Olivia Gates – USA Today Bestselling author. Larger-than-life passion, high-concept and ever-after romance.
Meet Olivia Gates!
USA Today Bestselling author Olivia Gates has published over twenty-five books in contemporary, action/adventure and paranormal romance. She currently writes exotic and passionate modern-day fairy tales for Silhouette Desire and dark and erotic paranormals set in complex new worlds for Harlequin Nocturne.
Beach or camping?
Camping if it’s overcast. Otherwise, can I have anything else that’s indoors?
Bathing suit or mountain gear? Why?
Mountain gear, only in overcast conditions, too. I am so not a beach person. Having been submerged in them all my childhood, I’ve been overloaded on sea, sun and sand. If I don’t see it again it would be too soon. I now avoid the sun at all costs as I developed severe photo-sensitivity that gets worse as time goes by and exposure is a sure way to trigger one of my terrible migraines.
Yes, I’d make a wonderful vampire. J
Margaritas or Spritzers? (If you answer club soda, we’re gonna have to talk.)
Can I ask for pineapple juice, or is that too wimpy?
Uh-oh, we’re gonna have to talk now, won’t we?
LOL. That depends…Please enter. Cabana boys are under that umbrella. We’ll even let you pick one to hold your shade…and your pen.
Since I’m so averse to the sun, can I have all the boys holding my shade for me? J
What is your ideal writing haven? Are there men or beach bunnies involved? Strangely, my ideal writing haven is a crowded coffee shop (with service!) So it involves men, but those holding trays with cinnamon lattés and chocolate muffins. J
It’s about the impersonality of it all. It makes me able to get totally detached and lost in my story. If I’m somewhere where someone knows me, even if they don’t address me, their very presence consumes a part of my attention.
What season do you write best? And why?
Winter, no doubt. My brain functions better in colder conditions.
Have you ever been on a writer’s retreat? What’s one embarrassing moment you’ve had?
Oh, I wish! As for embarrassing moments, those crop up when I don’t recognize someone who seems to know me well! I’m terrible with putting names to faces, esp. if I meet a person away from the original setting where I first met them.
What inspires you to write during the summer?
When plotting a book, what determines your setting and characters?
Usually, the first thing that pops up in my head is a basic premise pops, a central conflict to build the book(s) around. The setting is usually somewhere I’m familiar with, or can invent to my heart’s content using elements I’m versed in. The characters have as many obstacles in the way to their coming together as possible. Then I enjoy putting all this together, tangling it until it seems impossible to untangle, then resolving the conflicts, internal and external, one at a time. The more it seems impossible the more fun I have.
If you’re going on vacation, what items would I find in your bag? And why?
My laptop. Anything else is optional and dispensable. J
What is one thing you cannot live without during Summer? Okay, you can list two things…
Since I already mentioned my laptop (and that includes the Internet) I won’t count them again here. But I can’t live without four things actually. 1)Tea with mint and Sushi 2) Books 3) AC 4) Make-up and high heels. J
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on an erotic romance novella for the new NOCTURNE CRAVINGS e-line. It is part of my ERADICATORS universe, which I set up with my first paranormal romance novella for Nocturne, MORTAL ENEMY, IMMORTAL LOVER.
Right after that I’m jumping into a new Sheikh trilogy for HARLEQUIN DESIRE (the follow-up to my current Sheikh trilogy PRIDE OF ZOHAYD, starring the Aal Shalaan half-brothers and a life-long nemesis)
What news would you like to share with your readers?
The last and most anticipated chapter (and hero-Amjad) of my PRIDE OF ZOHAYD Trilogy is out now! It has already garnered another TOP PICK from RT Bookreviews magazine, making this a perfect score of Top Picks for the whole trilogy. It’s also on NetGalley in case you’re a reviewer or book blogger and you’d like to read it for free. http://netgalley.com/signin.php?rev=8530
Where can readers find you?
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/OliviaGates
- Facebook: My Author Page is Olivia Gates Author http://tinyurl.com/3duxax6
- Website: http://www.oliviagates.com
- Others: Nope, the above is as much as I can handle. J
List other books you have out:
TO TAME A SHEIKH (RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner for best Harlequin Desire in 2010 and USA TODAY Bestseller)
TO TEMPT A SHEIKH (RT TOP PICK and Borders Bestseller)
THE SARANTOS SECRET BABY (Borders Bestseller)
Will you be willing to answer questions in regards to writing and publication today? For sure. Bring’em on! J
Thank you so much for joining us at Romance Author Hotspot!
Thank you for having me. I loved being here last year, and I’m thrilled to be here again this year. I hope you enjoy having me around! J
Giveaway: 5 books from my backlist of the winner’s choice
No one gets past Prince Amjad Aal Shalaan’s defenses. No one. But when Princess Maram shows up at Amjad’s gala in her father’s place, destroying Amjad’s plans to reclaim what was stolen from his family, Amjad sees red… and uses a freak sandstorm to make her his prisoner of passion.
Swept to safety by the man she’s always loved from afar, Maram knows she has one chance to make Amjad see her as a woman. His woman. But when the impossible prince and the unstoppable princess take shelter from the storm, neither is prepared for the aftermath of their desire…
Maram eased her foot off the accelerator, to savor the last moments of approach. The sight warranted the most leisurely of zooms, to lick it clean of every smidge of magnificence.
And no, she didn’t mean the majestic desert. That and the canopy of bleached blue sky painted in wisps of incandescent white were indeed glorious. But it was his sight that spread firecrackers of pleasure through her system, had flutters of anticipation accumulating in her ribcage.
He stood in front of one of the huge tents. Dozens flitted around him. She saw only him. Standing half a foot taller, broad, lean and loaded with inborn grace and inimitable power, uncaring of the mercilessness of the sun beating down on his raven head, indifferent to existence in its whole.
The man was so aptly named ‘most glorious.’
At her approach, he inclined his head at her, his voice injected with its maximum level of scorn. “Princess Haram.”
Maram blinked. Had he just called her Haram?
The glint of wickedness in those unique eyes said he had!
Sinful. Wicked. Evil. Taboo.
The word encompassed all that. And more.
And he’d made sure everyone had heard it.
So. How did he expect her to react? Get flustered? Defensive? Outraged?
No. The Amjad she knew would expect her to engage him. And boy, would she.
She curtsied, fluttered her lashes. “Prince Abghad!”
Amjad’s eyes snapped wider before danger slithered across his heart-stoppingly gorgeous face, his hand flattening over his heart in mock hurt. “And here I thought you…liked me.”
“I far more than…like you. And you know it.” She grinned up at him. “But a Haram deserves at least an Abghad.”
“Princess Sinful and Prince Hateful,” Amjad said slowly, as if tasting the slurs, his darkest-chocolate voice making them as delicious as the sweetest compliments. “Those do have far better rings than the trite names our pompous parents saddled us with.”
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