Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Flawless Danger by Rachel Woods

Please welcome Rachel Woods author of Flawless Danger.

Rachel Woods will be awarding a autographed print copy of Flawless Danger to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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Flawless Danger

by Rachel Woods

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GENRE: Romance Suspense

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

I was actually inspired to start writing by my paternal grandmother. When I was five years old, I used to sit at the kitchen table and tell her elaborate stories about the neighbors as she fixed me breakfast. My grandmother would smile and say, “You tell so many stories, you could fill a book!” And … so I did!

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

 

The concept of a woman who drugs men to steal from them is based on real-life stories of women who have done just that. The idea was sparked by an article I read about a young, beautiful woman in Washington, D.C. who met a man in a bar and took him to her hotel for a nightcap, which she drugged. When the man woke up the next morning, his $50,000 Rolex watch was gone. I was intrigued by the life that woman may have led, what caused her to do those crimes and what would happen if she made a mistake when trying to commit the crime. This was the catalyst for the creation of Spencer Edwards and the telling of her story in Flawless Danger.
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

 

I have a degree in communications. In college, I took lots of writing courses and they have helped me with my writing.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

 

I am a thrill seeker and one of my favorite pastimes is to visit amusement parks and ride the scariest of the rollercoaster rides. In the future, I’d like to ride every roller coaster in America.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

 

Currently, now that Flawless Danger has been released, I’ll be promoting the book and continuing to work on two books, both of which will kick off two new series. One of the books, which is still untitled, features two characters from Flawless Danger: Sione’s cousin, David Jones and Spencer’s sister, Shady. As her name implies, Shady is not exactly the good girl she seems to be. The other novel is called, tentatively, Deception Island and I’m really excited about it because it has a more mysterious tone, and I really love mysteries. In Deception Island, a woman finds herself the target of a malicious plot as she engages in various naughty escapades.

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

 

From my novel, Flawless Danger, I suppose I would be my heroine, Spencer, but for a very odd reason. I’m 5’9” and I created a female character who is 5’3”. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to be short and have to pretty much break my neck in order to look up at some towering, 6’6” guy!

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

 

This is a very tough question for me! If Flawless Danger was made into a movie, that would be pretty wild! Ideally, I would like casting for Sione to be done in New Zealand or Australia, so a person of Polynesian descent could get the part. However, technically, the Sione character has a Tongan father and a Belizean mother. Belize is a very ethnically diverse country and the people have varying complexions and skin tones. I suppose, in a pinch, I might go for Dwayne Johnson, even though he’s Samoan. And if he agreed to the part, I would definitely cast myself as Spencer! Ha!

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

 

No, I don’t belong to a formal critique group, but I do have a small group of readers who serve to beta test my storylines and characters as I’m writing. Normally, I let them read the book when I’m at the halfway point just to make sure I haven’t veered to far off track and they find the storyline and characters engaging. The worst thing is to write a full novel and find that it completely doesn’t connect with readers, so my small group of readers help me avoid that.

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

 

Summer of 2014, about two months before my birthday, I decided the gift I would give myself was to self-publish one of my books on Amazon. I had been too timid to submit my work to traditional publishers and really wanted to find out what others thought of my books. Self-publishing was an oasis that allowed me to still have control over the process and avoid getting the dreaded rejection letters from traditional publishing houses. The indie and self-publishing community is so welcoming and helpful, this journey has been amazing.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

 

The best advice came from a literary agent who had read one of my unpublished works. She told me that my story was interesting but there was a disconnect because the character’s motivations were not clear. Since then, I’ve worked to ensure that motivations of my characters are in sync and fit with the story and plot.

 

A professor once told me to forget about trying to become a writer because it was “too hard” and I would “never be able to make a living as a writer” because most people fail at their attempts to get published.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

 

Not only do I outline, but I also plot out the entire book in extreme detail from start to finish. I place a high standard on myself on the plots in my books and making them unique and complex, so I have to make sure those are structured correctly. Once that’s done, I start to write and the romance elements fall into place along the way.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

 

My hobby has also been writing. But, other than that, I love to read the dictionary and other reference books and the like. My affinity for research has, I believe, helped me write more realistically about whatever subject I choose.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

 

My all time favorite book is “Gypsy From Nowhere”. It has a simple plot, but very deep and important themes about recovering from loss and never giving up in the face of adversity and overcoming challenges than seem insurmountable. Whenever I feel depressed or sorry for myself, I can open that book and the first chapter always lifts my mood!

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

 

Currently, now that Flawless Danger has been released, I’ll be promoting the book and continuing to work on two books, both of which will kick off two new series. One of the books, which is still untitled, features two characters from Flawless Danger: Sione’s cousin, David Jones and Spencer’s sister, Shady. As her name implies, Shady is not exactly the good girl she seems to be. The other novel is called, tentatively, Deception Island and I’m really excited about it because it has a more mysterious tone, and I really love mysteries. In Deception Island, a woman finds herself the target of a malicious plot as she engages in various naughty escapades.

