Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! This is a forum where I’ll feature an author who will answer 10 questions about their book and a few personal things and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.
Today I’d like to introduce you to author Zoe Dawson! She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book Groomed for Murder. 🙂 And as most of you are aware I’m a complete book cover junkie…and I LOVE Zoe’s book cover.
Okay, enough of my book cover worship. Please help me welcome Zoe!
Hi Zoe, thanks for joining me for 10 – 4 Tuesday…I hope you’re ready for some fun 🙂
Thanks for having me! I appreciate it!
First the 10:
To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.
I have been writing for 16 years as a traditionally published author under a different pen name. Recently, I was intrigued by the possibility of self-publishing some titles that haven’t sold to traditional publishers. My self-published Going to the Dogs series is something that I developed after seeing Sex and the City. I have already published the first and second books in the series. The third and fourth books will be out in the summer and fall, respectively.
I got interested in romance when my grandmother gave me The Sheik to read. She loved reading that book and it was falling apart by the time she lent it to me. So I was really careful turning those pages. Once I was bitten with the romance bug, I started to read voraciously. That soon led me to writing romance. I’m a divorced mother of two grown children, work a day job and live in Raleigh, North Carolina after moving from Virginia. Love it here.
What genre (s) do you write?
I write contemporary, mystery, romantic suspense and soon paranormal and urban fantasy.
Can a dog have a bad hair day?
Brooke Palmer owns Pawlish, an exclusive doggie spa and grooming business in upper Manhattan, but when a client’s champion poodle gets a bad poodle cut and has to undergo therapy to recover, the client sues. The lawyer they send is drop dead gorgeous, but Brooke won’t be wooed by a corporate shark in a sharp suit.
Corporate lawyer Drew Hudson has better things to do then take on this ridiculous lawsuit, but since he works for the client’s husband, he has no choice. After meeting the beautiful, sweet-tempered owner, he can’t keep his mind on the silly case. But when the client turns up dog gone dead, Brooke may be a conflict of interest when she’s charged with the murder. All Drew wants to do is prove that this sexy entrepreneur is not dangerous, except to his heart.
Can she take a chance on him?
Terrific blurb! Tell us the moment when it first sank in that you were an official author!
It was when I held my first book in my hands and saw it on the bookstore shelves. I was so completely blown away. That was a day I will always remember.
That would definitely be an amazing moment…CONGRATS 🙂 What time of the day do you feel most motivated to write?
I’ve trained myself to write at anytime of the day to fit it into my busy schedule. But my preference is morning.
Choose five words that describe your book.
Romance, comedy, mystery, dogs, bulldog
What makes this story stand out from other stories in the same genre?
Romance usually has a hero and a heroine, but I go one step further and have created doggie companions with their own personality. Little did I know they would steal the show.
What’s that saying I’ve heard regarding movies, never work with children or pets….must be the same saying for books too. lol What’s the best part about the writing process and the worst?
The best part about writing is getting the story that is rattling around in the noggin’ into concrete, readable form. The worst is finding time to do the marketing.
What are your writing goals for 2013?
I will finish the last two books in this series, Going to the Dogs which will be Hounded and Collared. Finish the revisions on my first book from Entangled Publishing in a six book police procedural series, and, in the fall, begin the first book in my urban fantasy series The Starbuck Chronicles titled Afterlife.
That’s quite a list, but I have a feeling you’ll be able to do it all. What’s your current WIP?
Tentatively titled In Her Sights and part of The Misfit Squad series for Entangled. Here’s a bit about the book and in my heroine, Kim’s own words:
Detective Kikumi “Kim” Yoshida – She took a bullet in a convenience store robbery that killed her partner. Now she’s dealing with a high profile case and a sexy prime suspect who’s driving her crazy.
In her own words:
A dead partner is never easy to take. Especially when the guy uses himself like a human shield. It brought back all the memories of my brother doing that exact same thing. That’s why I went into law enforcement, into homicide. But with my brave partner’s death, the guilt returned. It churns inside me so that I can’t sleep, can’t eat. I took a few drinks to drown out the memories, the pain, to sleep. I survived. They didn’t. The brass says I have a drinking problem. They kicked me out of the precinct and, now, I’m in this new squad of misfits. I don’t think I belong here. I don’t have a problem.
Now the 4:
A magic genie offers you the chance to live the life of any fictional character in any book for one week. Which book and which character would you choose?
