Raine Miller answers your questions!

I hunted her down and cornered her.  Yes!  I did that.  *you’re welcome*  I sat the elusive Raine Miller down and fired away.  I asked her questions and forced her to answer them.  I am pretty good.  *buffs nails*  So here you go.  Our interview from Saturday morning, October 27th, 10:18 a.m. in her home out in sunny California.

Raine, what is going on with All In?  I have all these people asking day in and day out. They say they NEED to know and it’s driving me nuts.

*she gives me a tolerant look*  It’s almost done.  Almost, as in I am writing the final chapter now.  Once finished, the book has to go to edits which will take a couple weeks.  I can’t give an exact date because things could happen to change the release and I don’t want to be sent to the brig by my fans.  *Raine gives me another look like that first one*

Why has this book taken longer than you anticipated, Raine?

Well, Ethan’s book is much longer than Part 1.  Like nearly double.  Part 1 was 35,000 words.  Part 2 is 60,000+ words.  *she tilts her head*  Longer books take longer for Raine to write, you see.  I heard that fans of Blackstone Affair wanted a longer book and they are getting one.  Poor Brynne got shortchanged with her book though, she’s been glaring at me for it too.  I’ll have to make sure she gets her voice back in Part 3.  She has A LOT on her mind these days.

Ohhhh really?  Like what?

*Raine smiles sweetly*  You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Do Ethan and Brynne get back together?

*Raine looks at her watch*

What can you tell us about Part 2, Raine?

I can tell you that All In is entirely from Ethan’s point of view.  The story moves forward from where Part 1 ended and things happen pretty quickly. Most of the questions about their pasts will be revealed, and you’ll understand more about Brynne and Ethan, and what’s shaped them.  All In is very much a man’s book though.  You are hearing the story from a man’s head.  It’s different for that reason.

Does Ethan still have his potty mouth?

*she grins and nods*  Oh yes.  Potty mouth and potty thoughts…

Raine, are there any new characters introduced in the book?

Why yes there are.  Thank you for asking.  You’ll meet Ethan’s family and Brynne’s Aunt Marie, but most notable will be Ethan’s cousin and whole lotta sexy fun in a very nice package–Ivan.  *Raine gets a wistful look in her eye*

Why can’t readers pre-order All In, The Blackstone Affair, Part 2, on Amazon or Barnes & Noble? 

Great question.  It’s because I am self-publishing the series.  Wholesalers like Amazon and B & N only set up pre-orders with big six publishing houses.  Since Raine Miller Romance is the publisher there is no platform for pre-ordering books before they are released.  Sorry.

Will stalking Amazon three times a day and posting comments on your blog demanding to know when, help the book to come out faster, Raine?

*gives me the look again*  Ummm…no.

How come Goodreads has All In listed on their site with the cover and everything?

I have no control on content at Goodreads.  In fact there are a couple quotes attributed to Naked that are NOT in Naked, nor are they quotes from All In either, posted up at Goodreads.  I have no answers for you there.  People can put up anything they wish and rate books before they are released.  *stoneface from Raine*

But, how will we know when All In is up for sale?

*smile from Raine*  I will keep people updated on this blog and on Facebook when I send it off for edits AND when it’s ready to upload onto Amazon and B & N.  You will know when it is available, I assure you.

Will the books ever be in print, Raine?

I hope so.  That is my plan, but not until Part 3 is complete so the whole series can go into one printed book.

When will Part 3 of Blackstone Affair be published?

*forced smile from Raine*  My “goal” is to have Eyes Wide Open done by the end of the year…as in December 31, 2012.  Please remember this is a goal and not a promise.

Are you going to torture your fans with another killer cliffhanger at the end of All In like you did with Naked?

Nope.

Can you tell me more, Raine?  PLEEEEEASE?

No.  *she looks at her watch again*  I have to get back to writing now.  It’s been lovely talking to you but I really need to get going. *she’s up and moving out the door*  Please tell the magnificent fans on Facebook and Twitter and my blog that I love them for wanting the next book and they really make this all worth it for me.  They are the BEST.  FANS.  EVER.  *she blows a kiss*  Here’s a little gift for you.  My muse for Ethan in a reflective pose worthy of the thoughtful, Mr. Blackstone…the sublime, David Gandy.

All In…come on already!

