Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Impulse by C.J. Lake Excerpt & Interview

C.J. Lake

Genre: New Adult Romance

Date of Publication: 10/5/16

Number of pages: 360
Word Count: 86K

Book Description:

**Standalone novel, NO cliffhanger. Contains explicit/steamy content intended for mature readers.**

I couldn't believe my luck, seeing Cady Killoren at the bar and finding out she no longer had a boyfriend. Then ending up at her place later that night... She had her guard up, but there was no denying what was happening between us. I wasn't sure how to play this, I hadn't exactly been honest with her. I only knew I wanted more of her...and then things got complicated.

It was one impulsive night--totally unlike me! I can't even blame it on the drinks. That night with Mick was pure chemistry. I never would've guessed that the next time we met it would be in a crowded restaurant, being introduced by my dad! And I would find out that everything I thought I knew about Mick was a lie. There are a lot of reasons why I need to resist Mick Croft... Easier said than done.


“So where does that leave us?”
“Wh—us?” she repeated stupidly.
“You and me,” he said softly and inched even closer—which only reminded her how good he smelled.
“N-nowhere,” she managed to eke out. Remember your resolve, she told herself. Distance, not flirtation.
“C'mon, Cady,” Mick murmured, “that's it?” For a moment, she just looked up at him. “Don’t we deserve another night?” The husky strum of Mick’s voice nearly sent shivers through her. “We could even make it ‘no strings’ since that’s what you’re into?” he suggested playfully.

About the Author:

C.J. Lake is a storyteller who is passionate about art, surfing, and skiing/snowboarding. She is the author of Constructing Us, A Hot Winter, Sky High, and Impulse.  Residing near the coast of Massachusetts, C.J. is currently working on a new book. 


Where are you from?
Originally from NJ--traveled around before winding up back on the east coast, currently splitting my time between Mass. & SC.

Tell us your latest news?
Very excited to have my fourth book out!  My last novel, Sky High, was released  in May 2015, so Impulse has been in the works for a while.  I don't ever want to rush a story, though, and need to get it absolutely right before I can call it done.
Like my Attraction Series, Impulse was amazingly fun to write!  Cady and Mick had a great vibe.  There is a sarcastic kind of banter that just flows between them—and, of course, is a cover for their intense attraction to each other.  I got so lost in their love story, and especially in Cady's journey from a total cynic in the beginning of the book, to a genuinely optimistic romantic by the end.  I hope readers love this one!

When and why did you begin writing?
I had the bolt of inspiration for my debut, Constructing Us, in 2014.  I had already been toying with the idea of a roommates-falling-in-love story, but, believe it or not, much of the story took shape during a horrible migraine.  I will never forget... I was lying in a dark room with a cold washcloth on my head (feeling sorry for myself, of course) when, unexpectedly, I started thinking in immense detail about the characters, their names, their struggles, even imagining the quirks of Tragan's friends--who consistently made me laugh when I was writing. 

I have thought about that migraine many times since, wondering why my brain was able to be so creative when it was in such distress, and it's still a mystery to me.  But the following morning, I began writing Constructing Us.  I definitely think the success of that book helped motivate me and inspired me to keep turning my ideas into actual pages.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly, I think of myself more as a storyteller.  My friends have always said that of me, and that is what I'm trying to do most of all—create a compelling story that will absorb readers so much, they genuinely forget their stresses for a little while. 

What inspired you to write your first book?
See above – my migraine story :)

Do you have a specific writing style?
Well, I outline everything first, but the outline changes many times as I go.  I have to have a plan, though.  I envy writers who can just sit and write with no conscious idea of where they are going, but it's just not me.  Every time I've tried that (and believe me I have tried it many times!), I end up staring at a blinking cursor, adjusting my margins, getting coffee refills and daydreaming...

How did you come up with the title?
Impulse was originally titled The Allnighter, which fit the beginning of the story very well, but as I got deeper into the journey of Cady and Mick, I realized that the concept of “impulse” was a consistent theme throughout—and not just with Cady and Mick, but with their parents, too.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Just that while falling in love can be tumultuous, it should also be sweet, endearing, uplifting, and absolutely hot as hell.

How much of the book is realistic?
What’s realistic in all my books (I think): The casual sarcasm among friends, the flirtatious vibe that builds between a man and a woman, the undercurrent of sweetness and affection between two people getting closer to each other, and the sex.  Readers have told me that my love scenes are hot/scorching/very passionate (one even told me that it made her sweat a lot :)  And this makes me happy, because with the right person, sex should be scorching—hot but romantic.
Now what’s probably not too realistic: My characters spend virtually no time on social media.  Also, they treat their cell phones more as accessories than vital appendages.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not specifically, though some of my male characters are similar to my guy friends and my heroes always remind me of my love.

What book are you reading now?
Timeline by Michael Crichton.  It's one of the MANY used books that fill my house!  I have mismatched bookcases all over the place, most of them overflowing with novels.

What are your current projects?
Currently working on my next New Adult romance, Let It Burn, which features Cady's best friend, Torie, and will pick up shortly after they graduate from college.  When you read Impulse, I think you will love Torie and want to know more about her.

What would you like my readers to know?
Like my characters, I live most of my life off-line, so you probably won't see me on social media much.  I'm more of an outdoors person (love surfing when I'm able to do it, but also love the snow).  That said, readers can always reach me by email (writercjlake@gmail[dot]com). 

Also, I hope you will check out Impulse as well as my Attraction Series, which is comprised of 3 standalone novels, starting with Constructing Us.  Thanks so much & happy holidays!!  

Readers can get in touch via email writercjlake@gmail.com

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