Tell us about your book, Journey’s Edge.
So glad you asked, Salena.
A Routine Audit? Hardly.
Red flags—including some goon who's following her—raise McKinley Frasier's suspicions that numbers don't add up at the insurance firm. When someone tries to snatch McKinley's daughter from school, she turns to police officer and ex-fiancé, Renner Crossman—the cop who walked out on her a month before their wedding. But Renner's not the same guy who broke her heart ten years ago. He calls himself a "new man." She trusts the new Renner with her daughter's safety...but what about her heart?
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"Honey, if you’re looking for that kind of action, you’ve got the wrong room."
"What?" McKinley gasped. She knew that voice, that rich timbre with just a hint of teasing. Always teasing, forever flirting.
Oh, no! What kind of twisted sense of humor did James suffer from? She didn’t want to see Renner. She only wanted to know that he was in the hotel.
McKinley tilted her head back, inching her line of vision up to Renner’s face. Just to be sure. A lot could change after ten years. Look at her. She was a prime example.
She heard his deep intake of breath. Shock? Yeah, well, she could relate.
Ten years faded into yesterday. Those espresso-colored eyes still gleamed with mischief. Or was it something else? Maybe he hadn’t changed that much.
His hands tightened around her arms, pulling her against him. She closed her eyes and leaned into his chest.
His heart thumped a tune with hers. His breath whispered against her hair. And the scent of his aftershave was like a dear friend. She sighed.
What was it about him that latched on to her innermost dreams and desires and wouldn’t let go? His grin? His have-no-cares-in-the-world style against her organized, have-to-know-everything-beforehand outlook?
He looped his arms around her back and pressed his forehead to hers, just like he used to do. When he’d made her feel loved and cherished. Protected. Special.
A clamp tightened around her stomach, cut off air, and she almost tossed the cookies she’d scarfed down in place of dinner. Gag.
Yeah, right. More like used and abused. Thrown away with the trash.
She wasn’t safe in here, either. She braced her hands against his chest and jerked a step back, telling her brain to reject his familiar, comforting scent. She would take her chances in the hall.
What inspired this book?
Actually, Trey Colton, from Journey’s End, inspired this book. Renner was Trey’s partner. Both were Deputy U.S. Marshals, but total personality opposites. I knew the moment Renner appeared on the page that he would have his own book.
Are you a panster or do you outline?
I'm organized to the point of dividing my shopping list by aisles in the grocery store. I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning, go to bed at the same time every night. My hubby will tell you that I really don't appreciate surprises. Planning comes naturally to me...in everything but writing. As methodical as I am in other areas, I’m not a plotter. My goal is to give birth to great characters and hook a reader into an opening scene, and let the story flow organically from there.
What is your favorite season?
Definitely the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Soft Christmas music plays from a CD. A gigantic pine tree, loaded with pinecones and sentimental ornaments, takes possession of our family room. Wassail simmers on the stove, the scents of cloves and cinnamon drift through the house, as family members pile into the house. There’s a lot of snuggling going on with hubby in front of the fireplace, while we sip hot chocolate and cheer for our favorite football teams. A season full of faith and family. Mmmm…can’t wait!
What project are you currently working on?
A novella based on a recent White Rose prompt: A fire. A new identity. An old girlfriend. Doesn’t that sound like a great book?
What has been your most challenging experience writing a book?
Self-discipline. Forcing my rump to sit in the chair and write and not be distracted by overflowing laundry baskets, the grass that’s about six inches too high, personal phone calls, you name it. When you work from home, it’s tough to overlook household tasks and particularly difficult to say “no” to personal requests. But, one thing I can’t say no to: watching a sick grandchild.
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The Smoky Mountains are just a couple hours away, close enough that we can buzz up there for a long weekend. Nothing relaxes me more than rocking on a cabin deck, sipping coffee or hot chocolate, walking around the lake, and spending time with family. It’s always an awesome time.
What book are you currently reading?
Monday’s Child by Clare Revell, one of my favorite White Rose Publishing authors.
What are your hobbies (besides writing)?
In the summer, my hubby cranks up the smoker for family gatherings. When the temperature cools, you’ll catch me flicking the fireplace switch on and kicking back under a blanket to cheer for the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Just about any time of the year, we’re game for a quick jaunt to the mountains. And nothing beats spending time with our grandkids! See those cuties!
After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son didn’t want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing heart racing, God-gracing books. Dora belongs to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers. Dora and her husband make their home in North Carolina. When she’s not writing, Dora enjoys reading and family gatherings. She despises traffic, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with happily-ever-after’s.
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Dora has offered a free copy of her book to one lucky winner. At least 10 people need to leave comments WITH email addresses for there to be a contest OR you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put "contest-Edge" in the subject line. Winner announced May 2nd.