Who’s That Girl? – An Interview with Terri Molina

As a writer and a Gemini, I’m considered to have double personalities. So, I thought I’d sit down with myself and ask the questions you’re all dying to know!

Q:         So….I’m here today with Terri Molina enjoying a cup of herbal tea…
Terri:    Uh…excuse me…Herbal Tea?? Do I look like I drink Herbal Tea?? Where’s the coffee?

Q:         Sorry. She’s having coffee (like she needs the caffeine ) I’ll have the tea….anyway….let’s get started with the interview. So, let’s start with the most often asked question:  When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
Terri:    I don’t think anyone really decides to become a writer…they just do. But, my wanting to become an author began about 15+ years ago when I decided I finally wanted to share my work with the public. It was shortly after my Aunt Gail and Uncle Tony died (within a couple of hours of each other on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day). My first novel was actually a dedication to them, but I never finished it (long story). Suffice it to say, I wasn’t ready to be a writer. After a few years of studying the craft  I decided to write another book. I sat at the computer every night for two months and wrote the first draft of book one then put it away and spent the next two months writing the first draft of book two. I never dreamed I’d ever complete them, much less sell them…but I did. Crazy, huh?

Q:         Why did you choose the style or the sub-genre?
Terri:    Style? There’s a style?  Actually, the first novel I tried to write was a family saga (explained above). I never completed it, but I may return to it one day. Anyway, a couple of years after “training” myself to write I decided to try my hand at writing a suspense. I’d been a big fan of Nora Robert’s single titles (Montana Sky being my all time fave!) and just loved how she mixed the suspense and romance into such a great story, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I took an incident from my (younger) life and expanded it with What If….. To be honest I didn’t consider making it a romance, it just kind of happened. My second book, which is Dark Obsession, also a romantic suspense but with paranormal elements, happened the same way. (Chalk it up to a traumatic childhood—-uh, therapy anyone?)

Q:         What’s your favorite line from one of your books?
Terri:    Hmm….I guess the one in chapter one of Dark Obsession. My character Ray is awoken at three in the morning by the spirit of his great-grandmother and when she appears to him he thinks “Great, thanks to too much bourbon and Bruce Willis, I’m talking to dead people.”

Q:         When do you find time to write?
Terri:    I don’t…it finds me. I’m a stay at home mom with three kids still at home. I usually have the whole day to myself unless I’m carting child two to one of her many doctor appointments. But my inspiration usually hits late at night or when I’m in the shower. Go figure.

Q:         Your first publication, HER WILL HIS WAY, is a contemporary erotic romance and an AWESOME story. (shameless plug) Was it hard (no pun intended) to write outside of your comfort zone?
Terri:    Actually, yeah. When I’d been asked to write the book (by an editor–now formerly from Kensington) she had three stipulations. (1) it had to be contemporary. My books and future books are all suspense/mystery (2) it had to be erotic. She had read my other books, LOVED the “sex” and wanted me to made the new story even HOTTER (3) the story had to be 60-65 pages. That may sound like a lot, but it isn’t. I was completely out of my element. But I managed to get the story done.

Q:         What do you do when you’re not writing?
Terri:    I pretty much just take care of my family. I also like to read and I’m currently putting together my summer reading list. I also try to keep up with my friends all over the US. Since the kids are older (teens) and have their own lives my husband and I have date night on the weekends. Usually dinner and a movie.

Q:         What are your goals as a writer?
Terri:    Hmm….I’m not really a goal making person. But, I guess if I had to make one it would be to write what I most enjoy reading and not worry if it’s ever going to get published. Is that a goal? Uh… I’ll let you know when that’s working out for me.   Oh…wait, I do have a goal I’m currently working on. Trying to hit 10,000 readers in a month. Yeah….it’s a bit lofty, but ya never know….with the great reviews I’ve been getting and more word of mouth…it could happen. (have I mentioned I can be a bit of a dreamer at times??)

