keep her head down, ace her classes, and most importantly… don’t upset the
uncle paying her tuition. Translation? Don’t piss off his dramatic,
self-absorbed daughter, Danica, even if she’s a nightmare to live with.Falling in love with her cousin’s rock star ex-boyfriend was definitely not
part of the plan.As the drummer of a now-famous rock band, Mike Madden could have any girl he
wants. He’s sweet, funny, romantic, talented–and the only guy that’s ever made
Hailey’s heart do cartwheels in her chest. The more she gets to know him, the
harder she falls, but Hailey knows they can never be more than friends… because
Danica wants him back, and she’ll fight dirty to win.Mike is falling for Hailey too, but Danica’s threats and his rock star
life-music video shoots, international tours, obsessed fans-could tear them
apart before they’ve even begun. Hailey isn’t sure she’s the one for him, but
Mike’s waited years for a girl like her… and he’ll do anything to prove it.
in life were to be a published author and to be a mom. Now, she’s living both
of those dreams and loving every minute of it. When she’s not spending time
with her husband and their young son, she’s writing novels with relatable
heroines and swoon-worthy leading men. With her MS in Professional Writing and
a passion for all things romance, her goal is always to make readers laugh,
cry, squirm, curse, and swoon their pants off, all within the span of a single
story. She loves interacting with readers, and she always aims to add new names
to their book boyfriend lists.
Q&A with Jamie Shaw
Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
The inspiration for this book honestly came from my readers. My hero, Mike Madden, has been a major fan favorite since he was just a side character in the first book, MAYHEM, and I knew I had to give him a story that would live up to readers’ hopes and expectations (especially since they waited almost two years for his story!). He’s always been a sweetheart—the one guy in the band who was looking for true love, and who was never a player. I was determined to stay true to that and ensure that he stayed just as genuine and sweet in his own book. And I had to make sure to give him a girl who deserved him.
What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?
I love writing the climax scenes! The scenes where the sh*t hits the fan. When I start a book, the climax scene is usually one of the clearest, most detailed scenes in my mind. I know exactly how that pivotal moment is going to go, and I spend almost the whole book working up to it to make sure it’s just as powerful as I want it to be. In HAVOC, I knew exactly how things were finally going to blow up between Mike, Hailey, and Danica—and I knew it was going to be epic.
Name three things on your desk right now.
A Kindle. An iPhone. An empty coffee mug that says, “A Book is a Dream You Hold in Your Hands.” ❤
How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?
From the time I tried my hand at my very first fiction writing to now, it’s actually only been about four years. As a teenager, I was very active in writing poetry, and in college, I focused on nonfiction and business writing, but fiction writing was something I honestly never imagined I’d be good at. It just seemed daunting—the idea of making up characters and worlds and entire plots from scratch. But as part of my job in a college learning center, I ran a creative writing workshop, and I figured if I was going to try to help the students improve their stories, I ought to practice writing one of my own, right? So one night I sat down to give it a try, and the writing bug bit me hard! Once I started writing, I couldn’t stop! I wrote like a maniac those first few weeks, and BAM, in just three weeks I’d written my first whole novel. MAYHEM ended up being the second story I ever wrote, and the series took off from there. J
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
THANK YOU for sticking with me throughout this entire series! Over the past two years, your support, encouragement, and heartfelt messages have seriously been the highlight of my days and a tremendous dream come true. HAVOC was bittersweet to write, since I was so thrilled to finally give Mike his Happily Ever After but I was so sad to say goodbye to these characters we’ve all grown to love. I know it will be bittersweet for you to read, but trust me, I’m already working on my next book, and you’re going to looove it. I hope you’ll stick with me for that one, too! ❤
Jamie Shaw – Self Interview
Okay, first thing’s first: Can you tell us someone famous who looks like your hero, Mike Madden, so we can look up some eye candy?
Tyler Seguin!! He’s a Dallas Stars hockey player—and ridiculously hot. A few readers told me he was their “Mike,” and he’s very close to how I picture him too! His body, his eyes, his smile…. swoooon
What makes Mike Madden special? How is he different from your other heroes?
There’s a line in the book that describes Mike Madden perfectly: “He’s a fairy tale prince in a rock star’s body.” Mike Madden is a rock star who has no interest in groupies or one-night-stands. Since the beginning of this series, he’s been looking for someone special, someone he could grow old with. Readers fell in love with his heart even before he had anyone to love. He has a deep respect for women and love and commitment, and he’s never taken advantage of the women throwing themselves at his feet. Readers have been rooting for him to meet his “someone special” since the very first book, and in HAVOC, he finally finds her.
What was it like writing a villain?
It was a little weird, realizing that someone so damn evil came out of my own head. LOL. Writing Danica (the villain) was interesting because most of the planning for her character never even made it onto the page. Of course, as with any villain, it’s important to remember that they are the hero of their own story. If I wrote this same story from Danica’s perspective, it would read completely differently, but this isn’t her story, and she’s not the star of the show. In order for me to understand her (which I try to do with all of my characters, even the side ones), I had to find out why she was the way she was, which made me sympathize with her to some extent, and then I needed to figure out how much of that I wanted to reveal to readers—how purely evil I wanted her to come across. And in this book, I decided to make her really damn evil. Which—I’m not going to lie—was really frustrating at times, but really fun at others!
If Zombies took over the world and you had to pick one of your characters to be your sidekick to survive, who would you pick and why?
Oh gosh, this is HARD! Honestly, probably Mike. And here’s why:
1) He’s a video game fanatic, so he definitely has some knowledge about guns and combat.
2) He’s a gentleman, so he’d never leave me behind, and he’d always put my safety first.
3) He’s a drummer, so you KNOW he has some serious strength in those arms! He’d be able to wield handheld weapons with ease, and he’d probably be pretty damn skilled with them.
4) He’s really hot. If my days on this Earth are numbered…. yeah, I think I’ll spend them with him. 😉
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