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Based on a true story: The Rigel Affair by LM Hedrick @lmhedrick #RLFblog #Thriller #RomanceLM Hedrick, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

The Rigel Affair by LM Hedrick

Genre Thriller Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.
Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees her family’s stifling expectations for a new life in Auckland.
After the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Charlie sets sail for Auckland aboard the USS Rigel. And there she is, the girl of his dreams. Mattie is everything that Roxy isn’t—sophisticated, tender, and patient. But the war intervenes… Rigel embarks for the Pacific war zones.
Charlie’s letters are sporadic. Mattie is tormented by doubts; did he truly love her, or was it only a dream?
The Rigel Affair produces a rip-roaring wartime romance and chilling danger unknown to most.

Where to buy The Rigel Affair

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Rigel-Affair-Award-Winning-Chilling-Rip-Roaring/dp/0473474875/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rigel-affair-l-m-hedrick/1129687245

LM Hedrick Social Media

Lynette grew up listening to her mother Mattie’s stories about her WW2 love for US Navy Diver Charlie. She used Mattie’s 30 letters from Charlie, and together with her insightful editor/advisor husband, Bud, they completed extensive research to give reality to The Rigel Affair. Lynette has published multiple short stories for NZ magazines. Both Lynette and Bud have completed numerous Creative Writing courses at Auckland University. Lynette is an accomplished expressionist Artist, with works sold internationally.
Website https://lmhedrick.com/
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Dani: Stressing the Heroine from Taunt @Eve_Dangerfield #RLFblog #thriller
Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better, by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles stress.

About Eve Dangerfield

Eve has loved romance novels since she first started swiping
her grandmother’s paperbacks at the age of fourteen. Now she writes her own
unapologetically sexy tales about complex women and
gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Eve currently lives in Melbourne with her
lovely sister and a rabbit named Billy.

About Taunt

Genre Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Thriller
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Daniel Schwartz never meant to uncover the apocalypse,
unfortunately for the Kiwi hacktivist, that’s exactly what happened. Yet while
it’s clear to her what she should do; cover it back up and get completely
smashed, the rest of the world doesn’t agree. A shady corporation places her in
a beachside prison where they promise to hold her until she agrees to talk.
Dani would be pretty annoyed if she weren’t:
a) Biologically incapable of being annoyed
b) Very intrigued by the men hired to guard her
c) Extremely hungover
John, Colt, and Seb have poured a lot of time and money into their private
security business the last thing they need is to waste six weeks babysitting a
hyperactive hippie. Sadly they’ve signed a shady but watertight contract. Each
of the three men finds himself drawn to the weird, pop-obsessed Daniel and she
to them. As they become entangled in each other’s lives Daniel is forced to answer
some big questions such as; how can you escape when there’s nowhere safe to go?
How can a commitmentphobe fall for not one, but three different men? And, most
importantly, should New Zealanders kick people who call them Hobbits? (Yes.)
Taunt is a heart-stopping erotic thriller; chock full of science, nail-biting
suspense, period jokes and good old fashioned lust.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a
party. Considering her story, describe the party.
The party would be an outdoors event hosted by Daniel’s
eco-terrorist organization Grassroots. It’s a chance to connect and unwind with
other members and there would be live music, plenty of food and drink and a
casual dress code.
How does the heroine
feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she
displaying that gives it away?
Daniel would be thrilled to attend, bouncing around trying
to talk with as many people as possible while trying to peer-pressure others
into getting loose and making mistakes. She never stops smiling or talking,
unless she’s kissing that is.
Is she more likely to
mingle or remain aloof?
Mingle. Daniel loves being around others and more often than
not, the center of attention.
If she drinks, what is
her drink of choice at this party?
Daniel doesn’t drink as her biochemistry doesn’t allow for
it. She is however, very partial to substances of dubious legality. Also weed.
How much drink is her
usual?
Weed. Or fruit juice in glasses that make it look like
alcohol.
The heroine figures out
where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid
someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
It would completely be to drag a shy friend, perhaps a
scientist or socially awkward programmer back into the fray. Once they’d been
brought back to the party she’d make it her personal mission to get them drunk
and laid.
Is she likely to latch
onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is she the friend
that others latch onto?
She is the friend that others latch onto; the bigger problem
can be maintaining her attention once you have it. Daniel is very distractible.
If someone picked a fight
at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
Daniel is, by her own admission, a lover not a fighter. As
Grassroots is a pacifist organization it would be kind of weird for a fight to
get out of hand at one of their parties, but if it did Daniel would probably
dump punch/cake on the offender’s heads and tell them to stop or she’d leak
their information to the Feds.
Is the heroine the one
most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Tossed out. For sure. No questions asked.
Will she know when to
leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
She will stay late as she possibly can (unless she picks
up). Being a nuisance is kind of Daniel’s wheelhouse.

