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MBA&M: What do you feel the allure of “cowboys” are to readers?


CC:  First, I’d like to thank you for having me at your blog. I so appreciate bloggers helping me get the word out about my books. Now, to answer your question . . .


Ahh, cowboys, good ol’ boy Texans.  There is just something about men who aren’t afraid to speak their mind, to go after what they want, whether it’s a girl or a villain. These men are confident and sure of themselves.  They have it in their heads about what they want and they aren’t afraid to go after it with everything they have.  In fact, they approach everything in their lives with confidence and bravado.   Ahh, but when they meet the heroine . . . well, that’s when those big, strong cowboys grow weak in the knees and unlike the horses they’re used to taming, this time it’s usually them who get broken in.  What’s not to love about a good ol’ boy Texan with big heart?


 MBA&M: What inspired you to write this genre? 


CC:  I wanted to write a trilogy similar to my Divorced and Desperate series.   All my novels are set in Texas.  Why?  Well, because Texas is just unique.  There isn’t very many places where you can get mad at someone and buy a gun that same day to take them out before you get over being pissed.  LOL.  Seriously, Texas is just a bit different.  And Texans are too.  They’re bold, risk takers, slightly flawed but good people, and that just makes them good characters.  My books also include some suspense, so I decided when plotting to make my three heroes private investigators.  And because I always like to give my characters internal issues because of some past heartache, I decided to have had them be former cops who were framed and sent to prison for a crime they didn’t commit.  I love having a lot of baggage to work with.  It just makes my characters’ happy endings so much sweeter.



MBA&M: What is next for you and your writing? 


CC:  Well, I also write a Young Adult Paranormal series called Shadow Falls for St. Martin’s Press/\ Griffin as C.C. Hunter, so I stay pretty busy keeping up with two series.  Right now, I’m writing the fifth and last book in the Shadow Falls series, and I’m about to start the third and last book in the Hotter in Texas series.  After that, I get to dive into something completely new.  I always love starting something brand new.  I get reenergized.



MBA&M: Who do you contribute your desire for writing to and why?


CC:  A great question!  Being southern, storytelling was part of my heritage.  We would sit around the dinner table and try to one up each other with stories.  And if a lie made the story better, that was just fine.   Being dyslexic, I didn’t entertain the idea of becoming a writer until I was an adult and ballsy enough to take on that challenge.  However, storytelling was ingrained in me at a young age.  My grandmother, Evelyn Keith, was a school teacher and a closet writer herself, so she was a big inspiration to me.  She never once let me believe that just because I had a disability, it meant I couldn’t accomplish things.  “Just work harder and you’ll make it.”  She was right.  It was hard work, but since I just hit the NY Times and the USA Today best-seller lists, she also might be right that I’d make it.  Thanks Grandma!

MBA&M: Do you have any regrets? 


CC:  Hmm…what is the definition of a regret?  Do I look back and see mistakes.  Oh, heck yes.  But would I change them now?  I’m not so sure about that.  You see, the lessons I learned, the experiences I’ve lived through and the struggles I’ve endured have all shaped and molded me into the person I am today.  I’m a better writer because I’ve known what it is to love and to have my heart broken and taken that long walk down divorce lane.  Dropping out of high school isn’t something I’d recommend to anyone, but the lessons I learned from being tossed into adulthood before my time, and teaching myself to write by my own rules is part of what had shaped me into the writer I am today.  So yes, I made a lot of mistakes, but most of them I wouldn’t change, because then I’m not sure I’d be who I am today.


Thanks again for inviting me here to your blog.  If your readers want to know more about me and my books, they can find information at my website,  For a little taste of my Hotter in Texas series, watch the video below.  I hope you enjoy!


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Zoe Adams has always been content with her quiet nights at home, watching TV alone-until her life turns into a real-life episode of Unsolved Mystery Hunters. The story of a kidnapped girl triggers unexplained memories, and Zoe is dead-set on figuring out why. Her search leads her to one of the Lone Star State’s richest families-and to sexy PI Tyler Lopez. Tyler has sworn off women, especially redheads with killer curves who poke their noses into his clients’ private lives. Still, he can’t deny the attraction any more than he can deny that some of Zoe’s crazy story makes sense. But when she becomes a hit man’s target, this cold case starts heating up. Suddenly, Tyler will do anything to protect Zoe-even risk his heart.


