by D.B. James Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rhys lives a life of solitude — one he’s perfectly content with. That is until his friend Vinny is found murdered. There are secrets and half-truths at every corner, but he’s determined to find out what happened.
Averill is exactly where she wants to be in life after years of running. She’s opened her own boutique and can finally breathe again. She thought she was safe… until her world collides with the dark shadows of Rhys’.
When he unknowingly puts her in the path of a serial killer, will he be able to protect her? Even if it means becoming the killer he’s trained to be?
Wishes and dreams were two things Averill was always taught to not put too much stock in, but here she is, just days away from marrying her childhood crush. Everything is perfect—that is, if you don’t count the unwanted (but loved) houseguest, her delay in asking her father to give her away, the grueling task of unraveling the mystery behind Rhys’ letters, and the looming feeling that something is missing in her life.
When it finally hits her just what it is, she knows she’ll have an uphill battle to get everyone on board. They’ll say it’s too soon, will say she’s insane, but she knows it’s what she wants.
She’s just hoping Rhys will too.
I am Brant Ashley, and this is my truth.
I am a liar.
For nearly a decade, I’ve withheld the truth from my best friend, whom I consider to be a brother. The lies I told him aren’t the only lies I’ve been telling.
My whole life is a lie.
I am a killer.
Think I’m lying? Yeah, most people would side with you. I’m good at covering my deceit with more lies. People think they know me, but no one truly does.
Except for her.
She’s the first person to ever see me clearly, to see through my lies to the truth hidden behind my steel blue eyes.
I am Brant Ashley, and this is my truth.
D.B. James is an indie author of new adult romance and romantic suspense. In her spare time, she’s an avid reader. Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher, Teagan Hunter, KA Tucker, Linda Kage, Renee Carlino, Jennifer Armentrout, Sarah J Maas, and Samantha Young are a few of her obsessions. She is a mother to one spoiled rotten fur baby named Frasier. He’s a bicolored Persian cat who thinks he’s royalty and can’t be told otherwise. She’s a Michigan girl through and through but currently resides in sunny Florida. Sarcasm, Supernatural (team Sam!), Harry Potter, and coffee are among her favorite things.
Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: I’ve considered myself a writer since high school, so, half of my life. I didn’t consider myself an author until I hit publish on my first novel a little under 2 years ago.
Q: Where did you come up with the names in the story?
A: Rhys (Reese) came from one of my favorite series by Sarah J Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses. His name is Rhysand and he goes by Rhys at times, but it’s not pronounced Reese like my character.
Averill, the spelling of her name is unique. The name is the same as Avril Lavigne when it comes to being pronounced. The spelling came from an episode of 48 Hours. Same name, different spelling.
Brant, he was never supposed to have his own story. In my mind he was a secondary character who was going to be in the background. So, when I named him it was a shortened version of my nephew’s name, Brantley.
Q: How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
A: The title for Seventeen Days came to be as I writing it. The hero dares the heroine not to fall in love with him in, you guessed it, Seventeen Days.
Q: What is your favorite part of this book? Why?
A: In Rhys, the whole book. Why? Because it’s told in its entirety by him, a male POV. It’s not something we see much of when it comes to romantic suspense novels.
In Averill, the scene inside the Blue Grotto, but also the epilogue. The most fun I’ve had while writing was her novella.
In Brant, chocolate covered cherries. Period.
Q: If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
A: Oddly enough my books actually do have candles being made. I’m working with Book Boyfriend Candles, to make them come to life in scents. Harrison (Seventeen Days) will be a crisp ocean scent. Julian (Love, Snow & Mistletoe) is a sweet wine scent. Rhys is peanut butter. And Brant, well he’s a chocolate covered cherry scent.
Q: What book(s) do you think everyone should read?
A: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover, Brightside by Kim Holden, A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole, the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas, and Worth It by Linda Kage.
Q: If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
A: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, end, period.
Q: Advice you’d give to new authors?
A: Write daily, write down every idea, every name, every thought pouring into your brain. Just write, write, write. Also finding the right editor is key. Contact them and ask if they’ll edit a sample of your work, make sure you mesh before hiring them. Cheap is not always better, but neither is pricey, find what works for you. As far as covers go, have a cover that’ll draw the reader’s attention from the start. No matter what people say, they are judging your book by its cover.
Q: What are you currently reading?
A: Currently, I’m reading an ARC of Linda Kage’s “Kissing the Boss: A Cinderella Story” and am loving it! Recently, I had two spine surgeries and Linda—whom I never talked to on an author to author basis, or even a personal one—sent me a get-well gift. It’s spiraled into my asking her to take part in my release day party for Brant. And it keeps going. I’m hoping to one day call her…friend.
Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A: Normally a month. Brant however, I wrote in 11 days.
Q: What can we expect from you in the future?
A: I have a few releases planned for 2018. First up will be Brant (Feb. 22) followed up by Written in the Sand (May 9th). Afterwards I plan on revising and re-editing Seventeen Days for it’s two-year pubiversary. And I’ll finish the year out with Stars in the City (Nov. 14). And I may have a secret project being released in June or July, just in time for Book Bonanza.
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