Today I’d like to welcome L.T. Shade. Shade is the author of the romance novel Under Her Authority. Below she talks about the behinds the scenes of her book. Enjoy
If you could spend time a character from your book whom would it be?
Hmm, this is a hard question because I want to spend time with all my characters! But if I had to narrow it down to only one, I would love to spend time with Rose’s best friend, Olive. Olive is just so much fun to be around. I really enjoyed writing scenes with her. She’s great at making people laugh and helping Rose get through tough situations. She’s a genuine friend. I think everyone should have a [someone like] Olive in their lives.
What character in your book are you least likely to get along with and why?
Oh, this is easy. Simon, Rose’s ex-fiancé. Simon is one of the antagonists in the story. His motivations for doing what he did (*no spoilers*) aren’t as clear as say Matthew Moreno’s motivations, who acts as the main blockade in Rose/Shane achieving their goals. With that being said, and maybe I’m sticking my foot in my mouth confessing this, I can’t help but feel sympathy for Simon. He did something unforgivable, and Rose was right to be angry at him and take certain actions because of it. But, at the end of the day, situations are never as black and white as they seem. Rose realizes this once she confronts Simon for the last time and it helps her move on.
Tell us about your book cover and how it came about.
I’d like to think my book cover is somewhat unique in a genre where most covers are of openly suggestive. Erotic romance usually isn’t subtle in its book covers, and they’re mostly male-focused. Not that I mind. I love some eye-candy and those covers make for great marketing. I just wanted to go with something different, subtle, where the female can shine. Both characters are obscured on UHA’s book cover, the female especially, but anyone who sees it knows who is in charge. Rose. Thus the title Under Her Authority. That’s why I chose the cover photo with a background of Charlotte, where it takes place. I have the amazing cover artists at Totally Bound to thank for putting my idea into something tangible.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
My brother. No, seriously. I asked my younger brother to pick two names he liked and that is how the names Shane and Rosemary came about. You could say it’s my way of giving tribute to him and putting a piece of myself into the story.
If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
Wow, I haven’t even thought about it. No one comes to mind when I think of the actors/actresses I know.
I think I wouldn’t be so focused on appearances (i.e. who plays who) as I’d want the embodiment of the characters’ personalities to be spot on. For instance, whoever plays Shane needs to be able to have his same country-boy gone city charm. He’s cocky and arrogant but at heart, he still holds onto those small-town, gentlemanly, principles. Rose is a special character. She is someone who takes a huge risk and opens herself up after falling down again and again. Her courage to face her obstacles, even her own confusion, and doubt, is endless. Whoever plays Rose has to be as special as her.
Title: Under Her Authority by L.T. Shade
Release date: February 14, 2017
Published by: Totally Bound
Sleeping with the enemy is never a good idea, especially when she’s your boss.
No one tells Shane Williams what to do. His world. His rules. Which is why he ran away from home at eighteen to pursue his dream of making a name for himself outside of small-town Georgia. Ten years later, he is one of the hottest creative directors on the east coast and the majority shareholder in a digital media firm in Charlotte. Handing over the business portion of his company to his trusted friend and business partner, and keeping his true identity as the founder a secret, has its perks. But Shane is about to find out one of its flaws.
At the expense of her relationships, Rosemary Berkowitz has always done what it takes to succeed. As a female leader in an all-boys tech field, she’s tougher than nails. She may be a sweet country girl, but underneath her innocent exterior, Rose is a boss with an iron fist. She never backs down from a challenge, and when she wants something, she goes after it full force.
No matter how sexy his smile is, the attention of a tattooed bad boy is the last thing Rose wants. After a club outing with her best friend turns into steamy night with a mysterious stranger, Rose wants nothing more than to move past her one-night stand—however amazing it was—and continue to mend her broken career. Little does Rose know that fate has other things in store for her.
Reader Advisory: This book contains some scenes of public sex.
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About L.T. Shade
Lauren goes by the pen name L.T. Shade and lives in Miami, FL. She loves black coffee and sexy heroes. Not exactly in that order. Nothing makes Lauren happier than writing, or reading, about strong and capable heroines and their happily ever after’s.
When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, overdosing on Cuban coffee, interning as a book publicist and hanging out with her amazing family and her American Cocker Spaniel, Princess Albie.