Friday, November 23, 2012

Romantic Suspense, Anyone? Q&A with Toni Anderson (& Win Dangerous Waters)

First, the River Road tour update--only one stop today. There's a promo over at She Wolf Reads, with another chance to enter for the tour-wide eBook and gift card prizes (see the righthand column for a list of giveaways), and the commenter prizes of $25 gift cards. Check back on Saturday and Sunday for more dates. Saturday's is a promo stop, but on Sunday I finally get DJ to sit down for a rare interview. She's been letting the guys do the talking but now she's going to dish on them!

Now, today I'm happy to welcome one of my, er, Susannah Sandlin's fellow Montlake Romance authors, Toni Anderson. Toni's new romantic suspense, Dangerous Waters, is burning up the Kindles over at Amazon so if you want a break from All Things Paranormal, check it out! Also, Toni is generously offering one commenter a copy of her book Sea of Suspicion. Read on for details....

Toni was born and raised in Shropshire, England, did her PhD in marine biology in St. Andrews, Scotland, and now lives in Canada. Dangerous Waters is her fourth novel. You can learn more about Toni at her website...and by reading the Q&A, of course!

ABOUT DANGEROUS WATERS: Sergeant Holly Rudd arrives in the coastal community of Bamfield after local divers discover a body with a knife jutting from its chest in the waters of Barkley Sound. As she investigates the crime, Holly soon realizes the sleepy town is rife with secrets. But what unsettles her most is the residents’ insistence that she bears a striking resemblance to the victim of a murder from three decades earlier. She shrugs off the uncanny likeness as a coincidence. But her simmering attraction to Finn Carver, one of the divers who discovered the corpse, isn’t so easy to ignore....Finn, a former Special Forces soldier, knows it’s best to keep his distance from Holly. Yet it isn’t long before they both give in to the consuming desire they share. And as the danger escalates, Finn and Holly must rely on each other to thwart the plans of a cold-blooded killer who’s intent on keeping the past buried.


And now, welcome, Toni!

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work? Sergeant Holly Rudd arrives in the coastal community of Bamfield after local divers discover a body with a knife jutting from its chest in the waters of Barkley Sound. As she investigates the crime, Holly soon realizes the sleepy town is rife with secrets. But what unsettles her most is the residents’ insistence that she bears a striking resemblance to the victim of a murder from three decades earlier. She shrugs off the uncanny likeness as a coincidence. But her simmering attraction to Finn Carver, one of the divers who discovered the corpse, isn’t so easy to ignore.
     DANGEROUS WATERS is a sexy murder mystery/romantic suspense set in a beautiful remote region of Canada. Insomnia meets Prime Suspect. I suck at elevator pitches J. (Suz: I thought it sounded good--I'm a sucker for "small town rife with secrets.") 

What is your favorite scene in the book? 
I wrote a couple of scuba diving scenes near the start of the book and I loved reliving that part of my life. Diving is such a mix of regimented organization and wild crazy uncontrollable exhilaration. Then there’s the first proper kiss scene on this amazing beach on Vancouver Island—I got a kick out of writing that scene too.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
By great coincidence it is CHILLED by Kendra Elliot (another of our fellow Montlake authors). I’ve just devoured all Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor books.

Favorite book when you were a child: 
Silver Brumby series by Elyn Mitchell. I read each book at least fifty times.

Your five favorite authors: 
Suzanne Brockmann (although truthfully, I struggled with her last book). Karen Marie Moning. Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Cindy Gerard. Jill Shalvis. There are so many more and it constantly changes.

Book you've faked reading: 
LOL. The Time Traveler’s Wife. My friend bought me the book but I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. I liked the movie though J

Book you've bought for the cover: 
WARPRIZE by Elizabeth Vaughn. Thankfully the book lived up to the cover.

Book that changed your life: 
Suzanne Brockmann’s THE DEFIANT HERO. Blew my mind.

Favorite book about books or writing: 
Hmm… tricky. I have Stephen King’s ON WRITING on my iPod. Listening to him tell me about his life and writing is fantastic.

What’s next? 
I’m writing a book featuring a secondary character from DANGEROUS WATERS. I can’t say who the hero is without giving away some of the plot from the first book LOL. It starts and finishes in the same small isolated community but takes a few detours through Victoria, Minneapolis and Chicago along the way. It’s a different sort of book, more woman-in-jeopardy than murder mystery although there is a mystery element too. It’s a story about redemption and learning to trust.

Thanks so much for having me here today, Suzanne. To help celebrate the release of my new book, DANGEROUS WATERS, I’m giving away a copy of one of my backlist titles to one of your commenters. SEA OF SUSPICION is another Romantic Suspense/ Mystery but this time set in Scotland, where I used to live.

Thanks, Toni! To be entered for the giveaway, just leave a comment. Have you read any romantic suspense lately (or an emerging genre, paranormal romantic suspense)? This contest will run through Saturday, December 1. Now....comment!

9 comments:

  1. Sunday! Sunday! "Sunday I finally get DJ to sit down for a rare interview". I think this one will be GOOD. Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Romance Suspense, Paranormal Romance Mystery, many sub genres now. Hard to tell the difference. Guess the only ones I have are "The Penton Legacy", Paranormal Romance.

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  2. I haven't read any paranormal suspense but this book sounds interesting.

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  3. I just read a paranormal romantic suspense - the Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden. Loved it. I enjoy reading romantic suspense books.

    Larena

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  4. I've read more Romantic Suspense than Paranormal romantic suspense. But I love Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries, so maybe that sorta fits? I'd recommend those if you haven't read them. I tend to read more paranormal romance and mystery though. Love Lisa Gardner and for paranormal romance, authors like C.L. Wilson and Maggie Shayne.

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  5. I haven't read any suspense lately.

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  6. not really. I have read lot of paranormal romance, and romance but not romantic suspance. I guess I haven't stumbled upon many titles

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  7. I do read romantic suspense, but not so much romantic paranormal suspense.

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  8. Latest romantic suspense I read is Jason Pinter's book but have been so long time ago. Not too a fans of romantic suspense

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  9. I love romantic suspense, but paranormal romantic suspense is my absolute favorite and genre of choice. I am just finishing Roxanne St Claires Make Her Pay.

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