Saturday, May 30, 2015

✯Author Spotlight w/Review✯ Deeper (The Deeper Chronicles #1) by Allyn Lesley


Everything Avianna Linton thought she knew was shattered in one traffic stop. With her life turned upside down, she flees to the bright lights of New York City hoping for anonymity and a new life. 

Rising from nothing, Noah Adams holds onto his power and control with a bone-crushing grip. No one dared challenge his authority until her...

Avi’s disdain for Noah is barely contained, and Noah does everything he can to restrain himself—a concept he has little experience with.

There’s more between the two than either of them realize. A force looms near, hovering with deadly precision and motivated solely by revenge.

Avi wonders who her new friends truly are and if she’s already in too deep. Noah, accustomed to getting what he wants, will do whatever it takes to draw Avi in deeper.

 ✯✯4 Deep Stars!!✯✯

Where do I begin with Deeper? This is Allyn Lesley debut book. It is such a great debut book too. It's got romance, suspense and mystery all in one. It's in 3rd person POV which most times I'm not a major fan of. But, in this particular story it worked. Between all the major characters and their stories and everyone connecting one way or another. It worked perfectly.

Avianna Linton AKA Avi is new to New York. She left Florida and has started teaching. Avi has not had the best past and she's trying to move forward in her life. She has given up the partying, the drinking and sex. Avi has done an excellent job to not mess up. Until she becomes friends with another new teacher at her school Sophie. Sophie. That girl either doesn't know the word NO or what it actually means. Whenever she wanted to do something it didn't matter if Avi said NO because she'd drag her there. It was because of Sophie that Avi meets Noah Adams.

Noah Adams is the King of New York. Everybody that's everybody knows of Noah Adams. He is a business man who's become something from nothing. Except it's not all legit. Noah has a lot of illegal stuff in his back pocket. It's who he is. At least what he believes. Harry the closest thing to a father Noah has believes otherwise. Noah hasn't heard from Harry in 2yrs. Harry's a cop and him and Noah don't see eye to eye on some of Noah's business activities. That doesn't stop Noah from doing his thing and from calling Harry even if Harry doesn't speak to him he'll talk to the silent line.

The minute Noah's eyes land of Avi he must have her. Avi wants nothing to do with the cocky, wealthy, demanding Noah. Avi is not afraid to tell Noah where to go. These 2 push each others buttons from the first 2 minutes that they meet. They'd go back & forth constantly. Between pissing each other off to getting themselves turned on. It was almost like a game. Until they finally gave in to temptation.

But, nothing is rainbows and butterflies. See Noah, Avi and Harry are all connected in a way none of them were ready or prepared for. Once Harry calls Noah for help on a case a can or worms are opened. And, not all of them come out the same way they entered. Noah will protect Avi with his life. He doesn't care if she wants his help or not. Avi doesn't trust easily. She wants to trust Noah. But, she's not sure how too.

This was a fast paced book for me. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I just had to know how the pieces of this twisted puzzle were going to fit and what was it going to look like at the end. Both Noah and Avi had hard lives. Nothing was easy for them. Avi had been lied too multiple times. My heart hurt for both of them. ESP Avi I def cried for her. She was so much stronger then she knew or realized. She was also hard on herself. Noah was never use to saying NO to anybody or anything. Ever!! I had loved seeing him change slowly for Avi. Noah had dealt with so much loss that I broke down for him. These 2 are perfect together. I am really looking forward to the next part of their story. I hope Sophie gets her story tole as well.

About The Author:

 Allyn Lesley writes real stories about real people. 

As a teen, Allyn lost herself in the pages of some of Romance’s heavyweights, trusting that a happy ever after was just around the corner. In Allyn’s own writing journey, as in life, she’s learned that people don’t always experience recovery and restoration after a fall. Her stories speak to the gritty side of life where the right choice isn't always easily identified and happiness not quickly gained.


Interview With Allyn Lesley:

***Note*** I did this interview right before Deeper was released!!

Allyn, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me. Your debut book Deeper comes out soon, and I can't wait to read it!!

Congratulations on publishing your 1st book!!! 

When is it going to be released? 
Yay. Thank you Stefanie. Deeper will be out in January 2015.

Being that you are a brand new author can you tell us a little about yourself? 
Something about myself, you ask? Well, I’m a little be nutty who has a touch of crazy with a whole heap of weird. lol. Nah. I’m just a woman who’s married to the only man for her and we have two ankle biters and live in New Jersey.

