Addicted to You
SAPD SWAT Series Book 2
by Nikki Mays Genre: Romantic Suspense, Comedy
Michelle is my addiction. She’s sweetness and light wrapped up in a delicious package. Almost as delicious as the confections she makes. Until now, I’ve kept my distance to make sure my darkness doesn’t taint her. She’s better than a killer who sits behind a scope.
I watch her from afar. Getting dragged under her spell a little further with every sweet smile and mischievous grin. I know I’ll cave one day, give into the craving to be near her. Being in her presence is a feeling like no other, one I can’t seem to resist.
Unfortunately, I’m not the only one living under her influence. While I was watching her, someone else was watching too. But she belongs with me, no matter what anyone else wants.
Now I need to make sure she gives me my next fix of her, even if she’s too stubborn to admit she wants to. She’s my addiction, cure and redemption all rolled into one. Her soul calls out to my own. I’ll make sure she’s as addicted to me as I am to her. She’ll crave me - if it’s the last thing I do.
Mellie has been hypnotized by a pair of gorgeous green eyes, attached to a very yummy package for months now. Unfortunately for her, her brain goes on hiatus anytime Morris Jackson is around. Looking like a bobble head whenever he asks her anything isn't the best way to go about getting a man like him interested. Not like ruggedly handsome men go for quirky, accident prone introverts like her. Plus, even if she did have a snowballs chance in hell with him, him being her brothers SWAT teammate doesn't bode well for her. A girl can dream though!
Those blue eyes sucker punched him the minute he looked into them. It felt like the ground had literally gone out from under him. Mellie is everything that he could ever want and everything that he shouldn't have. Even if he didn't know that she's too good for a guy like him, her brother would never be okay with it. He is over protective and proud of it. But at some point you have to say screw the consequences and go after what you know is meant to be yours.
Too bad someone wasn't happy for them when the found their way to one another. Someone will make sure they don't stay together by any means necessary. They'll even kill to get what they want.
Nikki Mays is a pen name that was created from her maiden name. She is a wife and mother, who lives in a small town in New Jersey. She has been with her husband for a decade and is surprised that he's still alive. She began writing as a creative outlet after becoming a stay at home mom. She decided that she needed something exclusively for herself, not just being mommy. She has two crazy boxers that love to keep that "Evil" mailman out of the yard. Besides writing and spending time with her little hellions, she enjoys cooking & baking. She has recently taken up gardening and made her loving husband plant her a mini fruit tree orchard, as well as a garden taking up half an acre. Nikki loves to be stalked by her readers and encourages all interaction.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I count steps whenever I take the stairs. I can still tell you how many stairs are at my parents house from counting them so many times while I was growing up.
What are some of your pet peeves?
I can't standing having the radio volume at an uneven number. My husband purposely does it when he wants to annoy me.
Where were you born/grew up at? I grew up in a small town in New Jersey. It's literally 1 square mile.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
With my kids. I wouldn't leave the house. I would spend the entire day cuddled up with them.
Who is your hero and why?
I would have to say my parents. They have always been amazing and showed me what a loving relationship should be.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
If you ask my husband and kids, probably a dictator. In my defense though, I usually have to fix or clean up after everyone. It's easier if everything is done my way.
What are you passionate about these days?
Baking! I absolutely love it. I even make all of my family's birthday cakes, decorated with homemade buttercream and fondant.
What do you do to unwind and relax? Lay in bed with a book. That's my "ME" time.
How to find time to write as a parent?
I tend to write when my kids are napping or after they've gone to bed for the night.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
I'm a total introvert
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don't think that there was any defining moment. I've always liked to write, but I never really shared that with anyone.
Do you have a favorite movie? Halloween. My dad and I have always loved it. He would even wake me up when it was on TV when I was little. You know, before DVR's when dinosaurs still roamed the earth.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Possibly a secret WIP that I'm not sure that I'll even publish. It's completely different from my others and more angsty.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
A sloth 100%, mainly because they like naps and so do I. Plus, they are super cute!
What inspired you to write this book?
I'm not really sure. This series was just kind of a weird idea of mine and then the characters just wouldn't shut up, so I decided to write it.
What can we expect from you in the future?
There will be four other books in this series. After that, my secret WIP, which I'll hopefully get the guts to press publish on.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
No, since they are all getting their own book. But I do think that readers will enjoy getting to see into all of their lives.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Addicted to You? Michelle and Damon were a lot of fun to write. Originally, Michelle was going to be a lot sweeter but she just kept coming at me with a ton of sass. I hate when a female is a complete doormat, so that probably plays a big roll into my heroines. Damon is growly but very sweet when it comes to Michelle. He also has a bad habit of stalking her a bit.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
I just thought about people that I would actually want to hang out with. I would also love to own a bakery and who doesn't love a hot man in uniform?