Q:         Uh….yeah. Moving on. I know you are an active member of RWA, what are some of the things you have done with RWA?
Terri:    I joined RWA in 2004 (after an agent I queried wrote on her rejection letter “RWA is in Houston-JOIN”) and figured, even though I’m basically a shy person, I needed to jump right in if I wanted to be published like the rest of them. I went to my first National conference in Dallas that year and was instantly recruited to work the Lit signing. The following year, Angie Platt grabbed me in Reno and it was a given that I work again in Atlanta. I served a year as president of the NW Houston chapter before our family moved to Arizona, where I also served as chapter president. I’m still a member of the Houston chapter because I still have friends I adore there. I’m still active with the national organization and this year will chair the literacy signing in Anaheim.

Q:         I noticed on a few websites you will give a writer feedback on their posted samples. It’s been said you’re a very straightforward person, some would say blunt, especially when it comes to critiques.
Terri:    Straightforward? I guess at times I am…but those who actually know me would find that statement extremely amusing. Lol  However, I don’t offer my opinions or feedback on someone’s work unless I am asked and I will not give dishonest feedback when the whole purpose is to learn. I’ve been doing this a while, I’ve been cut to the bone by harsh critiques. I [was] even told (by another writer) that I’d never get published and I would never say that to anyone. So when I offer my suggestions (which is all they are) I do so with the intention of helping that person see what they could do to improve their manuscript and get it ahead of the slush pile. Of course no one likes to hear their work isn’t ‘there’ yet so on occasion it’s not worth the time.

Q:         Is it hard for you to receive critiques of your work, especially if you don’t agree with them? How do you handle that?
Terri:    Of course. It’s hard for anyone to receive critiques on a work you spilled blood for. I don’t take them personally unless they’re delivered as a personal attack…in which case, I’ll vent to a friend or two and wait for them to “talk me down” from my anger. But a critique, whether delivered by me or you or anyone, is just an opinion offered to help. I listen to all the feedback I’m given on my work…I don’t necessarily follow it unless it’s said more than once. But, the bottom line is, the book belongs to the author who wrote it and only he/she knows what story they want to tell.  Now…enough of those questions! Ask me something fun!

Q:         Okay. Tell us something interesting about yourself no one else knows.
Terri:    Oh…uh…well….hmmm….when I was thirteen I stayed the summer with my aunt and uncle in Angleton (Texas). We went to New Braunfels for a week (to ride the rapids). I lied and told them I knew how to swim. It wasn’t until I fell into the deep end of the swimming pool and nearly drowned when they realized I couldn’t. Luckily my aunt was sitting right there and reached in to grab me….by my hair. And that is also one of my most embarrassing moments.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to me/you. If you want to learn more about Terri you can find her at any of the following:







Meet the Ladies in Red: Nikkie Locke

I’m so excited to be finally introducing myself! This is such a wonderful group of ladies here, and I’m delighted to be able to include myself among them.

1. Introduce yourself, please. Is this a pen or personal name? Why did you make the choice to write under that name?

My name is Nikkie Locke. It is, in fact, a pen name. I’m planning on working as a high school English teacher and would prefer not to listen to high school boys read my love scenes aloud during class. What? You think that wouldn’t happen? As the girl who had the book she was reading stolen daily so the boys could do exactly that, I think it’s safe to say it will. 🙂

2. Let’s get the details out of the way: Single, married, divorced, widowed? Parent? Living where? Doing what, other than writing?

I’m engaged to the most brilliant man in the whole world. He’s also the handsomest. I like to have it all. 🙂 Seriously though, my fiancé and I have been dating for the past five years and engaged for the last year. We’re high school sweethearts. We attended separate colleges for our undergraduate degrees and are currently attending different schools again while I work on my teacher certification and he attends physician assistant school.

Our only children are actually mine. Both of them have four legs and a tail. Well, actually, my cat doesn’t have a tail… But that is an entirely different story. I have a cat named Athena, affectionately called Ani and “Nikkie, I’m going to F’in kill your cat.” I have a dog named Perseus, affectionately called Percy, Perce, P, and “Sit.”

