by Sophia Karlson
GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Simone Levin had a dream job as a safari pilot until an unexpected pregnancy clipped her wings. Tired of juggling motherhood with her demanding flight schedule, Simone applies for an office job, unaware that her new boss is Carlo Carlevaro, the man who’d ditched her before finding out he’d knocked her up. Carlo returns to East Africa only to kill another fire—Ivory trafficking from his lodges threatens to destroy his company. Finding Simone back on the payroll comes as a pleasant surprise. As his employee, Simone is off-limits, but she is the only one he trusts to help with his undercover investigation. With time running out, Simone and Carlo strive to expose the trafficking ring, but working together rekindles their mutual desire. When Simone is implicated as a trafficker, revealing her daughter’s existence to Carlo seems inevitable. Acting on her instincts might come too late as the syndicate retaliate and hone in their threat. Will they survive to give their love a chance?
What group did you hang out with in high school?
I was definitely an odd one out!
What are you passionate about these days?
Crossfit! I’ve heard someone speculate the other day that it’s a cult and just laughed. I’m not throwing tractor tires around yet, and really hope I never will, but it is a great way to get strong and keep fit.
If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?
This book-writing-getting-published-business is such a learning curve I can’t see myself doing anything differently.
Ebook or print? And why?
Both, but I’m all for saving trees. Since I lived in far off places where there were neither book stores nor English as a first language, my kindle has become my lifeline. My husband also reads piles of books, and it’s nice not to have them all over the house. We are currently storing his 25 boxes of classic Sci-Fi in the garage because we don’t have enough space in our house for his collection!
What is your favorite scene in this book?
My favorite scene in Perfect Mistake is where Simone tells Carlo about their daughter. It was such an emotional scene to write.
She glanced at him but had to look away from the intensity of his eyes, which held her with such dearness that she knew he’d spoken of her. Inwardly she trembled, her murmur of need escalating to an oscillating quake.
“Simone, there’s something you’re not telling me. If you are in trouble, please–”
She extracted her fingers from his, but he cupped her elbow in his hand. She felt like crying, but the only sound that slipped out was a strangled choke as she jerked away from him. “I’m in no trouble, thank you.” Four years too late for that one.
She wanted to laugh but it hurt too much. She had to phone her mom, but it would only be to confirm her suspicions. Her mother had never passed on the message that Carlo had phoned. Her eyes misted over and she had to blink, looking away. “I just wish someone could show me where I’m to sleep tonight.”
With me. He didn’t say the words, but they hung between them, heavy and drenched.
She curled her fingers into her palms, her nails cutting into her skin. Any physical pain that would stop her from showing him where it truly ached. “It’s such a fine bloody line, Carlo. Please understand.” She swallowed the last words, biting hard on her lip to transfer the pain that had settled underneath her heart.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sophia Karlson has lived in France, Germany, East Africa, Madagascar (not the movie, the country) and now finds herself back on home ground in South Africa. As a teenager, she devoured romances with far flung settings, loving to travel through books. After school her itchy feet took her around the world, but now she doesn’t get much further than the school run and the daily walk with her very demanding beagle. She writes contemporary and erotic romance, wanting to take readers on a journey of their own. She loves hearing from readers, follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sophia.karlson.5, Twitter: @SophiaKarlson, on the web at www.sophiakarlson.com.
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