Thursday, August 15, 2013

Written in the Stars by Sherrill Bodine & Patricia Rosemoor: Interview and Excerpt


Interview with Patricia Rosemoor

Does travel play in the writing of your books?
One of the things I fear is getting something wrong, so yes, if I’m going to set a book in an unfamiliar area, I do my best to get there. I stopped taking “vacations” long ago. Instead I take “research trips.” For example, when I sold a ranch series to Harlequin Intrigue, my late husband and I took a quick trip to New Mexico where we stayed on a ranch for a few days and learned to move cows on horseback. A few years ago, I became fascinated with the idea of a book set in two time frames, another reincarnation story not unlike Written in the Stars. That story is partly set in India, and I was fortunate to be able to travel to the area I wanted to use.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Years ago, traveling with two other young women in Europe, we were parked having a picnic in a high pass in the Alps when a man banged on our windows and, in German, asked for our help. He and friends had an accident out on the mountain. The three of us went out on a five foot ledge to help save his friends. He was carrying a board. The weather was turning, and fog was rolling in, so it became difficult to see the thousand foot plunge down off the ledge. In the end, I was left out on that ledge with a much older man whose hip was probably broken. The man who asked for help crazily went to drive a car onto the ledge. But it started raining, and the poor hurt man started shaking, and I knew I couldn’t stay there, so I pulled his arm around my neck and started making my way back, all the while keeping a hand on the mountain since I couldn’t see the drop. Did I mention I’m afraid of

heights? This story made it into a romantic suspense novel, Death Spiral. But of course the man in my story was the hero :)


How do you develop your plots and your characters?
I use a method I teach my students in Writing Popular Fiction and Suspense Thriller Writing, credit courses in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. I call it “Growing Plot From Character” because for me, the story is about the characters. Characters...Conflict...Change. My critique partners think I’m the plotting queen, but really most of that plot works its way out from characters who have deep, often dark, backstories. Once I know the characters, the plot reveals itself to me in pieces. I do work from synopsis, but the finished book is very little like the story I started out to write.

Tell us about your current release.

Written in the Stars is a very special reincarnation story co-written with my good friend and critique partner Sherrill Bodine. She wrote the first part of the story set against the Elizabethan Age, while I wrote the contemporary half set in the Florida Keys on a dive site with my characters looking for sunken treasure. I’ve always loved the ideas of soulmates. Of two people who would overcome all obstacles to find each other in another life. The story was originally two connected novellas, and our Entangled editor asked us if we would be willing to expand it into a full length novel.

Tell us about your next release.

In November, watch for Animal Instincts from Entangled. It’s an urban fantasy romantic suspense, and a very fun if often dark story. The hero Luc is half-human, and like those on his Kindred side, he’s a shapeshifter. The heroine Skye believes she’s all human, but Luc recognizes her as being “something else”...

About Written in the Stars

“A passionate tale of destiny, danger and dark magic—and a love so powerful that it conquers time.” Mary Jo Putney, New York Times Bestselling Author.

Written In The Stars‘A love so deep that it can last through centuries?
In 1601, Lady Elizabeth York’s star-shaped birthmark proclaims her a child of magic. When she arrives at Dunham Castle to marry Carlyle, heir to the Duke of Lennox, but finds enchantment in the eyes and touch of Will Grey, the Duke’s bastard son. Bewitched by Elizabeth, Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a curse on them both.
Searching for a treasure ship sunk long ago, present-day marine archeologist Cordelia Ward is pursued romantically by both salvager Innis Foley and treasure hunter Morgan Murphy. She is haunted by a murderous nightmare where one man is the killer and the other the victim, but which man is her enemy, which her soul’s mate? Can a journal that belonged to her ancestress, Lady Elizabeth York show her the answers…in time to save her true love?
Chased by evil, two women discover their own magic to fight the villain’s curse on the Posey rings that draw them to the men they are destined to love.

The Excerpt {Patricia’s – Contemporary}

He leaned into her so close his breath laved her face. “How about I make you an honest offer—a partnership.”
She stuck her right hand against his chest and backed off. “I don’t think so. You and I have very different goals.”
“I thought we both wanted to find the motherlode of The Celestine.”
“I’m a marine archeologist and—”
He captured her hand before she could remove it. “And I’m a pirate?”
“I didn’t say that, but you are looking for treasure, while I am looking for artifacts.”
“Not that I see the difference, but how about I offer you this.” From his pocket, he pulled a diamond-studded gold chain from which hung a crescent moon set with sapphires.
Cordelia’s eyes widened.
“Exactly.” He took her right hand from where he’d trapped it and placed the artifact in her palm.
The touch of metal and jewels to her ring electrified Cordelia. Startled, she gasped at the power but wrapped her fingers around the jeweled moon so she wouldn’t drop it. Her heart beating too fast, she took a closer look and recognized its age. This was no modern copy of something old.
Fearing he’d found this on his earlier dive, would somehow beat her to the motherlode, she panicked. “All right, partners, then, but we need to work out details—”
Before she could finish, he curled his fingers over her hand with the crescent and kissed her.
Her wrist burned.
Her ring tightened.
Her head went light.
The chain trapped between their hands connected them like a live wire, kept them from pulling apart. The current spread to every pore of her body, to her head, to her toes, to her feminine center.
She had never felt so alive, so sure of herself.
Until the kiss ended.

About Patricia Rosemoor

Patricia RosemoorWith 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with “dangerous love” – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.
Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she teaches Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing, credit courses at Columbia College Chicago. Three of her Columbia grad students and two students from other venues are now published in novel-length fiction.
SKIN is her first original indie thriller. With 53 Harlequin Intrigues since 1985, she is now writing romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing.

Patricia Rosemoor’s Tour Schedule

August 12, 2013
Brooke Blogs {Guest Post}
August 14, 2013
M.J. Schiller, Author {Guest Post}
Simply Ali {Guest Post}
August 15, 2013
Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews {Author Interview}
Author’s Cafe {Author Interview}
August 16, 2013
Melissa MacKinnon {Guest Post}
[Insert Clever Quip Here] {Guest Post}
August 17, 2013
Celestial Reviews {Guest Post}
Just One More Chapter {Guest Post}
August 20, 2013
Nancy’s Novels – Welcome to she said, he said {Author Interview}
Amberkatze’s Book Blog {Guest Post}
August 21, 2013
Boekie’s Book Reviews {Guest Post}
August 22, 2013
Sarah Ballance {Guest Post}
WordWranglers {Guest Post}
August 24, 2013
FLY HIGH! {Author Interview}
Reader’s Edyn {Author Interview}

Note co-author Sherrill Bodine
will be featured here on August 22nd 

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Lizzy said...

I need to take a research trip to Mexico for a setting in a book I'm writing. Unfortunately, I don't have the guts to do it with the cartel violence. I might have to relocate the setting. :(

Really enjoyed the interview and Written in the Stars sounds like a great read. :)

PatriciaRosemoor said...

Thanks, Lizzy. Yes, what is happening in Mexico is horrible. Not just the drug traffic, but Americans being kidnapped for ransom. I love-love Mexico. I've been there a half dozen times, including my honeymoon. So I really regret what's happening. Then again, I was just in Turkey when the demonstrations and then riots started. Couldn't leave my hotel the last two days of our trip. Saw the police using water canons against demonstrators outside the window. I don't necessarily think we're safe anywhere anymore.