Please welcome romance author Ainslinn Kearns today. Her latest book, Russian Beast (Underground Fighters #2), just released today! Happy release day, Aislinn! 😉
Like many of Aislinn’s other books, Russian Beast is FREE with Kindle Unlimited!
Tell us about you! Can you share some interesting tidbits we may not know?
Hi! I’m an Australian romance writer, but I write books set in the US. I love wounded heroes, action movies, and happily ever afters, and I combine these loves into my books where I write action-packed romance.
What inspired you to start writing?
I started writing stories when I could still barely write. It’s always been a dream of mine to be an author.
Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
I love reading, of course. And watching film and TV. I also love traveling, and try to visit at least one new country every year if I can.
What was your debut novel, and how has your writing process changed since your debut?
My debut novel was Station Alpha, the first book in my Soldiering On Securities series. This is an action romance series featuring former military men and women out to prove to the world they’ve got what it takes, and falling in love along the way.
Since my debut, I’ve gone from a pantser to a plotter! I used to just wing my books and hope for the best, but now I plan out each scene before I even start writing.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process and why?
I love creating stories. So many crowd my head that it’s such a relief to finally get them down on paper. There’s an intense satisfaction every time I finish a story. And, of course, I love it when readers tell me they adored my book.
What is your most challenging part of the writing/publishing process and what do you do to make it easier?
The final pass edit is always a nightmare. I’m always so sick of my books by then. I just have to force myself through it. Also, of course, marketing and reaching readers is a nightmare I haven’t quite cracked yet. I’m lucky enough to have a PA that takes some of that burden from me.
What does a typical day look like for you? How do you find balance?
I’m currently lucky enough to write full time. I have no partner, kids, or other responsibilities, so theoretically I could write all day every day. But unfortunately my brain doesn’t always work that way. I need to feel like I have a clean slate before I start writing. Usually that means I have to answer all emails, social media messages, talk to my team, network, etc in the morning, and I tend to start writing after lunch. My most productive hours are often between 2pm and 6pm.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
You might think it looks impossibly hard, but it’s even more difficult than you think. But just keep pursuing it and you’ll get there.
What do you love about writing romance?
I love that everything ends on a hopeful note. I can’t stand depressing books, so that’s very important to me. And I love characters, and I get invested in their journeys and their love story.
What kinds of things do you find romantic in real life? Can you share a story?
I’m not a fan of big gestures (particularly public ones). Mostly it’s taking away responsibilities and annoyances from me without having to be asked – do the dishes, call that company, arrange that thing. It’s the little things that make a difference.
Do you read your book reviews? If so, how do they affect your writing (if at all)?
Sometimes! They don’t tend to effect my writing much, though.
What is the craziest, funniest, or most surprising thing that has happened to you since publishing your first book?
I’m always surprised when someone contacts me to say they’ve read my books! I don’t know why but it always seems to come as a shock.
Russian Beast is the second book in my Underground Fighters series. It features Alexei, a strong, silent Russian, and Evie, his next door neighbour, who is having trouble with her violent ex. Can Evie learn to trust Alexei? Or will her ex get to her first…
Is there any other news you would like to share?
I’ve got two more releases this year! Book 3 in the Underground Fighters series, and a Christmas novella, both out in November!
Five Facts Just for Fun!
1. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
Anything by the Spice Girls
2. What was the last gift you gave someone?
I gave my friend a funny plaque. I might get in trouble if I tell you what it said!
3. What were you like as a kid?
I was a bossy bookworm with frizzy hair – Hermione without the magic!
4. What was the last thing you binge-watched & what did you think of it?
I got caught up on The Good Place and loved it!
5. What is the one thing (other than your loved ones) that you cannot live without?
Underground Fighters Book 1
Meet the Underground Fighters—men battling it out in illegal cage matches for money. All have their reasons for fighting. But will love be enough to free them?
Diego: Loner. Bad boy. Ex-con.
As far as the world knows, Diego Johnson is dead. And in some ways, he is.
Diego has his own reasons for fighting. Mostly, he just wants to be free. But for that he needs money, and there are only so many jobs a man can do when he’s supposed to be dead. Especially when violence was his only tool for so long.
When he meets Rosalyn—a gorgeous and mysterious redhead—at one of his fights, he realises what he’s been missing.
Rosalyn has her own reasons for getting close to sexy, tattooed Diego. She’s a journalist determined to prove herself, and a story about the underground fighters is exactly the kind she needs to impress her boss. But the brutal world she stumbles into is not what she expected. All the men have their reasons for being there, and they protect their own.
Only when Diego claims her as his does she have a hope of making it out alive.
Underground Fighters Book 2
Alexei: Strong. Silent. Russian.
Alexei has lived a life off the radar since he arrived in the US years before. Until he meets Evie—the woman he can’t get out of his head.
Having escaped Russia—and a brutal father—when he was barely out of his teens, Alexei now earns his living in illegal fights. There, his size and strength are an advantage, not a curse. When Alexei rescues his neighbour from her violent ex, he sees for the first time that he can use his power for good, and becomes determined to protect Evie from her demons.
Evie has avoided men since she escaped her ex, focusing on the final months of her social work degree. Paranoia has gripped her, and she can’t be sure whether the shadow she thinks is following her is really there, or only a figment of her imagination. But when Alexei barges into her life, she has to decide whether she can place her trust in him, or whether he’s just another man who uses violence to get what he wants.
When Evie convinces Alexei to teach her to fight, she must learn to trust her instincts, to trust him. If she doesn’t, her ex will shatter everything she holds dear, and she’ll risk losing Alexei forever…
Soldiering On Book 1
A single phone call shatters her life…
Christine Ramirez’s phone rings in the dead of night. A man’s voice – unfamiliar and urgent – tells her to run.
She flees, but deadly, unknown assailants pursue her through the night. Her only saviour is the gruff stranger on the other end of the line.
Paul has a secret. He’s been watching her – maybe a little more than the assignment strictly requires. He shouldn’t reveal himself, but he can’t let anything happen to Christine. Even if it costs him the job that means the world to him.
With the mysterious villains still pursuing Christine, Paul whisks her away to a Soldiering On safe house. There, passion flares between them, hot and undeniable. And they are powerless to resist its lure, even as the villains get ever closer to finding them…
The Soldiering On series features former military heroes and heroines proving to the world they still have what it takes, and falling in love along the way.