27 September, 2014

#Giveaway & Interview :: Summerita Rhayne, #Author of Against All Rules

Summerita Rhayne loves to write sensual and emotional romance. There's no knowing when some quirky - or sometimes even not so quirky - happening in daily life might trigger her right brain and then she's off craving a new story. She loves writing characters who learn and grow and find their way out of their troubles and emotional hang-ups. Hot, sensual heroes and sassy but sweet heroines mostly fit the bill in her stories. She also believes that a touch of humor never goes amiss in a book.
She divides her time between family, job and writing - and loves winding down with music, movies and the internet!
Email her at summeritarhayne@gmail.com
Or follow via Twitter @SummeritaRhayne

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I just loved to write when I was in school. I used to write poems and articles. And because I was a voracious reader, stories began to spin out in my brain before I knew it. The next step of penning them down was inspired by the wish to emulate the many authors I admired. 

What inspires to write? 
The wish to see my name emblazoned up there with the globally established authors! But more realistically anything odd or out of way I see in daily liife flips a switch that sends imagination rolling :)

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
The idea was with me for quite a while. When I began to write after finally deciding to work seriously on a book, all the story ideas I came up with were too grand. I didn't have the nous to write them. So I was looking for more relatable characters and got back to this story’s premise. It was pretty mundane - a spin on the idea of a PA being in love with her boss. However Tahir, the boss, had a bad marriage behind him and exploring that - why it occurred - led me to two very well defined and grounded characters who hooked me to writing this story. So much that the story which was initially 50k words in length, went on to 70k+

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day? 
Well, many of them. I have about 9 manuscripts I need to rework and revise before they can reach publishng level. I’m working on one of them now.

Tell us about your writing process.
 I usually start with an idea. But I have found that it soon peters out if it’s not backed by solid characters. Tthe knowledge of writing craft tells me that iI should know my characters fully before I start writing. This can sometimes delay the start of an otherwise awesome premse. So sometimes I just start writing and that makes the characters develop and evolve slowly in the mind. Then research helps in adding more twists in the story. Once I'm into the story I can write quite quickly unless interrupted by 'life' happenng. 

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why? 
There are many but I like this beginning scene when the awareness between them is just starting to bother them. Here’s a snippet to give you some idea:

‘That wasn’t meant as a suggestion.’

But it might have been… 

Why was he looking at her with that speculative light in his eyes? 

‘Do you think I took it as one?’ she demanded. Brave words. 

‘Then we are good.’ His gaze fell on her…he was looking at her. Checking her out? She wasn’t sure because Tahir didn’t do it. He was so strictly professional that she usually had trouble keeping up. She’d felt guilty often when her attention changed from a PA to that of a woman. Which was why she had gone the other extreme…tried to conceal every wish to look more feminine…more enticing to him. Pride had made her wrap those wishes, the feminine wiles and impulses and put them away. She had tried to be every bit computer efficient to his work driven attitude. 

Now his gaze ran down her legs and dropped to her feet, stretched out in front of her. She resisted the urge to curl her toes. Could feet blush? Hers would in a second!

You have very trim ankles,’ he said. Enclosed in black straps circling them, they lay crossed and now tense and vulnerably exposed to his lingering gaze. ‘So slender and delicate.’ He added.

Was he finding her ankles sexy? After hoping for his attention – starving for it – she didn’t know if she should be pleased or annoyed that he was fixating on her ankles!

What is your most interesting writing quirk? 
That I type on my blackberry while travelling. 

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style? 
I read a lot of romance as it’s my favourite genre to write as well. So Georgette Heyer, Nora Roberts, Penny Jordan have been read in heaps. I really like the gripping story telling of Sidney Sheldon and the way of weaving a story till you feel you’re in there that is typical of Agatha Christie.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date? 
Always think why not? I’ve found that it helped me to delve into the motivations of the characters deeply and hence make them more real.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing? 
Think twice about why you want to be in writing. If it’s for any other reason than that you want to write, quit right now. 

The efficient PA out of her depth...
Samara knows getting attracted to Tahir is like asking for trouble. Not only is he her boss but he's got divorced recently and has sworn off any commitment. Short term is not on her list but temptation has never been stronger...
The man who doesn't have faith in rainbows anymore
Tahir doesn't believe in enforcing a code of conduct he cannot follow. But Samara might just make him make an exception! An affair at the office might seem a solution to his troubles but how can he avoid treading uncharted territory...?

Against All Rules
...when fire is set, it's hard to avoid the blaze... 

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Coming into her office to ask if everything was ready, Tahir stilled as his gaze found the woman with her neck arched back in abandon in the chair. What the...his jaw went slack focusing on the darting tip of a tongue moistening soft pink flesh and the expression of pure sensual enjoyment on her face. 
This wasn’t his usually staid and prim PA. Muscles clenched low in his body witnessing the sensuous slide of that tongue tip. Like he’d wandered into the live filming of some erotic edgy scene. It only needed her hair unconfined and the prim buttons on her top loosened for the picture of sexy siren to be complete. With her head thrown back like that and her chest thrust forward, full curves straining the buttons, she wasn’t less than a siren now. His gaze moved back to the promise of her lush parted mouth and it required no imagination to picture the feel of it beneath his, to picture capturing that errant tip... He inhaled. Blood rushed through his body at double the speed, surging strategically southward.

Samara became conscious of something different in her surroundings and sat up, guilt flooding her skin with warmth as she saw Tahir looking at her from his six foot vantage point, narrowed brown gaze focusing on her face. The dark brows lifted sardonically, his well shaped mouth with that velvet sheen it had, curving oh so slightly. 

‘I – I was just...’

She stopped, unable to explain and unable to decipher why she felt the temperature of the room increase till a wave of heat bounced around her body. 

He stood feet apart, every inch the inflexible, demanding boss man that he was. He was also jaw dropping handsome, looking like a honed and toned version of a male deo model. Forget the choc√≥, I could settle for a bite of that anytime. That well shaped mouth, with a fuller sensual lower lip, dark eyes, the colour of ground coffee, thickly lashed. Those spikes, he gelled his hair into as a concession to trend. No wonder women chased him any and every chance they got. 

‘I don’t pay you to indulge your time fantasizing in my office.’ He ground out, a curt edge to his deep voice, his eyes still narrowed on her face. 

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Giveaway closes on 15th October, 2014