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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Singapore Fling” by Alexia Adams

Jun 2
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Singapore Fling Cover.

Today is  release day for Crimson Romance author, Alexia Adams 🙂

To celebrate, she’s offering one lucky blog commentator an eBook copy of her book, SINGAPORE FLING.

The answer to the Giveaway question can be found in her interview.

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Welcome to CABR Alexia.

What inspired you to write about a heroine searching for her biological mother in a contemporary romance?

To be honest, I didn’t set out to write a story about a search for a birth mother. I loved the name, Lalita (from the move Bride & Prejudice), so I wanted to use that name for one of my characters (my husband refused to let me name my daughter Lalita).

But I wanted her to be a woman that on the surface had it all in control, while underneath she was a wracked with doubts about her own place in life and her family.

 

When did the hero, Jeremy Lakewood, come into the picture? (When the story was still an idea?)

Actually, Jeremy was my starting point for the whole novel. I was waiting to pick up my children from school one day, and a line from My Fair Lady kept running through my head, “…oozing charm from every pore, he oiled his way across the floor.” A charming, smooth-operator was born.

 

I know you’re a seasoned backpacker who has travelled to many countries. 🙂

How many of the eight Asian nations visited by Lalita Evans and Jeremy in SINGAPORE FLING have you been to?

Alexia Adams photo2I’ve been to five: Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and India (although I was in the north of India, not Mumbai area).

Lalita and Jeremy also go to China, Japan and Indonesia, which I haven’t visited…yet.

 

Did you struggle to write a particular scene? Please tell us about it.

I think the hardest scent to write was when Lalita and Jeremy go to the slum area in Mumbai in their search for her birth mother.

I wanted to be sensitive to the difficulties that the people in this area live in, while also portraying the desperation that has caused some to do things we find unthinkable in our area of the world.

I did a lot of research and fell back on an experience I had visiting a shanty town in Central America.

 

Here’s an excerpt from the scene:

As they approached the slum dwellings, Lalita was relieved to have Jeremy’s strong arm around her waist. If he hadn’t been there for her, she would have chickened out. She stepped carefully, lifting the hem of her sari. The smell of garbage and unwashed bodies was overpowering.

A young boy in bare feet and tattered clothes approached and asked them for some money.

“He says he knows the woman but claims she doesn’t speak Marathi. He’s offered to take us there and translate. His name is Pradesh.” Lalita explained to Jeremy after a long exchange with the child.

“Do you trust him?” Jeremy eyed the young lad.

“Not entirely, but I don’t see any other options.”

“Are you sure you want to do this, Lalita? You have a family that loves you. What point is there in raising questions now?”

“I need to know.”

“Then that’s all I need to know. Come on, I can’t wait to get back to the hotel and have a shower. I think something just crawled up my leg.”

Lalita took his hand and gave it a squeeze then hurried to follow the boy. He led them through a warren of passages until Lalita was sure they had gone in circles at least twice. She had seen Jeremy taking careful notice of their surroundings and making discreet marks on some of the corrugated metal walls as they passed.

At last the boy indicated a small shed and called out the name Lalita had been given. A woman’s voice answered and the boy disappeared inside. A minute later, he reappeared and motioned for Lalita and Jeremy to enter.

Lalita stooped to pass through the doorway, bending almost double to get inside. As soon as she entered, she wished she hadn’t. The only place to sit was on the mud floor and the roof was too low to stand upright. A gnarled old woman lay on a filthy mattress not even bothering to shoo away the flies that buzzed about her unwashed body.

Jeremy stuck his head inside. Lalita motioned for him to wait outside, which he seemed grateful to do.

“Please tell her that I’ve come to ask about a baby that was born twenty-eight years ago,” Lalita said to Pradesh. The boy repeated the question in the old woman’s language.

The woman got on her knees and crawled over to where Lalita crouched as close to the door as possible. Wanting to vomit from the stench emanating from the woman, Lalita held her breath. The filthy creature put a deformed hand up to her cheek. They searched each other’s eyes in the dim light. Before answering the boy, the hag crawled back to the mattress.

