by Dee Tenorio
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Ignite presents an all-new romance you won’t want to miss…
Some secrets are worth dying for…
Undersheriff and former Marine Rick Trelane had one constant his entire life – his friendship with Whitney Peterson. Through thick and thin, she has never faltered. Never blamed. But when her former lover turns up dead, Rick must look past the walls he’s built to the woman he thought he knew inside and out…and discover he was wrong.
Whitney has secrets, deadly ones. The deeper he digs, the more he sees her as a woman he desires. And suspects. But as bodies start turning up, so does the evidence against her. Now the air is thick with secrets and shadows and giving into the longing could turn both their worlds upside down. Because this killer is just getting started…
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What part of the writing process is the easiest/hardest for you?
Editing is by far the easiest, since I can see all parts of the story & thankfully, I have a mostly photographic memory, so going back and moving or changing things becomes more surgical. The hardest is the writing. Creating can be very difficult to achieve, especially with a big family.
Who is your favorite character (that you’ve written)?
Oh, that’s not fair! The problem is that I love them all. Katrina from Convicted is a huge fave for me, but so is Pale from Tempting the Enemy (so wolfy!). Oh, and Locke from “Trust In Me”… Then there’s the side characters… Nope, I couldn’t possibly pick.
Where did the idea for your book come from?
Well, the character of Rick Trelane was introduced in Convicted and I just hated the stoic loneliness he lived his life in. He needed someone to make him come alive again. Someone he would never see coming. Enter Whitney, a sweet little baker who should never have been able to get under his skin, but it’s amazing what a girl can do with cookies. 🙂
Are any of the characters inspired by someone in real life?
In this book, no. There have been others in my books, but Rick and Whitney are very much their own people.
Do you listen to music while you write (if so, do you have a playlist I can share?), or do you prefer quiet?
Absolutely. I have music for each character. For Rick, the music was very much a dark, slow dirty south sound, where I could almost hear spurs on his slow walk towards a threat, but it changed as the story changed, so I had “Beast” by Nico Vega, “Black” by Kari Kimmel, “Ticking Bomb” by Aloe Blacc and a huge song in my mind for him was “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran, a special acoustic version. That line about seeing blood on the breeze…*shiver* It doesn’t get more Rick than that. For Whitney, she’s a deeper ocean than she seems at first. I played a of “Silhouettes” by Of Monsters & Men, “Atlas” by Coldplay and “Iris” by the GooGoo Dolls.
If you could jump in to any book and live there, which book would you choose?
I’d jump into a Psy/Changeling novel. I’d hope to be a SnowDancer, but I wouldn’t mind being a Psy, now that Silence has fallen, lol. Actually, it’s kind of a tie in my mind what I’d be. Maybe a Forgotten, so I could be both?
Describe your book in a tweet (140 characters or less).
Whitney Peterson’s secrets are dying one by one. But is she the one he should be protecting…or hunting?
What was last book you bought OR What book are you looking forward to reading?
Well, I bought a shifter boxed set titled “Chasing Tail”. I haven’t had a chance to read much, but I will say the excerpt was pretty dang engaging. I tip my hat to any author that can market well enough to earn my 1-click, lol. (It’s a skill I keep trying to learn myself!)
If you could be any kind of creature (other than human), which would you pick and why?
I’d want to be a large predator, likely a Wolf, because I want to be pretty, lol, but also dangerous. I want to be able to take care of myself and my family. Claws and teeth make that very possible.
Can you tell us about the moment you decided you were going to attempt to write your first book?
Well, I’d just had an argument with my husband, who challenged me to either do something with my writing or give it up. (He wasn’t being mean, he’s an artist and he was trying to push me into doing what he knew I was too afraid to do on my own.) Since I rarely turn down a challenge…My very first “real” book was completed and submitted 8 months later. 🙂
Does writing come naturally to you, or did you have to work harder in order to get that story in your head down on paper?
Both. It’d be nice if writing wasn’t work, but it definitely is, no matter how natural the flow of it is. And when you do it a lot, nature takes a back seat to discipline. Nature waits for inspiration. Discipline buys groceries. 🙂
Are you a punster or a plotter? Can you describe your writing process for us?
Punster is a new one by me. I consider myself a Plotser. Part of me wants to just let the story flow and discover it as it happens, but that part doesn’t understand deadlines and stuff, so I usually have to tell that part to get with the program. Sorting out where the story is going—if it’s a suspense, who did what and how they planned to get away with it—is pretty close to 50% of the book to me. Then I write and manage to add another 25% I never saw coming. So, really, the only thing that holds true with every book is that I’m a linear writer. If I can’t get through the scene, I can’t skip. No idea why, it just never works.
If you could no longer write, what career would you choose instead?
