What to Read Wednesday

27 Jun

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.

Now that’s a way to start out suspense! Share a blurb from THE NEXT VICTIM.

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 can be found at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at

I love to hear from readers and can be reached at

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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45 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. Loralee Lillibridge

    June 27, 2012 at 5:55 am

    What a fun interview! Margery, it’s so nice to meet you. THE NEXT VICTIM sounds exciting and I look forward to reading it. Thanks, Christine, for introducing us to another awesome author.

    • ChristineWarner

      June 27, 2012 at 7:02 am

      Thanks for stopping by Loralee…I hope you enjoy Margery’s book!

  2. Neecy Kelly

    June 27, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Hey Margery,
    The Next Victim sounds like a great book and I’m looking forward to the read. Conflict, Conflict, Conflict, aye! LOL Good advice. Synopsis??? You like writing them? That is cool, because they frighten the heck out of me.
    Great interview ladies,
    Nice visiting with you again, Margery.

    • ChristineWarner

      June 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

      So glad you enjoyed the interview…thanks for coming by Denice!

  3. Tereasa Bellew

    June 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Oooo, The Next Victim sounds like a real chiller, the kind I love! And you left me hanging by a hemline and pink lace! LOL.

    Great job, Margery. Christine, you’ve done it again! Your guests always fascinate me!

    • ChristineWarner

      June 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I’m glad you found another read from visiting Tere! Thanks for coming by.

  4. Larkin

    June 27, 2012 at 8:52 am

    This sounds like a fun set-up, for sure. Murder, mystery, and a shared bedroom wall. Now, who’s got the skills to turn two condos into one? Looks good!

    • ChristineWarner

      June 27, 2012 at 9:20 am

      You summed it up perfectly Larkin…glad you came by!

    • Margery Scott

      June 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Hmm, Larkin. I didn’t even think of that. I should have made my hero do carpentry as a hobby 🙂

  5. kristinaknightauthor

    June 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

    LOVE this excerpt, Margery! Thanks for sharing with us!

  6. jerridrennen

    June 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I’m going to add this one to my list, Margery! It sounds great.

  7. chitsuen

    June 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Loved the blurb and excerpt. This is one I’m marking down on my TBR list. Congrats on the release, Margery.

    • Margery Scott

      June 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks, Chitsuen. I hope you like it.

    • ChristineWarner

      June 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Hey Melissa, glad you have another book to add to your TBR!

  8. Sheri Fredricks

    June 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I enjoy learing about other writers! This is a great post, Christine! Margery – Love that although you have a house, you’re still interested in the wide world. Gotta love that! Best wishes on your book – it sounds like a winner!

    • Margery Scott

      June 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks, Sheri. I love to travel, and unfortunately, I probably won’t live long enough to see and do everything I want to 🙂

      • ChristineWarner

        June 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

        Margery, I think that’s probably the case with most of us! But at least you can do and see some of the awesome things there are to see!

        Sheri, glad you dropped in and enjoyed the interview 🙂

  9. Mirriam Smyth

    June 27, 2012 at 11:50 am

    A shared bedroom wall? Hmm… That could make for…interesting things to hear! Love the excerpt. I’ll definitely have to put this on my TBR list.

    Great interview, Christine! And it was nice to meet you, Margery!

    • Margery Scott

      June 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Nice to meet you, too, Mirriam. A shared bedroom wall can leave a lot to the imagination

    • ChristineWarner

      June 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Appreciate you coming by Mirriam!

  10. Margery Scott

    June 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for dropping by, Loralee. It’s nice to meet you, too. I hope you enjoy the book.

  11. Margery Scott

    June 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Hi again, Neecy. Yes, I do like writing synopses. Weird, huh? I was told every page should have conflict of some kind. Can’t have those characters getting along 🙂

  12. Margery Scott

    June 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks, Tereasa. Love that line about hanging by a hemline and pink lace.

  13. sarahballance

    June 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Okay, wow. The book sounds a-MAZING. And I can’t sing. I can’t tell you how much I like you already, Margery! LOL.

    • ChristineWarner

      June 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Sarah, glad you came by..can’t wait to hear yours and Margery’s duet! lol

  14. Margery Scott

    June 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks, sarahballance. Just think what a duet we could make 🙂

  15. Calisa Rhose

    June 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Margery. I love the excerpt and as Christine said the cover and lines peak my interest more than a little! Good luck.

    • Margery Scott

      June 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks so much, Calisa.

    • ChristineWarner

      June 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Happy you enjoyed the interview Calisa…hope you get a chance to read Margery’s book!

  16. Brenda

    June 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    What a wonderful interview–both questions and answers.
    Your book sounds amazing–the excerpt really held my attention.

    • Margery Scott

      June 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Brenda, Christine did a great job with the questions, didn’t she? Thanks for the compliment.

      • ChristineWarner

        June 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm

        Thanks Brenda & Margery…it’s easy to do an interview when the guest is so interesting 🙂

  17. Nikki Barrett

    June 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I love romantic suspense! My favorite genre: To read and write! Congrats on your release, Margery, and so glad to learn about you a bit through this interview.

    Thank you Christine, for introducing us to another great sounding author! 🙂

    • Margery Scott

      June 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks, Nikki. Romantic suspense is right up there in my list of favourites.

    • ChristineWarner

      June 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Glad you came by Nikki!

  18. Jenna Jaxon

    June 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Fantastic interview! And your blurb and excerpt have put this book on my TBR list. Absolutely love your cover!

    • Margery Scott

      June 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks, Jenna. I love this cover, too. My cover artist is AWESOME!!! She also did the cover for Out of Time and The Texan’s Promise.

    • ChristineWarner

      June 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Well said Jenna!

  19. Cera duBois

    June 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Great interview, ladies!!! Loved the excerpt….

  20. bn100

    June 29, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Nice interview and advice.


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