Posted by Sharon Wray
Today, I am so excited to host our very own Carey Baldwin and her brand new psychological thriller CONFESSION. I’ve just finished reading it and CONFESSION is AMAZING. It kept me up all night so just be prepared for a very tired “next day”.
To get us started, here’s the chilling blurb:
They say the Santa Fe Saint comes to save your soul—by taking your life.
Newly minted psychiatrist Faith Clancy gets the shock of her life when her first patient confesses to the grisly Saint murders. By law Faith’s compelled to notify the authorities, but is her patient really the Saint? Or will she contribute to more death by turning the wrong man over to the police?
Faith is going to need all her wits and the help of a powerful adversary, Luke Jericho, if she’s to unravel the truth. But she doesn’t realize she’s about to become an unwitting pawn in a serial killer’s diabolical game. For once he’s finished with Faith, she’ll become his next victim.
SW: This might seem obvious by the cover, but readers will want to know: What’s the tone of the book? Light or dark?
CB: CONFESSION is a dark psychological thriller with strong romantic elements. I’d compare it in tone to something by Karen Rose or Allison Brennan. I’m not claiming to be amazing like those two authors of course! But readers should be prepared for a dark tone and a dark villain. In other words CONFESSION is not for scaredy cats. That said, it’s a wonderful love story too.
SW: You can definitely make that “amazing” claim. So what makes Luke and Faith, your hero and heroine, unique? How do they think?
CB: I really admire Faith and Luke, and I think they complement each other well. Faith lost her parents at a young age, then later lost the sister who raised her. Faith pulled herself out of a funk, and though she came from a working class background, managed to get herself an Ivy League education. She’s devoted her life to helping others. Of course, she likes keeping the focus on others so she doesn’t have to deal with her own emotions. But Luke’s not going to let her get away with that for long.
Luke Jericho: He comes from a life of wealth and privilege. He’s a man who has everything—and can do everything—from running an empire to riding a bucking bronco. Luke says it best himself when he tells Faith: “I don’t seduce. I don’t persuade. When I see something I want, I just go get it.”
One thing Luke and Faith have in common is they hate injustice and they’ll do just about anything to right a wrong.
BTW. The most unique character in my book is the villain. But if I told you what makes him tick, I’d be giving away the whole shebang!
SW: I love heroes like Luke, men with a quiet confident strength. But your serial killer is unique in a terrifying way. He has a phobia—he’s afraid of blood. Do you have any phobias?
CB: Yes, I used to be afraid of needles. Which was a wee bit of a problem considering I wanted to become a doctor. In CONFESSION my serial killer has a blood phobia, and he turns to Faith to overcome it. Of course she doesn’t know he’s a diabolical killer, or that the blood he craves most is hers.
SW: Did your previous job as a clinical psychologist play any role in the plot of this book?
CB: Absolutely. In ways I didn’t understand until the book was written. There were several times as a psychologist when I had to make decisions about whether or not a person was a danger to themselves or others (we’re talking about admission into treatment facilities not criminal matters here). If I decided in the affirmative, it meant a person might be involuntarily confined to a treatment facility. If I decided “not a danger” and I was wrong, the person’s life, or other people’s lives would be in jeopardy. This is a common question asked of a clinical psychologist and though a judge makes the final decision, the expert’s input is usually the determining factor.
I had no idea how these decisions still weighed on me subconsciously, until I saw the extreme version of such a scenario staring back at me, decades later, from the pages of CONFESSION. The book kicks off with Faith figuring out what to do when her patient confesses to the grisly Saint murders. Is he really the Saint? Does she turn him over to the police? Her decision is what sets the plot in motion.
SW: Will we be seeing more of the secondary characters- Caitlin Cassidy and Special Agent Atticus Spenser?
CB: Oh, yes. I confess to being smitten with both of them. Dr. Caitlin Cassidy is a forensic psychiatrist and Atticus “Spense” Spenser is an FBI profiler. They are the protagonists of my next full-length suspense, LABYRINTH, which comes out in Sept. I’m planning quite a future for Caitlin and Spense, so stay tuned.
SW: I can’t wait for LABYRINTH! Do these stories come to you through the villain’s POV or the hero/heroine’s?
CB: As you might expect, they usually come to me via the heroine’s perspective. CONFESSION is absolutely Faith’s story, just like FIRST DO NO EVIL was Skylar Novak’s story. However, I will say that I’ve long been fascinated by a certain literary work and that wormed it’s way into CONFESSION and heavily influenced the villain’s psyche. I’m not free to say more than that without spoiling the story…so I’ll just leave that as a tease.
SW: I will say nothing! Do you ever get frightened by what you write?
CB: Yes and no. I’m frightened by the existence of evil. But my stories allow me to quash those fears by making sure that no matter the odds, good always triumphs in the end. I do get scared at times, especially when researching real events that influence what I’m writing. Real bad guys frighten me—fictitious ones not as much.
