Interview with Nika Rhone, author of What the Lady Wants

Today I’m welcoming Nika Rhone, author of What the Lady Wants, to Readsalot. She’s talking about her latest release and writing romance.

What (or should I say who?) inspired you to write romance?

It seems like I’ve written stories for as long as I can remember. I started with science fiction and fantasy, but as I started to read more romance, I found I wanted to write it as well. There’s just something inherently appealing to a good love story.

Are you a believer in happily ever after or are cliffhangers okay in your opinion?

Oh, for romance there definitely has to be a HEA, or at least a HFN (happy for now). I’ll qualify that by saying I’m okay with a trilogy or series that has cliffhangers for the main story arc in each book, as long as they give me the HEA payoff at the end, but it had better be worth the wait.

Describe What the Lady Wants in a tweet (also known as 140 characters).

Thea has wanted Doyle for as many years as he’s considered her off limits. When she decides to change his mind, he doesn’t stand a chance.

Describe Thea in 1 word. Describe Doyle in 1 word.

Thea: determined

Doyle: honorable

Would your characters in What the Lady Wants want to hang with you?

LOL, probably not. They’re a lot more fun than I am.

Who would you pick to play the characters of Thea and Doyle in a Hollywood adaptation of What the Lady Wants?

Since I don’t use pictures of actual people to base my characters on, this was a tough one. But a little time with the internet gave me two almost perfect choices: Victoria Justice for Thea and Eric Winter for Doyle.

What’s the most amusing thing that happened to you while writing What the Lady Wants?

I wish I could think of something witty here, but honestly, I got nothin’.

Thea is an unusual name. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

Names are extremely important to me in creating a character. It has to really match the personality, as well as sound right to the ear. I’ve literally spent weeks trying out names for new characters until I hit on one that was the right fit, and other times the name and character come to me fully formed. It’s a crapshoot, but either way, the name is one of the most important elements in crafting the story.

Tell us about your next release. And when can we expect it?

Next up is the second book in the Boulder Bodyguards series, which readers got a sneak peek of at the end of What the Lady Wants. Poor Amelia is all set to marry the wrong man, but the right one is close at hand, even if neither of them realizes it yet. I expect it to be out later this year, maybe even by summer.


 Title: What the Lady Wants

Author: Nika Rhone

Published: December 14, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

~ Synopsis ~

The heiress…

She’d wanted him since she was eighteen. Four years away hasn’t cooled the heat Doyle arouses in her, which means it’s time for Thea to take the former Marine by the horns and open his eyes to everything he’s missing. What will it take to prove that she’s not some untouchable porcelain doll, but a red-blooded woman determined to finally get her man?

The bodyguard…

Honor forced Doyle to consider Thea off-limits. Keeping her that way was proving much more difficult. Every time he turns around she’s there, wreaking havoc on his senses, making him think about long, sweaty nights and how good she would feel wrapped up in his arms. How long could a man be expected to ignore the woman who calls to his every secret desire?

The danger…

But Doyle has a secret that could jeopardize not only the first fragile bonds of love, but Thea’s very life. Will he be able to act before it’s too late for them both?

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~ About the Author ~

Nika Rhone has been fascinated with storytelling from the moment that first book was placed in her eager little hands, starting a lifelong love affair with the written word.  Eventually, though, reading other people’s stories just wasn’t enough, so she started to write down her own.  The magic of creating brand new worlds and the people who live in them keeps her hard at work thinking up the next set of characters she can torture before giving them their happy ending.  She lives in her hometown on Long Island, New York with the two men in her life: her super-indulgent husband and their outrageously spoiled shelter dog.

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