Friday, November 6, 2015

Interview with Mari Denae, REAWAKENED SECRETS


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Reawakened Secrets is a three part friends to lovers, second chance, adult romance.

Some secrets should never be kept…

Growing up in the servants’ quarters at Haven Hill, Claire Brown was a poor outcast, living in a world of money and privilege. Her only solace was best friend, Alice Sinclair, and secret desire, Jackson Montgomery. Rich and connected, they were perfect in every way and perfect for each other.

Still, Claire was foolish enough to fall in love with Jackson, and desperate enough to hide it. When Alice found out, there was a terrible accident that left her in a coma. Jackson disappeared, leaving New Haven without even saying good-bye.

Ten years later, Claire has managed to build a life without them. So when Jackson calls out of nowhere to say Alice is awake, Claire’s first thought is Thank God. Her second? I’m screwed. Lusting after Jackson destroyed her. It’s nothing compared to what she’s hiding now.

But nothing stays hidden forever.

Reawakened Secrets is part one of Jackson and Claire’s story.

Part 2, Reawakened Sins and Part 3, Reawakened Seduction will be released early next year.


Do you have a favorite character?
My favorite character is the h, Claire.  Even when she was dying inside, she found the right reason to keep going and make something of her life.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
In Reawakened Secrets, Dr. Adam Shaw was supposed to appear briefly in Chapter 2, but something about the character got to me.  He morphed into Claire’s friend and confidant and added much needed humor to the story. 

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
Since I am basically, an accountant with a nighttime writing obsession, I wasn’t sure if I could dedicate the time needed to go the traditional publishing route.   I know there are many successful Indie authors out there.  But, that success comes strictly from their own drive and hard work.  As an Indie author, the only deadlines and expectations I have to meet are my own.  That allows me to write strictly for the joy of it.  As time goes on, that may change, but for now, that has been the best part of this whole process. 

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
My cover designer was Sarah Hansen from Okay Cover Creations.  All of her work is amazing.  Other than supplying the photo and requesting a few tiny changes, the cover for Reawakened Secrets is a reflection of her talent.  I absolutely adore my cover.  If you need a cover designer, you can’t go wrong with Sarah.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I have used Critique Circle in the early days of writing.  It was extremely helpful when starting from scratch.  Getting such varied feedback helped me think about things I wouldn’t have otherwise.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I like to listen to music because it helps me to get in the right mindset to express certain emotions.  The songs on the Reawakened Playlist were a huge inspiration to the story.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I’m not organized enough to outline my story.  I tried to write that way at first, but then realized I was limiting myself by trying to make the story fit the initial outline instead of letting the characters take me where they wanted to go.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
My book will be available on Amazon for $0.99 or Kindle Unlimited (Amazon) for FREE!

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads or on my website, www.booksbymaridenae.com.

What’s next for you?
Next I am finishing Reawakened Beauty.  This is a full length spin off of the Reawakened Series, which will focus on Alice  and Adam and their HEA.  I cannot wait to share it with everyone.

After the Reawakened Series, I am working on another second chance romance titled Faithless.  This story is shaping up to be a little more angsty and I’m very excited about sharing it with everyone.



Book & Author Details:
Reawakened Secrets by Mari Denae
(Reawakened #1)
Publication date: October 26th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
Some secrets should never be kept…
Growing up in the servants’ quarters at Haven Hill, Claire Brown was a poor outcast, living in a world of money and privilege. Her only solace was best friend, Alice Sinclair, and secret desire, Jackson Montgomery. Rich and connected, they were perfect in every way and perfect for each other.
Still, Claire was foolish enough to fall in love with Jackson, and desperate enough to hide it. When Alice found out, there was a terrible accident that left her in a coma. Jackson disappeared, leaving New Haven without even saying good-bye.

Ten years later, Claire has managed to build a life without them. So when Jackson calls out of nowhere to say Alice is awake, Claire’s first thought is Thank God. Her second? I’m screwed. Lusting after Jackson destroyed her. It’s nothing compared to what she’s hiding now.
But nothing stays hidden forever.

Reawakened Secrets is part one of Jackson and Claire’s story.

Part 2, Reawakened Sins and Part 3, Reawakened Seduction will be released early next year.  To be the first to get information on deals, teasers, excerpts, bonus scenes and release dates, connect with the author on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.


Purchase
Will be found here come release day: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0170EUM5Q/ref=twoen-20


AUTHOR BIO:
My name is Mari Denae

I am a married mother of three and publishing my first novel is a dream come true. As the nerd that went to bed with a flash light to read the books I swiped from my mom’s room, I have always been an avid book lover. My favorites are hot, alpha male heroes (think Kristen Ashley), suspenseful, romantic thrillers (think Sandra Brown) and poignant, sweet love stories (think Abbi Glines or Colleen Hoover). My plan was always to be a writer of some sort, but somehow real life responsibilities got in the way. Now, I am an accountant with a night time writing obsession.

One Saturday afternoon, I took my girls to see the latest teenage movie. Four days later, I had read all four Twilight books. I was inspired by the innocent romance and ‘Edward Cullen’ (don’t judge). Once I found my way to Fifty Shades of Grey, I was a complete goner. All my spare time was spent reading, writing or blogging. After version one million, five hundred and fifty five of my series Reawakened, I’m finally ready to share it and hope that someone enjoys reading the story as much as I have enjoyed writing it. This one’s for my mother. I hope she’s looking down proud because I finally finished what I started.

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