5 Nov 2014

Until You Find Me # 1 by Amber Hart

Until You Find Me # 1
By: Amber Hart
Releasing November 11th, 2014
Loveswept: Flirt

Amber Hart pushes contemporary romance to its wildest limits in this heart-pounding novel, the story of a girl who travels to Africa to protect the legacy of one man . . . and stays for the love of another.
Raven Moore, a twenty-year-old college student from Michigan, feels out of place in the beautiful, treacherous jungles of Cameroon, staying in the habitat where her father gave his life to help protect endangered gorillas. He left home years ago; now Raven refuses to return home until she unravels the truth about his last days.
Raven certainly doesn’t count on crossing paths with a handsome young hunter—especially one as charismatic and intense as Jospin Tondjii. Instantly, she’s hooked. But Jospin is hiding a dark truth: He is the heir to a powerful poaching empire, part of a ruthless black market that is responsible for the dwindling gorilla population.
Their fathers may have been enemies, but Raven and Jospin forge a bond that goes beyond blood, a relationship that is tested as Raven draws closer to the source of her father’s death. Can she and Jospin bear the weight of the secrets of the wild—and the secrets of their pasts? Or will the rain forest destroy them both?

Advance praise for Until You Find Me

“If you think the jungle is hot and dangerous, wait until you meet Jospin. He and Raven turn up the heat to scorching and burn the jungle down!”
—Lisa Desrochers, USA Today bestselling author of A Little Too Far

“A beautiful, unconventional story that takes you to the jungles of Africa to fall in love, Until You Find Me contains the perfect balance of angst, thrills, and page-turning appeal.”—K.A. Tucker, USA Today bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths

“Wonderfully unique and utterly unputdownable, Until You Find Me is a breath of fresh air. Each page is sexier than the one before.”—Lauren Layne, author of Isn’t She Lovely

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Author Interview
I’m so thrilled to be on the blog!! 
I'm thrilled to have you here Amber :)
Tell me, do dreams ever inspire your writing? What did you last dream about?
Yes! Dreams sometimes show me a still-life picture of a character, or maybe a scene that inspires an entire book. I don’t always remember my dreams, so they are few and far between, but my last one was of a girl nestled in a derelict cottage deep in the woods.

When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?
Writing has always been a creative outlet for me, so I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write, actually. Now, I’ve advanced to a laptop and caffeine, though memories of my childhood writing days—filled with crayons and colored paper—are cherished.
From a publishing standpoint, I sold my first series in 2013.
What is it about 'chick lit' that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres? 
I love the romance factor the most—that feeling of a new beginning (or revisiting an old flame). I’m such a sucker for a strong male character (preferably dark and handsome). And I’m even more intrigued by a strong female lead.
Though I love chick lit, I cannot read it exclusively. I am a big supporter of diversity, and that flows over into my reading habits too. I read several genres in adult, new adult, young adult, and even middle grade! I sometimes read novels that don’t sound like something I’d normally pick up. This is purposeful on my part as a way to open my eyes to other things outside of what draws me. 99% of the time, I end up loving the book.

Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
I’d love to!!
Until You Find Me is set in the treacherous African rain forest, and is about the daughter of a conservationist who follows a set of chilling messages left behind by her father, and falls—unbeknownst to her—for the heir to a powerful poaching empire. Raven, a college student from Michigan, is displaced in the jungle, but soon learns that she will have to rely on a native rugged hunter, Jospin, to show her the ways of the trees. Both Raven and Jospin, told in dual POV’s, get more than they bargained for.

What inspired you to write it?
I’ve been a long time supporter of the Jane Goodall Institute, a non-profit organization that helps save endangered animals, and I was actually reading an article they sent me about one of their gorillas when an idea hit. I long ago fell in love with the gorilla species, and the people who save them. I always wondered why people killed gorillas illegally in the first place. I imagined the perils lurking deep within the trees—the rain forest and all its secrets. I pictured myself there, amongst the danger. I researched it restlessly through the years. And when the idea hit, I thought: What would happen if the one who saves gorillas fell in love with the one who kills them? From this, Until You Find Me was born.

Have you ever spotted anyone reading your books anywhere?
No! But how amazing would that be?! I have, however, walked into a Barnes and Noble and quickly signed my name to the copies on their shelves, then returned a few days later to find them sold out. That was surreal, for sure.

Who designs your covers?
My diverse contemporary Young Adult romance novels (the Before & After series) are designed by the wonderful artistic team at Kensington Publishing. And my New Adult romantic thriller novels (the Untamed series) are designed by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design. She partners with my publisher, Random House, to work her magic.

If your latest book was made into a film, who would you cast?
Can we please make this happen? ☺
I would totally pick Amanda Seyfried to play my lead female, Raven. And my preference would be David Nso for my male character Jospin. David is actually a model (not an actor), but a girl can dream, right?

What's your favourite Chick Lit book that made it to the big screen?
I really like The Devil Wears Prada. Anne Hathaway is dazzling.

What were the last two books you read?

Burying Water by K.A. Tucker.
What I Thought Was True by Huntly Fitzpatrick
Both were brilliant.

Name one female author who you think deserves to be better known.
Pam Bachorz

Where do you write?
In my home library—holding a cup of caffeine, and often sugary confections—with two lazy bulldogs at my feet.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? And did you follow the dream?
I wanted to be someone who made a positive difference in this world. Books help deliver my message of hope. I also, at one time, wanted to be an ice cream connoisseur. So there’s that.

In the movie of your life, who would play you?
No idea. But I’d love Tim Burton to direct it. He has a beautiful mind.

Speed Round...
Top drink to make you tipsy?
 I don’t drink alcohol.
Shopaholic or shopadon't? Shopadon’t. Unless we’re talking about books.
Sky high heels or closer to the ground? The ground. God, I’m freaking out just thinking about heights.
E.L. James or Jilly Cooper? E.L. James
Cry baby or tough cookie? Tough cookie.
Exotic beach or enchanted forest? Enchanted forest.

Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, FL and Atlanta, GA. She now resides on the Florida coast with family. When not writing, she can be found reading, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She’s the author of the YA contemporary Before & After series, and the NA romantic thriller Untamed series. Rep’d by Writers House.
I’m often on social media. Meet you there?
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Reading order:
Before & After series
BEFORE YOU (book 1)
AFTER US (book 2)
MAYBE ME (book 3)
Untamed series:
UNTIL YOU FIND ME (book 1)
TBA (book 2)

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting Amber today! Great Interview!

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