Title: No Secrets Needed (New Beginnings #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Ann Anderson (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 – 67,000 Words
After bidding farewell to his family and Trint, the man he’s come to care for, Rafe heads out to sea, free to be himself for the first time in his life—free to learn himself, away from the constraints and trials of his mother, away from the terrible person he believed himself to be while forced to live with her.
When Rafe returns home his family is waiting for him—but there’s no sign of Trint. With a little push from his ward, Rafe decides to be bold and go after what he wants, though he fears in the end that all his efforts might still not be good enough to overcome the past and the secrets that have controlled so much of his life.
This is a book that is a continuation of book 1. Bol one was more of a short story where this book was more of a novella.
Rafe has always had a hard time excepting that he had to play a role before he came of age and took over the family. He had to act mean and callous to those around him that he cared the most for. So I believe that has played a role into him taking the trip on one of boats to find himself. Which I also believe is a good thing for Rafe. I believe that he needed to see the different walks of life. That he needed to be able to offer refuge for those that was meant to do harm to his crew and him. I also believe that the experience was good for him because he grew up so to speak along the journey.
I believe the trip also solidified his belief that Trint and him was meant to be together. I believe that the courting gifts that Rafe presented Trint and his family was all from his heart. I think he though of things that would mean something to each of them or would bring the family closer to one another. I think that along the way he also realized that whether he is damaged or not that he does deserve to be loved by Trint and that Trint in return loves him just as much.
This book is a book that I believe is about overcoming ones past in order to be able to enjoy the future to the fullest. It is also about acceptance that just because one may not be family by blood, those are still family if you choose to be. And Rafes family includes those around him that he chooses to be family. Last but not least, I think it is a book about love overcoming all.
Rafe rose and stood beside his bed, the dagger clutched tight as he waited for some indication that they were searching his ship. Who they might be, he wasn’t sure. They shouldn’t have been too far into unclaimed water, and as far as he knew, no pirate or enemy to their kingdom would attack so close to claimed water, but he could be wrong.
There was always a chance for some war to crop up, even in these peaceful times.
The fighting sounded to have stopped not long after he woke, but Rafe waited until there was a knock at his door, and Captain Manis poked his head into the room, before moving, following him onto the deck to take stock of the damage.
“This shouldn’t have happened,” one of the men whispered as he hefted a body and placed it into a pile near the bow of the boat.
Rafe didn’t say anything as he cast a glance at Captain Manis. His mouth was pinched, eyes hard as he led Rafe to a group of men, no older than boys, and stopped, arms crossed as he scowled at the defiant figures. Rafe waited, but when Captain Manis didn’t say anything, he stepped forward.
“Why have you attacked our ship” His gaze skimmed the group before him, taking in the trembling forms. After a quick perusal, he settled on one of the men whose eyes darted from side to side. Rafe knelt before the man, clasping his jaw in a firm hand. “Why have you attacked our ship”
The man glanced from side to side again, but none of his fellows would look at him or speak up. With a deep breath, the man spoke in a small, childlike voice. “It’s our right.”
Rafe lifted an eyebrow. He must not have heard correctly. “Excuse me?”
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1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
A bit cluttered. I work on a loveseat with one cushion as mine and the other taken up by random stuff inside a box, a side table that’s just as cluttered with random stuff as the cushion next to me, and a table in front that’s also cluttered. I’;ve always thrived a bit better in chaos than a neat world.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
I tend to relate to all of my characters on some level, simply because I put a bit of myself in each character, even the cruel villain of a story.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
Uh…That’;s a bit of a terrifying question. I do have a job outside of writing so I’d probably still be doing that but I imagine I’d be very, very bored. Or maybe I’d have played through all the videogames I still have in their packaging.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
I wish I had written all of the books first in this series. I’m a pantser more than a plotter and the one thing I’ve heard from anyone who writes a series is that you need to plot.
Since I don’t do that, writing all the stories first would have been the smart idea. But now I know for next time and I’m super excited to be able to say I have a series under my belt and I plan on writing another.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
There’s always something I want to change after a book is out there, I think it’s the bane of every author, but that’s why we continue to write and, when the book nears the end of its contract, we go ahead and revise if we’re so inclined.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
They tend to hit me upside the head. I can listen to a song, hear a sentence, look at a picture, look out the window… anything can give me a new idea.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
Edits for New Beginnings #3 as well as starting New Beginnings #4 and finishing up a few other side projects that have been poking at my brain to get them done.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
Crystal Lake, Illinois. I grew up here, so it might have had some influence on how/what I write but I think that what I write could be written anywhere since romance is universal.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
Well, my genre is romance and I write in my favorite sub-genres, so this is a bit hard. 🙂 But fantasy, kind of like Joe Abercrombie, because there’s a raw, grittiness to the characters and environment and fantasy just drags me right into the page.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Videogames. I have a bunch of computer games along with Playstation games (PS1, PS2, and PS3).
Ann Anderson enjoys long walks through wooded areas, hunting zombies, and stealing treasure from space pirates. Only the first happens in real life. Besides allowing her imagination to run rampant, Ann loves editing and is glad she’s been able to make a small career of it while following through with her other passion of writing. Her cats can attest to both passions as they enjoy knocking the laptop from her lap and claiming the space as their own whenever Illinois weather drops to a reasonable degree.