Hi readers! We are in for a big treat today 🙂 Please help me welcome my Entangled Publishing sister Cathy Skendrovich. She’s taken the hot seat and I’ve asked her some questions about herself and her latest release PRISONER OF LOVE! I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her better and learning more about her book.
As you know, I’m a total cover junkie and Cathy has a fabulous cover!!!
Let’s get started!
Tell us something you love, something you hate, and something you fear.
I love my family. I hate cauliflower. And I fear getting locked in a bathroom stall. Seriously.
I can understand that fear 🙂 What’s the last thing you cooked?
Turkey breast with all the fixings (I’m practicing for Thanksgiving :))
My fave holiday! What’s your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas, because I love decorating for it, and shopping, and even, to a lesser degree, cooking for it. I love to see if I pleased people with their gifts. Also, because here in southern California, it’s a cooler temperature at Christmas.
Describe your writing space.
That’s a funny question, because I don’t have a designated space! My two college age sons are still at home, and my 93-year-old dad lives with us, so our four-bedroom-house is packed. I own a laptop, and a rolling laptop stand. I type most often in the family room when no one is around. If I can, I will go into my sons’ rooms while they are at school or work and create at their desks. My last resort is stretching out on my bed to write. But you know how long that lasts before I get sleepy!
I have an office, but write in my living room because it has so many windows and sunlight! Tell us your favorite part about the writing process.
My favorite part is coming up with the idea/plot. I love the zing I get when I see something and a story idea pops into my head. It’s a real rush when that happens.
I love choosing character names. How did you go about choosing the names for your hero and heroine?
Unfortunately, I have no real ritual. I try to choose ordinary names that are easy to say and don’t all begin with the same letter. I remember years ago reading a book that had three characters whose names all began with the letter M. Talk about confusing! I was forever mixing them up in my head. So that is why I choose common names. With Jake Dalton, in my head he looked like a Jake. It just felt right. For Dalton, I chose the name from the name of a road in the TV show “Ice Road Truckers,” believe it or not. I put the two names together and they just clicked. And with Lucy, I wanted an old-fashioned name, a sturdy name, like her character. Lucy filled those requirements for me.
Love that! If you could tweet a favorite line from your book, what would it be? Yep, that’s right, you only get 140 characters. 🙂
He put her cell phone in his front jumpsuit pocket. “Feel free to go fish for it. Just be aware of what else you might come up with.”
That’s a great tweet! Describe your hero in five words.
Sexy, irreverent, inventive, shrewd, tough
Now your heroine.
Curvy, serious, analytical, sensitive, orderly
Why do you write the genre you do?
I have loved romance since I started reading, I think. Even when I read mysteries or suspense, I always want a sideline of romance between characters. The same when I write. I love to explore the way people meet and come together. Even if there is a murder or a mystery, there always needs to be that spark of awareness between two people.
Do you have a writing ritual—as in do you have to have a certain drink, light a candle, play music, wear a lucky pair of socks?
I write first thing in the morning, while everyone is at work, or still in their rooms. I make hot tea, feed the dog, and then sit down to write. If I don’t get side-tracked by social media!
What makes your book stand out from others in the same genre?
Realism. Although romantic suspense readers like to be transported into a dangerous but still romantic plot, they aren’t looking for a fairytale. Prisoner of Love delivers the romance, yet the characters are down-to-earth people that you could meet in real life. For example, Lucy is not a goddess. She wears glasses and is ten pounds overweight. Women can relate to her instead of another perfect “Barbie” character. Also, a cop as an escaped con who kidnaps an innocent bystander; the setup alone shows readers the hero isn’t going to be that perfect “Godlike” man (which makes the book more realistic)
Can you share a sneak peek into what you’re working on now?
I am writing a contemporary romance at the moment. “Meet Sydney Hughes. She tends bar in her dad’s neighborhood pub since her mom died a few years ago. Though she has a degree in hotel management, she enjoys helping her father out with his business. Her infectious smile, sense of humor, and lively showmanship pack the bar every weekend.
Enter Alexios Verga, co-CEO of The Midas Touch, the latest hotel and casino to crowd onto the Las Vegas Strip. Alexios is responsible for the casino and entertainment. Which are not doing particularly well, since he prefers to frequent the Strip’s lounges with his latest hottie instead of manage the business. Until Daddy lowers the boom: raise the hotel’s bar revenues or start taking orders from his younger brother.
The first time Alexios enters Jimmy’s Bar he is fascinated with Sydney’s ability to take drink orders, schmooze with the patrons, and entertain using flamboyant moves more in keeping with a magician than a bartender, as well as her fresh, girl-next-door looks and personality. But when he makes her a lucrative job offer, she flatly turns him down, unimpressed by his good looks or his credentials. Unused to rejection, he goes around her back.
Now that Sydney reluctantly works for Alexios, she’s even more the ice queen where he’s concerned. And he finds himself obsessed with the sexy bartender, thinking of her morning, noon, and night. Is Alexios capable of changing his playboy ways, and winning Sydney’s trust? Or will this be his last call?”
Sounds awesome and I love your hero’s name!
JUST FOR FUN…
My favorite number is __7_______
I’ve always wished I could __own a Jaguar F-Type Coupe_________
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d pack up and head to ___Vienna_______
The most daring thing I’ve done is hike up to Multnomah Falls and stand on the bridge while the water cascades around you. Awesome!___________
My kitchen is _small but very user-friendly____________
The last book I read was __True Deceptions by Veronica Forand________
Excerpt from Prisoner of Love
The whoosh of the passenger door flying open snapped her eyes wide. A blurred orange figure blocked the daylight and threw himself into the passenger seat, roaring in a gravelly male voice, “Get the car moving now! And don’t even think about jumping.” He brandished a rusty file that had a nasty pointed end like a knife. “Do it!”
Lucy screamed. Just opened her mouth and let it rip, all the startled, adrenaline-rushing fear boiling up from her stomach like lava. The sound didn’t faze the man beyond a widening of his wild, brown eyes. He grabbed the front of her black Hello Kitty sweatshirt and hauled her close, nose to nose. “Shut the hell up right now and do what I said.” He stared into her face for several tense seconds. At last he shoved her away from him.
While Lucy cowered in the driver’s seat, he kicked his left leg over the console and pounded on the gas pedal with his heavy foot. The car revved, yet remained unmoving, still in park.
“Damn it all to hell,” he snarled.
His attention shot to the gear shift knob, and Lucy recognized the moment for what it was: her one and only chance to escape. Gathering the scattered shreds of courage within her quaking body, she slipped her fingers over the door handle, sucked in bolstering oxygen, and wrenched open the door, flinging herself into precious freedom—
Only to be snapped back into the confines of the ancient Honda like a Bungee jumper on a too-short cord. She hadn’t unfastened her seat belt.
She turned toward the intruder. Her eyes collided with his and she saw her reflection in their shadowy depths. He shook his head slowly at her.
“That was stupid.”
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