This interview originally appeared in Issue 29 of Redhot Romance
I was amazingly honored with River Savage agreed to do an interview for an issue of Redhot Romance. Her new release Hetch is a deviation from the MC romance that she is known for but it was no less awesome.
Even more amazing, is that I was able to team up with another of my favorite authors, Willa Thorne and a romance blogger extraordinaire – Karen McVino from Bookalicious Babes – to bring this EXCLUSIVE interview to you all.
It’s an absolute pleasure today to welcome USA Today Bestselling author River Savage who was kind enough to take time out from her busy schedule to answer questions about her latest release, Hetch, as well as her publishing and writing journey.
Redhot Romance is absolutely thrilled to share this interview between Willa Thorne, author of The Manhattan Tales Series & Closed Heart, Karen McVino, blogger extraordinaire at Bookalicious Babes Book Blog & River.
Make sure to check out the excerpt at the end of the interview to get a taste of Hetch (available now).
Willa: Tell us about your new book, Hetch, in your new Men of Swat series. Will there be any more books to look forward to in this series?
River: Hetch follows a group of men who make up the tactical unit for an Arizona police department. Hetch is the team leader, who falls for Liberty, a local woman who is the program director of the local boys home.
They meet in unconventional ways, and as fate would have it, keeps throwing them together. There are a lot of laughs, some tears, and definitely some action, but we also see them through some deep stuff.
Hetch is book one, and while it is part of a series (5 books total) each book can be read alone.
Willa: At what age did you start writing?
River: I started writing four years ago. One morning, I woke up after a dream with an awesome idea for a book and grabbed my
phone and wrote it down in my notes. I left it there for a few months, until one day I
pulled it out and started writing it. The story is a dark one, and am yet to publish it, but sometimes I go back to re-read over what I came up with before my MC series.
Willa: What are some of your favourite books that have stayed with you?
River: I’m a very diverse reader. Some of my favourite books are so very different to each other. But one thing stays the same, I do love a healthy dose of Alpha.
On the Island- by Tracy Garvis Graves. Was the first book I read that I didn’t want to read but forced to, and regretted every month I kept putting it off. I never thought I would ever be okay with older woman, younger guy, but this book just took a hold on me and didn’t let go.
Feral Sins –by Suzanne Wright. Alpha werewolves, with sassy snarky heroines. It hits all the spots.
The Fantasy land series by Kristen Ashley. I’m not a Huge Paranormal reader, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s KA. I wish this series to be made into a movie. It would be amazing.
Willa: Do you have any authors who inspired your writing?
River: Not really one in particular. I’ve found books that I loved before I started writing hard to read now, and books that I wouldn’t have given a chance before are the ones that have stayed with me.
Currently I’m loving Meghan March’s writing style. I will read anything that woman writes, she has a way with words. And a New Zealand author Nicola James. Will drop anything for a new release of these two.
Karen: What inspired you to write MC books? Is there plans for any more Knight’s Rebels MC books?
River: A friend did actually. I was writing a dark romance to begin with, and one day was just chatting with her about it. She was so thrown back at the idea of me writing a dark story that she didn’t believe me. I asked her what did she see me writing and she said MC. I laughed her off, not thinking anything of it, but a couple weeks later Nix came to me. Nix then Kadence. And they didn’t stop talking. Much to my own surprise I wrote their story over the course of 4 weeks, and haven’t looked back.
There will be two more books in the series. Brooks and Kelly is next, then followed by Hunter and his love interest. I can’t wait to share them with everyone.
Karen: Who was your favourite character to write and why?
River: I do love my Nix, he makes me smile whenever he comes up these days, but I must say, Beau has been my favourite to date. Something about the silent type who knows what he wants. Nix wasn’t a challenge. Sy was challenging, Jesse was a pain in my behind, but Beau, he challenged me, but didn’t make me lose my mind.
Karen: What qualities make up your dream book boyfriend?
River: Alpha is must. Not over the top asshole but. I do like a man who knows when to take control and when to not push too hard. I think that’s what I love about HETCH so much. Writing MC you kind of have to have the men over the top ALPHA. Hetch is alpha but in a more realistic way. A way that women can swoon over, but not roll their eyes at.
Karen: For the night of your dreams, which book boyfriend would you invite?
River: Oh god, that’s a hard one. I would say Dax Lahn, from Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley. Seriously all I can picture is Jason Momao with that beard… Enough said.
Willa: How has your writing or writing process changed from your first published book to this new one? What advice would you give to other authors just starting out?
River: Well I was pretty lucky with Incandescent. Like I said, I wrote Nix and Kadence in 4 weeks. You would think it gets easier, but for me each book gets harder.
The first two books I didn’t plot at all. Just pen to paper and wrote. The last few have been more detailed the deeper you get into a series, you need to remember what you have wrote, who is connected to who, the timelines. So plotting is a must. Hetch is first book in a series, so while in theory should have been easy, I still found myself plotting to set up the next couple.
They say moments of clarity hit you hard. Like suddenly a deep understanding smacks you in the face. Your vision becomes unclouded, and a truth that’s been out of your reach rushes at you. It’s in that second your perception of reality becomes so clear you can’t begin to describe it.
