Genre: Romantic Suspense
Synopsis: On a rainy night in Georgia, Ezekiel Neary lights a fire in the old hunting cabin in the mountains where he, his two brothers and father would come to get away from it. Healing from a gunshot wound, the post-traumatic stress has left him less than fit for human company. Company was more than he bargained for when a naked pregnant woman in labor shows up on his doorstep.
The roads are washed out and Aisha Miller has no choice, but to run from her captor or risk bringing her child into the world in a dark cabin. Praying, she runs wildly through the woods, ending on a washed out road. The only glimmer of hope is a blue mailbox, partially rusted, halfway sticking out under the sparse moonlight.
The lone cabin sits on a hill, with two large windows looking down on her as if to pity her circumstance. Half crawling, the contractions are one minute apart and she prays that the figure in the window will be a Godsend versus the nightmare she just escaped.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Olivia Gaines. She writes contemporary romance with heart and humor. Welcome back to my blog, Olivia.
CH: Please tell us why we should read this book on modern mail order brides.
OG: I played with the premise of what if what you always prayed for came to you, but via a different route? I think the readers are going to enjoy this book and the opportunity to read something fresh from me.
I am taking a chance by writing something a tad bit different with a scale back on the humor, a bump up in suspense and an alternate route to the happily ever after.
CH: In the beginning Aisha is held captive and escapes, how did you come up with the premise for this book?
OG: There are times when I free write. I sit down and allow the words to flow, which is what happened with this story. I am fascinated with the psychology of the bad guy meeting the unbreakable woman and that is where this story starts. He can’t break her spirit and she escapes, running, in the throes of labor and winding up on the doorstep of a man who himself came to Georgia to heal, but through her he finds new meaning for his life.
CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book or is it all imagination?
OG: There wasn’t a great deal of research needed for the first book in this trilogy, but the other two brothers require some work. We meet Gabriel, the middle brother in Blind Date. Well, Gabriel is back, as well as, Nathaniel Mann, our hitman, who lives next door. The stories are all tied together with the brothers, so we get to experience Aisha’s healing process over a year’s time and evolution of their marriage in several books.
I didn’t see a way to wrap it all up with one happy bow for Aisha, so she is in a standalone novel, that interlaces with the other two stories. Her two friends, Cabrina and DeShondra, set out looking for her with a fresh clue, but for the sake of their safety, our main character, Zeke, intervenes for his brother. This creates the other two stories.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?
OG: I have a unique style of hard core word play, laced with humor at the most inopportune moments, having readers laughing out loud. In one of my books, I take you through the gamut of anger, joy, laughter and tears.
CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
OG: It was. Halfway through the book I realized Zeke had delivered the baby, but didn’t cut the umbilical cord. He was also giving the baby a bath a submersing her in water. I had to go back and address that with quickness. One other really relevant factor I had to take into consideration was that she’d had a baby and underwent a traumatic life event. There are no hot steamy sex scenes, but rather, caring intimate moments in the book.
I think it is tastefully done and appropriately addressed.
CH: Which character was hardest to write?
OG: Zeke. Here we have a character that has had a sole and single purpose for the past 12 years—to protect and serve. After a terrible accident, his left leg is full of pins, he’s had a shoulder replacement and his hand has an unsteady tremble. His primary mission and purpose in life has been taken away from him and Zeke has to find a reason to get up every morning. Viola, arrives this woman and child.
Aisha is not conscious for the first three chapters of the book.
CH: Which character was your favorite to write?
OG: I love Aisha’s character. Life has handed her all of this ugly and in it, she finds beauty that she takes out, toys with and finds the happy in simply being alive. The other characters envy her ability to do this; yet, are concerned that she is “sugar coating a shit sandwich.” The readers are going to connect with her, because she is a realist and a survivor.
CH: Which character was hardest to develop?
OG: Michelle, the baby. Although, she has no words, she is an integral character in the story. She is the one piece, which ties all of the sections of the story together. She brings Nathaniel Mann to Zeke’s doorstep; heck, she brings Aisha to Zeke’s doorstep. Zeke’s parents are pulled into the story because of the baby and she holds the main characters to task in the story.
Writing a silent character is tough.
CH: That is so true, Olivia. Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?
OG: Yes. How much of your life and freedom are you taking for granted? Freedom isn’t free; yet, we have an abundance of it that we waste each day. Aisha understands this from having lost nearly a year of her life to her captor. Each day she wakes, she is grateful, which is unnerving for those around her. Yet, she faces each day with an optimism, which is almost infectious.
CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?
OG: Pre-release threats from readers, who want it in their hands and they can’t wait until the day it releases. Note: The book has been released.
CH: Where did you get the idea for the series—modern mail order brides?
OG: It started as a joke between me and another author, but the more I worked with the concept, the more I loved the idea. What if…we had all of these successful women, who have shattered the glass ceiling, made the money and found it all to be empty. I pair them with very blue collar men, who live off the land and now, we have a story.
I get to write fresh stories, exploring a myriad of different jobs, a ways to live off the grid.
CH: This is book 5 in the series, how many more books are there in the series?
OG: I am doing all the states and even considered a couple of provinces, as well.
CH: What is the hardest part of writing for you? (outline, draft, edit, write, or rewrite)
OG: The outline is a snap. I use a three-act model and jot it all down hitting the six major plot points. I then make a loose outline of chapters and what happens in each. My draft is a final version. I don’t do multiple rewrites. You lose something in the storytelling when you second guess yourself. The hard part for me is the emotion. I can feel it. I have to layer the words, so that the person on the other end absorbs the words and holds onto the story—days after they have read it. That is the hard part.
CH: Can you tell us about the awards you’ve won?
OG: Let’s see. I am a two-time Georgia Author of the Year Nominee. I won Best Contemporary Novel in 2015 for Thursdays in Savannah (Slivers of Love Book 3) and recently, the 2017 IRAE Award for Best Contemporary for Wyoming Nights.
CH: What is your next writing project?
OG: I am completing this trilogy, but I have an exciting new project debuting in June with Siera London. I am totally stoked about the concept of this five-book series that readers will be able to get all in one read. It is called, “The Men of Endurance.” A small-town series set in California in the Endurance Capital of America.
People come from all over the world to test their mettle against time, distance, nature and very thin air.
CH: How to Find Olivia Gaines:
- Olivia’s Website: http://ogaines.com
- Olivia’s Amazon Link: http://tiny.cc/brwyqy
- Olivia’s Author Page: http://tiny.cc/gswyqy
CH: Can you tell my audience where they can purchase your book?
OG: Amazon, Kindle, Kindle UK, Nook. iBooks, Kobo, and Universal.
CH: Any closing remarks?
OG: Thank you for giving me this opportunity to talk about my latest release. And for your followers, please enjoy the prologue to On the Rainy Night in Georgia. Due to space limitations, email authorCherylHolloway@gmail.com for your copy of the Prologue. I read the book and loved it!
CH: Thank you so much, Olivia Gaines, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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