Spotlight & Giveaway: Expose Me by Kate Hewitt

Posted July 31st, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 41 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome USA Today bestselling author Kate Hewitt to HJ!
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Hi Kate and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Expose Me!

Hi, so glad to be back here!

Please summarize the book a la Twitter style for the readers here:

EMTwo strong personalities collide amidst seduction and revenge–and find out love is an even higher stakes game.

Please share the opening line of this book:

Alex Diaz leaned forward in his seat as the limo pulled to the curb of Seventy-Second Street and West End Avenue,

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

It’s set in New York City, where I used to live.

The heroine has a compulsion about Band-Aids which is actually kind of important

The circus is involved and I’m kind of scared of clowns.

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Alex Diaz is the protagonist, and he’s a strong Alpha with a surprising vulnerability. I always like making my Alpha heroes vulnerable, but Alex had the double whammy of being from a poor background in a rich world, and guilt over letting down someone he loved.

Chelsea is probably my favourite heroine that I’ve written. She’s sassy, strong, and smart, but she has a heartbreaking past. Writing her was very emotional.

What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

The Fifth Avenue Trilogy is billed as three Super Presents–so with all the passion, intensity, and glamor of Harlequin Presents romances, only more so! I think having the Presents promise but in a longer, juicier format makes all three books super reads.

The First kiss…

All I will say is: in a limo, very intense, power struggle!

Did any scene have you crying or laughing while writing it?

Yes, a scene where they share a very emotional kiss.

He brought up his hand to cradle her face, his thumb grazing the corner of the mouth he still kissed. His fingers slid up the softness of her cheek and he paused because his fingertip touched dampness. When he drew away he saw a single tear sparkling on her eyelash like a dewdrop.

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters? (Please share a little snippet of the scene)

The opening, because the chemistry is there from the start.

“So why did you steal my limo?”

He felt a flare of surprise, a glimmer of cool amusement. So she wanted to work a little flirt? Fine. He could play that way, too. He arched an eyebrow, smiled back. “Do I look like someone who would do that?”

She gave him a deliberately thorough once-over, her gaze sweeping him from head to foot and lingering unapologetically on certain places. His body reacted to her assessment, groin tightening, gut plunging. “I’d say so.”

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Forgive yourself, to both of them. And I can’t explain why without ruining the book, only to say guilt can be crippling.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2014?

I’m currently working on a sweet romance I’m indie publishing, the first in a trilogy set in Littleton, Vermont. In 2014 I have a sheikh duet, Captured By The Sheikh and Commanded By The Sheikh, out in September and October.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

Giveaway: I have 1 copy of the Fifth Avenue Trilogy’s first book, Avenge Me, for one reader, and one copy of my last Harlequin Presents, A Queen For The Taking!

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Excerpt

Alex Diaz leaned forward in his seat as the limo pulled to the curb of Seventy-Second Street and West End Avenue. The luxury high-rise building was all soaring modernity and tinted glass, and exactly the sort of place he’d expect Chelsea Maxwell to live in.

His lips curved in an ice-cold smile of anticipation as he pressed the intercom to speak to the driver. “Just wait a few minutes, please.”

“Very good, sir.”

His gaze flicked to his watch and he brushed a near-invisible speck of lint from the crisp sleeve of his tuxedo. Seven twenty-five. The party started in five minutes, but naturally Chelsea Maxwell would be fashionably late.

As would he, since he intended on giving her a lift.

Outside the lights of Manhattan gleamed in a wintry darkness and people hurried past on West End Avenue’s wide pavements, heads bent against the cutting wind that funneled down the street. It was early February and New York was caught in a stranglehold of cold unrelieved by the softness of any snow.

The weather, bitter and relentless, suited Alex perfectly.

Tonight was the beginning of his personal revenge on Jason Treffen, much anticipated and long overdue. They said revenge was a dish best served cold and if so Jason was going to enjoy every icy mouthful.

And for that he needed Chelsea Maxwell. Or at least her television show.

Seven twenty-seven. Had she decided to skip the party? He let out his breath in an impatient hiss. Tonight’s party was a birthday bash for Chelsea’s boss Michael Agnello, and if rumor had it, the man with whom she’d slept her way to host of the number one daytime talk show. She had to be going.

Seven twenty-nine. Alex shifted in his seat, suppressing a flare of irritation. Where was she?

Then the tinted glass doors of her building swooshed open, and she stepped out into the freezing night, her body swathed in a long, elegant coat of ivory cashmere. Her chestnut hair was pulled into an elaborate up-do, and diamond chandelier earrings sparkled and swung against her jawbone. Alex saw her gaze flick toward his limo, and then her face tightened in annoyance, and he knew she was irritated that the driver hadn’t come out to open the door for her. She thought his limo was hers when in actuality hers hadn’t arrived.

