Title: Hollywood & Vine
Author: Olivia Evans
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 15, 2014
In the land of Hollywood, bright lights cover lies, truths hide in shadows, and the lives of the rich and famous are illusions created by smoke and mirrors.
When costume designer Josie Bane first lays eyes on Anders Ellis, she hates him instantly. Conceited and arrogant, he’s the epitome of a Hollywood playboy. So it’s much to Josie’s dismay when he becomes the star of her sexual fantasies.
Never expecting to see him again, she gives in to her desires for a night she’ll never forget. However, Josie soon learns that life is full of surprises. When their paths cross again, sparks fly. With three little words, Anders changes everything.
He’s after one thing.
She refuses to give it to him… again.
When Josie realizes she’s falling for a man that will never let her in but refuses to let her go, she must decide if the risk is worth the reward.
With a relationship shrouded in secrets and outside forces poised to tear them apart, did they ever stand a chance? Before the smoke clears and the curtain falls, Josie and Anders must distinguish between what’s fact and what’s fiction in a place where the truth is never black and white.
★ Author Q&A with Olivia Evans ★
Ing: Hi Olivia! Welcome to ATPT! Could you tell the readers ATPT about Hollywood & Vine? What can they expect plot, pace, sex, etc from this book?
Olivia: Hollywood & Vine starts out with a bang…literally. It being at a wrap party for a movie, where costume designer Josie Bane decides to step outside her comfort zone and approach actor Anders Ellis for a one-night stand. Being the A-list a**hole he is, he’s more than willing to offer his services. He’s cocky, conceited and an all-around douchebag. He’s also ridiculously attractive and has a bad boy appeal Josie can’t help but want for one night. Anders is thrown off by her blasé attitude from the start, but being the jerk he is, doesn’t let it bother him for long.
Two months later the two come face to face again, and that’s when things become interesting. Their back and forth banter was entertaining to write, albeit frustrating at times. The story focuses on the two of them working together and Anders’ determination to bed her again, even though she refuses him at every turn. The book is long, really long. It was suggested that I cut it into two books, but that just wasn’t something I felt would work for Hollywood & Vine. I don’t mind reading longer books, and I enjoy the satisfaction of getting to the end and the story being over. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy series, but in my opinion, Hollywood & Vine wasn’t series material. Throughout the book readers will find angst, humor, tension, mystery, smut, and under it all a love story.
Ing: Can you tell us a about the hero Anders Ellis? What about Anders do you think will draw the readers in and make them love him?
Olivia: Anders is a jerk. A hot jerk, but a jerk nonetheless. I think readers will be drawn to him because of that exact reason though. Whether it’s because they are intrigued as to why he is the way he is, because he’s so unapologetic about his actions and owns who he is, or because they love seeing an a**hole get what’s coming to him. Nothing is more satisfying than watching a guy who swears he’ll never become emotionally vulnerable crash and burn straight into love.
Ing: Now tell us a bit about the heroine Josie Bane? What about Josie do you think will draw the readers in and make them love her?
Olivia: I loved writing Josie. She is confident, smart, and won’t let anyone walk all over her. Her quick wit and spunk keep Anders on his toes throughout the story. However, even the strongest of personalities have a breaking point, and Anders eventually worms his way into her heart and at times it causes her defenses to heighten. She doesn’t trust him and with good reason, but there are situations when her defiance causes arguments that could have been avoided had she been a little softer.
Ing: Why are these two perfect for each other? What about them individually makes them so drawn to each other? Why do you think the readers will fall in love with this couple?
Olivia: They are perfect for each other because they are exactly what the other needs. Josie is a feisty, fun loving, passion filled character. She’s never been in love because she’s never found someone who challenges her quite like Anders. He makes her feel excitement, anticipation, longing, and lust. He can dish out her level of snark just as well as she does, which makes for some fun banter and hot tension. The same goes for Anders. After being hurt in the past by those he loved, he’s become hard-hearted and closed off. He thinks everyone is out to get something from him and no one is sincere. He’s also used to people falling all over themselves to do whatever he wants the moment he wants it. Josie is none of those things. She doesn’t care about his money or social status, and she will never fall all over herself to give in to his every desire. It frustrates and intrigues Anders. It keeps him coming back for more. Even though he’s a jerk and she’s a bit too headstrong at times, you can’t help but root for them because you feel the chemistry, the spark, and see that no one is more perfect for either of them than each other.
