Hi! My name is Aislinn Kearns and I’m an Aussie girl that loves to travel and see the world. I love reading, watching action movies (particularly if they have a romance!) and travelling the world. I write a romantic suspense series called Soldiering On, featuring former military heroes and heroines who have been injured in the line of duty. Hotel Hideaway is the fourth book in the series, and features a bodyguard heroine protecting a handsome CEO with assassins on his tail – but both have secrets they are unwilling to share.
Let’s Get To Know Aislinn Kearns
Q: What are the top five books that have influenced your career?
A: I’m going to cheat a bit here and list some series!
- The Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann is fantastic and such an inspiration. I just about swooned when a reviewer compared my books to hers.
The Lost and Found series by J.M. Madden. After the Troubleshooters, this was the first series I read about military people forming a security company, and was one of the ones that kicked off that trend. I don’t think I’d be where I am today if I hadn’t read this series and the right time to inspire me.
Lisa Marie Rice’s Men of Midnight series. My books aren’t as steamy as hers, but I’m certainly influenced by the more outrageous of her plots. They’re like action movies in book form and a lot of fun.
Jayne Ann Krentz’s books. I have definitely been influenced by her practical characters. I like characters that tend to talk things through and don’t immediately believe the worst in any situation.
I want to say Tessa Dare for this last one. I love her subtle humour and loveable characters.
Q: If you could go back in time before you published your first book, what advice would you give yourself about publishing?
A: I probably would have gone into Kindle Unlimited immediately. Or at least much sooner. Wide never did much for me, but I didn’t want to have all my eggs in one basket and support the Amazon monopoly.
Q: What fictional character would you punch if the face if you thought you could get away with it without going to jail?
A: Christian Grey comes to mind. But I think I’d go for Curran from the Kate Daniels series (though he’d probably kill me on the spot). I was so furious with his behaviour in Magic Rises that I immediately stopped reading the series. Not only am I angry at him for him being a jerk, but I’m angry that he made me stop reading a series I was loving!
Q: Pick a super-power and tell us what you’d do with it.
A: I’d love to have telekinesis, but I think that would encourage my lazy tendencies too much. In fact, I think I’d be pretty selfish with any power. I’d be a terrible superhero. Maybe I should go with something like Healing, so I definitely help others with it.
Q: What’s your favorite AND least favorite thing about being a writer/author?
A: I love being creative. I love to make stories that have been floating around in my head finally come to life. But I don’t like the loneliness and self-doubt that goes along with putting something out there into the world.
About Hotel Hideaway: (Soldiering On #4) by Aislinn Kearns
When Sam foils an assassination attempt against a handsome stranger, she’s given a dangerous opportunity. A few months prior, her friends were caught up in a deadly hostage situation, and now she has one chance to go undercover with the people her boss thinks are responsible. Only Sam isn’t good at lying, particularly not to the sexy CEO whose life she saved. But was he the one that ordered the terrorist plot that nearly killed her friends?
Cameron Lawrence has his own reasons for working at Beaton Security—reasons he can’t share with Sam. No matter how intriguing he finds his new bodyguard—or how beautiful—he knows she’s hiding something, and he needs to find out what before it puts them both in danger. When a second assassin strikes, they have no choice but to work together. But can they also learn to trust each other, before it’s too late?
Cameron dismissed John with a few words of platitude and hung up the phone without taking his eyes from Sam.
“I should ask you to step out of the room next time I have a work conversation.”
She raised her eyebrows and sauntered a few steps in his direction. “Why? You have something to hide?”
His face flushed as she skirted the truth with her words. “It’s confidential, is all.”
“I can’t protect you from out there,” she countered, planting her hands on the back of the chair opposite him and casually leaning forward.
“You could stop someone from coming in, though,” he replied, not backing down. The challenge she offered him sparked something to life he thought he’d shut down long ago. Cold ashes had become embers, smouldering, waiting to be fed the fuel to set them alight.
“I’d have to open the door to ask you if they could come in, anyway. Defeats the purpose.”
“Possibly,” he allowed. “I’ll simply have to remember that you’re here, I suppose.”
Sam narrowed her eyes. “So, you do have something to hide.”
Cameron scowled at her. “We’ve been over this…”
“You said before this event is to bring good will and improve your image. People only do that if they’ve done something wrong.”
Cameron’s heart skipped a beat. Did she know? Or was she fishing? Curiosity or malice? He couldn’t parse her motives.
“Sometimes it’s preemptive,” he told her. “Just in case.”
She made a face, telling him she’d drop the line of questioning. But it had felt suspiciously like an interrogation to Cameron, and now he couldn’t help wondering if she’d had an ulterior motive to coming to work for him.
“Why are you here?” he asked. “Really.”
“I told you. Money.” She shifted a little in her chair.
Cameron shook his head. “You didn’t know about the salary when you came here today.”
“I knew there was a possibility of money.” She hesitated for a second. “Besides, I was worried.”
Cameron pulled his eyebrows down in confusion. “Worried?”
“You clearly had incompetent bodyguards. I felt…somewhat responsible for you.”
He reared back, affronted. “You’re here because you see me as, what, a lost child?”
She shook her head. “No. But you have people after you—dangerous people. If I’d flat out rejected your job offer and then got a news alert tomorrow saying you’d died? That would weigh pretty heavily on a person.”
“So you’re my bodyguard for selfish reasons?”
She shrugged. “I’m here. I’m your bodyguard. I’ll do my job and do it well. Why do you need to know the reasoning?”
He stared at her, long and hard. She didn’t flinch away from his gaze, just patiently waited for his answer. Thing was, he didn’t know. He didn’t know why her reasons for coming back mattered. But they did.
She intrigued him, that had to be it. A beautiful woman who tried to be invisible, but could kick his ass in a heartbeat if she wanted to—a potent combination.
“I suppose I don’t,” he muttered. At least, not yet.
She breathed a small sigh of relief. What was she hiding? He had to find out.
“I should return to work,” he told her reluctantly. She nodded and moved back to her spot near the window. Tension still lined her frame.
Cameron desperately tried to focus his mind on work but it was impossible, now. She couldn’t become invisible to him no matter how hard she might try. He was attuned to her. Awareness hovering at the edge of his consciousness.
He couldn’t allow himself to become distracted. He had a mission to complete, and nothing—no one—would stand in his way.
My favorite quote from Hotel Hideaway: (Soldiering On #4) is:
Sam breathed a sigh of relief. As much as she wished otherwise, she had an awful feel-ing she wasn’t done with that man yet. Or, worse, he wasn’t done with her.