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Book Title: Layers of the Past (Age recommended
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Al Tonya Washington (July 3, 2014)
About The Author
AlTonya Washington has been a published romance
novelist for 10 years. In 2013, her Harlequin Kimani novel "His Texas
Touch" won the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award for Best
Series Romance of 2012. In addition to being an author, AlTonya also works as a
college Reference Librarian. Writing as T. Onyx, AlTonya released her latest
erotica "Ravenous: Ruler of Perfection II" in 2013.
Her newest title with Harlequin Kimani is
"Provocative Passion" nominated for an AMB Ovation Award for
Outstanding Interracial Romance and the sequel to the January 2013 release
"Provocative Territory". In November she will release "A Lover's
Debt", the 17th title in the Ramsey Tesano saga.
About The Book
Huron Base has a name synonymous with power and
intimidation. He’s made no apologies for doing what’s been necessary to survive
a life rooted in poverty and pain. Endeavors drenched in blood and marked with
bone have become his trademark in spite of his desire to be more-to be better.
When he meets troubleshooter, Kamari Grade that desire receives the spark it’s
been waiting on. It’s the spark that motivates Huron to once again strive to
rise above his circumstances and at last become the better man he wants to be.
Change however, has its consequences...and its
dangers. Many of Huron’s associates aren’t so supportive of his new
found...desires. They are especially wary of his new found love. Kamari is a
recognizable force in her field-one that keeps her too enmeshed in the circles
of law enforcement that Huron’s associates strive to avoid. Huron knows that
Kam doesn’t care who he was, only who he is- the man she loves. Still, he won’t
allow that to blind him to what has to be done-the steps that must be taken to
keep the woman he loves from becoming a casualty in a war between new enemies.
Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always
I would say that I have always been, but didn’t come into my true passion
for words until I started writing. It was then that I fell in love with the
true musicality of words- their flow and the art behind presenting them/pairing
them in such a way that they complement one another.
What is your favorite color?
Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
Born and Raised
in Florence, South Carolina
What is your favorite sports team?
I tend to follow players
before the entire team. Right now, it’s the Carolina Panthers- of course they
are my home team, but Cam Newton is such a cutie!
Who is your favorite author?
What is your favorite book?
The Color Purple
What do you do when you are not writing?
kidding, you can usually find me reading or watching a movie.
Do you have a day job as well?
I’m a librarian!
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Read and then read outside your comfort zone.
Is being a writer a curse or a gift?
I have and pray I
always see this as a gift. I am so blessed that God has seen fit to send this
ability to me.
Where do you write?
Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write?
doesn’t matter. I’m very good at tuning people out.
What do you typically drink while writing?
usually tea, coffee will do.
What challenges have you had in regards to your writing
Folks not believing in you- thinking that you’re wasting your time-or not
liking how much time it takes away from them. Thankfully I have never had to
deal with this from my parents, my sister, or my best guy-my son J
What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want
to hang out with you?
I think they’d want to hang out with me, make sure I keep
them looking so incredible and behaving so brilliantly! I think they would
cringe a lot and think I’m too much of a hardshell at times, given all that I
take them through. But they adore the way I write a love scene, so I’m
How do you market your book? What avenues work best?
a social media addict-being a mom doesn’t afford me enough time for that, but I
would say connecting with my readers whether I have a book or not via social
media has been a great tool. My readers are great and always curious about what
I’m working on or when something new is on the horizon. So the word is
constantly out there and spreading through them. My blog and podcasts are also
very successful. I’d say digital media has been my best marketing avenue.
What has been the toughest criticism so far?
That my books
have too many characters J
Sorry…I love characters ;-)
What has been the best compliment?
That my books have
characters you never want to forget and that they are almost too real.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or
purely all imagination?
It is purely imagination, though there are certain
aspects of some characters that may have been inspired by real people.
How did you come up with the title?
Layers of the Past is
the sequel to my novella Layers- so I wanted to keep that word play going. The
storyline focuses on the heroe’s (and heroine’s) pasts and what happens when
those parts of their lives return to haunt them.
Will there be a sequel?
Yes, book three will be ready next
What project are you working on now?
The 18th title in my
Ramsey/Tesano series “A Lover’s Control”.
What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer?
the question I get most about my books?” Where do I come up with the names of
my heroes. J
Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm & Read A Book By Al Tonya