Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentines Interview: Lily Black author of STORM OF ATTRACTION

Today, I have a very special interview with author Lily Black. Her debut and kickass black belt novel, STORM OF ATTRACTION, is coming out this month.  

1.) Can you tell us a little bit about STORM OF ATTRACTION?  What genre is it and what makes it unique?
I try to be impartial, but one thing I love deeply about Storm of Attraction is the juxtaposition of cozy feelings, big beautiful libraries, purring cats, and delicious dishes that he’s cooked especially for her…with the all-out terror expected of a romantic suspense. So, the book provides lots of feels as it swings from the truly creepy and unstable stalker who is hunting Alexa and Drew to the warm love of a small town and a reunion romance.

2) Since it’s almost Valentine's day, tell me about the romance in the book! What is the relationship between the two characters like?
Alexa and Drew had an intense summer fling five years prior to the book’s beginning, and have since both settled in the small town of Willowdale, where they are one another’s direct rivals. So initially their relationship is pretty rocky. In fact, in the first chapter he shocks her into letting him help with her flat tire by repeating some of the terrible names she’s called him. As you might guess, though, given that this is a romance, things do rollercoaster their way to a better place by the end!

3) What would be the ideal Valentine's Day date for the couple in your book?
She may be a black belt, but she’s also a librarian and really loves books. And she longs to travel, while he’d love to show her the exotic places he’s been while traveling with his day or during his time as a Ranger. So I think the perfect date for them would be a trip to Italy, where Drew’s family comes from. They’d take in the fountains and statues at Piazza Navona, then enjoy a leisurely meal at a delicious ristorante nearby before wandering over to the great Angelica Library, where Alexa would probably be hard pressed to keep quiet as she held a rare early edition of Dante in her hands.

4) What are your all-time favorite romantic books or movies?

This is such a tough one, since I read through so many books and can never pick one, and movies really depend on my mood at the time! Lately I’ve been in love with the live-action Cinderella, but I’m guessing you’re looking for something a little more contemporary. So, I’ll go with Will Smith’s Hitch (a classic but gives me the feels every time!) and Noting Hill. Because I’m a sucker for Julia Roberts (not to mention Hugh Grant!) and really enjoyed the challenges shown here in blending her world with his.


Love is worth fighting for.

Alexa Wolving has just one rule: never give a guy a second chance. That works just fine in the safe life she’s built. In the charming town of Willowdale, her day job as a librarian balances perfectly with her evening job as a black belt instructor. But when she attracts the attention of a stalker, Alexa’s carefully built world begins to crumble.

Drew Cosimo knows he broke Alexa’s heart five years ago when he took his first Ranger assignment and disappeared from her life. Now that he’s out of the army, he’s moving back home to Willowdale. He’s not looking for a fight, but making peace would be easier if Alexa hadn’t told the entire town he was a money-grubbing jerk. Despite the tension between them, Drew is quick to offer his protection when a stalker forces Alexa from her home.
As the stalker’s attacks escalate, Alexa and Drew are forced to face their painful past and the simmering attraction between them. They must fight to save each other before everything they care about goes up in flames.


Lily Black believes in true love, but is also quite sure going after it is the scariest thing we'll ever do!  She explores this dynamic in her romantic suspense novels, which are set in the small imaginary town of Willowdale, where people dream big, love deeply, and kick butt if necessary.  She has a black belt in Chung Do Kwan Tai Kwon Do, and has also trained in everything from judo to broadswords.  She lives in North Carolina, where she works as a content editor for a small publisher, and divides her free time between the mountains and the sea with her very patient and loving husband and their teen daughter. She is also the co-creator of the Book Ninjas’ Blush-O-Meter. Readers everywhere search the Book Ninja’s online catalog for romance, YA and chicklit novels in all genres, and find books that match their blush level!

Her debut romantic suspense--Storm of Attraction--launches February 13th, 2017 from Red Adept Publishing.  She welcomes you to join her on the journey!

BONUS breaking news! I’ve just learned that my publisher will be giving away three paper copies of Storm of Attraction on Goodreads! Enter to win Jan. 31st through Feb. 12th… and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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