Interview with Aliyah Burke

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, it is a story about the Greek gods/goddesses. I was about six and even got my brother and his friends to draw the pictures for me. The first one I wrote for publication was A Knight's Vow. That story is a historical/time travel.
What is your writing process?
I'm a pantzer. So there's no outlining or anything that looks remotely like it would be organized. I do have a story idea book and I save thoughts in that for both new stories and ones already written down. The characters come to me and tell me how it goes. I never know how I'm getting to the end, just that the journey will surprise me as well. My one thing I know for a fact is all my stories will have a HEA.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first was The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. I fell in love with C.S. Lewis and the tales woven. It allowed me to be lost in the world and push everything else aside.
How do you approach cover design?
Thankfully, I don't have to. I have a rough (very rough) idea of what I'm looking for and I take that to my cover artists, either one of them and let them use their talent to make me a great cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a bit of everything. I read romance, military fiction, fiction, poetry, research books, and cookbooks (love those). If I can pick up a book and sit for a while and lose myself between the pages, I'm a happy woman.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kindle for e-reading. I must admit however, I much prefer the feel of a real book in my hands.
Describe your desk
LOL, a mess. Computer is in the middle and notebooks or research books of what I'm working on at the moment on either side of me. There is a spot for my drink (capped of course) and I never have food at my desk. I have four pen cups along the back, a Navy bear on one corner and pictures. It could use a good cleaning though.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Georgia on over 200 acres. I can say it influenced me in that it helped my imagination grow. I created worlds all the time growing up and in many of my stories, my heroes/heroines are from small towns which is what I'm from. I'm a country girl by heart and being out and surrounded by nature feeds my soul. Living in a city kills that and I struggle with my writing when I'm surrounded by sirens, other people yelling, and general city noise.
When did you first start writing?
I would say around six years old. I hated it then, however, but that's when I began.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book...
I just finished one in a series from a small town in Georgia. She's running from a man who wants to control her and meets her hero when her car breaks down.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The control. I'm a bit of a control freak so to be able to say when a book is coming out, have final say over my cover, and of course cut out the middle man as far as money goes held a huge appeal for me.
Published 2014-11-13.
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Books by This Author

Something Tangible
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,230. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
What he's after, she has no intention of ever giving to him.
Wild As The Wind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,290. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
In Crete when a naval pilot and an archeologist meet, can the love they discover withstand the tests yet to be unearthed? Naval pilot Commander Dominic “Hurricane” Stark is stationed in Crete when he meets the woman he knows is his future. Doctor Verity Andrews has been in Crete for the past twelve years living her dream as an archeologist. Can these two opposites make it work?
You Save Me
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,310. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Marine pilot Captain Garrick “Paladin” Stark is back in the United States and wants his woman. Delaney Byrd. Garrick vows after finding Delaney this time will be different. He wants forever. Still, there’re numerous things they need to overcome. When the chance arrives for him to tell her how he feels, will she believe him? Can she look past what she is scared of becoming and accept his love?
Down Range
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,220. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
He may save her life but can her heart be saved from his past betrayal? Ralston “Lucifer” Dansen learns that the woman he loves has gone and gotten herself into a bit of a situation, he’s not going to let her die in some foreign country. Praying for some kind of intervention when it arrives, she isn’t a hundred percent positive it’s for the better.
Landing in Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,930. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Can an Air Force pilot and a dancer make it work as they move to the music of love in the wild beauty of Spain? Air Force pilot, Major Erich “Daredevil” Stark runs into a woman leaving a club and is immediately attracted to her. Bliss Esparza has spent her life dancing and raising her younger brother. Will he be able to convince her to give them another chance after he makes a grievous error?
A Knight's Vow
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,990. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Katrina “Kit” Lawson goes on a camping trip only to awaken in twelfth century England. Marcus Quinn, Baron of Blackthorne, is one of the king’s legendary knights, known as The Devil. Unlike any woman he’s ever met, she continually challenges him, pushes him, and enthralls him. When she vanishes, he vows he will find her once more. Will these two lovers find a way to be together for all time?
It Could Happen Again
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,840. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
His rash decision changed her life, now he’s back—and wanting for a second chance. Allie Sumani is working hard toward her dream when a past lover returns and throws her life into upheavel. Dale Curtayn is stunned when he learns who is living across the hall from him. A woman he’d never forgotten.
Lion of Midnight
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 86,900. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
A man blessed—or cursed—by the gods with immortality until he finds true love, finds his match in a woman more unique than he’d imagined; she can endure his past, uphold his present, and sustain his future.
Her Pirate Rogue
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 97,310. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
A tumultuous meeting leads to a journey across the ocean and starts something new. Pug has grown up as the eldest son of the Earl of Clifton yet prefers the open sea to land. Fearless and protective, he wants to learn more of the woman who is as unique as the ocean. Will she be making a big mistake by trusting this dark haired, blue eyed man who had offered his assistance?
