Saturday, April 16, 2011

GUARDIAN ANGELINOS Blog Tour: SHIVER OF FEAR and FACE OF DANGER-AUTHOR INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

            
SHIVER OF FEAR                      FACE OF DANGER
GIVEAWAY ENDED
 BY ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE

ABOUT THE BOOK - SHIVER OF FEAR:
The legacy that haunts her . . . The mystery she must solve . . . A man who threatens to reveal her secrets . . . and break her heart. Burned by a failed marriage, former FBI agent Marc Rossi wants back in the investigation game with no emotional strings attached. Taking an assignment for his enterprising Angelino cousins, he heads to Northern Ireland to pry a key piece of evidence from a missing socialite-any way he can. But when the ice queen turns out to be warm, beautiful, and on a secret mission of her own, the job becomes a passionate reminder of what happens when duty and desire mix. 
GO HERE TO READ AN EXCERPT FROM SHIVER OF FEAR. 

ABOUT THE BOOK - FACE OF DANGER: 
Private investigator Vivi Angelino loves living life on the edge, but stepping into the shoes of a movie starlet to bait a serial killer isn't just a thrill . . . it's a ticket to the big time for her fledgling security firm. That is, as long as a certain risk-averse FBI agent stays out of her way-and out of her fantasies.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge Colton Lang isn't above using his well-worn rulebook to stop Vivi's latest walk on the wild side. But when they learn her client is involved in something far more insidious than bad acting, Vivi and Colt must work together despite the electrifying attraction arcing between them. For each new clue is bringing them closer to a high-profile crime with a dark and deadly truth at its core . . . and a cold, calculating murderer with nothing left to lose.
GO HERE TO READ AN EXCERPT FROM FACE OF DANGER.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Looking for the formal bio? Head over to the media kit for awards, credits, and all manner of impressive stuff. I don’t know about you, but when I search an author’s web site, it’s usually because I’ve read a book I liked and wondered about the person behind it…and the formal bio doesn’t tell me much.
So I will. First of all, call me Rocki. Everyone does. Evidently, when my mother brought me home from the hospital I seemed too scrawny and small to pull off “Roxanne” (she’d read Cyrano de Bergerac while pregnant or I would have been Judy) so they called me Rocki.

I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, the youngest of five (overachievers, every one), and fell in love with words and stories the summer I read Gone With The Wind. That year, for  my twelfth birthday, my parents gave me a typewriter (with italic font—it was the coolest thing) and from that day on, I’ve had my fingers on a keyboard, pounding out love stories for fun. My AP English teacher taught me the two most important lessons an aspiring author ever needs: 1) verbs are the key to life and 2) a writer should get a real job. After attending UCLA and graduating with a degree in communications, I tried acting and television broadcasting. Oh, they aren’t real jobs? I learned that the hard way. I changed my last name from Zink to St. Claire because a news producer told me Roxanne Zink had too many harsh consonants for a TV personality – apparently Katie Couric didn’t get the memo. I got some fun gigs, and even met Tom Hanks when I did a guest appearance on Bosom Buddies. I liked on camera work, but wasn’t too crazy about starvation, so I moved to Boston and got that “real” job. In fact, I placed my foot on the bottom rung of the corporate ladder and didn’t look down until I’d climbed all the way up to the level of Senior Vice President at the world’s largest public relations firm. On the way up, I met the man of my dreams in an elevator. Two years later—in the same elevator!—he asked me to marry him and I wisely said yes.

I stayed in PR, moved to Miami, had a few babies, lost my home in a hurricane, built another one a few hours north and all along, I kept writing my “stories” for fun. One night, I read a particularly fabulous romance novel that changed my life for good. That night, I decided I wanted to make someone else feel as whole and happy as that author made me feel. (Everyone asks!  It was Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.) With two small children and one big “real” job, writing my first novel wasn’t easy, but I did finish a manuscript that managed to get the attention of a literary agent. She told me to do one thing and one thing fast: write another book. (The first one is usually a “learner” book, honestly.) That second manuscript sold to Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books and was released in 2003 as Tropical Getaway. Since then, I’ve written almost thirty more, in multiple genres, and long ago replaced the corporate ladder with the rollercoaster of publishing as a full-time novelist. Finally, writing is my real job.

