Contest and The Wild Life by Stacy-Deanne ~ one day only! (#romanticsuspense)
There aren’t too many authors writing interracial romantic suspense, but you can count Stacy-Deanne among them. Her latest installment of the Bree and Steven series is called The Wild One, and she’s giving away five ecopies today. Let’s get started!
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a proud Texan. I was born, raised, and reside in Houston, Texas. I began writing professionally at the age of 19 years old in 1997. I got my first publishing contract in 2005. I write interracial romantic suspense and mysteries. I have always been a mystery buff so that’s where my love of mysteries comes from. Hitchcock is my idol when it comes to suspense. I also love Edgar Allan Poe. I’m single and I don’t have any kids or want any. I’m a big sports fan which is a requirement here in Texas. I love basketball and football! I love writing because it completes me and helps me deal with my inner demons. I can’t see myself doing anything else.
What has been your biggest mistake as an author?
This might sound silly, but I will say too much promoting. I tend to push myself way too hard when I promote and I’ve finally realized that’s not necessary. I believe that putting out more books and concentrating on that is better than most of the promotional things authors do. Most don’t work, especially these days. So I am no longer running myself raggedy with promotion. The best promotion is word of mouth which comes by continually getting new work out there.
Why should readers consider buying your books?
I bring something different to the table. If you’re a fan of interracial books then you won’t find many authors if any who write hardcore mysteries mixed with interracial romantic subplots. On the other hand if you are a big mystery fan you won’t find many authors mixing interracial romance into mysteries. If you love mysteries then you should read my books because I can provide a twist like no other. Every author has his or her own style and mine is definitely not lacking. I love what I do and I take writing seriously. To me, a reader reading my book is like us having sex. I wanna make sure I satisfy the reader and through that I get satisfaction. So whether a reader likes or didn’t like a book of mine, they will at least know I care about satisfying readers.
Which of your books has sold the best so far and why do you think that is?
Everlasting is my biggest selling book and still outsells my other books. It was released in 2007 by Simon and Schuster. Why it sells I believe is because it’s a street lit romance and Street Lit is huge with a very dedicated audience. Also it’s different than the average street novel. It’s a love story about two Latino teens whose relatives have connections to violent street gangs. The boy and girl fall in love and the plot is what I describe as Romeo and Juliet of the New Millennium. Readers LOVE it and I still continue to get fan mail about that book. I’m glad that the readers got what I was trying to accomplish. Everlasting, to me is not a street novel but a love story and readers understand that and find it very touching and passionate.
What was the nicest comment or most interesting question you’ve received from a reader?
I appreciate all the fan mail and kind words I get from readers but the most touching was about four years ago when a teenage girl wrote me and said I inspired her to become a writer. That meant the world to me because she not only liked my book, but she liked me as a person to the point where she wanted to be like me. It’s something to see how I impacted her in such a way. Anyone can say they enjoyed your book and that’s great, but when someone says you make them wanna do what you do…that’s amazing.
Are you a good girlfriend? Explain why or why not.
I’m caring and considerate, but I don’t consider myself the ideal girlfriend because I’m set in my ways. I am VERY set in my ways. I don’t like change at all. I’m selfish in that way and I admit that. I can adjust if I have to, but I am not one that likes change. I am someone who craves my space as well. I don’t like people around me all the time or constantly, in fact it makes me irritable if people are constantly around me. I can love you but do you have to be all up under me? LOL! I’m also a homebody to the point of reclusive so I am not one who is going to go out all the time. If someone wants someone outgoing, it’s not me.
Romantic relationships, honestly I can take them or leave them. Right now I’m leaving them. I wanna be able to do what I wanna do without having to worry about others. I’m doing my own thing and even though I’m still young enough to change, I don’t see myself changing. This is who I am. If a guy expects me to change for him, then I definitely won’t be his ideal girlfriend. LOL!
Guest Post: Introducing The Wild Life
About the book:
When Albany Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris learns that Cuban crime lord Milan Varela wants her estranged father dead, she heads off to Miami to find out why. With Homicide Detective Jayce Matthews and her ex-lover Detective Steven Kemp she devises a plot to get close to the Varela organization.
Brianna finds herself attracted to the older Milan and falls deep into his web of seduction while fighting to keep her mind on her mission. Milan is equally drawn to Brianna and vows to win her trust and her heart.
Is Milan really the villain when it comes to Brianna’s father? Or is he the victim?
Is Brianna’s father really in danger or is there more to the story than anyone could ever imagine?
Brianna risks her life to save her father’s but will she end up losing her own?
Albany Detectives Brianna “Bree” Morris and Steven Kemp originate from my ’08 novel Melody. I fell in love with them instantly and I knew there was more I wanted to explore with these characters. Readers enjoyed Bree and Steven more than the main characters in Melody. Something just sparked with them. Bree is black and Steven is white. Not only are they professional partners but they used to be together romantically. Throughout the series the two have different romantic adventures with others, but their friendship remains strong.
How Readers Get More Insight to Bree in this Book:
I believe that with a series, readers get to know the characters through glimpses here and there. The Wild Life is the first book that goes into detail about Bree’s life. Readers get a glimpse into Bree’s childhood and her strained relationship with her father, George. When people see what Bree went through as a kid, it will give them a better understanding as to why she is the way she is with men and relationships.
Why Existing Fans of the Series will Enjoy The Wild Life:
I’m confident that existing fans will enjoy this book. With each release I hope to satisfy readers more and more. From the advanced reviews I’ve gotten, I think they’ll find The Wild Life better than the previous installments. The story is quite different from the other two because it takes place in Miami, and this installment focuses on Bree and her upbringing.
Buy it now: Amazon
Prize: Five lucky commenters will receive an ecopy of The Wild Life.
To enter, answer the following question below: What makes you fall in love with a series? Is it the character, plots, or everything?
Eligibility: Commenters must leave their email address with the comment to be eligible. Ebook copies will be emailed to winners by Stacy-Deanne.
Deadline: You must leave your comment by 8:00 pm CST/9:00 pm EST.
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Stacy, thanks for visiting my blog and telling us about your books. Readers, leave your comments and questions below, and answer the question for your chance to win one of the ebooks!