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Today is Feb. 22.
Do you know what that means? Do you?
It means that tomorrow is Tuesday, Feb. 23, the release date for No Chance, the latest release from talented romantic suspense author Christy Reece.
Here's the cover blurb:
DO OR DIE
Skylar James told a lie to the man she married, and eight years later she still bitterly regrets the deception. Unknown to Skylar, her husband, Gabe Maddox, now lives in the dangerous shadows of elite operatives who rescue victims. When Skylar tries to save a naïve young beauty, kidnappers come after her. For Gabe, Skylar had been his last shot at trust and love. But news of her disappearance battens down his anger and launches him into action. Saving Skylar is Gabe’s only chance for peace and his last chance for happiness.
The book got 4-1/2 stars and a rave review from Romantic Times, as well as a starred review from Publisher's Weekly. Wowsa!
Christy is a new discovery for me. Her books came to my attention in part because she and I have seem to have a significant overlap in readers, and they can’t quit raving about her. But that’s just fine with me. I love finding a new author, because that means I can look forward to a new trove of books I’ve never read before. It also means that I’m able to connect with a colleague and talk about writing in a way that only writers can.
Because I want to share her and her books with all of you, I decided to get in touch with Christy a few weeks back and interview her. Some of you have already read her romantic suspense series. For those of you who haven’t, you’re in for a treat.
Christy will be popping in today to answer your questions. And she’ll be giving away TWO COPIES of No Chance to readers who post today. But if you don't win, don't worry. The book comes out tomorrow!
Pamela Clare: Tell us a bit about your background and how you ended up writing romance.
Christy Reece: Pamela, thank you for allowing me to come here and visit. I adore your books and cannot wait until March 2 for NAKED EDGE!
PC: Oh, you’re so sweet to say that! I’m excited, too!
CR: Okay, about me…I’m a southern girl…born and raised in Alabama. Grew up reading everything I could get my hands on. True story: I was grounded once from reading. I didn’t want to do my schoolwork…just wanted to read!
I graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Social Work and did what every college graduate does who has no clue what she wants to do. I took the first job I was offered. And there I stayed…for eighteen years at an insurance company. It was a great company and a good job, but I realized I had no passion or love for my career. It was a job, nothing more. Yes, it only took me eighteen years to figure that out!
After much soul searching, prayer and discussions with my husband, I left my job without any clear idea what I would do. I just knew there had to be more. While I pondered my future, I read voraciously. My former career had prevented me from reading as much as I wanted.
I’ve read various genres through the years, but kept coming back to romance. I love the optimism, the passion…the beauty of falling in love. Characters and story lines have always run through my mind. Occasionally I would write a chapter or two, but had never tried to finish anything. In 2001, I issued myself a challenge: Complete a full manuscript. And in May 2002, I achieved that goal. One of the best feelings in the entire world! And it created an obsession. Once I got started, I didn’t want to stop.
PC: It’s not easy to walk away from a career and start over, so kudos to you for having the courage. Life is too short to spending it doing things you don't find rewarding. What drew you to romantic suspense as opposed to historical or paranormal romance?
CR: Romantic suspense has always been my preferred reading choice. I love historical and some paranormal, but romantic suspense just seems to be a natural fit for me. The television dramas I watch are suspenseful, the movies I enjoy usually have an element of suspense. Heart wrenching emotion blended with the blazing passion of two people falling in love combined with the thrill of danger — my idea of a perfect read!
PC: That sounds good to me, too! Are all of your titles part of the same series? Tell us a little about them.
CR: Yes, all six books are a part of the Last Chance Rescue series. Each book is a stand-alone title and one or both of the main characters are employed by LCR. Every storyline involves a rescue and while the hero and heroine are working toward saving victims, they’re falling in love. Or in the case of NO CHANCE, falling back in love.
PC: What inspired the Last Chance Rescue Enterprises, the organization around which your books center?