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An update.

We have a post that is to go up today, however it will be late.  I forgot it last night.  AprilR is in surgery right now.  We are still looking at a few more hours of waiting to hear more.  So please be patient with us and soon we will be back to running smoothly like always.

Thank you for all the prayers and kind words.



An interview and #Giveaway with author Andrea Thalasinos


MBA: Tell us about your book.

Andrea Thalasinos: It’s the story of how an act of kindness triggered a series of cascading events in many people’s lives.
MBA:  Apparently the inspiration behind this novel all started with a puppy. Tell us more about that.
AT: The inspiration began with looking into the puppy’s background, the history of the breed. They’re different from other dogs and I was curious about them. But when I discovered the parallels between Native Americans and the treatment of many of the Peoples of the Russian Far East, I felt there was a story here that needed to be told. And particularly what happened to the Chukchi under Soviet collectivization and rule for generations until the collapse and transition into the Russian Federation. Also, I was curious as to what happened to the dogs that had been central to the lives of the Coastal Chukchi.
MAB: How much research and what kind did you put into An Echo Through the Snow?
AT: I was ready to hop on a plane, but the realities of life wouldn’t let me. So I used the tremendous holdings of the University of Wisconsin Libraries and resources, as well as other articles and books I discovered through my travels. The most amazing cold weather photography collection, gave me current photographic ethnographies of how the Chukchi and surrounding people still live.
MBA: How does your educational background lend itself to your creative work?
AT: While I don’t have formal training, e.g. MFA or other professional writing credentials that many have these days, I’m more driven by story and the storm of a creative idea. Being a sociologist myself, it’s often the creative tug of a social dilemma that precedes everything.
MBA: Where did you get the idea to create and then intertwine the two narratives?

AT: While standing under a hot shower one day I realized the lives of these people were inextricably linked. The task became to allow it to happen. People tried to talk me out of it, rejected it because of it, and I suppose it might have worked more smoothly without doing that, or by focusing on one narrative or the other, but I couldn’t. That was how the story was conceived, that was how it had to be told otherwise I wouldn’t write it. It wasn’t stubbornness; it was organic, if I may use that word.
MBA:  How did your real life relationship or impression of animals—specifically dogs—evolve while writing this tale?

AT: Funny thing. As I began assembling this story, I also began assembling my own sled dog team. I started with one husky and ended up with six. My kids and I ran them for eight years through the snowy hills
of Wisconsin. We had a ball!! Some of the best and fondest memories. When you have that many dogs (and YES they DID all live in the house, on the couch, sleeping in beds with my kids) you see pack dynamics and interactions that others miss when they only have one or two dogs.
MBA:  What similarities do you see between Jeaantaa and Rosalie?

AT: Both are trapped in marriages, but more importantly the dogs become more important than their lives or safety. Neither thinks of their well-being before the dogs, especially Rosalie as she moves to save Smokey.
MBA: Who, in your opinion, is your target audience?

AT: People who love history, animals, are curious about dog sledding, and are interested in what someone from Library Journal called, and I’m paraphrasing“…history’s darker corners.”
MBA:  Do you see any yourself in any of these characters?

AT: I see myself in all of my characters.
MBA: Finally, where can we find your book?

AT: I believe it will be widely available on its release date of August 21, 2012.

Now if you’d like to find out more about An ECHO THROUGH SNOW by Andrea Thalasinos, check out Angela’s website:












