Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! Today we have author Margery Scott visiting. She’s a multi-talented author who writes in several genres. Today she’s going to tell us some fun facts about herself and her latest romantic suspense THE NEXT VICTIM…and to top it off she’s giving away a copy to one lucky commenter!
Thanks for joining us today Margery…I’m beyond excited to have you in the hot seat
Thanks so much for inviting me.
Pick 5 words that describe you.
Kind. Impatient. Hard-working. Perfectionist. Spontaneous.
I see a few things we have in common ;) What’s your favorite destination?
We own a small house in central Florida that I love, but I really hope I haven’t found my favourite destination yet. There’s a big wide world out there that I’d love to see.
Good point…I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. Tell us a talent you wish you had but don’t.
Easy. I’d love to be able to sing instead of sending people running for earplugs.
LOL. What type of books do you prefer to read?
I read mostly romantic suspense and historicals. I love them both so making a choice is really hard.
What genre (s) do you write?
I’ve written books all across the board, from historical romances to mainstream suspense, from time travels to medical contemporary romances. Right now, I’m concentrating mainly on romantic suspense and western historical romances.
What are the first 3 sentences of your book?
The woman’s body lay near the edge of the pond, one red stiletto-clad foot submerged in a puddle of sludgy water left by the storm the night before. Blood pooled on the ground beneath her head, matting in her platinum blonde hair. Police chief Ben Carver’s shoulder nudged a low-hanging branch of a live oak as he passed, releasing a spray of leftover rain.
A killer is terrorizing a sleepy Florida beach town, and workaholic detective Ben Carver is positive his next target is Shannon Ames, the sexy reporter who lives in his apartment complex. As Ben works to prevent Shannon from becoming the next victim, he starts to feel emotions he’d long thought dead. But the secret Shannon carries could destroy any hope of a future together – and might even get her killed.
Between your blurb, cover & first 3 sentences I’m more than intrigued. What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
When it’s finished. J I do love plotting and brainstorming. And, don’t tell anyone because I’ll be tarred and feathered and driven out of town, but I actually enjoy writing a synopsis.
Well, I guess I know who I’ll be contacting when it’s synopsis time! Lol Please share an excerpt from your book!
What were the chances he’d move into the one condo in Vista Verde that abutted hers? If Ben was a gambling man, which he no longer was since the biggest gamble of his life had resulted in his fiance’s death, he would have bet the odds were a million to one. And he would have lost.
Granted, there were very few condos in town that weren’t rentals. And when he’d seen this complex, he’d known immediately that this was exactly the kind of place he was looking for. He’d checked out the unit, and once he’d realized the beach was only a few hundred yards away, the condo was close enough to the station that he could walk if he felt like it, and it had no maintenance to speak of – he’d signed on the dotted line right then and there. He hadn’t given any thought to who his neighbors might be.
A sharp frisson of lust speared him the moment Shannon answered her door. Wearing a robe that barely covered her thighs, the silky fabric clung to every curve. Her hair, still damp, hung in loose curls around her shoulders.
“Oh,” she said, her cheeks flushing as she fisted the neckline of the robe around her throat, “that was fast. I called the station less than five minutes ago.”
“Turns out we’re neighbors.”
“Apparently we have a bedroom wall in common.” Something he’d rather not think about, especially now that the vision of her practically naked was burned into his brain. He could only imagine –
“Lovely,” she muttered sarcastically. Then, changing the subject, she eyed him squarely. “What can I do for you?”
Shannon’s brisk voice interrupted his thoughts. “I’d like to ask you a few questions.”
“This isn’t a good time …” Ben didn’t miss the furtive glance she sent behind her, or the fact that she adjusted her position in the doorway to prevent him seeing past her into the apartment.
Did she have company? A boyfriend? He was tempted to ask, but decided against it. It was none of his business, but he couldn’t deny the tiny spark of … something … in his chest. Jealousy? No. That was ridiculous. Still, something bothered him about the thought of another man holding her, touching her, making love to her. “It’ll only take a minute.”
“I’m busy right now–” She raked her fingers through her damp hair.
Busy doing what? He didn’t want to think about it. “I’ll wait.”
“I really don’t know anything—”
What – or who – was she hiding? “Look, Shannon, I’m not leaving until I find out
how you identified my victim. So open the door and let me in so we can get this over with and we can both get some sleep.”
She hesitated for a moment, then swung the door open and gestured him inside.
Her clean, vanilla scent washed over him as he passed her and entered the apartment.
The apartment layout was a mirror image of his, but that’s where the similarity ended. His was a jumble of mismatched furniture and looked like it had been decorated by a color-blind interior designer. Hers, on the other hand, was warm, inviting, the kind of place he could imagine coming home to after a long day and putting his feet up.
“No one gave them to me. I took them myself. Not that it’s any of your business.”
“You’re damn right it’s my business. How?”
She turned away and slid down to perch on the edge of the sofa. Her eyes flashed as she looked up at him. The hem of her robe rode up to reveal a long, creamy thigh and a wisp of shocking pink lace. A jolt of desire shot through him, and he almost groaned with the intensity of it. “Well?”
Nice! Describe your hero using 5 words.
Workaholic, commitment-shy, protective, down-to-earth, passionate
Now your heroine?
Ambitious, fun, friendly, inquisitive, impulsive
How did you get started writing?
I was always an avid reader, but it wasn’t until my boys were grown and gone that I even thought about writing. I was a huge romance fan, so when my father found an old portable standard typewriter (yes, I’m that old :)) I started to write my parents’ story. I never did finish it, but that was the beginning. I was hooked.
What’s the most important advice another author shared with you about the writing craft that you implemented and now couldn’t live without?
Conflict. Conflict. Conflict. Not only internal and external conflict for the book, but for every scene. Every scene should have a beginning, a middle and an end.
Excellent advice! What’s your current WIP?
I’m in the process of plotting a series. This is a new experience for me, but it’s good to stretch your writing muscles. I’ve never had to think about any book other than the one I’m working on right now, but for a series, it’s important to think ahead, even as far as naming of characters. You never know, they might end up with their own book down the road.
Very true…and very exciting Now let’s have a little fun Use these five words to make a sentence that would work in a romance novel: WINK, MOTORCYCLE, SQUIRREL, MUSTACHE, SANDALS
Wearing nothing but beige sandals, he gave her a wink, his mustache twitching as he grinned, and climbed onto the motorcycle, narrowly avoiding the squirrel racing across the parking lot.
Hehehe…love it! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
I love to hear from readers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
My books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords as well as other eBook retail outlets.
Thanks again Margery for letting me interview you…I had a great time getting to know you better.
Thanks for having me, Christine
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