Friday, June 22, 2018

Interview with Davina Lacey, LOVE AND ALLIANCES

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Love & Alliances is about a young girl who's trying to make a difference for women in Hollywood. It's also about a man trying to make amends for his past and start new. The overall premise is that love makes anything possible. This book is part of a series and it's a novella sized, pulse-pounding quick read. Book one stands alone and contains no cliffhanger.

Do you have a favorite character?
I love all my characters. But sometimes there's just one that jumps right out at you. And in this series, it was Rose. She seems like she might be kinda spoiled at first but once you get to know her then you'll identify with her struggle. Truth be told, I adore all of the characters in this series because they've nagged at me for about 5 years until I finally got up off my butt and let them tell their story!

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I did not. I have a huge fan base under my pseudonym. However, I've had many agents and publishers friend and follow me on social media. So I would most definitely be open to the right partnership.

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
I've gone the route of the indie author many times before and had international bestsellers. Times have changed since I self-published my first book back in 2011. Authors have access to the same professionals as traditional publishers. It's a great time to be an indie author. I feel like one of the pioneers of the movement and it's an awesome feeling!

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
If it weren't for music then I wouldn't have any stories. No kidding. Music has always played a super important role in my life, and this book is no exception. One of the characters has a band. I'm always going to have something musical going on in my stories. I wouldn't feel right if I didn't.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I've developed a creative process that includes a combination of both an outline and freestyle writing that allows me to use dictation. My muse loves to talk so the dictation machine has made life very interesting as well as productive.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Oh yeah. I actually had 2 editors for the Love & Alliances series. One for proofreading and the other for style, grammar, and voice. It's so important to have your work presented in as professional a manner as possible.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Love & Alliances will start out on the KDP platform...aka Amazon only. However, if you enjoy fantasy and dark romantic suspense, then you can find books under my other pseudonym KaSonndra Leigh all over the place. No kidding! :)

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Oh yeah. Love & Alliances marks a return to the publishing world for me, so I found it both scary and easier to jump back into the game. This series will move quickly as there are 9 books planned. Wowza, right? I had to write 2 books ahead to keep my sanity.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
Yep! I run marathons and read like crazy. These days, I'm back to my Stephen King game. I also devour non-fiction books on a regular basis. I adore fashion. I have a lifestyle blog called Live Well Be Fabulous where I promote aspects of both my style and love of crafts.

Love & Alliances
Davina Lacey
Publication date: June 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance

“She will be his salvation… And he will build her empire.”
Jenga Rollins
Hollywood… The ultimate dream. One of the hardest goals to accomplish for anyone brave enough to climb the entertainment ladder, especially for a woman. Yet fiercely independent cinematography student, Jenga Rollins, is determined to finish her master’s degree and to make a difference in the movie industry for females of all races. Trying to bury the most tragic memory of her childhood, Jenga fights to build a new life and doesn’t expect to run into the handsome stranger with the soulful, sad eyes.
Ashton Blasetti
A man of many faces, the son of a self-made Hollywood billionaire and running from a past he can’t forget. A man of both success and mystery, Ashton is known for leaving a string of broken hearts in his trail and for producing some of the most intriguing erotic scenes on film. He’s quite content reigning as the bachelor prince of underground tinseltown. That is, until he finds himself saving Jenga Rollins one day on Malibu beach, a twist of fate that changes everything.
What happens when two people from worlds as different as fire and ice come together?
The scandal continues in Love & Alliances.
**This book is for mature audiences**

Author Bio:
Davina Lacey writes steamy, fun, and glamorous interracial romances that push the boundaries of the imagination and offers a unique and refreshing spin on classic love stories. When she isn't writing, she enjoys gardening, playing & composing music and spending a large amount of time gobbling up all things historical.
The Love & Alliances series is her Interracial Romance debut. Davina also writes under the bestselling fantasy author pseudonym KaSonndra Leigh.

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