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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Interview & #Giveaway with Amber Lea Easton, author of Riptide!

Please help me welcome author Amber Lea Easton to Full Moon Bites--also do not miss the excerpt and giveaway below! :)

Holly: Hi, Amber! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Amber Lea Easton: Well, I’m a widowed mom of two teenagers who lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Before becoming a published novelist, I worked in journalism, advertising and the financial industry.  I’m passionate about traveling, learning/trying new things, music, and enjoying my life. 

Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about your book Riptide?
Amber Lea Easton: Riptide is a story about a woman starting over after one violent night shatters life as she knows it.  Lauren retreats to her brother’s home on Grand Cayman hoping for a chance to get her bearings and figure out what to do next in her life.  There she becomes involved with Noah Reynolds, who’s much more complicated than he seems and who has a stalker tormenting him.  She’s forced to question what’s real and what’s simply paranoia based on her past. 

Holly: What was the inspiration for this novel?

Amber Lea Easton: Well, when I was 25, I had my own experience with a stalker that turned violent--not to the extent that’s in the novel, thank God, but I definitely had both psychological and emotional wounds to heal.  It takes a lot of effort to begin again, to leave the past behind and find the courage to trust again. 

Holly: Where can we purchase Riptide?

Amber Lea Easton: Bookstrand (my publisher--all ebook formats) at Amazon  It will be out with Barnes and Noble next week so I don’t have a link to it yet.  If you have a nook, just download the epub doc from my publisher’s site.  It will be out in paperback around Thanksgiving. 

Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2012?

Amber Lea Easton: Yes, my next novel, Reckless Endangerment, is due out in November of 2012.  

Holly: Your life is a romantic comedy; what humors but very embarrassing thing happens on your first date/when you meet the love of your life?

Amber Lea Easton: Well, this is a true story that happened just a few weeks ago.  I went on a date with a great guy--our first date.  Now, I’ve been widowed 7 years and dating isn’t exactly my forte these days.  Despite everything that told me not to, I had a third mojito on top of too much Cuban food.  I ended up throwing up in the bathroom (by accident!) and then trying to shove as many mints into my mouth as possible.  I came out of the bathroom with my shirt covered with water and made some excuse about trying to get out a spot.  I’m so not cool. 

Then we go for a walk in downtown Denver.  We’re having a lot of fun despite the scent of mint wafting off of me like a cloud and my wet shirt.  He kissed me!  Then he says, “you taste like fish and cheese”.  Lovely. 

He takes me back to the car--which turns out I’d parked in a lot that locks up at a certain time.  Yeah, my car was locked up behind chained gates.  No way in, no way out.  UGH.  So...I live in the mountains SW of Denver, which is the opposite direction from where he lives.  He had to drive me all the way home--to a disaster area because my two teenagers had been home cooking bacon, dropping their clothes everywhere, muffin wrappers (???) were all over the family room.  DISASTER ZONE. 

He said he wanted to sleep on the sofa because of the long way home and that he’d drive me back to get my car in the morning.  Well, this is incredibly nice of him, I know. 

The dog peed on the carpet next to where he was sleeping. Seriously.  I can’t make this stuff up.  This is my REAL life.  That was our first date.  Unbelievably, he asked me out for date #2. 

Holly: How much of you or people you know do you think make it into the characters in your novel(s)?

Amber Lea Easton: A LOT!!!!!!!!  ;-)

Holly: Why this genre(s)?

Amber Lea Easton: I love romance.  I love the idea of love conquering all, of two people becoming partners in life.  Perhaps I’m an eternal optimist and a hopeless romantic, but there are worse things to be. 

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Amber Lea Easton: Thank you!  Your support has meant the world to me, especially with the release of my second novel, Riptide.  The fact that you’re enjoying my characters as much as I do is truly inspiring.  Every day I’m overcome with gratitude to be lucky enough to live my dream and share my work with the world.  It’s an honor. 

Holly: What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?

Amber Lea Easton: Balancing it with other parts of my life.  Writing is all consuming for me. 

Random Quickies!

Holly: Vampires or Werewolves?

Amber Lea Easton: Vampires

Holly: Witches or Zombies?

Amber Lea Easton: Witches

Holly: Supernatural or Psych? (TV Shows)

Amber Lea Easton: Psych

Holly: Night or day?

Amber Lea Easton: Night

Holly: Swimming pool or ocean/lake?

Amber Lea Easton: Ocean

Title: Riptide
Author: Amber Lea Easton
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Length: 98,000 words

Genres: Contemporary Romantic Suspense (Adventure)
Heat Level: Steamy



One violent night shatters Lauren Biltmore’s life. As an anchorwoman, she's accustomed to reporting the news rather than being the lead story. She escapes the spotlight by fleeing to her brother's home in the Cayman Islands. Haunted by nightmares, all she wants is a distraction from reality.

Distraction arrives via sexy screenwriter, Noah Reynolds. His take-me-to-bed looks mask a past ripe with scandal. He knows he should stay away from Lauren, especially when the worst night of her life unlocks his writer's block and while he's dealing with a stalker of his own, but ethics are his weakness.

Attraction sizzles beneath Caribbean sunshine. As their relationship grows, Noah's stalker intensifies her torment. Lauren wonders if her paranoia is justified or a carryover from her past. What's real? What's imagined? Tentative trust is tested as their love is swept up against a riptide of deceit, murder, and revenge.
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His two days on board the Angelfish with Larry had been good for him. Larry had convinced him of the absurdity of his theory that Alicia still walked the earth and assured him that he’d help find out who was bringing up the past. Sometimes there was nothing better than an old friend, even one who tended to piss him off more often than not.

