Author Interview and Giveaway - Strapped by Nina G. Jones
Welcome Nina G. Jones! This book sounds so good, I can't wait to read it and I am sure many readers will be adding it to their TBR list! Nina has answered some questions about her work and life and generously offered commenters on this tour a chance at winning a Gift Card, so don't forget to comment!
all appearances, Shyla Ball has an enviable life: a loyal boyfriend, a great
job, and family that loves her. She doesn't realize how deeply unsatisfied she
is until she has an embarrassing encounter with a handsome stranger at a coffee
Holden, a successful businessman, takes a sudden special interest in her and
offers her a job she cannot refuse. Soon after, she learns there is much more
to this intensely private man than meets the eye. He is hiding many painful
secrets, including why it is that he has seemingly plucked her out of obscurity
for such a lucrative position. Her "perfect" world is turned upside
down by her infatuation towards Taylor and in just a couple of months, her life
looks nothing like it did before. While she is frightened by the changes she
sees in herself, she cannot resist the lure of Taylor Holden.
Shyla slowly gains Taylor's trust, she learns of his complex history and how it
has molded him into the person he has become. When elements of Taylor's secret
past resurface and threaten to destroy them, Shyla finds out there may be more
to Taylor's story than even he is aware of.
is a story of passion, manipulation, obsession, and family secrets.
“You forgot your jacket.” It is still on my shoulders. I
turn around to offer it up to him.
“Thank you Shy,” As he says this he takes both of his hands,
grabbing each shoulder of the jacket and oh so slowly pulls it off of me,
grazing my bare arms and back as he pulls it off. I close my eyes taking in his
touch. Each caress of his fingertips feels like one thousand little sparks. How
can just the faintest touch from this man set me off like this? Please kiss me.
Kiss my neck. I won’t say no. I hold my position for a second more than I
should, but it feels so tortuously long. There is nothing, not another touch,
not a kiss. I turn to face him again and bid him goodnight. His face looks sad,
almost guilty. Every word, every touch, every action tonight was an
implication. This keeps us safe from one another. It keeps me safe from him.
“Goodnight Shy,” he says as if dismissing me from his
is your writing environment:
I love writing in my office or living
room in the stillness of the night, among the dim yellow glow of a few lamps as
some mood-setting music plays on my laptop; one or both of my Boxers resting at
is your perfect hero? And why?
I am going to define “perfect” as
“perfect for my enjoyment.” In that case, I love complex, damaged heroes who
tote the line between “good” and “bad.”
authors have caught your interest lately? Why?
Gillian Flynn, because of the buzz
around Gone Girl.
type of book have you always wanted to write?
There are a few. The Strapped Series,
is one of those stories I wanted to tackle: dark, twisty, and sexy.
I have a dark romantic comedy sitting
in my brain, as well as a heart-wrenching contemporary romance and a sexy
Ultimately, I would like to also write
something more literary, and I have some ideas, but I want to continue in the
romance/erotica genre for a while before I move to that type of project.
the last movie you watched and loved?
Prisoners! I think if you read
Strapped, you’ll see why this movie fit perfectly into my tastes.
three things on your bucket list:
-See the Northern Lights from that Igloo
hotel in Iceland.
-Travel throughout Europe and South
America without any plans, just following where the wind blows.
-Get on the NYT Bestseller list. Yeah!
did you get the idea for this particular novel?
I saw the movie Nine and a Half Weeks,
which lead me to the book. It then lead me to other books such as the Story of
O and then just after that the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon struck.
Meanwhile, I have always been
fascinated by crime, abnormal psychology, and psychopathology. Ever since I can
remember I have loved psychological horror movies, and watched detective shows
(particularly those about psychological profiling). I felt I could take the
common themes we currently see in Erotica, such as the rich-alpha and BDSM, and
fuse it with a much darker tale of crime, family secrets, and mental illness. I
also became frustrated by books where characters where severely damaged and
then became completely “cured” by the end. I get it, it’s Romance and escapism,
but I was always left feeling incomplete because I know in real life, endings
are hardly ever so perfect.
As you delve deeper into the story,
although it may begin with themes that have already been touched upon in other
works, as you get to know these characters, I hope you will see that I take
them in a much different direction as the series goes on.
is your favorite scene in your new release?
That is so hard to answer! I think it’s
Taylor and Shyla’s night in St. Petersburg after the gala. The beautiful
scenery of the city and so much unrealized tension between them was a lot of
fun to write. I just love when she goes to return his jacket. I think if you
have ever wanted someone who was forbidden, you could identify with that
longing she feels for him.
your idea of a perfect date?
Something fun and active, like
speedboating or ATVing, followed by a beautiful dinner outdoors, and
then...well, you know ;).
you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?
on my bucket list. Snuggling with my husband, looking through the glass ceiling
of an igloo-like enclosure, watching the magnetic swirls of the Aurora Borealis
dance in the sky.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Nina G. Jones
was born and raised in Bronx, NY and currently resides in Milwaukee, WI with
her husband and two crazy Boxers.
She is the
author of Strapped, and is currently working on the sequel for Strapped, slated
to be released in early 2014.
Nina lives a
pretty wholesome life, but is fascinated with the dark side of things. She
loves watching true crime TV shows and it creeps her husband out to no end.
Nina has a degree in Psychology and uses her characters as a vehicle to explore
the human psyche.
totally gets it if you want to throw your Kindle at her when you reach the end
of Strapped, but please let her know so she has a chance to duck.