Ing: What was a scene that stood out or was memorable for you when writing Hollywood & Vines? Why did this scene stand out for you?
Olivia: The scene that stands out the most to me occurs in chapter fifteen. It was the scene that actually started the entire book and was the first thing I wrote. From that point, I developed the rest of the story around that single scene.
Ing: I like knowing and hearing the back story about how a book or series came about. Can you tell us where the idea for Hollywood & Vine came from? Is this book going to be part of a series or is it strictly a stand alone?
Olivia: On my drive to work one morning the song Glycerine by Bush came on the radio. As I listened to the words a scene started unfolding. There was a guy standing next to a window and he looked so angry and stubborn, but also sad, hurt.
In the background there were the sounds of drawers slamming and the labored breathing of a girl who was obviously also upset. When she came into view the look on her face seriously made my stomach knot. Whatever happened between these two was bad and both were hurting. There was also this spark in her eyes, a stubborn determination that would not allow her to relent.
He yells at her to believe him and she refuses. There’s a computer on the table and a tabloid website is open with his picture on the screen. What the pictures show look bad. Really bad. It starts to make sense then, he’s messed up and she’s done. He knows he’s wrong, he wants to beg her to stay, but he’s so broken that instead he puts his walls up and that’s that.
I got to work, opened a word document, and spend the next four hours outlining the entire story playing that song on repeat. The rest is history! Hollywood & Vine is a standalone, but there is definitely more story that could be told.
Ing: Can you give us a peek at what you have up your sleeve next? What else can we look forward to from you? Could you give the 411 on these upcoming projects?
Olivia: I’m so glad you asked! The book I’m currently working on happens to crossover into the world of Hollywood & Vine. It’s about a violinist named Chloe, who works as a session musician. She’s hired by a very popular musician to go on tour with him. The new job lands her in LA for a bit where she reconnects with her childhood friend Josie Bane. While the new book won’t focus on Josie and Anders, those who wanted more will get a glimpse into their lives. The new book takes place one year after the ending of Hollywood & Vine. It will be angsty, with a sprinkle of humor and a dash of smut. Underneath it all, as with most of my stories, there’s a love story.
As for my other projects, I honestly have enough books outlined to write two to three a year for the next four years. I’m not one that likes to fall into a particular category, so it’s going to be a challenge for me to decide if I should write under a different penname for some of the books I have outlined. A couple of them are a bit dark, the characters complex and not always considered the good guy.
I also have a fantasy book I’m super excited about, but again, it’s not considered a contemporary romance even though, like all my stories, romance is in the center of it all. It will be interesting and terrifying to see what people think when I get around to publishing those books. Hopefully by that point I can send copies to both readers and bloggers and get feedback about how they think the genre hop will be received.
Ing: Now on to questions about you. We want to know more about Olivia. Who are some auto buy authors that you read now?
Olivia: I recently discovered Ransom Riggs and his Peculiar Children series. I love it and can’t wait for the third book to be released. I’ll read anything by Dean Koontz, I love to have the bejeebus scared out of me! I’ll also read anything by JM Darhower, who writes mobster books like a mob boss.
Ing: If you could be a heroine of any book for one day who would you be and why?
Olivia: Okay, don’t laugh at me, but I’d totally be Katniss Everdeen, if for no other reason than to shoot arrows at people. She’s such a strong character. Even if at times that was also one of the reasons she was a bit unlikable, I still think she’s one of the coolest heroines I’ve read in a long time.
Ing: If you could hang out for a day with one author who would it be and why?
Olivia: This is probably the strangest answer you’ve ever received, but I’d have to say Quentin Tarantino even though he mainly writes screenplays. He’s brilliant in my opinion, and even though he has a reputation for not being the nicest guy, I’d love to crawl around inside his brain and find out what makes him tick. One the books I mentioned above that’s a little bit dark with complex characters is very much Tarantino themed. I love how he’s so outside the box and has no issue dragging you down the road less traveled, even if it’s by a rope attached to the back of his car.
Ing: Olivia thanks so much for stopping by today! I really appreciate you answering all these questions. Do you have any last words or questions you would like to pose to the readers of this blog?
Olivia: Thank you so much for having me! I really hope everyone enjoys Hollywood & Vine and will check out my future projects. I post regular updates on my website www.oliviaevansauthor.com and can be found wasting time on Facebook and Twitter for anyone who would like to stop by and say hi. Links can be found on my site. Again, thanks so much for having me and happy reading!
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