“She says you are her daughter. She doesn’t remember who the father is. She sold you to a rich, white couple when you were a few days old. She wants some money.”

Nausea welled up into Lalita’s throat. How could this woman be her mother? Glancing around the tiny room which could have been her home, she tried to disguise the dry heaves behind a cough. She took a deep breath through her mouth, however, she could taste the rank air.

“I don’t believe her. Does she have any proof?” Lalita managed to get out. This couldn’t be true. Why had she even wanted to find her real mother? The one she had in England was loving and kind, why had she felt a need to find a different one? Especially one that sold babies?

Pradesh translated Lalita’s question. The old woman laughed so hard a wet stain appeared on the mattress around her thighs. She spoke again.

“She says the paperwork must be in her other house,” Pradesh said. “She wants money.”

“There is no money,” Lalita stated. She had to leave. Before Pradesh even translated the sentence the woman moved like a cockroach when the light turns on and grabbed Lalita’s wrist in an iron grip. Lalita cried out.

Jeremy ducked into the room and pulled the old woman’s hand from Lalita’s. The woman scurried back onto the mattress. Jeremy placed himself between the woman and Lalita.

 

What’s next for you in 2013? Any book signings perhaps?

I don’t have any definite plans for 2013. I hope to attend some author/reader events in my area (Vancouver, BC, Canada) as well as the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. I’ve already told my husband I want to go to RWA2014, especially as I expect to have a few more books out by then.

 

TRIVIA

 

Chocolates or fruits?

Is chocolate covered fruit an option? Chocolate, as long as it’s dark. I like my chocolate like my man — dark and nutty.

 

Favourite type of book to escape reality with?

A good contemporary romance. I especially like stories where the woman has the power and the alpha male has to try to cope.

 

If you could spend the day with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be and why?

It’s hard to pick just one, but I think it would have to be Catherine the Great, the Russian Empress in the 1700s. I have a quirky love of Russian history and an interest in strong women. I’d love to know how many of the stories about her are true or manifestations of the envious male-dominated society she ruled.

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 GIVEAWAY:

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Singapore Fling CoverBUY Links:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Kobo

 

CONTACT Alexia Adams:

Twitter – @AlexiaAdamsAuth

Facebook – Alexia Adams

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10 Comments

  • Lori Meehan says:

    Alexia likes her chocolate like her man “dark and nutty”. Lol
    Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway.

  • Chanpreet says:

    Chocolate covered fruit is good. Or anything as long as the chocolate is dark. Plus she likes her men liker chocolate-dark and nutty.

  • Celia Lewis says:

    Lalilta sounds fascinating, Alexia! I can’t wait to read about her challenges and travels. And ohmy, could I do my 20s over again and go travelling to those wonderfully interesting places?!! I love to read romance books with interesting locales and cultures. Cheers – Celia

  • Congratulations on your book release, Alexia! You like your chocolate like your man – “dark and nutty.” But what made me LOL was what you said before that – “Is chocolate covered fruit an option?” I love your thinking! I also love how many different settings you have in your book. Sounds like a page turner!

  • Alexia Adams says:

    Thanks, everyone for stopping by today and sharing in my excitement. My husband couldn’t believe I put the dark and nutty comment in there (although he did say he resembled that remark), but how else is he going to remember what kind of chocolate to buy me at the store? I hope everyone that reads Singapore Fling finds something to enjoy, it was great fun to write.

  • Mira Cadwell says:

    I love this cover! Just downloaded your book, Alexia. Congratulations!

  • Rae Summers says:

    Yay on your release, Alexia! This sounds like a fascinating story with even more fascinating settings.

  • Alexia Adams says:

    Thanks, Mira and Rae for stopping by. I hope you enjoy Singapore Fling.

  • Terry says:

    Singapore Sling looks interesting!

  • Carol McCauley says:

    Hi Alexia. Just bought the book and looking forward to reading it.

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