Because he’d called and canceled it.

His mouth curling in a smile of pure, predatory anticipation, Alex pressed a button to roll down the window. He leaned out, a blast of wintry air ruffling his hair, as Chelsea started toward the limo, all confident, glittering purpose.

“Ms. Maxwell?”

She stopped, eyes narrowing, as he leaned a little more forward so she could see him. “Alex Diaz,” he said, though she had to know who he was. They’d only met at various media events a handful of times, but most people in the industry knew him and in any case, Chelsea Maxwell didn’t seem like someone to forget a face. “Am I right in thinking we’re both headed to the same place?”

“I suppose that depends where you’re heading.” Her voice was low and throaty, attractive yet decidedly cool, and her eyes were still narrowed. Curled up on one of her trademark pink velour sofas on her talk show, Chelsea Maxwell was all wide eyes and husky sweetness. In real life she was harder, sharper, but then Alex supposed you didn’t get where Chelsea Maxwell had by being stupid or soft.

“Michael Agnello’s fortieth birthday party?” he prompted, and she just cocked her head, waited.

Normally he wouldn’t have bothered going to a party such as this one. He had no time or patience for the petty scheming and schmoozing that was the trademark of such industry events. But he’d known Chelsea would be going, and he needed to talk to her. Find out what she knew, what she planned on doing.

To use her, or at least use her show.

He opened the door of the limo just as another gust of icy wind blew Chelsea’s coat around her long, slim legs. “May I offer you a lift?”

She hesitated and Alex waited, adrenaline and impatience rushing through him even though he remained completely still. He hadn’t considered what he would do if she said no. He never thought about failure.

“Thank you,” she finally said, and slid in next to him in the limo. Alex moved over a bit, but her thigh still nudged his and he inhaled the scent of her perfume, something expensive and understated.

He stretched one arm along the back of the seat as the limo pulled away from the curb, and she turned to him, a knowing little smile curving her lips. “So why did you steal my limo?”

He felt a flare of surprise, a glimmer of cool amusement. So she wanted to work a little flirt? Fine. He could play that way, too. He arched an eyebrow, smiled back. “Do I look like someone who would do that?”

She gave him a deliberately thorough once-over, her gaze sweeping him from head to foot and lingering un-apologetically on certain places. His body reacted to her assessment, groin tightening, gut plunging. There was, he acknowledged, something incredibly erotic about her confident perusal of him. “I’d say so.”

Book Info:

TEN YEARS AGO ONE DEVASTATING NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR AUSTIN, HUNTER AND ALEX. NOW THEY MUST EACH PLAY THEIR PART IN THE REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE MAN WHO RUINED IT ALL.

With ruthless determination, Alex Diaz has risen up from his deprived roots to become the head of a global media empire. But he has one last thing to achieve…avenge his friend by destroying the man responsible for her death, Jason Treffen. With stunning talk-show host Chelsea Maxwell about to interview Treffen live on TV, this is Alex’s chance.

He’ll use her show to exact a very public revenge—and seducing Chelsea, if needed, would certainly be no hardship. But he underestimates Chelsea and the attraction between them, and as their relationship deepens, Alex realizes that to annihilate Treffen could also shatter the life that Chelsea has built to protect herself….

Collect all three novels in the Fifth Avenue trilogy from Harlequin Presents:

AVENGE ME by USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates
SCANDALIZE ME by USA TODAY bestselling author Caitlin Crews
EXPOSE ME by USA TODAY bestselling author Kate Hewitt
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Author Bio

bio_pic3Kate Hewitt lives in the Lake District, in England, with her husband and five children. She is the author of over 40 novels for Harlequin, Carina, Lion Fiction, and Penguin. She loves to write intense, emotional stories in a variety of genres, from romance to historical to contemporary women’s fiction. You can find out about her books at www.kate-hewitt.com or join her Facebook group Kate’s Reads for giveaways and info about her books!
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41 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Expose Me by Kate Hewitt”

  1. Colleen C.

    I am a fan of the Harlequin lines… if they want to make one steamier and intense go right ahead… I’m in… as long as the authors make the characters and their paths to HEA grab hold…

  2. Terri Shortell

    I would love to read a super-novel. The longer and steamier the better. I think it would also give the author a better chance at fleshing out the characters and story.

  3. Anita H.

    Love the idea! I always enjoy reading more to my stories and anytime you can create more character depth for the reader, it’s a good thing!

  4. txgrll

    It’s not what I read the most but sometimes Presents sometimes feel rushed so a longer series would be nice.

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