Q-and-A with Naima Simone and Contest

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I’m talking about my Sentinels worldbuilding method today over at Christina McKnight’s blog. Stop by to enter for a special blog-only prize, as well as enter the Rafflecopter for the May tour prizes!

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Please join me in welcoming my good friend and author Naima Simone to Preternatura today! Naima is dropping by today as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her latest book, Secrets and Sins: Raphael: A Secrets and Sins novel (Entangled Ignite). Secrets and Sins: Raphael was published on April 28th, by Entangled Publishing and is the third book in Naima’s A Secrets and Sins series. They’re hot! Believe me, you’ll love them.

Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Linda Howard many years ago. Though her first attempt at writing a romance novel at age 11 never saw the light of day, her love of romance and writing has endured. Now, she spends her time creating stories of unique men and women who experience the dizzying heights of passion and the tender heat of love. She is wife to Superman—or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent—and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States. You can learn more about Naima by visiting her website, on facebook, by visiting her blog and by following her on twitter.


ABOUT SECRETS AND SINS: RAPHAEL: When Greer Addison finds her future husband in bed with another woman, she runs…right into the arms of dark and dangerous Raphael Marcel. Angry and hurt, she throws caution to the wind and spends a hot night with the sexy security specialist. But when her fiancé is found dead, Greer becomes the main suspect of a crime she can’t remember. Raphael is stunned and suspicious when Greer shows up on his doorstep claiming she’s carrying his baby. Worse, she’s the target of a stalker bent on making her pay for a murder she doesn’t recall. As Raphael begins to trust Greer, they must race against the clock to uncover a killer. Because Greer’s memory is returning…

And now, let’s hear from Naima…

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
Oh God. I have to pull out my “quilting” notes for this one. Okay, here I go… *deep breath* “After breaking off her engagement to a cheating ex, a socialite spends a hot night with a sexy security specialist, ends up pregnant, the number one suspect of a murder she has no memory of, and stalked by a vengeful assailant who desires retribution…and her life.” Technically, that was two sentences but, um…

[Suzanne sez: I do a plotting workshop themed around quilting, just so that quilting reference makes sense. LOL.]

Describe your favorite scene in the book? Why is it your favorite?
I had to mull over this one. Since I’m a romantic—my husband would fall off the couch laughing at that one!—I’d have to say one of my very favorite scenes was when Greer suffered from a terrible migraine because of her memory returning, and Raphael cared for and held her. After she woke, they lay together on her bed and traded war stories about scars on their bodies. She has one on her knee that she received after “running away from home” when she was a kid and had just been diagnosed as dyslexic. Raphael kissed the scar and goes on to kiss the others, in his own way soothing the pain her mother was too negligent to do all those years ago. It’s one of my absolute favorites because up until this point Raphael has been sarcastic and guarded. He’s already vowed to protect her and the baby, but he doesn’t trust her. Yet, when she’s in pain, and he hears the hurt in her voice over the things she’s suffered, he lowers those walls to comfort her. For the first time, he softens and allows her in—even if it’s just a tiny bit. The scene had humor, emotion, and sensuality. It was amazing to write, and so wonderful to read afterward.

Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
Like ever? Because the honors would have to go to my first erotic love naima simonescene. It opened the book with a line that took me an hour to type. The line was “Suck me, baby. I need your mouth on me.” I wrote it. Deleted it. Wrote it. Deleted it. I was blushing so hard and saying to myself, “I can’t write that!” So that first scene…Whew! I had to get out of myself, my insecurities and doubts, and write that thing. It was difficult. But now? Now they have to tell me to dial back on the pages, f-bombs, p and c words…Snicker.

[Suzanne nods. I still hate writing those scenes and delete more than I keep!]

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
On my nightstand? Inhaler, stack of books, cup of coffee in a fairy mug, keys, headphones, and a 24-pack of Wal-Dryl. Sigh. The medication of champions. At the top of my TBR pile is Hard to Hold by Incy Black.

Favorite book when you were a child:
Hands down, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis! It’s still my favorite book!

Your five favorite authors:
Oooh. Okay, I can do this…
Nalini Singh. Linda Howard. Sandra Brown. Kresley Cole. Julie Garwood.

Book you’ve faked reading (Moby Dick is the most frequently given answer!)
ROFL!! Is it sad that I have a couple? I blame it on the required reading list in school. Call of the Wild and Little Women. Oh and Catching Fire. Buuut I have a really good excuse! My son had to read it for his class, and so I had to pretend like I’d already read it to catch him out there in case he hadn’t. I went to Wikipedia and read what happened… It was for a good cause!

[Muttering, Suzanne digs out a copy of Little Women to mail to Naima. This is a travesty!]

