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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published: November 8th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc
When local journalist, Tori Peterson, fails to prevent a child abduction outside her niece’s school, her horror and guilt sparks a vow to do whatever it takes to get little Abby Brady home to her parents.
While Tori battles the vile memories of her own kidnapping as a child, she accepts the help of widowed father, Mark Bolton. As he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy grows…along with their fears for Abby.
Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she will let him hurt another little girl.
It wasn’t the just the smell of fresh air and sandalwood that alerted Tori to the fact Mark had joined them. It was the way his shadow fell over her as though covering her body with his wide, deep and potentially dangerous protectiveness.
She didn’t bother to look at him…even though her Cally was seriously looking. Tori lifted her hand in a half-hearted wave. “Take a seat, superhero.”
“I will.” He sat beside her. “Thank you.”
Every now and then, when she was alone at home, she’d picked up a book. And every now and then, Tori would toss the book across the room whenever she read the words, “the air crackled between them.” Well, whatever instantly plagued the atmosphere between her and Mark as she forced her gaze to his, she was loath to call it crackling. Maybe humming… screaming… burning… but definitely not crackling.
She swallowed. “What are you doing here?”
“Olivia’s staying at a friend’s. I was at a loose end.”
Despite her best efforts to fight her smile, it was ruthless and broke through her barriers like they were made of sugar paper. “Loose end, my ass. You were no doubt pacing around the house and doing everything you could not to get in the car and go get her.”
He smiled and put a glass on the table. “Merlot, right?”
Author Q & A
Please tell us a little bit about your book. What inspired the themes in your story?
If I Want You is a gripping, romantic suspense inspired by a news story of a missing little girl – thankfully, she was safely reunited with her parents, but my writer’s mind immediately rushed to the ‘what if’. I’m a mother of two teenage girls and the fear, terror and protectiveness of this news story rushed to the surface and I knew I wanted to write an abduction story.
This was a risk when writing romantic suspense, but the good aspect of my chosen sub-genre is that I know, and the reader knows, there will be a happy ever after. The page-turning comes from watching the hero and heroine race against time and, of course, the perpetrator getting what they deserve!
Do you outline before you write? or just dive right in?
I am a complete plotter! I start each book scouring the internet for pictures of my hero, heroine and villain (if I have one). I then write character sketches for each of them which usually reveals their goals, motivations and conflicts. After that, I write a chapter plan which includes a summary of each chapter. Finally, I write a 3-4 page synopsis before diving into the first draft which I write from beginning to end without looking back. The hard part comes in the following drafts where I battle to get the frenzied first draft into some sort of shape.
Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?
Nora Roberts and Jill Shalvis for contemporary romance and Philippa Gregory and Alex Grecian for historical set fiction. I am currently reading Nefertiti by Michelle Moran which I am loving so much and I’m just about to start Together by Julie Cohen.
If you could visit any setting from one of your books, which one would it be and why?
Templeton Cove without a doubt! This is the setting for a series of mainstream romance and romantic suspense stories published by Harlequin Superromance. Book 8 of the series, A Stranger In The Cove will be published in January (all books can be read stand-alone), and I have been writing these stories for five years so the Cove is incredibly special to me. My ultimate dream is to see these books made into a TV series so I can see my fictional UK seaside town come to life on screen!
Who are your celebrity inspirations? If you were to cast your characters, which actors would you choose?
This is an easy imagining for me as I start each book scouring the internet for pics of my main characters – for If I Want You, the hero, Mark Bolton, is based on UK actor Harry Tressler, the heroine, Tori Peterson is based on Darby Stanchfield.
How do you come up with the names of your characters?
With difficulty! I really struggle with names and often, literally, pull them out of a hat. I know some authors take time with their character names and some even ensured they have hidden meaning, but I’m not one of them. I struggle with titles in much the same way but, fortunately, publishers have the final say on titles and I’m usually happy with what the marketing team come up with.
Name one item you can’t live without.
To my shame…my phone.
What are some of your hobbies?
My obsession, next to my work, is knitting. I absolutely love it and find it an amazing stress reliever – I’m not particularly good, but happily knit sweaters, throws and blankets while watching my favourite TV shows. That’s happiness to me!
If you were presented with the opportunity to travel through time, which period would you choose and why?
Definitely back rather than forward – so far, I have written romances set in the Victorian era so I’d love to go back to see how much I portrayed accurately and also really smell and listen to the surroundings. It’s very difficult to convey something on paper you’ve never experienced!
What’s next for you?
Next up, is the release of A Stranger in the Cove (Harlequin) in January and then I’ll be looking forward to some good news, I hope, regarding the historical and contemporary novels I have under consideration with publishers at the moment. I am currently working on a new historical that I hope to have done around the end of March. Busy, busy!
I’ve had the pleasure of having Rachel on my blog before, check out a past virtual tour about her book Her One True Love here.