Lark Brennan Explores the Dark Side of the Caribbean

Lark Brennan

Lark Brennan

I am thrilled to introduce you to my critique partner of 10 years, Lark Brennan. On December 1st she’ll debut her multi-genre romance, DANGEROUSLY YOURS. (It’s a romantic, paranormal, suspense-thriller.) Lark is an outstanding author, whose wild imagination and unique world building will turn this industry on its head. Check this out:

Whales don’t just vanish, but marine biologist Lex Durand saw one do just that. With years of research at stake and driven by her bond with the whale, she seeks the help of scientist-in-hiding Bodie Flynn—a man with a mysterious past and a justified hatred of her brother. But while Lex was warned Bodie would be difficult, she never expects to find he has psychic abilities equal to her own.  

bookmark-1.5inx7in-h-frontBodie despises being trapped in Durand Tech’s version of the witness protection program, and when a gorgeous Durand heiress lands on his beach asking for help, he’s unhappier still. The last person he wants in his life is the sister of the man who ruined him, but the disappearance of Lex’s whales could be related to his own research and he isn’t above using her to get her data.  

As the dangerous force behind the changing seas becomes deadly, Lex and Bodie must put aside their personal agendas to track down a powerful foe. But when their attraction reaches a boiling point, facing their feelings may prove the hardest battle yet.    Dangerously Yours

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Welcome, Lark, and congratulations!! Your authentic world-building even blew your editor away. How did you come up with this unique premise?

I was playing around with the idea of a family of powerful psychics when Lex Durand marched in—a 6’ tall, gorgeous animal telepath who runs a marine mammal research foundation. She had so much attitude, I had to write her story. Of course a romance about a marine biologist had to start with a whale vanishing on camera and Lex blackmailing a super-hot physicist into helping her find it.

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What kind of research did you do to make delphic energy and dolphin behavior sound so authentic?

Delphic energy is a totally made up scientific explanation of psychic abilities—glad to hear it sounds believable. I’m sure real scientists would roll their eyes. As for the dolphins—I spent countless hours on the web, bought a dozen dolphin books then ended up contacting the medical director at the Dolphin Research Center in Florida. She answered even my stupidest questions brilliantly. The dolphin telepathy I made up. I’m sure I’m going to hear from animal telepaths that I got that wrong.

Your descriptions of the BVI beaches, restaurants, etc. are sensational. Did you visit or live there?

I lived in the US Virgin Islands for seven years and spent a lot of time sailing and diving in the BVI. It’s an amazingly beautiful part of the world. We sailed the BVI just last summer and I’m relieved to report the places in the book are still there.caribbean

I know you’re under contract for a series, tell us the date, title and any details about the next book.

IRRESISTIBLY YOURS comes out June 21, 2016. It takes place in Paris where powerful telepath Adrien Durand has been forced to take over his family’s international business empire and protection of the source of their power. A lovely American empath shows up and he suspects she’s a spy. There’s plenty of action and intrigue and smooching.

Nothin’ wrong with plenty of smooching! Tell us one thing you’re thankful for (so we can call this a Thanksgiving post.) 😉

I’m so grateful to have such wonderful and supportive family and friends, especially the generous authors who have made the rocky road to publication so much fun.

Favorite food you can’t say no to?

Can’t think of a food, but don’t test me with a glass of excellent Bordeaux. 🙂

“I’d love to be stuck on a deserted island with…” (can be dead or alive.) And the one item you’d take with you.

My husband’s not reading this, right? No contest– Chris Hemsworth. And the item? I’d be wearing Heidi Klum’s body.

Really, Lark? Heidi?

Really, Lark? Heidi?

Favorite novel or author, and why?

Wow, there are so many. Probably Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ NATURAL BORN CHARMER because I love every character and subplot in it—and it has Dean Robillard!

If you could have any other career besides your present ones and had the skill to do it, what would you be?

An astronaut!

(Wow, I’ve known you for 10 years and that came outta left field!) What question did I not ask that you’d like readers to know about you?

You didn’t ask about Jody and Buffy!! My two puppy-dogs are just great—sweet, loving, hilarious and a little naughty! Thank you for asking.Buff - Jode

A question for all of you—one commenter will get a $25 Amazon gift card:

Bodie and Adrien are clean shaven except when stubble catches up with them, but I’m seeing lots more men with beards these days. How do you feel about facial hair? What do you think is sexy in a hero—clean shaven, stubble, beard, other? While you’re thinking about men and hair—body hair or man-scaping?

On Saturday, December 5th at 4:30pm, Lark is signing at MURDER BY THE BOOK with best selling romantic suspense author Laura Griffin! 2342 Bissonnet St, Houston

 

Lark’s love of reading, writing and travel has led her to a string of colorful jobs and a well-worn passport – as well as several years spent sailing and diving in the Virgin Islands. Her travels have inspired her stories–romantic adventures set in some of her favorite destinations around the world. When not traveling, she lives in Texas with her brilliant husband and two adorable canine “children.”
You can find Lark at larkbrennan.com, www.facebook.com/LarkBrennan and @larkh.

