Sunday, April 22, 2012

Author Interview with Patricia Rasey April 22 - 27

Congratulations to Tigris! Winner of eBook giveaway!

We're on location with Patricia Rasey this week. As you can see a crime has been committed. We've received special permission from the local police to follow Patricia around as she shares her new release "Love You to Pieces".


*Ducking under the yellow tape and holding it high for everyone to enter* There's Patricia talking to an investigator. 

Reader’s Haven: Hi Patricia! We've never been this close to witness the ins and out of the police working on a crime scene. Thanks for inviting us. Tell us a bit about yourself  that our readers might not know.

Patricia:  I was always the last one picked for sports. The one no one wanted on their team. I think that’s why, later in life, I chose to take up martial arts and become a 3rd degree Black Belt. Though I am now retired.

 

Reader’s Haven: What made you want to become a writer?

Patricia: I’m a day-dreamer by heart. I have a vivid imagination. I tried a Creative Writing course in high school and loved it. One day—I just knew I had to put my imagination to some use.

Reader’s Haven: Please share a bit about your new release, Love You to Pieces, without giving away any spoilers.

Patricia:  Jaycen McCain is a tortured hero. He lost his daughter a year ago to leukemia, and now his wife’s hand comes home to him in a box. His whole life is destroyed. His wife’s cousin, Sara St. James, wants to help…but Jaycen doesn’t want it. A long the way to finding his wife’s killer…Sara and Jay discover a desire too hard to ignore. 


Reader’s Haven: Do you write under a pen name?

Patricia:  No, I do not. At this point, I have always used my real name.

Reader’s Haven: What types of hero or heroine do you like best?

Patricia:  I love alpha males. Even to read for pleasure. Something about the bad boy is such a turn on. So when I write my bad boy heroes, I need a strong female who can stand up to them.

Reader’s Haven: Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.

Patricia:  I have a full time job as well, outside of writing. So I can’t say I have a typical day. I do work from home, so I spend my daytime hours working from the computer, doing emails, keeping up with social medias, and then I start supper. Afterwards, I sit down to hash out my stories. So the biggest share of my writing is done in the evenings and weekends.

Reader’s Haven: Do your books have a common theme or are they all different?

Patricia:  I do have some sequels of each other, such as: Deadly Obsession and The Hour Before Dawn, Kiss of Deceit and Eyes of Betrayal. Fa├žade will eventually link to Love You to Pieces sequel: Charred Remains. But all my books can be read as stand alone books.

Reader’s Haven: How long does it take you to write and then edit a story?

Patricia:  I wish I could say six months to write and another month to edit, but with the day job, a book now takes me about year. I just don’t find the writing time I used too. Although now that I am working from home again, I have been writing much more over the course of the past year.

Reader’s Haven: Do you have to be alone to write?

Patricia:  For the most part. I don’t like distractions.

Reader’s Haven: How do you go about naming characters?

Patricia:  I don’t have a special way of coming up with names. Either I see a name that catches my fancy—or one just pops in my head. If I am doing a character of a certain nationality, I’ll do research on the Internet.

Reader’s Haven: Is it easier to write about the characters if you find pictures of them before you write or do you write then find character pictures?

Patricia:  Absolutely. I use software for novelists called WriteWay. It allows you to place pictures of in profiles of your characters. I’m a very visual person. So it helps me to look at a picture of my character when describing him/her. And by using visuals—I never accidentally change his/her looks.

Reader’s Haven: How do you pick locations for your stories?

Patricia:  I like small towns, so I have used them a lot in my books. Some town police officials don’t have big crime labs at their disposal, so it makes it more interesting I think.

Reader's Haven: Patricia, thank you again for visiting with us this week! And you have an announcement for the readers?

Patricia: Yes I do! One lucky commenter will receive a copy of Love You to Pieces (Kindle or NOOK, their choice). Readers can find me on the following links.

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Love You to Pieces on Amazon
Synopsis:

It's been a few months since Jaycen McCain's troubled wife fell victim to a sadistic killer. Losing Kelly Jo has haunted him deeply, and his failure to keep her safe has driven Jay to the brink of a bleak, self-destructive despair. But the small-town police detective has bigger problems to deal with when a string of serial murders crop up on his home turf--murders with eerie similarities to the violence perpetrated on his wife.

Compelled to stop the killer and find much-needed answers about Kelly Jo's final hours, Jay is forced to enlist the help of a woman too tempting for his own peace of mind: Kelly Jo's pretty cousin, Sara St. James. Together, Jay and Sara embark on a pursuit for justice that will take them into an underground world of dark places and dangerous, irresistible desires. As an unwanted passion kindles and combusts between them, the killer closes in, pulling Jay and Sara into the web of an evil that will rock them to their core.


