Please help me welcome my next guest, Dawn Brown, also part of the All Romantic Suspense Authors Blog Tour. Doesn't her cover look great? Wait until you read the excerpt and check out her answers from the intense Interview I subjected her to.
After a devastating personal tragedy, history professor Hillary Bennett seeks refuge in the quaint Scottish village of Culcraig, hoping to research a legend and salvage her career. Instead, she finds her hostess dead, and her hopes for the future pinned to the woman’s black sheep [M1] heir.
The last thing Caid Douglas needs is a decrepit manor house to remind him of his estranged family, but he does need the money selling the house would bring to pay off his debts. In desperation he offers to honor his great aunt’s arrangement with Hillary—if she pays him to stay at Glendon House and view his ancestor’s journals, he’ll have the money to fix up the family mausoleum and sell it.
But an ancient curse hovers over the village, and the secret to lifting it lies in the journals. Will Caid and Hillary realize what they have and uncover the truth before a twisted killer silences them forever?
Someone was in the house with them…
“You know,” Hillary said, keeping her voice low. “This house is huge. We could check each room individually, but who’s to say that whoever’s here won’t just keep moving around as we search, eventually working their way into a room we’ve already checked? We’ll never be one hundred per cent sure we’re alone.”
“Are you suggesting we separate?”
Her grip on his hand tightened. Did she even realize she’d done that?
“It would probably make more sense to split up. If we worked from opposite ends and met in the middle, it would reduce the chance of an intruder slipping away. But as I said, this place is huge and we’re only two people, the odds of our mystery person eluding us are still pretty good. Not to mention the confusion.”
“Confusion?” Caid tried to suppress his grin.
“Yes. If we separated, we could easily wind up tracking each other. At least together, if we hear or see anything out of the ordinary, we know that it has to be someone else.”
“What an astounding rationalization.”
She frowned at him in obvious consternation. “I think I made some very good points.”
He smiled. “Aye, you did. I’m sure you’ve convinced yerself quite nicely. Did you bring the subject up simply because you were concerned that I might think you liked holding my hand?”
He couldn’t stop his smile from widening, especially when she struggled to untangle her fingers from his, but as they entered the kitchen, he tightened his grip.
"Dinnae be like that. I’m just having a wee bit of fun with you."
She ceased struggling as her delicately shaped brows drew together in disbelief. "That wasn't here earlier."
"What?" He turned to the direction she pointed.
A brass fireplace poker lay dead center on the battered harvest table. On the floor, a series of watery footprints stretched between the back door to the table.
Christ’s sakes. Hillary hadn't just been frightened alone in an old house, there had been someone else here.
But who? And why?
Dawn, come here dear. I'm getting the thumb screws and the whip, oops, that was for later. On with the Interview:
With the countless number of interview questions out there, let’s try something different. Tell us about yourself. How about something that hasn’t been previously stated? Maybe a phobia or pet peeve.
Let’s see, when it comes to phobias, I don’t like heights. And pet peeves, people who do not say please and thank you. Absolutely grates on my nerves.
What genre do you write and what genre would you love to try?
I write romantic suspense, sometimes with a paranormal twist. I love to read paranormals, and I’ve tried writing a couple, but I’m not very good at it. I think I’ll stick with romantic suspense, at least for now.
Tell us about what you've had published.
I have two romantic suspense novels published. The first, Living Lies, is available from Samhain Publishing. The second, The Curse of Culcraig, is available from The Wild Rose Press.
Any works in progress?
I’m working on a book called The Devil’s Eye that I’m hoping to wrap up soon, and then begin the sequel.
What's your inspiration?
I think it’s the idea of ‘what if’. I like to take average people, put them in an extraordinary situation then watch how they react.
What drives you as a writer?
It depends. Some days it’s writing about characters that I love, other days I don’t feel particularly driven and it’s a matter of forcing myself to sit in that chair and meet my word count goals.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was about eleven, but started to write with the idea of publication about seven years ago.
Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
Probably my family. To be honest, outside of writing and spending time with family, there isn’t time for much else.
What makes you laugh? Cry?
Silliness makes me laugh. I love movies like Airplane, Top Secret and anything Mel Brooks. Cruelty makes me cry.
What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?
I read mostly. Sometimes I draw or paint. Get together with friends and family.
Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
I think the first time I held a completed manuscript in my hand. I had finally seen a story through from the initial idea to a complete book. And when I received my first contract, it solidified that feeling.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. The floor is yours. Please tell us where to find your work, your website, your blog, book trailer, and anything else you care to share.
Thanks for having me.