Please join me in welcoming author Davidson King to my blog. She’s here today celebrating the release of the latest installment in her popular Haven Hart series, and she graciously took the time to answer a few questions about her new book and herself!
From These Ashes by Davidson King
Will Black and Quill be consumed by the flames, or from these ashes, will they find their own happily ever after?
Series: Haven Hart – Book #4 Cover Artist:Covers by Designs by Morningstar Release Date: November 28, 2018 Length: 204 pages Pairing / Genre(s) / Keyword(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Crime Drama
A product of his past, Black spends half his time saving lives and the other half taking them. Every day, a hard choice must be made and he’s the man to make it. Long ago, he vowed to never love again; one-night stands with a willing body was all he ever needed. But along came Quill, and Black’s life is irrevocably changed. He never expects something as simple as Quill’s persistence to alter the way he not only sees the world, but how he lives it.
Quill has bad taste in men and equally horrible luck. Growing up wasn’t easy, surviving is even harder. When his past and present collide, he’s convinced he’ll finally witness his own destruction. But when an unlikely antihero steps in to protect him, his life is turned on its head. He’s spent months flirting with the man of his dreams and hoping he’d take notice. But it turns out, being on Black’s radar isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and his idea of protection varies greatly from Quill’s.
Unknowingly sharing the same goal—burying their own pasts deeper than the fires of hell can reach—they’re both unaware that jumping into that fire will do more than ignite their feelings, it could lead to their own demise. Will Black and Quill be consumed by the flames, or from these ashes, will they find their own happily ever after?
I parked my car as close to Joker’s Sin as I could. I took my leather jacket off the seat and quickly put it on, hit the alarm, and made my way toward the club. There was still a line after midnight. The place closed in two hours, why would people wait that long? Well, I wasn’t.
“Can I help you?” the large bouncer asked.
“No.” I barreled through him and made my way into the club. It was like dubstep nation in there and so much fucking leather.
“Hey.” I felt someone tap my shoulder. I whipped around and grabbed whomever it was by the neck. It was the bouncer from the door.
“Not today, Junior. You tell Atlas, Black is here. Now fuck off.” I pushed him away and made my way to the bar. I hadn’t been inside Joker’s Sin before, I only knew how it looked based on Mace and Bill’s description.
I liked the concept and would’ve taken more time to appreciate it if I wasn’t hell-bent on finding Quill.
“Can I help you, handsome?” I turned and looked down. A small guy with pink hair and barely-there black leather shorts had spoken.
“No. Where’s Quill?”
The small man slid his fingers down my arm. “Mmm. Quill didn’t tell me he had a God for a boyfriend. You’re better than most I see him with.” He jerked his head to the right. I followed the direction and there before me, was Quill.
He was dressed in red leather. I couldn’t see below the waist, but the vest he wore was tight against his pale skin. I knew he loved his bracelets, and he had them all on tonight. His arms were covered in red and silver glitter, making him stick out like a gorgeous disco ball. It looked like he had put all of his piercings back in, and I could see when the light shown on his face, he also had glitter on his cheeks.
“I’ll just leave you to it,” the small man said with a chuckle, and I took the few steps to where Quill stood mixing drinks.
He hadn’t noticed me yet, and I got a chance to see he had red eyes and black liner on his lids. He looked like pure sin. I was surprised when I felt my cock stiffen. Until now, I was never sexually interested in Quill. Okay, to be fair, I admired him. He was stunning, but there was a line cut somewhere between admiration and want. Why was I feeling something now?
“Are you following me?” Quill’s voice snapped me back to attention.
“I thought you wanted me to follow you.”
Quill narrowed his eyes, but I saw how he swallowed as he took me in. He was a flirt by nature and no matter how peeved he was at me, he could never sustain that anger.
Congratulations on your new release. Please tell us a little bit about it. What’s your favorite aspect or part of the story? Do you have a favorite character? Who/Why?
Thank you! So, this is book four in my Haven Hart Series and it’s Black and Quill’s story. You first meet both of these characters in book two (Hug It Out) but they never have page time together until book three (A Dangerous Dance) It was that book that pushed them to be together and why From These Ashes was their turn.
My favorite aspect of this book was taking two opposites, bringing them together, only to realize how much they had in common.
Quill was special to me but Black really and truly had the most to prove so picking a favorite is too hard.
What was the most difficult part of writing this book? Why?
Hands down the hardest part of writing this story was making the readers -who had been following Black for some time- love him. He’s the head of an assassin organization who kills or has people killed. He’s shown ruthlessness and makes the hard decisions. In this book I had to make the readers understand him and that was difficult.
If you could tell your younger writing-self anything, what would it be?
Don’t wait so long. I waited forever to finally publish and I wish I had done it sooner. I’d tell her to believe in herself and trust her heart and not the words of negativity from others.
What is the best money you ever spent as an author?
I was able to finally put a down payment on a new car for my husband. He was driving in a car that was not road safe three hours a day. I was so relieved when I was able to tell him to get a new car.
What were you like in high school?
I was a nerd of sorts. Big theater geek, loved taking Shakespeare classes, joined the color guard. I liked hanging out with the outcasts.
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Easy! Melissa McCarthy. I don’t think there’s anyone alive or dead who could do it but her.
Davidson King always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.
When she’s not writing you can find her blogging away on Diverse Reader, her review and promotional site. She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.
If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.