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Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Going Under Novel. Shallow by Georgia Cates.

 
Today it's my pleasure to interview, Georgia Cates, author of Shallow (Going Under Series- Book 2), a Young Adult Contemporary.

Book Description

Nick Hawke likes his car fast and his girls even faster. He blows through females quicker than his muscle car races down the drag strip in Collinsville and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Determined to avoid the devastation he has watched his father endure in the aftermath of his mother leaving, he believes there is no room in his life or his heart for a relationship lasting more than one night. He seeks happiness in things that won’t let him down...fast cars, parties and one night stands. To his absolute dismay, all of that changes when he unexpectedly runs into an old friend and is introduced to Payton Archer, the first girl he ever wanted for more than one night. There’s only one catch...she is completely immune to him and his smooth talking ways.

Payton Archer is looking for what Claire has with Jessie, but she has given up on finding it...at least until she leaves for college in the Fall because she is certain that is where she will find the perfect guy to fit into her perfect world. She plans on Summer being nothing but three uneventful months of fun, but it turns out to be anything but ordinary when Payton is introduced to Nick Hawke, one of Jessie’s old Collinsville friends. She is shocked by her immediate and intense attraction for “Hawke” because nothing about him is what Payton is looking for. Sure, he’s hot and sexy but he comes from
Collinsville and that is definitely not on her list of prerequisites. Everything about him makes Payton’s heart speed because he is exciting and dangerous, but his fast car and the dangerous chances he takes isn’t what scares Payton the most...it’s the way Nick Hawke makes her feel every time he looks at her. Can Payton find that moment of total fearlessness and make the decision to leave the safe, shallow end of love to risk going under completely?

Interview

 
SKY:   What inspired you to write this book?

GEORGIA:   My readers inspired “Shallow.” It’s a second in a series that was never meant to be because “Going Under” was intended to be a stand alone. When my readers finished it they wanted the story of the heroine’s best friend, Payton because she was such an interesting character.

SKY:   How did you come up with the title?

GEORGIA:   The title needed to be related to water because my covers depict my heroines in water. I’ll expand on that a little more with a following question about my book cover.

SKY:   What made you choose the main setting for your book?

GEORGIA:   Shallow’s setting is simply a continuation from Book 1. I completely made up the town of East Franklin.

SKY:   Tell us about your book cover and how it relates to your story.

GEORGIA:   I wanted this book to coordinate with the first “Going Under” book. The cover art of the first book depicts Claire going under, as if drowning in love. Because Payton is shallow and the complete opposite of Claire, I thought she should be depicted as one not easy to “go under”.

SKY:   Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Is it indoors, outdoors, a special room, etc.

GEORGIA:   I have a writing cave and that’s where my magic happens, folks. It’s equipped with a big man recliner, my laptop, my desktop, a side table with all my goodies and a place to put my chocolate raspberry coffee as I write.

SKY:   What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?

GEORGIA:   I started out writing in YA paranormal. I moved on to YA Contemporary. Next, I stepped it up to New Adult and now I’m currently working on my first Adult Contemporary. I guess you can say I have my hand in all of it.

SKY:   If you could make changes to a story you’ve already written, which would it be and why?

GEORGIA:   I would change Blood of Anteros. It was my first book and I was afraid to write the way that felt natural to me. I feared what everyone would say about it. That will never happen again.

SKY:   Thanks so much for joining me today, Georgia. Wishing you much success!

Excerpt

Chapter 1
Sex Tricks Jedi

Payton

Why the hell was I driving to Collinsville to watch Dane Wickam race? And better yet, how had I let him talk me into making a two-hundred dollar bet that he would win? I didn’t know jack about racing and if I had to guess, Dane didn’t either. Sure, his parents bought him a fast, new Porsche for graduation, but that didn’t mean he knew how to race it.

I came to a stop at a red light just before we entered Collinsville, Jessie’s old stomping ground, and looked up in my rearview mirror at him sitting in my backseat. “Hey, Jessie, do you know this guy Dane is going to race?”

“Yeah, I went to school with Hawke at Collinsville. We were in the same class.”

“Hawke?” I laughed and the only thing I could picture was some guy with a big hooked nose like a bad cartoon. “What kind of name is Hawke? His mom is wrong for doing that to him.”

“His name is Nick Hawke, but everyone calls him Hawke and the name suits him pretty well. He’s well known as somewhat of a predator.”

That didn’t sound like a compliment. “A predator? You mean like a hunter?”

I watched Jessie laughing in my mirror. “No, girls are his chosen prey.”

Claire turned around in her seat to look at Jessie. “That’s funny because I was under the impression that the Collinsville ladies’ man left when you came to East Franklin.”

“No, Hawke was always the favorite among the chicks. They love his pretty face. I swear he can sweet talk himself into any girl’s pants, so I want you to keep your distance from him. I don’t want you falling for any of his Jedi sex tricks.”

What tha’? I spun around to look at Jessie sitting in the backseat behind Claire. “Did you just say Jedi sex tricks?”

Somehow in the midst of turning to look at Jessie, I forgot I was the one in the driver’s seat and my foot accidentally slipped off the brake and pounded onto the accelerator.

“Payton, look out!” Claire squealed just before I rammed into the back of the car stopped in front of us.

The whole thing happened in a split second. Shit. My parents were going to kill me. I didn’t have the best driving record ever, but at least I’d never gotten into an accident. So much for my clean accident-free driving history.

About the Author

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author.

Blood of Anteros, Book One in The Vampire Agápe Series, was her first novel and it was released in September 2011. She decided to briefly step away from the paranormal genre to try her hand at a young adult contemporary romance when she wrote Going Under, but returned to the paranormal romance platform to complete the second book in The Vampire Agápe Series, Blood Jewel.

Her current work in progress is Blood Doll (The Vampire Agápe Series #3), to be released in January 2013.

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