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Accused by Wendy Byrne ~ Christine Presents

Please welcome Wendy Byrne author of Accused.

Wendy Byrne will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Accused

by Wendy Byrne

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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INTERVIEW:

What or who inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always wanted to write, but didn’t know how to go about it. I bought some books, but it didn’t go much further than that until I read about local chapters of writers. I attended my first meeting of Windy City Writers in 1999 and a whole world of like-minded people opened up. Meeting women who were at various stages of their writing careers helped give me the push I needed to take this whole writing thing seriously.

As far as writing goes what are your future plans?

I currently write for two different publishers as well as self-publish. I am working on a new series for Gemma Halliday Publishing and have two proposals in with Entangled Publishing as well. As for the self-publishing arena, I am working on book two in the Troubled Boys, Strong Men series featuring Cole (who is also in Accused). I haven’t decided on a title yet, but want to keep it in the same vein as Accused. I would love to sell this series to a big publishing house because I believe it’s a unique niche (featuring former kids in the foster care system) and I feel so strongly about support kids and giving them a second chance in life.

If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I would definitely pick Sabrina Shaw from Hard to Kill in my Hard Target Series through Gemma Halliday Publishing. She’s strong both inside and out—and I would love to have her confidence and those mad knife-throwing skills as well. J I love strong female protagonists that can hang with the big boys and win. That’s Sabrina. She isn’t intimidated by anyone and anything.

Do you belong to a critique group? If so, does this help or hinder your writing?

When I started at Windy City Writers, I met three other women who were also relatively new to writing. We formed a critique group. In the beginning, we would meet regularly to brainstorm and we read each other’s work. Now, we meet more to socialize and will send work back and forth via email. I trust their advice and they offer great support. But not all critique groups are created equal so a writer needs to be careful in choosing partners for their group. For me, the most valuable part of a critique group at this stage of my writing career is to get feedback on new projects and to keep me honest in meeting my daily or weekly writing goals.

When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

Sending out something that first time was very scary. Going to Windy City helped me get over that hurdle. In 1999 everyone was sending out mail queries to publishers and agents and that took forever. I sent out a query in 2002 that I still haven’t heard back on. J Sad but true. At that time everyone was looking for an agent since most of the big publishing houses didn’t take unsolicited queries (with the exception of Harlequin). Now, of course, everything has gone digital which speeds up the response time. Putting myself out there is still very scary, although I’ve learned to do some filtering. No longer am I devastated by rejections and bad reviews, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t sting a bit. I recently received my scores from the RITA contest (Romance Writers of America contest for published authors). The ratings go from 1 to 10. I got both a 1 and a 9.5—so who’s right and who’s wrong about my book? That’s the thing—what a person likes is very subjective—although I have to say the 1 is just plain mean spirited and pretty ridiculous. J

What is the best and worst advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received is to always follow your dreams. I believe everyone should always—aim for the sky—that’s my motto. I went to eight years of Catholic school with nuns, so there was a whole lot of bad advice going on back then. J But, seriously, I think anyone who tries to tell you to be anyone but who you are, or tries to mold you into something that just doesn’t fit, is giving you bad advice. In order to be successful in life, you have to be true to yourself and everything else will fall into place.

Do you have an all time favorite book?

I have a couple of favorites that I re-read and keep on my bookshelf for exactly that purpose: Gone with the Wind—don’t need to say anymore about that classic, Dream Man by Linda Howard—a unique twist and such an alpha male, Lady Luck’s Map of Vegas by Barbara Samuel (O’Neal)—because of her amazing descriptions as well as her study of human behavior in families, Trapped by Greg Isles (his pacing is amazing in this tale), and lastly an oldie but a goody Exposure by Susan Anderson—such great characters including two-year old Gracie.

Have you started your next project?

I’m juggling multiple rights now, but I’ll preview Cole’s story which will be next in the series Troubled Boys, Strong Men series:

Grace Turner was drummed out after she’d pushed the limits of acceptable behavior. She’d seen the worst things imaginable: severed bodies, despicable acts performed on the young, old and everyone in-between, blood and gore to rival any horror flick made. Still, she’d never shed a tear, even when the most seasoned veterans excused themselves to go outside a crime scene and puke their guts out. In most circles she was considered the Ice Queen.

Except, now, in her living room, she was bawling her eyes out over what had to be one of the cheesiest films ever made: The Bodyguard. Every time Whitney Houston hit the high notes in I Will Always Love You, Grace trembled uncontrollably as sobs racked her body. The CIA had told her that her IQ was off the charts but it wasn’t intellectual musing brought about by the film. It wasn’t because of the poignancy of the moment, or the not-so-stellar acting skills, it was for a much different reason.

And, even though she’d be forced to seek his help, she’d still be able to keep her secret. Somehow.