SW: Thank you so much, Carey, for spending the day with us. But now it’s the reader’s turn to ask a question or leave a comment. And for one lucky commenter, Carey is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card!
Do you have a fear or phobia? And if so, how do you deal with it? Comment for a chance to win a $10 gift card.
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Posted by Diana Belchase
Thanks so much to Art Taylor for letting me interview him on Tuesday. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed learning more about short stories from him and how much I enjoy Art in real life, too. So here, without further ado …
The winner of a copy of Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder is Pat Marinelli!
Congratulations to both our winners. And for those of you who didn’t win, both books make great Christmas and (belated) Chanukah gifts, too! Click on the images below to get more information on both.
Coming up on Tuesday, our own Lena Diaz will be interviewing Romantic Suspense author Rachel Kall. Rachel enjoys writing spicy and suspenseful stories tthat keep readers guessing. They’ll be discussing her newest book, Presidential Pursuit, which debuts next week .
Posted by Rachel Grant
The winner of HUSH and a box of chocolates from the I Love Lucy Superstore is:
Congratulations!! You are going to love HUSH!
To claim your prize, please contact us within 10 days and provide us with your U.S. mailing address and preferred ebook format.
Posted by Rachel Grant
Today is a special treat because I get to ask the amazing and talented Carey Baldwin about her new release, HUSH, and then put her in the hot seat James Lipton-style and ask her the Inside the Actors Studio 10 questions.
I loved FIRST DO NO EVIL, so when Carey told us her plans for HUSH, I begged her to let me interview her so I’d get to read HUSH before everyone else. I simply couldn’t wait.
HUSH didn’t disappoint. Charlie and Anna drew me in from the first page. Carey’s smooth voice, rich characterization, and deft plotting made the novella an absolute pleasure to read. I’m anxiously awaiting her next release and have a feeling it will be a knock-down drag out-fight between the rest of the K&T ladies and myself over who gets to host Carey then.
To celebrate HUSH, Carey is giving a copy and a box of chocolates from the I Love Lucy Super Store to one lucky commenter. Be sure to check back on Tuesday to see if you are a winner.
Rachel: Carey, I know HUSH started out as something different. Can you tell us about how the story changed?
Carey: Rachel, HUSH was truly a labor of love for me. I wrote the first version of this novella specifically for inclusion in a limited-time charity anthology, Three Weddings and a Murder. Between anthology sales and private donations Leigh LaValle, Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan and I raised over $10,000 for breast cancer research. So thank you readers!
The other novellas from the anthology have already been individually released for profit, and I had planned to do the same with mine. But the truth is, around that time, my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and he eventually lost that battle. I know everyone handles loss differently, but for almost a year, I simply couldn’t bring myself to write.
When I did pick up the pen (okay, keyboard) again, I decided to do a major rewrite of my novella. The inciting incidents remain the same, but the events behind them have changed, and it’s a significantly longer story. The title, HUSH, is also new. I absolutely loved telling Charlie and Anna’s story, and I hope readers will enjoy it too!
Reformed bad boy Charlie “Drex” Drexler returns to his hometown of Tangleheart, Texas hoping to make peace with his dark past and make amends to those he’s wronged. He’s also looking to reconnect with an old flame. But Anna won’t cooperate, new questions tear open old wounds, and his best friend’s wife and baby disappear. Can Drex and Anna mend their broken hearts while fighting for their lives and racing to bring mother and baby home safely?
Click here to read the prologue.
Rachel: I know you have more exciting news to share, so spill.
I’m excited to be part of this brand new line that launches in October with a mix of classic titles (Agatha Christie), best-selling authors and new voices. I fall into the “new voices” category of course!
To quote from Harper Collins’ press release on the new Witness line:
“It’s an exciting collection of brand-new content, international bestsellers not previously available in the U.S., and newly digitized backlist classics. It runs the gamut from police procedurals to literary suspense; historical mysteries to action thrillers.”
Of course I gotta sneak a little romance in there!
My first book, CONFESSION, releases March 4th, 2014. The story centers around a wet-behind-the-ears psychiatrist, Faith Clancy, whose very first patient confesses, while they are alone in session, that he is the twisted serial killer who’s been terrorizing the city.
Rachel: I can’t wait for CONFESSION! Okay, it’s Inside the Actors Studio time, where Carey answers the ten questions James Lipton asks at the end of the show.
What is your favorite word? Mountain stream. Yeah, I know that’s two words. I’m like that!
What is your least favorite word? No!
What turns you on? Really? Geez. My husband and Brad Pitt.
What turns you off? Sardines. Big time.
What sound or noise do you love? Mountain stream. Hmm.
What sound or noise do you hate? I hate the sound of gossip.
What is your favorite curse word? Mother F****** Read my books, you’ll see. 🙂
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Dude, three’s enough!
What profession would you not like to do? Anything involving cleaning.
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Come on in, your mom and dad are throwing you a welcome home party.
Now it’s our readers’ turn to answer a hot-seat question: What is your favorite word? One lucky commenter will win a copy of HUSH and a box of chocolates!