Thanks for joining me on my book tour! I’m Quinn Anderson, author of the Murmur Inc. Series and On Solid Ground. I’m here to share some inside information about New Heights, coming out March 12th, including fun facts and more. Leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing gift card!
About New Heights
After attending a friend’s wedding in New York, James Thompson is eager to go home, even though no one will be waiting for him at the gate. He has no expectations for his trip back to Charleston other than long lines, security, and bad airplane food. But when an annoying—albeit hot—stranger cuts him in line, James is determined not to be a pushover for once.
For Mika “It’s Mee-kuh, not Micah” Bailey, today’s just another day of boring work travel. That is, until his flight gets delayed, and some irritating (but handsome) guy keeps hogging all the good power outlets. Which means war. In the middle of an airport. In New York. What could go wrong?
Eventually, they declare a truce, and as they get to know each other, their attraction overwhelms them both. Terrified of what he’s feeling, Mika suggests a no-strings hookup, but serial-monogamist James wants more. If they don’t fight for what’s right in front of them, their romance might be canceled before it ever takes off.
Naming my Characters
I’m going to start this blog entry off with an odd statement: Facebook thinks I’m pregnant. Why, you ask? Because every time it advertises lists of trending baby names, I click on them. So by now, Facebook algorithms have decided I must be having a baby, and lists of names are all they advertise to me. Well, that and all sorts of baby supplies. I’m twenty-eight and have no children, so needless to say, this is a mixed bag for me. I really shouldn’t know as much about crib style as I do.
It was on such a list of baby names that I found the name Mika, pronounced Mee-kuh. I can’t say why, but I fell instantly in love with it and knew I wanted to use it in a book. But since it’s a name that’s easily confused with Micah, pronunciation-wise, I had to save it for a book where one of my characters would have good reason to pronounce their name, or have it incorrectly pronounced by strangers so he could correct them. Hence, New Heights was perfect, since airports require you to identify yourself multiple times. Hell, I even managed to work the pronunciation into the plot. Enjoy!
I was informed by my betas after I finished writing the book that there was a British singer named Mika years ago. Because of him, they already knew how the name should be pronounced, but I’d never heard of him. So, in case you were wondering, my Mika was not named after that Mika, ha ha.
My other main character, James, was named after a dear friend of mine. They look nothing alike, except they both have beautiful blue eyes. But their personalities have one thing in common: they’re hopeless romantics. And I love them!
About Quinn Anderson
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. Her girlfriend swears her sense of humor is just one big Joss Whedon reference. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life, and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Yuri on Ice, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy, and more. Growing up, while most of her friends were fighting evil by moonlight, Anderson was kamehameha-ing her way through all the shounen anime she could get her hands on. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and Tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her.
Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, playing fetch with her cat, screwing the rules, watching Markiplier play games she’s too scared to play herself, and catching ’em all.
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To celebrate the release of New Heights, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 17, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!