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

 

Ben Affleck would be my favorite actor, and I really love when he does comedies. Reindeer Games is one of my favorites. For favorite actress, it would be Sandra Bullock.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

 

The black moment in Flawless Danger involves a fatalistic decision made by the novel’s hero, Sione. The choice he makes is diametrically opposed to his values and beliefs. It causes psychological trauma for him, forcing him to question if he really has conquered the demons of his past. It is a pivotal moment in the story and results in a plot twist that I believe readers will find very exciting and unexpected and shocking.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

 

Well, it used to be “Property Virgins”, but then Sandra Rinomato left the show. So, I switched to “Flip or Flop”.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

 

For me, it is not very hard to write a series since I tend to overwrite with all my stories. No one wants to read a 300,000-word book, so I find ways to split up the story into parts and create the series that way. Because of this, the books all flow and don’t have that disjointed feeling that you get sometimes when watching movie sequels.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

I’m grateful for the opportunity to share more about my novel, Flawless Danger and myself. It’s an thrilling page-turner with several unpredictable plot twists. I hope readers will check out Flawless Danger and tell me what they think about the way I like to write romantic suspense. I call it “sexy, dangerous fiction”, and it’s all about when sexy girls find themselves in dangerous situations.

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BLURB:

 

Trying to rectify the mistake that unleashed his dark past, Sione runs to the rescue of a beautiful woman staying at his resort, saving her from a brutal attack … The sly beauty who doesn’t want a hero is no damsel in distress, considering the suspicious circumstances she seems involved in. He should stay away from the beautiful liar, but something about her makes him want to forget his doubts and do anything—even if it means relying on his violent instincts—for a chance to be with her.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

“Ms. Edwards.”

 

Spencer froze, still bent at the waist, staring at the floor, trying to ignore the prickly heat rising up her neck and the sound of Sione’s voice, which gave her a warm shiver.

 

Standing, struggling to cover herself with the sarong, Spencer took a step back as Sione walked into the dressing room, filling it with his size and strength, crowding her, and a sudden attack of claustrophobia battled with a warm sensation starting deep below her navel and snaking southward toward the center of her thighs.

 

“Where is the sales lady?”

 

“I think she’s helping another customer,” he said.

 

“Another customer,” Spencer mumbled, still trying to cover herself with the swatch of pink fabric. “That figures.”

 

“You need a different size or something?”

 

“I don’t know how to tie this thing.” Spencer shook her head. “I’ve tried and tried.”

 

“Let me help you,” Sione said.

 

“No, no,” She said. “You don’t have to do that, just … I think you should leave.”

 

Smiling, Sione grabbed the sarong from her.

 

A strange sound erupted from her, something between a squeal and a shriek, as she stood there in her lace bra and matching panties.

 

“It’s actually very easy.” He moved behind her.

 

Flabbergasted by his blatant audacity, she shook her head.

 

Sione maneuvered Spencer’s arms and then wrapped the sarong around her. Shell-shocked, she stood stiff as a board as he worked with the sarong, twisting the ends, bringing them up and behind her neck, and tying them together.

 

“Okay, there you go.” He turned her toward the mirror.

 

“Hmm,” Spencer mumbled, turning to the side, admiring his handiwork, vaguely wondering how he did it and how he knew how to do it.

 

“You really know how to put one of these things on.”

 

“I know how to take one off, too.”

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

As a pre-teen, a young Rachel quickly tired of the Sweet Valley High Series and moved on to work by Sidney Sheldon, Jackie Collins and Dominick Dunne, which was just the spark necessary to fuel her love of writing. Her first stories were written on a Brother typewriter during long summer days in Texas, where she always had an extra typewriter ribbon and correction tape handy.

 

Rachel later studied journalism and graduated from the University of Houston where she published articles in the Daily Cougar. She is a freelance writer and blogger with a penchant for melodrama and a frequent traveler to beach locales. Many of her stories take place on the islands, which she has visited around the world.

 

Rachel writes complex, multicultural stories centered on strong women in jeopardy, fighting for love and their own lives. When not writing, this read-a-holic can be found listening to audiobooks, reading the Book of Jeremiah, or scouring soap opera blogs. Rachel resides in Houston with her three sock monkeys.

 

Media Links:

 

Website: http://www.therachelwoods.com

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

 

 

Buy Links:

 

Flawless Mistake:

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Flawless-Mistake-Spencer-Sione-Rachel-ebook/dp/B013Z9YO2M

 

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flawless-mistake-rachel-woods/1122559542

 

Flawless Danger:

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Flawless-Danger-Spencer-Sione-Book-ebook/dp/B01ILF5DO8

 

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flawless-danger-rachel-woods/1124114150

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Rachel Woods will be awarding a autographed print copy of Flawless Danger to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1818

 

 

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4 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Flawless Danger by Rachel Woods

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    August 16, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Rachel Woods
    August 16, 2016

    Hi Christine, thank you very much for hosting me!

    I’ll be checking in throughout the day to answer questions or comments.

    Thanks again and take care!

  3. achristay
    August 16, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

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