ECHO THROUGH THE SNOW *taken from author’s website*
In today’s climate of hopelessness and
despair, An Echo Through the Snow is
a story of relationships between unlikely
people that compel them to persevere
with the belief that a better world is
possible. Set in far eastern Siberia as
well as the Red Cliff Indian Reservation on Lake Superior in Wisconsin, both
places are center stage where the forces of personal and cultural destruction
try to entice the characters into surrender and desperation. It’s only through
conviction of the heart that Rosalie McKenzie, Jeaantaa, and Tariem endeavor
to bring that better world closer to realization.In 1919 when young Jeaantaa’s betrothed dies in a hunt on the Bering Sea, she is
pressured into an unwanted marriage to Tariem, his older brother. Ten years later
as Stalin’s Red Army advances to their village on the Bering seacoast, Jeaantaa
is forced to make a decision about their dogs, called guardians. Her actions put her
at odds with both her husband and the ancient ways of the Chukchi. Thwarting their
family’s plan to escape into reindeer country, she vanishes after a meeting with
Robert Ramsay, a young man from Nome, Alaska. Her disappearance leaves
Tariem haunted for a lifetime as to her fate and the whereabouts of dozens of their
young dogs. Later in 1994 after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Tariem returns with
other villagers to reclaim their ancestral lands and culture after the decades long
ravages of Soviet domination.

In 1992, eighteen year old Rosalie McKenzie is her own worst enemy as she’s at
odds with the world. Stuck in a destructive marriage along with a string of dead-end
jobs, she breaks ranks to save Smokey, an abused husky at great consequence to
her own well-being. As Rosalie gains a passion for this elegant animal, she unwittingly
ventures along a path of self discovery. Hired as a dog handler by Jan and Dave,
who own a local sled dog racing kennel, she finds herself center stage in the world
of competitive dog sledding. It’s there she meets Charlie Gokee, a veterinarian and
retired Alaskan dog musher who sees in Rosalie all the spirit, strength and potential
she fails to recognize in herself. Rosalie shines as she comes into her own. And it’s
through a series of mysterious events or remembrances that Rosalie embodies the
spirit of Jeaantaa as a contemporary Keeper of the Guardians. Through Charlie,
she meets legendary musher Robert Ramsay who opens doors to the many
puzzling dreams and intuitions that served as the initial impetus for saving Smokey.

Readers of Echo are treated to vivid locations and highly charged emotional themes
that reveal little known historical and political events spanning sixty years. As the
narratives weave together they meet towards the end in a dramatic present time
conclusion where an ancient breed of canines, huskies that have thrived in the homes
and hearts of northern peoples, help to guide the way home.

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A visit with Robin Kaye #Giveaway

Today we at My Book Addiction and more are honored to welcome author Robin Kaye for a visit. So sit back, read on and enjoy!


MBA: What was your inspiration in writing “Call Me Wild”?


Robin: I’m wracking my brain trying to remember the inspiration and I can’t remember how I came up with the idea! Isn’t that strange? As far as I can remember, Jessie just popped into my head and I thought she’d be perfect for Fisher.


I have a hard time finding heroines for my heroes. I knew she would have to challenge Fisher. He’s a man who thrives on a challenge, and Jessie challenges him in every way possible. She’s a jock and can best most men at anything athletic. So when Fisher spots her on his morning run and has a hard time keeping up with her, he’s immediately intrigued. Jessie, on the other hand, is not interested. She’s just been laid off from her dream job as a sports reporter for The Times, and moved to Boise, Idaho to live rent-free in her best friend’s second home to write a book. The last thing she needs is a pretty boy who looks as if he spends half his time bleaching his teeth, the other half working on his tan and lives in his mother’s basement. When Jessie and Fisher keep running into each other, she wonders if he’s a stalker. First impressions are often wrong—but not usually as far off base as Jessie’s. It takes her a while to realize her mistake, and it was a fun road to travel with her.


I might not be sure what inspired the idea, but I sure had a lot of fun writing it. Boise and Stanley (where Call Me Wild takes place) are two of my favorite spots in the country. I was so excited to have the opportunity to go back a few weeks ago. I had my itinerary all set—I was going to take the family to Stanley (for research purposes of course). I’d planned go jet boating to the far side of Redfish Lake and take them on my favorite hike and do some fly-fishing on the Salmon River with my uncle. From there, I thought we’d head down to Ketchum and Sun Valley for a few days. Unfortunately, there was a huge forest fire north of Stanley, which filled Ketchum and Sun Valley with smoke so it was not to be. Still, we managed to have a great time in Boise. I checked out the real Humpin’ Hannah’s, took the kids to eat at my favorite breakfast place, Goldy’s—huckleberries are in season and you haven’t lived until you’ve tried their Huckleberry pancakes… Even with the smoke from the Stanley and McCall fires, I managed to fall in love with Boise all over again and so did my kids. We never wanted to leave.


