Can a lawyer and a criminal maintain an enduring romantic relationship?
Although Hope and Rock care deeply for one another, the truth is they come from completely different worlds. Add to that the fact that they are also both headstrong people, and they have a very rough road ahead of them.
For Rock that means introducing Hope to what it really means to be part of his brutal and shady world, where the Lost Kings Motorcycle Club is his main focus. For Hope it means accepting the things she can’t change, and understanding that Rock is a man who will do anything to keep her safe.
As Rock continues to draw Hope deeper into his world, painful misunderstandings and opposition from the members of his club will threaten to drive them apart.
As an only child, Autumn kept herself entertained by making up all sorts of stories. For a long time, life and school dimmed her enthusiasm for creative writing. But as soon as she rediscovered her love of storytelling, she put her fingers to the keyboard and hasn’t looked back.
Her favorite books to read are mystery, thrillers, horror, romance, erotica and urban fantasy. Her favorite thing to write is romance. All of her stories have to include a hunky hero and an optimistic ending.
When she’s not writing, Autumn spends time listening to music, going to concerts, and driving her family nuts. She enjoys reading, gardening, acting, and collecting nail polish. (Her husband says she shouldn’t be allowed to include gardening in her list of hobbies, because she makes him do all the work, but that’s not relevant.)
Autumn lives in Upstate New York with her husband and their three rescue dogs. She is actively involved with several dog rescue groups and her local RWA chapter.
Tasty Book Tours Q&A with Autumn Jones Lake
Author of New Release, CORRUPTING CINDERELLA (Lost Kings MC Book #2)
~Autumn, thanks for taking the time to chat about your latest book in the Lost Kings MC Series, CORRUPTING CINDERELLA. Let’s talk about the Series, had you originally planned to have Hope and Rock as the Hero and Heroine of the second in the series, or did you feel their journey needed more of a destination?
Their story was originally one book, but as it grew (and grew!) it became clear it would need to take place over three books. The two of them were coming from so far apart, such different worlds, it was going to take a quite a bit to get them together and have it be truly believable. Plus, even though the first three stories belong to Rock and Hope, the other members play very vital and active roles, as I am also setting up their stories.
~How Much fun have you had writing the Lost Kings?
So much fun! I love these guys.
~Who is your Favorite Character of the Series?
I adore Rock and Hope and I’ll be sad when I finish their story. I keep telling myself it’s my series and I can do what I want with it, so if I feel there is a story to tell there, I can always go back to them if I want to. LOL! I will say Wrath is definitely the most vocal and demanding character.
~With so many MC Romances releasing left and right, are you finding it difficult to come up with fresh ideas for the series, or do the storylines, and plots just come to you as you are writing?
First, I have to say, I’m a romance writer at heart, but some of the typical “rules of romance” can be confining. I’m also a rule-breaker, so MC Romance is very appealing to me for that reason.
I think, at least with the first books, I shied away from the “typical” MC Romance story lines. I wasn’t interested in doing anything where the heroine is abducted by a rival club or attacked or anything like that. It’s been done. I had no interest in the scenario where the hero and heroine get into a tiff and he goes and gets one of the club girls to service him and the heroine catches him in the act. That’s pretty standard stuff in MC Romances, and that’s fine. It’s realistic for the sub-genre. What interested me more, was the inherent conflict of an unapologetic criminal and a lawyer getting together and falling in love despite their vast differences. I mean, they meet when she’s working in court as an attorney and
he’s in handcuffs and a prison jumpsuit—it’s hard to picture a relationship blossoming out of that scenario! I don’t know how you could make that work in a single novel.
But to answer the question better, the plots and story lines just keep coming with these characters. Rock is a highly-possessive, alpha male, who runs a criminal enterprise, and Hope is a well-educated, independent woman who has taken an oath to uphold the law. Their story pretty much writes itself.
~How many books do you have planned for the Lost Kings MC Series?
Right now, 6 – 8. Book 4 will be Wrath’s story. 5 will be Z’s or Murphy’s. It depends on who is more vocal at the time. And I definitely plan for a wedding novella or two. Wrath’s story is complicated, but it will be interesting as it goes back in time to when the Lost Kings were coming out of some dark times. A lot of questions about Trinity’s past will also answered. It will be vastly different from Rock and Hope’s story in a lot of ways. I think it’s going to shock people, but at the same time stay true to the world I’ve created.
~What are you currently working on?
I was literally working on Book 3 right before I sat down to do this interview! It gets intense pretty quick, so I needed to take a break.
~Thank You so much for chatting today!!
Interviewer’s Notes: So, I have this interview scheduled with both Rock and Hope, but so far it’s just me and Rock, sitting at a table in the back of Uncommon Grounds café in Empire. I’m definitely not getting the warm fuzzies from him. He’s not rude, he just looks like he’d rather be anywhere else but here. He’s facing the front of the café and scrutinizing every person who walks in the door.
Rock: Sorry about this. Hope’s always running late.
Interviewer: Was she in court this morning?
Interviewer’s Notes: I can tell Hope must have arrived, because Rock’s entire expression changes. He actually smiles and stands. Hope throws herself against him and well, it’s kinda awkward for this interviewer for a moment.
Hope: I’m so sorry I’m late!
Rock nudges the extra coffee cup he has on the table in front of Hope.
