Kendra Elliot: Secrets Hidden Chilled and Buried in Bone

KFELLIOTTWe have a special treat for you guys today: An interview with Kendra Elliot, author of the Bone Secrets series, along with  a giveaway of a signed copy of her latest romantic suspense novel, BURIEDDon’t forget to comment below for a chance to win.

I’ve been hearing wonderful things about Kendra and her books, so I’ve been itching to have her as our guest. Before we get to the interview,  here’s some information about her lastest release, BURIED.

What reviewers are saying about BURIED:

Buried by Kendra Elliot took me by surprise. ‘Engrossed’ is too mild a word for what I felt while reading this amazing romantic suspense novel.” —Morgan Doremus, RT Editor; RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence Nominee

“Romantic suspense fans, drop everything — cooking, cleaning, even the dog can wait — because you will have your nose buried in Buried for the next 24 hours. Elliot once again proves to be a genius in the genre with her third heart-pounding novel in the Bone Secrets collection. The author knows romance and suspense, reeling readers in instantaneously and wowing them with an extremely surprising finish. Plus, returning characters from her first two stellar stories make a guest appearance with gusto. Elliot’s best by a mile!” —RT Book Reviews Top Pick, 4 1/2 stars

“A page-turning blend of romance, thrills, and danger! HIDDEN is a winning debut from a new star in romantic suspense.” –Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

MARCH 26, 2013

Reporter Michael Brody is used to getting answers. The one that’s eluded him, though, for twenty long years is learning what happened to his brother Daniel the day his school bus disappeared. When the remains of the other children are discovered—and Daniel’s aren’t among them—a desperate Michael calls upon the sole survivor of the tragedy, Chris Jacobs, hoping he will finally break his silence.

Constant fear of being found by his kidnapper has driven Chris into hiding. The only lead Michael has is Chris’s sister, Jamie. Strong and impenetrable, she’s capable of burrowing deep into Michael’s heart. As they race to find Chris, Michael and Jamie somehow find each other among the decades of wreckage. But locating Chris may not be so easy. Now grown, his scars go far deeper than skin.

In Buried, the next thrilling Bone Secrets novel from bestselling author Kendra Elliot, a damaged hero digs deep into his terrifying past…and unearths a chance at love for the future.

Welcome Kendra! 

Carey: Kendra, you’ve got a smashing success on your hands with your Bone Secrets Series which includes HIDDEN , CHILLED, and your latest release, BURIED. Can you tell us how your background in dentistry influenced the series?

Kendra: Thanks, Carey! I spent 16 years as a dental hygienist. I have a sister who is a hygienist, a sister who is a dentist, and a brother-in-law who is a dentist. My dentist from when I was kid would die laughing to know I went into the field. I was the kid with four cavities each visit. Part of keeping my dental license requires I complete continuing education classes each year. I loved the forensic identification courses and when I was looking for an idea for HIDDEN, I came up with a forensic dentist who identifies remains by their teeth. She loves what she does, but she’s not comfortable working around some of the nastier aspects of the medical examiner’s office.

Carey: What do you see as the unifying theme for the three books?

Kendra: Each book has a different main character that works in a different forensics specialty. HIDDEN has the forensic odontologist, CHILLED has a forensic nurse death investigator, and ALONE (January 2014) has a forensic anthropologist. BURIED features the odontologist and anthropologist as secondary characters.

Carey: I frequently get asked the question, “Where do you get your story ideas?” But what I often wonder is where do certain characters come from. Is there anyone in your real life who has inspired a character in one of your books?

Kendra: My younger sister was a big part of the inspiration of Lacey, the forensic odontologist in HIDDEN. My sister is a dentist and was a NCAA gymnastics champion. I based a lot of Lacey’s background on my sister’s experiences. I had already written the scene where Lacey’s home is broken into and some jewelry stolen, when my sister’s house was broken into and they took her jewelry. It was freaky.

Carey: Erm..That really is freaky! Michael Brody and Jamie Jacobs are the protagonists in BURIED. What quirks, if any do these two have that make them unique?

Kendra: Michael is an investigative reporter who is freakishly intelligent, but can’t live by the rules. He likes to take short cuts to get what he wants and usually breaks the law while doing so. The heroine, Jamie, is an elementary school principal. Her life is based on rules and order; it’s how she keeps her sanity. These two butt heads like crazy but of course can’t get past their attraction. 😉

Carey: Michael and Jamie have the common goal of locating Jamie’s brother Chris. What else draws them together?

Kendra: Outside of animal attraction?  Michael’s brother vanished in the same incident as Chris two decades ago. Chris didn’t return for two years. Both of them lost their siblings as children and have strong empathy for the other’s experience.

chilled-cover-250Carey: Kendra, you’ve received glowing reviews for your trilogy, and are consistently praised for your in-depth forensic knowledge. What types of research have you done in order to deliver such authentic accounts?

Kendra: Blushing here…I read a lot. I have shelves full of forensic manuals and devour other authors’ works who write in the same specialty that I do. I have access to a medical examiner, but I try not to bug him with questions too often. Amazingly, Facebook opens up access to a whole bunch of experts. I refuse to be a pest and dig hard to find the answers to questions before I bug a friend. As a hygienist, I had a patient who was a chemist for the Oregon State Forensics Lab…talk about a boring job. It was not CSI.