MBA: What is something that scares the heck out of you?


RK: Forest fires. Last week I drove through one. Yeah, really! The forest fighters had a pilot car that ferried us down the road through the fire, which was smoldering on both sides of us. It had even jumped the river. I had my three teenagers with me and we were going to my uncle’s cabin in Garden Valley, about an hour north of Boise. Once we got there, the smoke wasn’t too bad but got thicker as the day went on. I took one look and asked if there was another way to Boise if they should close the road. When my uncle told me the only other way was down a dirt road over the mountains (which in a Prius is not advisable) we headed out, praying the road was still open. It was, but the fire had definitely had gotten worse.


MBA: Are you working on any new projects?


RK: I have a new series, Bad Boys of Red Hook, the first of which is coming out in December. I wrote a novella called HOMETOWN GIRL which will come out in e-book only to introduce the series, and at the end of December, BACK TO YOU: BAD BOYS OF RED HOOK is already up for pre-sale and will be out in print and e-book. I’m really excited about the new series and I’m loving writing about Brooklyn again.


I’m also working on Trapper’s book, A LITTLE ON THE WILD SIDE, and planning books for Karma and possibly Andrew (a character who everyone will meet in CALL ME WILD). I’ve been getting so much fan mail asking for a book for Andrew, I’m a little shocked by it. There are so many people who are worried about Andrew finding his happily ever after, I figure I can’t let them down.


Call Me Wild

Robin Kaye

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July, 2012)
Language: English

ISBN-13:  978-1-4022-5733-9

Chapter One…

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She doesn’t know a single thing about relationships…

Unemployed sportswriter Jessie James plans to make a killing writing a bestselling romance novel. She’s never read one, but really, how hard can it be? Moving cross-country to a borrowed house in Idaho, Jessie starts her research with the first gorgeous guy she runs into…

Luckily, he knows everything…

Sports doctor Fisher Kincaid notices Jessie right away–the transplanted Easterner sticks out like a sore thumb in the small town. When he discovers she’s researching attraction and romance, he graciously offers himself as a test subject. That’s when everything starts to go wrong, and they both find out how much they need a few good lessons in love…

Call Me Wild is available for pre-order at your favorite bookseller.

If you have ever wondered why we love those guys who can cook, clean and fix the car, you might want to read my Top Ten Reasons Women Love Domestic gods.


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A feature and #Giveaway with Ginny Aiken’s #ForSuchATimeAsThis #womenofhope


Today we are honored to welcome author Ginny Aiken to My Book Addiction and More. Today is a feature and giveaway so be sure to read on!


Ginny Aiken

  • ISBN: 0892968486
  • Publisher: FaithWords (August 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
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Book Description

Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Drought has forced farmers around the small town of Bountiful in the Hope region of Oregon to mortgage their property. Then word comes of plans for a spur line to run through the area and join the railroad in nearby Milton. Folks with money see an opportunity to fill their coffers by buying farmland cheap then selling to the railroad for a profit. The Bank of Bountiful, owned by Eli Whitman, appears to be doing that, as well.
Widowed two years earlier, Eli, with a son and daughter to raise, sought a hard-working, educated Christian woman to care for them and his home. Olivia Moore filled the bill, and as soon as Eli recognized her as an excellent investment, he offered her first employment then a marriage of convenience.
While Olivia is an excellent choice, her large family gives Eli pause. He knows about the problems posed by in-laws, so he will do whatever it takes to avoid a repeat of his earlier experiences.
When Papa tells Olivia the Moore family must move according to Eli’s terms for the new railroad line, she fears for their safety, since they’ll be homeless during winter. Where will they go? How will they survive?
It is up to Olivia to convince her husband to renege on his demands, though she swore before their marriage she would stay out of his business.
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Good morning, Adam and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into the mind and life of Adam Sydney?
ADAM: I’d be glad to, and thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m honored to be here on My Book Addiction and More.
I’ll start with some insight into my life, as that’s a bit easier for me to answer. I’ve trained and worked as a screenwriter and development executive for television and film for 15 years. Although I have always enjoyed working with other writers and helping develop their work — which is basically what I do now as a college instructor– my own work had always seemed a bit flat. I worked and worked at it for years, at the university level and also on my own, but I could never go from okay to great– a jump that everyone has to make in order to break into Hollywood.
When things looked as if they couldn’t get any worse about six years ago, I was so enraged by the fact I’d been doing what everyone had told me to do and yet still wasn’t getting anywhere that I decided to write a screenplay that broke most of the rules. A huge rule I broke: no outline. I just started writing. And for the first time ever, my work wasn’t mediocre! (Not sure I’d recommend this to everyone, though.)
After another one of these experimental screenplays, I decided to just write a novel. Not think about it, not plan it– just write it. Sounds pretty fishy, I know, but the result was “My Heart is a Drummer,” and I was shocked to find that almost all of my writing friends and acquaintances liked it or loved it. I’d never had that kind of reaction to my work before, so I thought I would stick with it. Which leads us to my present life: two novels published by my company and one more on the way.
Reading over this, I think I actually gave readers some insight into my mind, too! In my case: less deliberate writing and more subconscious creation leads to fresher, more unexpected work.
MBA&M: What was the inspiration behind “My Heart Is a Drummer”?
ADAM: I’d read “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” by Michael Chabon on a plane trip in December of 2008, and at the end of that particular edition, he spoke about how he’d written the novel, which had been his first, if memory serves me. I think he talked about having written it in his parents’ basement or something. And I thought to myself– is that all there is to creating such an engaging book?! Maybe I should give it a shot. After all, at the time, I was writing these interesting, but commercially impossible scripts, and I realized that the literary world was a little more forgiving of deviations from the template.
I’d actually been on a plane back to Tucson, where I live, when I had all of these epiphanies. And the final one took place on that plane, too, if I remember correctly. As a screenwriter, I was trained that one of the most critical elements for a project’s success is a strong concept, and the strongest concept includes a solid hook– an element that makes the story unique and memorable. Out of nowhere, a logline (concept) popped into my head: what if a guy falls in love with everyone he sees and never falls out of love with any of them? “My Heart is a Drummer” was born.
MBA&M: Why write this genre?
ADAM: Well, it’s probably not for the money, I’m thinking! But I guess I’m writing what I know. I typically read mostly literary fiction of the 19th through 21st centuries, as I especially appreciate its emphasis on character. It’s no surprise, then, that character is at the heart of everything that happens in this novel. In fact, each chapter is devoted to the POV of a different person who interacts with the main character over the course of a week in December– and each one is a heck of a lot different from everyone else, as is the relationship they develop with the main character. That’s the most fun to read for me, and it turns out, the most fun to write, too.
MBA&M: What do you hope readers gain by reading “My Heart Is a Drummer”?
ADAM: My primary hope is that readers enjoy the experience, but I suppose that’s every writer’s primary hope. Perhaps I also hope that they’ll take away a new perspective on love and the many ways it manifests in us. While it’s true that every love is a different love, there are so many parallels between romantic love and the love we feel for friends and family and occasionally even a stranger, in the right situation, which I don’t think is explored much in fiction. An ultimate question the book poses is, “Is love ultimately a selfish experience?” If you think about it, the answer to this question could really change the core of our society and culture in some pretty significant ways.
MBA&M: Where do you see the future of publishing for authors? E-books or print?
ADAM: I’m woefully ignorant about the subject. I don’t even have an e-book reader, so I can’t provide my personal take. It’s clear that the sale of novels delivered electronically is in a growth pattern right now, and I can’t imagine why it won’t represent a significant portion of the industry. But I also think that people like to hold and own and collect physical books, so if I had to say, I’d guess the future will somehow retain both forms of publication.
MBA&M: Give our readers some insight into the research required to write “My Heart Is a Drummer”?
ADAM: Yikes. I did practically no research. Is that very, very wrong of me? I set the story in Montclair, New Jersey, a place I’ve never been to before (couldn’t tell you why I chose it), so I did look at a few websites about the city. But I didn’t want the book to be mired down in lots of factual details about Montclair, so I didn’t look too closely at anything. I probably did more research to ensure that no one had written a book on the same subject and that no one had used the title before. Of course, a year after I finished the book, a band called ‘Allo, Darlin’ released a song titled “My Heart is a Drummer,” so there goes my top results on Google!
MBA&M: What is next for you and your writing?
ADAM: After finishing “My Heart is a Drummer” and my second novel, “Yolanda Polanski and the Bus to Sheboygan,” I got the urge to write something more experimental, so I’m busy trying to revise my third novel, “Something’s Wrong,” right now. It’s actually almost impossible to categorize; I guess I could say it’s an experimental horror semi-narrative treatise on existence, but then I might scare away the already small audience open to reading things like that. So maybe I’ll just say that it’s supposed to be disturbing and scary and thought-provoking. I could only get three of my writer friends to read it; two said I was a genius and one couldn’t get through the first third before she threw it down in disgust. But controversy can be fun, sometimes, right? I’ve never received a death threat before, for instance.
MBA&M: If you could change anything about yourself what would it be and why?
ADAM: I’m a major whiner; I think that would be in my cross hairs. And see? I’m whining about being a whiner right now! Proof positive. I think the reason why I’d like to change that, if I could, would be because it seems fundamentally ungrateful, and I do feel grateful for all of the advantages and lucky breaks I’ve had in my life, so far. It’s good to be self-aware, just keep it to yourself once in a while, you know?
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where they can purchase “My Heart Is a Drummer”?
ADAM: I have really tried to get myself and my books out there, so a few places readers can find me:
my publishing company, Newcraft Press, at
my company’s Facebook presence at
“My Heart is a Drummer,” in softcover ($14.99), and EPUB and MOBI ebooks (only $2.99), is available directly from the printers at, and also at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Apple ibook store. Apparently, it’s also listed on a host of other online retail outlets.
Adam, do you have anything you would like to add today?
ADAM: This has been great! Thanks again so much for the chance to join you and your readers. I would love to hear from anyone who reads my work, so please feel free to get in touch on my blog or website. The success of my foray into publishing is really going to depend on word-of-mouth, so if readers like my work, I hope they’ll let their friends know, and if not, they’ll let me know. I’m one of those people who believes that writing is an ever-evolving process, so input is always most appreciated.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us and our readers today!
Donald Hanak’s heart has room for everyone. Lately, though, he’s been wondering if this isn’t just about the worst affliction a person could be born with. In fact, Donald’s life is gently tearing him apart, even as it forces his friends, lovers, and those who take advantage of him to reevealuate their understanding of humanity. Now, he’s even questioning the validity of love itself– and much more is at stake than just his