Rock: Babe, you hungry? Want something?
Hope: I’m good. Thanks. Let’s get started.
Interviewer: Do you have to be in court?
Hope: No. I, uh, might be starting a new job soon.
Hope: I can’t talk about it yet, but it’s interesting.
Interviewer: Okay, so how is life these days? You look both happy.
Hope: Life is good.
Rock: No complaints.
Interviewer: Hope, how are things with you and the club? Still tension with the guys or have
things settled down?
Hope: (laughs) Um, Wrath’s the only one who ever gives me a hard time. The rest of the guys seem to have accepted me.
Rock: He still giving you shit?
Hope: (more laughter)
Interviewer: What was the moment Hope, when you knew Rock was “it” for you? And same for you Rock, when was the “Aha”?
Hope: That’s hard for me to answer.
Interviewer’s note: Rock gives me a look that makes me finally understand what people mean when they use the phrase “death glare.”
Hope: I think the moment we were in his garage, when he explained how long he’d had feelings for me. I already knew I was falling for him hard but I didn’t realize how deep his feelings for me were until that moment.
Interviewer: Wow. Rock?
Rock: I’d like to say the second I saw her, but it just wasn’t a possibility at that time.
Interviewer: Hope, was it hard for you that first time you saw Rock after your husband’s funeral?
Hope: That was a difficult time for me. I was in such a…fog. I was touched that he cared enough to see if I needed anything, but I wasn’t thinking about anything beyond that.
Interviewer: How about later when you guys ran into each other?
Hope: Well (nervous laughter) I was a little tipsy. I was more amazed to run into him than anything, it’s not like we really ran in the same circles…
Rock: Can we move on now?
Interviewer: Sure! Let’s try to lighten up the mood here a bit. Hope, if it wasn’t Rock, which of the other Lost Kings would you consider “Taking a Ride” on….I mean with?
Rock: What the fuck kind of question is that?
Hope: Hmmm…well, Wrath is definitely attractive, but his personality…no. Z’s very devilish, so he’s more like a big brother, plus he’s hooked up with my friend, Lilly, so…no. Bricks has a girlfriend. Murphy is too young for me…so…
Rock: You seem to have given this a lot of thought, babe.
Interviewer: Fair is fair, Rock, any of Hope’s friends you’d like to spend a night with?
Interviewer: Okay, then. Let’s move on.
Rock: Good idea.
Interviewer: Rock what is one non-sexual thing that Hope does that gets you hotter than anything?
Rock: Everything she does is hot as fuck.
Interviewer: Anything more specific?
Rock: The way she sticks up for herself and for other people.
Interviewer: Nice. Okay, Hope what is the most romantic thing Rock has done for you, that you loved, but most women would find obnoxious?
Hope: Well, I think it was Rock coming to see if I was okay the day of my husband’s funeral. I know…certain people in my life expressed the opinion that it was inappropriate. But nothing improper happened and it really did help me when I was feeling low.
Interviewer: Rock, what are Three Things you LOVE about Hope and Three Things that drive you CRAZY?
Rock: Love everything about her. She’s caring and clever. She’s good to my family, even though they give her a hard time. She puts up with my shit. Got no problem telling it like it is when we’re alone. She’s really hot when she’s pissed off.
Interviewer: Those are all good things. Anything that drives you nuts?
Rock: My girl is very messy.
Rock: Doll, your closet looks like a bomb went off in it.
Hope: Whatever. Do I get to answer the same question?
Interviewer: Of course. Hope, Three Things you LOVE about Rock and Three Things that have you thinking of places where they will never find the body?
Hope: Love that Rock always makes me feel very special and cared for. He’s exciting to be around and has more depth than people realize. He’s protective of the people he cares about. (Hope’s cheeks turn bright pink) He’s very sexy. People don’t realize this because he looks so mean and intimidating, but he’s very loving and charming underneath all that.
Interviewer: That’s sweet. Any dislikes?
Hope: Well, he’s bossy. Demanding. Overprotective. Secretive—
Rock: That’s more than three, Hope.
Hope: Oh, sorry.
Interviewer: Hope, how has life changed since becoming an Ol’ Lady?
Hope: I don’t know that it has.
Interviewer: So, Hope, before you guys met, it’s been rumored that Rock used to go through women like socks. From the strippers at his dance club to the girls that hang around his motorcycle club. Has that been difficult for you?
Hope: (laughing and shaking her head) Everyone has a past. Rock’s is just more…colorful than mine.
Interviewer: If you guys could choose one song title to describe your relationship what would it be?
Interviewer’s note, both answered at the same time.
Rock: Sweet and Wild.
Hope: You’re the One.
Interviewer: Aww. So what is next for you guys? Marriage?
Interviewer’s note, again both of them answer at the same time.
Interviewer: Well, this is awkward.
Hope: (looking at Rock) After that…thing you explained to me, I thought that was…I always thought you didn’t want to get married again.
Rock: That was before I met you.
Hope: Oh. Wow.
Interviewer: Kids in your future?
Rock: Please. I already have a clubhouse full of children to look after.
Hope: (laughing) That’s completely true. Seriously though, I’d like to have Rock to myself for a little longer before we think about children.
Rock: Sounds good to me.
Interviewer: Thank you both for hanging out with me today! Best of luck for the future!
Hope: Thank you.