Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Author Rebecca Savage Interview

How fortunate we are to have romantic suspense author Rebecca Savage visiting today. Rebecca was the 2009 Best Seller from Champagne Books. At then end of the interview and excerpt, learn how to enter Rebecca's contest. Now, on to the interview . . .

Welcome, Rebecca! Tell us some of the writers who influenced your decision to write?

I started reading Harlequin Romances after finishing my Masters in History at the end of the summer of 2003. My friend always had a romance novel in her purse so I decided to read some ‘light’ reading. Not sure I’d consider romance light reading any more. It gets pretty serious sometimes. LOL Both reading it and writing it can be serious business. Living romance is even harder, don’t you think? It’s a lot of work. I especially feel that way right now, since I’m in the process of a divorce, not to be negative, since I do truly believe in true love. I’ve seen it for others, just not sure I’ve ever experienced it. But I really really want to. J

Sorry to hear of your personal tragedy, but at least your writing is going well. In fact, you have a lovely series available now. Take us on the road to your first sale.

Wow! The first sale! Now that is a long story! I joined RWA and local writers groups CRW then MORWA, and I started submitting, and the competition is … OMG… ridiculous! I gave up on main stream publishers and sold to a small publisher thinking I’d get my foot in the door and practice with editors and publishers. I’m so glad I did. But I got caught in that trap of selling to a publisher who folded, then got my rights back and sold again, a trilogy, then sold the other trilogy I’d already written to a second publisher to keep things going, then sold another two books to another publisher…I’m so impatient. J

Readers are curious about a writer's life. Tell us about your typical writing day.

I write mostly in the summer. I spend a lot of time doing promotion, editing, reviewing, critiquing, and book signing during the school year because I’m a teacher, then during the summer I finish stories I’m working on and start new ones. J I like to write then crochet and think then write some more.

So, you're artistic in other endeavors, as well. How much research do you do for each book? What is your favorite form of research?

I do research if I need to but since I worked as a Morse Code Operator / Supervisor in the military and I teach history and politics, I don’t have to do much research. But when I do research, I like the internet and personal interviews.

Tell us about this latest release.

GUARD MY BOTDY is my latest release, and it is based on a home-grown terrorist aiding the enemy and allowing atomic weapons to cross the Mexican border, but our hero/heroine will stop him…or die trying.

Give us a thumbnail, back of the book blurb of GUARD MY BODY.

A hard core CIA covert ops expert like Nash Kincaid takes everything seriously, especially his mission to retrieve classified information from his contact, take it to the right people, and stop the deaths of thousands of children at the hands of home-grown terrorists.

A librarian with a wild side could throw a ringer into his plans, but Ayden Devlin takes most things seriously, too, even when she decides to live out the lives of the characters in the books she reads by helping her sister Leigh, a spy for the CIA. She lets Leigh insert classified information into her mouth where there’s a missing tooth, so she can safely transport the info to Nash.

Nash and Ayden meet in a biker bar, and a hit man tries to kill Ayden. Nash throws his body in the path of a bullet to save her. A bullet grazes Ayden’s head and knocks her out cold. When she comes to, she and her rescuer have to establish trust. They don’t know each other, and the mission has gone awry. It takes time to convince each other of their respective honesty and identity.

It takes no time at all for them to realize they’re hot for each other, and not much more time to realize it’s more than heat. Love blooms, stoked by building passion, the flames rising higher with each new dangerous encounter.

Will they survive to share their love and lives?

I love the heroine being a librarian. My Darling 2 is a librarian. Can you share an excerpt with us?

GUARD MY BODY is the 2nd in a series of six of "Guard My" novels. Here's an excerpt: 

Who the hell sends a librarian to do the job of an undercover CIA agent?

Covert Operation Expert Nash Kincaid - at least that's what his latest passport said - sat in a seedy biker bar, sipping on his tap beer, waiting impatiently for a librarian - of all people - to show up and make a Top Secret information drop.

He scowled and scoffed silently into his foamy brew at the very balls of his friend and fellow comrade in arms, the man who'd set up this preposterous rendezvous. How the hell had Ace ever gotten it in his head that some stuffy old bookworm would be suitable for a transfer of classified information? So what if this Ayden person happened to be Ace's partner Leigh's sister? That didn't mean she could pull off something like this.

And who the hell is the amazing-looking chick that just walked in the door?

Nash's eyes widened, and his blood simmered beneath the surface. He let his eyes wander down, and then roam back up, the woman's sexy form. Her slim but amply curved silhouette stood out against the shadows of the barroom. Bright neon lights poured over her sexy outline, illuminating her body in vibrant red and yellow hues, cascading over and around her like waterfalls of color for her to bask in. She wore a skin-tight muscle shirt and a short leather skirt. The shiny, sequined material clung to curvy hips, stopped inches above shapely knees, and topped off endless, toned legs. Her fiery hair hung loose, reaching her narrow waistline, flowing like a billowing sea of red. Nash wanted to grip her waist with one hand, run his other through all that mass of organized tangles, hold on tight, and plow into her beckoning body like a madman.

Okay, so maybe her body didn't beckon him, but he sure as hell wanted it to.

Purchase GUARD MY BODY here.

Don't forget Rebecca's first in the series, GUARD MY BABY, also available from Carnel Desires Publishing.
Anyone who leaves a comment on this blog, then goes to Rebecca's website and cut/paste an excerpt from this interview onto her blog will be entered for a free pdf of any of her books!
Rebecca, thank you so much for sharing this time with us. Best of luck with your new release. I'll be ordering the first in the series, and definitely have to have the one about a librarian!
Thanks to all of you who stopped by!


Caroline Clemmons said...

Don't forget Rebecca's contest!

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

WOW, Rebecca. You certainly live an interesting life. Good luck with your latest book. Sounds very interesting. It was nice to get to know you.

Jeanmarie Hamilton said...

Hi Caroline and Rebecca,
Enjoyed your post. Looks like you're having a ball writing your books during the summers. Great excerpt. What a hero!

Cool that you think about your stories while doing a little crocheting. Great excuse for going out and buying some beautiful colors of yarn. :-)

Best of luck with your writing!

J K Maze said...

Your excerpt is so lush with description tht I've got to read it - and the first one in the series.


Susan Macatee said...

Hi, Caroline and Rebecca!
Loved the excerpt! It sounds like you had a hard path to publication, but persevered. I don't know what I'd do if my e-publisher folded. What a nightmare!

Best of luck with this book!!

Krista Plott said...

That sounds like an awesome start Rebecca, with your first book and that's how i've done it with mine......glad to hear a success story, thx Krista

Rebecca Draco-Savage-Giallongo said...

You ladies don't know how cool I think it is that you stopped by and talked to me:) Thanks for the comments! And enter the contest!

Mary Ricksen said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this, one way or another!!!

Good luck with sales Rebecca. Good luck with the contest Mary, yes I'm pathetic. I want to read it!

great blog Caroline and Rebecca.

Tiffany Green said...

Hi Rebecca, sorry to hear about your personal troubles. I think your books sound great! Good luck with them.

Rebecca Draco-Savage-Giallongo said...

Thanks once again to all those contributing to this blog commentary; I hope you visit Caroline's blog more often. Best wishes to everyone:)

Avery Michaels said...

Enjoyed the post. Carolyn, love your blog!