The Heroine’s Stressed Out Side

How does the heroine handle
it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls her aside when she was
blameless in a situation?
Lies her ass off, says whatever she thinks they want to hear
then escapes at the earliest possible opportunity.
How does the heroine react
to hearing a scream?
Runs towards the sound without thinking.
If she sees someone being
assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
What the actual fuck? Stop it you butthole!
If she sees someone
being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
Runs towards them and tries to break them apart, unless she
knows she’ll likely be hurt and overpowered in which case she would call the
cops/throw something/ find an alternative plan of action.
This heroine attempts
to rescue someone and realizes that she is in over her head. The odds are against
her and there is no way out. She is going to get her butt handed to her. What does
she do?
Fights as hard as she can for as long as she can, giving
everything she has.
The heroine runs into
the one person from her past she wanted to avoid. She can’t get out of the
situation and must interact with him/her in some way. What does she do?
Barrels into the awkwardness and tries to overwhelm the
person with the sheer force of her personality.
Someone younger than
the heroine is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly,
perhaps bungling things. How does the heroine deal with it?
Tact isn’t Daniel’s strong point. She would tell the person
straight up that they’re screwing the pooch and either suggest improvements or
conduct a mutiny to get the situation resolved another way.
The heroine is in
physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does she tell herself
in order to get through the situation?
Daniel has a rare chemical disorder that affects her ability
to feel physical pain, however she is capable of feeling distressed. In those
moments she closes her eyes and tries to focus on happy memories from the past.
What mentor’s words
come to mind in a bad situation?
She recalls John Blackwood, her lover, telling her to relax
and count her breaths, then she does it.

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social
media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Rubble and the Wreckage by Rodd Clark. 

About the Book

Title Rubble and the Wreckage
Genre M/M Romantic Thriller
Author Rodd Clark
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding
just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder,
you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter
to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with
a story he wants told.
Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but
chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when
he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified
to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words.
It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted.
There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding
between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer
did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence.
Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic.
When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question
remains: What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?

Buy This Book

Publisher: Driven Press / http://www.drivenpress.net/

Author Bio

Rodd lives in Dallas, TX at the moment but hails from the sticks
of Oklahoma. Interested in the M/M Mystery, Romance and Thriller genres but has
a varied interest in many good books. His books have a darkly distinctive voice
and deep characterizations. His latest work is the Erotic Romance Thriller
“Rubble and the Wreckage” and he is currently working on the sequel which
he hopes to have released in 2015.

Author Social Media

Exodus 2022 

About the Book

Title: Exodus 2022
Genre: SciFi Eco-Thriller
Author Name: Kenneth G. Bennett
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R, due to violence,
no sexual scenes
Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his
young daughter. Or so it seems.
Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in public, screaming
his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a hotel on San Juan Island
in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton doesn’t have
a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive they blame the 28-year-old’s
outburst on drugs.
What they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific
coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are
suffering identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.
With the help of his girlfriend—the woman he loves and dreams
of marrying—Joe struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying
his mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s role in a
looming global calamity—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent
on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb
ticking in Joe’s brain.

