Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Interview with Kyra Davis, Author of Just One Lie + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

I'd like to welcome the lovely Kyra Davis, to the blog today to celebrate the exciting release of Just One Lie, the long-anticipated sequel to Just One Night, from Pocket Books!

Welcome to Books à la Mode, Kyra! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief introduction with us?

Kyra Davis is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Just One Night, Pure Sin and the Sophie Katz series, as well as So Much For My Happy Ending. Just One Night has been optioned for television by Anonymous, the producers of True Detective.

Before publishing her first book, Sex, Murder And A Double Latte in 2005, Kyra supported herself and her son as a marketing manager for a sports club; before that, she was a department manager at Nordstrom’s Savvy department. She studied at The Fashion Institute off Design and Merchandising and Golden Gate University.

Kyra now lives with her husband (director and screenwriter, Rod Lurie), her teenage son (proud science-geek and Hawaiian-Shirt-aficionado), dog (champion eater and guardian of the backyard... no squirrel will dare set foot in it) and gecko (the gecko doesn’t do much).

It's amazing to get to feature you today! Readers, here's a bit about the book, which hits shelves yesterday:

In the instant international sensation Just One Night, sensible Kasie Fitzgerald unleashed her passions—and found herself—through an explosive affair. In Just One Lie, we meet Kasie’s wild and tortured sister, whose impulsivity and lack of self-control has set off a chain of events that changes her family forever.

Melody Fitzgerald is the opposite of the “perfect” daughter. The lead singer of an indie rock band, she is impulsive and creative, with a rebellious streak that both defines her and becomes her greatest enemy. Her lover, the enticing and unpredictable Ash, shares her free spirit and penchant for trouble. On the face of it, he seems to be her perfect match.

So why is she so drawn to her soft spoken, reliable drummer, Brad Witmer? How can a man who wears polo shirts and reads the financial section of the paper be of any interest to her at all? And why on earth does someone like that appear to be so captivated by her?

Before she knows it, Melody finds herself on a path of self-discovery, passion, and affairs of the heart. But will a dark secret from her past derail it all? Or will its exposure be the very thing that unburdens her heart and allows her to seek a future with the one man who loves her completely?

Describe Just One Lie in six words (or less!).

A story of rejection, indulgence, & redemption. (I stole that from the Romantic Times review, don't hold it against me).

I wouldn't ever! How did you arrive at writing romance? Are there any other genres you’d like to try your hand at, or any you want to stay away from?

I started with chick-lit murder mysteries and women's fiction for a different publishing house and when my editor moved over to Simon & Schuster, he asked if I would be interested in writing erotic romance for them. My other books, while not technically romances, were essentially about relationships and did have romances in them as well as a few descriptive sex scenes so this wasn't that huge of a leap for me.

I plan to continue in my other genres as well as romance going forward. I don't know if I'll got outside that, though. Maybe a fantasy or historical. The only thing I would never write is anything that's really dark. I don't mean sexy, dark, and edgy like my Pure Sin series. I mean I couldn't write something like The Kite Runner (a masterpiece) or Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. When you write a book you live in the world of your characters, and living in a world of sexual violence or unspeakable and devastating child abuse would destroy me.

That's a valid point! Accolades to authors who are able to. As a huge fan of first lines, I’d love to hear the first line of Just One Lie. Could you give us a brief commentary on it?

I love this question. The first line is:
There is nothing more crushing than the ruin of a perfect moment.
That sentence tells you everything about Mercy. She is all about the moment. She clings to that so she doesn't have to think about her troubled past or worry about where she's headed. As a result, she's a seize-the-day kind of girl.

Are the characters from your book based off anyone you know in real life? How much else of your actual life gets written into your fiction?

Every character in Just One Lie is completely their own person. But I am now married to one of the most eloquent and romantic men on earth, so I was able to use some of the things he said to me at pivotal times in our relationship as lines in the last third of the book. When you're living a romance, writing them becomes a lot easier.

