Kayden / Simon
(Bayou Heat Novellas)
by Alexandra Ivy
ENEMY TO LOVER
Kayden is obsessed with revenge after his parents disappeared when he was just a cub. Now the gorgeous Hunter has discovered the man responsible for betraying them – Joshua Ford – and it’s time for payback. Beginning with the kidnapping of Joshua’s daughter, Bianca. But last thing he expects is to be confronted with the horrifying realization that Bianca is his mate. Will he put revenge before his chance for eternal happiness?
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Sexy male model, Simon refuses to give up his exciting life in New York City to return to the slow heat of the Wildlands. For a decade, many pantera have tried to capture the rogue Diplomat and bring him home, but all have failed. Now it’s Tryst’s turn. The hard, brilliant, and gorgeous, Hunter is the ultimate tracker. But can the admitted beast-girl of the Wildlands capture her prey without losing her heart in the process?
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An Exclusive Interview With Alexandra Ivy & Laura Wright:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I loved Kayden and Bianca and Simon and Tryst. Both couples are smoking hot and I so enjoyed reading them. How did you choose them for this novella?
Alexandra: Sometimes I chose characters because of the ongoing story ARC. Especially in our Bayou world. But this time, I came up with Kayden and his inner conflict, then built the story around it! I really love having characters with resolute goals and then shaking them up 😉
Laura: As some know, I am all about the emotion. So that’s where I go first in character. I ask myself what happened to Simon in the past? To Tryst? What drives them to act, speak, suffer the way they do? I just love that. The darker the betterJ So for Tryst I needed someone who had closed herself off from the world – like the hero – but for a very different reason. Hiding yourself away can’t protect you from the power of love, right? It was my theme for SIMON 🙂
I love your Pantera world so much! If you could pick a real life place for the setting of the Wildland’s where would it be?
Alexandra: I actually lived in Louisiana for four years, and I loved spending time in the wetlands. It’s like traveling to another world. The stillness, the thick air, the sense of being watched by unseen predators. So I would definitely put the Wildlands in the bayous of Louisiana.
Laura: Thank you! We love it too, and boy has it evolved over the past few years. I adore the bayous of Louisiana as well. The wet air and slow moving water… the heat. It is a perfect setting for our wild cats. 🙂
If you had to choose a character you wrote to go be stranded on a deserted island with the other, who would it be and why?
Alexandra: Okay, I’m going to cheat a little, but I would love to see Raphael be stranded on an island with Laura’s, Xavier. The two are such delicious alpha characters and when I write scenes where they are together I can actually feel the sparks of conflict. It’s so much fun!!
Laura: Ha! I love Alex’s answer!! Lol… Boy this is hard. I might fall in line with Alex and pick Dr. Julia and Ashe. Those girls need a break, some sun, sand and ME time. And seriously, they wouldn’t be stranded for long. Raph and Parish have excellent noses. They could sniff out their mates in no time.
I love that two amazing and dynamic authors work together. It’s such a treat for the readers. Are there ever any challenges to working together?
Alexandra: It has been amazingly easy! Really, and truly. Our only problem has been scheduling. We’re both super busy with other projects, so getting our timing together is sometimes a battle lol.
Laura: Oh, I wish I had some drama to share. J I don’t know what it is about Alex and I. It’s like perfect, chill chemistry. Except maybe when we do our Battle of the Hotties on Facebook. She just won’t accept that my Pantera are hotter than hers. Poor Alex…
Ok, so for 2016 I am going to be playing Mad Libs with the 1,001 Dark Nights authors for a bit of fun! Here is the list of words for your Mad Libs titled “My Dream Man”:
My “dream man” should, first of all, be very tender and funny. He should have a physique like Chris Hemsworth, a profile like Robert Downy Jr., and the intelligence of a puma. He must be polite and always remember to protect my confident, to tip his trustworthy, and to take my eyes when crossing the street. He should move charming, have a wicked voice, and always dress silently. I would also like him to be a brilliant dancer, and when we’re alone, he should whisper sexy nothings in my forearms and hold biceps. I know a cocky man like this is hard to find. In fact, the only one I can think of is Daniel.
Alexandra Ivy is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Alexandra: “I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library.
Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.
Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!
I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes
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Laura Wright is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Laura: “Unlike many of my peers in the writing world, I wasn’t a writer or a reader until I left high school. During my youth I was into theater, song and dance, commercials and boys. I loved romance surely, but I had never read a romance novel until my late teens. With that said, I remember the day I did like it was a moment ago – my aunt gave me the Jude Deveraux novel, Knight in Shining Armor and I couldn’t put it down until the very last word. Then I went straight to the library and got another – then another until I’d read everything she’d ever written. After that, it was McNaught, Howard, Schone, Kleypas, and the Silhouette line, Desire. I instantly loved those emotional, sexy reads, so much so that I began to carve out ideas for my own stories, themes that were unique to me and moved me. In 1997 I enrolled in UCLA extension writing classes, met my mentor and critique partners and since have never stopped writing. I was committed then and I still am now; the need to tell my own romantic stories a full on obsession. My first manuscript was rejected, and though the second one was as well the editor who’d rejected it wanted to see something else from me. I had something (note to authors; always keep working, even after you’ve sent in a proposal) and sent it right away. The day I got the call telling me Desire wanted to buy Cinderella and the Playboy was the best day of my life. That is until I married my husband, and had my two beautiful children. But I must say, writing is much like motherhood – tough, grueling, surprising, delicious and for me, a dream come true.”
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