Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Character interview by Anna James + Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome back to the blog Anna James, who to celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Business of Love, sat down to interview its hero: Dante! Please give them a warm welcome! 

Anna James: Today we have Dante Leone with us, the hero from THE BUSINESS OF LOVE – Book 1 Forevermore Series. Welcome Dante! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Dante: Hello. Thank you for having me here today. My name is Dante Leone. I’m 34 years old. I’m a financial accountant, and recently relocated from New York City back to my home town of Los Angeles after inheriting one third of the Baker intestment firm, which I helped build from the ground up.

Anna James: Can you tell us a little about your story THE BUSINESS OF LOVE by Anna James?

Dante: THE BUSINESS OF LOVE is about overcoming your past and learning to trust again. This sometimes sweet, sometimes sexy story has enough mystery and suspense to keep you turning the pages.

Anna James: Tell us about Sophia Hamilton. How did you meet?

Dante: I met Sophia six years ago at an investment seminar. I fell hard for her but things ended badly when I learned she lied to me. She was only nineteen to my twenty-eight. Worse, she was my new boss’s daughter.

Anna James: What drew you to her?

Dante: Her breathtaking smile and shimmering emerald green eyes caught my attention the moment I laid eyes on her sitting in the front row of the asset management seminar Baker Investments had cosponsored along with other financial companies. Her sparkling laugh sent the blood coursing through me, and ignited a fire deep within.

Anna James: When did you know Sophia was the one for you?

Dante: I knew six years ago when we first met, but her deception hit hard, especially after what I’d been through just before we met. It took a while for me to admit to myself that I still loved her after we reconnected.

Anna James: What do you regard as the lowest depth of your misery?

Dante: When I believed Sophia would marry her childhood friend, Trey Jackson. I drove her away because I was afraid to trust her. Afraid of getting my heart broken. Again.

I thought to myself, I can’t lose her. She’s the best thing that ever happened to me. How the hell am I going to fix this?

Anna James: Can you share a scene in your book with us?

“Ho-ly shit!” Not only had the bastard wrecked Sophia’s car, he’d stolen the art collection and Sophia’s things, as well.

“Good morning to you, too.”

He glanced up. His sister, India, sauntered into the kitchen. “I didn’t hear you come in.”

She dropped the newspaper down on his computer keyboard, ambled over to the coffee pot and poured a cup.

Dante turned to face her and sighed. “You’re still not talking to me?”

She glared at him. “Right now, I’d say I’m the least of your troubles.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

India gave him a saccharin sweet smile and glided out of the room.

Women! Would he ever figure them out? He turned back to the table and snatched up the paper, intending to toss it in the trash. The image on the front page stopped him dead in his tracks. “Son-of-a-bitch!”

A picture of Trey kissing Sophia stared back at him. The headline screamed up at him. Sophia…engaged to Trey?

“Over my dead body.”

Anna James:  Anything else you want to share with our readers?

Dante: Yes! Are you interested in winning a signed copy of the book?

Sign up for Anna’s newsletter here between now and September 30, 2015. She’ll do a random drawing on October 1, 2015 and choose 3 winners and post them on her blog (US entrants only – sorry.) Good Luck!

Anna James: Thank you, Dante, for sharing some of your story. Look for THE BUSINESS OF LOVE by Anna James and find out if Dante and Sophia find their happy ever after. 

The Business of Love by Anna James

Book #1 in the Forevermore series

Behind their united front, they’re butting heads—and fighting their hearts.

Sophia Hamilton can’t believe her late stepfather split the family firm three ways. With her hard-earned master’s degree, she and her stepbrother, Allen, are perfectly capable of running the firm. Instead, she’s forced to share the reins with Dante Leone. The man who split her heart in two.

Six years ago Sophia fell hard for Dante, but when he discovered she was a starry-eyed nineteen to his twenty-eight, he shut her out. Worse, Allen’s defection from the firm has left Dante with controlling interest.

Dante is having a tough time seeing Sophia as anything other than the woman who lied to him. Yet her resignation isn’t the moral victory he intended. He feels her absence deep in his heart—and the company plunges deeper into turmoil.

Sophia returns on one condition: equal partnership all the way. But their redoubled efforts aren’t working. And soon it becomes clear someone is bent on destroying not only her stepfather’s legacy, but any chance of a future with Dante.

Warning: Contains a no-nonsense hero who thinks he can manage his heart as easily as he manages money, and the one woman capable of adjusting his risk tolerance for love.

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Anna James writes heartwarming contemporary stories with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and live happily ever after. She has been writing professionally since 2010, is a member of RWA, CTRWA (Connecticut Romance Writers of America), CORW (Charter Oak Romance Writers) and RWA Contemporary Romance Writers. Publishing credits include two category length novels, five novellas and one short story.

Anna is married to a wonderful husband who spends countless hours picking up the slack around the house so she can pursue her dream of writing, and is the proud mother of five fabulous children.

Although she’s lived in several locations throughout her life she now calls Connecticut home. When not writing, she can be found spending time with family and friends.

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For a chance to win yourself a copy of The Business of Love sign up for Anna’s newsletter here between now and September 30, 2015. She’ll do a random drawing on October 1, 2015 and choose 3 winners and post them on her blog.

Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on 30 September 2015!

Good luck!

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