Today, I live in a small beach community in Florida with my husband and our two teenagers, and one spectacular Australian Terrier named Pepper. When I have spare time, I spend it with my family, but also dig in the dirt with my plants, travel for business and fun, hang out with my many writer friends, and, of course, I love to read. I’m still crazy about words and stories and hope to write at least a hundred books in my lifetime. And, yes, verbs are the key to life. My favorites? Love. Work. Play…

xoxo
Rocki


INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR "ROCKI" ST. CLAIRE:
Welcome to BOOKIN' WITH BINGO and thank you for taking time to answer some questions that my readers and I are interested in. 

Where did you get the inspiration or idea for this book(s)?

Both stories were “ripped from the headlines” – or at least news stories that captured my imagination.  With SHIVER OF FEAR, I’d read an article about how former IRA terrorists were now making money by training Al Qaeda terrorists to “do a better job.”  That stunned me and instantly gave me an idea for just what kind of trouble my heroine could get in when she seeks her birth mother in Belfast.

FACE OF DANGER was also inspired by an article I’d read in the paper, many years ago.  The Orlando paper profiled a young woman who looked so much like actress Nicole Kidman that she worked as a “celebrity look-a-like” at local conventions.  Of course that got me thinking just how far would a person go for a “look-a-like” job?  What if the real actress was the target of a killer, what would it take to get the “look-a-like” to stand in for her while they trapped him?  That story brewed for several years until I found the perfect heroine in Vivi Angelino.  Everything about being a “movie star” chafed, except the need to find the killer.

How did the title of your book come about?

I came up with both titles, knowing we wanted the SOMETHING of SOMETHING because the first book in the series is EDGE OF SIGHT.  While writing a scene in SHIVER, I wrote that a shiver of fear vibrated through the character and wham! I knew I had the title, because the heroine is always cold.  (Until she finds the right man to warm her heart.)  FACE OF DANGER was a little harder, but I while reading back cover copy of another book of mine, I saw the expression “willing to face danger” and the idea came to me.  I felt it was appropriate because it is Vivi’s look-a-like face that puts her in danger, and the killer is right around them, they just don’t recognize the face.

Do you see yourself in your characters? Which characters are easiest or more difficult to write?

No, I’m not in my books!  I don’t have the guts or glory.  I wish I knew why some characters show up fully formed and easy to write, their voices loud and clear, their backstories vivid and compelling, their goals straightforward, and their conflicts real.  Sometimes that happens, and they are easy character to develop.  Sometimes, I need to get a chisel and cut away all the stone before I can discover who is inside.

What books would you say have made the biggest impression on you, especially starting out? What are you currently reading?

Every book I’ve ever read has left an impression on me.  Early on, books like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice made me love the angsty gothic romance; I moved into glitz and glamour in the ‘70’s, gobbling up Sydney Sheldon, Judith Krantz, and early Sandra Brown.  Then I discovered Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips and I knew I wanted to write sexy contemporary romance with strong elements of suspense.  I’m currently devouring the entire Young Adult market, one book at a time.

What is the next or current book/project you are working on?

See above!  I just completed my first YA novel, a hardcover that will be released in summer, 2012.  Am very excited to add that this one has a film option with it, and if a movie gets made, will be directed by the brilliant, funny, and talented Garry Marshall.  Fingers crossed!  In the meantime, I’m enjoying the fun of a back-to-back release and the very positive feedback about the Guardian Angelinos!

We will surely be watching for that and more great things from Rocki. If you want to follow her and find out more about what is going on with her writing, you can go to the following places:
Roxanne St. Claire website: Website
On Facebook: Facebook
On Twitter: Twitter
On Goodreads: Goodreads
 GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO BRIANNE AND THE GOOD 
PEOPLE AT HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I
HAVE 3 COPIES OF EACH SET OF BOOKS
 
--U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!

HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU READ ABOVE THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THESE BOOKS AND WHICH ONE YOU THINK YOU MIGHT LIKE THE BEST

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK THAT I CAN FOLLOW

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING WHEN YOU VISIT ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE'S WEBSITE HERE

 +1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE WAY THAT YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG. IF YOU FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE WAY, YOU CAN GAIN MORE ENTRIES BY COMMENTING EACH ONE SEPARATELY

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
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GOOD LUCK!   

