It’s Definitely Hard: Q&A with Laura Kaye
By Madeline Iva
Hello lovelies! Today I’m over-the-moon because we have Laura Kaye with us for Q&A. Laura is one to watch when it comes to romance. BTW, we’re going to be on a publishing panel publishing at the Virginia Festival of the Book, Saturday, March 22nd. It’s free–and we promise to be witty and entertaining. Come check it out and say hello afterwards. ;>
MADELINE IVA: Laura, tell us all about your new book.
LAURA KAYE: Thanks! I’d love to! Hard As It Gets is the first in my sexy romantic suspense series called Hard Ink, which is about the surviving members of a disgraced Special Forces team fighting to regain their stolen honor. Hard As It Gets pairs Nick Rixey, second in command of the SF team, with Becca Merritt, the daughter of the deceased unit commander whose dirty black op led to the deaths of half the team and the discharge of the rest.
MADELINE IVA: Yes, there’s a strong military element. However, before we get to all matters military there are these h-a-r-d bodied guys who run a tattoo parlor. I’m not even into tattoos and I thought they were smokin’. How did you get into the whole tattoo thing?
LAURA KAYE: I’ve always been fascinated by tattoos, both as art and for their meaning. I have two myself—the word Imagine on my right wrist and a star with three roses inside on my right shoulder. For the Hard Ink series, I thought placing a military operation out of a tattoo shop combined two very sexy themes!
MADELINE IVA: Well, it’s pretty brilliant. How difficult is it to do research on military types? Did you have fun? Did you watch that crummy movie the army put out that was actually acted by SEALS or something?
LAURA KAYE: I’ve worked for the U.S. Navy for the past eight years as a professor of history at the Naval Academy, so working in the environment and getting to know people in the military helped. But I also did a lot of reading of military sites, watched videos of patrols and other activities that are on YouTube, and watched documentaries and military movies (and yes, I did see the one you’re referencing!).
MADELINE IVA: It’s certainly not a rah-rah portrait of the military, yet I found it all the more interesting and layered as a result. Meanwhile, as I was reading the book, I had my eye on a few potential heroes for your next novel in the series. Who’s the lucky guy?
LAURA KAYE: Good eye! The remaining SF team members will all get stories as follows:
HARD AS YOU CAN – 2/25/14 – Shane’s book
HARD TO HOLD ON TO – 8/22/14 – Easy’s book
HARD TO COME BY – 11/25/14 – Marz’s book
Untitled #5 – Spring 2015 – Beckett’s book
MADELINE IVA: Tell us about what other romance genres you write in. What led you to leave those and write contemporary suspense?
LAURA KAYE: I mostly write contemporary (Heroes, Hard Ink) and paranormal romance (Hearts of the Anemoi, Vampire Warrior Kings) and have two series in each, although the Hard Ink series definitely veered toward romantic suspense. My other contemporary series is also about Army Special Forces guys, although it’s straight contemporary, so the Hard Ink series isn’t too big of a departure. Going forward, I will write in all three, so it was more of a branching out rather than a leaving! *grins*
MADELINE IVA: Love paranormal–I’ll have to check those books out. Taking my mind back to the gutter, I’d say this book was about medium-high in terms of the steaminess. Do you write books that are even more steamy? Can you tell us about one or two of those? ;>
LAURA KAYE: I tend to write steamy in every book, using extended sex scenes with explicit imagery and language. It’s just what feels most natural and emotional to me. The books in my Vampire Warrior Kings and Hearts of the Anemoi series are very hot across the board, as is my contemporary story One Night with a Hero, which may also be my funniest book! The most erotic book I’ve written is a novella called Just Gotta Say, which is a ménage a quatres between a woman and her three male roommates. Heh.
MADELINE IVA: Yow. Wow. Going to have to check that out too.
LAURA KAYE: Thanks for having me here today!
MADELINE IVA: Laura, you’re a sweetheart, and you’re more than welcome. 🙂
Ladies, like me you’re probably drooling for more, so keep reading below to read an excerpt from Book 1 and learn a bit about Book 2.
“Edgy, sexy, and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!”
~J.R. Ward on Hard As It Gets
Read an Extended Excerpt of Book 1, Hard As It Gets
Here’s more about Laura’s current release– Book 2, Hard As You Can:
Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.
Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.
Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn’t want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can–and never let go.
About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.