Monday, August 26

Feature, Author Interview & Giveaway: Open Your Eyes

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Title: Open Your Eyes
Author: Jani Kay
Genre: Contemporary, Romance 
Release Date: 27th July
Purchase Link: 
Amazon US/AUS/NZ | Amazon UK 
Add to: Goodreads 




Second chances? Twisted love
triangle? Hot steamy sex? Hell YES!

Warning: 18+ Contains sex scenes and explicit language 






Synopsis



Shattered and disillusioned after separating from her
domineering husband, all Natalie wants, is a peaceful Christmas vacation in New
York City, with her 21 year old daughter, Olivia. Uncomplicated. No pressure.
Fun.


What she didn’t expect, was meeting a dangerously handsome
stranger in an art gallery. He is charming, sexy as hell, and does funny things
to her insides. Her frozen heart slowly melts as he seduces her, awakening her
deepest desires, showing her that the kind of love she craves is very possible.
She wants him as much as he wants her.

Battling his demons from the past, famous photographer
Nicholas Gallagher has successfully evaded serious relationships, earning him
the title of the world’s most eligible bachelor. But from the moment he lays
eyes on Natalie, she stirs something in him. Compelled to chase the sadness
from her vivid blue eyes, Nick is captivated by the spirited Australian beauty.


Hot romance.
Steamy sex.
Absolute perfection.


Until Natalie gets a call from home – one she can’t
ignore.  In a fateful moment the game
changes and throws her life into chaos. Gabriel, her jealous ex, wants her
back. Two powerful men want her. She is forced to make a choice that will tear
her apart.

Will Natalie make the right choice? Will she
finally find her soul mate, the one person who can look into her eyes and see
deep into her soul, everything she is and everything she desires… will she
finally open her eyes?

A Stand-alone Novel



  






Author Bio

Jani has been married for a long time to a special man, and

her two children and their partners are the sunshine in her life. She is a
voracious reader and would spend her last dollar on a book - always fascinated that
for the mere price of a book, she can escape her world for a while and see
through someone else's eyes.

Besides reading, her favorite 'thing' is traveling - she has traveled the
world, learning about the ways people live and has come to the realization that
no matter where we live, we all ultimately want the same things. Her hobby -
Scrapbooking - keeps her up till way after midnight and her usual subjects are
her family and her travels.

Ever since she can remember, Jani wanted to

write stories about people, about their lives and loves. Relationships and

Happiness - arguably the most difficult things to master in life and yet
exactly what everyone ultimately desires (in her humble opinion).





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Interview with Jani Kay



What is it that you
enjoy about writing fiction?

When I write I go into a different world. It is the purest form
of escape. Time stands still. All my senses are engaged. I am fully alive, but in
an alternative universe. It is a feeling unlike any other. Addictive.

I love peeling back the layers and discovering all that is
hidden beneath the surface of the book characters. I want to keep digging till
I get to the very core of them – of what makes them tick, their inner desires,
their conflicts and fears - searching into their very soul.
I am an observer of people and their behaviours; you will
always find me in the back corner of a café, sipping a latte, watching people,
imagining what goes on in their lives.




When did you first know
you wanted to become a writer?



My childhood dream was to be a writer - I wrote elaborate
stories with well-developed plots and characters. I told my younger brothers
stories I made up as I went, every night before bed. I have a VERY active
imagination... My writing style is the same – I am what is known as a ‘pantser’
- weaving stories by the seat of my pants, making it up as I go, letting the
characters speak for themselves. I merely record the story they show me in a
movie in my head.

As a teenager I spent school vacations reading. I would start a book in the morning and only close my eyes when done at around 3 am,
sleep a bit, wake and start the next book... I have always been a voracious
reader...

I would spend my last dollar on a book. Reading gives insight into another human being’s thoughts, expands your mind - all for the small price of a book – often less than the cost of a coffee. Amazing!


What made you write
your first book?


Fear of failure is the biggest stumbling block to realising
our dreams. All my life up until last year, I waited, thinking I had to write
something really profound. Then one day I had an AHA moment - I realised I
didn’t need to, I could simply write what I enjoyed and connected with - steamy
adult romance... seems there are an awful lot of people who like reading it...


I realised that time is fleeting, that I had do it NOW - not
waiting any longer to realise my dreams. I had to open my eyes to the
possibilities. I didn’t want to die with regrets of never having the courage to
follow my passion of writing.

Tell us about ‘Open
Your Eyes’ – your début novel.


I started writing Open Your Eyes in the air, flying between
Australia and New York in January 2013. It's a very long flight…
I’d just been to New York for New Year – to see the ball
drop in Times Square with my daughter – something on our ‘bucket list’. So a
big part of the story plays off in New York.


In Open Your Eyes, Natalie is a disillusioned
forty year old woman who is in search of inner peace and tranquillity; she
wants to escape her problems by having a fun and relaxing vacation in NYC with
her feisty daughter, Olivia. No pressure, no worries, no complications…

Natalie believes in second chances in spite of her demons. Separated
from domineering Gabriel – whose cruel and jealous ways hurt her deeply – she
still hopes for reconciliation for her family’s sake.
However, her world is turned upside down when she
unexpectedly meets a charming, seductive bachelor – the famous photographer Nicholas
Gallagher - who awakens her latent desires and sweeps her off her feet in a
delicious holiday romance.


Just as Natalie starts falling for Nick, Fate steps in. Caught
up in a heart wrenching love triangle, she is forced to make a difficult
choice. Gabriel is her first love, the man whose name and children she bears. Nick
truly sees her, deep into her soul. Both men want her. Who will she choose? Because
above all, Natalie wants a second chance at love and happiness.
So one of the issues we explore in ‘Open Your Eyes’ is how
she deals with her search for her true soul mate. Is it ever too late; are we
ever too old to stop yearning for that special connection?




Why is ‘Open Your
Eyes’ based on mature adults?


As a voracious ‘more mature’ reader, I have read a lot of
contemporary romances, particularly all the latest best-selling romances. And
although I enjoyed reading them, I sometimes couldn’t quite connect as much
with the very young heroines. I wanted to read about someone I could identify
with myself, a heroine who had a bit of life experience, who had been through
ups and downs over a few decades of life.


Natalie is forty, experienced and mature, but she still has
a LOT of living left in her. So we follow her journey in ‘Open Your Eyes’. And
yes, sex is still very hot and steamy at that age!! Probably even better, as
she is in the prime of her life...



Giveaway



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1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to read "Open Your Eyes". The synopsis makes this book grab you makes you want to read it. Thanks for the giveaway. :-)

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