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Spotlight on Olivia Gates and her CLAIMING HIS OWN + Giveaway!

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What do you love most about writing for Harlequin Desire?
Olivia Gates and Nas

I love that I can go all out writing my modern day fairytales starring uber-alpha males who are always billionaires, sometimes princes or sheikhs or tycoons, who find their match in independent heroines who give them a run for their billions and bring them to their knees, while taking the reader to exotic lands full of fantasy and glamor, setting my stories in opulent surroundings while telling a scorchingly emotional and passionate love story.

What do you think makes a good story?

Complex characters with plenty of internal conflict, a relationship that has everything working against it, an irresistible emotional connection, a searing physical attraction and a setting that showcases all that. External conflict can also be thrown in to raise the stakes. 
 
You write about exotic places in Desire– what is your ideal holiday destination?

Actually, I've lived most of my life by the sea, and traveled a lot, visited most of Europe and Asia, so while I love to write about exotic places like those I've lived in or visited, now my ideal holiday destination is some place where I can relax, somewhere cool and mellow. :-)

Anywhere you haven’t travelled you would like to go?

I might like to someday visit South America and Australia. Though I'm now content exploring areas closer to my current home in California.

What one item do you always pack when you travel?

My books, to give away to people I meet, and lavish night gowns and their accessories from shoes, to handbags to fashion jewellery. Oh, and makeup!

Tell us a little about your current release …..

CLAIMING HIS OWN is the story of Caliope Sarantos, whom my readers met before in Aristedes Sarantos-her eldest brother's book THE SARANTOS SECRET BABY. She told me that she had a secret and even her brother knew she was keeping one that even with his massive power, he couldn't find out. It turned out this secret was her affair with Maksim Volkov, a multi-billionaire Russian steel magnate. They fell in lust at first glance, but because of both of their complex pasts, neither wanted anything more than a affair. Or so they thought. When she becomes pregnant a year into the affair, it changes everything. Though Maksim insists he'd make the baby his heir, he as adamantly insists he wouldn't take part in its upbringing, but that he wants to remain her lover…until she doesn't want him anymore. Unable to end things with him, she agrees to his terms. Still, two months before she gives birth…he disappears. Then a year later, he's back, offering what he never did before…but when he tells her why he left, what the future might hold for them if she agrees to become his wife and let him be their son's father… a rollercoaster of emotions and angst and passion and heartache ensues. 

I really hope my readers enjoy this book as much as I loved writing it. It's been getting fantastic reviews. It even earned me a fantastic quote from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Sylvia Day, who said: " "I'm a big fan of Olivia Gates and her sizzling alpha heroes, who fall hard for their worthy heroines. In her latest "Billionaires and Babies" installment, Maksim and Caliope's affair ended when Maksim disappeared from her life. Now he's back, but is it too late to mend what he's broken? No one does seduction and reparation better than Gates."

It also earned me a Top Pick review from RT Bookreviews Magazine, where the reviewer says: "Gates has a gift for writing multidimensional characters and emotionally driven stories that resonate and stay with readers. Her latest is no exception. Set against the beautiful and expertly described backdrop of Russia, Claiming His Own is a beautiful love story that readers won’t want to put down."

 

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24 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Olivia for getting such terrific reviews. Judging from what I've read here, they're well-deserved.

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan!! It's always a thrill to get great reviews, but this book really got me some extra special ones!

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  2. Claiming His Own certainly sounds like a page turner. And that baby and its sweet little head w/the curl up front is so cute!

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    1. Thanks, Leandra! I am getting great response for the book, with readers calling it my most emotional yet and one even started a twitter hashtag for it called angsty in the best way! :-) (love your name, btw. Can I borrow it for one of my heroines??)

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  3. That's a sweet cover.

    It was a pleasure meeting the author. I love a lot of internal conflict.

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    1. Thank, Medeia! It's a pleasure being here and meeting you all. :-) What do you write?

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    1. Thank you very much, William. And thank you for stopping by! :-)

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  5. I'm a big fan of internal conflict, too. Well, in books at least. ;)

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    1. Hi Kelly,

      Thanks for coming by to chat with Olivia!

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    2. Hi Kelly

      I adore internal conflict, the more angsty the better. But of course I'd prefer said turmoil be only in books. Claiming His Own has the most seething internal conflict I've written yet! :-)

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  6. I absolutely agree with your thoughts on what makes a good story!

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    1. Sherry

      I'm so glad you think so, too. It's always very useful to hear what other readers and writers think! :-)

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  7. Nice to meet you, Olivia. Your books sound like great escapes!

    Hi, Nas :)

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    1. Lovely to meet you, too, Carol! And yes, what I write for Harlequin Desire is just that, what I call modern-day fairytales! :-)

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  8. Hi Nas, Hi Olivia,

    Nice to meet Olivia - she looks like a Harlequin heroine herself.

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    1. So nice to meet you, too, Maria!
      And OH....how kind of you to say this about me! You made my day for sure! :-)

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  9. Congratulations on those great reviews, Olivia! Great way to start with a new book.

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  10. I can so relate to your answer about the ideal holiday destination. I've travelled a lot in the past as well, but now I like to go places closer to home. I'll leave the exotic locations to the stories. :)

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful book, Olivia. Thanks, Nas, for sharing the interview and book synopsis with you readers. I agree with your keys for a great story, Olivia. Sounds like you have done it with your present work. Congratulations and good luck.

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  12. I can understand how writing romance would carry you away to all kinds of beautiful places with the beautiful people! Good luck with this book.

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  13. Hi Olivia.i read this last week. What a fantastic opening chapter. I love emotion and angst abs this was a cracker of a story for it. Congrats on your fantastic reviews :))

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  14. Congratulations Lynda Young! You are the winner for this giveaway! Please contact Olivia via her website or social media!

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