On His Terms
The Arrangement Duet Book 1
by Madison Quinn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
After being burned by an ex Nicholas doesn’t trust easily. However, his refusal to have a serious girlfriend threatens everything he has spent the last five years working to accomplish. Somehow, instability in his love life has convinced the public that he can’t manage a multi-billion dollar investment firm. If he doesn’t change things quickly, he’ll risk losing everything he’s worked his entire life for.
To solve his problems, Nicholas hires Kenzie to be his pretend girlfriend. With the terms of their contract firmly in place, Kenzie is confident this arrangement will allow her to ditch at least one of the deadbeat jobs she’s endured to keep from returning to the horrors she left behind.
Keeping their arrangement completely professional slowly becomes complicated as attraction rises to the surface. Both of their futures are riding on this arrangement working and neither can afford to lose the other.
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“What the fuck do you want me to do? I can’t fucking sit here and let them question my ability to run my company and in turn handle billions of other people’s money, based upon whether or not I’m in a relationship with someone. Everyone around this table knows I am not in a committed relationship right now nor do I plan on being in one anytime soon. I keep my private life private for a reason! I don’t fucking date because I don’t want the paparazzi to see me out with different women and then gossip about them as well. This magazine, right here, is the exact reason I don’t fucking date!”
“Fuck, Alex! Did you not hear me when I said I am not in a relationship right now nor do I plan to be in one?! Where the fuck do you propose I find someone who wants to drop everything and go to events weekly, if not more often with me? Fuck, in the next month I have at least seven or eight events that I need to attend… I don’t even want to go to these things, so how the fuck can I find someone else to go?”
On Her Terms
The Arrangement Duet Book 2
“It’s just business,” billionaire businessman Nicholas Parker keeps reminding himself. But when he stares into Kenzie Rose’s eyes, runs his hands along her sexy body, any pretext of business flies out the window.
The stakes are escalating. Someone from his past is out to destroy his reputation, his business, his life. Kenzie, and their fake arrangement is the only answer. But what if the arrangement is not enough? In more ways than one? More than his business is at risk…
When the passion ignites between them, Kenzie wonders if this is more than business. And can she keep her own demons away? Can Nicholas save his business and the woman he’s falling for? The danger is real, and it’s not only his fortune he’s risking, it’s his heart, and Kenzie’s future.
Is he willing to sacrifice his heart for his career? Is he willing to sacrifice everything for the love of a woman? And what will she sacrifice? And what about their arrangement?
On Her Terms is the explosive sequel to the wildly popular On His Terms by Madison Quinn.
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She works full time in the human services industry and in her spare time she enjoys reading and writing.
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When people are late. It drives me crazy… and my husband is the biggest offender of this! If it was up to him we would be late to everything!
Where were you born/grew up at?
Born in New Jersey, I’ve moved about 27 times before I bought my first house. Mostly between NJ and PA.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
With my family.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
With a good book and a glass of wine.
How to find time to write as a parent?
Oh boy… Let’s see. I multi-task. So when the kids are sporting events I’ll type notes on my phone, but mostly I write when they’re in bed for the night. My kids are getting a little older (12, 10 and 5) so when they’re gone for a weekend with the scouts I get the most of my writing done.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I started writing stories in high school, but I think I first considered myself a writer when my first book was released.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I’ve been told The Arrangement Duet would make a good movie.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Currently I’m working on a new series: Dark Water Security. Each book will be able to be read as a standalone, but the stories will be interconnected. I have plotted four maybe five books so far in this series. All the main characters will be retired military men and women.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Hmmmm… In the Arrangement Duet, I’m considering a side story with a couple of the characters. In Dark Water Security, Alec’s story has been calling my name for the last six months now, begging to be written.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in (Name of book)?
Kenzie has had it rough. It’s one of those stories where you ask yourself can’t she ever catch a break. She was neglected by her addict mother, then turned over to her abusive grandmother until she ultimately escaped into the arms of an abusive fiancé. Once she finally got away, the only thing she wanted was to protect herself—which to her meant closing herself off from all men. She trusted no one.
