LET'S WELCOME AKOYA RAYNE AUTHOR OF: A CHRISTMAS DELIVERY
Rad-Reader: How did you come to write this story?
Rayne: My inspirational muse called and the words flowed freely as I wrote this novel, and I let it pour from my soul.
Rad-Reader: What made you say yes, this idea I can sink my teeth into?
Rayne: I had been toying with the idea of a second chance theme romance, and I started to plan out my novel and how I wanted it to flow, I also, wanted to go back and reveal all of the histories as to why Nicara was secluded away from everything that she wanted in the city.
Rad-Reader: Where did the idea come from?
Rayne: My imagination, I create a world in my mind where everything I write comes from there, I visualize my characters before I write about them and then try to bring them to life through my writing.
Rad-Reader: How long did it take you to write the story?
Rayne: It took me over a month to plan all my characters, then well over a year to write the full first draft, before I sent it to my editor and betas.
Rad-Reader: Can you give us some backstory behind Nicara and Tobias that the blurb/synopsis doesn’t tell us?
Rayne: Nicara has left the family home, living her life on her own terms, but once upon a time, she was the apple of her father’s eye, until her father betrayed her and choose the wrong person to believe over his daughter, which caused them to drift apart, and this hurts her the most. She was highly sought out for openings and social events as she was the heir of the Elms dynasty. When you told her father the truth, he didn’t believe that his friend and political ally could do such a thing, but the truth shall be revealed in the prequel that is in the works to be written.
Tobias always believed in love and thought that he had found that with his wife Mia, but her leaving and divorce made him realize the difference between love and lust, she was the world to him, and he was a means to an end for her, they lived a happy life together for five years, blissful in their lives until she fell pregnant, then her true colors began to show. Tobias wanted to keep his little family and world together, but in the end gave Mia what she wanted, her own life, without him and their son, Max.
Tobias then moved in with his mother, to find a house like the one he grew up in and wanted the same for his son, a loving home, he decided to move out of the busy city to the quiet countryside to be nearer to his mother and to get away from all the gossiping people that knew him and Mia.
There will be a little novella on Mia, and her story, at the moment, she is looking to be a bad mother and she wants her story told also, and some of her truth will be coming out in Max’s story when they meet for the first time since he was born.
Rad-Reader: How could Nicara’s dad still be friends with the man who hurt his 16-year-old daughter?
Rayne: They had a political tie together, that behind the scenes Quinton was trying to break, so that it didn’t get leaked to the press, and to try and protect his daughter, because, in her eyes, he failed her in the worst way a father could, and there was never any chance he could openly say anything without proof, even with the child Nicara carried. Falon only had to say she consented and then it would look bad for their family image, he was trying to dig up any of Falon’s past misdeeds to try and help Nicara if she wanted to press charges, with proof that he had committed this before, but would do so via his wife, to make it looks like they were still not talking and keeping the world out of what was really happening, her father was deeply disgusted with what had happened and hired the best that could be trusted to find all the information that he needed to go to the police, and Nicara’s daughter would be the icing on the cake with DNA, he had secretly hidden the bedding and clothes that Nicara had worn when the incident has happened for forensic evidence but was trying to protect the family as best as he could. He paid the ultimate price when his granddaughter was lost, then to lose his daughter in a sense.
Falon, eventually broke the friendship when he discovered that Quinton was digging into his past misdeeds, and left for another country to not get convicted of any crimes.
Rad-Reader: Her mother supported her wishes to keep the baby but yet she too did nothing to hold the man who hurt her accountable. Why?
Rayne: Her mother was the go-between with Nicara and Quinton, she didn’t approve of her husband’s plan, but wanted to protect her daughter the best way she could, helping to move her where she wanted to live, and helping where she could, as well as protecting their family, and hoped that her husband could get all the proof that he needed to get the whole thing out in the open when all the proof was gathered.
Rad-Reader: If Nicara’s backyard was a block wall all the way around how did Tobias scale it to catch her before she fell off the ladder?
Rayne: The wall was 6-foot high, Nicara needed the ladder to reach the top of her wall to trim it back, and Tobias can easily scale the 6-foot wall with skill and ease.
Rad-Reader: Where were Tobias and Max living that they were now looking for a place close to his mother?
Rayne: They lived in the city and Tobias wanted to move after the divorce from his wife Mia. He wanted the peace and solitude the countryside could offer him.
Rad-Reader: Are you saying Nicara’s mother had her when she was sixty years old? I was one day short of 41 when I had my daughter and I thought that was late but WOW! My others are adopted and much older than she is.
Rayne: Yes, Nicara’s parents had tried for many years to have a child since the beginning of their marriage, and had a few miscarriages, when she fell pregnant with Nicara late in life, she was worried about the risks to her child’s life if she died before she was old enough, and what kind of life she would lead.
Rad-Reader: Why didn’t Nicara ever tell Tobias what had happened to her and why she was secluded there away from her family?
Rayne: She does, but that will be a long wait before she reveals the whole story by the end of the series, when she gets left a journal from her father, where he reveals all the things he had done since she told him what had happened to her, and she breaks down, and Tobias asks her what’s wrong, and she breaks down and tells him what she went through when she was younger, he comforts her and tells her that she is still the woman that he loves and that she is the same angel that he married and nothing will ever change that for him.