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Interview with Joe Stanton

Tell us about yourself, please.
My name is Joe Stanton
and I am a 28-year-old Episcopal Priest. I am in love with a beautiful woman named
Ella Tollefson.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this
the conflict of the story.
I began suffering
from severe hallucinations a few days ago. I want to figure out what’s causing them
and make them stop.
What’s your internal limitation? Meaning, what is it about
you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during this story?
My internal limitation is lack of understanding.
I’m only just beginning to unravel the cause of the sudden hallucinations and the
deeper mystery behind them.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty? I fear for Ella’s safety. I fear that I’m endangering
the person I love most in the world.
What’s your external complication? In the story world your
author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I fear the loss of all that I love and hold dear.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes
living worthwhile.
Ella Tollefson is
a beautiful young woman whom I met in the wilderness—in Olympic National Park in
Washington State. Ella is sweet, kind, funny, athletic
and intelligent. She’s a registered nurse, working to become a nurse anesthetist.
I love her more than anyone I’ve ever met. I’m crazy about her.
What would that person say about you? She loves me. She likes my weird sense of humor.
We laugh a lot when we’re together. I’m sure I get on her nerves sometimes but she
is amazingly patient.
What is your family like? I’m an only child and my folks live on the East Coast. They’ve come to visit
me a couple of times out here in Western Washington.
We get along great. They’re proud of my achievements and the spiritual vocation
I’ve selected.
What special skills do you rely on? Intuition. Faith. I’m a skeptic, and my church
is super progressive, but I do believe in a higher power.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want
it to be, and why?
An old girlfriend.
Ella might not be too happy about that.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Yes, very. Readers keep asking about
a sequel, and that makes me happy.

Exodus 2022

About the Writer

You have the length of
a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let’s see what you can
do.
I herd words. My Australian Shepherds herd me. My first book,
THE GAIA WARS, was optioned for a movie.
Why do you write?
Kenneth G Bennett 

To make a living. I’ve made my living as a professional ad copywriter
for the past 20 years, working for clients such as Volvo, Disney, Starbucks and
Amazon.

What do you want to write
next?
I’m working on a sci-fi thriller called THE HEALER, about a man
who discovers later in life that he has a unique healing power—a power that could
change the world.
Are any sequels planned
for this book?
I wasn’t planning on a sequel to EXODUS 2022 but a lot of readers
are asking for one. I think that’s fantastic and I would love to oblige.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers? Thank you
for your interest and for considering my work!

Author Bio

Kenneth G. Bennett is the author of the young adult novels, The
Gaia Wars and Battle For Cascadia, and the new sci-fi thriller, Exodus 2022. A wilderness
enthusiast who loves backpacking, skiing and kayaking, Ken enjoys mysteries, science
fiction, action adventure stories and, most especially, novels that explore the
relationship between humans and the wild. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son and two hyperactive
Australian Shepherds.
The Gaia Wars series was optioned for film by Identity Films,
LA in 2012, and both Gaia and Battle
have been featured as Top 100 Bestsellers in Teen Literature and Fiction on Amazon.
Kirkus Reviews called The Gaia Wars “A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative
new young-adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character.”

Contest

Giveaway details (open internationally):
Prizes:
-Kindle Fire
-15 signed paperbacks of EXODUS 2022

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Under the Moon Gate

Marilyn Baron, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Under the Moon Gate

Genre: Historical Romantic Thriller
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Kim Mendoza
Length: 354 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: A compelling tale of love and intrigue set in WW II
and contemporary Bermuda.
Blurb:
Dashing sea captain Nathaniel Morgan sails into the life of prim
and proper Bermuda heiress Patience Whitestone
and threatens to expose her family secrets—ruinous secrets she wasn’t aware of.
The two are immediately at odds when Nathaniel moors his vessel in front of her
estate and refuses to leave until he finds the cache of Swiss gold he’s convinced
was buried somewhere on the property during World War II. Can Patience save herself
and her family’s reputation when she finds herself reluctantly drawn to this determined
“pirate”? Or will someone from the past make good on his threat to destroy
them both? Their fate is inextricably linked to Nazi plots and to the beautiful
moon gates of Bermuda in this compelling tale of
love and intrigue.
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Patience Whitestone is a virginal 27-year-old heiress to the
Whitestone fortune in Bermuda.
Nathaniel Morgan, about 30, is a sea captain from Virginia who’s determined
to expose Patience’s family secrets at all costs.

