*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED THE WINNER IS AMANDA NICOLE! BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR AN EMAIL FROM BRIGHTON!***
I had the pleasure of meeting author and fantastic all around person, Brighton Walsh, last year during Pitchwars. She came on Whiskey, Wine, & Writing to talk about her mentor status, what she was looking for in a mentee, and of course how she landed her awesome agent. Her New Adult novel CAGED IN WINTER was published by Penguin in late 2014. Today we’re doing an interview and giveaway for her newest book full of win CAPTIVE!
Madison Frost is desperate to escape her life. Daughter of a prominent businessman, she has everything a girl could ask for. Except for a family who’s present in her life, and anyone to talk to outside the four walls of the prison she calls home. Madison dreams of one day leaving her life behind. She never thought being kidnapped is how it would happen.
Now she’s being held captive by a man who’s as frightening as he is sinfully gorgeous. Enormous, muscular, and filled with secrets, the man they call Ghost is an enigmatic mercenary, and Madison is trapped with him. She doesn’t know who hired him or why, but the more time she spends at his mercy, the more she realizes he’s not what he seems. Beneath his rough exterior lies an unexpected gentleness and a heart as broken and battered as her own.
But as Madison lets down her walls, Ghost holds tight to his, hiding secrets that could destroy everything.
Natasha of the Blog: Hey Brighton, thanks so much for chatting with me. Why don’t we start by telling people a bit about who you are, what you do, and the awesome stuff you write.
Brighton the Scribe: Heyyyy! Thanks for having me! Let’s see. I’m a full-time writer, full-time mom, full-time wife, and full-time crazy person. I write adult and new adult books, and the things I can guarantee they’ll be full of is swoons and sex. (What more do you need, amirite?)
Natasha of the Blog: A multitalented woman, you were originally a photographer, so how did you mingle your way into the world of writing?
Brighton the Scribe: It’s actually not that big of a leap between the two. In photography, I did a photojournalistic approach, which meant I captured moments. Stories. In writing, I just put those stories down with words instead of images. I wrote long before I started in photography, though. But between life and kids, writing (and reading for that matter) took a back seat. About six years ago, I finally got pulled back in.
Natasha of the Blog: All right, let’s jump into CAPTIVE! Give us the juicy info, the delicious details, the concept behind the creative!
Brighton the Scribe: CAPTIVE is about a sheltered college student who’s kidnapped and held captive by an intense and secretive man. While in seclusion, they begin to fall in love. The concept actually came from my editor who sent me a hook very similar to what I just described. She loved my writing style in CAGED IN WINTER and wanted me to write this concept. I said okay.
Natasha of the Blog: If you could choose one character in CAPTIVE besides the protagonist that you would make a story for, who would it be and why?
Brighton the Scribe: Riley. Which I’m totally doing in EXPOSED. I just really loved his character. He was such a contradiction to Ghost in his demeanor. I wanted to know what his story was all about.
Natasha of the Blog: When is CAPTIVE set to release?
Brighton the Scribe: It comes out on March 24th!
Natasha of the Blog: I, personally, can’t wait to read it! I read CAGED IN WINTER in six hours. Four in one day and then ya know—I had responsibilities, so I finished it the next day. TESSA EVER AFTER is the next book in that universe—another one I can’t wait to read. Can you give us a little info about that?
Brighton the Scribe: TESSA EVER AFTER was so much fun to write, and I think the readers of CAGED IN WINTER will enjoy the tale of Tessa and Jason. It’s quite a bit lighter than CiW was, but there are still issues each of them needs to work through. Oh, and Jason is super dirty. And swoony. (sex and swoons!)
Natasha of the Blog: Awesome sauce! So for the New Adult Writer out there looking for an agent, do you have any advice on what to do or not to do?
Brighton the Scribe: NA is hard to break into now, from what I’ve heard. But I think no matter what category or genre you write in, excellent writing, a strong plot, compelling characters, and persistence will always be the magic combination. It doesn’t hurt to have a good attitude, too. Positive things happen to positive people.
Natasha of the Blog: You have been most awesome for doing this interview! Now, I know some readers are anxious to get going with that giveaway.
But first, a little bit about the awesome Brighton!
Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.
Here’s the details peeps:
A HARD COPY will be available to US entrants only. We love everyone from everywhere and if you can make the post office bring down their price so international shipping isn’t such a crime more people would win in countries outside of the one where the author resides.
If an INTERNATIONAL entrant wins, it will have to be an ecopy. Cause ya know, no evil shipping rates.
So, how do you win a copy of CAPTIVE? An excellent question! Follow Brighton @WriteasRain_ and myself @Raulersonwrites on twitter. Enter the rafflecopter giveaway and I’ll choose a winner on Monday, March 30th 2015 and forward the information to Brighton. She’ll take it from there!
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