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VK Powell’s Next (Really) Big Thing

December 19, 2012 1 comment

Intro: I tagged my buddy, VK Powell to answer The Next Big Thing questions because I beta read her upcoming “Exit Wounds” and I’m very excited about it. I think it’s the best yet of her great romantic intrigue stories. Vic doesn’t maintain a blog of her own, but we Southerners love to entertain company so I am honored to have her as a guest here on my blog.

What is the working title of your book? I’ve just finished manuscript #6, “Exit Wounds,” and I’m really excited about it. Not only does it start off with a bit of a twist early on, but also it’s number SIX for me. I can’t believe that I get to do what I love all the time. Just lucky I guess.

Where did the idea come from for the book? The story idea came from an actual event that took place in Greensboro, NC several years ago when I was still a patrol officer. Two cousins fell in love and killed their families for a rather large inheritance. In the end, they blew themselves up in an SUV while being pursued by the police. However, the only kernel of the story that survived for my manuscript is an explosion. That’s how story ideas are born, raised, and ultimately delivered onto the page…or not.

What genre does your book fall under? Romantic intrigue. I love romance, but I also like the action parts of life – “stuff” we do that keeps us from doing what we should be doing—and my police background provides lots of fodder for adventures and intrigue. My brand is strong, professional women trying to have it all—the girl, the job, and happiness—and having to overcome obstacles to make it happen.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Loane Landry would be played by a younger version of Annie Lennox, spiked platinum hair, attitude, and all! I think Olivia Wilde would make a very good Abby Mancuso—yum.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Officer Loane Landry falls in love with Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms informant Abigail Mancuso, she realizes that nothing is as it seems—not the case, not her lover, not even the dead.

What is the longer synopsis of your book? Officer Loane Landry gives up professionally and emotionally when gunrunners kill her lover in an explosion. She blames herself and vows to seek answers and revenge…in or outside the law. Good guys never win, and bad guys never pay. But when the woman she loved returns very much alive and in desperate need of help, Loane must decide if she can endure the pain and memories of deceit in order to keep them both alive.

ATF confidential informant Abigail Mancuso is charged with gathering information on a gunrunning syndicate camouflaged as a gentlemen’s entertainment business. Before arrests are made, something goes terribly wrong and Abby is forced into a deep cover assignment for which she is unprepared. The only person she trusts is the woman she lied to about everything. How can she put Loane’s life at risk by asking for her help?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? All of my books are published by Bold Strokes Books. (Release date is August 2013)

Who or What inspired you to write this book? As I mentioned earlier, the event that took place in Greensboro has spun around in my head for years just waiting for an opportunity to “bust loose.” The actual inspiration to get on with it came from friends who wanted one of my books set in Greensboro. So, I tip my hat to them and hope readers enjoy a bit of the unique setting that is our revitalized downtown.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?Unlike my usual 4-6 month turnaround, this manuscript took a full year. I got off track for a while with some personal issues but was still able to retain a spot on the 2013 schedule. Thank you, my wonderful publisher!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? This book has an interesting twist in the early stages that will probably surprise readers. One of the main characters is killed early on…sort of. This creates a greater challenge in the development of the love story, which was also a bit different to write. I hope my intent to present a little variety pleases my readers. If not, I’m sure they’ll let me know. 

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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

December 13, 2012 3 comments

Out on the Panhandle author, R.E. Bradshaw, tagged me as part of the “The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.” The blog hop project is designed to introduce readers to writers and their work. I will be answering questions about one of my books and the author I tag will answer about her work in progress (or published work) next Wednesday.

What is the working title of your book?

I’m in the middle of writing “Hold Me Forever,” the third in my Southern secrets-themed romances, but my next book to be released is “Every Second Counts” in February. It goes to the printer this month, so that’s the book I’ll talk about.

Every Second Counts 300 DPI

Where did the idea come from for the book?

After my second novel, “Long Shot,” was released, I received several emails from readers who felt sorry for the character who didn’t get the girl. They liked the zen artist, Bridgette LeRoy. One email advised “some strong butch needs show up and rock Bridgette’s world.” It just happens that I’d previously written in a yahoo role-playing group the very character who could rock Bridgette’s world. Rider was a cocky horse whisperer who loved lots of women. But that yahoo group was set in a fantasy world, so I had to convert Rider into a real person and Marc Ryder was born in my imagination.

The characters from my first two novels, “Bareback” and “Long Shot,” are secondary characters in this story, but this is the last time I intend to return to Cherokee Falls, Va.

What genre does your book fall under?

Romance. I’ll always write romance novels because I’m a hopeless romantic and that’s what I love to read. My trademark is that I write lesbian romances in equestrian settings. Sometimes the horses play a small role in the story. Other times they are a major part of the plot.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Marc Ryder has the body of Demi Moore in GI Jane, but the cute factor of Demi with short hair. demiMdemiface

Bridgette LeRoy is an Amy Irving look alike from her “Honeysuckle Rose”-“Yentl” days.Amy Irving

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Every second counts in Bridgette LeRoy’s desperate mission to protect her heart by stopping Marc Ryder’s suicidal return to riding rodeo bulls.

What is the longer synopsis of your book?

After a twelve-year absence, Ryder returns home to Cherokee Falls to recover from being gored by a bull and to settle her grandmother’s estate. Artist Bridgette LeRoy has been named to head a committee tasked with organizing an art auction to raise money to save the art department – and her own job – at the local college. Their attraction burns red hot when Ryder poses nude for an art class Bridgette teaches, but their respective pasts clash to pose an obstacle bigger than a two thousand-pound rodeo bull.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

All of my books, as well as this one and the one I’m currently writing, are published by Bold Strokes Books.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Marc Ryder (formerly Marci Ridenhour) made her debut in an “Authors Challenge” I did a couple of Christmases ago for another yahoo group, It was written in first person and told the story of the cocky Ryder seducing a sexy FAA official who strip-searches her at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. That idea came from my day job as a newspaper editor. Everybody was making a big fuss that Christmas about the new airport body-scanners revealing a little too much and, in keeping with the juvenile atmosphere of most newsrooms, my co-workers and I started listing who we wouldn’t mind being scanned by. Jessica Capshaw (Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy) topped my list.

The Author’s Challenge was meant to be a one time short story, but I enjoyed the character so much, I decided that I wanted to know the rest of her story. I use the first-person AC as a prologue to the novel, which isn’t written in first person.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Four months writing. I have to work my writing time around the full-time job that pays my mortgage. But that doesn’t count the month it usually takes me to develop the story, outline it (I’m not a pantser), and submit it for a contract that puts it on the BSB publishing schedule and the calendar of my awesome editor, Shelley Thrasher. Then we allow ourselves about six months for editing and winding its way through the production schedule of proof-reading (different set of editors), formatting, printing and distributing. That may seem like a long delay from “the end” to publication, but it lets both Shelley and me to step away from the story for weeks at a time and go back to it with fresh eyes. We each go through it three or four times, which gives me lots of opportunity to fine-tune chapters. I do as much editing as Shelley does during this period, I think. I highly recommend that process. One pass through an 70,000 word document is not enough for proper editing. While that editing process is going on, I’m usually also writing my next project.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I’ve never shied away from sex scenes – where appropriate – in my romance novels, but “Every Second Counts” is definitely the most erotic (not kinky) novel I’ve written. I believe a good romance requires that the participants lay themselves bare to each other both physically and emotionally. My two characters are very visual, physical people and their first impulse is to converse using their bodies. In “Every Second Counts,” they must also learn to speak with their hearts.

Next Wednesday, learn about romantic intrigue author VK Powell’s Next Big Thing.

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