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Friday, July 4, 2014

Interview and Huge Giveaway with Rachel Carrington



Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Connecting Strangers, the first book in the Discovering Emily series, releases on July 21st. It’s a romantic suspense with some twists. Here’s a bit more about the book:

Getting close is dangerous…

He’s too close, and I start to fidget, needing to keep my hands busy so they won’t grab hold of his shirt. Because that’s what they want to do. Draw him closer. So I can Inhale his scent. Taste his skin.

I didn’t run because I was in an abusive relationship; I ran because my soul was being crushed. I’d forgotten how to live, how to be happy. Running out of gas in a small town, I catch the eye of the local sheriff when the very last thing I want is to come under the scrutiny of the police. I left my boyfriend with blood on my hands, and I know as soon as the wound heals he’ll come looking for me.

Adam Madison draws me to him so easily I can’t even pretend to fight. And the closer we get, the more combustible we become.  I’ve never experienced such passion or power. My need is as great as his, but I’m sure he’ll walk away from me once he knows my secret. No other man would stay.

I’ve had enough complications in my life. I’m not looking for more, and that’s exactly what Adam is—a sexy, magnetic complication with secrets of his own. And with my ex on the hunt, I can’t risk bringing him down with me. But he won’t leave…even when vengeance could kill us both.


Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life? 

I’m working on a book right now with a character based upon my realtor. She and I talked about my writing when I was looking for a house, and I told her I was going to put her into one of my books and that I might kill her off. We had a good laugh about it and then I got an idea for a story where she would fit very well. I even used her real name, with permission, of course.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to? 

Though it’s a little clich├ęd, I would have to say that good triumphs over evil is the main theme in all of my books. It might not seem like it for a very long time, but, eventually, good will always win.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you? 

I include a lot of fun facts about myself on my website so I had to really think about this one. I guess one of the biggest one is that I don’t drink alcohol. It has just never appealed to me.

I try to include ten new things in my newsletter each month, but eventually, I’m going to run out!

When you’re not writing what do you do? 

Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures? I create book videos for other authors, and I’ve created music videos for my favorite television couples. Yes, I’m that much of a geek.

I have so many things I love to do, but one thing I do every night is watch a TV series on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video. Once I finish one, I start another one. It’s how I’m catching up on shows I never got around to watching or finishing like Nikita, The Glades, and The West Wing, etc. Right now, I’m catching up on Haven. In case you haven’t noticed a pattern, I tend to watch shows where the men are hot. 

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written? 

Without a doubt, The Carpathian Series by Christine Feehan. Christine created such a unique world, and the characters’ abilities and personalities are mesmerizing. I’ve been in love with that series since it debuted.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why? 

I’ve been asked this question before, and it used to be Tess from Indigo Spell, but I’m finding now that it’s changing with each book I write. While I normally choose a heroine, this time, I would have to say it’s Francine from Connecting Strangers. She’s a secondary character (who is probably going to get her own novella), but she has a lot of heart, is sarcastic, and fiercely loyal. I loved writing her.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
Connecting Strangers is Book One of the Discovering Emily series. The next book is currently in the works, and it’s entitled Being Lovers. This one picks up one day later where Connecting Stranger ends.
A lot of questions about Emily gets answered in this book which opens the door for details about Adam’s past. I’m about 7,000 words in now, and I’m excited about where it’s going.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

As I mentioned above, I am working on the sequel for Connecting Strangers. I also have three books that are ready to be released, but they got pushed back on the schedule. They are the two remaining books in the Spirit series (Unite Our Souls & Keep Our Souls) and A Queen Seduced.

What book are you reading now? I’m about to start Witchling (Book One of the Sisters of the Moon series) by Yasmine Galenorn. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series so I’m looking forward to it.

What is in your to read pile? 

Anything by Michelle Rowen. I try to add her books to my Goodreads shelf just as soon as I find out about them.

Also, Jaime Rush’s Offspring series. I read the first book, A Perfect Darkness, and loved it!

Then there’s The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockman, Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare, The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen, and First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones. And, no, I have no idea which book I’ll start with next!


Connecting Strangers
Discovering Emily Series
Book 1
Rachel Carrington

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Date of Publication: July 21, 2014

ISBN:
ASIN:
Word Count: ~67,000

Cover Artist: Elaina Lee of For the Muse Designs

Book Description:

Getting close is dangerous…

He’s too close, and I start to fidget, needing to keep my hands busy so they won’t grab hold of his shirt. Because that’s what they want to do. Draw him closer. So I can Inhale his scent. Taste his skin.

I didn’t run because I was in an abusive relationship; I ran because my soul was being crushed. I’d forgotten how to live, how to be happy. Running out of gas in a small town, I catch the eye of the local sheriff when the very last thing I want is to come under the scrutiny of the police. I left my boyfriend with blood on my hands, and I know as soon as the wound heals he’ll come looking for me.

Adam Madison draws me to him so easily I can’t even pretend to fight. And the closer we get, the more combustible we become.  I’ve never experienced such passion or power. My need is as great as his, but I’m sure he’ll walk away from me once he knows my secret. No other man would stay.

I’ve had enough complications in my life. I’m not looking for more, and that’s exactly what Adam is—a sexy, magnetic complication with secrets of his own. And with my ex on the hunt, I can’t risk bringing him down with me. But he won’t leave…even when vengeance could kill us both.

About the Author:

I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well…anything to do with writing.
After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense.

I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, Freelance Writing.com, and Funds for Writers.

I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I’m not writing, I love to read, watch Bones, Castle, Blue Bloods, and Hawaii Five-O, create videos, keep Target in business, play visitor in my city, and drink lots of coffee.






Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/RachelCarrington


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Rachel would like to thank all of her sponsors for contributing prizes to her blog tour for Connecting Strangers.

For a complete list of participating authors and how to connect with them socially, please visit: http://www.rachelcarrington.com/blog/huge-shout-out-to-these-fabulous-authors

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