(Bright Lights Billionaire #1)
Publication date: March 20th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance
From Best Selling Author, Ali Parker comes a new Billionaire Series filled with sexiness, humor and intense attraction…
Ethan Lewis has been in the bright lights for as long as he can remember. He’s just turned the cusp of celebrating his twenty-fourth birthday, and yet he feels more like eighty. Living the life of a celebrity isn’t all it is chalked up to be, and dealing with the unruly number of women who are more interested in his billions than who he is as a person is getting old. He has resigned himself to giving up on love and focusing on the only thing that truly gives back – his career.
Riley Phillips has always dreamed of being on a big stage with the warmth of the spotlight baring down on her, but she just couldn’t seem to catch the right agent’s attention. After giving a quick commencement speech as Valedictorian of her graduating class at Billmore High, she’s offered something she can’t refuse… The chance to work in Hollywood. It’s not all it’s chalked up to be, but she works hard and finally gets her big break four years down the line. There is a new movie that her agent wants her to audition for, and her co-star? The dreamy Ethan Lewis.
She scores the part, but soon regrets it due to his callous, overbearing persona. He’s nothing like the public touts, and she for one isn’t impressed.
Funny enough, he is – immensely.
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Ali Parker talks about being an indie author and loving it!
I think from a young age I’ve always been independent, always looking for a way to forge a new path and climb a steep hill and do it mainly on my own. I think like most Indies, I started by trying the traditional route and after loads of rejection, it was just easier to forget it. A few friends of mine are making it big in the indie world and have reluctantly pulled me into it as well. I will tell you that it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
I’m not a superstar, but a story teller – which is all I ever wanted to be. I set my schedule, write what I want, love on you guys by giving away whatever the hell I want to and life FEELS right/good.
Let me tell you why else I love being Indie.
1. No one will ever love my book as much as me. It’s my creation and having the freedom to choose what it looks like and where the plot goes is all mine to decide. I don’t have someone standing over my shoulder making it “better” by their definition of “better.”
2. I can spend as little or as much time, energy and money as I want. Obviously the more I put into it, the more I’m going to get out of it, but that’s with anything in life. The cool part is that if I’m a good editor or if I can design my own cover, then those are costs to be saved and skills to be used.
3. I belong. In a world of independent authors I find myself fitting in just perfectly. We all work hard and dream big and the encouragement is beyond belief. I don’t have to write a certain genre or stick to a certain structure in the plot. I simply write, promote and support and honestly feel great about myself at the end of the day.
Being an Indie author, to me, doesn’t really have anything to do with being Independent though. It’s a statement that says I’m capable of making every step along this book writing/producing platform to take a dream from start to finish. The truth of what Indie authors are doing is showing the world that there still exists hope. Hope to dream big and work hard to make that dream a reality.
That’s why I love being Indie!
Ali Parker is a full-time contemporary romance writer who left a life in Corporate America to try out living a dream. She loves coffee, watching a great movie and hanging out with her hubs. By hanging out, she means making out. Hanging out is for those little creepy elves at Christmas. No tight green stockings for her.
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Author Interview – Ali Parker
Tell us a little about yourself!
I have the best hubby in the world and we live in a house that fits us perfectly. Small pool in the back and lots of woodworking tools in the garage for him. We’re in our early 30’s and love life. I’m a lawyer most days of the week, but my books give me a creative outlet.
I’m a free spirit, helpful, loving and dream in violent colors. Life is a gift and I’m the kind of person who lives it to the fullest.
You just released two romance novels, back to back. Tell us what’s next or are you done for a little while?
Done? I’m just getting started!! I plan on releasing Justified in May/June to tell Marc and Lisa’s story. They are two of the characters you are introduced to in my Jaded serials. After that I will move over and work on the serial for the last couple, Sicily and Drake. I have a million other projects underway, one with a good friend of mine, Lexy Timms. We’ll be co-authoring something this year too, or several things really. Now that Baited and Jaded are out and doing so well, I’ll start pushing forward on these other things too.
Big project for me will be to connect with my fans. I’m interested in knowing what they love and want – that’s where I want to focus my time honestly.
Work on the street is that you write a Billionaire Series under a pen name. Tell us about this?
The hookers are telling my secrets, I see? Yes. I write under Zoe Reid, a name I just opened to really test out the truth of Billionaires and Step Brothers being the latest craze in the world of romance. I can see why both topics would be, so I figured I’d write something to see how people reacted. My stories will be serials again, part I and II being on Amazon now.
I’ll have another two parts out in the next few weeks and hope to write up the eight part serial by the end of June. The stepbrother part seems like it would hold incest at its core, but I’m not down with that, so mine are new siblings later in life – no blood relationship. Just the taboo of loving someone that society would deem inappropriate.
Why Romance for your genre? Tell us about how you ended up here verses another genre.
Well, my favorite genre is paranormal romance, but I wanted to focus on starting my writing career in a world I knew, exploring the various dreams and fantasies in my own heart. Where I love the supernatural elements, they leave something to be desired for those of us a little grounded in the “what if” truly being a possibility. I’m not likely to run into a vamp (oh please let it happen?), but a sexy guy at the office? Absolutely.
I love the idea of creating a story with a clear line to a happy ending too. Too many of us don’t get the happy ending in life – I have it now, but it hasn’t always been that way – and we should get to experience it in one way or another. Love is beautiful and precious, the feelings of it washing over us whether we’re living it or reading it. That’s why I chose it.
What’s the difference between Erotica and Romance? I feel like it crosses the line nowadays. Tell us your thoughts on the two. Any plans to cross over to erotica?
Great question. I researched this not too long ago because Baited was my first romance novel and I was UBER careful to have one small sex scene that was hot (in my opinion), but not explicit. I was concerned with being labeled as erotica when it really wasn’t. I watched my verbiage and ensured that it was as “clean” as could be.
With Jaded, my male character just wouldn’t corporate, his hormones giving way to several sex scenes and a few more details. I’ll never write the physical aspects really of love-making, but I can paint the emotion well enough around it (again my own opinion) to push the feelings of what’s happening. After finishing it, I was worried about crossing the line again. So I researched it.
Basically, the industry says that the verbiage and level of detail isn’t the defining factor – the focus is. Is the story about love and emotions with some sex? Romance novel. Is it about sexual fantasy and finding yourself sexually with a little bit of relationship and romance? Erotica.
Not sure if I’ll ever cross over. I love telling a good story and in the world of adults, that includes sex. To leave it out or overdo it would be a travesty to me.
What encouragement would you give to a new indie writer, or someone who’s just starting to get that famous writers itch, to pick up the proverbial pen and get busy creating?
I would simply say that we’re all capable of doing anything we believe possible. Nothing is out of your reach with enough “want-to” and work put forth. Pick up that pen and write your heart out. You can worry about the details later, but get the story out while your muse is pushing it through you. The editing and next steps, the struggle with going indie or with a publisher, the cover art – all details for later. For now, create and breathe life into something new to share with us. You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to.
So get to it…