 

Thank you SO much for being here today, Lark, my excitement for your debut is only second to yours! Welcome to the published world, my friend. Buckle up, your sales will resemble a comet. 🙂

 

About Sarah Andre

Romantic Suspense That Keeps You Up All Night! I live in sunny FL, love daydreaming, reading and chocolate. I write in the wee hours of the morning before my helpless hubby and 2 male Pomeranian pups awaken with their demands. :) My debut LOCKED, LOADED and LYING is available now.

Posted on November 24, 2015, in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Sarah Andre, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 70 Comments.

  1. Great post, the book sounds amazing, Lark. I have to say I’m kinda jealous though, the BVI? Wow, I’d love to see that some day 🙂
    Best of luck,
    Jacquie

  2. I can’t wait until I can read this book, it sounds amazing.

    I don’t mind a mustache but I like the rest of the face clean shaven. Years ago my husband had a beard and it was OK but so much better when he shaved it off.

  3. Lark! I am so excited for you and I can’t wait to read your book.
    And next time you go to the BVI, I’m hiding in your suitcase!

    Congratulations on your debut and I hope it’s an amazing ride!

  4. Welcome, Lark! I’m counting off the days…a week from TODAY!

    I’m a fan of clean-shaven or morning stubble…maybe 2 mornings of stubble. But then I draw the line. 😉

    Have a wonderful day with out readers- what a treat to host you.

    • Thank you so much for hosting me, Sarah! If you hadn’t pushed me when I started the series, Lex and Bodie would never have gotten their book.

      Another vote for clean shaven or minor stubble!

      And where did the GH photo come from? That was a surprise!

  5. Wheee!! I’m so, so excited for you Lark. Dangerously Yours sounds amazing! Congrats on the release. I can’t wait to own my own copy.

    For men, stubble. I love stubble. But, I’m not a fan of too much body hair, so put me in the category of mild man-scaping.

    Great interview, ladies. And I’m with Sarah…you don’t need Heidi’s body. You are smokin’ hot!

    Jenn!

    • Thanks, Jenn. Hope you’ll be able to make the signing at MBTB! And yes, I do need Heidi’s body if I’m on an island with CH! But you’re sweet.

      A vote for stubble (I’ll admit it does add an air of masculine danger to some men) and mild man-scaping. I’ve seen old shirtless pics of Tom Sellick in Magnun PI and of Pierce Bosnan and the fur is a bit startling.

  6. Congratulations on your debut!

  7. Looking forward to the book, Lark!

    I was married to a fairly furry bearded guy for 33 years, and never wanted him to change a thing. (And the term “man-scaping” makes me shudder!)

  8. The book sounds fantastic, Lark. Thanks being here today!

  9. Your book sounds like just the kind of romantic suspense that I enjoy. I don’t mind a neatly trimmed beard or stubble on a man and I definitely like body hair (as long as he doesn’t look like an ape!). Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. Great interview, Sarah! Yay, Lark! I have been so looking forward to your debut! I love sexy, smart, and paranormal in one package! Can’t wait to read it.
    AE

  11. Great interview Sarah! And Lark–your book sounds AMAZING!

    Regarding facial hair… I happen to be married to a guy who two minutes after he shaves is stubbly again. So I’ve got a great love of stubble!

  12. Congrats on your debut release, Lark! I love that in takes place in the Caribbean, since I’m an island girl at heart.

    Also congrats to you and Sarah for staying together for 10 years – that’s loner than a lot of marriages. 😉

    • Thanks, Gail! Yeah, 10 years is a long time, but our writing careers have developed together too. Her first book debuted in June. It’s been fun to take the journey together.

    • Hi Gail, great to see you here! Yeah, we were brand new ‘newbies’ at the West Houston chapter in early 2006 and connected as critique partners right away…we say things about each other’s work that can be way ruder than a marital fight. (JK.) 😉

  13. Reblogged this on Author M. J. Flournoy and commented:
    Found this one and I think I’ll put it on my Kindle for the cruise! Hope it won’t make the islands too scary, but I’ve just got to read it!

  14. Congrats on the new book! Can’t wait to read it. Will be cruising when this book releases. Hope to be able to down load it and read it on deck! Should be even more enjoyable to read while in the Caribbean! I can’t wait to read it.

    Definitely clean shaven, but stubble is good also.

  15. Congrats, Lark! What an interesting story.

    I’ve been to BVI, and it’s beautiful there. I envy you getting to actually live there.

    To answer your question, clean shaven or a one or two day stubble. Ugh on anything more than that.

