreams, to write or otherwise, go for it. Never let logic and reason, practicality, talk you out of trying.
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  1. Love, love, love it that the heroine is from the wrong side of town instead of the hero this time!!!!! Awesome!

  2. Hot, hot, hot book cover! I love finding new authors who write romance. I get to know a whole new writing style!

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  3. Great cover! and love the excerpt!

  4. Really cool cover. Sounds like a great book.