CR: It began with a wish. We had a high profile disappearance of a young girl here in Alabama and I so wanted an organization like Last Chance Rescue to exist. Thus, LCR was born: Highly trained mercenaries with one priority and purpose, to rescue victims. With worldwide connections and a phenomenal success rate, LCR operatives find and rescue victims when all other avenues have been tried and failed. They do whatever it takes, no matter the cost, to rescue the innocent.
PC: What a wonderful wish! We all read about so many horrible things happening. How much better the world would be if LCR were real! What would you say your heroes have in common? Your heroines?
CR: Most of my heroes and heroines have been tortured or hurt in some way. LCR is composed almost entirely of damaged people who, having been in the midst of hell, have an extra incentive to rescue others from their hell. My heroes are strong, compassionate, stubborn, courageous and often very arrogant. When it comes to the women they love, they’re protective, passionate and totally devoted for life.
My heroines are a blend of kick-ass heroism, delicate femininity, spines of steel and touching vulnerability.
PC: Your books are very sensual. Do you find writing sex scenes to be fun or hard work?
CR: It depends upon the characters. I find it very hard to write a love scene if I don’t know the characters and what makes them vulnerable. I see each love scene as an advancement of the story and the developing relationship. The hero and heroine may not be in love with each other yet, but subconsciously they recognize their mate. I love revealing who the characters are within the framework of a love scene. So, yes and yes. They are fun and they are hard work!
PC: You put that so beautifully! The sex scenes can’t just be about sex. They have to further the relationship and the story. You’ve been compared to Cherry Adair, a name familiar to any fan of romantic suspense. That must have been a thrill.
CR: An incredible compliment, but also very daunting. She’s a wonderful writer and that kind of praise, though most welcomed, is always scary. The reader might expect an exact replica and be disappointed when they realize there are differences. But it is a tremendous honor to have that comparison made.
PC: You are one prolific writer! Your first romantic suspense, RESCUE ME was released in April 2009. Now, on Feb. 23, your fourth book, NO CHANCE, is about to hit bookstores. To put it in perspective, I’ve been writing romantic suspense since 2005, and my fourth RS title will be out ten days *after* yours. By the end of this year, you’ll have six romantic suspense titles on the shelves. That’s amazing! How do you stay inspired and productive?
CR: Contracts and deadlines are my inspiration. As long as my publisher asks me to write, and I’m able to, that’s what I want to do. Having discovered the career later in life than some, I want to write as many as possible!
Also, my readers inspire me. Receiving emails from them is one of the wonderful rewards of being a published author. To know that I’ve entertained someone…taken them away from their worries or problems for a while is both inspiring and humbling.
PC: Your upcoming release, NO CHANCE, will be out tomorrow. (Everyone plan to hit the bookstore!) Tell us about it.
CR: NO CHANCE is a reunion romance, which is one of my favorite themes. Gabe Maddox and Skylar James met when they were young, fell in love and rashly married. Days later, they were torn apart. Eight years pass and though they’re still married, they haven’t seen each other in all that time. When a young friend of Skylar’s goes missing, she goes searching for her and ends up abducted. Gabe is an operative for Last Chance Rescue and he’s the one assigned to rescue Skylar. Putting aside the anger and pain he still feels, he embarks on her rescue.
There are a lot of surprises and secrets within the story. I love reading books where the story goes in a direction I never anticipated. I try to do that in my own writing.
PC: It sounds wonderful! My copy has shipped, so I’ll be reading it soon. Do you have a favorite book? Is there one that was more difficult to write than the others?
CR: Like every author, I’ve loved every book I’ve written. However, if I absolutely had to choose a favorite, it would have to be RESCUE ME, which was the first book in the series. Not only was it my first published book, I found my author’s voice while I was writing it. So many of those pages in that book are me discovering myself as a writer.
Though none were easy, one book in each trilogy has been more difficult than the other two. In my first trilogy, that book was RUN TO ME. My heroine went through some horrendous events, I put a secondary character through hell, and my villain was off the charts evil. By the time I finished, I was physically exhausted. In my upcoming trilogy, SECOND CHANCE was the most difficult. Both main characters are tortured in their own way, my villain is sick and twisted and some of the secondary characters are just plain mean, with few redeeming qualities. By the time that one was finished, I was emotionally drained.