Interview

Who has helped you the most in your career as an author?
My critique partners and other writing colleagues as well as
writing courses I’ve taken.
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee,
water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration…?)
Chocolate is always good. I may be the only person on the planet
who does not drink coffee. I do love hot chocolate.
When you’re not writing, what would we find you doing?
Reading for sure. I love to sit in the sun and read.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur
of the moment?
I’m a definite pantser. I just write and then go back and edit.
Looking back at your first book, what do you wish you had
done differently?
I wish I hadn’t tried to include so many time periods in one
book.
What’s your writing schedule like?
When I’m in the edit stage, I’m intense and respect the deadline.
When I’m writing a new book I write when I can, fitting it in between my “day
job.”
Any advice for new authors?
Finish the book. You can always fix copy on a page. You cannot
fix a blank page.
What aspect of your life do you write into your books?
I write a lot about older women nearer to my age. I include my
personal preferences—foods I love, colors I love, places I’ve been.
When an idea hits you, what do you do to capture it?
I take notes on any available slip of paper in my purse or on
in the Notes section on my iPhone. I try to carry around a small notebook for this
purpose, but it’s not always available.
If you knew it would be a bestseller, what book would you
write that you might not write otherwise?
So far, I’ve written every book I’ve wanted to.
What’s keeping you from writing that book?
Actually, I’ve been very
prolific this year. By the end of the year I will have five books published, one
self-published and four under contract with a traditional publisher. Not all may
be released in 2013.
What other jobs have you held besides writing? Or jobs you’ve
done while you were a writer.
I head my own public
relations firm. I’ve been editor of a regional corporate newsletter, marketing manager,
and special events manager for AT&T; I was an Information Specialist for the
Florida Department of Corrections (the prison system) where I learned to work with
printers (the inmates in the institution that housed the printing press) and I heard
a lot of “fish” stories (I’m innocent). On my first day on the job four
women escaped the women’s correctional institution and we had a tent city situation
when the system got overcrowded. I spent one summer at the Downingtown Inn
in Pennsylvania
as a reservationist, living on the property in a situation similar to Dirty Dancing.
My most exciting projects
were involvement in the Olympics in Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake
City and the LA Olympics. Annual reports for one client
that involved travel throughout Europe, were also
very interesting.
Which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
Sixth Sense 

Under the Moon Gate took 10 years to perfect. I wasn’t writing
all that time. Most of that time it was dormant. But the book has been through many
iterations. It started out encompassing three generations and I finally opted for
two generations in one book and one, in the 17th century, in the prequel, Destiny:
A Bermuda Love Story.

