Indie Author Spotlight – Angela Kay Austin and “Rumer”

Indie Author Spotlight – Angela Kay Austin and “Rumer”

Here’s another great indie author I’d like you to meet…Angela Kay Austin…

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Angela Kay Austin has always expressed herself through words.  An infatuation with music and theater led to years playing music and extra roles in TV shows before giving way to a degree and career in radio and TV production.  After completing a second degree in marketing, Angela found herself combining her love for communications and marketing and worked in advertising and promotions for many years.  But, writing called again, which led to her first published work, which hit the best seller list for her publisher and All Romance Ebooks.   Contact Angela — website: http://www.angelakayaustin.com/, blog: www.angelakayaustin.blogspot.com

You can follow her at her website and on Facebook.  Oh, and of course, on Twitter, too.

And here’s her book, “Rumer”

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Rumer Wilson married the love of her life ten years ago, has two beautiful children, and what she believes is a wonderful life to prove it. But, does anybody ever control love? Her world spirals into an unfamiliar place of uncertainty for everything she holds dear, when her husband falls in love with a woman hiding secrets.

Sebastian Ortiz has loved many women. Rumer is a means to an end. He doesn’t want to hurt her, but he needs her – for revenge on the man who hurt his sister – the sister he’s protected from harm his whole life.

Neither Rumer nor Sebastian could imagine what comes next…

You can buy it, right now, RIGHT HERE!

If you want a little taste first, Angela has very kindly given us an excerpt…

Baths were given. She read Maddie her favorite bedtime story, and turned on Tyler’s musical dancing lights. She showered, and then put on her pajamas.

Then she stopped. She stood in front of the mirror hanging on the back of her closet door, and she stared at herself. Next to Gabriela, she looked like a man. It had been six months since Tyler was born. She hadn’t lost the baby weight, yet, and it showed in her round hips and belly. She hadn’t done anything to her hair. She cut it and wore it in a pony-tail most of the time.  She never wore make-up, and she couldn’t remember the last time she’d been to a spa for anything. Who had the time? She was a full-time mom—cook, maid, chauffeur, butler, teacher, and nurse.

Tugging at her stained blue flannel pajamas with little yellow ducks, she wondered if any man would think they were sexy. They were a gift Luke and Maddie had bought her for Mother’s Day, and they were comfy. Hurriedly, she tore them off, and searched through her dresser for something silky and more grown up. The only thing she could find was a black full slip she would normally wear to church under one of her dresses.

Rumer assessed herself again, and thought much better. The black slip had thicker bra-like straps, but the silky fabric flowed softly over her breasts and hips. It had a little split on the right side, and a little strip of lace encircled the hem. She sprayed a little cucumber melon body spray on her skin; turned the radio on to one of her favorite jazz stations, and lit some vanilla scented candles. Then she focused on the bed. Snatching at the covers, she searched through the linen closet for the black satin sheets that she knew were there somewhere.

They’d never used them.

She waited in bed propped up by black satin covered pillows, and waited for her husband to come home.

At 11:30 P.M., she heard the chime of the alarm system. Luke walked down the hall to Maddie’s room, then to Tyler’s, and finally he came to their room. She couldn’t hear his footsteps, but she knew his routine. The same thing every night.

Rumer sprang from bed, and bounced into her husband’s arms. She wrapped her arms around his neck, and attempted to kiss him.

He kissed her on the cheek before pushing her away. “I’m tired. I had a long day at work and then I had to drop by the church, too. I really want to go to sleep.”

She retreated at his rejection. Pulling at the bottom of her slip, she tried to stretch it to cover the rest of her body, but it wouldn’t budge. The lace at the bottom ripped. She grabbed her fluffy robe from the walk-in closet, and stood there in the closet doorway, watching as Luke undressed to his boxers, prayed, and then climbed into bed and covered himself with the covers.

He buried his face in the pillows, and conceded an unintelligible, “Good night.”

“Good night.” Rumer left the room, and padded barefoot down the carpeted hallway to the laundry room. Instantly, the overpowering smell of detergent and fabric softener flooded her senses. The chill of the tiled laundry room floor cooled her feet. She reached into the wooden cabinet behind the laundry detergent, and removed the letters Gabriela had given her. Leaning against the dryer with the pages crushed to her heart, she sobbed.

Rumer cried until she had no more tears to shed.

She checked on her son, and then walked into her daughter’s room where she curled up next to her on her tiny twin bed and prayed, “Give me the strength.”

She closed her eyes, and drifted off to sleep. Maybe it was all a dream.

Pretty cool, but we’re not done.  I’ve also got a great interview with Angela…

Who is your favorite author?  I love so so many authors, that it is hard to narrow it down to one.  But, some of my favorites are: Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Terry McMillan, Nalini Singh, J.R. Ward, Jane Green.  I think they speak to the many different sides of me, and my interests from Contemporary to Paranormal.

How do you describe your writing style?  I think my writing style is a mash-up of the many different things I like to read.  My books, normally, tackle an “issue” that most women face.  Around that point of interest, I weave together my story which may be set in today’s day and time, or like the piece I’m currently working on, may be set in the past.

Why should we read your book?  Because my books take the reader on an emotional journey with the main character.  A journey that will leave the reader filling fulfilled and satisfied.

Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself? No. Not after me, but because my heroines are African-American women, their stories are told through my lens.  My stories are carved from bits and pieces of what is happening in the world around us: news broadcasts, newspaper articles, what I see and hear as I walk down the street.

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why? Victoria.  I still love Chad Michael Kirkpatrick!  I would love to swap out with her for just one day.

What books have most influenced your life?  The Poisonwood Bible, The Bluest Eye…books that teach as well as entertain always leave an impression on me.

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?  I don’t think I’ve ever been asked this question before.  I know there are several movies I could give a quick answer to with this question, but with books…not sure.  I tend to read books by authors that I love, or that I’ve received a recommendation for, and I don’t think I’d change anything.  I’m reading something now, “The Yellow House,” the main character has experienced a ton of loss, and I would like to bring one of the characters back to life, but because I haven’t finished the book, I don’t know my opinion on that might change, later.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?  Monkees. I saw some of their shows in reruns, and they were funny.  And I worked for a radio station, and had the chance to meet them when they were on one of the reunion tours.  They were pretty nice.

Who should play you in a film of your life? Halle Berry, of course.

 

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