We’re so excited to be a part of the All Chained Up Blog Tour today! We adore Sophie Jordan over here at Fic Fare both her YA and NA stories have captured our attention so when I found out she was doing stories about ex-cons, I was immediately intrigued!
First here’s a bit about the book!All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Also by this author: Rise of Fire
Published by HarperCollins on March 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
There are bad boys and then there are the men of Devil’s Rock . . .Some men come with a built-in warning label. Knox Callaghan is one of them. Danger radiates from every lean, muscled inch of him, and his deep blue eyes seem to see right through to Briar Davis’s most secret fantasies. But there’s one major problem: Briar is a nurse volunteering at the local prison, and Knox is an inmate who should be off-limits in every way.Knox feels it too—a shocking animal magnetism that drives him to risk his own life to protect Briar’s. Paroled at last, he tries to resist her. She’s too innocent, too sweet, and she has no idea what Knox is capable of. But a single touch can lead to a kiss—and a taste . . . until the only crime is denying what feels so right . . .“When the prison doors are open, the real dragon will fly out.”—Ho Chi Minh
We had the chance to ask Sophie a few questions for the tour so keep reading!
Describe ALL CHAINED UP in 5 words.
Hot. Dangerous. Edgy. Different. Gritty.
How did ALL CHAINED UP come about, what was your inspiration? What made you think you had to write this story?
I’ve wanted to write a sexy, edgy story that dealt with atypical heroes and heroines. And I wanted the heroes to come from prison … and at least part of the setting of the first book to be in that prison. There’s something desperate about a prison setting. It’s the kind of place where it seems impossible for love to grow … and for me that makes it an ideal setting. I want to tackle the “desperate” and “impossible” scenarios.
It’s too simple to dub the heroes of this world as anti-heroes. They’re more complex than that. Knox in All Chained Up is a felon and in prison at the start of the book. He isn’t wrongly convicted – that would have been too simple. I want deep conflict in my books so I try to avoid the “simple”. He’s done bad things and he owns up to that. And yet he has a code – a code that makes him from stop awful things from happening to the heroine when she’s working inside the prison. This is what sets him apart from the pack … this is where he becomes worthy/deserving of love.
Can you share (without spoilers) a line or section of ALL CHAINED UP that is your favorite?
This is part of the hero and heroine’s first meeting in the HSU (the prison infirmary) and I love it. It reveals so much about Knox (and Briar, too):
Frowning, she looked down at his purpling flesh and touched him there, gently running her fingers over the sensitive area, testing it for signs of an obvious break. She didn’t feel a protruding bone, but she knew the only way to know for certain would be to take an X ray. “You should comply with the corrections officers. This kind of abuse could result in some serious damage.”
Something flickered in his eyes. She couldn’t determine what it was. It passed so quickly, but a frisson of trepidation dripped through her. “Who said I didn’t comply?” he asked.
She hesitated, her breath catching, and she didn’t know why it should. The ideathat seemingly good guys could be not good, that they could hurt someone when it wasn’t needed, when it wasn’t right . . . well, that shouldn’t be an unfamiliar concept for her. Mean people came in all shapes and sizes. She knew that better than anyone. “Are you saying they used excessive force with you?”
He cocked his head, and for the first time his hard expression cracked. Disgust leaked out. “Are you for real? Where do you think you are, honey?”
Briar stiffened. “I know exactly where I am. If the guards used excessive force, you should report them—”
“First day here and you know so much,” he murmured, his quiet voice no less deep or menacing. She felt her eyes widen as she realized the moment of her mistake. Her experience was not his, but she had presumed to know anyway. To understand. And then she dared to advise him how to live, how to exist in this cage. “You don’t know fuck all about this place.”
Any advice for aspiring writers?
Read. Write. All the time. Oh, and watch TV/movies. You can get a lot of inspiration from TV/movies. It’s all about great storytelling and you should absorb it in as many mediums as possible.
What’s next for you? Are you working on anything right now that you can tell us about?
I’m working on the third book in the Devil’s Rock series. It’s North’s book. The second book, HELL BREAKS LOOSE, is already finished and releases in August (yay!). I’ve been dying to write North’s book ever since he was first introduced in All Chained Up.
Favorite Song (right now): “Love Yourself” – can’t help it! It’s soooo good!
Favorite Book (right now): The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Favorite TV Show/Movie: Right now, it’s the new series, The Outsiders
Favorite Word: Achy
Favorite Color: Indigo
Favorite Curse Word: Mother Dick – courtesy of Abraham from The Walking Dead.
Sophie, you may officially be my new favorite person ever for using an Abraham curse phrase!! I love it!
3 Finished Copies of ALL CHAINED UP (US Only)