Excerpt:

      Standing, he walked over to the sink and stared at his pale reflection. What had Kelly seen in Dax that she hadn’t in him? A warm body. Turning on the cold water full blast, he splashed his face and washed his hands. Upon exiting the men’s room, he saw Star talking with a shorter girl, wearing a tight pleated skirt and black leather bra.

      Perfect. He’d rescue Sara and get the hell out of here.

      Sara stood with her back to Jaycen, so when he leaned in and whispered in the ear Dax wasn’t lathering in spit, she jumped and set herself away from Count Dracula. “Jay?”

      “We’re leaving.”

      Her gaze widened. “So soon? But—”

      Jaycen gripped her arm and pulled her toward the staircase. She looked back at Dax, who no doubt, stood watching the spectacle Jaycen created. He didn’t give a damn. Dracula should feel damn lucky dragging Sara away had been his only move. Had he followed his gut instincts, the man would be lying in a pool of blood.

      Outside on the sidewalk, Jaycen gulped in fresh air. He released Sara and leaned against the building. She planted her fists on her hips. “You mind telling me what this is all about?”

      Several cars buzzed down the busy avenue as the street lamps cast an eerie amber glow to the cloudy night. Hell, where would he start? The part where his wife likely snorted the white stuff? Or the part where she had Dracula securely wrapped between her thighs as he slammed into her in a public restroom? He stabbed his hand into his hair and fought another oncoming panic attack. He drew in oxygen, squared his shoulders and faced Sara head on. Maybe telling someone might help him cope with Kelly Jo’s betrayal. He certainly wasn’t handling it well on his own.

      Seeing his distress, she stepped closer and laid a hand on his cheek. “What’s wrong, Jay? You’re scaring me.”

      Jaycen bowed his head, not shaking off her touch. He leaned into the heat like a moth drawn to flames. Her gaze widened, her lips parted, and he kissed her… 

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Patricia Rasey's Deadly Obssession on Amazon


A killer is loose who has a taste for human blood. Cole presses harder into the investigation, but the body count climbs. He has personal reasons for detesting the press, so sparks fly when Laurie hounds him for a story. Fate forces them to join forces, neither one anticipating the attraction that ensues. But just as Cole thinks he is close to finding all the answers, both personal and professional, Laurie disappears.


All of her books on B&N

15 comments:

  1. Hi Pat! Deadly Obsession and Kiss You to Pieces are definitely going on my TBR list. Thank you again for visiting with us this week. ~Louise

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  2. Thanks, Louise...I do hope that you like my work if you get a chance to read it! Thank you so much for having me here at Reader's Haven! XXOO

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  3. This was a great interview! Why am I just now finding out about these books I read Fear The Darkness Loved it!

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  4. Thanks, Tidris. I don't know...maybe because I stink at promoting myself? LOL Glad you liked Fear! Warms my heart! Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate it! And thanks for liking the Interview as well.

    XXOO

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  5. Ugh...stupid fingers. Tigris! Sorry!

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  6. You get my creative mind humming. Can't wait to read "Love You to Pieces". I also stink at promoting myself, hate to talk about myself.

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  7. That was an awesome excerpt! I can't wait to read Love You to Pieces. It sounds so yummy! Deadly Obsession sounds instense as well. I will be adding these to my to buy list. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Thanks, Susan...glad to be of assistance with that creative flow process. And yes, self-promotion is hard to do. But then you have to remember, if you don't do it, no one will do it for you. Thanks for stopping and I hope you like Love You to Pieces!

    XXOO

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  9. Hi, Rhonda! Thank you for stopping by! I do so appreciate it! And thank you for adding my books to your TBB list. If you get a chance to read them...I hope you like them!

    XXOO

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  10. *Re-tying the crime scene tape on the pole* You think the police will solve this murder anytime soon?
    Thanks everyone for stopping by. It's been great having Pat here this week. Good luck in drawing! ~Louise

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  11. What good luck!

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  12. Thank you for having me! I appreciate it and everyone stopping by!! XXOO

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  13. Congratulations to Trigis! Winner of eBook giveaway! Trigris, I left a message on Fb for you - need you email addy. ~Louise/Brenda

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  14. Oops sorry Tigris. Darn fat fingering! LOL

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  15. WTG Tigris!
    Happy reading! *^_^*

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