Book other than your own for which you’re an evangelist:
I’m going to cheat. But I would go out in dusty robes, Jesus sandals with locusts and honey and dreads for Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. It’s brilliant, gut-wrenching, sexy, daring, exciting, surprising…did I mention, brilliant? Oh, Nalini Singh, if you had a temple I’d dance nude in it!

[I’m speechless. But I really am going to have to read her!]

Book that changed your life:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It made me want to write. Still does.

Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Son of the Morning by Linda Howard. I read it every year, but I clearly remember reading it the first time, and oh man! I thought my head had exploded! Who needs crack?? I mean, I don’t, but I’m just sayin’…

Most horrifying moment while reading a book:
I was in the bathroom reading—y’know, the library—and I heard my daughter crying. Like screaming. My heart leapt in my chest! At that moment I had to decide: A). finish the chapter or B). go see what’s obviously killing her. It was a close call… Oh. Do you mean in a book? Because that would be when Dumbledore died in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I was depressed and mad about that for days!

[Don’t leave us hanging–what was up with your daughter?! LOL. I had to re-read the Dumbledore scene twice, and then call a friend to decide if I’d read it right.]

Favorite book about books or writing:
Break Into Fiction by Mary Buckham and Dianna Love. They have freakin’ templates! Love this book!

What’s next?
I’m so excited because Secrets and Sins: Raphael, the third book in my Secrets and Sins series from Entangled Publishing, just came out. And the fourth, and last, book is in edits right now. Chayot will be out in July. Last week I submitted a proposal for a contemporary romance to my editor, so I’m keeping my fingers, toes and legs crossed on that—my husband’s really disappointed about the leg-crossing thing but hey! We all have to sacrifice for art! I’m also working on the third book in my Breathlessly Ever After series for Ellora’s Cave Publishing. This one is based on The Ugly Duckling. I loooove fairy tales. Sigh. Especially with some hot sex thrown up in there. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

You can purchase a copy of Secrets and Sins: Raphael by clicking on one of the following:

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Thanks Naima! There is a tourwide giveaway of a gift basket—a book reading relaxation kit which includes a journal, a coffee mug, coffees, etc. In order to be entered for a chance to win the gift basket, leave a comment and then enter below.Then, just because I love this fellow Southern author so much, I’ll pick one commenter to win their choice of Naima’s Secrets and Sins ebooks. Just share what’s on YOUR nightstand? I have a bottle of lotion, a lamp, a clock, a Kindle Fire, and two flash drives. Don’t ask.

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29 thoughts on “Q-and-A with Naima Simone and Contest

  1. i do enjoy reading Nalini singh ( and i will perhaps meet her soon*finger crossed*) let see on teh nightstand: alamarm clock and the next 2books i plan to read ( if i dobn’t disgress and go pick anopther one first as i tend to do^^;;)

    your favourite scene does sound terribly cute and romantic, thank you for sharing it a little with us

    • Hi, Miki!
      Isn’t Nalini Singh wonderful? Sigh. =) I laughed when I read your comments about the 2 books on your nightstand–if you don’t digress to another one. I do that all. The. Time. LOL! It’s that doggone one-click’s fault!!

      Thank you so much for coming by and meeting me today! Have an awesome Friday!

  2. Loved your story about your daughter and Dumbledore! I’m also a big Nalini Singh fan. Your series looks interesting and I will have to add it to my TBR pile.

    • Hi, Liz!
      I’m like the hyenas in Lion King when someone says her name. “Oooh, Nalini Singh. Say it again.” LOLOL!! I’m expecting my TRO in the mail any day now… Snicker!

      Thank you a TON for coming by and meeting me! And I hope you enjoy the series!! =) Happy Friday!

  3. Nalini has gone off the boil for me but I still love Kresley Cole. However, I could be persuaded to give her another try if you dance naked in a temple, (I would require photographic evidence, not that it would ever enter my head that you would cheat)

    • Hiii, Lorraine! *waving*
      *gasp* Whaaat?? No Nalini?? *grabbing smelling salts* ROFL! I love Kresley Cole! Between my sister and I we have all the books in the Immortals After Dark series, AND her YA series, The Arcana Chronicles? Per. Fec. Tion. And *double gasp* I would never cheat! The very thought… BUUHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! *evil grin*

  4. I love, love, love Nalini Singh! I’m definitely more of a fan of her Guild Hunters series, although I lvoe to do re-reads of the Psy-Changelings.

    Okay, on the nightstand are alarm clock, kindle book light, chapstick and tiny plate with earrings & wedding rings. So VERY exciting, lol.

