Sunday, December 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Exquisite Betrayal by A.M. Hargrove

Welcome to our stop on the Blog Tour for Exquisite Betrayal by A.M. Hargrove.  We were lucky enough to grab a bit of time with A.M and she has shared with us her inspiration for writing this book - read on to learn more and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

A male Romance Author… a convention in Vegas… a female book blogger… a goal to lose her virginity… what next? Find out when you mix all the above!

Fallon McKinley is headed to Vegas for the Wicked Wenches Romance Con and losing her virginity is only one of her goals. The other is to meet her favorite author of romance novels, R.T. Sinclair. What she doesn’t realize is that the sexy green-eyed god she rams into at the airport is the real R.T. When they keep running into each other, she’s shocked, but excited, because the attraction is irresistible.

Ryland Thomas Sinclair doesn’t want anyone to know his true identity. He’s the author that all women love, but everyone thinks he’s a female. He hides his persona behind the public face of his twin sister, keeping his own a secret. But after meeting the lovely Fallon, his intentions to avoid a relationship come to a screeching halt. She’s put an unwanted kink into his perfectly laid out plans. His unusual reaction surprises him because after a heart-shredding breakup a few years ago, he’s managed to avoid women at all costs.

Resisting Fallon becomes more difficult than he imagines. Soon things are spiraling out of control, until a major miscommunication has Fallon walking out of his home and his life. Will Ryland Thomas succeed in losing the woman he loves? Or can he win her back?

What Inspired Me To Write Exquisite Betrayal

This book didn’t have one inspiration. In fact, it was a compilation of many things. It all started after I attended my first book convention and when returned home I couldn’t help but think back about how much fun I had. Then I began to read about the Naughty Mafia in Vegas and my imagination took off. Several times I would wake up in the middle of night with these great ideas and have to jot them down so I would remember them in the morning. What better place to have a single blogger head off for a weekend of fun with some wicked plans in store, right?

As fun as Vegas can be, it’s not much unless you have a hot guy to steam up the story. That’s when I knew I needed a big pull for her romantic interest. I have a male friend, who shall remain nameless, who happens to be a very famous romance novelist. I began to think about what it would be like to be a romance writer, but a male romance writer? My friend doesn’t use a pen name or hide behind the identity of his sister. He doesn’t have to. But what if he did? And what would readers think if they discovered the truth? Would women be as accepting of men writing in this genre as they are of women? There aren’t very many men at all. In fact, I can only think of a handful myself. Now, I was on to something.

As the plot took off in my head, so did the twists and turns. I don’t want to give any spoilers away here, so I’ll only say this. I truly wanted to write the male character as someone who could put his heart on paper, but when it came to real life, suffered from the biggest case of stupidassery that ever existed known to mankind. *Clears throat* Do any of you all know any guys like that?

So, Exquisite Betrayal was born, with Ryland Thomas leading the way as one of the dumbest, most frustrating but in the end, probably most endearing guys I’ve ever written. And Fallon, well, she just grows herself a set and kicks him right in his and you’ll just have to read the book the get the nitty gritty details. Here’s to Happy Ever Afters!

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings); Dark Waltz and Tragically Flawed.

Other than being in love with writing about being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

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