104 comments:

debbie said...

It sounds like an intrigueing book. I like that it has him going to northern Ireland, it should be good.
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Karen B said...

I'd read FACE OF DANGER first. I think it's so interesting knowing where her inspiration for each book and its' title came from.
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Favorite verbs - Love. Work. Play.
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Steve Capell said...

Both of these crime thrillers sounds intriguing. I think Shiver of Fear is the one that really captured my attention. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Connie said...

Hi! Both books have very intriguing backstories that I know will be exciting to read. Out of the two books I would pick Shiver of Fear because it features Northern Ireland. :)

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lag123 said...

I think I would like Shiver of Fear best. I love books set in Ireland.

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Carol N Wong said...

I would pick 'Shiver of Fear'. The word shiver says a lot about what is in the book and of course it is in Northern Ireland. My mother alway told me that my father's mother was always singing Irish songs. I don't remember that but that's were her father's side of the family were from.


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ChrisS said...

I'm a big fan of Roxanne's Bullet Cathcer series and look forward to to reading these books. I'm and especially intriqued by Shiver of Fear. Ireland is such an exciting and romantic setting.

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ChrisS said...

I was surprised to discover Roxanne's nickname is Rocki. For me, nicknames are a hint to someones personality and this tells me how down to earth Roxanne is. No wonder I enjoy her books.

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kathi h said...

I adore this series. Am waiting impaiently for my preorder to arrive. Rocki you never fail to intrigue me and make me all goofy with your romantic portrayals.
Good news on the YA will look forward to it and congrats. I hope the movie gets made. Love you and gary marshall pairing.

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Maria said...

I love the fact that this entire series is about cousins who decided to get together and run this agency as a family business and that a woman (Vivi) is one of their investigators.

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Sue Farrell said...

I think the author's books are always a good read---but "Shiver of Fear" would probably be my favorite because of the Irish connection.

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Maria said...

I like that she has "Uncle Nino's Recipes" up on her website in the extras section...I always like to see what food inspires the author enough to be included in the book.

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Sue Farrell said...

On the author's website I found a free read that is a prequil to The Edge of Sight. I must read it.

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Mary G said...

Love these books. Fell in love with Roxanne's writing with Edge of Sight and the prequel. Both blew me away. Loved Shiver & Fear and I'm enjoying the ARC I won of Face of Danger. Lucky me with a whole backlist to find.
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chey said...

These books sound like they'll be very suspenseful. I think I might prefer Shiver of Fear.
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Linda Kish said...

They both sound exciting but I think Shiver of Fear would interest me more.

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Hi, I just had to pop in and say thanks for the great giveaway and for giving such an amazing showcase to my books! Nice to see some dear friends and great readers here and good luck to everyone entering!!

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Tore said...

They are both crime thrillers. I love reading books like that. Please enter me in contest. They both sound very good. Tore923@aol.com

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Pamela Keener said...

This is a new to me author and I absolutely love thrillers. Face of Danger looks intriguing.
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elaing8 said...

They both sound great.I like how the first book takes him to Ireland. And the second to catch a killer she has to take the actresses place.I think I'd like Face of Danger best
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I like stories set in Ireland. It's a dream of mine to visit one day.
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winnie said...

I like the premise of both books and have heard that this is a great series to read! I think I would like Face of Danger more :)

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+1 Something I found interesting on Roxanne's website is that she's written over 30 novels in multiple genres!

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Carole Spring said...

I love to read romantic suspense thrillers. Both of these books sound great. I think I would like Face of Danger the best. I would like to read how Vivi Angelino impersonates the movie starlet and baits the serial killer.
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bison61 said...

SHIVER OF FEAR, she is seeking her birth mother in Belfast sounds like a great thriller

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I like anything set in Ireland so Shiver of Fear would be great to read!

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mbreakfield said...

Shiver of Fear seems like I would like it best, because the hero sounds yummy.
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I like the sound of the look a like premise of Face of Danger.
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Anita Yancey said...

What makes me want to read them is the fact that they are romantic suspense books. I think I would like Face Of Danger best. Please enter me. Thanks!

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I find it interesting that Roxanne has tried acting and television broadcasting. She did a guest appearance on Bosum Buddies with Tom Hanks.

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