relationships. Donald’s very life is threatened by the verdict.
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And here’s a short bio:ADAM SYDNEY
Adam trained as a screenwriter at The University of London and The American Film Institute, and has worked in the film industry off and on for fifteen years. After completing several screenplays, he segued into literary fiction with his first novel, My Heart Is a Drummer, written in 2009. The following year, he completed his second book, Yolanda Polanski and the Bus to Sheboygan. In 2011, he started work on an experimental horror novel, Something’s Wrong, which will be published by Newcraft Press soon.
Adam lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he teaches screenwriting and other forms of writing for media at the college level.



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Good morning, Adrienne and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today….


First, thank you for having me on My Book Addiction and More. It’s always fun to hang out with people who love books as much as I do.


 MBA&M: Adrienne, tell our readers a little about yourself?

I’m a Jersey girl at heart but now live in the Midwest. I love the ease of the Midwest, but I miss spending my summers on the beach in Jersey. There is something about ocean air that immediately relaxes me. My family still lives in Jersey so I get to visit quite often.

  MBA&M: Can you tell our readers why you chose romantic suspense genre?

As a reader, I gravitate to the romance and mystery/thriller genres. With romantic suspense, I get all the fun of my favorite genres in one book. When I decided to write a book, I found I naturally gravitated to plotting a story that had suspense elements.   I like figuring out what it’ll take to catch the bad guy.



MBA&M:  What where some of the challenges in writing “RISKING TRUST”?

