Date Published: 8/2012
Tess Madison walked away from her two-timing fiancé, a multi-million dollar trust fund and a cushy corporate law job to pursue the single life indulging in chocolate and fancy French underwear. But her newly reordered life comes unraveled when she reluctantly accepts an invitation to a dinner party and stumbles upon the host’s dead body. Now Tess is in the middle of a murder investigation pitting her wannabe-boyfriend police detective against Jack Valentine, a man from her past with blue-green eyes and sinful smile that causes her to rethink her self-imposed celibacy. Tess has many reasons to avoid Jack including the fact that he’s the prime suspect in murder. But Tess doesn’t believe Jack’s the murderer and with an honest attempt to keep her hormones in check, she agrees to represent him. With Jack’s help, she uncovers a 30-year-old secret someone is killing to keep hidden and discovers sensual delights that don’t include chocolate or French underwear. But when her professional and personal relationship with Jack threatens to ruin her career and end her life, Tess has to decide if Jack, is worth the risk.
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I've always had a romantic streak. Even as a kid, my favorite characters on TV were almost always happily married and as a twelve-year-old, I'd write stories about them (this was before fan fiction or the Internet were invented).
I love to read romantic suspense or mystery, but am disappointed that romances don't follow up on the happily ever after and mysteries rarely provide the sexy, romantic elements I enjoy. So I decided to write my own.
Like the character of Tess Madison in Deadly Valentine, I love chocolate, old R&B tunes (especially Marvin Gaye) and J.D. Robb books. I haven't yet been able to afford Carine Gilson underwear to know if I love it, but I look forward to finding out.
When I'm not telling stories, I work by day as a freelance writer and blogger. I live in central Virginia with my husband, two teenage children and two cats.
Reading Addiction Blog Tours MEET and GREET
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Right now I earn my living writing (freelance writing and blogging), so the short answer is yes. But my goal is to make fiction writing my career and to that end, I've only just started.
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
I struggle with several areas. One is having a great idea, but difficulty fleshing it out into the complex relationships and plots needed for a book. The other is shutting up the inner critic during the first draft, when my goal is just to get the ideas and concepts on the page. I worry about the quality of writing in later drafts.
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
I belong to a writing group at which I can get feedback and that's helpful. I also have some beta readers that help as well. And I should mention my editor, Laurie Jensen who finds all the errors that I and my beta readers miss. The writers in writer forums such as Kindle Boards' Writers' Cafe have been a great resource as well.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
I'm editing book two of the Valentine Mysteries, Old Flames Never Die and then will move on to editing book three, With This Ring I Thee Kill. I'm currently doing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), writing a paranormal romance, which I've never done or thought I would do, so it's an adventure. I also want to write two more novellas in my Delecoeur series.
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
My reading comes in sputs and spurts. I love reading, but I get so caught up in books that I don't write. So when my focus is writing, I don't read as much. I love JD Robb and just finished her new book. I've picked up Sandra Brown's new release Low Pressure. I read a lot of non-fiction as well and am currently reading a book about Pinterest.
This or That?
#1 - iPd or Mp3? iPod
#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate...of course!
#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Fries but they need to be crispy.
#4 – Comedy or Drama? Can I have both?
#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? I have go with Sparks, but I've not read either of them. I've seen a few movies from Sparks' books.
#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Reality
#7 – Call or Text? Text
#8 – Public School or
Public Home School
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate Coffee with hot chocolate
#10 – eBook or Paperback? ebook for fiction, paperback for non-fiction.
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