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Please welcome Regan Black author of A Stranger She Can Trust.
Regan Black will be awarding a $50 Amazo/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
A Stranger She Can Trust
by Regan Black
GENRE: Romantic suspense
Outside a busy Philadelphia nightclub, a woman stumbles from her taxi. Beaten and bruised, she is an amnesiac who must rely on a handsome stranger to help her uncover her identity. Carson Lane—a paramedic with his own dark history—can’t help but bring this beautiful, vulnerable woman under his wing. As they begin unraveling who she really is, he realizes falling in love could be the biggest risk of all.
What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?
Thanks for hosting me today, Christine! If there’s one detail that isn’t readily obvious from my bio, it’s how much I enjoy being outside. I used to be an athlete and an avid gardener, but those activities were curtailed by an injury several years ago. Still, living in the South Carolina Lowcountry we have a busy backyard full of birds, squirrels, rabbits and other wildlife (I’m constantly rescuing small lizards that accidentally dash through the back door). It’s is a joy to me each day to sit out there and sip coffee while our greyhound has a morning romp around the butterfly garden we lovingly refer to as ‘the infield’. It’s just so rejuvenating even if I can’t dig in the dirt the way I used to do.
What expertise did you bring to your writing?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to read. I was the kid with the flashlight and book under the covers when I was supposed to be sleeping. I was also very shy, so I did a lot of people-watching. I believe that my love of reading and my observation skills help a great deal. Everything I’ve learned about structure and characterization has come through trial and error along with books and classes presented by authors and editors.
My grandmother was an accomplished playwright and short story teller and she’s about all the formal training and expertise in writing that I had when I began this adventure. My family claimed I inherited my writing gene from her, and it may be true. When she died, she left me her antique Arlington desk and I often write my first drafts there where the echoes of her constant support and encouragement nudge me through any rough patch I hit in the writing.
As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
I plan to write as much as possible for as long as possible. It’s a joy to write with the Harlequin team as well as with my co-authors on both fiction and non-fiction projects. I’m absolutely blessed to be doing what I love and calling it a career. The characters and I have a great time on the romantic suspense stories and paranormal adventures and I enjoy encouraging and mentoring other writers as I’ve been mentored along the way through my non-fiction efforts.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
Back in 2001 I was a published poet working on my second collection when I took a detour into writing a romance novel. I’d never expected to write novels, it felt like a job for other writers – those with more persistence and stamina. But I enjoyed it immensely and although I was so startled that I could write an entire book, I wanted to write another one.
A good friend of mine, a woman brave enough to read that first book (full of disastrous mistakes) pointed out what I did well and encouraged me to pursue my new passion. On her advice I wrote and submitted a book for one of Harlequin’s open submission calls. The book was subsequently rejected, though the rejection letter held an invitation to resubmit the book that I didn’t understand at the time. I joined Romance Writers of America to learn more about writing and the business of publishing and eventually sold my first novel in 2004 for a 2005 release.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I’m what’s known as a pantser, which means I enjoy diving into a story with very little information to go on. In recent years, juggling several writing projects and obligations, I’ve learned that I do need more of a roadmap than I used to. Although a full outline still feels burdensome to me and spoils the writing journey, I’ve found a compromise by doing thorough characterizations and finding the high points of the story structure. From there, I can let my imagination and the characters have fun. Additionally, I tend to write out of order, so if I get stuck on something, I jump to a different point in the story and then quilt it all back together when I’m done. Thank goodness there’s no right or wrong way to write a book.
What’s your favorite reality show?
Fixer Upper! I’m a Chip and Joanna Gaines addict. The way they interact with both clients and family is lovely. I find their energy, affection, and dedication to doing a job right and with the utmost integrity inspiring.
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 hobbies these days are mostly yoga and reading, although I spent many an evening with my crochet hook turning scads of yarn into afghans and baby blankets in the past. So far, crochet hasn’t made it into a novel, but my interests do tend to show up. Thanks to my dad, I’m a sucker for cars and racing and as a family, we enjoy board games, movies, and video games.
