Series: Vengeful Love #1
Release: March 21st 2016 by Carina Press
He's a devastatingly handsome, filthy-rich CEO. She's a high-flying London lawyer. All it takes is one boardroom pitch. One hostile takeover.
Vengeful Love is darkly suspenseful, sinfully sexy white-collar romance at its very best.
I've always walked the straight and narrow—following the rules, never straying from my chosen path.
Until Mr. Sexy Bazillionaire CEO Gregory Ryans walked into my life. It was only supposed to be business, but one brush of his wicked lips against my skin changed everything.
I can't deny what this man inspires in me. I'll do anything he asks…even help destroy the enemies from his past.
But he's hiding more than he's telling me.
When our love leads to tragedy, there's no going back. Gregory's past is trying to kill our future.
They say love can bring a person to their knees.
I've just proven that vengeful love is the strongest force of all.
Book One of the Vengeful Love Series
Interview with Laura Carter
What or who inspired you to become a writer?
I've always written, or for as long as I can remember. When I was younger it was screenplays and song lyrics. As I got older I wrote reviews for magazines, short stories, anything really. It wasn't until 2009 that I wrote my first novel (and that's tucked away for now). I was travelling around Australia at the time without a care in the world and thought, why not write a book? Once I'd written one novel, I couldn't stop. Living in a fictional world half your life is pretty addictive!
Who is your favourite Author & what is it that really strikes you about their work?
This is tough. In adult romance, I LOVE Sylvia Day. For me, her Crossfire series is the one to beat. The way she draws readers in to Gideon and Eva's relationship and keeps you on tenter hooks is really something special. In fiction generally, I think Sebastian Faulks is a fantastic writer. Charlotte Grey is one of my favourite books. I adore the way he constructs romance over the emotions and constraints of war. He can transport a reader to a time they never knew.
What was the hardest part about writing your book?
Neglecting my husband (although he's very good about it :-)). I'm a fulltime lawyer so I write in the evening and on weekends. This means, midweek, I get up, go to the gym then work, get home, lock myself in my writing den, repeat. On a weekend I can sometimes be locked away for eight or nine hours. At some point, parts of your life have to suffer and that's not easy.
What was your favourite chapter to write and why?
This is so hard. I loved every second of writing the Vengeful Love series. There are a number of scenes that give me flutterflies in my stomach or make me want to cry (even though I already know what happens!), so they are special to me. There’s also a scene with a feather in book 2, Vengeful Love: Deception. I don’t want to spoil it but that is definitely my favourtie intimate scene in the entire trilogy. You’ll have to let me know if you agree ☺
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Thankfully, I haven’t yet but I admit I feel more pressure when writing since I got my publishing deal. I never understood how much business goes into making a book and, whilst I love that side of things, business makes writing a little more serious than writing as a hobby.
What is the last book you read?
J. Kenner’s Under My Skin. I adore her Stark International Series.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?
You know, I’ve spent so many hours developing Gregory Ryans and falling for him in the process, I think I’d like to spend a day as Scarlett Heath, my leading lady.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Shop too much, eat too much, drink dry martinis, go to the theatre, hang around with my husband and my friends, walk my super-cute dog, gorge on movies and chocolate, read books and, less than I ought to, work out.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
This is an interesting question. On a basic level, I think a book is made up of two parts, physical experience and emotional experience. I’ve never had a client quite like Gregory Ryans (probably a good thing!) and I’ve never entered the Mile High Club on a private jet. But I have experienced pain, anger and being so in love with someone that they’re all you think about. So the plot is certainly fictional, drawing on some elements of life I know and places I’ve been, but the emotional pulls in the books are real. I think a writer has to be able to empathise with his or her characters to make them come to life for a reader.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Ha, here goes…an actress, an astronaut, a physiotherapist, a doctor, a lawyer, a fighter pilot and an exotic dancer, which pleased my father no end!
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Ooo, Abigail Spencer, she’s beautiful and I love her as Dana Scott in Suits.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Keep looking ahead. Write to the end of your story and enjoy the satisfaction of finishing the first draft. You can edit later.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?
Vengeful Love is out today. If you’ve bought it or intend to, thank you so so much. I really hope you enjoy Scarlett and Gregory’s story.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Feisty. Romantic. Empathetic (I hope!).
When was the last time you cried over a book?
Jamie McGuire’s Walking Disaster had me by page five just a few weeks ago. I was on the train commuting to work so I didn’t let the tears fall but boy did I have a lump in my throat!
Some quick questions.
Light or Dark chocolate?
Dark…mmm, dark chocolate!
Sunrise or Sunset?
If I’m experiencing something new, sunrise. For romance, sunset.
Dogs or Cats?
Tea or Coffee?
Coffee. Specifically, coconut lattes.
Red. Closely followed by purple and blue.
Favourite Disney movie?
Easy…Beauty and the Beast.
Name 5 of your fictional crushes as of right now?
In no particular order, the Count of Monte Cristo, Matt Damon (as Jason Bourne), Harvey Specter (yum!), Joe Manganiello (in anything…or nothing!) and Gideon Cross (oh my word!).
About Laura Carter
Laura is a lawyer by day, working for a global business law firm. By night, she puts pen to paper, writing about wealthy billionaires and sassy alpha females.
Laura grew up in England, UK and has spent a lot of time travelling the world. It was whilst she was living in Australia in 2009 that she began drafting her first novel (now safely in a drawer for a later date!).
In 2012, working as a lawyer in London, inspired by the blinding lights and corporate world, the writing bug bit Laura again. From a small bedroom in the city, Gregory Ryans and Scarlett Heath were born in the first book of the Vengeful Love trilogy.
Thanks to the team at Harlequin and Carina Press, one lucky winner will receive the following:
- Gift Card for $25 at Amazon.com & 25,000 Harlequin MyRewards points
- E-Book copy of Vengeful Love
- Monday, March14th - BookHounds - Guest Posts
- Wednesday, March16th - Me, My Shelf and I - Guest Posts
- Friday, March 18th - Parajunkee - Guest Posts
- Monday, March 21st - Sassy Book Lovers - Review with short Interview
- Wednesday, March 23rd - Sering Night Reviews - Review & The Four Eyed Cat Reviews - Review with short Interview
- Friday, March 25th - Obsessed by Books - Review with short Guest Post
- Monday, March 28th - Bewitched Bookworms - Guest Post & Between Books - Review
- Wednesday, March 30 - Wild Wordy Women - Guest Posts
- Friday, April 1st - Penny Dreadful Book Reviews - Interview
*Keep an eye out for my review, will be posting in the next few days. ^_^