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Thanks for stopping to chat! Please tell us a bit about your latest release, or what’s coming up. My January book is about an adopted woman who is contacted by her biological, maternal grandfather and asked to come to his plantation home in order to inherit his fortune. Only someone doesn’t want her to live long enough to inherit. It’s up to bodyguard Don Cavanaugh to keep Caroline safe. Pretending to be her fiancé gives Don the perfect excuse to accompany Caroline to Mississippi. As the killer gets closer and the danger increases, Don’s challenged to not only protect Caroline, but his heart as well.
How did you become inspired to write this work? I had introduced Don and Caroline in my 2009 release Chasing Shadows. When I started the Protection Specialists series I just had to tell Don and Caroline story.
Did you have to do a lot of research to complete this work? There was some to do that was specific to this story. I had to research Addison’s disease–the symptoms, the diagnosis and the treatment.
What is a day in your writing life like? Do you have a set schedule? My writing schedule depends on where I am in my process. When I’m at the beginning of a project I work sporadically as ideas come to me, working from home or a coffee shop. I used to go to Borders but alas my favorite store is gone. When I’m writing raw I work 4-6 hours a day until the book is done. Then revisions/copyedits as much time as needed.
Do you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser? Or maybe both? I’m a little of both, though mostly a plotter. I write a very detailed synopsis that I follow pretty closely. However, I give myself permission to take some detours, but always come back to my road map.
Do you prefer to write one specific genre, or are you a bit all over the map? What is your favorite genre to write and why? I write mostly inspirational romantic suspense. I started out with inspirational romance, but quickly morphed to suspense because that is my favorite genre. I have a couple of historicals started, have ideas for some bigger, gritty thrillers and ideas a couple of women’s fiction stories. But right now Love Inspired keeps me very busy so every else is on the back burner.
Of your backlist/WIPs, which would you say was the easiest to write? The easiest and most enjoyable book I wrote was Beloved Enemy, a 2007 release. This was the second book in The Secrets of Stonely continuity series. Each book was based loosely on one of Shakespeare’s plays. My book was patterned after Juliet and Romeo. It was fun to read the play again and use some of the old bards quotes.
The most challenging? Why? The most challenge was my first book since I had so much to learn while writing Love Comes Home, a 2004 Love Inspired Romance.
Are you published primarily in print or eBook, or both equally? Which format do you prefer and why? My books come out in print first and ebook.
Do you own an e-reader, or maybe two? How do you like it? I got a Kindle for Christmas, am I am learning to use it.
What do you have planned writing wise for the rest of the year? I’m currently working on two projects for release in 2013. I have a book coming out in June 2012, The Deputy’s Duty,and a book coming out in the fall of 2012, The Doctor’s Defender.
Do you have any social media profiles/pages where readers can follow you? I have a Facebook page and a Goodreads page. I’m not good at keeping them updated. My priority is writing.
Do you have a blog/Yahoo group for readers to stay updated on your works? I blog on the Love Inspired Authors website http://www.loveinspiredauthors.com/ and on The Craftie Ladies of Romance BlogSpot. http://www.craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com/
Desert Island quiz: you can only bring one album, one DVD set for your favorite TV show, and one movie. What are they? Album the soundtrack to Les Miserables. DVD set of 24. Movie The Princess Bride
What was the last book that you read? What did you think? Mistletoe Matchmaker by Lissa Manley. It a sweet Love Inspired Romance set in the fictional Washington coastal town of Moonlight Cove. The book is filled with fun characters, adorable dogs and a beautiful setting. Highly recommend it.
Who are your favorite authors in your primary genre? Dee Henderson, Lenora Worth and Terri Blackstock.
Do you have a favorite charity? How does it appeal to you? My favorite charity is Good Samaritan Ministries located in Beaverton Oregon. http://goodsamaritanministries.org/
This is a counseling ministry that is supported by donations and volunteers. They operate in 6 US states and 32 Countries. My family and I spent a week this past summer in the Ukraine with this ministry putting on art camps for children in two villages. For her senior project my daughter is doing a fundraiser for a young Ukrainian girl with cancer. She will be making T-shirt and canvass bags to sell as well as painting Pansky Eggs, traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs.
To learn more about Marina and for information on how to donate to her view this website. http://marinafund.wordpress.com/
At an early age Terri Reed discovered the wonderful world of fiction and declared she would one day write a book. Now she is fulfilling that dream and enjoys writing for Steeple Hill. She is an active member of both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband, two wonderful children and an array of critters. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing with her dogs.
A Shocking Revelation
Finding out she is heir to a fortune shocks Caroline Tully to her core. And to “qualify” for the inheritance, she just has to visit her newfound grandfather’s Mississippi home from Christmas to New Year’s. Adopted as a baby, Caroline knows nothing about her mother’s family…and doesn’t realize they can’t be trusted. When attempts are made on her life, there’s only one man who can protect her. Donovan Cavanaugh—a man who made her lonely heart want to love again. Posing as her fiancé, Don promises to find the would-be killer. But will his protection-and his love-be enough to keep her safe?
Protection Specialists: Guarding the innocent.
Her anxious expression tore at him. “But what’s more troubling is Isabella Maddox was murdered.”
His gut clenched. “Was her killer brought to justice?”
Her mouth twisted in an aggravated frown. “I don’t have any details. Mr. Paladin wouldn’t give me any further information about her. He said in order for me to secure a place in Elijah Maddox’s estate I must go to Mississippi and stay with the Maddox family from Christmas Eve through New Year’s.”
“They can’t legally compel you to do this.” Wariness took hold. “Why would they want you to come there?”
“He wouldn’t say, only that it was important that I do.”
Ridiculous. “You’re not thinking of going.”
A determined light entered her tawny colored gaze. “I have to.” Her expression implored him to understand. “Not for the money, though. I’ve been looking for my birth parents since I was eighteen. I need to know who these people are and what happened to my birth mother.” She touched his scarred hand. “Will you take me on as a client and accompany me?”
“We have a lot to arrange before we head south.”
She grasped his outstretched hand. Their palms pressed
together, restoking the heat inside her. Her fingers curled automatically around his as he pulled her to her feet. She didn’t want to let go. His touch not only warmed, but made her feel connected to him. And kicked up an anxious flutter inside for yearning for that connection. Not going there. Ever. Again.
She extracted her hand. “How do we explain your presence in Mississippi?”
His mouth twisted in a grim smile. “I’m your new fiancé.”