I’m not sure research counts as a hobby, but it’s something I definitely spend a great deal of time on for every book. Settings, professions, homes, clothing, cars, etc. If only I’d had this much passion for research as a student, I might have pulled better grades in school. LOL
Do you have an all time favorite book?
Oh, that is such a loaded question, LOL. Of the books I’ve written, my all-time favorite hasn’t yet been published because I can’t bring myself to submit it. Silly isn’t it? As for my favorite book as a reader, I come back to Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts frequently. It’s the partnership between an inherently creative person and a practical person that sucks me in. Of course, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire stands out as well because that’s when I realized how Rowling’s storytelling allowed me to completely escape as a reader and shut off the inner editor started interrupting my reading time after I became a published author.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?
I am currently working on the fourth Escape Club novel, scheduled for release in 2018. (The third book, Protecting Her Secret Son, will be available November 2017.) My editor and I discussed the options for the fourth book and agreed with my idea to revisit the Galway family (Mitch Galway is the hero of Safe In His Sight, the first Escape Club novel). In that book, you meet his older brother Stephen. I really wanted to give Stephen the happy ending he deserved. Of course that meant finding the right heroine for him. Also a firefighter, Kenzie works with Mitch until a victim she rescues from a fire files a complaint against her – for being a woman. So far, I’m having a blast with these two characters.
Can you tell us a little bit about what it is like to write a series?
I love reading series novels, so it’s not much of a surprise that I think of stories for a series (or at least trilogy) when I’m writing. It took some trial and error to learn to take notes about names, places, and details along the way while writing my books. The first series I wrote (Shadows of Justice) I was too new to writing to really understand what information I needed to have at my fingertips from book to book. Now, I’m much better organized about it and I enjoy the process even more.
For me, timing of the overall storyline, and shifting ages of characters are important, as are the seasons. In addition, I have a file for each of my series that keeps track of character descriptions and names, as well as the visuals and character feelings about the recurring places in the stories.
Anything else you might want to add?
Thanks so much, Christine, for having me here today and helping me celebrate the release of A Stranger She Can Trust. Readers who enjoy the series can look forward to my next Escape Club novel, Protecting Her Secret Son, coming from Harlequin Romantic Suspense in November 2017.
He wheeled around to find Grant Sullivan, owner of the Escape Club, leaning into the kitchen doorway. “Sir?”
“I need a word.” He tipped his head toward his office. “Come on back.”
“Sure thing.” Carson untied the apron and left it on a hook by the kitchen door, then followed Grant down the hall. The man’s stocky build and easygoing outlook belied his quickness and boundless energy. At his boss’s gesture, he eased into one of the two chairs facing the desk. The office was quiet, only the dull throb of the band’s bass carrying through the floors.
“How did things go today?” Grant’s brown eyes were bright with anticipation. “On your PFD shift, I mean.”
“Smooth and normal shift,” Carson replied, hoping his relief at the easy question wasn’t too obvious.
Grant nodded, his thick salt-and-pepper eyebrows dipping low with his frown. “And the knee is holding up?”
“Yes.” Carson forced a smile. “Feeling stronger every day.” It was a small fib. The bullet had passed through his thigh, just above his knee, causing all kinds of damage to muscles and connective tissue along the way. He’d resumed walking three weeks after the surgery, but the pain had leveled out around week eight. Contrary to the physical therapy consensus, the motions never got easier.
“I got a call from Evelyn today. She’d like to get you back on the schedule full-time.”
“She said as much to me,” Carson admitted.
“So, why do you keep hanging around here?”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Regan Black, a USA Today bestselling author, writes award-winning, action-packed romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels featuring daring heroines and sexy heroes. Raised in the Midwest and California, she and her family, along with their adopted greyhound and two arrogant cats, reside in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history fuels her imagination.
A Stranger She Can Trust on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Stranger-Trust-Escape-Club-Heroes-ebook/dp/B01LX03GF1
A Stranger She Can Trust on BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-stranger-she-can-trust-regan-black/1124690528
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Regan Black will be awarding a $50 Amazo/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.