I think I would choose The Crystal Singer, by Anne McCaffrey. I loved the premise of this book where a singer with perfect pitch can get a lucrative job on a planet using her singing talent to cut crystals–crystals that literally run the universe. The catch is she has to bond with a symbiotic–the natural spore of the planet that genetically mutates the body. Among the possible mutations are deafness, blindness or other complications, but a small percentage have a perfect transition where others find incompatibility and death.
You’re a famous inventor and can choose anything in the world that has already been invented and claim it as your own. What would you choose to be known for?
World of Warcraft. I would love to be able to mix my storytelling with the ability to bring it to the masses through interactive gameplay.
You can only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
I’d choose Pizza, specifically, Domino’s Philly cheesesteak, but would eat all kinds. Gives you much more of a variety. So good!
You wake up and look out the window, realizing the zombie apocalypse has become a reality….what’s the first thing you’ll do?
Probably run to the mirror to make sure I wasn’t one of the zombies!
Thanks for sharing your 10 and your 4. Please share an excerpt from GROOMED FOR MURDER 🙂
Excerpt from Groomed for Murder
Going to the Dogs
By Zoe Dawson
All rights reserved
“You stupid cow!”
Brooke yanked her gaze away from the computer screen, her heart plummeting to her toes like a stone. Kristen Wright-Davis. Not again. With a surge of adrenaline, she raced out of the office toward the grooming room, where her nemesis shrieked in short, staccato blasts, punctuated by the yapping of her hyper toy poodle, Mimi.
“I have asked you repeatedly to sedate Mimi, Mrs. Wright-Davis.” Her groomer’s voice wobbled and Brooke moved faster to stave off disaster.
Pushing the door open, Brooke wasn’t surprised to find that Kristen—a life-sized, hard-gloss, Barbie-zilla—had backed poor, disheveled, worn out Rachel into a corner physically as well as verbally. Her groomer was buckling under the pressure and looked like she was about to burst into tears. Kristen loomed over Rachel, her tanned, pampered skin in stark contrast to the groomer’s pale face.
The hair on the back of Brooke’s neck popped up like porcupine quills. How dare that self-absorbed witch attack poor Rachel!
“Don’t talk back to me, dog groomer girl. You are nothing but a service provider, and you aren’t entitled to an opinion!” Kristen snapped, wagging her head like Mick Jagger on steroids. “Look what you have done to my Mimi!” She pointed a trembling finger at her noisy dog for emphasis. “This is outrageous! She has a show this weekend! You have ruined any chance she had to win. You stupid, stupid cow.”
Brooke stepped forward, summoning her most soothing manner. “Kristen, why don’t you and I discuss how we might solve this problem to your satisfaction?”
The woman’s head snapped around and homed in on the new target, just as Brooke hoped she would. As smooth as silk, Brooke maneuvered herself between Kristen and a cowed Rachel, squeezing her groomer’s shoulder reassuringly as she ushered her out of the room with a quick whisper. “Go hide in my office.”
“Look at what she’s done to my baby. It-it-it’s intolerable,” Kristen screeched, pointing again with a blood red-tipped finger, then settling her fists at the waist of her tight leather pants with a huff. Her collagen-puffed lips evolved from a pout to a nasty snarl.
Brooke looked down at the spoiled furball that still yapped and growled and snapped the air, straining to reach Brooke and sink in her needle teeth. The tension inside the small room scraped against Brooke’s skin. Obviously Mimi was simply reacting to the tension and to her owner’s state of mind.
And then Brooke finally took a close look at the poodle’s cut. What a disaster. Fur was missing in clumps scattered throughout her otherwise precise and professional show cut.
Brooke mentally threw up her hands. Half of this animal’s problem was that she had such an indulgent, spoiled, pretentious woman for an owner. The other half was she had an indulgent, spoiled, pretentious woman for an owner. Maybe Kristen should be the one to take a sedative before coming into Pawlish.
“I’m so sorry this happened just before a show.” Brooke cleared her throat, reaching for a more mollifying tone. “I sympathize with your disappointment. I would be happy to offer you six months of grooming for free, and I’ll refund the full amount of the entrance fee as compensation.”
Kristen’s eyes narrowed and her face darkened. “Six months free? Entrance fee? My baby looks like this, and…and you insult me with six months of grooming free and money? That’s a slap in the face. I will never use your cut-rate joint again.”
She grabbed Mimi and stuffed the yapping, snarling bundle into her Louis Vuitton dog carrier. Mimi shoved her head up over the zipped closure and snapped at Brooke again as Kristen swept past her toward the door.
🙂 So excited you joined me for 10 – 4 Tuesday! Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online 🙂
Groomed for Murder buy links:
Groomed for Murder
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