Daddy’s Best Friend
Publication date: May 2nd 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance
She’s temptation personified
Nathan had always been more than just my dad’s friend. I never thought he’d see me as an adult, especially not after avoiding me for so long. But one hug, one moment feeling every inch of him against me, shattered that illusion. Consequences no longer mattered—I was eighteen, and I was willing to risk everything for my shot with him.
He’s not going to resist anymore
I never should’ve seen Eve as more than my best friend’s daughter. As a cop, I knew it was wrong. It was my job to protect her from guys like me. Chasing her could cost me my career—not to mention the only family I’d ever known—but I couldn’t hold back another second. One taste, and I wanted her. To hell with the fallout.
What was I doing? I’d come in to check. To see if what I thought I’d seen and felt outside had been a figment of my imagination. But it hadn’t, as evidenced by the bulge he was obviously sporting, and I needed to figure out what to do with that information.
So I answered honestly. “Pushing you.”
“Pushing me to do what, exactly?”
“Whatever it is you want.”
“Because you look like a man who needs to be pushed.”
His eyes devoured me again, burning me from the inside out. Leaving nothing but ash where I’d once stood. “Maybe I’m the one man you shouldn’t push.”
London Hale is the combined pen name of writing besties Ellis Leigh and Brighton Walsh. Between them, they’ve published more than thirty books in the contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense genres. Ellis is a USA Today bestselling author who loves coffee, thinks green Skittles are the best, and prefers to stay in every weekend. Brighton is multi-published with Berkley, St. Martin’s Press, and Carina Press. She hates coffee, thinks green Skittles are the work of the devil, and has never heard of a party she didn’t want to attend. Don’t ask how they became such good friends or work so well together—they still haven’t figured it out themselves.
first or the last line of your novel? Why?
The first, for sure. A blank page is incredibly daunting, and trying to get a
sentence just right so it not only sets the tone for the book, but also hooks
the reader? It’s hard as hell.
Usually the first one. I “see” my characters in action, so they tend to drop me
right into a scene without warning. The last feels more natural as I’m writing
it because the scene has an ending point in my head; the first usually has to
be edited fifteen times before I’m happy with it.
Writing solo means you can do whatever you want to your characters and the plot
without getting anyone else’s approval. It also means you have to create those
characters and plot without anyone weighing in, which can be exhausting. And
boring. We both went into this unsure if we’d like it or even be able to work
together, and now that we’ve got a short break to work on solo stuff, I miss
the co-writing like crazy. We have so much fun writing together—even during the
challenging parts—that it doesn’t feel like work to me.
It’s a lot more fun, that’s for sure. It’s also harder at times. Brighton’s
characters are solid in her head, as mine are in mine. Sometimes, that creates
issues. “The heroine wouldn’t react well to that” or “He wouldn’t act that way”
tend to be conversations we have a lot. We usually write the scenes with
interaction together in Gdocs, but that also creates issues. Can you say sex
scenes feel like sexting? Yeah. Loads of fun.
Fun as hell. No? That answer won’t work?
We spend a lot of time in Whatsapp. Like…A LOT. We go back and forth about
ideas, themes, tropes, characters. We send pictures and snippets of dialogue or
stories we saw online. Once we know what we want to write, we set everything up
in our files and work out a loose plot for the book. We each write a character,
and we go back and forth until the book is done. Then we go back over it about
So far it’s worked out that we’ve switched with every other character. But
Ellis is really unique in that she has far-off side characters whispering in
her head already. Characters don’t come to me like that, so I’m fine giving her
the ones who speak louder to her.
Sometimes one of us has a better feel for them, sometimes it’s their turn to
write the hero instead of the heroine. Totally depends on the story we’re
first? Plot or characters?
Characters. I tried it the other way around for two books, and I slogged
through every word.
Characters. I can’t figure out a plot until I know the person making the moves.
work, like a writing cave? If so what does it look like?
Nope. I can write anywhere as long as I have my laptop and ear buds.
I moved from writing at my dining room table to a real desk this year. It’s in
my living room with two huge bookcases on either side. I have a 27” iMac that
dominates the space and a snowman coaster where I set my coffee. I don’t need
First, I sacrifice a virgin to the gods of sex scenes… Just kidding. I just sit
down and write.
Nope. Sit down, type words. I’m very much in the mindset of “writing is a job
with goals and tasks.”
The music I write to depends on what book I’m working on and/or what kind of
scene. But I live on Pandora or Spotify.
I can’t write with music or a lot of background noise. I use brain.fm for focus
music when the kids or husband are around and I need to concentrate. Otherwise,
it’s pretty quiet when I write.
For London, we sort of start with a theme. What’s taboo about it? What line can
we nudge a little? From there, we come up with characters, and then the plot
starts to unfold. Our stories are completely character driven, though.
A lot of times we’ll see an article or a meme or something and tuck it away in
our idea folder.
Very, very carefully.
This one made me laugh because OMG the naming conversations! So, I have a huge
family with a ridiculous number of cousins. We both veto family names or names
that mean something to us in real life. We also adjust based on current events.
We also have to veto when the name intersects with our individual
projects. It’s a lot of back and forth like “Nope, I have a cousin with that
name” or “Nope, that’s the name of my neighbor and it’d be weird to use it.” We
keep a list of approved names and cross out fingers when it’s time to build a
new set of characters.
change as you write or does it go pretty much according to plan?
We’ve got a pretty good system down as far as what happens where in the story,
and after six books together, we know where we need more room to develop plot,
etc. But even knowing that, sometimes what we planned doesn’t work, so we go
off track. Then head to WhatsApp and brainstorm a different direction.
We loosely plot—something like a paragraph per chapter. They change, though.
Every story needs to unfold organically, and every character has their own
timeline to grow into what we want them to be.
dirty, quick, fun
fun, flirty, filthy
Being able to have intelligent conversations about books with my oldest son.
Our tastes tend not to intersect all that often (he’s a fantasy/dystopian kid
and I like to read about kissing), but when they do and we are both interested
in the same book, we read and then have our own little mini book club to
Reading and watching the Harry Potter books with my daughter. Those stories
were so meaningful to me that sharing them with her feels like we’ve reached a
certain level in our relationship. I love watching her get excited about the
same characters and moments as I did.
This is really hard to pick because I’ve been blessed with a lot of super
awesome moments as an author. But there was only once when I cried, and that
was when my editor told me Target picked up my book.
When authors I love and respect recommend my books to their readers. That’s the
ultimate marketing tool, IMO, and it’s not something you can buy.
Don’t listen to all the advice you’ll get as an author.
Write the next book.
Drafting, from beginning to end.
Getting to that point where you know you have a good story and feeling that inertia
to finish it.
Hotel. Allllll day, errday.
I want to say camping, but the reality is hotel. In the woods. With a sauna.
I hope I’m generous.
I strive to be generous.
Both. Casual in day-to-day, but I love getting dressed up.
Can I sneak in a margarita instead?
While I get Ellis a margarita, I’mma sneak myself some rum.
I think deliberate, but I could be wrong.
Both. I’d love a huge lot of land right in the middle of a city. Lol
I don’t drink either anymore, but Coke will always win.
Coke, diet please
Zombies. At least I can defend myself.
To sit by? Ocean. To swim in? Pool. I don’t do open water. There are things in
there that will eat you.
Slobbish tendencies for sure