She’s a Spitfire
(Tough Love #2)
Publication date: June 24th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
One fiery-haired, sexy scientist finds her perfect complement in a dark and handsome soccer star. Opposites attract, and they’ve got chemistry that’s explosive—literally.
Physics calls it entropy. Philosophy calls it Murphy’s Law: If something can go wrong, eventually it will. Professionally and personally speaking, Zed’s familiar with the principle. After a decade of trying to alter the atomic makeup of the mafia from its nucleus, now he’s set on leaving The Life and pursuing his heart. Problem is, the sassy, hot-headed spitfire he can’t quit is meddling in his slow burn escape plan, and turning it into full-on combustion.
Not to mention, Nairne’s got a painful history she won’t talk about and more secrets than she has lab instruments—which is really saying something. In an ideal world, the bad boy footballer would follow the brainy beauty overseas and they’d live happily ever after. But Murphy’s Law is proven true, as Zed finds his world imploding and his escape plan foiled. These enemies turned lovers end up discovering how costly it can be to meet the right person at the wrong time.
A present he can’t escape.
A past she can’t forget.
A future they won’t stop fighting for.
They say all’s fair in love…and war.
Book Two in the Tough Love Series—an enemies to lovers, suspenseful romance, full of sexy Italians, feisty heroines, globe-trotting action, and an ending that’ll both satisfy you and leave you ready for more!
Chloe’s always been a sucker for a suspenseful steamy romance, ever since she managed to find the one saucy mystery series hiding in her high school’s prim little library. Nothing drives her crazier than a story that cranks up the heat, then closes the door on the reader’s face, so don’t read her books if you don’t want to know what actually happens when the lights fade to black…
When she’s not writing, Chloe’s busy reading books of all genres, rereading Harry Potter (which she can’t help but make her characters similarly obsessed over), and playing catch-up with her bad@$$ little girls. She’s also been known to scramble around the pitch for a pick-up soccer match and run along the river while dreaming up her next book.
‘My Books-My World’ Author Interview
- Tell me about how the idea for this book / series came about?
Nairne came to me in a season of life where I was reclaiming a lot of lost identity. As I found myself learning to be my authentic self, to take pride and put my energy into my work and interests in life, this fierce, resilient woman was born in my mind. A woman who epitomized resilience; who’d been through hard times but had reclaimed her life and had a pretty controlling attitude toward how life played out. Then she just had to meet a guy who had similar control impulses to deal with his crazy life, and Zed came to me at that point. Their fire and combativeness is born out of their similarity—they’re both intensely driven, seeking to survive and make it through life, and when they fall for each other, they have to sort through prioritizing their coping mechanisms or prioritizing making their relationship work.
- Do you have any quirks/habits that you do when writing?
I have a dedicate time of day I write. In the evening. With a cup of hot herbal tea or a pour of whiskey. I write in silence normally and just let the words flow. Other times I’ll head to the coffe shop, crank up my playlist that I make for a book and write. Usually I do that when I need to feel energized to write and able to focus adequately. Writing at home with you’re a mother negotiating all the household needs can make you feel a little pulled in multiple directions. The coffee shop is where I get to be working me, away from all that.
- What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
So far I’ve been down the writing rabbit hole, so making a lot of author connections hasn’t been in my timeframe lately. I’ve been grateful for some words of encouragement from fellow indie authors, and a local Pittsburgh author, Rachel Blaufeld, was instrumental in encouraging me at the tail end of my publishing process for my first book. She was positive, kind, and gave me vital tips for connecting with readers. I’m grateful for that mentorship and insight!
- If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
Believe in your voice. Trust the process.
- What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
An editor/proofreader. Stacy gets my writing style and elevates it. She gives me invaluable insight as to what a reader needs to know (or doesn’t) and has helped me tighten my storytelling to concise, effective prose.
- What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I research anything I don’t know about that I want to write about. I feel a responsibility as a writer to represent situations/experiences/concepts accurately. Misinformation is untenable me to me in my writing. I’ll research however long it takes to get a grasp on the information and be able to write it well!
- How many hours a day do you write?
On average, probably about two hours. Some days though I write for five or six. It depends on how much I need to get out of my head and onto paper. With publishing right now, if I’m not writing, I’m editing or working on marketing and reaching readers.
- What did you edit out of this book?
Not much actually. I think I had this story pretty well-clarified when I sent it off to my editor. If anything, I worked in better explanations for lines of thought that help us see a decision-making process, and a big life-decision that our characters make.
- Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Right now, I do, simply because I’m starting out in my author journey, and it’s helpful for me to read reviews so I can find my target audience (people who like my writing and my storytelling style/pace). I don’t take reviews personally. No book is for everyone. And I take pride that even in the low-rating reviews, people might not like my story, but they’re impressed with my writing. That to me means the mechanics of my craft are sound, they just didn’t connect with my story. And that’s fine. Good reviews are nice, but the ones that really mean something to me are the ones that speak to a vital aspect of my characters, or perhaps a personal connection to their story. That is incredibly gratifying as an author, because I really am trying to write something accessible and emotionally engaging, healing or cathartic even. To know I’ve engaged someone’s heart and life is an honor. It’s fuel that keeps my eye on the prize—writing what I believe in and getting my books to readers who will connect and derive deep meaning from reading my stories.
- Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I’m dropping lots of little hints about future characters that will be main characters in upcoming books. Little snippets of conversations, life-situation details that will be much more important in books to come. I think readers will find it gratifying to circle back and see those hints if they choose to reread Books One through Three. I also do use Harry Potter references because I love the stories, and those little snippets can be fun engaging moments for readers to feel connected to.
- What was the hardest scene in this book to write?
I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll keep this as general as possible. Toward the end Nairne has to face part of her past, and it’s incredibly vulnerable and traumatic to relive and battle through. Writing her vulnerability, her fear, but most of all her determination to survive and overcome, was emotional and empowering. But it shook me to consider how I’d feel in her shoes.
- Have you ever Googled yourself? What did you find?
I haven’t! I’m new to the author scene so I can’t imagine I’d find much, but it might be an interesting exercise a few years down the road. Maybe with some girlfriends and whiskey nearby as solidarity J.
- If there was a book about your life what would it be titled?
I don’t think I can answer that yet J. So many chapters of my story have yet to write themselves. Perhaps further in my journey, I’ll know the answer.