I live in Missouri and am currently splitting time between my house in my hometown and an apartment with some girlfriends where I attend school. Other than writing, I spend my time in classes or at home with my family.

3. What’s your secret passion?

My secret passion? I don’t keep secrets very well.

4. Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change.

My wonderful, helpful girlfriends were not so helpful with this question. They suggested a physical attribute which I’ve decided not to share…

I think the one thing I’d never change about myself is my imagination. Even in the middle of the night, when I’m huddling under my blankie freaking out because there are monsters outside my window, I still value that sense of imagination.

5. If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?

I love living in a small town. It’s fantastic. If I had to choose somewhere else to live though, it would probably be New Orleans. The people, the atmosphere, the music—I love it all. Besides, that’s where all the paranormal creatures live, right?

6. Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?

I do write about where I live. My characters actually live in a fictional small town named Hartsville, but their small town is a lot like mine. Theirs is bigger than mine and probably prettier, but the atmosphere of the small town is still there.

7. Why do you write romance novels?

For me, my writing has always been romance. There are really great answers to this question- life is hard enough, the world is a better with love, happy ever after- and those are all true. I think in addition to that, I have to say, why not romance novels?

8. What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part?

I have always had a laid back attitude about editing and the editor’s opinion. They just want to make your book the best book it can be, right? Why wouldn’t you listen to them? When I received Unbound back for its first round of edits, I looked at all the red and panicked, though. I closed the file and didn’t look at again for several hours.

After lots of deep breathing and a long pep talk, I opened the file and read through all of her suggested edits. I was feeling okay, but not great. Then, I read one of the editor’s notes. She was questioning a character’s motivation and used the word “creeptastic” in her note. I laughed so hard and fell a little bit in love with a woman I didn’t know. I realized she was a person just like me, and her goal really was to make the book the best it could be.

I threw myself into edits after that. I cut most of the original four chapters even though some of my favorite dialogue was there. When I finished, I realized she was right. That soothed most of the ache. Besides, now I have deleted scenes to share. 🙂

9. The best part about my writing life is: There are no limits. You want to have a villain who chops people up and eats them? Go for it! A werewolf who is allergic to dog hair? Do it! You want to write about a woman with limitless powers who accidently turns her lover into a frog? Awesome! As long as your story follows some kind of logic and you can explain your characters’ motivations, there’s nothing you can’t do. Nothing.

10. The worst part about my writing life is: Not having enough time! It seems like everybody gives that answer. It’s so true though. There are nights I stay up late to write even though I know I’ll be tired the next day. Right this minute, I’m considering skipping a class to stay home and write. Of course, my mother will be reading this so that idea is shot. I promise I’ll go to class, Mom. Cross my heart.

11. Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.

The next book is still in the writing stage. It’s about some very minor secondary characters from Unbound. It’s about a writer and the high school sweetheart she dumped four years before. Ryleigh and Jonah have a lot of personal issues to overcome, but they are also in for some exciting suspense as well. 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this as much as I did! My first book, Unbound, comes out July 16th. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

You can find me at my personal website, http://nikkielocke.weebly.com, or on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/NikkieLocke.

Meet the Ladies in Red: Berinn Rae

Welcome paranormal romance author Berinn Rae to today’s Ladies in Red blog.

Thanks for having me! I write romantic SciFi/Fantasy under the name Berinn Rae. I chose to use a pen name to help separate my writing life from my aviation life, since the two are quite different. Berinn (pronounced “Baron”) is an old Germanic word that is pronounced exactly like a type of airplane I own, and Rae is simply my middle name.


Let’s get the details out of the way:

My furry co-pilot.

I’m married to a wonderfully supportive man, and we have an incredibly spoiled sixty-pound lap dog named Annabelle. We live in the Midwest (Iowa) where we fly old airplanes, mostly World War II warbirds, and of course, cater to our attention-craving fur ball. 