Luckily, I don’t have to wonder. I already have a second career—I’m a web designer, so I make websites, covers, format books, ads, so on and so forth. It keeps the analytical part of my mind happy and, my main concern, keeps the roof over our heads. 🙂
If you could live someone else’s life for two weeks, whose life would you choose?
That really depends… How good looking is the other person’s husband?
If you could no longer write/read, what hobby/profession/habit would you choose to fill the void?
Crochet. I’ve done it all my life. I’m assuming I can’t read or write because I can’t see. Otherwise, I’d sew and paint. I’m not sure how well I’d do without words, though. I just hope that day never comes.
Of all the little things and simple pleasures in life, which one do you enjoy most of all?
Reading. Getting lost in a story that’s so good it’s almost real. It’s my dream as a writer to give that to my readers.
If you could have a casual, 30-minute conversation by the fireplace with any author, living or dead, who would you choose, and what would you ask?
Oh, now that’s not fair. There’s a ton of authors I’d love to talk to for a few minutes. Or at least listen to. I have a horrible habit of saying the absolutely wrong thing when I’m nervous. How about I just attend a conference with the greatest authors in the world… Oh wait, I DO do that! (RWA Nationals, RT… Then I just hang out with the greats and listen. This way when I talk, I can always blame the liquor. 🙂 )
If you won the lottery tomorrow, what are the first three things you think you would do or buy?
I’ve always said my first trip would be to the Apple store, where I would buy like one of EVERYTHING. Let’s call that #1. Next I’d buy my Mom her dream house. Next, I’d take my husband to Europe. It’s the one place in the world he’s always wanted to go and has never been. (He’s an artist. Europe simply has to happen.)
If you could change the ending to any book that you have ever read, what book would it be?
Any book where the main characters die at the end. I’m a Happy Ending Girl.
What event or accomplishment would you consider to be the highlight of your career thus far?
I’ve won two major awards, the Prism and the Holt Medallion, and they make me feel like maybe I might be onto something with this writing gig, lol.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received in your life?
NEVER let someone else’s opinion stop you from being who you are.
What thought or sentiment would you like to have copied and put into one million fortune cookies?
Be the writer of your own story.
What is your favorite sight, scent, and sound for each of the four seasons (if you have four distinct seasons where you live)?
Winter: Fire in the fireplace. I love the sight, the smell, the crackling noises.
Spring: Sight—the way all the hills turn verdant green. Scent—Wet earth. Sound: Birds in the backyard
Summer: Sight—My A/C turning on. Scent—Hot Asphalt. It reminds me of my childhood summers. Sound: The kids laughing. So much better than the sighs of boredom.
Fall: Sight & Scent: Fog. Sound: The pitter of rain. Love that sound.
If you got a parrot for a pet, what phrase would you be sure to teach it to say?
Are you bleeding? Broken? On fire? No? Then let Mommy work. (It’ll save me asking every time they interrupt.)
Who is your all time favorite fictional book character?
I’m going to plead the fifth, as there are too many to choose and most of them reveal the utter fan girl I am.
- Coffee or tea? Tea—I’m allergic to caffeine so coffee was mostly off limits.
- Paper book or ebook? Paper for when I just want to read favorite bits. eBooks for insta-gratification.
- Summer or winter? Winter. I’m also allergic to the cold, but I’d rather wear layers than sweat without relief.
- Werewolves or vampires? Werewolves! (I love dogs, lol)
- Morning person or night owl? Morning Person by nature, Night Owl by necessity.
- Pantser or plotter? Plotser—I plot-ish, then write & totally change everything.
- Pepsi or Coke? Sprite!
- Dogs or cats? Dogs, baby! (I like cats but…Dogs first!)
- Drink: Sprite
- Food: Fries with steak & ranch dressing
- Movie: I don’t have just one, but I am a fiend for Disaster & Sports movies!
- TV show: The Walking Dead
- Book (or genre): Paranormal Romance
- Late night snack: Mexican Food
- Writing tools: Music, notebook & pen
- Sport: Football. All day, all the time, all year looooong. 🙂
- Vacation destination: What’s a vacation?
- Music: Don’t shoot me, but I love Pop. Yes, I admit it.
- Way to relax: (insert dirty giggle here)
About the Author:
Dee Tenorio has a few reality issues. After much therapy for the problem—if one can call being awakened in the night by visions of hot able-bodied men a problem—she has proved incurable. It turns out she enjoys tormenting herself by writing sizzling, steamy romances of various genres spanning paranormal mystery dramas, contemporaries and romantic comedies. Preferably starring the sexy, somewhat grumpy heroes described above and smart-mouthed heroines who have much better hair than she does.
The best part is, no more therapy bills!
Well, not for Dee, anyway. Her husband and kids, on the other hand…
If you would like to learn more about Dee and her work, please peruse around this site or visit her blog at http://www.deetenorio.com/blog/.
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