Jun 10, 2013

In the Spotlight - Kalista Kyle


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Kalista Kyle lives in Maine with her husband, two children, and a zoo of animals. When she's not busy with the evil day job, you can find her at her desk with a cup of cocoa, creating imaginative worlds with unique characters, all fighting to secure their happily ever afters. 


After kicking his abusive boyfriend to the curb, Joshua Perry wants nothing more than to focus on his career. He might be drawn to powerful, dominant men, but he's tired of these guys thinking they own him. Then his new boss comes strolling into the office, looking good enough to lick, and the well-dressed alpha tests Joshua's new resolve.
Caleb isn't oblivious to Joshua's interest, but something isn't right. Joshua is distracted, and every time he looks at his phone, Caleb fears his new assistant might pass out right where he stands. He's trying not to push, but every instinct tells him Joshua needs his help. Now, if he can just convince the fiercely independent blond of this, things would be just fine.
Kicking his lover out on the street wasn't the road to freedom Joshua had expected it to be. The Enforcer won't take no for an answer, and he'll go to any lengths to get Joshua back into his bed, no matter how violent. Can Caleb convince Joshua to accept his help before it's too late? Or will Joshua's desire to stand on his own two feet cost him everything in the end?


Josh was busy getting the boardroom ready for everyone. Making sure all the copies were done and everyone had what they needed, he was bustling about the room when his cell phone went off. He ignored the vibrating phone and kept working, barely keeping his nerves in check at the thought of Reed making contact again. 
Josh knew his job. He had to make sure this meeting went smoothly, and Caleb Reese knew he could be trusted to do his job. He set up his usual place off to the side to take notes as people started filtering into the room. He couldn’t seem to stop thinking of his new boss.
Josh tried not to stare as Caleb entered through the door. The man easily took control of the room like he had always been a part of the company. He talked to everyone, politely introducing himself, and listened intently to what they all had to say. The only frustrating thing was Caleb seemed to be ignoring him.  Josh’s wolf hated that they were being ignored. He felt his canine’s try to come down more than once.  His wolf wanted Caleb to look at him, be centered on him and him alone.
Caleb never glanced at him, not once during the hour-long meeting. Josh had to concentrate more than usual to make sure he got his notes right between the vibrating phone and the electricity whenever he was near Caleb. Combined, it all had him feeling frazzled and confused. The man was just too distracting for his own good. Working for him was going to be a challenge. Luckily, challenges were things he embraced. Josh never met one he didn’t take.
“Joshua, I’ll need these notes within the hour.” Caleb started gathering his papers up to leave the room.
“Yes, sir.” Josh gathered up his stuff and was getting ready to leave the room as well. He felt eyes on his ass as he left. He didn’t dare look back to see if Caleb was actually staring at his ass or not, but it sure felt like he was. He put an extra shake into his hips just in case. Hey, a man could dream right?
The rest of the day was a dull blur of number crunching and filing for Josh. The highlight of the day was finding as many opportunities as possible to see Caleb.
As Josh got ready to leave he was still thinking of his sinfully hot boss, wondering what he had under that conservative Armani suit. Maybe he wore silk boxers. Ooh, red silk would look so damn good on him. Maybe he could convince Caleb to wear them while Josh was tied to the man’s bed. That image caused him to get so hard he thought he would come right there at the office. He wanted Caleb to tie him down and dominate him. His wrists tingled at the thought, and his cock was hard and throbbing. Josh was struggling to think of anything other than how much he wanted to jump Caleb right then.
 “Time to go home, Joshua. I do not expect you to live at the office,” Caleb said, coming over to his desk and jostling him out of his sexy daydream in a rush.
Blushing at being caught in a day dream, Josh tried to cover it by typing faster. He had to learn to get this under control. His body went haywire whenever he thought of Caleb, one whiff of the man and suddenly all that Josh could think about was sex.
“I have one more sentence, and then I can save and leave, sir. I just want to be sure this gets off to Mr. Abriel today. I know we’re on a deadline with it.”
Josh hit send on the computer and started powering down. He noticed out of the corner of his eye that Caleb wasn’t moving. He was still standing there waiting patiently. He tried to ignore his presence in hopes his cock would behave before he stood up and showed his aroused state to his new boss.
“Did you need something?” Josh asked while he gathered his things, trying not to look at Caleb and concentrating on anything but the man standing next to him. It was a monumental effort not to look at him. 
He wasn’t used to someone staring at him for so long, and it was making him feel like his clothes were on wrong or something. He made sure his jacket was draped over his arm in front of him as he stood up. It might not be subtle, but he didn’t have to advertise he was hard for the guy. After all, today was the first day he’d ever met him. He didn’t want to lose this job. He needed it.
Then understanding dawned. He suddenly knew why he couldn’t take his eyes off Caleb, why he had to be near him, make him happy, why his wolf wanted all the attention on him. Oh, my God, he’s my mate. No, I can’t have a mate right now. No…
Josh’s heart raced, and his palms dampened. He wanted to shift and run as far away as possible.