Why do you write romance novels?

I’m a sucker for the HEA (Happily Ever After). Life’s tough enough the way it is. I like to read to escape, and I write what I enjoy reading. As a kid, I was an avid comic book reader. That obsession moved into SciFi/Fantasy novels, then eventually into paranormal romance and urban fantasy. When I’m not writing, I read every chance I get.

Reading after an afternoon flight

The best part about my writing life is:

The freedom. As an incurable daydreamer, writing became my creative outlet. As new ideas simmer and pour onto the page, my stress steams away. Now, I couldn’t imagine not writing.

The worst part about my writing life is:

The time, well, the lack of time sucks. Like most writers, I need a day job to pay the bills. It can become an exhausting challenge balancing the day job, family, friends, and hobbies. But it’s worth it.

Give us a hint about your next book.

I’m so excited to have the first novel in a new alien romance trilogy published by Crimson Romance! Collision comes out July 30. Edits are finished, and I’m anxiously awaiting my first glimpse at the cover art.

The Colliding Worlds trilogy starts with two alien races coming to current day earth: one for domination, the other for freedom. Each book in the trilogy stars an extraordinary woman caught up in a galactic war… oh, and of course each woman gets her guy!

Here’s the blurb for Collision:

Sienna Wolfe knows it’s going to be an interesting day when a man with golden skin and strange tattoos crashes in her backyard… and ends up tied to her bedposts. She likes her life just the way it is – simple, easy, relaxed. But when the gorgeous new alien in her life asks for her help in an inter-galactic war on a collision course with earth, she can’t say no… but she’ll soon wish she had.

Sienna struggles with her new, unpredictable world, which includes trying to protect earth from alien domination and dodging attempts on her life. And to make matters worse, her greatest enemy – with annoyingly good looks – offers her a double-edged proposal to end the war. All she has to do is give up her freedom and turn her back on the love of her life. Now it’s up to Sienna to pull off the impossible: save the world and – hopefully – live a little happily ever after.

Heat Level: Sensual


For a special sneak peek of Collision before its July 30 release, read the first chapter on my website. Enjoy!


~ Berinn

www.BerinnRae.com   –   women with kickassitude

Berinn’s books are available everywhere eBooks are sold. Visit her website or Amazon for a current booklist and to buy titles.

Lady in Red: Lisa Weseman

Meet Lisa Weseman, author of “The Name of the Game,” a contemporary romantic comedy coming July 23 from Crimson.

Is this a pen or personal name? Why did you make the choice to write under that name?
Lisa Weseman is my real name, but I almost went with the pen name Lola Sands. The original draft of “The Name of the Game” was pretty spicy, and I wasn’t entirely comfortable using my real name since I still had one foot planted in corporate America. But as the book developed into something less racy and more comedic, it made sense to publish it under my real name, since I also write romantic comedy screenplays as Lisa Weseman. Besides, Lola Sands sounds like a total bitch — and not even remotely funny.

Let’s get the details out of the way:
I’ve been married for five years to Lex, a director/producer. About eight years ago, we worked at the same cable network but didn’t know each other. One night I saw him at an after-work Happy Hour, and I plopped down in his lap and said, “You’re cute.” What can I say? I was young…and it was a martini bar.

We live in Los Angeles with our two dogs – a Golden Doodle named Sammy and a Cockadoodle (Cockapoo) named Buddy. They look exactly alike except one is giant and one is tiny. The story of how we got Buddy is pretty magical – I blogged about it here.

Doing what, other than writing?
Lex and I run a small production company, where I write and produce Film and TV, including two magazine shows on a cable network called YouToo TV. We recently made a short film called “SOLO” that will  hit film festivals and air shows later this year.

One—just one—physical characteristic.

What’s your secret passion?
I’m a passionate person, but I have very few secrets!

