A warm welcome to author Aimee Nicole Walker joining us today to talk about her new release in her populair Curl Up and Dye Mysteries, I Do or Dye Trying.
Aimee kindly answered some questions for us , shares an excerpt and there is a giveaway to participate in!
Welcome Aimee Nicole 🙂
I DO, OR DYE TRYING
CURL UP AND DYE MYSTERIES SERIES, BOOK 4
AIMEE NICOLE WALKER
PHOTOGRAPHER: Wander Aguiar
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer/Simply Defined Art
MODELS: Jacob and Matthew
Newly engaged Josh Roman and Gabe Wyatt know the road to happily ever after won’t be easy, but the two men are certain their biggest challenges are in the rearview mirror. However, life in Blissville is never what it seems and all signs point to dangerous curves ahead.
Josh and Gabe refuse to take a detour because everything they’ve dreamed of is within reach, not even when professional and personal revelations threaten to wreck their plans. It should be the happiest time in their lives, yet neither man can shake the feeling that something sinister waits around the next corner.
Buckle your seatbelts and hang on for the ride because Josh and Gabe are committed to saying “I do” or die trying.
I Do, or Dye Trying is the fourth book in the Curl Up and Dye Mysteries series. These books need to be read in order as the storyline unravels throughout the series. They contain sexually explicit material and are intended for adults 18 and older.
Where did you get your inspiration for this series and its characters? Was this inspired by a plot and then the characters appeared to fit? Or the characters came first and then the plotline?
I actually came up with the series title first then the characters came to me. I knew I wanted to do a series involving the Curl Up and Dye Salon and its feisty owner. For that reason, Josh’s character came to me first. If you’re going to have crimes and murders then you’ll need a hunky detective thrown in the mix. Gabe was created from that logic. The original plotline I had for the story was nothing close to how it turned out. I’ve learned just to let the characters guide the story.
Will there be any focus on the developing secondary relationship between Kyle and Chaz in this book?
There is a little development for them in IDoDT, but I’m saving most of it for their book that releases in July. I do reveal a secret, or two, that Chaz has been keeping from Dr. Dimples.
Do you have any rituals you follow when writing? Certain locations,times of day, mood music, etc? Or can you just write anywhere anytime?
All of the above! It really depends on my mood. I’m pretty flexible and can write anywhere or anytime, but I prefer morning writing sessions in my office instead of random times in random places. I’m a bit like Josh and find comfort in routine when all else isn’t going according to plan. I start my day off with coffee and music. Always. Never an exception. I do try to find mood music to get me in the zone for whatever scene I’m writing that day. If I want to make my readers cry, I bust out the Sam Smith. If I want to write sexy stuff, then I find a song that fits that specific scene, whether it is slow and sensual or a wall banger. Some days I play music while writing and others I need quiet because the words aren’t flowing easily.
What did you want to be when you were a little girl? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I wanted to be a nurse when I was a little girl, but I never pursued it. I’ve been writing stories in one capacity or another since I was probably twelve or thirteen. It was mostly New Kids on the Block fan fiction with my best friend at the time. I loved losing myself in a story, but never dreamed I’d make a living doing it.
If you were not a writer, what would your dream job be today? Would you still want to be what you dreamed of as a child or has that dream changed?
I would still choose to be an oncology or NICU nurse.
If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring author, what would it be?
I have several that I frequently share when asked. I think the one aspiring authors need to hear the most is that there is room for everyone in our genre. Keep digging, keep grinding and carve out your niche.
If you could go anywhere in the world without a thought to cost, where would that be?
I’d choose Europe hands down.
Is this the end of the series or will there be more from these characters?
I am planning several spinoff/companion novels for characters introduced in the series, and there will be at least one more book with Josh and Gabe. I’ll be releasing A Dye Hard Christmas in December, and the guys really want me to write one more book for them next summer. I have a strong suspicion that they’ll get their way.
Gabe pinched my ass hard enough to leave a mark. “Ouch!”
“I’ll kiss it later if you stop being a brat,” Gabe said. “You know damn well I’m talking about our wedding.”
“Yeah, I know,” I told him. “I was just revving you up. What kind of wedding did you think I had in mind?”
“It’s hard telling with you,” Gabe said.
I raised up on my elbow and looked down at him, even though I couldn’t see anything. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
“I don’t know,” Gabe said. “I was just revving you up.”
“Oh, in that case,” I said, lying back down beside him. I pinched his nipple hard enough to make him hiss and arch his back.
“You little hellcat,” he said. I could hear him rubbing his hand over his affliction.
“I’ll kiss it later if you stop being a brat,” I mimicked.
“It’ll have to wait until tomorrow because I probably can’t get it up again until then,” Gabe said.
“That’s a glowing endorsement if I’ve ever heard one,” I said. “Not even married yet and I’ve rendered you limp.”
Gabe rolled me to my back to switch our positions and leaned over me. “Yeah, you rendered me limp because your tight, greedy ass milked every ounce of spunk I had. It’s going to take some time for my splooge factory to make some more.”
I laughed hard at his ridiculousness even though I felt a little pride that I wore him out; it was no easy feat.
I am a wife and mother to three kids, three dogs, and a cat. When I’m not dreaming up stories, I like to lose myself in a good book, cook or bake. I’m a girly tomboy
who paints her fingernails while watching sports and yelling at the referees.
I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever-after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.