Surrender — Mimics of Rune #2
Face the past or look to the future? Both will hurt. One could kill her.
All her life, Lily Crane has supressed her childhood memories, masking the signs of abuse with a variety of looks. From brunette to blonde, tall to short — as a Mimic, changing shape is her gift. Her right. Her achilles heel.
It’s Lily’s latest likeness, chosen simply by accident, which threatens to repeat a history she’s desperate to forget. Worse, she must do so without the one man who takes all her pain away: Cael Aldridge.
Cael has no intention of leaving Lily on her own. He never has. Now, with the woman he loves in the hands of a predator who wants Lily for her genetics, Cael will do everything he can to bring her home.
He can only pray he isn’t too late.
About this author:
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:
Q. Hello and welcome! Can you tell us about your book?
My book? 🙂 What do you want to know about it? I mean, it’s a romance (with some good steam to coat your glasses but not too much) and it’s a mystery (because someone is always doing something they shouldn’t) and it’s suspenseful (because who knows if the outcome will be good!) and it’s the 2nd one in the series, which is super cool because I got to write about characters I fell in love with in book one!
Q. How did you come up with the idea?
It came to me. Really. It did. I don’t come up with anything. 🙂 Ultimately, though, the idea came while writing Little White Lies because Lily and Cael are in that story and being able to dive into their lives was a big part of what I wanted to do so once I started writing, I couldn’t stop!
Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?
Lily’s greatest strength is what she deems the weakest … it’s her ability to empathize. That truly defeats all.
Cael’s greatest strength is his fierce loyalty to his family and especially to Lily.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Facebook. Twitter. The Internet. My middle name is distracto-girl. I swear, if those things didn’t exist, I’d get a lot more done!
Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?
Um … I’m pretty sure THIS is a question an interviewer has never asked. LOL Now for wishing for a question … well … hmmm… I have no idea!
Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?
I’m always working on multiples. One in editing, one in draft, one in final. Right now I’m finishing Silent Echoes to deliver to my editor. I’m writing Perry Road, YA trilogy and I’m writing Redeemed, book 3 in the Mimics of Rune series.
Q. What is your favorite line from this book?
Well, it’s not one line, but one statement from Maggie …
“But you do everything for her. Or you say you will. You’re always there for her. She needs some room to grow some balls, Cael.”
Q. Did you always want to be a writer?
Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?
Not avoided, but struggled with … I rewrote 25,000 words in the story when I realize I was going down a path I didn’t like at all. That’s the hard part – determining that what you wrote sucks and you HAVE to fix it.
Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?
I’ve just recently read Shadowborn by the uber fabulous Jocelyn Adams!
> Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?
Hobbies? With my crazy life? 😉 I am taxi-mom to my boy and my girls. I work full time (which bleeds into more than full-time) and I’m a professional photographer though I haven’t been shooting much because I’ve been writing and working and being taxi-mom! 😉
Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?
Hmmm… as a teen? I’m not sure. I read a lot of literary fiction. Maybe Judy Blume. 🙂
Q. Who is your favorite writer now?
Me! Oh, you meant someone else. You! No? Emi Gayle? That’s cheating. Hmmm… I like a LOT of writers and their work. I just don’t have ‘a favorite’ because those I like are all great!
Q,. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 1012?
After Dark? 😉 Crux? 🙂 I’m going to go with those. I have read Touch, too. Liked that a lot.
Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?
In YA? Hmmm … trend-wise, not sure exactly, but I’m thinking New Adult instead of YA because teens ‘read up’ and the age group from 19-23 seems to be missing their books. I think that’s the next place. The kids in college that the teens ascribe to be.
Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?
Yes. Some days I think it’s a pointless endeavor because I don’t get enough time to do it! But, at the same time, I can’t stop. I’m addicted.
Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?
I have a career I love. I’m a Program Manager for an eLearning company. I write. I manage people. I work with great people. I educate people. And it’s software related. It’s an awesome job, just really, really busy right now.
Q. We love animals! Do you have any pets at home?
For some reason, we have a menagerie of black and white animals. From oldest to youngest …
Dizzle, the SOLID black cat …
Sprinkles – a cat that came to us just this year with a freaky history and past! But a good one!
Oreo – Guinea pig number one who came with Squirrel, ‘delivered’ on Christmas by Santa. 🙂 This is post-bath.
And, not to be forgotten, but 8 month old Rascal. Yup. Totally fits his name.
We love ’em all!!
I guess so … the cute factor of these little guys is a ten!
Thanks so much for joining us today, Aimee. It was great to have you here. 🙂
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So … what about you guys? Books, Cats, and Guinea Rats (that’s what we call those little guys at our house) … Aimee’s pretty neat, isn’t she? I think her book looks fantastic, what about you?
P.S. I really want to know how a cat can have a “past”, come on Sprinkles … dish! 🙂