What are you currently reading for fun? Anything for research?
I just finished Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, which
I really enjoyed. I got to meet the author twice at book signings. I’m in two book
clubs, so between books I read for pleasure and books for the book clubs, I’m never
without a book. I recently went on a Behind the Scenes tour on a Mediterranean cruise
to do research for an upcoming book, a murder mystery that takes place on a ship.
What’s the best gift you ever received?
The best recent gift was from my children. Two tickets to an
Andrea Bocelli concert in Atlanta
in December. I love him.
If you could time travel what era would be your first stop?
World War II.
Do you believe in luck?
Absolutely. I’ve been very fortunate in my life.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question
when writing?
Andrea Bocelli and Broadway music. I love music from the ’40s.
Do you play any musical instruments?
No. I took piano lessons
but they didn’t take. All I remember is Heart and Soul.
What is your secret talent?
I don’t have a sense
of smell so I have a well-developed sixth sense.
What’s your favorite movie?
Casablanca
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
Eldest.
Do you think it’s important
to write in just one genre?
No. I write humorous women’s fiction, historical romance, romantic
suspense and paranormal.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I joined Georgia Romance Writers.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
Social media. Create my Web site.
What websites do you visit daily?
I comment on my group blog, Petit Fours and Hot Tamales.
If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
I’d offer it in print format, not just as an EBook.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The freedom and flexibility, the creativity.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
Keep writing. Don’t give up.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I have a strong work ethic, but I’m primarily motivated by deadlines.
If something is due I’ll get right on it. If not, I tend to procrastinate.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
OMG. All the time. My sister always prefaces everything she says
with, “Now, this better not end up in your book.” My other sister and
sometimes writing partner gave me a sweatshirt that said, “Be Careful or You’ll
End Up In My Novel.” I write down snippets of conversations wherever I hear
them, at the hair salon, in the grocery store, at dinner. Sorry, if you say something
interesting, you’re likely to end up in my books.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
My favorite book so far is Under the Moon Gate, my newest release.
It’s a historical, romantic thriller and it has intrigue, spies, romance, and humor.
I think people actually prefer the WW II-era romance to the contemporary.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
I love anything Nora Roberts writes. I love women’s fiction.
I love spy novels.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I think it’s great but I also like self-publishing. My sister
and I cowrote two books, Murder at the Outlet Mall, a comedic mystery, and The Edger,
a humorous women’s fiction and we enjoyed that experience. We also wrote a musical
and are thinking of self-publishing it while waiting to get it produced.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
When I won the Maggie Award at the Georgia Romance Writers Conference
in 2012.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only
one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview.
What will you take with you and where will you go?
My summer dresses, bathing suit and cover up, hat, sandals, something
dressy. I would take my husband or daughters and probably go to Italy.
We just got back from a Mediterranean Cruise and I’m ready to go back to The Amalfi
Coast.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Labor Day because we go to our condo in Florida.
What good book have you read recently?
Dorothea Benton Franks’ The Last Original Wife.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Watch TV, actually fall asleep in front of the TV.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Definitely green. That’s
my favorite color and I haven’t wavered in that since I was born. I have gravitated
toward lighter greens, like sea greens and blue greens.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.” But I wish I were laid back and relaxed and
could enjoy a vacation spa.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms, cheese and black
olives
.
I’m always ready for a vacation.
When I’m alone, I like to read.
You’d never be able to tell, but I don’t have a sense of smell.
If I had a halo it would be made
of gold
.
If I could find a producer, I would love for my play
Memory Lane
to be on Broadway
.

Previous Books

Murder at the Outlet Mall, a comedic mystery available in eBook
or print format at http://amazon.com/Murder-at-Outlet-Mall-ebook/dp/B00BGQLOKW.
The Edger, humorous women’s fiction available on Amazon Kindle
at http://amazon.com/dp/B006Y3P12Y
Paranormal short stories from TWB Press. A Choir of Angels, Follow
an Angel, The Stand-In Bridegroom and Dead Mix at http://twbpress.com/authormarilynbaron.html
Marilyn Baron

Books Coming Soon

Sixth Sense, a paranormal romantic suspense, from The Wild Rose
Press.
Reluctant psychic Katherine Crystal, dubbed “Crystal Ball
Kate,” is thrust into the national spotlight when she accurately predicts the
death of a movie actor’s young son in a private plane crash. Besieged by requests
to use her powers to help others, she realizes why her parents had warned her never
to let anyone know of her visions.
By-the-book Atlanta
police detective Jack Hale harbors a deep-seated distrust of psychics and ignores
Katherine’s warnings when she calls to report her premonition. Jack is forced to
partner with Kate, who uses her eerie sensitivity to evil to help him catch a serial
killer in Sydney, Australia, but that’s only the beginning
of the story. Jack and Kate are drawn into the investigation of a mystery surrounding
Kate’s birth and find murder and romance among a secret society of psychics in the
quaint seaside spiritualist community of Casa
Spirito, Florida.
Significant Others, a humorous women’s fiction from The Wild
Rose Press, Christmas 2013.

