Meet the Exquisite Quill Authors

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Genesis of a Book - Rock My Boat by Afton Locke

The Genesis of a Book - Rock My Boat by Afton Locke
- part of the Tall, Dark and Alpha boxed set

The cruise I took last summer made a big impression on me and has inspired more than one book. This is the most literal one, taking place mostly on the ship. It was fun to weave in the sensory details from my experience. The most memorable was the night the seas were so rough necklaces danced on the racks in the gift shop. That’s a pivotal moment in my story because Rhonda finds out Simon is a shape shifter. The safety briefing inspired another scene, although I don’t think my husband would have been too happy if Simon pressed me against the wall and frisked me like he did Rhonda!

Like my story, cruises have a light side and a dark side. Sitting on deck with an exotic drink and dreaming of romance is the upside. Rough seas and the possibility of sinking is the dark side. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot gives me chills every time I listen to it. The story it tells inspired Simon’s past and makes it hard for Rhonda to turn her back on Simon, despite what helping him will cost her.


Workaholic CEO Rhonda Simms embarks on a Caribbean cruise to create an ad campaign for a big maritime freight client. She finds it impossible to concentrate, however, when Simon Mann, a blue marlin shifter, sets his sights on her. From a private, hands-on safety briefing to a wild ride in the ocean, he rocks her ordered world.

Simon drowned years ago in a shipwreck caused by Rhonda’s client, and he’ll do anything to be a normal man again. As his mate, Rhonda is the only person who can help him.

Tired of being so responsible, Rhonda is ready to let loose with a shipboard fling. Mating with Simon could cost a lot more than her virginity, however. Will she stick to her present course or will she let this sexy alpha rock her boat?

Tall, Dark & Alpha boxed set (USA Today bestseller)

Delve into the sensual worlds of award-winning authors: Randi Alexander, Koko Brown, Sam Cheever, Delaney Diamond, Eve Langlais, Afton Locke, Dawn Montgomery, Farrah Rochon, Paige Tyler, and Eve Vaughn. Immerse yourself in the alpha male experience.

The box set is available at:


Afton’s Links:


Afton Locke said...

Thanks for hosting me today!

Jane Leopold Quinn said...

Wow, Afton! This sounds fantastic. I've been on several cruises and never thought about shapeshifters at sea.

Afton Locke said...

Thanks, Jane!