Hi everyone! Please help us welcome Aimee Laine, author of Little White Lies, back to The Bawdy Book Blog! The last time Aimee was here, she guest posted about romance in novels. Now she’s back to answer a few questions about Surrender, the second installment in her Mimics of Rune series – as well as herself!
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About Aimee Laine Aimee is a romantic at heart and a southern transplant with a bit of the accent (but not a whole bunch). She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and with him, she’s produced three native North Carolinians, two of whom share the same DNA.
With an MBA and a degree in Applied Mathematics, there’s absolutely no reason she should be writing romance novels. Then again, she shouldn’t need a calculator to add two numbers, either … but she does.
~Thanks for coming back to The Bawdy Book Blog, Aimee!
Woohoo! Thanks for having me!
~The last time you visited, you guest posted about true romance and happily-ever-afters (by the way, Happy Anniversary!). You love to incorporate that magic into your paranormal romance novels. Do you take pieces from your own experiences and give them to your characters?
If there are pieces of reality inside, they are more along the lines of particle sized things. Not big pieces. Why so small? Because as some know, that sized thing an actually have a great big humongous impact. Think about the big computer chip companies. They have clean rooms with NO dust to manufacture their chips and things in our computers. No dust. None. Zip. Zilch. Why? because one piece of dust can break and entire piece of equipment. So you see, I can take one teeny, tiny event and use it as the catalyst for bigger, better, crazier, happier and sadder moments. So where someone might think I’d take an anniversary and include it, it’s more like taking the straw that was in the cup on the table during dinner at said anniversary. 🙂 That is the experience I weave in.
~ I was dying to read about Lily and Cael after reading Little White Lies. Their story is just so maddening, in the sense that they’ve wanted each other for so long, but have never made that move. I think that’s the hallmark of a great paranormal romance, that longing for one another. What other elements do you like to see in paranormal romance?
Personally, I like paranormal where the para is the normal and it’s not something I have to constantly think about. If that makes any sense whatsoever! Basically, I want the love story to BE the story and the fact that my characters (writing or reading) are supernatural is just par for the course. That lets me really focus on what’s going on around them and let’s their story be told. ~ Surrender dives much deeper into the mimic culture and history than Little White Lies. Did you plot it this way from the beginning? Nope. 🙂 As I wrote Little White Lies, I knew Lily had something bad happen to her early on, and I knew it would come out in retelling her story. The who/what/where/when and how of it though? That wasn’t defined until I wrote her story. ~ It’s also so much more complex than Little White Lies, but also neatly ties the stories together very well. Considering genetics are involved, how much research went into Surrender? Um … shhhhhhhhhh….. no research. Mimics don’t exist. (Shhhh!) I made them all up based on a few ideas about what they could do. Even the whole discussion on DNA was me taking and idea and just playing with it. Nope… I take that back. I did research one thing. In one of the end scenes, there is a procedure that happens … I won’t say what and spoil the surprise, but that procedure? It exists. I did look it up because I wanted something real and sure enough … disgustingly so and NOT the way it’s done in my story, it is real. ~ If you could make a Lily and Cael soundtrack with only five songs, which songs would you pick? Bonus points for telling us why! Uh oh. This is the hard stuff because I don’t listen to music when I write and really only listen to music when in the car and whatever’s on the radio. BUT … I do have a few songs that really stick with me. Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You). #1 on this list because this is Lily’s song 100% Adele’s Rumor Has it is a definite #2 because this is where the bad guy in our little story comes into play. Now this one will date me, but oh well … Chicago’s Will You Still Love Me is totally up there. For Cael and Lily. one just for fun: Billy Ray Cyrus’ Achy Breaky Heart. This one is for Cael. And finally … Etta James’ At Last for the end. Oh yeah. That one. It says it all. ~ You said you were working on Maggie and James. Can you give us a teeny, tiny hint of what’s to come? (I’m not trying to wheedle information out of you or anything… *whistles*) 🙂 Here is a SUPER early draft of the first page. Does this help at all? 😉
Twenty-thousand feet in the air. Door ripped off its hinges. Air rushing in. The jet dove toward the ground, sirens blaring, rudder jutting. One man clung to his chair, sucking in oxygen from a mask, absolute terror reflecting in his eyes. Ten other yellow cups lashed panels, swinging upward, to the side and back as the plane banked and dipped. A child, mask firmly attached and belted in, had passed out after screaming for several seconds, his head lolling with the plane’s roll. James Henry stood, his feet braced between two seats, one hand on the roof, his own oxygen lifeline in the other. Pressure broke in his ears, building, popping and cracking with each meter they fell. Body braced within the open frame, Maggie Reynolds turned back over her shoulder, her entire form trembling. Her eyes reflected sorrow not fear, pain but not anger, relief and despair. She closed her lids and reopened them. James brought a mask up to his mouth, breathed deep and removed it. She lurched forward toward the sky. “Don’t, Maggie!” If sound passed through his lips, it didn’t reach his ears over the roaring of wind. As her lips formed the words, “I’m sorry, James,” she jumped. “No!” Gone.
~ Thank you so much for stopping by and answering a few questions. We are always glad to have you! And thank YOU for having me!! I seriously can’t thank you enough, though … I do hope you read the Acknowledgements in Surrender! 🙂 [You know I will!]
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Face the past or look to the future? Both will hurt. One could kill her.
All her life, Lily Crane has suppressed her childhood memories, masking the signs of abuse with a variety of looks. From brunette to blonde, tall to short — as a Mimic, changing shape is her gift. Her right. Her achilles heel.
It’s Lily’s latest likeness, chosen simply by accident, which threatens to repeat a history she’s desperate to forget. Worse, she must do so without the one man who takes all her pain away: Cael Aldridge.
Cael has no intention of leaving Lily on her own. He never has. Now, with the woman he loves in the hands of a predator who wants Lily for her genetics, Cael will do everything he can to bring her home.
He can only pray he isn’t too late.
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