I have to admit I am more than a little surprised at the amount of emails and comments I get these days about the release of All In, The Blackstone Affair, Part 2.  Well I’m here to address some of your concerns.  The good news first:  book is in the final stages of being written.  *cheering*  Does that mean it’s ready for publication in the next days or even the next week?  No.  (I hope that wasn’t really bad news for you and I do love that you want to read the book and care enough to ask)  But with any book I put out, spit and polish will need to happen before it’s up for sale.  It’s just how I work and I’ve never been a writer who churns out 10 K words a day…and I don’t think I ever will be.

Now, with that being said, I want you to know I didn’t go into this venture with the idea of torturing people.  So far, I have worked at the pace I pretty much envisioned when I came up with the idea for this series–which was three, novella-length books of around 100-ish pages each that would tell the continuing story from different points of view.  I set a pace of 2 months for each book and so far I’m on schedule with that goal.  Naked was published on August 25, 2012.  *wink*  (I never in my wildest imaginings thought I would be fielding the amount of requests for this book as I am experiencing)  Yes, folks, Raine is just a regular gal with a part -time day job, two kids and a husband.  Trust me I fantasize about the glamorous life I want to be leading, but man, it’s just so not like that!  Not at all.  *laughing*

There have been a ton of comments about the length as well, but again, I am sticking to my plan for The Blackstone Affair and although Part 2 will be longer than Part 1, it is not going to be full novel length either, and if it was, could not possibly be written in such a short time.  Not by this author at least!

I enjoy the comments and questions and try to respond to every inquiry, but if I don’t, please understand that it’s only because I am working hard on getting Part 2 out to you rather than answering emails.  I love you fans very much.  Never ever forget it!

For those of you who want to see more than a three book series, there is some good news there as well.  I have planned a spinoff series for Gabrielle, Brynne’s roommate, the hero of which you will meet in All In.  His name is Ivan and he is connected to Ethan.  I’ll tell you a little secret here…I actually started Gaby and Ivan’s story FIRST.  *gasp*  Yes, it’s true.  I started it back in the summer but got distracted by Ethan and Brynne along the way.  (Such is the bane of a writer’s life)  Their story is called The Rothvale Legacy and will feature some cameo appearances with Ethan and Brynne so you will still get to see them which is always nice to know they won’t be totally gone in future stories.

So to finish this ramble, I’ll leave you with a nice picture of my muse for Ethan Blackstone, waiting and plotting on how to get his beautiful American girl back–none other than the sublime David Gandy who can do sexy and angsty oh so very, very well.  Thank you for the inspiration, Mr. Gandy, you have helped me more than you will ever know.

Raine~

Ethan Blackstone~The Most Interesting Man in the World?

If you didn’t know already, book 2 of The Blackstone Affair is written from Ethan’s point of view.  The whole book!  All In will give us a peek into this man’s mind.  You will find out what makes him tick, discover his secrets, and know what he thinks about.  *snickers*  No surprises there.  He thinks about her–all the time…among other things.  *more snickering*

In this scene we find Ethan visiting his dad.  You’ll see that he’s still drinking Mexican beer and has even met a new friend…

~Excerpt

Day two of my exile from Brynne and it sucked.  I was moving around and doing things but nothing felt right.  How long would it be like this?  Should I call?  If I thought about my situation too much, fear started to creep in so I left it alone.  I left her alone.  The empty space inside me pushed for action but I knew it was too soon to try to go to her.  She needed some time and I’d made this mistake before.  Pressing too fast and too hard with her.  And being an utter fucking fool.

I parked on the street next to the house where I’d grown up.  The lawn very tidy, the gate straight and the shrubbery clipped as it had always been.  Dad would never leave here.  Not the home where he’d been with my mother.  My dad was a stubborn old puss and this was where he would die some day.

I picked up the cold beer off the seat and went in through the gate.  A black cat dashed ahead of me and waited.  It was not quite a kitten and not fully grown either.  A teenage cat I suppose.  It sat down right in front of the door and turned and looked at me.  Bright green eyes blinked as if saying for me to hurry up my too-slow ass and let him in the house.  When in the hell had Dad gotten a cat?

I rang the bell and then opened the door and stuck my head in.  “Dad?”  The cat slithered into the house faster than the speed of light and all I could do was stare.  “You have a cat now?” I called out and went into the kitchen.  I put the beer in the fridge and flopped on the couch.

Remote pointed, I turned on the TV.  European Championship.  Fucking perfect.  I could focus on football for a few hours, hopefully drink four out of the six beers and forget about my girl for a little while.  And cry to my Dad.

I leaned my head back and closed my eyes.  Something furry and soft climbed into my lap.  The cat was back.

“Ahh, well you’re here then, and I see you’ve met Soot.”  My dad walked up behind me.