When you were a little girl, what did you dream of being when you grew up? Did you always aspire to be a writer?
 When I was a little girl, my dream was to become my mom. I mean what little girl doesn’t have this dream. In another four or so months, that dream will become a reality when I graduate with my Master’s in Special Education and become a teacher like my mother. I’ve not always aspired to become a writer. I loved reading and that love translated, for a brief time, in my teenage years into producing a convoluted tale about death, urban crime, and love which I entered into a contest. Don’t even ask me what happened in the contest lol.

Being that your book isn't out yet, can you tell us about it? What can we expect when reading it?
 It’s a romantic suspense and is set in New York City. The hero, Noah, and the heroine, Avianna, on the surface have nothing in common and come from two different worlds. But that is the beauty of love, it makes crazy look sane and opposites attract. 

How long has it taken you to write Deeper?  Have you written other stories which you did not publish?
 Oh gosh. I don’t even know how long I’ve been writing Deeper. It was conceived when I was on another writing platform for a contest about bad boys. As I was telling a friend of mine about the plot, she commented that this could be “epic”. Of course I rolled my eyes lol. The contest had a maximum word count of 12,000. I knew I could never condense the plot in my head into that amount. And so Deeper was birthed as my debut.

I’ve written quite a few stories not yet published. After Deeper I plan to unleash the others to the reading community lol.

What was your inspiration for writing Deeper?
 I’m fascinated by men who do bad things, unrepentantly, and the women who love them unconditionally. 

If Deeper was made into a movie, who would be your ideal cast?
 Lord. Why did you ask that, Stefanie. Of course, I’d love love my second husband, Robert Pattinson, to play Noah Adams. After all he’s my muse. For Avianna Linton, I see someone like Zoe Saldana but with a lot more meat on her . For more of my muses, check out->

How did you come up the characters & synopsis? 
I knew what I wanted Noah to be like before I knew who his partner would be. I always get a clearer sense of the male leads foremost and I think it’s because, as my editor tells me, I write men well. The synopsis was a collaboration between myself and my wonderful editor who’s know on social media as Daphne Edits. I love that woman.

Is Deeper standalone book or is it book #1 in a series? If so, what can we expect book #2? 
Well, it seems that Noah and Avi’s story is more detailed than I imagined. As of now, there’ll be two books. Book two can only be described in one word: manipulation. 

Who or what is your main influence(s) in your writing? 
 My main influences are the characters’ voices in my head.

What author’s writing do you particularly admire most, and why?  
To this day, I love Johanna Lindsey. As a youth, I loved reading her historical romances and the tales she weaved about Malory family. 

What is the one book you could read over and over again without ever growing tired of it? 
Seized by Love by Susan Johnson. I just ordered a new paperback because the old one was so tattered.

If you get “writers block”, what do you do to help yourself break free from it? 
I leave the story and come back to it. Most times though, talking to my editor usually helps get me over the writer’s block. 

What has been the most difficult part about becoming an author?
 Ghat damn outline. I did NOT outline book one and I would love love to outline book two lol. 

How do you juggle writing your books & being a mommy and wife everyday?
 It is hard but I am married to a super easy man who doesn’t demand a whole lot. What helps is Google calendar, my calendar on my phone which reminds me of what I need to do, a trusty excel-like document in Gdocs that tells me what I’ve signed up to do … and above all, my friends. When I should be doing a paper but am procrastinating on Facebook, they kick me off. 

What is your favorite and least favorite genre to read? And, why?
 My favorite genre is romantic suspense and for me I like the heroes in this genre to toe the line of good and bad. My least favorite includes horror because I am a wuss-iest of all wusses and YA. However, I am very good friends with an author, Jessica Hood, who is a YA author and her words force me to love her YA stories.

If you could give just ONE piece of advice for aspiring authors, what would it be
 Find you own author voice and stick to that. Don’t write what is trendy or trending. 

I bet you have been working very hard on your next projects.  Can you tell us a little about it, and what we can expect from these upcoming books? How did you come up with the idea for them? 
   Next up is book two of the Deeper Chronicles, you can thank my editor for that lol. After that will most likely be an angst-ridden story tentatively titled Falling about a mechanic and the women who change him. 

It’s been a blast chatting with you Stefanie. If any of your followers want to check out the book, they can go here: 

Pick up your copy of Deeper today. And, dive into Avi & Noah story today!!!

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