PC: What are you working on now?
CR: I’m working on a new Last Chance Rescue trilogy, scheduled to be released spring/summer 2011. Each book will have characters who were secondary characters in this year’s trilogy. Haven’t announced the titles yet, but I’m working on the synopses and the ideas are percolating!
PC: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today! And best of luck with the release of NO CHANCE!
OK, everyone, now you get your chance to ask Christy whatever you want to ask her. She’ll be checking back throughout the day to answer as she can. And two of you will win a copy of NO CHANCE, which sounds like it’s going to be a scrumptious read.
Hey, Mariska! Thanks for coming by!
It's hard for me to pick just one favorite from NO CHANCE. I fell in love with these characters and had such fun watching them fall in love and then, years later, fall in love again. I loved their chemistry with each other. It's both sweet and explosive.
However, one memorable scene is when Skylar sees Gabe again after so many years. She goes through a multitude of emotions in the span of seconds. And actually, this was one of the easiest scenes for me to write. I felt every emotion Skylar felt and I cried right along with her. If the same thing happened to me, I would have reacted in exactly the same way.
Great question, Mariska!
Hi Christy (and Pamela)-
Not familiar with the series until now - next stop, my favorite bookstore.
Question - are your characters inspired by real people or are they complete creations of your imagination?
Good morning Christy,
I had the CHANCE (your addiction must be contagious) to read the new book this weekend - thank you Walmart! Instead of putting me off, all of Gabe's snarling just endeared him to me that much more. :) The only problem I saw with the book is that I absolutely want the second one in my hands now! LOL To anyone who hasn't read your books, I highly recommend you do so soon. Although I agree you could start with No Chance and enjoy it immensely, I would suggest starting at the very beginning. Those first three books are too good to pass up.
Off to work. Hope everyone has a great day.
Popping in to make one observation before I start what is sure to be a 1.5-hour drive through the snow to work... I find it to be a fun coincidence that our fourth RS novels have purple covers and our heroes are both named "Gabe."
Kara, lucky you to have a copy already and to have read it!
Barbara, wonderful to see you!
Mariska, Crystal, great questions! I'll peek when I get to work to see the answers. :-)
OK, off I go...
Hi Pamela & Christy
It's so interesting that both of you write books inspired by real life situations. How lucky you are to have that outlet too. I admire & adore both of you as writers & people. Glad the wait is almost over for your books. You both have the perfect balance of suspense & romance in your books.
My characters are truly fictional. I wish I did know some of them. Sigh...
And I'll be interested to see what Pamela says, because if she knows someone like Reece, Julian and Marc. Well, all I can say is, "Oh my."
I have been known to name my villains after people I have met and didn't take a shine to. (that's a southernism for disliked intensely). (:
Thanks for stopping by!
Hey Kara! Glad you liked NO CHANCE and that Gabe's snarling was endearing. (:
You're the second person I've talked to who bought NO CHANCE at Walmart. Cool!
And, of course, I'm thrilled you're looking forward to SECOND CHANCE now!
Have a great day at work!
Hi Christy and Pamela,
Christy, I enjoyed your first three books and am looking forward to this new one. Pamela- super excited for yours too!
Christy-- you mentioned that reunion romances are a favorite theme for you. Why do you think that is? What's special about them? And are they easier or harder to write than two strangers coming together?
Well, obviously I made it to work. The roads weren't bad, actually. Just snow and ice. No 13-foot snow drifts that block the road today.
My day so far: Coffee. Editorial staff meeting (I lead those; I am Tom, after all). Production meeting (same deal). And now off for a meeting of department heads over a sushi lunch. Then back to work.
Rebecca and Ronlyn — I'm waiting to see the answers to your questions!