Her Reluctant Viscount
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 99,900. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Regency
A deadly cloak-and-dagger game with The Alchemist thrusts Viscount Trystan Wilkes together with Jo Adrys as he has to fight both his attraction for her and those sent to kill her. Can the woman the tonne calls a “wild child” prove she is perfect for Her Reluctant Viscount?
What the Earl Desires
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 99,530. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Najja, a warrior, comes to England from Africa, with the sole purpose of keeping her charge safe. Finding love is not even in the equation, it’s an impossible dream. Colin Faulkner, the new Earl of Clifton doesn't see it that way. Damn Society’s rules, she is…What The Earl Desires.
Raw Exposure
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,160. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
***READER ADVISORY*** This book was part of the Scandalous Heroes Box Set A wealthy playboy and a down-to-earth freelance photographer, will they ever see eye to eye?
A Love for Lera
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,970. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Two races, both honored, one known and one believed extinct come together, engaging in a battle for love. Cormac “Kori” MacLochlainne has known for years who his mate is but until now it hadn’t been the right time to claim her. Lera Sidorov is empty. She not only discovers how she and Kori are intertwined but something else…part of something presumed lost to this world long ago.
If You Dare: A Red Hot Valentine Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,550. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
When two people lost in their careers are thrown together, can passion kindle lost souls and ignite the flames of love?
Hearth, Holly, & Honor
Price: Free! Words: 63,690. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
A compilation of three Christmas shorts in one anthology. These stories deal with members of the Zulu Spectre.
His Purrfect Mate
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 77,980. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Wild and untamed, Dane Sidorov is a temptation Aida Roberts isn't sure she wants. Or one she's sure she can refuse. Will this unusual man be able to let her in, or will his secret drive them further apart? When the darkness threatens, will Dane sacrifice himself or allow her to help save him? Can he accept the fact she is nothing less than… His Purrfect Mate
Love Under the Endless African Sky
Series: Coming Together: Hors d'Oeuvres. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,500. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013 by Coming Together. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
Coming Together's Hors d'Oeuvres are single story treats taken from the anthologies and sold as appetizers. Finger food, if you will, for the libido. Aliyah Burke's "Love Under the Endless African Sky" comes from Coming Together: At Last (v2) which benefits Amnesty International.
Chayton's Tempest
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 77,370. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
He is however, determined to break through the wall erected around Tempest’s heart and earn forgiveness for past transgressions. Combine her mistrust, with interfering families, and the fact he calls the other side of the country home, he knows it won’t be easy. Maverick vows to make Tempest understand she’s not just his salvation, she is... Chayton's Tempest
O'Shea's Love
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 62,040. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Xaria has strict rules about being on the ice, but this man with his amazing smile and warm embrace is making her rethink more than a few of them. As for Aidrian, he’d always been a warrior and never quite fully believed in the power of love, until now. For even when his lessons are over, he has no intention of letting her go and will do whatever it takes to prove she is… O’Shea’s Love
Dimitri's Moon
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 64,380. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Resolute to get another chance with her, Dimitri does all he can to get another chance. Landi's unsure and not very trusting but bit by bit she begins to allow him back into her heart. Their newly renewed relationship is tested by new people into their lives, missions, and more. Dimitri doesn’t care about how much he has to overcome, he vows to never let her go again for she is… Dimitri’s Moon
Vittano's Willow
Price: $5.15 USD. Words: 72,180. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Her family isn’t the only hurdle. For surrounding CJ is something much more sinister and deadly. The closer they become the more danger she is in. Osten will need more than luck to keep the woman he’s fallen for safe. From Virginia to Vietnam, CJ grows and learns about herself and her relationship with Osten. No matter what the odds, Osten is determined to show CJ he needs her in his life.
Greeley's Spyce
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 74,300. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
From a night on the beach in Hawaii, to their homes in Virginia, Ernst pursues this woman, resolute that they belong together. Kacy, reluctant to have faith in a man again means Ernst must fight to gain her absent trust and ultimately her love. Every life needs some flavor in it and Ernst is bound and determined to prove to Kacy she is the one. After all, she is… GREELEY’S SPYCE
Connelly's Flame
Price: $5.15 USD. Words: 69,820. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
The fact he is a SEAL, his appalling ex-wife, a friendless and despondent child are a few of the obstacles they must overcome to be together. Dezarae tries to maintain her distance Ross is determined to make her understand that she is his heart, she is his soul. She is… Connelly's Flame
Harrier's Healer
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 65,860. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
From the Pacific to the Atlantic to Hong Kong and back, Alexis fights her growing attraction while he fights to have a chance. Well he wasn’t a SEAL for nothing, Scott is determined to make her realize that their destinies are intertwined. She needed him and he—well, she is after all… Harrier's Healer
Kincade's Rose
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 64,580. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Exploding plane, night jumping, and jungle dangers Jayde knew that to survive she would have to trust the man she married. Can he make her understand they were meant to be together or will they be kept apart by circumstances surrounding them? Together if Tyson has a say in it, for the amazing woman he married is… KINCADE’S ROSE
Holiday Surprise: Unwrapped
Price: Free! Words: 24,360. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
A woman who despises the cold and a man recovering from an injury find love over the Christmas holiday.