On the surface it would seem that Nicholas has had it easy, especially when you compare his life to Kenzie’s. However, what you don’t know is what happened before he was adopted. While Kenzie’s story didn’t end for a long time, I don’t think Nicholas’s was any less heartbreaking. Then he made the ultimate mistake of trusting the wrong person who tried to burn him. Like Kenzie, he has severe trust issues as a result.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
For The Arrangement Duet, I honestly can’t remember how the story idea came to me. I think the beginning of the story formed when some girlfriends and I were talking about someone who married someone they barely knew. That somehow led to the question about arranged marriages. From there, the idea sort of stuck with me and the more I thought about it the more I wanted to write a story about an arranged marriage. But I wanted it to be something that grew over time, not one where two people met, got married and quickly fell in love. Because let’s face it, that’s not reality.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
Google… LOL I typed in name generator and slowly grew a list of names. Since I already had an idea of my characters in my head, it was a matter of finding a name that fit them.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Telling their story.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Nicholas—his business, his desire to be the best, to overcome what he went through.
Kenzie—to be independent, to rely on no one but herself.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
Haha… actually I didn’t. I was stuck when it came time to On His Terms. I knew the book would be a duet, so I needed a title that not only worked for the first book but also for the second. I was brainstorming with another author and we came up with On His Terms and then On Her Terms.
Who designed your book covers?
For On His Terms, I designed it and then handed it off to a designer to fine tune it. The same with On Her Terms. For both books, I knew exactly what I wanted.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think so.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I’m always learning, especially since I’m a new author.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
The Arrangement Duet, it would have to be On Her Terms, because their relationship truly grows in it.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
They all exist only in my head LOL
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Sometimes they hijack it and I need to pull the reigns in some.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
Because you need to believe that fairytales do happen. We all need to believe that good can come from darkness. Kenzie and Nicholas overcome harsh odds to find love again. Their story is not a quick and easy one, but instead is one that you’ll be able to see yourself going through.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
Yes, I have several that have been written but not yet published.
What did you edit out of this book?
I originally had a story about Kenzie’s father, one in which he was alive and she found him. As the book grew longer and longer, I realized I needed to cut out parts and that became one that was sacrificed.
How long have you been writing?
Since high school, so roughly… okay can we just say too many years? LOL Actually I took a long break after high school when I went to college and only recently got back into it.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write? Usually they come as the story develops. The main characters will often come to me at once, but it’s all the side characters that come a little more slowly.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
It depends on the book and what’s happening in the story.
Do you see writing as a career?
No, I don’t see it replacing my day job. I think it’s between a hobby and a part time job.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
I really love in the indie world. I have met so many incredibly supportive authors that I don’t think I would have found in the traditional market.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
Oh yes! I love to read. I probably read more than I write. My favorite genre is contemporary romance but I’ve also read dark romance, erotica, and paranormal romance.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
Noise… only because I’m not sure what I would do with silence. Remember I have three kids LOL
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
Usually one at a time but I’ll usually have notes jotted down for a second or third book.
Pen or type writer or computer?
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I love that books allow you to escape what’s going on in your life. It’s a way to just get away for a little while. I wanted to be able to give that to someone. I hope that I’m accomplishing that with my stories.
A day in the life of the author?
Write… question what you write… write more… question more… write more… it’s a constant repeating circle. You always end up questioning what you write. Is it good enough? Will the reader understand what you’re trying to say? Are you clear enough? Are you giving enough details? Are you giving too many details?
Advice you would give new authors?
Find people to surround yourself with. Writing can be a very lonely business and you’re going to need someone by your side.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I don’t outline, I just open a word doc and start writing. It’s odd because I’m very much a planner in my real life, but I can’t plan a book.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Not getting an editor. No matter how good your friend/significant other/cousin is at editing, pay someone and get a professional.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t give up. Keep writing and don’t throw away what you write.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Wondering if I’m accurately reflecting how a guy thinks.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Luke was written in just over a month (not including editing time). The Arrangement Duet probably four months because of the length. Editing takes another 2-3 weeks.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Oh yes!!! That’s when I walk away and start another project or put it aside and get lost in a book.
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