I love how you have romance both in your fictional and real-life worlds :) What’s the greatest thing you ever learned?

That "life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." It's a quote by Anaïs Nin and it's absolutely true.

Blog babes, click "Read more" to find out Kyra's random favorites, the most interesting comment she's received about Just One Night, and what makes Just One Lie stand out as a book from all the rest. We're also hosting a giveaway for a finished copy of Just One Lie, so you don't want to miss that either!

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Some randomness...

Favorite kind of chocolate? Dark, milk, white, coffee-flavored, the kind with nuts or berries inside?? Dark! And if there are espresso beans, nuts, and/or berries inside, even better!!

All-time favorite quote? Other than the Anaïs Nin one, it's this Maya Angelou quote: "...people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Most romantic thing a guy has ever done for you? As I said, my husband is incredibly romantic and eloquent. Recently, while talking about the dark time he was going through when I met him he said, "I dated a lot of women during that time, but you were the only one. You were the only one who was able to breathe air into my dead lungs." He also quoted my book, Just One Night in his wedding vows to me which had me in tears.

Favorite vegetable? I love red bell peppers!!

Biggest celebrity crush? Joe Manganiello... but my husband's a director/screenwriter and TOLD Manganiello that he was one of the men on "my list." So now I'll never be able to face him! Although the guy's on every woman's list so maybe it's not so embarrassing after all.

LOL!! That was probably mortifying but so, so adorable! Guiltiest pleasure? Well it USED to be watching True Blood while drinking a cocktail and eating dark chocolate. That was an actual Sunday night tradition! Now I'm going to have to wait until Magic Mike XXL is out on DVD.

You and me both, darling! Go-to comfort food? Chocolate (are you seeing a pattern here?)

Charity or cause of choice? World Wildlife Fund.

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Out of all the fantastic books out there, what makes Just One Lie stand out from the rest?

I think Mercy is a different kind of character from what readers have seen before. I think her particular brand and combination of dysfunction, strength, determination, and vulnerability make her exceptionally relatable. She makes some bad mistakes in her life but those mistakes are completely understandable and her ability to recover and learn from her own issues is one of the things that makes her so compelling to the men of Just One Lie, as well as relatable and inspiring for readers. Plus I love the way she embraces and celebrates her sexuality without apology or shame.

I love her already! Are there any occupational hazards to being a writer?

Isolationism. It's just you and your computer all the time. I try to make a point of budgeting time to go out with friends and I definitely always make time for my family... except for the weeks right before a deadline. During that time everyone knows it's an interrupt-her-only-in-case-of-emergency situation.

What’s the most interesting comment you have ever received about your books?

A reader wrote to tell me that after reading Just One Night, she started taking more care in her appearance, and celebrating and embracing her femininity as a source of strength in a way she hadn't before. That really stayed with me.

What are your goals as a writer?

I want to make readers feel; I want to make them think and see things in a different way, and I want to give them a world to escape into that is filled with excitement, passion, and adventure.

What’s next for you?

I have some things going on in Hollywood in connection to Just One Night. I’m also working on another book but I'm not ready to say much about either project yet. Don't want to jinx myself!

Regardless, it all sounds so exciting! Where can you be found on the web?

Before we conclude this interview, is there anything you'd like to ask our readers?

In Just One Lie, Mercy has to decide between two very different men. If you had to choose between a hot, tatted-up bad boy or a strong, clean-cut, ambitious man, who would YOU choose?

It was a pleasure to be able to get to know you better today, Kyra! Thank you again for dropping by, and best of luck with future endeavors!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Just One Lie—woohoo! To enter, all you have to do is answer Kyra's question:
In Just One Lie, Mercy has to decide between two very different men. If you had to choose between a hot, tatted-up bad boy or a strong, clean-cut, ambitious man, who would YOU choose?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Kyra and I really want to hear your thoughts! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publicist—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at Sullivan & Partners!
Giveaway ends August 12th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada residents only. Sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar on the right for a list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide—there are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!