Posted by Lena Diaz
Author of Animal Instincts.
Luc Lazare doesn’t need more complications in his life. And Skye Cross, the intriguing woman able to communicate with animals, is the last thing he wants. Too bad his body disagrees. But he’s trying to save his shapeshifting family from being forced into the battle arena, and that means protecting the shifters responsible for stealing Skye’s brother’s soul. Even as she demands his help, he’ll have to resist the pull of temptation.
Skye’s most recent animal rescue assignment involves saving canines involved in primal battles. Her investigation leads her to Luc, a man whose powers unsettle but intrigue her. Luc lures her into a dark encounter, and realizes that the animals engaging in these battles aren’t dogs at all, they’re wild predators. Skye finds herself caught in a dangerous world she never knew existed while relying on a man she couldn’t possibly trust.
In a world where everything–and nothing–is as it seems, can Luc and Skye find a way to overcome the odds that are destined to keep them apart?
Lena: LOVE the cover. Yum! Patricia, you write romantic suspense and paranormal. Do you prefer one over the other? Plan to continue writing both? Which one was your first love?
Patricia: I like both romantic suspense and paranormal romantic suspense, and I plan to continue writing both. I started with romantic suspense, because that’s all Harlequin Intrigue would publish for the first few years. I was the first Intrigue author to be allowed to add a paranormal element when I wrote Haunted. Then, a few years later, I got to write the initial three books in The McKenna Legacy, the first paranormal series at Intrigue. In coming to Entangled, I sold with a straight romantic suspense, but my latest, ANIMAL INSTINCTS, is all paranormal.
Lena: As you mentioned, you’re published with Harlequin Intrigue and Entangled. But you are also self-published. Do you have any lessons-learned while trying to write with a traditional publisher, a smaller press publisher, and Independent? Or challenges writing all three that you’d like to share?
Patricia: I’ve actually had 95 books published. Only SKIN was originally indie-published. The other indie titles are backlist, both Intrigues and others. I’m a computer person, so I enjoyed learning to turn files into digital books and uploading them. And then I got bored having to do it. I still love creating covers, the most fun thing in the indie process. When I wrote SKIN, I needed to find editors, both developmental and copyediting. I can’t stress enough how important editing is. The thing I hadn’t thought about was the sheer volume of promotion that an indie author needs to do. No support. Everything is up to the author. That’s the part I like the least. I want to write in a fiction world, not about myself. I know a lot of indie authors have no desire to write for a publisher. Truthfully, I prefer it, as long as I get to write what I want. 🙂
Lena: Tell us about your newest release? What inspired you to write it?
Patricia: ANIMAL INSTINCTS came from my volunteering at PawsChicago, a very successful animal adoption center. The Humane Society of Illinois held meetings there about anti-dog fighting legislation. Most people probably don’t think much about it, but hearing the stories, seeing the footage of the real thing–of children learning to make their dogs fight–broke my heart. I wanted to use dog fighting to spread awareness, but I quickly realized that books with dog fighting wouldn’t sell, so I made the fights shifter fights–shapeshifters fighting in their animal form. Then the fights took on a whole new, more interesting aspect.
Skye Cross, an animal advocate, goes to a fight with Animal Control, expecting that after the fight is broken up, she will see that the dogs are properly cared for. What she gets instead is to be thrown into a world she doesn’t know and doesn’t understand. And outside the arena, she meets a man she can’t possibly trust. Luc Lazare is half-human, half-Kindred. He’s a shifter (panther) caught between the two worlds of his parents. When Skye’s cop brother who was investigating murders linked to the fights is shot to death the next night, Skye is determined to find his killer, and Luc Lazare is the only man who can help her.
Lena: That sounds like a seriously intense story. Awesome. Would you like to share a call story with your readers? Either the “call” when you first sold (or got an agent) or perhaps were a finalist/winner in a contest?
Patricia: For me, both happened one after the other. I won the Golden Heart for best YA Romance from Romance Writers of America. In those days editors were judges, and the Silhouette editor wrote to me personally and asked if I could expand the book. I did, sent it in and waited. I wasn’t able to go to the conference where the awards were announced and presented. Afterward, I learned I won the GH and that the editor was saying I was her author. But no call. No call the next week either. Finally, a full two weeks after the conference, she called and asked if she had made me an offer. I said no. She said she hoped I would take it because she’d already put the book into production.