He toweled himself off, his thoughts centered around Lauren and their last date. It hadn’t exactly gone as planned given the dead guy face down amidst the fish. Not that he’d helped the situation with his not-so-smooth-moves-on-the-beach later. The past two days had given him perspective. He wanted her. Right or wrong, mistake or not, he needed to see where this could go. He couldn’t get her out of his mind. Maybe tonight he’d get another chance if he could track her down.

“Noah.” Lauren cleared her throat from where she stood outside the open bathroom door. She leaned against the wall in a Caribbean blue tank dress that hugged her body in all the right places, legs exposed from midthigh down, ankles crossed, long hair glistening over lightly tanned shoulders, gaze averted to the floor and smile playing across lips he desperately wanted against his skin. “Sorry to barge in. You left the deck door wide open.”

“No problem.” He cinched the towel around his waist and wondered exactly how long she’d been standing there. The thought of her watching him shower and dry off did crazy things to his nervous system. “I’ve been looking for you.”

Erin told me.” She leaned her head back against the wall and dragged her gaze from his toes upward. “Heard you were on private charter for the past few days.”

He leaned his shoulder against the doorframe and let her gaze soak him up. He liked the way she looked at him as if he were dessert.

“About the other night...I’m sorry. Can I make it up to you? Dinner tonight? Etcetera?” he asked.

She caught her lower lip between her teeth, gaze lingering on his chest. “Are you sure this time? No running away when things get hot?”

Electricity zapped in the three feet separating them.

Damn, the woman did insane things to his rational thinking. He’d decided on the boat that he needed to see her, make things right, take it slow, get tangled up in some strings. Seeing her live and in person threw common sense out the window.

“I can’t decide if you’re hotter when wet or dry...I’m thinking it might be a tie,” she said.

Oh, what the hell. With an opener like that, how could a man resist? He crossed the space between them, slipped his hand behind her neck, and kissed her on that mouth he’d been fantasizing about all week.

Her hands slid over his damp chest while her mouth moved slowly beneath his, her teeth lightly catching his lower lip. Eyes open, they smiled against each other’s mouths.

“Miss me?” he asked.

“It would be very uncool of me to answer that.” She slid her hands over his abdomen and lingered on the towel. “Are you still wanting to back off, or have you come to your senses?”

He braced his hands over her head. The only thing he wanted to do was kiss her slowly and make her beg for more. He looked into her eyes. “You’re making me forget all of the reasons this is a mistake.”

“A sexy mistake.” Her fingers touched his chest in a featherlike caress. She licked her lips.

“Good point.” He smiled. “We’re headed into the danger zone.”

“You have no idea how dangerous.” She tugged on the towel, a wicked grin in her eyes.

Oh, he had an idea about the level of danger. He’d thought of nothing else for the past forty-eight hours and ranked this situation a solid Level Red. Despite that, all he could think about was how good it would feel to have her long legs wrapped around his hips while her nails clawed against his back. He needed to pull the emergency brake. Slow, he reminded himself. Slow.

He leaned against her, enjoying the way her body arched toward his like a magnetic pull. He tangled his fingers in the hair at the back of her neck. “What do you want, Lauren? After the other night, you know I’m more complicated than I seem.”

Her gaze flicked up to his. “I know what I’m doing.”

“You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into.”

“Show me. Let’s make some mistakes together. We’re both consenting adults. What the hell?” she whispered, her teeth pulling at his lower lip.

“You’re reckless.”

“Does that scare you?” she asked.

He paused a fraction over her lips and looked into her eyes. Yeah, she was scary reckless, but that turned him on more than he could say. So what if she wanted to use him for a distraction from her own demons? He knew that had something to do with it—the woman oozed intensity.

Her mouth widened, taking his like a woman starving for the taste of him. Ravenous. Her fingers fisted in the back of his hair. Her bare foot slid up the outside of his leg. Tongues clashed in a passionate dance that left no doubt about mutual desire.

He pressed her against the wall, uncaring about the slipping of the towel down his hips. This woman made him want more than he had dared want in years. His hands roamed up her sides, thumbs caressing the outline of her breasts. Closer. He couldn’t get close enough.

She pressed her hips against his. “Five days ago I didn’t think I’d feel any emotion ever again. Now here I am making out with you. Insane.”

“A little bit of crazy is good for a person.” He wrapped his hands in her hair, holding her face close to him. “What do you feel now?”

“You. I feel you.”

“You say all the right things,” he said against her mouth. His skin rippled beneath her touch. He couldn’t explain his reaction to her...he felt like an addict in desperate need of a fix.


Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published fiction and nonfiction author. For twenty years, she's worked in the fields of journalism and advertising with a brief detour into the financial industry. Although she holds a BA in Communications & Journalism, she is a perpetual student of life who enjoys taking post-graduate courses on a wide variety of subjects when time allows. Smart is sexy, according to Easton, which is why she writes about strong female characters who have their flaws and challenges, but who ultimately persevere.

Easton currently lives with her two teenagers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she gives thanks daily for the gorgeous view outside her window. She finds inspiration from traveling, the people she meets, nature and life’s twists and turns. At the end of the day, as long as she's writing, she considers herself to be simply "a lucky lady liv'n the dream."
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