Friday 8 December 2017

Blog Tour ~ Just One Time by K S Hunter

Jaffareadstoo is delighted to be one of the blogs privileged to be hosting today's last stop 

on the Just One Time Blog Tour

I'm really delighted to be able to welcome the author, K S Hunter to the blog today to tell us all about Just One Time..

Where did you get the first flash of inspiration for Just One Time?

On the floor in the dark in the Duke of York's Theatre in London. I was just about to watch Let the Right One In, which was based on the novel and horror film, when I realised I'd dropped my phone on the floor. It was really dark, so I had no option but to get down there and search. The stranger sitting next to me asked if she could help and before I knew what I was doing I'd given her my phone number so that she could call it. As soon as I said the number, I thought what if...

Will you explain to us a little more about the plot without giving too much away?

David Madden's marriage is falling apart. Or it has fallen apart. He goes to the theatre alone and what happened to me happens to him. Only Nina, who offers to help him, then finds a way into his life and won't go away. She ultimately demands one thing from him, just one time, and then she promises to leave him alone for ever. But she's not necessarily the kind of person to keep her promises. Just One Time is a modern-day Fatal Attraction and it's about desire, seduction, obsession and revenge. It's very dark and will shock.

How do you plan your writing, are you a plotter, or a see where it goes kind of writer?

I have an idea, in this case the character in the theatre who is pursued relentlessly by this woman, and then I just see where it goes. I never know the ending of a novel when I start it and I often don't even know what's going to be on the next page. I think that if I can surprise myself then maybe I can do the same to the reader. I had a terrible time working out how to end Just One Time, which came to me quite suddenly towards the end of a very long break from writing it - after my son was born, I didn't touch the novel for a year - and at that point I hope I came up with one of the most shocking endings readers will have ever encountered.

Do you have a special place to write and where do you do your best thinking?

I have an office and I'm surrounded by the creative things that inspire me. I have quite a large collection of signed first edition novels and some great signed film and theatre posters. I have a couple of wonderful and rare Phantom of the Opera pieces signed by Michael Crawford. I find my creative output increases when I'm surrounded by these items of inspiration. In addition, I spend quite a bit of time abroad in the summer, which is often when I find my output to be at its most efficient.

What do you consider to be your strongest points as a writer?

Writing my second 'me' novel, which was an international bestseller, taught me a lot about pace - the great elan - and that's something I've managed to maintain as a key feature of my writing since.

Are you your worst critic and why?

It's very hard to read back things you've written after they are published because you will usually dislike something you see. So, yes, I believe I am because I always pick at things if I read something I've written. I usually shake my head and tut in disappointment, but with my third 'me' novel, which I think is my best (despite, ironically, selling far fewer copies that my other books), I can look and just read and be content.

What is your idea of Writing Heaven and Writing Hell?

Writing Heaven would be me being able to write a book quickly and then, of course, finding a lot of readers who like it. I'm far too slow when it comes to writing a book, so that must be my Writing Hell. And if I'm slow and a book doesn't sell well then I'm digging myself even deeper in!

A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion.

VAD Publishing
7 December 2017
Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.

She is irresistible.
Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.

What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.

She is insatiable.

Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.

She is unstoppable.

Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.

What did I think about it..,

This story grabbed my attention from the beginning with a steamy prologue which sets the scene for the rest of the novel. And as the story progresses, what comes to mind is that old saying "Oh, what a tangled web we weave",  and the hapless David is about get tangled in the web of a woman who can only be described as akin to a black widow spider. That she lies in  wait and lures David into her clutches makes for compelling reading and, once I started reading Just One Time I struggled to put the story down for more than few minutes as I wanted to see just how far the story would go and believe me this one goes a long, long way indeed !

The author does a great job of controlling a complicated plot and cranks up the tension to high in subtle, and some not so subtle, ways, which I enjoyed trying to work out for myself. To say more would be to do both the book and the author a complete disservice as this is one of those books which doesn't deserve to have its plot spoiled by me, so all I will say is that if you like a deeply disturbing psychological thriller with myriad twists and turns then Just One Time will work for you, as it worked for me.

About the author

This the first novel by K.S. Hunter, the alter ego of an international bestselling author, whose identity will remain a secret.

Follow Just One Time on Twitter @Author_KSHunter #Just One Time

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