Lena: Oh my gosh! Now that is an incredible (and a bit crazy) call-story. Amazing. Oh, and congrats on the GH win! And the 95 stories too. What an outstanding accomplishment! How do you research all those stories? Do you have some fun or interesting research tidbits or experiences (such as trips) to share?
Patricia: I don’t do vacations anymore. Now I do research trips. Once my late husband and I flew to Paris to see the catacombs, underground tunnels holding the bones of innumerable dead, which was an important part of an Intrigue. On a more cheerful vein, I’ve swum with dolphins, howled with wolves, ridden mustangs…all in the name of research. I went to India a couple of years ago with another author and her husband. I developed a novel using the India research. It’s on submission now.
Lena: Very cool! When you’re back home relaxing after these exotic trips, do you have any favorite television shows? Crime dramas? Paranormals?
Patricia: I watch quite a few crime dramas. The Closer was one of my all time favorites. The other being Castle, of course. Romantic suspense and great fun. The characters in both are wonderful, the touch of humor balancing the grimness of a murder investigation.
I try every paranormal show that comes on, but most don’t make the grade. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my all time favorite. I saw every episode of the show at least twice. Currently the ones I really like are Teen Wolf and Grimm. And Sleepy Hollow has possibilities.
Lena: LOVE Castle and Buffy. Right with you on those! Now for a quick question/answer drill…
* Cats or Dogs? Cats (love dogs, too)
* Beaches or Mountains? Water! Not necessarily the beach, just the view.
* Favorite food? Ethnic Eastern European, which I grew up on.
* Favorite TV show? Dancing with the Stars…wish I could…
* Chicken or Steak? Rib-eye, bone in, medium rare, please
You can pre-order ANIMAL INSTINCTS or CRIMSON DUET (HOLIDAY IN CRIMSON and NIGHTMARE IN CRIMSON packaged together for $3.79), both going on sale November 25. And this is the launch week of DANGEROUS ATTRACTION, ROMANTIC SUSPENSE BOXED SET, ten romantic suspense titles by ten bestselling authors (including Patricia’s The McKenna Legacy: SEE ME IN YOUR DREAMS), for only 99 cents through November 16.
You can find Patricia Rosemoor…
Lena: Thanks again Patricia! You’ve been a wonderful guest.
And now a question for our readers…Patricia would like to know–Which do you prefer: romantic suspense or paranormal romantic suspense? And why?
One lucky commenter wins an ebook copy of ANIMAL INSTINCTS (via Amazon.com gift certificate) from Patricia Rosemoor. Don’t forget to stop by Thursday to find out if you are a winner!
Posted by Lena Diaz
Please welcome Patricia Rosemoor!
Author of SKIN!
SHE WOULD DO ANYTHING TO SAVE HER SISTER…After a decade of searching for her runaway sister, Lilith Mitchell finds her dancing at a gentleman’s club. They barely reconnect when a killer kidnaps Hannah.
Keeping his victims prisoner for days, he then hunts and kills them in a forest preserve. Determined to identify the killer and find her sister, Lilith transforms herself into Hannah’s double and gets a job at the club to lure the killer into coming after her. The killer savors the idea of doing the sisters together but first takes up Lilith’s challenge by terrorizing her.
In a world of deception, where everyone seems guilty, who can Lilith trust?
Isn’t that cover uber-cool and sexy? And doesn’t the story sound exciting? I sure think so, and given Patricia Rosemoor’s excellent reputation as a romantic suspense author, I decided to give it a go. I’m not finished reading SKIN yet (deadlines, not enough time!), but I’m halfway through and loving it.
The book opens in the point of view of the killer, one of my favorite ways to open a book (both of my currently published novels open that way). We get a chilling view into the villain’s psyche, without knowing his identity, as he claims his first victim.
After that, the book takes off. Patricia throws red herrings left and right, and all of them seem like they could be the bad guy. Is he the undercover cop? The creepy brother who watches his sister dance at the club? The sexy videographer making a documentary he calls SKIN?
I’m really looking forward to finding out who the villain is as I continue to read this story, but best of all, I’m enjoying the journey. A wonderfully written story, with tons of emotion and well-developed characters.
Here is an excerpt from SKIN:
Lilith returned to Hannah’s place to implement her budding plan. Pucinski’s telling her about the undercover cop working the club had given her the idea.
