Aug 11, 2015

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Author Jennifer Apodaca Interview
Exposing the Heiress (Entangled Ignite) (Once a Marine) by Jennifer ApdacaBBB: Describe yourself with five adjectives. JA: Determined (stubborn!), compassionate, loving, creative and animal lover. (Describing myself is a little uncomfortable, so I asked my FB and Twitter friends from help, and chose these ones.)

BBB: What real-life science, pseudo-science, history, religion, or mythologies did you research for your book?
JA: Ah, good question. I researched snipers, including Chris Kyle. For the series, I’ve done a fair amount of research on combat PTSD, types of treatment and various methods of coping. I also researched a bit about adoption, although I felt that since I have people in my family who’ve been on both sides of adoptions in both giving up a child, and adopting children that I had a fair idea of the range of emotions.
When writing this type of book, I’m really striving to represent an emotional reality of the characters’ lives without bogging the story down research details. Therefore, I end up using only use a fraction of the information I learn for each book to keep from inundating the reader with endless details that slow the pacing of the story. Or that’s my goal anyway!
BBB: Would your main character win on the show Survivor by strength, cheating or not at all?
JA: My hero, Hunt, is a former Marine sniper, so he’s win by sheer strength and knowledge. He knows how to survive.
My heroine, well now this is an interesting question. She’s survived a lot of emotional pain, but she’s wealth and never had to struggle to eat or provide for herself in that way. I think she’d come close to losing as she learns, then would figure out how to win.
BBB: If you were a color, which color would it be and why?
JA: Today, I’d choose red just because I feel energized and vibrant. Other times I’d love to be teal like the sea.
BBB: Please tell us more about Exposing the Heiress and the storyline that drives it.
JA: In Exposing the Heiress, Alyssa is threatened and runs to the one man she knows can and will protect her, her old friend that she grew up with, Hunter Reece. I loved this friends-to-lover story, it’s sexy and tender, with a few edge-of-your-seat moments. Both Hunt and Alyssa must overcome their pasts to find the trust to fall in love.
What I think drives the story is the overall plot of Alyssa being in danger, and watching Hunt struggle with his PTSD as he falls in love with the women he wants but fears he can’t have.
BBB: How many more books will there be in the Once A Marine series?
JA: I’m not sure at this point. My original plan was to have at least five books featuring the Once A Marine operatives, Adam Waters (Book 1 TThe Baby Bargain), Logan Knight (Book 2 Her Temporary Hero), Hunt Reece (book 3, Exposing the Heiress), Griff Rankin and Cooper Sims. But right now, we don’t have any definite plans in place.
BBB: What sets the Once A Marine series apart from other books in the same genre?
JA: The characters! For me, falling in love with a book is all about the characters. Hunt and Alyssa have emotional layers that I hope draws the reader into their world and lets them experience through the characters the profound healing that can be found in love and friendship.
BBB: What types of characters can readers expect in your world?
JA: Fiercely loyal Marines, and the heroines who help them heal and find happiness. In Exposing the Heiress, Alyssa interested me in that she’s an heiress who, on paper (and in the tabloids) looks like she has it all, but her reality is very different. She’s as human as the rest of us :) I hope readers fall in love with her as I did.
There’s also a great villain, basically he’s a shark in a suit, and completely unpredictable. I love these villains – they really up the stakes in the story! Plus his reason for doing what he does is the final twist in the book.
BBB: What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author, his creator.
JA: Well Hunt is an artist as well as a former Marine and security agent, so he would “get” me. He’d understand why I’m awake at 2am worrying about fictional people in a book. And Alyssa…I hope we’d be friends. I love her because she made a really tough and powerfully brave choice for her son by giving him up for adoption to give him the best life possible. I just don’t know if I would be strong enough to do that and I admire her. I’d want her to like me.
BBB: What are the 5 books your hero or heroine loves best!
JA: Alyssa would probably gravitate to biographies of interesting people as a counter point to growing up in the Hollywood spotlight. But she’s also a romantic at heart and would read romances too like:
The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
Worth the Risk by Claudia Connor
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Revenant by Larissa Ione
Black Lies by Alessandra Torre
All have characters that are survivors in one way or another.
Hunt would love thrillers. He really needs the good guys to win.
BBB: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?
JA: I google so many weird things it’s hard to choose one. I wrote a book that had sex toys as part of the mystery – that got some very disturbing hits on google and I learned but be very careful, LOL!
BBB: What’s coming up for you for the rest of 2015?
JA: I’m going to re-release the original books in my Wing Slayer Hunter paranormal series and I’m excited about that. I’ve just released the new book, Caged Magic written under my Jennifer Lyon name, which is getting some great reviews. Then I’m starting a new contemporary series about a rock band and I can’t wait to dive into writing it.
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About Jennifer Apodaca

Author Jennifer ApodacaAuthor Bio:
Award-winning author Jennifer Apodaca grew up in Southern California and met her very own hero at the dog pound. She worked there, he came in on business, and it was puppy love. They married and had three wonderful sons. While her husband worked on his master’s degree, Jen did the mom thing by day and went to college at night with the intention of pursuing a marketing degree. But her true passion was writing. With time at a premium, she had to make a choice.
Choosing writing, she poured herself into her dream. A mere eight years later, she published her first book, Dating Can Be Murder. In her career, Jen has written a fun and sexy mystery series, a variety of contemporary romances, and a dark, sizzling paranormal series under the name of Jennifer Lyon.
Jen has achieved many of her dreams except for attaining a self-cleaning house, a latte delivery service, and finding the holy grail of non-fattening wine and chocolate. She can live with those disappointments as long as she can keep writing the stories she loves to share with readers.
11 Quick Things About Jennifer
Favorite Food? Chocolate
Favorite Color? Red
Favorite Movie or TV Show of all Time? Don’t have one really.
Favorite Drink? Coffee in the day, wine at night.
Favorite Current Book? I love too many books to name!
Favorite Season? Fall
Favorite Online Hangout? FaceBook
Favorite Animal? Dog
Favorite Band or Musician? Imagine Dragons
Mode of Travel? (Trains, Planes or Automobiles) No dragons? Well okay, a car then.
Favorite Vacation Destination? Beach!
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