Friday, September 16, 2011
Welcome, Desiree, to Ramsey's Reviews 2nd Annual Halloween Bash. Your new releases sound so thrilling that I can't wait to have our readers read about them. I especially like your upcoming release featuring a Chupacabra. That sounds very interesting.
Tell us your latest news. Do you have any current projects your working on?
September will see the release of Book 4 in my Phoenix Agency series, F Stop. There are 5 books in the series, all about alpha ex-military men who meet women with a special psychic ability. Each ability is different. In F Stop, Kat Culhane is a remote viewer, with the ability to focus on things such as geographic coordinates and “see” things happening there. I’m also at work on Branded By Lust, Book 4, Night Seekers. Eight team members, six of them shifters, hunter the legendary devil beast, the Chupacabra.
When and Why did you begin writing?
I’ve always had the desire to write, even spent some time working for weekly newspapers. And in college I did sports reporting. But it wasn’t until 2004 that I finally had the time to sit down and actually pull all those plots out of my notebooks and see what I could do. And I haven’t stopped since then.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
My brain never stops working, picking up pieces and bits and whirling them into some kind of story. I meet great people to interview, I do a lot of Internet research and I use a lot of my life experiences.
What do you think makes a good horror story?
Something that scares me to death! But this is not a genre I either read or write. I can take paranormal to the edge but that’s about it.
What is your favorite scary movie or book?
Psycho is still the icon for me. It still scares me to death but I watch it anyway!
What makes you interested in the genre your write?
I like to explore different areas of the imagination. Books are a great place to create my fantasies and live them out.
When you were a child, what creature or story scared you the most? And did it propel your creative muse to write about it later?
I still remember my sister, who was older than me, reading Little Red Riding-hood. For years I couldn’t even look at a picture of a wolf. Odd that today, wolf shifters are among my favorite characters. But I still remember diving under the covers when I heard that big, bad wolf voice.
Do you remember ever coming up with anything so wild that you scared yourself, leaving you to wonder where that came from?
Oh, yes. And it’s still in my Ideas folder on my computer. Maybe one of these days I’ll be brave enough to write about it. It had to do with mind control.
Where do you as an author draw the line on gory description and/or erotic content?
First of all, whatever it is, it has to fit into the plot and the character images. Gore and sex just for the sake of gore and sex, don’t work for me. And of course, my stories are always romances, so that in itself, sets certain boundaries. So whatever it is, it has to fit the romance and the story and not detract from it or be jarringly different.
Could you share some of your blurbs or exerts with us?
Blurb from Joy Ride:
Emma, the good girl poster child, is running from a life she suddenly sees as gray and suffocating—a life where she’s successfully buried all her hopes and secret dreams. Until the night she wanders into Aftershock and is immediately drawn to the hot bass player. The electricity of his performance, the powerful music he coaxes from his guitar, the heavy vibration of each note reaches out to something deep inside her and wakes an Emma she didn’t even know existed. Marc doesn’t much care for the groupies who hang around the band. He needs a woman he can create a future with that’s a counterpoint to the craziness of the rock music business. When he sees Emma for the first time, something inside him cracks wide open. Just one sizzling glance between them, and he’s sure he’s found the woman to complete his life. But as the relationship grows, there’s a huge stumbling block: Emma won’t tell him her name. The sex is fabulous but he wants more…. Although Emma is finally finding her true self, her fear of everything falling apart builds a barrier she can’t seem to cross. Marc is taking her on the joy ride of her life, but will her own insecurities destroy everything?
Blurb from Delicious Danger:
Kelly Monroe was shocked when her dog, Xena, a Caucasian Ovcharka seemed to bond at once with Rick Latrobe, a partner in the high profile Phoenix Agency. Ovcharkas are known for linking with only their owners. But Xena is picking up Rick’s wave length, very much aware when an attempt is made on Rick’s life, and driving Kelly crazy with signals of danger regarding Rick’s current project, ferrying a shipment of arms to a private security cadre in Iraq. Rick is nearly killed when the shipment is stolen by terrorists who are hot in his trail. Only Kelly and Xena, coached by members of The Lotus Circle to expand the psychic link between the three of them—can keep him safe. As Rick scrambles to learn who’s behind the whole mess, the relationship he and Kelly have deepens. But Xena is the real star, not only signaling when danger is at hand but “sniffing” out the killers.
Where can your fans go to find more information about you and your books?
They can also join my mailing list there
Is there anything else additional you would like to share with your readers?
Yes. They can also find me on Twitter @desireeholt and Facebook www.facebook.com/desireeholt
Thank you, Desiree, for taking the time to answer some of our questions. I really enjoyed having you with us for this Halloween Bash. Good luck with all your books, and maybe one day you will finish that scary tale. =) Happy Halloween.
- Amy J Ramsey