Mr. Awesometastic (Nancy & Leiha's name for Scott) and I had a great sushi dinner on our date night this weekend. Complete with martinis, and a trip to a martini bar after dinner. Champaigne/strawberries & dark chocolate ruffels in the room, which had rosepetals scattered on the turned down bed....it was a lovely date night. :-)
Hey Rebecca, thanks so much!
Great question about reunion romances. I think they can make for a really emotional story. And I do love a book that tears at my emotions. Those who have been reading my blog for a while know that I can be a bit of a...shall we say, crybaby? I have to have a happy ending, but if that happy ending makes me cry, I'm all the happier for it. (:
I'm blogging over at Borders True Romance blog today and one of the commenters mentioned something I hadn't thought of, but think it's so true. With a reunion, you don't, unless you want to, have to rebuild that chemistry. The attraction was there years ago, so you don't have to have that warming up period.
Also, if the couple is torn apart by outside forces, as was Gabe and Skylar, I think the reunion can be even more poignant. Making for one of the lovely tear-jerking endings.
Thanks for stopping by!
Hey Ronlyn, I answered your question but the cyber monsters must have gobbled down my reply. Sorry!
I haven't visited Paris. I hope to some day. I have been to Mexico, not Ixtapa! Several scenes in NO CHANCE take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and I have been there. Interesting city! Most of the book is located in New York City, which I love. Can't wait to visit again.
Funny, when I started writing RESCUE ME, I kept telling my characters they needed to go somewhere else to their story. Somewhere I'd actually been! They refused. And it wasn't until I wrote RETURN TO ME that I understood why. So weird how the mind works!
My most romantic place? I so want to go to Scotland and Ireland. Not only am I sure they're both beautiful, but the accents just make me swoon. Gerard Butler anyone?
And what a wonderfully romantic evening you had with Mr. Awesometastic. He's sounds very much the perfect romantic hero. (:
Hey Linda, thanks so much. Hope you get the CHANCE to read my books and that you enjoy them.
Another Gabe? You know, I think Cindy Gerard has a Gabe in one of her wonderful books. Readers could get all three, Pamela's, Cindy's and mine and have a Gabe-fest. (:
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Cindy's Gabe (as opposed to Christy's Gabe or Pamela's Gabe) was in SHOW NO MERCY, the first of a series. He actually made an appearance in INTO THE DARK, which we've talked about before.
Now I think I want my own Gabe! LOL Guess I'll make due with the Gabefest previously mentioned. Wonderful idea in fact! :)
Hey, Jane. Thanks so much. You'll definitely see Noah again. And of course Cole, which I hope will wet your appetite for SECOND CHANCE. SC is almost a reunion book and you'll get a look into just about every LCR operative's life. (:
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you love Gabe's story!
We can compare using excerpts or something. "Gabe's darkest moment," "Gabe's sexiest moment," and so on. Who knows? It could be really fun.
Just got home from work. It was NOT a fun day. Now I feel like roadkill, but it's time to start my second job, writing books.
But first, supper.
Hi Spav! Romantic suspense is my favorite subgenre of romance to read. I love the combination of suspense blended with two people falling in love. Even when I started writing and only planned to write contemporary, someone always ended up trying to hurt or kill my heroine or hero. (:
I don't really see me shifting to a different subgenre any time soon. Though I love reading different ones, I still have several romantic suspense stories I want to tell.
Glad you enjoy reunion romances! Thanks for stopping by!
Oh, and now I'm seeing Gabes everywhere on my keeper shelves. LOL SEP's Dream a Little Dream and Marliss Melton's Forget Me Not? Both heroes were Gabe. Christy, NO CHANCE is already on my keeper shelf, Pamela, I'm saving a place for NAKED EDGE. Sounds like I could have an entire shelf devoted to sigh worthy Gabes. LOL
Hi Pamela....can't wait till tomorrow!!!
Hi Christy, I'm thrilled with your success and can't wait to read No Chance.
I'm also a huge fan of historical romance and love Pamela's historical MacKinnon's Rangers Series....Have you ever thought of writing historical novels????
