Happy Release Day to one of the coolest authors I know – Debra Kayn! 😀
Hi Sasha, Thanks for having me here today! Yay! I was so excited that you asked me to be on your blog on release day.
Glad to be the one hosting you on release day Debra 🙂
If you had to describe your book, BREATHING HIS AIR, to someone on Twitter, what would you say?
Biker romance, controlling, possessive, sexy hero who will become her everything. (Then, I’d follow it up with about four more tweets, because I’m a talker and I can never stick to one tweet)
Did you have to do any fun research for the biker scenes? 🙂
Considering we had a motorcycle parked in our living room while I was writing this book, all I had to do was swivel the desk chair. My whole family rides, there’s always a motorcycle being worked on, and for some reason men think that the temperature in the house is “perfect” when detailing and working on motorcycles. Besides that, we live in the Pacific Northwest and have a lot of motorcycle clubs in the area, so the riders kept me motivated.
Tell us about your favourite/most difficult to write scene in the book.
Definitely the scene when Tori hears a gunshot at Cactus Cove, the local biker bar, was the most difficult. It was at this point that I realized there was something huge going on in her head. I knew why she was reacting the way she did, but she had yet to tell her secret on the pages. Her secret is shocking and horrifying, but she’s a stubborn heroine who held on as long as she could.
Motionless and despondent, she sat curled into a ball. Her hair fell over her face,
hiding it from his view. He cupped the top of her head. She whimpered. His fist
tightened. This was not the confident woman who was silly enough to bring him cookie
dough or give love advice to a group of roughneck bikers.
“Sh.” He dropped to his knee. “It’s me, Rain.”
Her arms were wrapped tight around her knees, holding them to her chest. He left his
hand on her. “Tori, you need to come out. I need to see if you’re hurt.”
No response. Not even an attempt to pull away from his touch. His chest tightened.
Not knowing what had sent her hiding into his office, he struggled with which direction
to take that would help her the most.
Determined to get Tori spitting mad at him again, he took the power out of her hands.
She squeezed even tighter. He rubbed his arm across his mouth and spoke louder.
“Now, babe. Get up.”
She jerked upward, smashing his hand against the top of the desk. He rubbed her hair,
protecting her head in case she tried to retreat again. “You’re in my office.”
She turned and stared at him. The blank expression, the glossy eyes, the dry cheeks
took him by surprise. He quickly studied her face, looking for injuries. Finding none, he
gripped her arm and hauled her off the floor in the gentlest way possible.
Her legs supported her, but she stood lifeless in front of him. He cupped her face in his
hands, forcing her chin up, and studied her eyes. Both pupils stayed dilated even though
all the lights in the office were on.
“Tori?” he said.
She grabbed on to his vest. “He’ll kill you,” she whispered. “Hide.”
If you were offered a TV or movie deal, which would you choose and why? Who would play your characters?
Movie deal. Give me that once-in-a-lifetime shot at hitting it big time. Plus, I think an action figure of Rain would be pretty cool on my desk. I could sit him on a little motorcycle and putter him around the keyboard when I have writer’s block.
I’d pick Jessica Alba to play Tori while my easy, easy pick for the character of Rain would be Angel. He’s a birthday stripper in Israel who I think should come to the US and become a cover model for all my biker romance books.
Oh my! 😉
Favourite snack while writing?
Either peanut M&M’s or wasabi peas
Chocolate or fruits?
Road trip, camping…I love to rough it!
If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why?
I’d want to meet Albert Einstein, just to mess with his head. I think he’s way too serious and I’d like to know if he could keep up with my habit of changing the subject in the middle of a sentence. I’d try to make him laugh.
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She is love advice in a coffee shack, he’s protection in a biker bar. When her past meets his present it’s a killer cocktail that might get them shot, stabbed or otherwise dead.
TORI BALDWIN spends all her time traveling the states, running a mobile Coffee Shack and handing out love advice with every cup. She’s staked her rig in the parking lot of Cactus Cove—a local biker bar by all appearances— and plans to stay put for three months. Just long enough to make some money, without making any friends, before she moves to her next destination as she tries to stay ahead of a painful past.
RAIN BROOKSHIRE is the leader of the Bantorus motorcycle club, and owner of the Cactus Cove in the small town of Pitnam, Washington. He wants the Lagsturns, a rival-bad-news motorcycle club, to leave town before they infect his town with trouble. He doesn’t trust them after his ex-girlfriend hooked up with Sanchez, the Lagsturns’ leader, and screwed him over.
With bullets flying and the Lagsturns putting on the pressure, the only way to keep Tori safe—since she refuses to leave town—is for Rain to claim her as his woman. She has no idea that Rain’s played his hand for all to see in the biker world. It doesn’t help that Tori exhibits the three ideal classifications of his ideal woman—Classy, Sexy, and a total Goof— and he can’t help but posture and lay down the law. But, when it appears Tori’s life is in danger, and the Lagsturns are innocent, he isn’t going to let the law stop him from keeping his woman safe.
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ABOUT the author:
Top Selling Romance Author, Debra Kayn, lives with her family in the beautiful coastal mountains of Oregon on a hobby farm. She enjoys riding motorcycles, gardening, playing tennis, and fishing. A huge animal lover, she always has a dog under her desk when she writes and chickens standing at the front door looking for a treat. She’s famous in her family for teaching a 270 lb hog named Harley to jog with her every morning.
Her love of family ties and laughter makes her a natural to write heartwarming contemporary stories to the delight of her readers. Oh, let’s cut to the chase. She loves to write about REAL MEN and the WOMEN who love them.
When Debra was nineteen years old, a man kissed her without introducing himself. When they finally came up for air, the first words out of his mouth were…will you have my babies? Considering Debra’s weakness for a sexy, badass man, who is strong enough to survive her attitude, she said yes. A quick wedding at the House of Amour and four babies later, she’s living her own romance book.