People might be surprised by my insane love of football, particularly the Florida Gators and New England Patriots. Every season, Lex and I fly to at least one game for each team. I’ve also been known to paint my face.

Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change.
My creativity. I feel a little bad for people who can’t see the world through some kind of creative lens. I hope they just haven’t tapped into it yet.

If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?
I’d love to be closer to my family in Florida. But if I could live anywhere in the world, it would probably be Hawaii or Big Sur, for the beauty and tranquility.

Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?
I tend to write about places I’ve lived. “The Name of the Game” is set in Atlanta, where I lived when I was a flight attendant. “SOLO” is set in a small town much like the one I grew up in. And my next project, “The Engagement Ring,” is set in L.A., where I live now.

What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class?
I was into self-publishing before it was cool! When I was about 7 or 8, I wrote a book called “Lithya’s Adventure” and published it myself – made a cardboard cover, stitched the pages together, the whole deal. Ahead of my time.

Why do you write romance novels?
We all struggle in life, but we also have the ability to be happy.  I write romance to celebrate the possibility of a happy ending –  romantic or otherwise.

What else do you write?
I write screenplays, most recently a short film called “SOLO” and a pilot for a science-fiction TV series developed with Sony.  I also write essays and articles, mostly on self-improvement and relationships. I recently started blogging on my website. It’s mostly reflection,  but I try to include a little research so that the reader gets something other than my personal diary.

What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience?
Like Kyle, the heroine in “The Name of the Game,” I was a flight attendant. After college, I worked briefly for Delta Air Lines, flying out of Atlanta and Los Angeles. Even though I quit after a few months, the experience definitely left an impression on me.

Around the same time, I attended a wedding of a friend named Terri who was marrying a guy named Terry. I loved the idea of two very different people with the same name being drawn together, and decided to use it as the hook for my flight attendant story.

What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part?
I’m the sick bastard who actually likes editing! I wrote the original draft of this book years ago, before I learned how to structure things to keep a story tight. It was a mess. So when my editor suggested some edits before she offered me a contract, I took a sledge hammer to the whole thing. Once I got my contract, I had almost no edits to make because I’d been so aggressive on my own.

Do you identify closely with one particular character? How?
The heroine Kyle is fun, something I value more and more the older I get. Life’s too short—and too long—to be taken seriously.

The best part about my writing life is:
Introducing my characters to other people. The first time we shot a scene for “SOLO,” I almost cried – I remember thinking, I invented these people! They lived in my head and now they’re real.

The same thing with “The Name of the Game” – the first time I had a conversation with someone who’d read a draft and she mentioned a character by name, it was like finding out we had a mutual friend. Wait, you know Mac and Kyle, too?

It’s the coolest feeling in the world.

The worst part about my writing life is:
Emotionally, the worst part is still rejection. It gets easier — but it never gets easy.

Practically, the worst part is juggling it all. Sometimes I’ll go six months without getting back to a project, and I’ll feel like I’ve abandoned those characters. But once I dig in, they’re like old college friends – I see them again and it’s like no time has passed.

Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.
Right now I’m adapting “The Name of the Game” for the screen. Who knows, maybe it will be a Lifetime movie one day!

After that, I’ll start working on my next novel, “The Engagement Ring.” The night before the heroine’s boyfriend is going to propose, she accidentally gets her college boyfriend’s engagement ring stuck on her finger.  As she and the ex spend the day together trying to get the ring off, they start to wonder if they might have lingering feelings for each other.

About The Name of the Game
She thinks he’s a stick-in-the-mud. He thinks she’s a flake. But flight attendant Kyle McKinney and accountant Kyle “Mac” McKinney are pulled together by something stronger than a shared name and address: a spark that will change their lives forever. A romantic comedy coming July 23 from Crimson Romance, available at major e-book retailers, including Amazon.com, BN.com, and iTunes.

The Name of the Game Adorkable Photo Contest
In honor of Mac, the adorably dorky hero of “The Name of the Game,” I’m looking for kids, pets, or grown-ups in all their geeky glory, from glasses & pocket protectors to suspenders & bowties. Four winners will receive a free download of “The Name of the Game.” Enter here.

