The time it was about Exposed

Posted August 2, 2015 by Stacee in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Interviews | 8 Comments

I got invited to be part of the blog tour for Exposed right after I requested it on NetGalley.  I’ve known Brighton for a while, so I always want to pimp her words out.  This was the first time I didn’t invite myself to be part of the promo…

As always, Brighton was gracious enough to deal with my fangirling do an interview, but before we get to her answers, let’s check out her newest book.

23014703In this sexy, suspenseful New Adult novel, a young woman hiding from her criminal past is taken captive by her ex-boyfriend, the ultimate bad boy.

Evie is about to embark on the perfect life. Beautiful, poised, and engaged to a rising business star, she fits the part of trophy wife perfectly, except for one thing: her entire identity is a lie.

Five years ago she created a new identity for herself, but it all crashes back when something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. Now she’s in danger of losing more than her social status.

Determined to protect the careful life she’s built for herself, Evie doesn’t want anything to do with Riley, the criminal for hire who broke her heart years ago. But Riley has other ideas. He’s never forgotten Evie, and to protect her, he steals her away. Hidden from the world, sparks begin to fly as old memories resurface and their passion reignites.

Sounds good, right?


1. Where did the idea for Exposed come from?

While I was writing Captive, I was watching for what the next book could be about. It made sense to do it on Ghost’s brother, and when I met Riley, I knew he’d be perfect. Then there were several plotting sessions between me, my editor, and my agent, and then Exposed was born.

2. Why do you love Evie and Riley and why should we root for them?

I love them both for different reasons. Riley is a good balance to Evie—his lightness to her heavy. Plus I’m a sucker for an alpha who doesn’t have to prove his prowess. Who lets his woman be tough when she needs to be. And Evie…sigh. She amazes me. Her strength and resilience and fire is what makes me love her. And who can’t root for a second chance romance?

3. What makes a good villain and how did you incorporate that into Exposed?

Exposed has so many villains, it’s not even funny. And I don’t want to touch too much on them so as not to spoil. But a good villain, I think, makes you root for the main characters all that much more.

4. What was your favorite part about writing this book?

My favorite part will definitely include spoilers, so I’ll just say, making sure Evie got her HEA.

5. Describe Exposed in 5 words.

Emotional, raw, sexy, suspenseful, and hopeful

Speed [ish] round:

1. You get the call/email/letter that says you’re being published for the first time. Describe the next 5 minutes.

It was a phone call, and it was from Angela James, the executive editor at Carina Press. I was in my bedroom, and I wasn’t expecting a call, and then she said who it was and I proceeded to babble like an idiot. Honestly, I almost wish I’d recorded it, because it’d be funny as shit to listen to again. Once I was done impressing Angie with my intellect, I got off the phone and jumped up and down, squealing a lot bit. Then I ran downstairs and told my husband, who basically just said, “I told you.” LOL

2. What three things would you take to a desert island?

iPhone, chapstick, sunscreen

3. You can only read one book for the rest of your life. What is it?


4. What is the one thing about publishing you wish someone would have told you?

I’m not sure I’d have wanted to know anything before I started… It might’ve scared me off. LOL

5. You wake up and discover you are Bella in Twilight. You know how it plays out. What do you do differently? {Huge thanks to Bookish Broads for letting me use this question}

Well, for one thing, I don’t open that damn present. And I don’t settle for only the leg hitch. (Priorities. I haz them.)


6548902Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.


Huge thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the invite and to Brighton for taking the time.  Make sure you’re checking out her website, following her on Twitter, liking her Facebook page, and adding all of her books to your Goodreads TBR shelf.

Now. Haven’t had a chance to get your greedy hands on Exposed? I’ve got one up for grabs! Giveaway is international, book will be coming from TBD, and additional rules are here.

**Good Luck!!**

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8 responses to “The time it was about Exposed

  1. What a cute interview. I loved that the hubby just said “I told you” just like all the other hubbies out there!

    I love the premise of this book! I’ve been reading way too many insta-love books lately and this sounds very different and FUN! And sexy! Woot!

  2. Kristia

    Both would be really painful but the pain on my foot will pass, the sticker on the cover of my book won’t leave. Thank you for the giveaway :)

  3. Natasha

    I’d take stepping on a Lego over a sticker on my book any day. I hate that they think putting stickers on books is a good idea. They don’t come off and they tear the covers!!!! Whoever came up with the idea must not like books.

  4. Kate I.

    I’d much rather have a sticker obscuring the cover of my favorite book than take a Lego brick to the sole of my foot. If the sticker image were offensive, I’d bust out the blackest Sharpies or the lighter fluid. Wait … not to burn the book — NO NO NO — but to dissolve the sticker’s adhesive. Lighter fluid is also used at my home for checking the watermark of postage stamps.

  5. _Sandra_

    Definitely step on a Lego with my bare feet (been there, done that). Huge sticker on my favorite book is a big no-no! I’m already OCD about my books, that would drive me nuts.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Patti (@TheLoveJunkee)

    Oh – that’s a tough question! I guess step on a lego because that would be over relatively quickly but that sticker gunk can be impossible to remove!

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