HE'S EVERYTHING SHE FEARS...
Reporter Annabelle Armstrong will go to any lengths to deliver a story, even track down Quinton Valtrez, a man she believes is a cold hearted assassin. Yet the truth about the darkly sensual Quinton is even more shocking...and the overwhelming desire he ignites is one she vows to resist.
SHE'S EVERYTHING HE CRAVES
Quinton has fought his demonic powers since he was a child. Now using his gifts for the good of national security, he can't let himself be distracted by the beautiful, determined Annabelle. But his need for her is sudden, fierce--and could soon cost Annabelle her life. For a wicked enemy is out for vengeance, a demon who wants to draw Quinton into a life of pure evil and is willing to use Annabelle as bait. To save her, Quinton must achieve the near impossible: tame the sinister force that is both his inheritance and his curse before it claims him forever.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR RITA HERRON:
Rita Herron is an award-winning author of more than 30 romantic suspense novels for Harlequin and Dorchester. In 2007 alone, she was nominated for two Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards, including a Career Achievement Award.
MY INTERVIEW WITH RITA HERRON:
Having cut her teeth on mystery books like Nancy Drew, romance novels (Beverly Barton), and TV shows like The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock, and The Outer Limits, it felt natural for Rita to blend romance, suspense and the paranormal.
Dark Hunger is the 2nd book in her Demonborn series and is an exciting, paranormal romantic suspense thriller! Look for alpha heroes to die for...
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- Hi, Rita! Can you tell my readers what your are currently working on? I know once they read DARK HUNGER, they will want more from you.
I’ve just finished book 3 in the Demonborn series and the final book in the Demonborn trilogy, FORBIDDEN PASSION. It comes out April 2010.
2. What have you just finished reading?
The sixth book in the Body Movers series by Stephanie Bond. And I’m currently reading The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax. Both excellent authors and great storytelling!
3. What books would you say have made the biggest impression on you, especially starting out?
Mary Higgins Clark’s books really piqued my interest in mysteries as an adult. But the one book that truly spoke to me and made me want to write romantic suspense was Cry Wolf by Tami Hoag. I loved the story, the sexy romance, the steamy New Orleans setting, and the page-turning suspense.
Other favorite romantic suspense authors who have inspired me: Allison Brennan, Lisa Gardener, Beverly Barton, Lisa Jackson, and Debra Webb.
4. What gets you started on a new book? A character or story idea or….?
Hmm...Normally I’m a plotter and the story idea, hook, the seed of a big premise, comes to me first. For example, in the first book in the Demonborn series, Insatiable Desire, I had the idea of writing about a demonic serial killer who used a person’s greatest fear as his killing MO.
For book two, DARK HUNGER, I wanted to write about a serial bomber who was actually an innocent but whose mind was being controlled by a demon – the demon used mind control to force him to kill. Originally I envisioned the bombings occurring on the same night at the same time, but in revisions, my editor suggested it might be more suspenseful to draw those crimes out and add in the ticking clock where the hero and heroine are racing against time to stop them.
Almost in tandem, this series also evolved because I had the idea of creating alpha heroes who were crime fighters, but also evil themselves. Of course, I had to figure out a way to redeem them and wanted that evil side of them to be part of their conflict, so decided to have heroes who were descendants of Satan and an Angel of Light – they are half evil, half good. But the temptation for evil runs strongly in their blood, and draws them to the dark side.
What can save them? Of course, the only answer is the power of love and a good strong woman!
5. What is something about you that you would want people to know about you that we probably don’t know?
I have an identical twin sister who always peps me up when I’m in a funk- she’s also a counselor. Every writer needs one! LOL
But seriously, books were my escape as a child in a not-so-happy home. They not only provided entertainment and information but led me into a world where I could fantasize about exotic places, love, heroes, and happy endings. I hope I do that for readers now.
6. What is your best advice to anyone, including young people, who want to be writers?
Read, read, read...Study the books, genre that you love and want to write in.
Also, never give up. Early on, another author told me that it wasn’t the most talented who were successful but the ones with the most perseverance. That’s so true.
And my southern mother had a saying, “Can’t never did anything.” So don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen.
6. What is something you would like to share with us about writing your favorite genre in general?
Writing for me is like reading a good book. When I really get into the story, I’m seeing and hearing the characters’ voices, living their story, feeling their pain and frustration, and wanting them to overcome their problems and be together so badly that I can’t sleep until I finish it!
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