Meet Lady in Red – Tessa Berkley

Good Morning, 

Hi, I’m a new Lady in Red and my name is Tessa Berkley. 

I suppose a good place to start would be to give just a bit about myself. I live in Tidewater, Virginia in a small town about 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. I’m far enough inland to enjoy snow in the winter and watch the bands of rain from hurricanes in the summer. My home is situated on five acres, which allows me to raise 3 children, 2 cats, and my beloved cows. I write contemporary and historical western romance.

I’m one of those people who believe in true love. I’ve been lucky to have been married for going on 36 years and yes while there is snow on the roof, the fire still burns. If you asked me what physical trait would stand out the most, it would be striking blue eyes passed down to each generation from my mother’s side of the family.  

My mother was a  unique guiding force in my life. Like her mother before her, she passed on the passion for reading. My mother never learned to drive until she was 50 years old. “Ladies, didn’t do that sort of thing.” But once she did, we’d hope in the 1956 Plymouth Deluxe and indulge our secret passion – the library.  The one thing, I am eternally grateful for is my mother fostering the love of a good story to me. Oh, I am a late life baby. An only child. My parents were 41 and 45, respectfully when I was born in the late 50’s. Poor thing, she didn’t know she was expecting until 6 weeks before my birth, but that’s another story in itself.

I love where I live, but if I could choose an area of a city other than my birthplace, I’d find myself hard pressed to decide between Texas and the mountains of Washington state. The wide open and varied horizons of Texas have long been a place of mystery calling out for me to visit. I’d love to see a herd of Longhorns or see a wild horse run across a field of sage. Likewise, the Majesty of the Olympic Mountains sing with their siren song and draw me to the waters of the Puget Sound. One day, I plan to visit both of those areas.

In the coming months, I will be releasing my first book with Crimson. I hope that readers will join me on the journey and meet Glory Beebe and her hero, Travis Hargrove as they journey toward their happily ever after. When I see you again, I’ll be telling a bit more about my novel and how I came to put their story to paper. For now, if readers would like to keep up with me, please check my website, http://www.tessaberkley.com for the latest updates, hang out with me on Facebook or twitter. I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you, Crimson Romance and the other fine Ladies in Red for sharing your column with me. I hope it will be a long and glorious partnership. 



Sharon Clare – author of Love of Her Lives available Aug. 6/12

I am thrilled to be one of Crimson Romance’s Ladies in Red and to be welcomed into this group of wonderfully warm and supportive writers. Jennifer Lawler and the enthusiastic, supportive and professional staff at Crimson make me feel like I’m in the very best hands.

Let me introduce myself—Sharon Clare—which is my pen name, a name I decided on because the domain was available for Clare. That’s it. I wish there was more meaning behind it, but every other name I’d originally wanted was taken, so Sharon Clare I became.

I’ve been married a long time and have three wonderful grown-up kids, two daughters and a son. I’ve loved every stage of their lives, especially seeing them grow into interesting, loving, happy people.

I live in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada where we especially love summer!

Other than writing I work for a personnel agency which isn’t very exciting, but I used to take a life-sized blue whale into schools when I taught science workshops.

One notable physical characteristic would be my blonde hair I suppose, a colour I have to pay for now, but I imagine I’ll always be a blonde.

My secret passion is not really a secret, but it’s fairly rare, I think. I belong to a virtual world where I have an avatar. I have no idea why it’s so much fun. I guess I didn’t get enough Barbie time as a kid. It’s a fun, creative place to play.

One thing about myself that I’d never change is what I believe is an ability to get along well with others.

For the most part, I write about where I live or at least where I’ve been. The only exception is a few chapters in my soon to be released novel Love of Her Lives that take place in Scotland. I watched travel videos and read books and spoke virtually with people in Scotland to get my facts straight—I hope.

