Have you been celebrating Easter? I have, with too much food, too much chocolate, and not enough time writing. It also made me think of the Easter Eggs I like to hide in my books! 🐰
(An Easter egg is a hidden reference or inside joke, referring to another book).
I love adding them in to connect the series with one another. One of my most commonly used Easter Eggs is actually referencing the new (fictional) New York Opera House. Have you caught that one? Henry and Faye Marchand from Ice Cold Boss designed it. In Say Yes to the Boss, Cecilia and Victor even go there! They see the other couple from afar and even talk about them.
I got a real kick out of that. Have you caught any of my other ones?
Today is also Red Hot Rebel's book birthday!
I can't believe it's been two years already. To celebrate, I'm running a special anniversary sale of 0.99 on the ebook, worldwide. You can also scroll down for a very special interview with Rhys and Ivy. It was fun catching up with them!
Happy reading, Olivia
Red Hot Rebel
🔥 Enemies to Lovers 🔥 Forced Proximity 🔥 Inexperienced heroine 🔥 Model and photographer travelling the world together
I met them at a lazy New York coffee shop, around the corner from their apartment, to ask some questions.
"It's been a while since we last heard from you two! What have you guys been up to?"
Rhys: We recently bought an apartment together, actually. Renovating it and getting it to where it should be has been challenging.
Ivy: But fun! We've also been working together on a new campaign of mine. It's the first time we've done it in years, and it's actually going a lot better than I thought.
Rhys: Didn't think we'd work well together?
Ivy, smiling: No, I knew we would. I was more concerned we wouldn't get the work done... because we'd get distracted. But you know there's no photographer I like more than you.
Rhys: You're biased. But thank you, baby.
"What first attracted you to each other?"
Ivy: Oh, well, I can't exactly say it was attraction at first sight. We got off on the wrong foot, you know.
Rhys: Yeah, I wasn't exactly... yeah. I wouldn't act like that again, but it sure made for a few fun weeks in the beginning.
Ivy: Fun? (She's chuckling.) Yes, I suppose so. But even when you annoyed me, on our trip, I was attracted to you. It bothered me because I didn't like your personality then.
Ivy: It's not like you were trying to be liked, either. But we spent so much time together, and it didn't take long for me to get to know you. The real you. And the more we talked..
Rhys: I wanted you from the first moment I saw you, even if I didn't admit it to myself until much later.
"You two went on a worldwide trip together, as model and photographer. What's your favorite memory from the trip?"
Rhys: The Jeep in Kenya. We ended up getting stuck at night, and... slept in the back of it.
Ivy: Oh, wow. Yes. That was... yeah, I'll never forget that. It got cold in the desert that night, but it was fantastic. I also really loved our days in Paris. Rhys is half-French, and really showed me the city.
Rhys: That was good. Bali was nice, too.
Ivy: Yes! We were so happy there, in the really early throes of falling in love. Swimming by the waterfall and staying at that luxury hotel... can we go back?
Rhys: Whenever you want, Ives.
"Can you share a favorite quote or saying that inspires your relationship?"
Ivy: Oh, can I go first? I love quotes and sayings and stuff. Rhys thinks they're cliché.
Rhys: Because they are. But that doesn't mean I don't like a good quote. It just has to be a real one, and not like... Live, Laugh, Love.
Ivy laughs: Too bad I'm planning to get that tattooed.
Rhys: She's lying.
Ivy: I am, yeah. Hmm... I think my favorite saying is to never go to bed angry. Rhys and I can argue sometimes. We kinda like pitting our opinions against one another, but we always resolve everything before we end the day.
Rhys: That's a good one. I can't remember this quote entirely, but it's from a book: that a true partnership is two unperfect people refusing to give up on one another.
Ivy: That's a lovely quote!
Rhys, smiling: I have my moments. More and more often, I'd say, since meeting you.