  16. So happy to be introduced to you today, Lark! I love romances, paranormal stories and mysteries/suspense…and your stories are a combo of all three! What’s not to like?? Thanks for the post. jdh2690@gmail.com

  17. Hi, Lark!

    You know I’ve been there from your very very very first manuscript, and I loved that story, too! So excited for next Tuesday and your first official publication. You’ve always been published to me.

    As for the manscaping question, it depends on the man. My husband has a full beard and I can’t imagine him any other way. Now different actors do stubble well, I’m thinking of Sam Heughan, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, and there’s an Irish actor whose name I can’t remember, but trust me on that one!

    Congratulations and hugs,
    Sarita

    • Thanks for being part of the celebration, Sarita. I’ve known about you for a long time! Her first story WILL see the light of day…I’ll let Lark tell you more about that.

    • Glad you stopped by, Sarita!! You were the first to read my work–that huge meandering mess that came in at about 250,000 words! And you read it twice!! If it wasn’t for your naughty thoughts about Sam Heughan, I’d nominate you for sainthood. I promise DANGEROUSLY YOURS is much, much faster paced and easier to read than that first manuscript!

      So you like beards and stubble depending on the guy? The actors you named are pretty much gorgeous whatever the do! Was there ever a grungier beard than Captain Jack Sparrow’s? And that was the year Johnny was named Sexiest Man Alive!

  18. Lark!
    Congratulations on your debut! Enjoy the ride!

    Hmmm – scruff look so sexy – but my the beard burn! Manscaping – It looks great – but the pain in getting to that point – I’ll say au natural.

    Prosecco is popping for you!

  19. Thanks so much for being with us today, Lark. We wish you the BEST of luck next Tues with your exciting debut!

  20. That was such a fun post- how did I not know you two were CP’s??? I definitely prefer men clean-shaven but man-scaping the body hair seems like taking it too far to me. I *will* make an exception for any and all brothers of the Hemsworth family. Like you Lark, I’m a fan!

    • Glad you stopped by, Amy! Yes, we’ve been CPs for 10 years. And we both got agents, sold and pubbed in the same years. It’s been a fun ride!

      And yes, a Hemsworth is perfect no matter what facial or body hair he’s sporting or not. Okay, I’ll admit that Chris with longish hair, stubble and a smooth body is pretty much the ultimate hot guy–and, bonus: he’s funny, too. Am I gushing?

  21. If I were a dolphin, this is when I’d be enthusiastically nodding & clapping my fins. Such a fun interview, Lark! And wow, I cannot believe your awesome debut will be gracing the shelves in mere DAYS! My biggest, most heartfelt congrats! YOU DID IT! And I am so paranormally proud! ❤

    Hmm, that's a thought provoking question on body hair… I guess I'd have to say I'm a minimalist at heart and prefer my body hair like cologne–less is sexy, more is smothering. 😉

  22. I’m late to the party, but…WOW! Lark, your debut sounds amazing! I love sexy scientist stories 🙂 And doesn’t Sarah give the best debut author interviews! Kudos, Sarah! Buffy and Jody are super cute. Are they good sailors? Huge congratulations!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! xoxo

    • Thanks for stopping by and for being so sweet, And, yes, Sarah does the best interviews!

      Buffy and Jody have been sailing since they were little puppies and love it. And Jode loves to swim. I would have been fun to have them in the BVI last summer, but alas, they had to stay home.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  23. Hot guy, intrigue, science, fabulous location…can’t wait!!! Many congrats, Lark!

  24. Terrific interview! I cannot WAIT to read the book. And, I’ll definitely be at the signing. 🙂

    Clean shaven, morning stubble, full-on facial hair…all depends on the man, for me. That said, I lean toward a clean-shaven, but otherwise not overly manscaped.

    • Thanks for stopping by. So glad you’ll be at the signing. Who knows what this book would be called if you hadn’t come up with DANGEROUSLY YOURS!

      Man specific, huh? I have to agree–what would Tom Selleck be without his mustache and would Channing Tatum be the same with a beard and chest hair?

  25. Thanks for stopping by. So glad you’ll be at the signing. Who knows what this book would be called if you hadn’t come up with DANGEROUSLY YOURS!

    Man specific, huh? I have to agree–what would Tom Selleck be without his mustache and would Channing Tatum be the same with a beard and chest hair?

  26. The blurb and cover for your book are amazing, Lark! Can’t wait to read Lex and Bodie’s adventure and visit the Caribbean. I think your description “clean shaven except when stubble catches up with them” is the perfect look for men 🙂

  27. Thanks, Jacqui! I hope you like it as much as I like your books! It’s about as different from the Wild West as it could be. 🙂

    Glad you’re on board with Bodie’s and Adrien’s “look.” I think it’s hot!

  28. Great post, Lark and I love the sound of your book! Congratulations! I must admit, I prefer the clean shaven look, including a nice, bare chest. Not so much into facial hair or hairy chests! Happy Thanksgiving!

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