USA Today bestselling author Aliyah Burke has come to say hello and tell us about her perfect Valentine’s Day. She’s the author of “This Ain’t No Love Story”, part of the A Little Bit Cupid Valentine’s collection. It’s available on Amazon and from Totally Bound.
Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day.
To be honest, mine is just having my husband home. He spent the majority of our married years deployed so anytime he was home, would be perfect. Typically it would be a dinner at home, quiet. I don’t do a lot of loud, going out, so we were good at home.
If we were at a place where we could go to the mountains, we would have dinner in the back of the truck as the sun set and our dogs with us. We are country people at heart and city living is hard. To me being out in the wilderness with the love of my life, that is perfect.
Chocolates or roses? Or something else?
I prefer real flowers to cut ones, love chocolate but I love books. You want to get on my good side, books. Or sapphires. *grin* Sapphires are always welcome.
Who’s your dream date for a Valentine’s Day dinner?
Unfair question. Idris Elba came to mind right away, then again Djimon Hounsou with his voice, would be amazing. But I am pretty sure for me it would be Matthew McConaughey. I have always had a thing for him, so yes, I would love to be on his arm.
Do you have a favourite Valentine’s Day book, film or song?
One of my favorite songs would be “Living for the Love of You” by the Isley Brothers, not sure if it qualifies as a Valentine’s Day song or not, but I’ve had it played for me on that day.
How does Valentine’s Day tie in with your story, This Ain’t No Love Story?
My hero, Josh “Helter Skelter” Jones, has come home to visit his aunt before Valentine’s Day, his initial plan was to stay a short time then head off to find some random woman before V-day, and get back to work. That’s changed when he meets the heroine, Neyda Hughes and decides to stay there through the holiday.
Where did the inspiration for your story come from?
This story is tied in to my Interludes series and I always wanted Josh, who is a playboy from the word go, to get his comeuppance, so to speak. The woman he wants, is well aware of his reputation and isn’t about to fall for anything he has to say. This is him, changing her mind before he has to leave.
Where do you write? Have you got a little nook at home, or do you write wherever you happen to be on a laptop or on your phone?
I do have a home office that I use and have my dogs with me. I always have a notebook with me or my Remarkable to write on.
Can you tell us what you’re working on at the moment?
I am currently working on a historical, book two in my Heart’s Compass series that is out at Totally Bound. And I am finishing up a paranormal series that will be coming soon to KU only.