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Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs: Interview

Friday, March 6, 2015

1)      What would you do if your human child was replaced?

Not stop looking for them until my child was back and whoever took my baby was six feet under or behind bars.  Preferably the first—my husband’s family called me Mama Badger and they weren’t kidding.

2)      Which character are you most like in the novel?

Probably Leslie and I share the most similar personality.

3)      What was your favorite scene to write?

The climax scenes are my favorite—not always the easiest, but my favorite.  I love watching everything I’ve woven through the story come together.

4)      How did you come up with the names for the characters in your books?

I did a lot of research on the Navajo names—both in historic documents and in current sources.  There is a very kind (to writers) man who does You Tube videos (daybreakwarrior) on the Navajo culture and a number of websites about Navajo names.  Hosteen is an old spelling (or more probably incorrect) spelling of Hostiin—which is the equivalent of “Mr.”  Hosteen, presumably, once had a different name. But he went out into the world a hundred years before our story and worked in the film industry with was, especially then, not really culturally sensitive.
Other character names . . . well mostly I try to find names that are not unusual for a person who comes from their background.  Also names I have not used a hundred times before—and also don’t all start with the same letter.  I had to go back and change several names when I went back to edit Dead Heat because I found that all of the little girls had names that were a type of gemstone: Amber, Sapphire, Amethyst . . . Something I must have done subconsciously.

5)      If you got a horse for your birthday, what would you name it and what type of horse would you like?

Haha.  I have nineteen horses right now.  No more birthday presents needed!  They are mostly Arabians.   The newest one, born on Valentines Day, is pretty close to my birthday, though.  The filly’s mom is Psylk Obsession (Psylk is pronounced Silk, the silent P a legacy of a famous stallion called Padron Psyche) and her sire is Ever After NA.  So we took the fairytale theme of her sire’s name and the Psy-sounds like S of her dam and came up with Psynderella.  We’ll see if it fits her and make it official in a month or two.

6)      Are there any books you are currently working on?

Yes.  I’ve always got a new book up my sleeve.  I’m working on the next Mercy Thompson book, Fire Touched, which will be released in 2016.    Thank you for letting me drop by!

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Sinful Rewards 8 by Cynthia Sax

Sinful Reward 8 – When Do You Let Go Of Love?
Cynthia Sax

When do you let go of love? When your loved one has sex with another person? Moves in with her/him? Marries your rival? Has a baby with her/him? At what point do you say ‘I have to let him/her go, move on, allow this love to fade?’

Sinful Rewards is a love triangle. Bee, an exhibitionist heroine, is torn between a billionaire with a dark secret and a bad boy biker.

In Sinful Rewards 7, Bee has sex with one of these hunky men. Does this mean she won’t find happiness with the other hero?

If you asked me this at the end of that story, I would have said ‘Yes, she’s chosen her man. There’s no going back. She’s fully committed.’ While writing Sinful Rewards 8, I began to have doubts.

The man Bee didn’t have sex with won’t let her go. He pursues her, tells her that what she did last night is history, forgotten. They can start again, save their relationship. He hasn’t reached the point where he’ll walk away from her.

Bee is aware of this. She knows that door hasn’t been closed, permanently locked. Yes, she believes she has made her choice but, in the back of her mind, she realizes both of the men continue to be options. She can change her decision.

I’ve only been in love with one man, my dear wonderful hubby. If he hadn’t loved me back, had begun dating another person (ouch), I might have let him go but I doubt I would have ever gotten over him. I would have always had hope that he’d come back to me. (This is all a guess. I don’t know how I truly would have reacted. Maybe I would have turned stalker on him. Who knows?)

When I was in ‘like’ with the previous guys I dated, I walked away from them when they started dating someone new. That was my line in the sand. I didn’t want to interfere with their relationships with these other women, to be the reason it didn’t work out between them. I waited for a few men, knowing the women were all wrong for them and their relationships wouldn’t last, but I didn’t try to speed the process or otherwise mess with their relationships.

Have you ever let go of love? At what point did you walk away, deciding it wasn’t meant to be?


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Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Charlotte barely escaped from her abusive parents. Her little brother, Sam, wasn't as lucky. Now she's trying to begin the new life she always dreamed of for them, but never thought she'd have to experience alone. She's hired a techie-genius with a knack for forgery to remove the last ties to her old life. But while she can erase her former identity, she can’t rid herself of the memories. And her troubled history won’t let her ignore the little girl she sees one day in the park. The girl with the bruises and burn marks.

That’s when Charlotte begins to receive the messages. Threatening notes left in her apartment--without a trace of entry. And they’re addressed to Piper, her old name. As the messages grow in frequency, she doesn’t just need to uncover who is leaving them; she needs to stop whoever it is before anyone else she loves ends up dead.

Goodreads Summary

It's hard to imagine being the child of a abusive parents, but J.R. Johansson will take the reader into the mind of an abused child.  Charlotte is now free from her abusive past, but the remnants and scars still affect her.  She sees a little girl in the park who looks like she may be being abused and has to make a difficult but necessary decision.  Not long after, Charlotte is harassed by some unknown stalker who seems to know her from her "old life."  Charlotte has a mystery on her hands and the stakes are high.

I thought Charlotte's character was impressive.  She adapts well and comes off as brave and intelligent.  Cam, Charlotte's love interest, was a fun but unnecessary addition.  I thought he fell for her awfully fast and there wasn't too much development of their relationship.  The plot moved along very quickly and the high stakes of the mystery kept the pages turning quickly.  This book is recommended to young adult/teens.

3 1/2 Stars

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Dream a Little Dream by Kersten Gier

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals. 

The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery. . . .

Goodreads Summary

I absolutely loved this book.  It's ideal for the upcoming Spring season and a really quick read.  I love the idea of walking through peoples' dreams and slipping into them via doors.  Liv is a great main character.  She's smart, funny, quirky, and a little on the awkward side.  The reader gets the opportunity to see her develop and encounter her first boyfriend/real relationship.  Liv is put in the middle of a rock and a hard place when boys who go to her school convince her to help them with a strange demonic ritual.  She loves the idea of a good mystery, but this one might have gotten out of hand.

Liv's character was fantastic.  I really felt like I would like her if I met her in real life.  She was someone I could relate to.  She has a great sense of humor...which is great because she definitely utilized it in some of the situations in this book.  The other characters added to the overall mystery, intrigue, and romance.  I think this book is perfect for young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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