14 Apr 2015

Playing All The Angles by Nicole Lane

Dominic Phillips is an enjoyable distraction from fashion designer Eve D'Amico's loneliness, but there's never been anything more between them than hot sex. Since he desires no commitment from her either, it's pretty much the perfect arrangement...except for the fact that he's dating her sister Isabelle.Eve's grown used to being the promiscuous black sheep of her family ever since an unplanned pregnancy at age fourteen, and Isabelle is the only one in the D'Amico clan who doesn't treat her like a second class citizen. Eve doesn't exactly revel in the idea of hurting her sister if the truth ever comes out.Just when she starts hitting it off with the sexy new neighbor next door, her world is turned upside-down when Dominic reveals his plans to marry Isabelle. As if things weren't complicated enough, life decides to throw another surprise her way, and Eve is suddenly trapped with another secret to add to a much more shocking one from her past, both of which threaten to destroy every relationship she's ever hoped to have. She must soon decide whether to reveal the truth and save her sister from a man who's incapable of commitment, or to keep her lips sealed and secure her own place in the family. For now, though, she will dance around that decision for as long as she can, keeping everyone in check by Playing All the Angles.

Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
Playing All the Angles is an ode to all the dramatic romance novels I loved, growing up. Judith Krantz, Danielle Steel, and Jackie Collins were my favorite with their over-the-top drama and high stakes relationships. This is the story of Eve D'Amico, the wild, middle sister of three girls, and how she nearly ruins everyone else's life, just as she's figuring out how to pull herself together. It's as much a story about the love between sisters as it is a romance novel.

What inspired you to write it?
I had this scene in my head, something that happens early on in the novel, and I just had to get it down on paper. By the time I'd finished it, Eve had been born, and it grew from there.

How did you come up with the idea for the cover?
My wonderful publishing company did the cover. I wish I could take credit!

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?

This is such a difficult question for me! I have no idea who would play Eve--she's yet undiscovered. Isabelle could be well done by Emily Browning, though. I'd have Ginnifer Goodwin play Alora. I adore Goodwin, and I'd like to see her chew up some scenery as the cranky sister!

Is it part of a series or is it a stand-alone novel?
This is a stand alone novel.

Where is the novel set and why did you choose to set it there?
We're set between London proper, and a home in the countryside. London is one of my favorite places, and since I couldn't be there, I sent Eve there.

What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much?
I enjoy having The Feels. I've loved Romance since opening Jane Eyre, and I just enjoy the thrill of living vicariously through the life cycle of a character's relationship.

What made you want to become an author?
I love to write, and I love to have my work read. Nothing I write comes alive until someone else had read it, so I had no choice but to become an author.

How do you come up with character names?
In this book, the D'Amico family has a naming tradition of using vowels to start each name. A for Alora. E for Eve. I for Isabelle. Alora has daughters named Olivia and...you'll just have to wait and read.

Name one of your all-time favourite books?
In the Romance genre, I am still a Stan for I'll Take Manhattan.

Who, or what, inspires you?

I have a really short attention span, so I'd say everything does.

Where is your favourite place to write?
When I'm writing, I take a bluetooth keyboard with me everywhere, and end up composing into Google Docs on my phone. I don't have a favorite place to write because I write everywhere I go.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
Gone Girl! Rosamund Pike was delicious as Amy Dunne.

Name two of your favourite authors.
C.S. Lewis and Ursula LeGuin

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
The fact that I just found out I have a Vitamin D deficiency seems pretty random. Then again, I'm a writer. I never see the sun!

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
Drew Barrymore

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
Right now there are about 50 mosquitoes hanging out on my screen door, waiting for me to open it so they can charge inside. You probably didn't mean where I literally live, though. I live in Texas, and just about everything here is "interesting" in some way, or other. Maybe most interesting is how many Presidents we seem to produce.

What are your (writing) plans for the future?
I am currently in the revision process of a new book.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
A best-selling novel!

Favourite myth / fairytale?
Oooh! I like this question. My favorite myth is the story of how the constellation Orion came to be. My favorite fairytale is Pamela Dean's retelling of the Scottish ballad, Tam Lin.

Who/What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Everything! I wanted to do and be everything. Maybe that's why I became a writer? I can pretend to be everything.

Nicole Lane is a graduate of the Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz school of romance. The grander the drama, the higher the stakes, the better! This balances out the fact that her everyday life with her little family in North Texas is extremely mundane and quite contented.
She blogs intermittently atwww.nicolelaneromance.com.
Find her on Facebook at TheOutsideLane.

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