Rad-Reader: Whatever became of the man that hurt her I did notice he wasn’t there for the sixty-fifth anniversary?
Rayne: He discovers that Quinton is on to him and leaves the country so that he can’t be convicted of any charges and put in prison; he likes his freedom to do as he pleases and forgo any consequences.
Rad-Reader: If Tobias was a CEO, why was he driving an old car from the 1990’s?
Rayne: Because it was the car his mother had bought him, and he loves the car and didn’t want to get rid of it.
Rad-Reader: How old was Elena? She seemed to have been trying to put them together for a long time.
Rayne: Elena was 32 when she had Tobias and she had been wanting to introduce them since she became friends with Nicara, and more so when Tobias announced his engagement to Mia, knowing that Mia was a passing infatuation and that it would end in disaster.
Rad-Reader: How did she come to decide to wait until one year to get married? Why not before her father passed away?
Rayne: Her father asked her to wait a year before she married Tobias, as he was suffering bad health, he didn’t want the world to see him weak and a shell of the man he once was, and take away from his daughters special day.
Rad-Reader: Was Jeff originally employed by Toralie’s father for her or by Quinton for her all along?
Rayne: Jeff was employed by Toralie’s father, he has been her driver all her life and is like a father to her, and a grandfather figure to Nicara.
Rad-Reader: Jeff and she seemed to spend more time together than she and her husband. Will they ever get together?
Rayne: No, never as he is like a father to her, when her own father was too busy to spend time with her.
Rad-Reader: If your book was made into a movie who would you want to play…?
Nicara: Katherine McNamara
Tobias: Finn Jones
Max: See Cute Blonde Models
Elena: Melissa Rosenburg
Toralie: Joan Collins
Quinton: Robert Wagner
Rayne: I never really envisioned anyone playing my characters when I created them
Rad-Reader: What song or songs best describes your couple or your book as a whole?
“Sweetest Sound – Morgan James”
While working in her backyard she was startled by Tobias, Elena’s son. He had come to introduce himself and invite her to dinner. What she found and felt was the heat from his flirting. He seemed to feel just as smitten as she is.
“Always on Your Side Sheryl Crow ft. Sting”
Nicara had been living a peaceful hidden life away from the world she grew up in front of inquiring minds and many cameras. Five years ago, when she lost her baby daughter she chose to be alone forever. Until she was caught by a gentleman and the son of her neighbor, Elena. He said it could only be fun & good times. Three days later what was to be a two-week vacation keeps her away longer and it’s killing him.
“Call My Name – Morgan James”
From the minute she fell into Tobias’ arms Nicara knew her body had come to life for the first time ever. Her heart felt a powerful pull. When she met Max his four-year-old son her world tilted and he held out his arms to be held and her mother love found a place to spread for the first time in five years.
“Lucky – Marc Broussard”
Things Happened fast for them but fear had him moving in-slow-mo. When she kept staying longer with her parents because her father was ill. He knew he needed to declare his feelings. She was his one, his forever, and for Max too.
Rayne: I listened to Andy Black on repeat while I was writing this novel
Rad-Reader: What do you say to other new writers that are just starting out and wanting to be an indie writer?
Rayne: Research your genre and just keep writing what you write and surround yourself with all the help and support from groups and other authors that are out there and never be afraid to ask if you are unsure. I have some truly amazing author friends that I can ask questions when I feel unsure and they are so helpful, also S.A.S.S ( supporting authors stay sane) is an amazing group that has loads of advice and members willing to help you.
Rad-Reader: What are three things you can’t leave home without?
Rayne: My notebook as inspiration can strike at any moment, whether I am walking to school or shopping
My phone as I keep all my current WIP’s backed up on Google Docs so I can access them anywhere.
Rad-Reader: What is the last book did you read and what did you like about it?
Rayne: I have actually read so many amazing authors in the last few days, Casey L. Bond’s Unlocked, Lizzy Ford’s Sammy’s Demon, Tanya Sands, Zana King, Rose Harper, Dakota-Luise Wolf, these ladies are truly amazing and I love reading their books.
Rad-Reader: What do your friends and family say about your being a writer? Did they even know you were writing a book?
Rayne: My husband is so supportive of my writing and he was the one to encourage me to get it published and try and make a career out of my writing.
My family, that do know I write are surprised and support me.
My friends, that know are like wow, what is the next thing that I am going to write.
Rad-Reader: What is your next project and when will it be coming out?
Rayne: I currently have a few WIP on the go and I am hoping to release my next book sometime next year, depending on what happens between now and then, as I try to prepare for the unexpected so I always have a backup course of action planned.
Rad-Reader: Where can our readers buy your books? Links
Rayne: All links are for A Christmas Delivery as my other books are in the editing stage and first draft stage at the moment 😊
Amazon UK -
Google Play Books -
Drive Thru Library -
Windwhistler Goodreads link -
Buried Truths & Hidden Lies Goodreads link -
Rad-Reader: Where can our readers find you on the Web? Links
Rayne: Website –
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