Where did you come up with the names in the story? It's kind of funny. I was pregnant with my third when I started writing the first book. We didn't know the sex yet, so I was going through websites with baby names. A few names stuck out at me, that my husband completely vetoed. They ended up as my characters. I was determined to have those names one way or another.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Finishing it....seriously. It's a process that makes you want to beat your head against the wall and question why you decided to start this in the first place. But once you type "THE END", there is no better feeling of accomplishment.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Michelle loves her friends and family. Her kitchen is her world. She loves her life but once her best friend had a baby, she really began feeling the pangs of missing out on a great relationship. Damon, well he's been a bit obsessed with her but felt like he wasn't good enough for her. So, he sort of stayed away. He's moody and growly and wonderfully anti-social. Together, they make a sweet and hilarious couple that truly proves that opposites attract.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
I was with a publishing company at the time and they came up with it.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I'm really happy with it and I think that it helps set up the others in the series.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that you can't please everyone and to just write how you want. I write the books that I would want to read myself. My style of writing doesn't necessarily appeal to everyone and I'm okay with that. It took away a lot of pressure that I had put on myself to try to make the stories pleasing for anyone and everyone.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just to be kind when reading and reviewing. Most indies authors do a lot of it themselves. We don't have the backing of huge publishing houses. There is always going to be something that we missed no matter how many betas we had or how many times it was edited.
How did you come up with name of this book? I thought about how addicted Damon is to Michelle and it just clicked for me.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
My favorite part is when Michelle tells Damon that it doesn't matter if anyone else respects her because she has a ton of respect for herself. I feel that in a lot of books these days, the heroine is either a doormat or just meek and always questioning their worth. I hate that! I want my ladies to be kick butt! I want them to know that this guy isn't the end all and that if they wanted or needed to, they could get someone who truly deserves them.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I think that it would be Michelle. I would love to spend the entire day in a huge kitchen baking. That would be awesome.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
They came from my imagination. These are people in my mind that I kind of wish were real because I would really want to be friends with them.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
I think that they kind of hijack the story. A lot of what happens in the books was not how I originally planned it out. They kind of just go their own way and I'm sort of just along for the ride. I think this book is a must read for anyone who wants to read about the girl getting the hot guy...after making him grovel. This book has it all really, comedy, love suspense and deep friendships. There's a little something in it for everyone.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
I'm currently in the process of writing 2 other books.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
What book do you think everyone should read?
I love the Wall of Winnipeg and Me.
How long have you been writing?
Only a few years. When I became a Stay At Home Mom, I needed an outlet for just me.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
They come to me all at once and then I write them.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I've looked up police procedures, as well as different recipes for this book.
Do you see writing as a career? I would love for it to be, but realistically I don't know if it will happen. It's extremely tough being an author. Just getting seen is kind of hit or miss.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
I think that it's very difficult. It's great to be able to self publish. But being the only one really promoting your work is tiresome and very time consuming. You spend money advertising and see very little ROI. But I still enjoy being able to make all of the decisions. You don't get that with a traditional publisher.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I love romance, paranormal, alien and vampires are my dirty little secret. There is something about a huge alien with nothing but muscle who falls in instalove with his mate. I also really love cozy mysteries. Whenever I read something with too much angst, I usually go to a cozy to recharge.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I prefer having silence. It's difficult to concentrate, especially if one of my kids is constantly up in my face. I tend to type what they're saying instead of what I actually want.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I try to stick to one at a time, but I will add to another if something really good comes to me that I don't want to forget.
Pen or type writer or computer?
Computer all the way!
Tell us about a favorite character from a book. Cimil from Mimi Jean Pamfiloff's Accidentally series is amazing! I have never laughed so hard, than I have at her.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I needed something for myself and this was a great way to have that. I definitely think that it was the right decision, even if I think that it was a little crazy some days.
Advice they would give new authors?
Write what you want to, not what you think others want.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first? What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I write it all at once. I like for it to just flow and see where the story takes me. I feel like people become too obsessed with sticking to an outline and that it kills some of the joy of writing the story.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
I am a huge procrastinator. I can find a million things to do that have nothing to do with writing. I really have to sit down and actually write and even then I get distracted with random things.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A little of both. I write how and what I want but do try to keep in mind that not everyone will like it. I do try to keep a good balance.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Start sooner! I wish I had done this years ago!
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Getting their speech patterns and mannerisms correct. Men have such a different way of thinking from women that it can be some what challenging to write something from a mans point of view.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I would love to say 2 months. But honestly probably like 3 or 4 months. Some days I'll write 5 to 6 thousand words and than not open up my document for a week. I really need to get a better schedule when it comes to writing. Or maybe go see a doctor about me possibly having ADD. Whichever.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Absolutely! Some days words just flow and others I stare at the screen for hours wondering why I torture myself.
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