Being totally different today, I’m participating in a BLOG HOP. I was tagged by the awesome BJ DANIELS, whose books include Unforgiven, Wrangled, Ice Lake and about 65 others! BJ’s website is full of family and Montana. You should take a look. A Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement (definitely award before her “lifetime”) award winner, she’s one of the reasons I wanted to join the Intrigue authors.
Now to the questions!
1) What is the working title of your book?
THE MARINE’S LAST DEFENSE
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
The hero’s opening came while I was riding bikes with my husband at White Rock lake in Dallas. We came to part of the path where it would be perfect to stumble across a dead body. So he does. For my heroine, I really thought I was out of ideas. Traveling and out to dinner with my husband, our dog sitter called with an update and to report the pups had shredded his T-shirt (fortunately for us, he needed it shredded for a zombie costume). My husband said, that would be a cool occupation for your heroine…pet sitting not zombie work. It grew from there and does include one of the pups that shreds a shirt.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Romantic suspense and adventure
4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie version?
Oh wow, hard question. This book is so new to me, I barely know the characters. My hero’s description is inspired by Felix Baumgartner (guess what was happening when I wrote the proposal? LOL).
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
In THE MARINE’S LAST DEFENSE, a pet groomer is framed for murder and chased by a former Marine–now homicide detective–into a Texas blizzard searching for the evidence that will clear her.
6) Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
It will be out in January, 2014, from Harlequin Intrigue.
7) How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first 10,000 words only took about 8 days. The next 45K need to be written in 5 weeks.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
LAST DEFENSE is a heroine-in-jeopardy, on-the-run, fast-paced action adventure romance. Many of the Intrigues fit that description. I think I’m better comparing it to a movie…something close to Romancing The Stone where very competent characters are hit with a series of misfortunes.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Honestly? Another contract, it was time to write a proposal. LOL I gather inspiration from riding my bike, driving the car, walking the dogs, washing the dishes. Like I explained above…I had the opening, had a heroine, then just had to brainstorm a little (and sleep on it) before I had a situation for a story to percolate. And that’s what they do…percolate. I can’t move forward until the scene’s right and the characters rarely let me see too far ahead.
10) What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?
My dad was a trucker. I never got to ride with him on a job, but did hear about the trips quite often. His CB handle was “Black Cloud” and for some reason, my nick-name became “Black Cloud Jr.” >>>smile<<< LAST STAND has truckers, long stretches of highway, and a Texas Panhandle blizzard.
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