Welcome to Through Stephanie’s Eyes. Today I’m thrilled to have my friend, editor and follow author Amber Lea Easton here to give us a little insight into her new series. These books aren’t your usual series. They are a set of stand alones that have some cross over characters. You don’t have to read them all to get the whole experience, but it’s sure fun if you do! It all started with Anonymity for me. I fell in love with all the characters in it and was so happy to find out the second book is all about a couple we were briefly introduced to in Anonymity.
As an editor, Amber has a way of bringing out the whole story from the authors without tearing them down. She doesn’t rewrite the manuscript in HER voice, but encourages you to spread your wings and put forth the best work possible. You can see it in her own books too. Her romantic suspense novels grab you and pull you right into the story. You FEEL everything right along with her characters and that’s exactly what she gets others to do when she edits for them.
Enough of all that! I’m sure you want to know more about her and the new series so let’s get to it!
Q: Can you tell us a little about the Wanderlust Series as a whole?
A: I originally started writing this series for my own entertainment as an author. Anonymity, the first in the series, came about after I had written a serious nonfiction book and needed to cleanse my mind and have some fun. I loosely based it on a trip my late husband and I took to Belize—adventure tended to follow us wherever we went! After that, people who read Anonymity loved the secondary characters, Bill and Savannah. I decided at that point to create a series of adventure oriented romance novels that take place all over the world to share my both my love of travel and my love of human relationships. I hope to transport readers to these places where they can experience the world without ever leaving their homes. It’s my intention to give them a fun read with captivating characters in fascinating places.
A: To me, the best part of traveling is truly immersing myself in the culture of the place I’m visiting. I always start out with a sense of wonder and curiosity—no matter if I’m traveling to the Caribbean or Iowa. I want to leave with a sense of the people who live there and with knowledge of the place I’ve been. What’s the food like? How is it different than where I call home? What makes the people there happy? I always leave on a trip expecting to learn something and am never disappointed.
Q: When thinking of these stories, what comes first? Setting or characters?
A: Characters come first for me. It doesn’t matter if I’m writing romance adventure or romantic suspense, it is always the characters that I envision first. They tell me the story from that point forward.
Q: Do you have any writing habits that get you in the creative mood?
A: Yes, I love to write with music and candles. I get into my zone when I’m at my desk, a particular soundtrack going that suits my mood at the moment, and either candles or incense burning. Oh, and my dogs. I always have at least one nearby.
Q: Speaking of adventure, what’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
A: I swam with sharks—intentionally. I thought they were magnificent creatures and I came away with a deep appreciation of their beauty and grace. There have been many more experiences that some might call adventurous, but I ultimately believe the best is yet to come.
More About the Author:
Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published author of both nonfiction and fiction. Smart is sexy, according to Easton, which is why she writes strong female heroines who encounter their fair share of challenges but ultimately persevere. In addition to being an author, Easton is also an editor, speaker, and mother of two exceptional young adults. Find out more about her books by visiting http://www.amberleaeaston.com
And now Proximity (Wanderlust II)
Savannah is one of the boys—fun loving, adventurous, a general contractor, and dive master extraordinaire. There isn’t much she takes seriously about herself, or at least that’s the impression she likes to give off. Women often misjudge her based on her looks so she’s gravitated toward a group of men who accept her ‘as is’—her Scuba diving club.
Bill has known Savannah’s wild side for years and has been comfortable playing the role of best friend. As part of the Dallas Divers, he’s shared many adventures with the group from diving the Blue Hole in Belize to exploring the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. When the team heads out to Costa Rica for a series of cave dives, he knows something is off but can’t justify his nerves.
Catastrophe happens shortly after their immersion in the cave. With the entrance blocked from an earthquake and separated from the rest of their team, Savannah and Bill are forced to find another way out while battling aftershocks, rising tides, and an undeniable attraction that they’ve ignored for too long. The question becomes, what’s more dangerous…the earthquake or love?
**The Wanderlust Series consists of stand-alone adventure romance novels. Occasionally, characters from previous novels may make a cameo, but each story truly does stand on its own merits.
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