Ø  Thinking back on your first book, is there anything you would have done differently?
This is my first release in over a year. So it is like my first release ever. I grow each time.  I have learned so much about editing, and the importance of a great editor and beta who is honest with me.  I have also learned a lot about pushing myself even when I feel uncomfortable.

Ø  Has your perspective on the writing process changed since you became published?
No, I really knew it was work before and I have done a lot of things inside the industry so I had a pretty good understanding of what pool I was jumping into.

Ø  Do you work best on a deadline, or do you need freedom from time constraints?
Deadline. Charts, and lists.  I have to stay on task if I didn’t have those I would be all over the place.

Ø  Is there a word or phrase you catch yourself overusing?
Was, that, and you can ask my editor she would tell you I am banned from the word was.

Ø  How do you know you’ve written a good book?
I think any book is good if you love it when you are done.  No one else will love a book you do not love yourself.

Ø  How do you keep your characters and stories organized?
Charts, lists, and notes.  Lots of each.

Ø  Are you a Swooper (write first, edit later,) a Basher (edit each sentence as you go,) or both?  Swooper.
Stories flow for me like movies in my head. I write then worry about edits later.

Ø  What is the one thing you must have to be able to write?
My soda or water, a quiet place and my computer. Wait that was more than one thing… the should be one thing I need them all.

Ø  Did you have any bad habits when you began writing? How did you correct those habits?
Yes, did I mention the word was….huge bad habit. Going back and reworking my phrases has helped me.

Ø  What are you currently working on? How is it different from other books you’ve written?
I am currently working on a vampire story. The vampires are a little different from what you might expect.

Ø  Is there anything you haven’t written that you would like to try some day? Why have you avoided it in the past?
Contemporary with no paranormal. It is really hard for me. I love my paranormals. I think one without that would be my challenge to see if I could do it.

Ø  What types of scenes are your favorite to write?
Action scenes. I love action in books and they are the easiest for me to write.

Ø  When and where can readers look forward to seeing you this year?
Well you will meet my other author name soon. I will be writing M/F under her name. I should have two releases as her this year.  My next MM will be next year with Tyler’s story.

Ø  Do you feel there is anything the market is oversaturated with right now?
No, I think as a writer you make your own niche. If your ideas are truly meant to sell, they will.

Ø  Do you prefer to write 1st or 3rd Person POV? Why?
3rd. I am not fond of first person books even to read them. I like being someone else and seeing how their mind works

Ø  What do you feel are the most important aspects to a good romance?
Connection and love. If you cannot connect with them you can never be in love with them and then the readers will see that.  Being able to really make your readers sink in and love them as much as you do is a gift.

Ø  Are you always in the driver’s seat? Or do your characters drag you along for the ride?
My characters drag me along. Josh dragged me in this story. He is a persistent character!

Ø  What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
Edits…ugh hate them, and they are never done!

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