One reason I write romance novels is because I get to put my psychology degree to use, somewhat. I love the psychology of relationships, the inner conflicts, the emotional highs and lows and the struggle to overcome self-defeating behaviours, things that create tension in relationships. As authors, we have to live with our characters, so I may as well have a hot hero in my head. There are so many sub-genres to work with and ultimately romance feels good.

Along with my whimsical paranormal novel, I’ve also written a historical novel.

One thing I took from my personal experience for my book was an experience I had during a past life regression session I did for fun. During hypnosis, I got a feel for Calum, the sexy spirit guide hero in my novel, for the way he would love a woman.

I had to cut a third of the manuscript to fit Crimson Romance’s word requirement, so the process did feel a bit like severing body parts. One night, I went to bed knowing the next day I would cut an entire chapter. I decided to do it without looking at one word, just highlight fast and delete. I think that chapter may find its way onto my website as a deleted scene.

The best part of writing is when the characters do the story telling for me. The worse part is not having enough hours in the day to write.

My next books will be based on games. The mischievous elf from Love of Her Lives will continue with his match-making. Rhapsody is based on a sensual board game a couple must play to escape the Elvin world where they are trapped. Race Date is like a dating amazing race where the heroine realizes she’s partnered with the man whose life she destroyed in high school. I also plan to write a third also based on some sort of game, perhaps virtual. Who knows what that elf will conjure up!

Thank you so much to Crimson Romance for organizing this virtual meeting place! Please come visit me at sharonclare.com and Romance and Beyond

Behind the Scenes


I’m the type of girl who can’t do without making time for a good book, dark chocolate, dark coffee, a margarita, a hero, heroine, heels and quality girl time…there’s, also, a little part of me that must indulge in the occasional massage to awaken my senses, eliminate the over-crowding in my mind and just do a little me time in order to take on whatever comes my way… 


Finding a good deep tissue masseuse can be time consuming and frustrating if they are not a good match for your body and mind.  Fortunately, I had found the perfect one.  No knot, muscle, ache, stress went untouched, until I had melted to the table, forgetting everything but one thought…‘what if’…

I had been playing around with the idea of a romantic suspense with mafia, white slavery, trying to add a new twist.  While my masseuse worked her magic on my body, I tried to concentrate on the heavenly bliss of me time, but the makings of ‘Sweet Revenge’ refused to wait.    


I began wondering, with today’s technology, how would the underground slavery market adapt with time?  The mafia needs time to abduct and sell women without being traced for days.  My antagonists, Old Man Donovan and his sons, take advantage of several sources in finding their ‘merchandise’. 

Research into white slavery led me to believe Old Man Donovan and his sons chose this market for the easy money which is estimated to be a multi-billion industry in competition with illegal arms and drug dealing.  The Salvation Army, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, the dangers of social stigma, brainwashing and personal emotional scars discussed online opened my eyes of not every ending is happily-ever-after for many families.   


I wanted to create an awareness of the aftermath of white slavery, and, include a happily-ever-after.  After all, it only takes one person to make a difference, one person to take a stand…‘Sweet Revenge’ is the first to hit the surface of the white slavery ring, targeting its operators as they infiltrate undercover into the source’s home – Old Man Donovan’s – only to find there are more hidden agendas, turn-coats.  Old Man Donovan’s children and task force agents are ready to dig deeper until the ring is shutdown, bringing romance, intrigue, female fortitude and alpha males.  Book two and three, soon to come, will take you deeper into the underground slavery world of Old Man Donovan, his clan, heroes, heroines and the secrets that drive them all. 


I hope you will find a sweet revenge of your own with a massage, a good book, great girlfriends, those sexy heels that flirt to every guy that walk by, love of a good man, dark chocolate, a margarita or whatever you fancy in renewing your mind and body for what comes your way…


Enjoy the pleasures of life… 


Kay Rogal 


My Crimson Romance…‘Sweet Revenge’ comes out July 2nd