Lexi Shepherd’s knack for finding whatever is asked of her isn’t sheer luck. It’s a gift from the Greek god Zeus.
That Lexi doesn’t use her ability to search for “Mr. Right” comes from one of many personal rules she has set for herself. Number one is not to let fate dictate her future.
Falling in love with Tripp breaks all the others.
Despite her principles, Lexi’s unable to stay away from the bad boy, and she finds herself toeing the grey line of the law for him.
Zeus, though, didn’t give Lexi and Tripp their talents to make their relationship a simple, easy alliance. He designed it to be exactly the opposite. Impossible. Always.
With their separation, Lexi expects Tripp to forfeit love in favor of destiny. He, on the other hand, intends to beat Zeus at his own game. With a plan in place, Tripp challenges Lexi to take the one action no one else can.
The question isn’t can she … but will she?
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.
Ms. Laine will now take your questions:
1. How and when did you get started as a writer?
A: I started writing in May 2009. I wrote my first novel (which is hidden under a cloud of dust now) in 60 days. Since then I’ve written 10 novels and am a week away from finishing the 11th.
2. What attracted you to the paranormal romance genre?
A: I like immersing myself in a world that exists but doesn’t exist. I like dealing with problems that aren’t just normal ones.
3. When you started writing, was there any message or philosophy you wanted to convey?
A: Love conquers all. Cliche, yes, but that’s my theory on life.
4. The fox and hound premise in Hide and Seek is brilliant. How did you come up with the idea?
A: It’s not as exciting as you might think … because it was a little by accident. I was looking for something else and came upon the Fox. Then I found the Hound. Then I had to read the myth and as sunk. Totally and absolutely hooked. And that was completely by accident.
5. Have you always been interested in Greek mythology?
A: Not exactly, but I love myths and since they are based on ‘people’ of sorts, they fit well by fitting those myths into ‘real’ people.
6. Hide and Seek is so romantic. How did you meet your guy? Was it love at first sight, or did he have to chase you?
A: I am a true romantic. I love to think of all the ways I’d want to be treated and then triple the romance. As for my guy … we met in high school, when I was 14. that was 24 years ago! We married when I was 20 (right before my Junior year at NC State). It was something at first sight, yes. We saw each other across the band room and from that moment, things progressed. Literally and very very slowly.
7. Tripp is straight up hot. Do your characters come from people you’ve known in your life or strictly imagination?
A: Heheheheheeee He is hot, isn’t he? He is my badest bad-boy character and there is no one I know who’s like him. I took all sorts of things I love about my own husband, about my friends and cousins and coworkers and combined them but let Tripp’s character come out as I wrote him.
8. Are you anything like the character Lexi?
A: Yes, I am. In that I’m really very conservative and am more a wallflower than her sister Emma. I used to joke that my sister was a social butterfly. I had my guy and that was it. Lexi’s a lot like that. She sticks to what works and doesn’t change much and that makes it doubly hard for her to accept Tripp.
9, What do you like to do when you’re not reading?
A: I’m also a photographer and a mom, so if I’m not reading or writing, I’m photographing or working (I have a full-time job, too) or dealing with my 14 year old and my 7 year old twins.
10. What’s your idea of the ‘perfect date’?
A: Any date my husband plans. I’m really not kidding.
11, Describe your favorite type of hero.
A: I want a man who’s strong but not overbearing, willing to let his woman fail and succeed, willing to support and encourage her and willing to push her when she needs it. I do not like heros who do it all FOR her or who think they know best. Tripp’s got a little bit of all of that, still even thinking he knows best at times and that, too, pushes Lexi away, but in the end, he is the perfect guy.
12. Do you have more adventures planned for Tripp and Lexi?
A: I have some ideas and they do show up in book two of the series (Silent Echoes). You’ll just have to wait for that one!
13. What’s next for you as a writer?
A: Well … Surrender, Book 2 in the Mimics of Rune series comes out in September and in October, my alter-ego, Emi Gayle has a debut YA novel called After Dark coming out!
Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Aimee. It was great having you!
♦ Please note: Aimee is an adult romance writer.