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Quintette of Questions: Nicole Field

This week’s new romance release interview is with Nicole Field:

Nicole Field

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how did you choose the title?

This book was previously published under the name Gothic. Titles are always the most difficult thing for me. I try to name books before I actually get through to finishing writing them. The unfortunate problem with that system is that, sometimes, the novel’s title doesn’t fit with the novel anymore.

That was the case with this book. After several drafts to get it to its current form, I threw aside the name Gothic, and chose Changing Loyalties.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

Oh goodness. Maybe I’m not particularly creative, as all four of these actors come from the last 10 years, but in my head, the casting of my main characters would be as follows:

Main character Dahlia: Mila Kunis
Love Interest Elliott: Ian Somerhalder
Love interest Bianca: Melissa George
Best friend Renee: Ksenia Solo

3. What five words best describe your story?

Polyamorous, paranormal romance, drama city.

4. Who is your favourite fictional couple or team?

I’ve always loved Joscelin and Phedre from Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, but I’m also a huge fan of Mercy and Adam from Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thomspson novels!

5. What song always makes you cry?

For me, that song is ‘It Can’t Rain All the Time’ by Jane Siberry, and features in the 90s movie, The Crow. Whenever I hear that song, I am filled with imagery of falling rain, darkened streets, and despair so deep that you need the reminder this song offers.

‘It can’t rain all the time
The sky won’t fall forever.’

The movie itself is so atmospheric, and I love it when a song like this one can transport you without you even needing to turn on the DVD player.

About Changing Loyalties

When Dahlia finds the body of her father, a werewolf, brutally murdered and left to die alone, she’s left with more questions and grief than answers. But who or what killed him remains unknown, and it soon becomes clear her father isn’t the killer’s only target.

Adding to the growing pile of mysteries in her life is the new job—for a company that seems to be run by the kind of people who have no qualms about murdering werewolves. Even more frustrating, Dahlia’s new boss, Bianca, is curt and rude—and far more intriguing than seems fair.

About Nicole Field

Nicole writes across the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity. She lives in Melbourne with her fiancee, two cats, and a bottomless cup of tea. She likes candles, incense and Gilmore Girls.

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Quintette of Questions: Suzanne Cass

This week’s new romance release interview is with:

Suzanne Cass

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

The name of this book is Chasing Bullets, and yes it was VERY hard to pick the title. I had a working title of Undercover, but I decided that I needed to change it, as there are so many other books out already with the title Undercover. So I went in search of a better one.

After about 20 different incarnations and three weeks of different permutations, I eventually settled on Chasing Bullets, which came up in one of the many urban dictionaries on Google as a slang version of “to take a bullet ”.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

Oooh, I love this question. I think a lot (most) authors like to keep a photo gallery of images and ideas of their characters. And this is particularly true for me, so I picked my characters, using well-known celebrities almost before I started writing them.

My hero, David Cooper, is a cocky, sardonic undercover cop, with slightly messy surfie-blonde hair and a constant three-day growth. The celebrity I picked to personify him is Eric Christian Olsen, who actually plays a cop in the TV show, NCIS LA. His goofy persona is close to my hero’s personality. And I like to think my heroine, Tara Hunter, who’s an extreme sports guide, is tall and statuesque, just like the Aussie model, Megan Gale. One of Tara’s best asset’s her beautiful big smile, and Megan Gale is world renowned for her own gorgeous big smile.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Courage, heroes, Aussie suspense and (of course) romance.

4. Who is your favourite fictional couple?

This is a really hard one. I know this might sound odd, but I’ve always loved animal stories. And one of my favourites is Milo (the cat) and Otis (the dog). I know, it’s a soppy eighties tear jerker, but how can you not cheer for those amazing animals with such a strong love for each other they’ll climb mountains and swim surging rivers to find each other again? I cry every time I watch that movie.

If I have to name a human fictional couple/team, it’d be Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games. Throughout all the trials and tribulations Suzanne Collins throws at her characters, Peeta loves Katniss unconditionally, even though Katniss won’t allow herself to admit her own feelings for him. Peeta supports Katniss through everything, even when she’s lost faith in herself. It’s such a poignant, tragic book (and movie) but you can’t help barrack for them both to come out winners (of the games and at finding love).

5. What song always makes you cry? 

James Bay has an amazing, soulful voice. His song, SCARS, always makes me think of Tara and Cooper, when she first leaves him in Sydney and runs away to Byron Bay. I always imagine Cooper staring out his hospital window, wretched and in pain, wondering what he did wrong. It’s also significant because of the scars both characters bear, both internal and external.

About Chasing Bullets

Tara Hunter’s easy life in Byron Bay is turned upside down when David Cooper, her ex-police partner, appears in town and their chequered past comes back to haunt her. Tara is drawn into Coop’s mission to track down a group of terrorists hiding out in the jungle wilderness. But when he’s taken hostage, will she be able to find the courage to tell him she loves him and save him from a terrorist’s speeding bullet?

About Suzanne Cass

Suzanne Cass lives in Perth and loves to write about enigmatic heroes in wild, passionate, dangerous stories. Chasing Bullets is her second published novel. Her debut novel, Island Redemption won the RWAus award for best unpublished romance novel of 2016.

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Chasing Bullets will be released in  paperback in late January 2018.