“Why did you get a cat?”  I couldn’t wait for this answer.  We’d never had cats growing up.

My dad snorted and sat down in his chair.  “I didn’t.  You could say that he got me.”

“I can imagine.”  I stroked my hand down Soot’s sleek body.  “He just came in the house the second I opened the front door like he owned the place.”

“My neighbor asked me to feed him while she left to take care of her mum who’s very ill.  She’s had to move into her mother’s house and I got him by default.  We have an understanding I s’pose.”

“You and the neighbor, or you and the cat?”

My dad looked at me shrewdly, his eyes narrowing.  Jonathan Blackstone was very perceptive by nature.  Always had been.  I could never slip anything by him.  He always knew if I came home drunk and when I started smoking, or if I was into trouble as a lad.  I guess he’d been that way because he was a single parent for most of our lives.  My sister Hannah and I were never neglected despite the loss of our mum.  His senses got keener and he could sniff out problems like a bloodhound.  He was doing it now.

“What the hell happened to you, son?”

Brynne happened.

“That noticeable, huh?”  The cat started purring in my lap.

“I know my own child and I know when something’s off with you.”  My dad left the room for a minute.  He returned with two of the beers cracked and handed me one.  “Mexican beer?”  He lifted an eyebrow at me and I wondered if I looked the same way when I did it.  Brynne had remarked on my eyebrow quirking more than once.

“Yeah.  It’s good with a sliver of lime shoved down the neck.”  I took a slug and stroked my new ebony friend.  “It’s a girl.  Brynne.  I met her, and I fell for her, and now she’s left me.”  Short and sweet.  What else was there to say to my own father?  This was all that mattered or all that I could think about.  I was aching for her and she had left me.

“Ahhh, well that makes more sense.”  Dad paused for a moment as if letting it all sink in.  I am sure he was surprised by the revelation.  “My lad, I know I’ve told you before so this is not news by any stretch.  You came to your good looks from your mother, rest her soul.  All you got from me was the name and maybe my bulk.  But your blessings in the Adonis department made it very easy for you with the ladies.”

“I’ve never chased women, Dad.”

“I didn’t say you did but the point is you never had to.  They chased you.”  He shook his head in remembrance.  “Gods, you had the females clamoring for you.  I was sure you’d get caught sowing your oats and make me a granddad long before you should have done.”  He gave me a look that suggested he’d spent much more time worrying about this than he’d wanted to.  “But you never did…”

Dad trailed off and got a rather sad look in his eye.  After school I’d shipped off to the military and left home.  And nearly didn’t come back…

~*~

All In, The Blackstone Affair Part 2

I promised to reveal the cover this weekend for All In.  Well here it is.  I can thank Kim Killion at Hot Damn Designs for working her magic yet again.  I love how it turned out and love the expressiveness in the hand.  Hands fascinate me in general so based on the fact that Ethan Blackstone is known for touching his girl all the time, I thought this cover worked perfectly for their story.  I also promised an excerpt so here goes.  You will see that Mr. Blackstone is still explaining things to Brynne in that very direct way of his.  *snickers*  He can do blunt and scorchingly sexy better than any man I know and it only makes me love him more.

Excerpt~

“Where are we going?” she asked.

“First?  We’re going to get some food.”  It came out a little harsher than I wanted it to.

She nodded at me and then looked away, out the window.

“After you eat we’ll get a new phone and mobile number for you.”

She looked down at her lap and nodded again.  I wanted to pull her into my arms but I held off.

“Then I’m taking you home.  My place—home.”

“No, Ethan, that’s not a good idea,” she whispered.

“Fuck good ideas,” I exploded.  “Would you at least look at me?”  She turned her eyes up to mine and smoldered in the seat, a hint of red fire flickering and making them look very brown.  I wanted to drag her to me and shake her, making her understand that this bullshit break-up was a thing of the past.  She was coming home with me, period.  I turned the key in the ignition.

“What do you want from me, Ethan?”

“That’s easy.”  I made a rude noise.  “I want to go back to one week ago.  I want to be back in my office fucking on my desk with you wrapped around me!  I want your body underneath mine looking up at me with some expression other than the one I saw when you left me at the lifts!”  I rested my forehead on the steering wheel.

“Okay…Ethan.”  Her voice sounded shaky and more than a little defeated.

“Okay…Ethan?” I mocked, pulling my head up to look her over.  “What does that mean?  Okay I’m coming home with you?  Okay to you and me?  What?  I need more from you, Brynne.”

~*~