She examined the newspaper, fingering over the story and picture for the hundredth time. He was a good-looking man, but that didn’t interest her. Not by a long shot. Plain and simple: She couldn’t do this alone and he was expendable.

What is your favorite reality show?

Jeff Lewis’ Flipping Out. There’s such an interesting group of characters that make up that show. I would never want to work for Jeff, but he’s fascinating and amusing to watch.

Can you tell us a bit more of what it was like to write a series?

I love the fact that when the book is over, the characters you created can live to see another day in a future book. J In my Hard Target series, I had three siblings who were trained as assassins but now utilized those skills to be one of the ‘good guys’. They each had their own books, but made appearances in their sibling’s books. Series books do require a lot more planning in terms of long-range growth for your characters and making sure you keep your story threads consistent. Most authors use a series bible to make sure that happens.

BLURB:

Spawned from the depths of every parent’s worst nightmare, Jillian Beckett’s 16 year old troubled son is charged with murder. He’s unable to remember what happened and swears he’s off drugs, but should she believe him? Her ex-husband doesn’t. The high-priced lawyer she hired doesn’t. Where does motherly instinct intersect with reality?

Afraid and alone, she reluctantly enlists the help of her son’s football coach to find the truth of what happened. As they battle to uncover the guilty party, confidences are shattered, lives are on the line, while her son is one step closer to spending his life behind bars.

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EXCERPT:

Sam spotted Travis sitting with his mother. In a sea of average, Jillian Beckett stood out. With a model’s face and body, she drew attention even when dressed in a pair of old jeans and a pink oxford shirt. There was a part of him that found her attractive—okay, a huge part of him—even though it made him feel like shit thinking of her like that. His first priority should be Travis, and it was. It wasn’t the kid’s fault he had a babe for a mom.

He watched her get up and start to pace while Travis sat at the table looking nervous. Neither one seemed to be talking and Sam could sense tension between them even from across the room. It didn’t feel right to interrupt, but he didn’t have a choice once Travis spotted him and waved him over.

Jillian turned and stopped her frantic pacing. Hesitation played out on her face once she saw him. Something was going on between her and Travis and she didn’t want Sam’s interference. Before he could reconsider, Travis walked across the room and ushered him back to their table. “We could use some help, Coach.”

Her face was pale as she shook his hand and they both sat down. At least she’d stopped pacing. Still, he fought the urge to touch her as she clasped and unclasped her hands.

“What’s going on?” Sam didn’t want to linger on thoughts of his past.

Travis looked at his mother, then at Sam, then hung his head. “I am so screwed. The blood on my shirt matches Max Gill’s and the gun I had in my room was used in a killing a while back. I swear I didn’t do either, but the evidence says otherwise.”

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Wendy lives in the Chicago area. She has a Masters in Social Work and worked in the child welfare field for twelve years before she decided to pursue her dream of writing.

Between teaching college classes, trying to get her morbidly obese cat to slim down and tempering the will of her five-year-old granddaughter, who’s determined to become a witch when she turns six so she can fly on her broom to see the Eiffel Tower and put hexes on people–not necessarily in that order–somehow Wendy still manages to fit in writing. She spends the remainder of her days inflicting mayhem on her hero and heroine until they beg for mercy.

She has written three books in the Hard Targets trilogy, Hard to Kill, Hard to Trust and Hard to Stop. In addition, she has a contemporary romance through Entangled Publishing called The Millionaire’s Deception, a self-pubbed Christmas short story called The Christmas Curse and two interracial romances, Fractured and Mama Said.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Wendy Byrne will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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10 comments on “Accused by Wendy Byrne ~ Christine Presents

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    October 16, 2015

    Thank you for hosting

  2. wtbyrne
    October 16, 2015

    Thanks for having me this morning!

  3. Eva Millien
    October 16, 2015

    I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a very intriguing book, thanks for sharing!

  4. Rita Wray
    October 16, 2015

    I liked the excerpt.

  5. Shannon
    October 16, 2015

    How long will the series be?

  6. wtbyrne
    October 16, 2015

    I’m glad you liked the excerpt! I haven’t decided on the number of books yet, but am working on Book #2 right now. That book features Cole, Sam’s friend, who gets sucked into a game of secrets, lies and political corruption. I also worked in an update in that book on Jillian and Sam and of course Travis!

  7. Betty W
    October 16, 2015

    I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you!

  8. achristay
    October 16, 2015

    Wendy, welcome to my blog. My apologies for not posting the interview but I never received the answers to the questions. When Goddessfish sends the answers, I will post. I hope you have a great tour.

  9. Ree Dee
    October 17, 2015

    I really enjoyed the blurb and the excerpt! I can’t wait to read more. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  10. Mai Tran
    October 18, 2015

    What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

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