on November 14, 2014
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Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Series: What's Left of Me #2
The heartwarming conclusion to What's Left of Me.
Love found me three years ago.
I’m cancer free, happily married to the love of my life, and working toward my dream career.
Our life is complete. Perfect, really.
Or is it?
I’ve always wanted a family of my own, but never dreamed I could have one. Now Parker’s ready to make my dream our reality.
But sometimes our dreams are haunted by our deepest fears. Fears of failure, having a child, and in our case … death. How do I help the person I love get over his fear when I’m still trying to overcome that same fear myself?
Together we must learn What’s Left of Us.
Please welcome Amanda Maxlyn to Lit Slave today! She’s the talented author of WHAT’S LEFT OF ME and WHAT’S LEFT OF US. Amanda, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview. It really means a great deal to us and all the readers.
Thank you so much for having me!!!
What can you tell readers about ‘What’s Left of Us’? What can we expect without you giving too much away? 😉
What’s Left of Us is the next “big” journey for Parker and Aundrea. It’s them overcoming and facing their fear of death while trying to have the dream family and life. You will definitely go along the process of starting a family with these two. The book is full different emotions!! Most of all, it’s a story about love, hope, and living life to the fullest.
WLoM and WLoU are very emotional books for everyone who has read them. How emotional were they for you to write?
They were both emotional and difficult at times, but each in their own way. I felt every physical and emotional pain along with Parker and Aundrea in What’s Left of Me. I never took a break while writing the difficult scenes because I wanted the real emotion inside of me to come out in my words. I felt if I took a break it wouldn’t be raw. I think as a mom I connected more with Aundrea in What’s Left of Us. We all have fears, and as a mom I could relate with Aundrea’s fear of leaving those she cherishes behind (sick or not). It was difficult to go through that with her and seeing her vulnerable at times. I was strong and weak with her.
In ‘What’s Left of Me’ Aundrea is battling cancer, specifically Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Is this a disease that has touched your life personally?
No, it hasn’t. But other forms of cancer have taken loved ones away from me. When I was discussing the idea of What’s Left of Me with a coworker she shared the story of her cousin that was taken from Hodgkin’s. Hearing her story, how strong she was and the battle she went through was actually quite inspiring. She was a strong young woman and I wanted to show Aundrea in that same light.
How do you balance working a 9 to 5 job, motherhood, and a writing career?
I ask myself the same thing every day!! J I’m not going to say it’s easy, because it’s not. There are many sleepless nights and LOTS of coffee. I try to balance everything as best as I can. I usually wait until my kids go to bed to write during the week, and wait until nap time on the weekends. Date nights are also really important for my husband and I! I’m lucky to be surrounded by a very supportive family.
What do you like about writing? What do you not like?
I love writing because it’s an outlet. It lets me bring this enormous fairytale type world that’s inside my head to life. I get to create these amazing characters and share their stories with the world which is such a liberating feeling.
Let’s discuss Parker for a minute. I’d describe him as a Prince Charming. Will we be getting more sexy times in WLoU? If so, can you give us a tiny taste, please?
**Sigh, Parker** More sexy time? Yes. Steamier sexy time? YES! Parker POV sexy times? Double yes!!!!
This is from What’s Left of Us:
My mouth is on hers and our tongues join, gliding against each other. She sucks on my bottom lip and bites down gently. She knows it drives me crazy.
I pull down the top of her dress, and her head falls back as I taste her.
“No need to beg, babe. I got you.”
I ease the thin fabric of her underwear aside and thrust two fingers deep inside of her. She cries out in pleasure and her hips rock as I work my fingers in and out of her, spreading her wetness around.
“You feel amazing. Slippery and wet.”
“God isn’t here, honey. It’s just you and me.”
“That’s it. Say it again.”
What do you want readers to take away from your novels?
I want readers to feel. If you walked away from finishing one of my novels and felt something whether it’s laughing out loud or ugly crying, I know I did my job as a writer. I don’t want you to just read my novels, I want you to experience them.
Do you have any new projects in the works you can tell us about?
Do I ever! I have two other very different and difficult emotional stories I want to tell, but first I need to give my mind a break. I’ve been so consumed by Parker and Aundrea for the last two years I need to do something more fun and sexy before those stories are ready to be told.
OMG! That teaser from Parker was H-O-T! Be sure to check back on Nov. 21st for our review of What’s Left of Us.
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