Some call it beautiful, some say it can be saddening, some even compare it to the moment your drug of choice washes over you, offering a moment of escape.
I wish I could I say my moment of clarity is an epiphany or some kind of life-defining moment that showed me where my messed-up life is going.
No, my moment hits me as the first wave of the orgasm I’ve been chasing the lastfew minutes washes over me.
“Fuck, woman, wait for me this time.” His voice pulls me from my haze first, reminding me how messed up I am.
Heat covers my body, not from the life-altering orgasm, but from embarrassment.
Without thinking rationally, I throw my vibrator to the floor and freeze, afraid to move, as a low moan pauses on my lips. The thump of my beating heart, almost syncing in perfect rhythm to the throb drumming between my legs.
Jesus, please tell me he didn’t hear me.
“Don’t go shy on me now, babe.” He half chuckles, half growls, and even though there is a wall between us, the words wash over me; Goose bumps prickle my skin as if his warm breath whispered over me.
Slowly, as if by some freak of nature, apartment nine can see me through the wall, I roll off the bed and find myself on all fours.
Fully committed to my actions, I slowly army crawl my way to the nearest exit.
A strong tap on the wall halts my escape followed by, “You still there?” Another wave of humiliation crashes over me when I take stock of my predicament.
If I don’t get out of here fast, I’ll be drowning in so much embarrassment, nothing will resuscitate me.
Unable to form a coherent thought, and not willing to engage with the pervert, I continue to low crawl my way out of my bedroom and into my bathroom. Closing the door, I stand, and quickly walk to the shower. After turning the faucet on, I strip the rest of my clothes off, then step under the spray of the water.
Jesus, that was close.
I have no idea what I was thinking. In fact, I know I wasn’t. Which scares me even I, Liberty Jenson, would never take risks like this. If asked what prompted this
change in me, I’d answer with two things.
And a self-appointed sex sabbatical.
It all started when I moved into my new apartment. At first, I was excited, ready for a fresh start. After a messy break-up, which included dealing with a douche ex who didn’t know how to keep his dick in his pants, I needed a new place. Somewhere closer to town this time, secure, and most importantly, affordable. However, finding a place close to the city, which was secure enough to make me feel safe and would still leave me enough money left over from my program director’s wage, proved to be a feat. After searching for five weeks, I was about to give up, accept defeat and move in with my mom and dad again. I mean it wasn’t the worst thing that could happen to a single thirty-year- old woman.
Luckily for me, I didn’t have to resort to such desperate measures when this place came up two weeks ago. After a quick walk through, I fell in love with the two bedrooms, one bath, and open kitchen living area. I filled out the paperwork, paid my deposit, a month’s rent in advance, and moved in five days later.
Everything seemed perfect.
That was until I realized how paper-thin the walls were between apartments.
It started out subtle, a sneeze in the early evening on my first night here as I settled into bed. A soft murmur of a man’s voice the third night.
But then came the sex.
The hot, wild, filthy sex.
The fourth night in my new apartment, I was woken to the low moans of what I assumed to be a needy woman.
My face heats up remembering the screams, the grunts. The deep baritone of
apartment nine’s voice as he told the ‘bitch’ to keep it quiet.
Unsure what to do, I laid silent, listening to my new neighbor fuck some lucky woman into submission.
I’m not going to lie; I wasn’t turned on by it. I was set alight.
I never thought I would be that kind of person, the kind who got off from listening in on someone get off, but something in the way he spoke to her, something in the way he spoke to all the other women since, stirred a new want in me. Soon I found myself seeking out my room for a chance to hear him.
It was wrong.
But it didn’t stop me from wanting it.
The deep grunts of pleasure.
I wanted it all.
I wanted it to be me.
“I’m officially going to hell.” I groan under the water, trying to wash the stupidity off me. Stupid would be the nice way of calling me a fucking idiot. And an idiot is what I am.
Especially after tonight.
About River Savage
River Savage is the Author of the Knights Rebels MC Series. She released her debut novel, Incandescent, in August 2014.
An avid reader of romance and erotic novels, her love for books and reading fueled her passion for writing. Reading no longer sated her addiction, so she started writing in secret. She never imagined that her dream of publishing a novel would ever be achievable.
With a soft spot for an alpha male and a snarky sassy woman, Kadence and Nix were born.
River would love to hear from you. You can contact and/or follow her via…
River Savage Books & Series
Knights Rebels MC Series
About Willa Thorne
Willa Thorne is the author of the sexy and steamy Manhattan Tales series & the standalone romance, CLOSED HEART, which just released in February of 2016. ALL of her books are free with Kindle Unlimited! For those of you who aren’t familiar with her books, she writes sensual, contemporary romance stories which are filled with emotion, secrets and twists.
She is originally from New Jersey, and currently lives in Southern Connecticut with her husband and rescue pup.
The Manhattan Tales Series
About Karen McVino
One day, a busy wife and mama quit her equally busy corporate marketing manager/writing job to stay home with her four littles. Needing more after just a few days, this gal wanted to blend her love of romance reading, writing, and marketing so she started a blog. Bookalicious Babes Blog (BBB) was born on November 18, 2014. BBB grew and so did its team that now is comprised of six lovely ladies brought together by a love of romance books, and are not only bloggers and bookworms, but friends and family.