Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: Nikki Logan (Wild Encounter)

Wild Encounter by Nikki Logan

Today I welcome Nikki Logan, author of Wild Encounter, a book that's very different from the romances I have been reading lately and I really like that.  So grab your favorite cuppa and hear what Nikki has to say, view her book trailer and find out more about Wild Encounter then enter to win a copy of your own if you can stand to wait (trust me you want to get your own copy now!)  

Welcome Nikki!

What's your favorite season?
Winter *sigh*  I live in Western Australia where the summers are just 100F day after 100F day. I just find the heat so soul- and creativity-destroying. But winter… I like nothing better than to get rugged up with my dogs at my feet and the rain thundering down on our tin roof and write. Or read. Or sleep. Or watch a movie.  Everything is washed so clean in winter and the garden looks green and lush. It’s just a lovely time of spoils.

Describe your ideal reading space (no expense spared here).
My ideal reading space is a lot like my ideal writing space (and that’s because my ideal writing space would have reading space in it)---picture a forest of tall trees, dripping with the run-off from a light rain shower, sunlight streaming through. Wildlife flitting hither and thither. Then picture a timber cabin with lots of glass-frontage, and in it is a conservatory style space which juts out from the main house so that it’s 280 degree forest views. Along the back wall of that space are floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled to overflowing and my desk, a corner unit sofa for reading and some space for my dogs are positioned up against the glass to take advantage of those views. *sigh*

I have the floor-to-ceiling bookcases in my actual reading/writing space but the rest of it leaves a lot to be desired…

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Um… I wouldn’t mind going up on one of the early Virgin Interglactic flights into almost-space, because (technically) I *can* travel anywhere on Earth if I wanted to enough and saved long enough, but I’ll never be able to afford a shuttle flight. And it burns that by the time space travel is common enough to be affordable I’ll be gone L 

So, yeah, space.

Or maybe forward in time. Just to have a quick look…. (I promise not to touch anything or squirrel anything back with me…)

What's the first sentence of Wild Encounter?
“Clare Delaney grabbed what little sleep she could amid the heat and acrid smell of urine and rotten meat.”

Welcome to Africa!! My heroine is transporting a truckload of African wild dogs to safe habitat and she’s tucked up in the straw just a few feet from where they all lie, unconscious, until they get to their new home. African wild dogs are *so* very stinky (scent marking is a huge part of their society) especially when enclosed and very hot. Mmmmm mmm.

Do you have a favorite line in Wild Encounter?
I do! I love this line which sums up the external conflict and which almost didn’t survive the editing process because of the imperfect grammar - It was unexpected, unwanted and unacceptable; and almost certainly a nasty case of the Stockholms.

Tell us what is Wild Encounter about.
I describe Wild Encounter as ‘Born Free meets the Bourne Identity’. It’s the story of Claire, a conservationist in Africa working wildlife rescue, who gets hijacked along with her rare dogs and imprisoned in the depths of Zambia. A gorgeous piece of bad-guy (who she knows as ‘Alpha’) takes it upon himself to keep their accidental hostage alive and things get very complicated between the two of them, made all the more so because they’re both keeping secrets -- Alpha, his true identity and Claire, her ingenious escape plan.

Later Alpha re-appears in her life and Claire has to learn to trust him all over again (including with her life) and, more importantly, trust that the feelings she developed for him in captivity aren’t just symptoms of Stockholm syndrome.

I have a book trailer which kind of sums it up…

For all of us impatient readers, what is up next for you?

Next for Entangled, I’d like to get onto McKenzie’s story (she’s a minor character in Wild Encounter). Mac really grabbed me as a character and I have a great story idea (and a great hero) bubbling away for her. But I think I’m going to bring her to Australia for the next one. Not sure exactly when I can get onto that (hopefully over Christmas) but readers can check out my full range of contemp romances at my website -

Thanks so much for having me here today, just awesome to get to say hi to your readers personally.


Wild Encounter
By Nikki Logan

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 321 pages
Release Date: September 2012
Imprint: Dead Sexy

A wildlife release mission in Africa turns deadly when the convoy is hijacked by smugglers, and veterinarian Clare Delaney is taken hostage. Terrified for her life and her animals, the intrepid Clare establishes a rapport with the man she believes is the criminals’ leader, and reluctantly finds herself under his protection...and falling hard for the enigmatic man.

Alpha-to-the-max Simon deVries sees right through his sexy captive’s attempt to seduce her way to freedom. So when their simmering attraction flares into true passion, it takes them both by surprise. Now he’s torn between completing his secret mission and letting her escape without telling her his true identity. He knows if he lets her go, he will be risking his career, his life...and his heart.

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Author Information

Nikki Logan lives amongst a string of wetlands in Western Australia with her long-suffering partner and a menagerie of furred, feathered and scaly mates.

She studied film and theatre at university, and worked for years in advertising and film distribution before finally settling down in the wildlife industry.

Her romance with nature goes way back, and she considers her life charmed, given that she works with wildlife by day and writes fiction by night–the perfect way to combine her two loves.

Nikki believes that the passion and risk of falling in love are perfectly mirrored in the danger and beauty of wild places. Every romance she writes contains an element of nature, and if readers catch a waft of rich earth or the spray of wild ocean between the pages she knows her job is done.

Twitter: @ReadNikkiLogan

Tour Stop Giveaway: Ebook of Wild Encounter
Thanks to the author and the publisher, Entangled Publishing, I have one ebook copy of Wild Encounter to give away.  Open Internationally, ends 10/17/2012.

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