She went through her sister’s wardrobe, far more extensive and expensive than her own. Not exactly her style, but that was the point. She picked out a lavender dress that she hoped would fit her. The bodice was fairly modest, showing off shoulders rather than cleavage. The dress was so tight in the hips she wouldn’t be able to move if it weren’t equally short.
Ignoring the feeling of being a little overexposed, Lilith next found her sister’s scrapbook and removed a glossy of Hannah – one of the publicity shots taken at the club. Placing it in the corner of the bathroom mirror, she used the photo as a guide to her own transformation. First the makeup. Base, blush, powder, eyeliner and shadow, mascara, lip liner and gloss. She loosened her French braid and brushed it out, then pulled it up into a fancy ponytail trailing over one shoulder.
Lilith was startled by her own reflection, so much more sophisticated and in-your-face than she’d ever seen it before. The resemblance between the woman in the mirror and the glossy of her sister was eerie. Thinking about what she was committing herself to, she swallowed hard and stared at Hannah’s photo.
“I promise I won’t do what’s easiest this time.”
She and Hannah could almost be twins, she thought.
Her own mother wouldn’t recognize her.
But maybe the man who had her sister would.
Definitely makes me want to read more. Patricia is giving away one ebook copy of SKIN to a lucky commenter on this post. So, read on, and get your questions ready.
It’s an honor to officially welcome Patricia Rosemoor to Kiss and Thrill. She has written books for Harlequin Intrigue, Silhouette Bombshell, Harlequin Blaze, Carina Press . . . and now she’s self-publishing Romantic Thrillers like SKIN. I’m sure readers are just as excited as I am to learn more about her, so let the interview begin!
Lena: Give us a brief teaser about yourself.
Patricia: I sold my first three books in the dark ages — they were written on typewriters because hardly anyone had home computers!
Lena: What do you love the most about being an author?
Patricia: Losing myself in a story.
Lena: What do you love the least?
Patricia: Losing myself in a story…it probably means I’m so focused on it, I don’t do much else while I’m writing it. A writer needs a real life, too!
Lena: (I can certainly relate to that!) Now, other than stalking, which tends to be frowned upon, where can fans find you? And what stories can they expect from you in the future?
Patricia: I’ll be at Thrillerfest in New York in July to promote Thriller 3: Love is Murder, an anthology of romantic suspense short stories. My story is HOT NOTE, related to HOT CASE (A Silhouette Bombshell, now available digitally) and HOT TRICK (A Carina Press digital release) and HOT CORPSE, originally in the SIN anthology and now available digitally.
Lena: Sounds HOT! (I couldn’t resist). Any special awards or achievements you’d like to mention?
Patricia: RT Reviewer’s Choice Award (my second) for 2007 Best Intrigue WOLF MOON and Career Achievement Awards in Series Romantic Suspense and Series Romantic Mystery. RWA Golden Heart for WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR, ANYWAY? a YA pubbed by Silhouette as A CHANGE OF HEART.
Lena: Wow, congratulations!!! Let’s move on to one of my favorite topics – charities. I’m a huge supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Association, because my daughter has Type 1 Diabetes. (Commercial break here: Readers and Writers alike can visit Brenda Novak’s Diabetes Auction Website during the month of May to participate in her annual diabetes auction. Great fun and a great cause! Now back to our interview.) Are there any charities that are near and dear to your heart?
Patricia: PAWS Chicago — I volunteered in Kitty City once a week for a couple of years. I still support them yearly and promote them through FB.
Lena: (Patricia told me she adopted two kitties from PAWS – Blossom who is now 10, and Blitzen who is now 4.) What do you do for fun (besides write)?
Patricia: Garden. I’m a Master Gardener trained by the University of Illinois Extension. I volunteer for Garden Walks and other “Ask a Master Gardener” venues. And I’ve helped train gardeners who are part of community gardens. And I have a dynamite jungle in my tiny city backyard!
Lena: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Patricia: Next stop Istanbul with Intrigue author Rebecca York and her dh in May 2013. We went to India together two years ago and had such a fabulous time, we couldn’t resist another exotic jaunt.
Lena: Favorite romance ever?
Patricia: Not a fair question since I have so many romance writer friends. But the thing that got me started down my crooked path was Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt when I was 12.
Lena: Using only three words, describe the kinds of stories you write.