Carey: Let’s get personal. Which character in your stories is most like you, and in what way?

hidden-cover-250Kendra: Hmm. There’s a little of me in all my female characters. I’m a bit introverted and hide my emotions like Victoria Peres, seek the best in people like Lacey, and I’m a tiny bit OCD like Jamie in BURIED. (Ask my family about recycling and the proper way to load the dishwasher.) Sometimes I wonder if the people who really know me are nodding their heads as they read my books, saying, “That’s exactly what Kendra would do.”

Carey: LOL about the proper way to load the dishwasher. If anyone needs lessons see either Kendra or me! What books are on your keeper shelf?

Kendra: Everything by Lee Child, Robert Crais, Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardner, Karen Rose, Allison Brennan, and Michael Connelly.

Carey: What can readers expect from you in the future? Will there be more Bone Secrets books, or is there a new series on the horizon?

Kendra: ALONE comes out January 2014. The forensic anthropologist, Victoria Peres from HIDDEN and BURIED will finally have her chance at happily ever after. I didn’t want to write about her, because she intimidates the hell out of me and comes across as a cold b%tch. But my editor loved her in BURIED and pushed for me to write her story. She was right, of course. I’m contracted for two more Bone Secrets novels after ALONE. There is the possibility of a Lacey Campbell (my HIDDEN heroine) short story this summer…I’m waiting on the details! Facebook   Twitter  Blog

Kendra, Thanks so much for joining us today and for your generous giveaway! Please come back soon! Readers don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win a signed copy of BURIED

About Carey Baldwin

Carey Baldwin is a mild-mannered doctor by day and an award winning author of edgy suspense by night.

Posted on May 14, 2013, in Author Interview, Carey Baldwin and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. As you know, I am a very big fan of yours and this series. You successfully create kick-ass heroines and heroes secure enough to accept them.

    Hidden and Chilled are great reads.However, I have to say that Buried is my favorite book in the series to date. It’s a riveting read.

    Michael and Jamie are great together and, despite their best intentions, they take the reader on a wild ride.

    You handled some difficult issues with a delicate pen.

    I cannot wait for the next Midnight book, Alone. I afree that Victoria Peres is very intimidating and her story ought to be interesting!

  2. Welcome Kendra and WOW, put ‘forensic’ in front of any profession and I’m hooked. Very excited to download your novels, they sound like great reads.

    I tried putting parts of myself in the first novel I wrote and the feedback from critique partners and contest judges was unanimous: “your heroine is a spineless wimp.” Ouch! So now my heroines are who I’d like to be if I could have a do-over. 🙂

    Thanks for hosting, Carey! Best of luck on sales, Kendra!

    • kendraelliot1

      Thank you, Sarah. When my heroine’s have moments of doubt and expose their inner wimp, that’s usually me coming through!

  3. Okay, my TBR pile has just increased by 3! HIDDEN, CHILLED, and BURIED sound like my kind of books!

    • kendraelliot1

      Hi William! Thank you! You have plenty of time to catch up. My fourth doesn’t come out until next January. 😉

  4. Awesome. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. This looks like such a good book. Unfortunately, none of my local libraries carry your books.

  6. Kendra, your series sound GREAT! And the covers are cool, too! Great reviews, my genre…you are now definitely on my radar!
    Thank you, Kendra and Carey!

  7. Wow, the books sound great, Kendra! I’m always up for any excuse to ignore cooking, cleaning, and the dog. 😉 And I’m so with you on recycling and loading the dishwasher. And where things go in the cupboard and fridge, how the towels are folded… Sheesh.

    Thanks for joining us today!

  8. Great interview, Carey, and Kendra, welcome to Kiss and Thrill! BURIED sounds great!

    LOL – if I could send my kids to a class in remedial dishwasher stacking, I’d do it – because they don’t listen to me. 🙂

    • kendraelliot1

      Thanks, Rachel. Yes, I get tired of repeating myself over and over!

      • I was laughing so hard about that dishwasher remark. I just don’t get it. My husband is a smart man…doesn’t he know those dishes won’t come clean that way? Geez 🙂

        Kendra, thanks so much for joining us today! What a terrific series!

        • kendraelliot1

          I know!! Dishes that are faced flat AGAINST the wall? Those don’t get clean. And don’t nest the spoons together. And load from the back. My husband hates when I rearrange everything, but frankly I can pack in 30% more dishes. And they get clean!

  9. Kendra you and Carey can come over and load my dishwasher anytime. LOL. Thanks for visiting with us. The books sound wonderful — another thing for my TBR pile!

  10. kendraelliot1

    Thanks, Diana! I need to write a blog on how to load the dishwasher…

  11. I just adore your books, Kendra. But I have to comment on your covers–they’re absolutely wonderful. Both beautiful and chilling at the same time. Do you have a “cover fairy”? LOL.

    • kendraelliot1

      Thank you, Sharon. I’m rather fond of them, too. I’m lucky that my publisher wants me to be happy with my covers. HIDDEN was originally gold and I suggested they make it red to pop more. I’ve suggested the colors every time and gone through many rounds of proofs before giving my thumbs up. We’re currently working on ALONE’s cover and I swear the artist stuck in a model with buggy eyes as a joke. I hope it was a joke…That one went immediately into the reject pile.

  12. Thoroughly enjoy your blurred about Buried. Sounds like a great story. How scary to be in fear of someone coming back for you. Keep writing so I can keep reading.

  13. Sounds like a nice series

    • kendraelliot1

      Hi BN100. Nice to see you here. Usually I see you at Just Romantic Suspense! One of my favorite sites!

  14. Me again! OK, I downloaded HIDDEN. (That’s the first in the series, right?)
    Thanks for the weekend read! So nice of you to join us today.

  15. Congrats on the new release! I recently got the first book and am looking forward to starting.

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