Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The next big thing blog hop

Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.

I intended to have this post up this morning, but I'm an itsy-bitsy-tiny bit behind with everything. Big surprise, right? :o)

Anyway, Dawn Napier invited me to the blog hop. I love these things, so a big warm Thank You to Dawn! On my stop you'll find some information on me and one of my books, and links to five other authors you can explore. :-)

Blurb for Flashback:

Steve Petersen is a Very Troubled Man. Sole survivor of a Taliban POW camp he often thinks only parts of him returned; his sanity appears to have been left behind. He seeks solace in alcohol and drugs, but nothing helps block the images from his mind for more than minutes at a time, and he is trapped in horrifying flashbacks.

He is more than surprised when he wakes up in a bright and merry bedroom that turns out to belong to the widow Anna, a woman he has rudimentary memories of meeting. Knowing he should leave isn’t the same as doing it, and before he knows what’s happening, he finds himself pulled into a world with real life problems, such as folding laundry, and what’s for dinner.

Whiskey is no longer his first priority, and not being alone in his waking nightmare is a relief. That is, until Anna disappears. Steve finds himself forced to return to Afghanistan, a place where he’ll have to face both external enemies and himself.

My questions from Dawn:

1: What is the working title of your book?

The working title, will probably be the real title, is Flashback, and it's scheduled for release in June this year.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I'm not sure anymore... I started writing it years ago, and to and from it has spent long amounts of time slumbering in my computer.

3: What genre does your book come under?

It is contemporary romance with a dab of suspense.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I don't know... I just googled actresses for about an hour and couldn't decide who looks most like the heroine does in my head, LOL. I need to think about this, get back to it in a future blog, maybe... 

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

One sentence? Let's see... Wounded war hero is brought back to life by strong-willed girl, will he be able to return the favour? A little lame, could be snappier, but something along those lines.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

It will be published by Desert Breeze Publishing. I'm excited; they have fantastic editors and cover artists!

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About... three years... I wrote little bits and pieces each time, pottering about with it between other projects. Concentrated writing time wouldn't be that much.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I have no idea, so I'll go with Dark Days of Promise by Shaunna Gonzales. The books aren't alike at all, but it's the only one I know dealing with PTSD. :-) Dark Days of Promise is, by the way, a fantastic book that I warmly recommend.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Hmm, I should have talked about another book, lol, I got nothing. In my defense, my brain is shut down today. I've been marathon-writing for the past couple of days to meet an unexpected deadline: 63000 words in 48 hours. ;-)

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It has international settings, deals with real life problems and conflict, has a love story, and a little bit of adventure.

The next big thing blog hop has been going around for a while - this is my third time - and it's getting a bit hard to get new participants. Even if these guys don't play, they're well worth a visit!

Christy Elkins
Chris J. Randolph
Robert Landry
Linda Ann Rentschler
Stephen Ormsby


  1. Oh goody! I'm anxious to read this one! I've been waiting for it! Thanks for the invite. :D

  2. Yay! I'm excited about it, can't wait to see what the cover-people come up with. I feel sorry for the hero when I work on that book. I'm so mean to him, LOL!


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