Series: Good Girl Series #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 4, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Working the night shift at the sheriff's office has given Deputy Raine McCandless more than enough time to fantasize about the kind of man she'd like to take prisoner, so when she arrives home to find a sexy intruder waiting for her, she's pretty sure she must be dreaming.
But Dillon Taylor, with his stunning blue eyes and killer tan, is 100% real, just not 100% human. Half-man, half-angel, he'd love to answer every naughty prayer Raine has ever had. But Raine is in serious danger, and Dillon can only fulfill her every desire if he can keep her alive.
Karen, welcome to my Lily pad!! I am so happy to have you here today!!
First off tell us a bit about yourself!!
Thanks for inviting me back again! I’m thrilled to be here. I love anything that ends with rita—strawberry margarita, margarita on the rocks, frozen margarita. The list is endless. But I’m not a lush. I only drink with friends. Come to think about it, they might be lushes!
Smoking Hot is my 23rd book. I’ve written for Kensington, Berkley and Sourcebooks and met so many wonderful people along the way. I feel truly blessed. I’m not sure I would have continued pursing writing without the support of my family. This is a hard profession and there are a lot of bumps along the way. My advice to newbie writers is never give up your dream—or anyone for that matter. If you want to jump out of an airplane then don’t dream about it, do it. Set the goal, research the goal, plan how to achieve the goal, then write down the steps that will turn your dream into a reality. And don’t let anyone tell you that your goal can’t be reached. It can! Okay, stepping off my soapbox.
My wounded characters?
Raine is torn between a job she loves and her grandfather, the only relative she has left. She has to fight feelings of guilt because she misses patrolling the mean streets on Fort Worth’s North side. Taking care of Grandpa has to come first, though. She’d failed when her father turned to the bottle and drank himself into an early grave after her mother ran off. Raine won’t fail this time. Except crazy might run in her family when she comes home to find a sexy stranger who tells her that she’ll be killed during a botched robbery, then he disappears.
Even though this story has a nephilim (half man/half angel—who has a naughty side) I think readers will relate to the story as they watch Raine’s mental tug-of-war between family duty and her desire to return to the new life she built for herself. I think most people have dealt with family obligations.
Because Raine does the right thing I hope the reader will want to learn what happens and what choices she’ll make. I don’t really see her flaw as a weakness or a strength, but as a normal reaction. She’s the one who has to come to terms with her decisions.
What truly frightens my characters?
For Dillon it’s love. He loved once but when he wasn’t looking, she let a demon entice her to the dark side. The experience almost destroyed him. He’s sworn never to get involved with a mortal. But how can he let Raine die because of a botched robbery. He swears he’ll warn her, then the rest is up to her.
What would I advise my characters if I could?
Trust in your gut instinct. It will rarely steer you in the wrong direction. I think we should all trust in what we feel sometimes. Do you ever get a creepy feeling about someone and warning bells go off inside your head? What did you do?
Favorite TV Show:
I always love Serena for Bewitched because she was the naughty one.
Coffee, tea or Hot Chocolate?
A combo, Café Mocha (who says you can’t have it all?)
Strawberry Mango Margarita (does that count as a fruit?)
Thank you so much for joining us on Froggarita’s Bookcase! We loved getting to know you better and hope you stop by again soon!
Thanks so much for once again allowing me time in your space.