Find Me Here

Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My last published novel is titled Hunter’s Find. It is a Thriller/Suspense but there are enough romantic elements to keep romance readers satisfied. I’ve had a few readers fighting over Hunter. Sorry, ladies. Mandy could take you. ;)
Helping your prisoner is one thing. Falling in love with her is another all together.
Blurb: Hunt is a small town Sheriff who finds himself in for more than he bargained for when he discovers Mandy beaten and unconscious. After repeated attempts of escaping him, he finds himself now her captive instead. Mandy convinces him she’s after her husband who has kidnapped their daughter and will stop at nothing to find her.
Although his instincts tell him differently, Hunt becomes involved with her and agrees to help. What he doesn’t know is there is no child. Mandy is hiding her involvement with the FBI and the mob, and after revenge. Hunt is in over his head tracking her husband to the isolated cabin and the backlash it causes a year later.
How do you come up with ideas?
If you ever find out, let me know. All of my novels have started from a single idea and I let my characters take it from there. I never outline – I just write. Hunter’s Find started out with a guy walking home from a bar and finding a woman in the bushes. I had no idea the twists it would take.
Would you consider self publishing?
No. I know a lot of people have had great success with it and I’ll never put down anyone that wants to do so, but I always needed to hear someone say, “I have to have this!” I am thrilled to have found the wonderful publishers I have. Even though I’ve learned a ton about editing and publishing, I won’t take that route.
Are your stories plot or character driven?
Character for sure. As I wrote Hunter’s Find, I knew something was up with Amanda, but I didn’t know what. Even as I wrote her saying, “He’ll want nothing to do with me when he knows what I am,” I had no idea what she was. My characters always surprise me. In Dustin Time – I had no idea Dusty could play the piano. Double Mocha – Ellie? You’re a twin? Nice to know. It’s as exciting for me writing my books as I hope it is for someone reading them. I can never wait to see what unfolds next.
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
More than a few of the crazy things I’ve done have made its way into my books. Growing up on Maui offered a lot of ways to make people wonder if you had a living brain cell. If there was something warned against doing, we did it. Jumping off bridges, being pulled by a jeep around on a tire through a mud bug, swimming through tunnels… if my mother knew half of it, she would have been gray before her time. 
What are some jobs you’ve done that would end up in a book?
Most of them have and I’m sure more are to come (I’ve had a lot of jobs). Kaitlyn in Dustin Time was a vet. I worked 4 years for vets. Ellie in Double Mocha, Heavy on Your Phone Number was a barista & Bix added computers. Hubby & I owned a cyber café for 7 years. Regina in Come and Talk to Me worked for a lumberyard. I did that for 4 years as well. OK, maybe I wasn’t a bad@ss FBI agent like Amanda in Hunter’s Find, but it was still fun to write!
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Kelly Meding and Gini Koch are just a couple of writer friends that have been very successful. I look forward to every book in each series and get to them as soon as humanly possible.

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Insanity. Not just for breakfast anymore.
What song would best describe your life?
Maybe not song but title for sure: Every day I Write the Books ~ Elvis Costello or
I Wanna Dance With Somebody ~ Whitney Houston
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. 
I have always loved fish tanks. At one point I had 2-55 gal, 2-10 gal & 3-5 gal. After I moved, I never set myself up like that again. I did get a small 2-gal for my daughter when we moved from Maui to MN. Somewhere along the line I lost my touch in cleaning tanks and transferring the fish back into them. Of the sentences you never thought you’d hear yourself holler, I can now cross off: “Hon! Come quick! The fish is stuck to the side of the refrigerator!” 

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with   mushrooms .
I’m always ready for  doing the electric slide.
When I’m alone, I   watch movies no one else likes .
You’d never be able to tell, but     I’m a wee bit of a loon. Okay, you can tell. 
If I had a halo it would be    tarnished 10 ways from Sunday .
If I could    do it all again   I’d   do it all exactly the same .
I can never  sing karaoke  because  I’d hate to clean out the bar .

My Booklist

Dustin Time – A time travel romance
    Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFQWElpWkWA&feature=related
Double Mocha, Heavy on Your Phone Number – Romantic suspense
     Voted best romantic suspense of 2011 at LRC
Hunter’s Find – Thriller
Before Happily Ever After – A Middle Grade Fantasy Series

Books Coming Soon

Come and Talk to Me – May 2012
Dustin Time 2 – Dustin’s Turn: Sept. 2012
Hunter’s Find 2 – Amanda’s Return 2012

Find Me Here

Middle Grade Fantasy Series: http://www.beforehappilyeverafter.com/
 
 
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