Friday, January 20, 2017

Girl Within Girl by: S.P. Aruna w/ Interview & Giveaway

Title: Unraveling
Author: S. P. Aruna
Series: Girl Within Girl Book 1
Genre: Erotic Thriller  
Publisher: BookBaby
Release Date: Oct 15 2016
Edition ~ 1st /Formats ~ eBook

Katrina is never alone. She is bound to others inside her, tighter than any Siamese twins could ever be: Cherry, the freewheeling photojournalist, Anisa, the covert spy-assassin, and others as yet unknown, all sharing her body and mind as she goes about her work in a psychiatric hospital. But she is starting to unravel, and her sole hope is the handsome Dr. Sean Paisley, the only one who can make her whole again.

** Girl Within Girl is a dark erotic thriller that wanders through a sensual maze of manipulation and mind control. **

I knew what I had to do. From my purse I took out a ball-point pen. But not an ordinary ball-point pen. I looked at the man by my side, a swarthy, rather good - looking man, well-built, sleeping on his back, apparently naked, a sheet scantily covering what was below his hairy chest, his equally hairy legs spread out. He was lightly snoring.
I studied his arm, particularly the hollow inside his elbow. Clicking the pen open, I looked for a good vein. Then I stabbed it with the pen.
He jerked up, eyes wide. "What you fucking doing!"
Then just as abruptly, he plopped down, dead. I checked his carotid for confirmation of this, and as sure as the pope was Catholic, there was no pulse, his heart had stopped completely as expected.
I looked at the digital clock on the night table: 3:30 A.M.
I am what I am: a cold-hearted psychopathic bitch. But it pays well.
Anisa Grant: professional spy, agent provocateur, assassin. I don't do liquidation jobs because I necessarily like them more than other assignments; it's just that they're the most lucrative.
I got dressed quickly into a pair of jeans and a blue cotton blouse, took my passport out of my duffle bag, left the room and the bag, and descended down the staircase. A short dark man comically dressed in white intercepted me at the bottom, but I was prepared. I gave him a karate blow across his windpipe and he was down. I ran to the front door and unbolted all the locks. An alarm sounded, and I hesitated for a moment, knowing that in seconds all the bodyguards would be surrounding the villa. I flung open the doors and bolted to my left. I knew that the weakness in their cordon - reconnaissance had told me beforehand - was to the southeast where there was no entrance to the house.  I sprinted in that direction towards the perimeter, a wall capped with razor wire. Shots were being fired, and I suspected they had seen me, making me more frantic. I leapt at the wall, scrambled up and over the top and through the razor wire, shredding my clothes and ripping my skin. I flipped over the side and landed on my ass, jolting me to stand up immediately and take off running to my rendezvous despite the pain.  Breathing so hard that my raspy inhalations made screeching, panic-stricken animal-like sounds, I batted away the foliage of the tropical growth in front of me, my legs pumping, my feet digging in to get momentary purchase as I ran down a muddy hill, the adrenaline rush making my heart pound, nearly freaking me out until I saw the Humvee in the moonlight. The door opened, I jumped in, and panted in relief as it bounced through the jungle night.

Tell us a little about the book and where did you get the idea to write this story.
The book is dark erotica, yet a thriller at the same time, and the story weaves in and out of three lives of the same woman, each one full of unknown consequences, keeping the reader on edge as to what is going to happen next. In short, there is an entertainment element besides the sex scenes in glamorous situations - there is a strong plot, something not easy to find in erotica novels.
Another aspect of the story which would appeal to many readers is the ability to escape out of the ordinary humdrum of our lives.
Each of us has multiple sides to our personality. On top of that, many people have fantasies of being someone else and of doing things that go outside the boundaries of our day-to-day existence. For Katrina Novack, she can accomplish these things through her alter-egos of Cherry Cummins, the freelance photojournalist who travels to exotic places and meets many famous people, and Anisa Grant, a kick-ass spy assassin who succeeds in her missions through cold calculation and ruthless execution.
Inspiration came from my husband (also an undiscovered author), but the idea itself came from the true story of Candy Jones, a popular pinup girl of the 1940's, who, a decade later, ended up as a hypno-programmed spy for the CIA. I read a book, The CIA's Control of Candy Jones, by Donald Bain, and I thought this would make a good novel. Candy went on missions under an alter-ego called Arlene Grant, but Candy was unaware of what Arlene did. In other words she was a real life Manchurian Candidate.

How and when did you get started writing novels?
In terms of commercial writing, Girl Within Girl is my first work, although I have worked for several years as an editor for a local magazine. My husband is also an author and he spends quite a bit of time on his own doing just that. So I decided I'd try to spend my private time in the same way.

What’s the best and worst part of being a writer?
The best part is creating a world you can escape to. When we read we take our minds someplace else, and with writing the process is even more intense. Sometimes I have a problem with time management - there are times when daily living gets in the way and you can't be by the keyboard. Then there's the infamous malady of writer's block. But I think the hardest (and worst) part is marketing - I'm not very good at touting my own work.

What is your writing schedule like?
Totally unpredictable, which means there is no real schedule, though I do tend to write in the evenings.

 Where do you get your ideas?
Mainly from other books, combined with the things in my head when I daydream.

Is there something about you or your life that readers might be surprised about?
I'm half French, half Khmer (Cambodian), and I live in the countryside of southern Cambodia with my American author husband. I'm not sure how surprising that is.

Do you write a novel straight through? Or revise as you go? Plan a whole series in advance? Or does the series evolve?
A combination of both: I do some revision, mostly when I have writer's block and need to get back on track. Then when it's finished I do a final revision before submitting to an editor. Having an editor is important.

Do you use Beta readers?
I haven't yet, but I am seriously considering it for the next book.

What’s next?
The next book of the Girl Within Girl series - which is called Healing.

I'm a Cambodian woman of mixed blood, married to an aspiring author, and of course he had something to do with my idea to write entertaining fiction. We live in a little green house in the countryside in southern Cambodia. No kids yet, but we're working on it.
I live on a large plot of land and I enjoy taking care of my trees, plants, and flowers. I also love embroidery, stitching to make beautiful pictures. It's very meditative for me. And then I frame them and put them all over the walls of my house, which drives my husband crazy.

I'm a newbie when it comes to being an author, but being an avid reader with eclectic tastes (I enjoy reading just about any genre as well as non-fiction) has helped me in my plunge to write commercial fiction. Since I love erotic thriller type films, I decided to write an erotic thriller series. I like the challenge of devising a strong plot to embed my sexy scenes.

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