Despite being released third in the Private Protectors series, Risking Trust was the first book I’d written that I felt was ready to be submitted to publishers. There’s a practice book before it, but that one will never see daylight. J


When I wrote Risking Trust, like the story’s heroine, I was grieving the loss of my father. At the time, writing became my therapy. Grief is a wicked thing. One minute I’d be fine, the next I’d be blubbering. I poured all of that emotion into the story. The wonderful part of romances is there is always a happy ever after. So, even with my broken heart, I was able to give Michael and Roxann their happily ever after. For me, there is something incredibly satisfying about that.

MBA&M:  What is the weirdest piece of writing advice you have ever gotten that actually worked?

Someone actually told me to stop writing.  I was suffering from a case of what most people call writer’s block. I didn’t feel blocked so much, I just couldn’t seem to write anything I felt satisfied with. A writer friend told me to leave the story alone for a while and move on to something else. I was skeptical, but it worked. Once I stopped obsessing about the story, I was able to just write and not worry about how bad the first draft was. This was when I started writing what I call my “ugly draft”. I now always write a complete first draft of the story without stopping to edit. Once I get that complete draft down, I go back and start the really hard work of cleaning it up. J

MBA&M:  What are some of your favorite food,music,books,etc?

I love any kind of Italian food. My mother’s meatballs are my all-time favorite. I used to wake up every Sunday to the smell of frying meatballs and simmering sauce (we call it “gravy”). To this day, I love that smell. My taste in music varies. I’m a classic rock girl, but since living in the Midwest, I’ve become a country fan also. I’ve also recently become a big Usher fan. He’s been around for years, but suddenly I can’t get enough of his music. Books? As I said above, give me a great thriller or romance and I’m happy. I also like to read biographies.


MBA&M:  Tell our readers a few tidbits about your upcoming project(s)?

My latest releases are Negotiating Point and Relentless Pursuit, which are both part of the Private Protector series, but can be read as stand-alone books. Negotiating Point is a novella while Relentless Pursuit is a full length novel. Relentless Pursuit (also known as Billy’s book) pairs smart-mouthed operative Billy Tripp with no-nonsense Kristen Dante. Kristen runs a billion dollar hotel that has been targeted by an upscale car theft ring and Billy decides he’s going to help bring the thieves down. In the process, Kristen teaches him a few hard lessons in filtering and Billy loses his heart. J

MBA&M:  Now, tell our readers where to find you and where to purchase your books?

For more information about my books, readers can go to my website at I’m also on  Facebook at and Twitter at

My books can be found at:



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Thank you Adrienne, for taking the time to visit with us and our readers today! What a great pleasure to learn more about you and your stories!




Private Protectors Book #4

Coming August 13, 2012

Publisher: Carina Press

You call this a mission?

Yeah, ex-Army Ranger and Taylor Securities operative Billy Tripp screwed up. So instead of being assigned to a dangerous international mission, he’s sent to babysit a pricey necklace at a trendy South Beach hotel. The only bright side to the assignment is working with the manager, smoking-hot hotel heiress Kristen Dante.

Kristen’s worked hard to build her father’s Miami hotel into a jet-set destination. She’s confident in business but not so much with men. What could a sexy guy like Billy want with her when he could have someone like her beautiful, party-girl sister?

There’s a reason Billy’s known as Mr. Relentless. He doesn’t give up. Not on a job, or on the woman he wants. So when three luxury cars go missing from the hotel’s lot, Billy sets out to find the thief. Suddenly, he has a case with the risks he thrives on. But when his investigation leads to Kristen being threatened, the real danger is losing his heart.



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#Interview with Cindy Sample

Today we at MBA are honored to welcome author Cindy Sample for a visit. So please sit back and enjoy.

MBA&M: Please give our readers a little insight into Cindy Sample?

Cindy Sample: I discovered Nancy Drew at the age of six and finished reading all of her books by the time I was eight. Since I was out of books to read, I decided to write a new one for the series. I turned my third grade spelling words into “Nancy Drew and the Haunted Mansion.” When I received an A+ I was hooked and decided I would become a mystery author. Unfortunately life intervened and my corporate career took off, so it took five decades for that dream to become true.

MBA&M: What was the inspiration behind Dying for a Date?

