About the Book:
Endangered Hearts by Amanda Lance
Genre: New Adult
Emilia Ward is being watched.
And it isn’t just by her mother’s creep of a boyfriend or one of her many employers. Instead, she is certain it something else—someone else. However, in a life with college classes and alcoholic mother to look after, Emilia doesn’t have time to explore her suspicions. She would much rather think about her new job at Iram Manor, and more importantly—its mysterious and alluring owner.
After a lifetime of isolation and trapped in a disfigured body Kasper Zafar thought he knew pain. Confining himself to his work as an architect and the love of his music, he never expects the beautiful Emilia Ward to enter his life. Young and naive, his new housekeeper does not flinch at the sight of him, and is even so bold as to call him her friend.
Determined to teach her in all worldly things, the opposites grow closer and the role of student and teacher and interchange. Yet Emilia’s life outside the manor is not a happy one, and when Kasper’s attempt to watch over her fails, both will discover than love may be the most painful thing of all.
About the Author:
A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.
When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.
a.) What was the best thing about writing this book?
Putting the characters on paper. I’ve had this story idea for a while, but fleshing everyone out and watching them come to life was very satisfying.
b.) Where did you get your idea for this story?
It was a combination of things including re-reading The Phantom of the Opera and Jane Eyre for the millionth time. The main catalyst for the theme however was Aqualung’s Strange and Beautiful (I’ll put a Spell on you).
Aqualung’s Strange and Beautiful (I’ll put a Spell on You)
I’ve been watching your world from afar,
I’ve been trying to be where you are,
And I’ve been secretly falling apart, unseen.
To me, you’re strange and you’re beautiful,
You’d be so perfect with me but you just can’t see,
You turn every head but you don’t see me.
I’ll put a spell on you,
You’ll fall asleep and I’ll put a spell on you.
And when I wake you,
I’ll be the first thing you see,
And you’ll realize that you love me…
c.) What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Get used to rejection. Odds are there are lots of people out there who will like your writing, but when they don’t, do your best not to let it get you down. One negative review or a few…dozen rejections from agents and publishers don’t have to dictate the quality of your writing.
d.) What is your favorite book?
Usually whatever I happen to be reading at the moment. But you can’t beat Nabokov’s Lolita or Marquis de Sade’s Justine.
e.) Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate with cinnamon cream rum!