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Author Q&A ft Athina Paris | Author Spotlight Book Tour | Romantic Suspense

The author spotlight tour for Athina Paris  stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. Be sure to enter for a chance to win ...

The author spotlight tour for Athina Paris stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon or a swag pack (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

What inspired you to write this book?
I’m an observer by nature so I decided to write about relationships, and not just the romantic kind. Dynamics change through time and that has always been something I pay attention to.

What can we expect from you in the future?
More romances, but I’m also working on a fantasy.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
In Love & Madness there are three fascinating but different women. Sofia is a sweet, trusting girl when the story begins, but quickly learns that life is sometimes a horrid ride. Christie and Gloria are cousins and there is a bit of rivalry between them. But after some trying experiences, they learn to trust and depend on each other. All three are dealt a nasty hand by becoming involved with the Powell men, but instead of becoming cynical, they do their best, and become better human beings.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in your books?
A few are naïve and too trusting, while some don’t trust others at all. It creates a good premise for challenges. Most of my work involves secrets, lies, and manipulations, to show how devastating they can be when used as weapons. I wanted to delve into crazy love and obsessions; neither is good when taken to the limit.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
I come from a Mediterranean(fiery lot) background so I’ve seen this kind of behavior in my own life.

Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I have a little book filled with names, surnames, and some exotic ones. I think about the story, the location—a name must fit into a specific culture as well, what I want each character to do, say them aloud, and go from there.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Creating the mysteries, secrets, and lies that catapulted and entangled the characters.

Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
They all want love/happiness and try to get it their own way, but sometimes there are obstacles they need to overcome. Where that goes wrong is when feelings are not reciprocated and the rejected person refuses to accept an emphatic NO, causing untold grief.

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
Love & Madness speaks of the simplicity and yet complicated state that love is.

Who designed your book covers?
I sit with the publisher and discuss my vision. I happen to like down-to-earth designs, so we quickly come to an agreement.

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When Dani Smiled
by Athina Paris
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Stranded on the side of a highway, Dani, a young fashion designer and IT expert, calls to reschedule an important interview, only to discover that her future boss is in the hospital. Nicholas, playboy and heir to Galfrey’s, can't help but be intrigued by the young woman's voice on the phone and races to her rescue.
Attraction is immediate and mutual, but whereas Nicholas has never waited for anything in his life, Dani quickly dampens his enthusiasm by refusing to be rushed into a casual liaison.
Sams is handsome, ambitious, and rich, but also self-centred, with huge self-entitlement issues, manipulative, and believes Dani belongs to him. A master programmer, he is also no fool and realises that he is about to lose what he has never had; Dani, and so begins a dangerous stalking game. It is up to Dani not only to outsmart Sams, but also save Galfrey’s and herself, as Sams is the keeper of a secret, which he hopes will coerce her into submitting to his twisted desires.

Love & Madness
by Athina Paris
Genre: Romantic Suspense 

Benjamin Powell believes he has begun an empire. He has three sons and owns the most successful construction company. But it all begins to crumble when he chooses to manipulate their lives. Twenty-seven years later, the consequences of his decisions are still being felt.
Three women enter this world and fall in love with the Powell men – Sofia, Christie,and Gloria – they will suffer, fight, win, and lose. Can one or all find their way back to happiness; whether with the man she loves, or with someone else?

Knight Kisses
by Athina Paris
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

After losing her mother to cancer, Gabrielle swears off love. Because loving hurts too much when things go wrong. Then, she travels to Africa to meet her father - a man whose existence she was oblivious to. Before long, there is also a baby sister to look after, and intuitively she knows that she needs to protect her. Promptly, there is another tragedy, and more than ever, Gabrielle realises how wise she is to lock away her heart. But that was before she met Jonathan Knight, a man who amuses and confuses her, and Paul, his best friend, who is just as smart and funny. Through an unfortunate sequence of events, she finds herself in a troublesome situation, but being who she is, she tries to handle it alone, unwittingly sinking into a morass of danger. A solution comes in the form of Paul, who makes a harebrained suggestion, which Jonathan - for reasons of his own - grabs and presents her with the providential arrangement. Instinctively, she declines the proposal, but Jonathan is persuasive and paints a wonderful picture of security. She accepts out of need, but soon, Jonathan’s ulterior motives unravel, and nothing is as it should be. But she can’t disclose the truth, for her secret could undo the safe future she is trying to create for her little sister.

All I Ever Wanted: Jessie
by Athina Paris
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

When Jessie meets John at college, they begin a friendship that should have never happened, for the Stevens and Barrymores parted ways 60 years ago, under acrimonious circumstances.

Then, John complicates things further by taking her to the family home and hiding her identity from his family. She meets his three brothers, and soon finds herself embroiled in four very different relationships.
Which one will be the love of her life? James, the heir to the Barrymore fortune. Mathew, the heartbreaker. Mark, the one who gives her sleepless night, or John, her best friend?
But can anything meaningful come out of these fateful encounters, when it has all been started on the shaky ground of subterfuge?

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Athina Paris lives in South Africa but spent her formative years in Mozambique, where she was born and went to school. Years in convents and boarding schools prompted a deep curiosity and the need to liberate her mind, which quickly developed into an avid interest in reading and storytelling and led to a lifelong obsession with the written word and books. By fifteen she had read most of the classics, discovered ancient civilizations and became fascinated with various mythologies; a love she has kept to this day.

Raised in a culture where meddling is seen as 'caring', she became a spectator of human nature. Quiet and shy, she preferred recording conduct rather than participating in what she calls familial mass hysteria, and so built a treasure-trove of relationship observations from which she eventually drew backgrounds for the characters in her romantic novels.

She studied Interior Design, but soon felt the pull of her dormant talent and turned to Creative Writing, as she realised the significance of those notebooks packed with ideas. She soon followed it with Scriptwriting.

Set in faraway and exotic places, Athina's epic romantic work takes her characters on voyages of self-discovery while dealing with catastrophic love lives and an imperfect world.
A stint as a high school English teacher polished her skills. However, she has recently vacated the position to concentrate on her professional goals of writing, editing and proofreading.

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  1. My favorite cover is the one with the ornate picture frame and a castle!

  2. Looks like its going to be a good read. I look forward to reading this.


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