Patricia: I can do it in two: Dangerous Love
Lena: Are you into sports – spectator or participant or both?
Patricia: I was a gym rat for a while, but I continued to bench press 75 lb. when I knew something wasn’t right with my neck. Now I do enough to keep myself as fit as I can but don’t overdo it. My real passion was horseback riding, but when my knee went bad, I stopped. And I waited for 9 years for a bionic one–now I’m afraid of doing something to damage it (like getting thrown–don’t ask), so I don’t ride. But I may do it yet…
Lena: Would you rather take a cruise or go white-water rafting?
Patricia: If I were in better shape, definitely white-water rafting. The only kind of cruise I’ve taken (three of them) is on a tall ship — meaning sailing.
Lena: Do you prefer mountains or the beach?
Patricia: Both. I’m addicted to nature.
Lena: Describe your perfect fictional hero.
Patricia: An imperfect man who drives the heroine crazy in more than one way 🙂
Lena: Ah, that’s sweet. I like that type of hero too! Are you a printed book fan or an ebook fan?
Patricia: I’m old school and love to hold a book, but I’m realistic. I have a Kindle and have used it to read books. And I’ve gone digital with backlist and a couple of new pieces including my indie thriller SKIN.
Lena: (Readers will be happy to know they can order SKIN in print if they aren’t ebook fans.) We know that Kiss and Thrill is your favorite blog (ahem). Are there some go-to blogs you love to read that you want to recommend?
Patricia: Intrigue Authors and Just Romantic Suspense. I’ll read any blog if someone tells me there’s a great posting.
Lena: Oooh – I have to second that about the Just Romantic Suspense website. I LOVE IT! And of course, as a future Intrigue author myself (my first Harlequin Intrigue comes out early next year), The Intrigue Authors Blog is another fave of mine. Now, curious minds want to know, what would your heroine in SKIN carry in her purse?
Patricia: Nope, no gun. She’s a Street Survival gal — she knows how to use her hands and legs for more than making love. 🙂
Lena: Your hero from SKIN is sitting in a bar. A robber walks in and points his gun at the bartender, demanding all his cash. What does your hero do?
Patricia: He films documentaries where he tries to get into the heads of people with unusual backgrounds — fight clubs, strip clubs — he would probably find a way to verbally make the robber so frustrated that he could disarm him.
Lena: Thank you so much for answering all of these questions! Let’s get back to what’s near and dear to your heart right now, your current release SKIN. Why did you decide to Indie publish this novel?
Patricia: A little more than a year ago, my former writing partner and I requested reversion on old titles. Since authors I knew were uploading to Kindle and Nook and Smashwords, I decided to try it. Those are the Jeanne Rose books — romantic suspense with a paranormal element. Three are contemporary. Three historical. Then last summer, I tried an experiment with my critique group. Several years ago, we put together a proposal for a romantic suspense anthology in which hero-heroine-villain are reincarnated in each novella. I was the editor and publisher and that was my first original indie book.
What about SKIN?
I first wrote the story in the 90s as a screenplay — it was optioned but never made it to the screen. I turned it into a novel proposal. Thriller editors thought it had too much romance, but romance editors thought it was too dark. I decided to write it anyway. It’s a story I really believe in. I couldn’t understand why some women would stay in abusive relationships or take work in which they sold themselves. So I created two sisters — one who got away, the other who ran away and disappeared. The story starts a decade later when Lilith sees herself in an ad for a gentleman’s club and realizes she’s finally found Hannah. Of course, before they can mend their relationship, a man who kidnaps and eventually kills women from the club takes Hannah. And Lilith will do anything to save her sister.
I think indie pubbing is a great way to write those stories that cross lines. Stories you believe in when editors don’t. I couldn’t pass up the chance to try it.
What about the romance?
Lilith’s love interest is one of the suspects, which gives him a big role to play but not in a typical romantic suspense manner. Her love interest is strong, but Lilith is the hero of her own story. I have always loved hero in doubt stories. And I love the duality of two characters both thinking what they’re doing is right, but they might not think that of each other and yet find love anyway. 🙂
Lena: Thanks again Patricia! You’ve been a wonderful guest.
Commenters: Don’t forget to stop by Thursday and find out if you are a winner! One lucky commenter wins an ebook copy of SKIN (via Amazon.com gift certificate) from Patricia Rosemoor!
You can learn more about author Patricia Rosemoor at her website.