It’s still February and still the month of LUURVEEE.
Here’s another Boroughs Author!
Bestselling author Allie K. Adams’s characters come to her when she least expects—or sometimes wants—them to. Known for her highly erotic, deeply intense suspense romances, Allie can be found most days in front of her computer, saving the world one sizzling story at a time. She loves to hear from readers and encourages them to reach out to her through her website at www.alliekadams.com.
Here are a few questions I asked her:
Me: What inspired THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE?
Allie: I was people watching in an airport one day (no, I’m not *that* person. I travel a lot for my day job.) when I overheard–okay, eavesdropped–on a conversation between a man and a woman that went a little something like this:
MAN: Where are you heading this week?
WOMAN: Back to Chicago. It’s my monthly trip to my client.
MAN: That explains why I only see you once a month. Maybe we could get a drink when you get back?
WOMAN: It only took you three months to ask.
I may be paraphrasing, but you get the idea. And so did I. I thought–what a great story! I changed it around to be once a year and on a very special day, and THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE was born.
Me: What is your typical day like?
Allie: I work as a technical project manager for a global software company during the day so my days are crazy busy. My writing day starts around 6pm after those pesky offspring of mine are fed. I then retreat to my office and delve into my fantasy world. I like it there. They have cookies. And martinis.
Me: Most hated chore on the household chore list?
Allie: Bathrooms. I hate everything about them. Mirrors. Scales. That room is pure evil. I would happily pay someone to come in and clean my bathrooms for me.
Me: What’s your next project?
Allie: MONTANA JOHN’S (MJ’s)! This is a brand new concept with my publisher that introduces a phrase I coined. “Romantisodes” are romance episodes of the same serial set in a restaurant. MJ’s is based on a true story of a real town tucked away in the mountains of Montana that comes together after the death of one of their own threatens to change everything they’ve all fought so hard to keep. You see, in Montana, we like the fact that we don’t have paved roads, traffic lights (or traffic) or any chain restaurants. We like that we all know our neighbors and a quick trip to the grocery store turns into hours of conversation catching up with friends we haven’t seen in a while. When we lost John, the owner of Montana John’s, our small town of Philipsburg was ready to collapse on itself. But then several townfolk stepped in and bought MJ’s, and now run it. This entire serial and every romantisode in it is dedicated to them.
Me: Quick! You’re dragged 100 years into the future, what ONE item do you take with you?
Allie: A frisbee. I know it sounds weird, but think about it. You can use it as a cup, a plate, a shovel, something to keep you entertained, for shade, to make friends… the list goes on and on. Frisbees are seriously one of those things that can be used for just about anything. And, who knows what the world will look like in 100 years. I may own the only Frisbee in existence by then and auction it off for an obscene amount of money. 🙂
Me: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Allie: No. Love isn’t something you see. It’s something you feel. So, I guess you could say I believe in love at first feel. Now there’s a title!
Me: Tea or coffee?
Allie: Coffee in the morning. Tea at night.
Me: What is your most embarrassing moment?
Allie: You’re going to love this story. So it’s about 7am and I’m walking around the house in my nightgown (I sleep naked so you put two and two together) when the dogs want out. So me, being the wonderful dog mom I am, open the front door to let them out. Yes, in all my morning glory. Well, lo and behold, directly across the street sits two construction workers, staring right at me (must have been break time). Instead of freaking out and rushing back inside, I simply shrug and close the door, then go over to the sink to fill my K-Cup machine with water. Well, there’s a giant window that faces the street and guess what? I have an audience staring at the girls (aka boobs). I finish what I’m doing and go about my business. About an hour later I get a knock on the front door. It’s my fan club and they want to know if I had use for the top soil they had left over. Top soil is very expensive and they have probably 10 yards of it that they were willing to simply give me. I, of course, smiled and said absolutely. They both grinned like school boys, dropped off my dirt, and waved as they drove off. Embarrassing? Yes. But productive.
Me: What is your favorite quote?
Allie: “Dance like there’s no one watching; Live like there’s no tomorrow; Love like you’ve never been hurt.”
Me: What’s your favorite bumper sticker?
Allie: I brake for nothing, so don’t stop in front of me. (Okay, I just made that up, but that’s pretty good, right?)
Me: Tomorrow I absolutely refuse to…
Allie: Obsess about what I can’t control. Oh, who are we kidding? We all obsess about what we can’t control! Instead of lying about it, I will absolutely refuse to lie that I won’t obsess about what I can’t control.
THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE: A crowded restaurant… Three chance
meetings–each one year apart on Valentine’s Day… Fate is doing everything it can to bring Amy and Nathan together, but sometimes it takes a few years to get the message. That’s the trouble with love, it’s on its own schedule. When love and fate collide, Amy and Nathan will discover why they call Valentine’s Day the day of love.
Amy Stevens meets Nathan Jepson two years ago in a crowded restaurant on Valentine’s Day. He’s tall. Dark. Devilishly handsome. He’s everything she wants in a man–with one exception. He’s married. Nathan’s job takes him away from home each week and he’s apart from his new wife on their first Valentine’s Day. Nathan and Amy become friends and end up closing down the restaurant as they talk about anything and everything. They part, never expecting to see each other again. One year later, they find themselves in the same restaurant, both alone once again, and pick right back up where they left off. For Nathan, seeing the sexy woman he met last year is bittersweet. He just ended his rocky marriage and doesn’t want to jump back into anything. Once again, they are in the wrong place at the right time, and sadly say goodbye, but make a promise to meet at the restaurant the following year in the hopes they’ll both be ready.
Will they finally be at the right place and the right time? Or will their chance at love slip away?
“If you are looking for non-stop, heart-racing action and sizzling romance, look no further. Allie K. Adams will take you there–and more!” –Lucy Monroe, USA Today Bestselling Author
Thank you for the interview, Allie!
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