  5. Hi, Rebe!
    I ADORE her Guild Hunter series! I’m impatiently awaiting the next one. =) The beauty–and evil–she describes just leaps from the pages. And OMG, can that woman weave a romance! I’ve had so many “sigh” moments there should be a permanent groove on my top lip! Hee-hee! And I think the items on your nightstand are veeerrry exciting…and functional… LOLOLOL!!

    Thank yooouu for stopping in and meeting me today!

  6. My nightstand’s pretty bare. I have a clock, a lamp, and a flashlight.

    • I translate “bare” to mean “clean”. Because, Sandy, if you took one look at mine you would probably be like WT@#*&$?!?! ROFL! Yeah, one wrong move and spillage. =)

      Thank you for coming over, Sandy! Happy Friday!!

  7. I have a kindle, lotion, Kleenex box, phone charger, and four books (top one is The Undead Pool)

    • Hi, Dawn!
      I’m noticing a trend here with either a Kindle or books or both! Hmm…wonder why? Hee-hee! *glancing over* We have the Kindle and books in common, Dawn! High five! LOL!

      Thank you so much for coming by and visiting with me! Have an awesome Friday!

    • My kinda girl! LOL! And if one of those books is Nalini Singh’s I might trade you my twin in for you! =)

  8. Thank you for sharing with us. I have to admit that I laughed out loud at your elevator pitch – awesomely quick on your feet are you! I loved that you include Julie Garwood in your faves, she so often is overlooked and she has put out some wonderful work; some of which I still revisit when I want to experience certain emotions what a gift. I wish you all the best with your journey and Raphael’s story sounds like a fun read; congratulations on this new release 🙂

    • Hey, Denise!
      And thank yoouu! *batting eyelashes* I swear, if it wasn’t for Suzanne’s plotting workshop, that would’ve been extremely painful…not to mention a paragraph long. LOL!! Oh, yes!! I love Julie Garwood! Honor’s Splendor, Ransom, The Gift, The Lion’s Lady…I can go on and on. She is one of the authors responsible for making me fall headlong in love with romance. She’s awe-SOME!

      Thank you for the congrats on the release and for coming through on this Friday to make a needy woman feel special. =) LOLOL!!

  9. I’ve been wanting to read this series! I seriously need to move them up on the wishlist. 🙂 I have so much stuff on my nightstand! Books, lotion, chapstick, alarm clock and lamp.

  10. Okay, first, let’s get this outta the way… Cooool name! Vamped Chick. Yeah, loving it! =)

    Yaay, I’m so glad Secrets and Sins is on your radar! Hold on, hold on. *thunk* Did you see that? I just kicked the book waaay up your wishlist! LOL!! Same here on the books and lamp! How could I forget the lamp. Sheesh. But the alarm clock. They’re the devil! LOLOL!!

    Thank you so much for coming by and meeting me! Have a fabulous Friday!

  11. I knew you were gonna be fun, Naima! Thanks so much for being here today on a rainy Friday for me–don’t know what the weather’s doing up your way!

    • Hi, Suzanne!
      Thank you so much for having me here at your blog! I’ve had a ball today! The fun has so made up for the rain, rain and more rain. =) And to answer your question about what was wrong with my daughter while I was in the bathroom AKA The Library? My son had turned the television channel away from some show she was watching. I ask you, is that a reason to scream bloody murder? It’s a good thing I decided to finish the chapter… Please don’t call CPS on me… LOLOL!!

    • Hi, Theresa!
      Choosing those were hard, too, because there are so many I absolutely adore! But yeah, when I think back over the 20 plus years I’ve been reading romance, those 5 have played such a huge presence and influence. They’re some awesome authors!

      Thanks so much for coming by, Theresa!! Hope you’re having a wonderful Friday!

  12. Wow! Raphael Secreats and Sins sounded so good I couldn’t resist buying it! Thanks for the heads up on this good read 🙂

    • Hi, Carol!
      Yay! I’m so glad you went with your emotions on this one. =) LOL! I hope you enjoy RAPHAEL! And thank you so much for coming through, stopping to read my ramble of thoughts and commenting! LOL! Have an awesome Friday and weekend!

  13. Love!! I am dying to read all 3 books in your series Naima!! Actually I am off to get the first two now…I already have the new release. I LOVE Nalini, Kresley, Linda and Julie as well.

  14. Hiiii, Stacy! *waving*
    Thank yooouuu! I’m so not surprised we have the same fave authors in common. Not after reading the kind of heroes you write. Sigh. If anyone hasn’t read Stacy Reid’s new release, The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding, then you are missing a hot, romantic treat with a brooding, sexy Duke and a kick-ass heroine!

    Thank you so much for coming over and visiting with me! Have a fab-u-lous weekend! =)