CS: As a single soccer mom of two children and corporate executive, I thought someone needed to write a series about a protagonist who was dealing with juggling her career, her kids, and her social life. I refer to my character, 39 year old Laurel McKay, as Everywoman. She’s newly divorced and struggling with the same issues many women deal with on a daily basis. Being able to relate and laugh along with Laurel’s adventures can be a great stress reducer. My books are fun and fast-paced and the characters are totally relatable. Women who have read the book frequently say they’ve lived the scenes that Laurel has. Except for the dead bodies, of course.  I’m always thrilled when someone says they stayed up all night to finish the book (even when they tell me it’s my fault they look like crap because they didn’t get to bed until 3:00 AM)

MBA&M: Give our readers a little background on the story behind Dying for a Date?

CS: Since on-line dating is so prevalent these days, I decided to have my protagonist join a dating agency called THE LOVE CLUB, supposedly the safe alternative to on-line dating. Unfortunately it doesn’t prove to be safe for her dates. The first one is found dead shortly after she smacks him in the head for attacking her in his car. The second date disappears during their dinner together. The police can’t figure out if she’s a murderer or the next victim.

MBA&M: Are there any interesting facts you found while researching “Dying for a Date” you would like to share with our readers?

CS: I have tried on-line dating and met some great guys who have shared some terrific stories with me. Some are actually stranger than fiction! Most of the men I’ve met were very nice with the exception of someone who told me his best friend was an assassin. I don’t know if he was trying to impress me but we did not have a second date.

There is a backhoe chase scene in DYING FOR A DATE that required some research. It’s the slowest choreographed chase scene ever written and probably the funniest you’ll ever read.


MBA&M: We understand the main characters are always discussed, but today we would like to talk a little about secondary characters. Please name a secondary character from Dying for a Date and tell our readers about them?

CS: There are some terrific secondary characters in my series but one of my favorites is the character of Laurel’s mother.  Her mother is a highly successful real estate broker. She’s sophisticated, competent and doesn’t hesitate to comment on Laurel’s imperfections.  When interviewed by a homicide detective, her mother says, “My daughter couldn’t possibly be guilty. She’s too disorganized to plan a murder.” Not the most glowing recommendation. I enjoyed watching their relationship strengthen as they attempted to solve the murders.

MBA&M: If “Dying for a Date” was to become a movie, which actor/actress do you envision you would cast as your character(s)?

CS: Originally I thought of Tina Fey because she is a wonderful comedic actress but I think Valerie Bertinelli would be great as well.  And since I get to choose, I think I’ll cast Meryl Streep as the mother. As far as Detective Hunter, AKA Detective Hunk, I’d be perfectly happy with George Clooney or Hugh Jackman.

MBA&M: What are some of the things that influence you while writing? Such as music, noises, pictures, etc. if any?

CS: I have a very active imagination so I devise scenes and entire book plots everywhere I go. I was on a winery tour recently and while everyone else was contemplating drinking the wine, I was pondering if I could squeeze a dead body into a barrel. Reading articles in the newspaper will often captivate me and turn into an eventual storyline.

Unfortunately I can’t listen to music when I write. I love to dance and when the music plays, my feet won’t stand still.

MBA&M: What are you working on next?

CS: The second book in this series is DYING FOR A DANCE which was a finalist for the 2012 LEFTY Award for best humorous mystery. It also won the 2012 Northern California Publishers & Authors Best Fiction Award. I would define it as Murder She Wrote meets Dancing with the Stars.

I’m currently working on DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI which will move the action from the California gold country to the big island of Hawaii.  That island is filled with places Laurel can get into trouble. I’m contemplating a zip-line chase scene over tree tops and waterfalls. I’m scared of heights so let me know if anyone wants to research that scene for me.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where they can find “Dying for a Date”?

CS: DYING FOR A DATE is available in some B&N stores and indie stores.  It’s also available on-line at Amazon, B&N, Indiebound and all e-book sites.

MBA: Cindy, do you have anything else you would like to say today?

CS: I love my new career. There’s nothing better than putting a smile on someone’s face or receiving an email from a fan telling you to write faster! It’s so much fun to meet aspiring writers and readers on-line and in person. I’m always available to share what I call my “pothole-filled-path to publication,” so people should feel free to email me at or contact me at

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day with us and our readers! It has been a pleasure!





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