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So... based on this super stellar blog entry, I did a little research on if B&N had no chance. Well they did, and I had it on my to do list. Then tonight I was walking through Walmart picking up some lightbulbs, and thank goodness the book section is at the front of the store, but chilling on a shelf was No Chance. So I bought it. I'm going to read it as I pretend to do my assignments that are due tomorrow, and am super stoked!
hi christy and pamela! no chance sounds like an AWESOME read. i'm a sucker for reunion stories especially ones that feature a h/h who were already married! please count me in for the giveaway.
a question for christy: which of your books was the easiest to write and which was the hardest?
Hi Chelleyreads, thanks so much! If you get the CHANCE to read NO CHANCE, hope you enjoy it!
Having a couple that was already married was a bit different for me. And I have to say I really enjoyed that aspect of it. The connection Gabe and Skylar had from years ago was still there. And once they're reunited, they both very AWARE that they're still married. (:
Easiest to write? Can't say any of them were really easy. Some were just harder. NO CHANCE was much easier to write than SECOND CHANCE, the second book in this trilogy. By the time I finished that book, I was emotionally drained. LOL. Okay, I actually find myself emotionally drained after I finish any book, but it did take me longer to get back to normal after SECOND CHANCE.
Interesting question. Thanks for stopping by!
Christy, thanks so much for taking time today to come and answer all our questions. And thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hello.
I know I wasn't around much, but I did get to read everyone's comments and questions and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Sadly, I have to go to bed now. Wednesday is our press deadline, so Tuesday is always a very busy day.
You night owls enjoy each others company. :-)
And, Christy, tomorrow is the big day! Know that I'm cheering for you.
WOW! It just hit me between the eyes — if tomorrow is your release day, Christy, then my release day is only one week away!
And there it is on my countdown widget. Almost down to the last week.
(See, I'm an investigative reporter. Nothing gets past me, like what day it is and stuff. LOL!)
Congratulations to Mariska and Debbie H.! Winners of the signed copies of NO CHANCE!
Mariska and Debbie, please email me your snail mail addresses at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get it out to you.
Thanks to everyone for commenting and visiting with me. Had a great time chatting with you all! Since today is release day, I'm having a release day party over on my site. Lots of cool prizes and signed books! Come on over, starting at 10:00 AM (CST) and celebrate with me for another CHANCE to win!
And thanks again, Pamela, for your kindness!
I look forward to visiting with you on my blog next Monday/Tuesday to celebrate the release of NAKED EDGE!
Congrats, Mariska and Debbie H!!!
And, thanks, Christy, for sharing copies of your books.
I hope my copy of NO CHANCE comes today. It shipped, so there's at least a CHANCE that it will. ;-)
Christy, you are so welcome! I'll be popping by your blog later today to share in the Release Day Party fun.
Those of you who are new to this blog, I invite you back a week from today, when I'll be having a release party for NAKED EDGE and giving away signed copies of the book.
Christina, you know, here's the thing about coffee... I have to drink it to be functional. So until I do, life is confusing. I spill things, forget what I'm doing, stand at the counter of the coffee shop struggling to form the words "triple-shot vanilla latte." I hope your book is okay!
Have a wonderful day, everyone!
And Christy — CONGRATULATIONS!!!
I've read NO CHANCE, too, and once again I find myself agreeing with Kara C -- I'm SO ready for SECOND CHANCE and Cole's story.
This was a great interview and I enjoyed it immensely. Here's hoping Pamela and Christy can talk Cindy Gerard into that Gabefest! Sounds like tons of fun comparing Gabes!!
Best of luck to both Christy and Pamela on the release of their new books!
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Favorite Writing Quotes
"I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day."
"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery."
"Writers are those for whom writing is more difficult that it is for others."
"When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth."
"The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar is the test of their power."
"No tears in the author, no tears in the reader."
"I'm a writer. I give the truth scope."
—the character of Chaucer in A Knight's Tale