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TODAY’S Q&A AND GIVEAWAY:

ANGELA CAMPBELL

{Contemporary Romantic Suspense}

~ON THE SCENT~

(Book 1 in a series)

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so without further ado….

WELCOME ANGELA!!


MBA&M: Hi, Angela, thank you for visiting with us today! Please tell our readers a little about yourself?

I’m an eclectic reader who loves almost every genre, but I read my first romance novel at 16. The more I read, the more I wanted to write similar books. Many offbeat attempts (and a couple of decades) later, I published my first story through Carina Press and have since sold a three-book series to Harper Impulse. I always try to build in a paranormal element to a contemporary and recognizable world with characters who find love in oftentimes humorous and extraordinary situations. That aside, I’m also a mild-mannered reporter with almost 15 years experience as a general assignment reporter, features editor and graphic designer. I’ve also worked as a production assistant in TV and film. I’m a HUGE advocate of animal rescue. I love all animals, especially my spoiled rotten sidekick-in-fur, Dusti (she’s a cat).

 

MBA&M: What was your inspiration for writing “On The Scent”?

I read an article about an Italian heiress who left her entire fortune of £10 million to a stray black cat she fed regularly, and her nurse was left in charge of the cat. I’m a huge animal lover, but even I thought, “That’s craaazy!” But as my mind has a tendency to do, it started pinging off ideas for a story in different directions. What if this happened to a nurse here? She might need protection. Oooh, hunky bodyguard! What if he was more than a bodyguard? What if he had psychic abilities and could communicate with the animals? What if the heiress wasn’t who she’d claimed to be? And so on.

 

MBA&M: What inspired you to write Romantic Suspense in general?

I never intentionally set out to write romantic suspense, but it seems every time my story starts moving along, suddenly there’s a suspense element to it. I think I just love suspense in general, whether it be in movies or books, so it always finds its way into whatever I’m working on. My father is a retired FBI officer and police officer, and I often wonder if I inherited his penchant for solving mysteries.

 

MBA&M: Who was your favorite character in “On The Scent” to write? Why?

It’s a toss up between Abbott and Costello, but I’ll go ahead and say Costello. Yes, I chose the dog over the human characters. My best friend’s dog, Sunny, is who I based Costello on simply because Sunny himself is such a character. I’m always in stitches around that dog! If anyone says Costello isn’t realistic, I’d like to introduce them to Sunny. He’ll be humping her legs and grinning mischievously in minutes!

 

MBA&M: What is your inspiration to use animals and mystery in your stories?

I love animals and am around them all the time. In my job as a reporter, I implemented a pet of the week column and took a lot of pride in being a real fluff reporter, spotlighting animal rescue efforts in our community. There are a lot of people who love pets, but the problem of homeless animals and neglected or abused animals is very widespread. Any chance I get to promote responsible pet ownership, I take it. That aside, I think animals can be a great healing factor for fictional characters and can help progress the humans’ development throughout a story, if used correctly. As for mystery, who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery?

 

MBA&M:  Give us one word to describe your characters in “On The Scent”…..

Hannah Dawson: Worried

Zachary Collins: Hot

The Psychic Detective: Awesome

MBA&M: What is your all-time favorite name for a dog and a cat?

I think Kitty Purry (Katie Perry’s cat’s name) is genius.

I like ironic names for dogs. For example, my brother had a tiny Chihuahua he named Rambo.

 

MBA&M: Who is one of your female role models, be it real of fiction? Why?

I’m not shy about stating this. I love Lois Lane. When I was a little girl, I had three older brothers, no sisters, and my mother passed away when I was 12. I was surrounded by overbearing men. I remember watching “Superman: The Movie” and later “Lois and Clark: The Real Adventures of Superman” and being amazed a woman could match wits with men like that. She’s tough, independent, and, duh, Superman is her boyfriend. I’d love to be her!

 

MBA&M: If you were a character in one of your novels, who would you be and why?

I’d be Hannah in “On the Scent.” She’s got money, pets, and a sexy P.I. looking after her. Enough said.

 

MBA&M: Which author would you have write your story with flair but a bit of mystery?

Oooh. Tough question. Gonna have to go with Nora Roberts on that one.

 

MBA&M: And last but not least, what can readers expect to see from you next, if you can reveal this information of course? 

The second book in this series should be out around September/October — I don’t yet have a release date. Alexandra King, the psychic medium who helps Zach in “On the Scent” finds herself in the middle of a serial killer mystery while trying to reunite Zach with his brother, Dylan. It has ghosts, suspense, and, yes, Abbott and Costello make an appearance in this book, too.

 

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to connect with you and where they may purchase “On the Scent”?

My book is currently available on Amazon.com, both in the U.S. and the U.K., as well as iTunes and Google Play. They can learn more about my book and find buy links at my website, www.AngelaCampbellOnline.com, and connect with me on Twitter @angelacampbel.

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Here’s the official blurb for ON THE SCENT: 

Hannah Dawson has a big problem: she’s just become the unexpected owner of a snarky cat, a loveable but not-so-bright dog… and their $10 million fortune!

Which would be awesome if it hadn’t made her the target of every wacko in the metro Atlanta area. Now Hannah and her famous pets need protecting. And there’s only one man who can help them…

Enter Zachary Collins: ex-TV star of ‘The Psychic Detective’ and street-wise private investigator – all 6 foot blue-eyed gorgeousness!

Only Zach’s got secrets of his own… not least that he finds Hannah, his client, irresistibly hot. The more time he spends keeping her out of harm’s way, the more he’s tempted to give in to the attraction and break all his own rules.

WHERE TO BUY:
Amazon   |   Amazon UK  |   Barnes and Noble  |   iTunes  |  Google Play  |  Kobo  |  HarperImpulse

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A bit about the author:

Angela Campbell is an overachiever with a soft spot for men who dress funny. Superman, Charlie Chaplin, Dracula, Doctor Who, Elvis – those are her kind of heroes. An eclectic reader who loves almost every genre, Angela read her first romance novel at 16 and immediately endeavored to write one, too. Many offbeat attempts (and a couple of decades) later, she published her first novel through Carina Press and has since sold a three-book series to Harper Impulse. With every story she pens, Angela aims to build in a paranormal element to a contemporary and recognizable world with characters who find love in oftentimes humorous and extraordinary situations.A mild-mannered reporter with almost 15 years experience as a general assignment reporter, features editor and graphic designer, Angela has also worked as a production assistant in TV and film. An advocate of animal rescue, she loves all animals, especially her sidekick-in-fur, Dusti.

Website: www.angelacampbellonline.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelaCampbellBooks

Twitter: @angelacampbel

AUTHORGRAPH
http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/AngelaCampbel
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FYI:
The author is making a commitment to donate half of her author royalties to her local animal shelter’s second chance fund!!

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“My Thoughts” at:

REVIEW~ ON THE SCENT by Angela Campbell…

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~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by the author)

Thanks to the author we are offering 2 lucky commenters, each a digital copy of ON THE SCENT” gifted from either Amazon or Amazon UK. Giveaway will run from August 29 until September 5,2013.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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