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Blurb from Heart of Stone:
Widowed Colorado cowboy Jake Stone has a baby to take care of. But when he asks his aunt to come west to help, she sends Melinda O'Chauncey instead...a walking, talking inspiration for sex if Jake ever saw one. Jake has no intention of ever marrying again, so he vows to keep his hands off the sexy new nursemaid. Easier said than done!
As skittish as Jake is about matrimony, Melinda couldn't marry the handsome cowboy, even if he got down on his knees and begged her. She has secrets of her own that she hopes are far, far behind in Boston.
Add to that a rash of mysterious happenings on the ranch that make Jake's wife's death a question mark, and a wedding may turn out to be the least of Melinda and Jake's problems. In fact, it looks like a funeral might be in store for them instead.
Let's get to know Angela...
1.) What is your favorite genre to write or are you still experimenting to see what you like best?
I guess I would have to say that I’m still experimenting. My first book, Saving McCade, was an erotic contemporary suspense and my second, Heart of Stone (which is due out next week… plug, plug…) is an erotic historical western. I liked writing both of them. But then I promptly wrote To Catch a Pirate. As you may imagine, that one is a pirate one. For my fourth, though, I’m back to a western. So I plan to just go with the flow. I will say that when I write contemporary, I don’t have to look anything up. My westerns are set in the 1870s and, sadly, I don’t know too much about the 1870s. For instance, I had to look up whether Colorado was a state then. (Not to keep you in suspense, it wasn’t.) So romance is romance, no matter when it takes place, but doing a historical requires a little more effort on the details surrounding the romance. Also, in a contemporary, you get to use modern slang, which is fun.
2.) What make a great romantic suspense?
I like a lot of connection between the hero and the heroine, so I think the suspense should revolve around and shape that. It might be a situation they’re both trapped in or a situation in which one of them knows something that the other doesn’t. In Saving McCade, the heroine saves the hero from prison, but in fact she’s the one who put him there. The suspense revolves around that dilemma. Of course, really hot sex helps to make great romantic suspense too.
3.) Do you plot your books or write as you go?
I write them as I go along. Usually, I start with a scene in the middle and write around it. I do write the last part, though … well, last.
4.) How important do you think cover art is for an ebook?
I’m still getting a feel for this, so I’m not sure I’m qualified to say yet. As a reader, I like to look at the cover of an e-book before I read it, but I usually won’t buy the book unless I like the blurb or the excerpt too. As an author, when I saw the cover art for my first book, I was so excited I wanted to e-mail it to everyone I knew. Unfortunately, most of the people I know don’t know I write romance, so I had to settle with showing it to my family. I was so thrilled that someone had taken my concept for a story and put it in the form of a picture. It was wonderful.
5.) What are you working on now and what can we expect from you in the future?
I’m working on another western set in the same town as Heart of Stone and its sequel (which Siren has just accepted) Jesse’s Girl. I do have an idea for a sci/fi romance, though, that I might try my hand at. It involves a planet ruled by women where the men are subservient. (I often find myself daydreaming about that concept at work… wonder why…) The romance comes when the planet is invaded by a gorgeous captain from another planet. I’m still working out the details!
Thanks for joining me, Angela!!