Review 4 Stars
This is my first story by Willink and it was splendid from the very beginning to the end. The dynamic between Krystina and Alexander; their connection and sexual chemistry will keep the reader from putting the book down. Heart of Stone is dual POV so you get to see from Alexander and Krystina’s eyes. I will say I’d had to give this read a 4 star because it was very similar to Fifty Shades of Grey. I will have to grab the next book Stepping Stone just to see what happens next.
Do you slip secrets about you or your past into your books? I do on occasion. For example, the guitarist that Alexander stumbled upon in Venice, Italy is taken from a real life experience. My husband and I visited Venice in 2007. We went out for a late night walk and happened to come across this guitarist playing in the street. We listened to him for hours.
What would you wish for if you found a genie? It might be a lofty wish, but I’d wish to make it onto the NYT or USA Today Bestseller List.
When you are bored, what would you most likely find yourself doing? I’m rarely bored, but on the rare occasion, you might see me sneaking in a video game or two. I’m sort of a closet gamer…lol.
What time period do you wish you lived in? Without a doubt, the early 1900’s to the 1930’s. Why? The way of life was just simpler, or so it seems to me. What appeals to you about this era? What appeals to me most was the fashion styles. In fact, I pulled from this era when I wrote Stepping Stone. I modeled the theme of the charity ball to be early 1900’s French Cabaret. Researching the dress styles for this time period was great! Then of course, was the introduction to swing dancing in the 1920’s. My grandmother taught me a few basic steps, but people in general just don’t dance like that anymore. I wish they did – it’s so much fun.
How long have you been writing? I began writing Heart of Stone in 2013, although it took me a while to get it right and I didn’t publish it until December of 2015.
Where do you get your ideas for your book? I get them from everywhere, and usually at the most random times. Sometimes a song lyric or a line in a television show will spark an idea for a chapter. Other times, it could be something as simple as seeing a beautiful sunset.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? Why? I’ve published two books – Heart of Stone and Stepping Stone. My favorite was Stepping Stone because I didn’t have to spend as much time on character development and was able to just write the story I wanted to tell.
What do you think makes a great story? For me, it depends on the genre. If I’m reading crime, mystery, or romance, I like the characters to be believable and feel what they are feeling. If I’m reading fantasy or sci-fi, I just want to get lost in another world. But as a whole, any story that keeps me turning the pages is a good one in my opinion.
Which Writer/Authors inspire you? My biggest inspiration is J.K. Rowling because she never gave up. Her strength and perseverance to tell her story is awe-inspiring. For those that don’t know how she came to be where she is today, I urge you to look into her background.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded Writer’s block? Music usually helps me. Sometimes, I need to just put it down for a day and look at it fresh the next morning.
A little more about Dakota and her story Heart of Stone
Dakota Willink is a contemporary romance writer and editor, and the author of The Stone Series. She is an associate member of Romance Writers of America and a Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards winner.
Dakota has always had a passion for reading and writing. From the time she was an adolescent, she enjoyed curling up with a good paperback, reading genres that ranged from thriller and fantasy, to mystery and romance. She always dreamed of one day writing her own book, but had put her aspirations on hold to focus on her family and a career that would pay the bills. However, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up in her own head.
In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality. In between playing chauffeur to two very busy children and working her job during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper. Eventually, she began to describe her life as a book. Everything she saw or heard throughout the day, intertwined with her imagination for the creation of future writings. By 2014, with the support of her husband and two children, she gave up the security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full time.
Her first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in December of 2015. Less than a year after its release, the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards recognized Heart of Stone as the 2016 Bronze Medalist in the romance category.
Dakota resides in the Western New York area, where she enjoys spending time with family, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.
Visit http://www.dakotawillink.com for news about upcoming events and her future work.
Heart of Stone is 4.99 (Click the picture to go to the book)
Krystina Cole was a girl on a mission. She had big dreams and aspirations, none of which included a man by her side. She knew better than that – at least until she met Alexander Stone, the New York billionaire real estate tycoon. She saw the way that he looked at her, and the dark promises in his eyes. She was curious about his world and all that it entailed. But the shadows of her past haunted her, making her afraid to explore possibilities that she could never before have imagined…
Alexander Stone was a man who knew how to get what he wanted. He understood the value of finesse, and the importance of patience and diligence to achieve the desired result. He was successful and wealthy, relying on his naturally sharp instincts to guide him through life. But a chance run in with Krystina Cole quickly turned his world upside down. Her quick wit and firecracker attitude was the complete opposite of what he wanted in a woman, and his instincts failed him at every turn…
However, both Krystina and Alexander are clinging to the secrets in their past, and neither of them are willing to compromise. Krystina’s hardened heart makes emotional surrender a hard limit. But for Alexander, revealing his past could have devastating results.
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