Great having your here, Marsha. Let’s jump right in.
What inspired your latest book? Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
ACT OF BETRAYAL is Book 3 in The Second Chances Series. I got the idea for the series from one of my daughters who told me I should write a series about friends who met at camp at kids and stay friends throughout their lives, just like she and her sister have done. The heroine, though beautiful, has issues with believing she is, and that she’s worthy of love. She dealt with that through use of cosmetics so she’s able to present a mask to the public. I heard about a person who had a tragic experience as a young person and this was the way she dealt with the pain.
Describe the genre of this particular title, and is it the only genre you write in?
I write Romantic Suspense, and it is the only genre I write. I seldom read another genre unless a friend has a book out and I want to be supportive. My books are not your typical RS books because I write Seasoned Romance, with Characters in their 40s and 50s. Definitely second chance stories. My heroines are all from Texas, but they don’t always stay in Texas.
Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I shared above where the series idea came from, but most ideas for stories come from locations. I’m captivated by places, houses, cottages, scenery. My husband and I visited Vermont several times and I fell in love with the state, especially in the fall. My first book is set there. My second book, set in Fort Worth, developed because I drove by a particular house several times a week on the way to babysit my first grandchild and to take Pilates lessons. I almost “stalked” the house. LOL I had no idea who lived there, but I sure had fun making up a story for that house.
What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?
Hire a great editor. You don’t want a book out there with a slew of errors. You won’t get repeat buyers. The other thing is to plan to release three or more books very close together. A year or more between books doesn’t help build your readership. Several authors I know who have their first two to three books close together have done very well. And of course, you have to write a good book. 😊
Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?
If your dream is to be a published author Keep On Keeping On. The only thing that can defeat you is yourself if you give up. Keep on Keeping on was my mantra during the year I was president of my writing group. I was very close to throwing in the sponge, but felt an obligation to my chapter to write a President’s article for the newsletter every month and in effect convinced myself to hang in there. It was the end of the next year when I sold my first book. So, don’t give up. Believe in yourself and keep on learning and getting better.
Blurb for ACT OF BETRAYAL, Book 3 The Second Chances Series
A cosmetics company owner in Dallas, Devon Moore, wants to save her company from bankruptcy, but her ex-husband’s embezzlement sends her into dangerous waters trying to pay back his clients, replace the money he stole from her company and keep her, her daughter, and her parents safe.
Private Investigator, Brett Townsend, wants to find who is threatening his new client and locate the missing money. He suspects the beautiful Devon hasn’t been completely honest with him. A wife, even an ex-wife, has to know, doesn’t she? When she is attacked twice and her daughter is kidnapped, he adjusts his thinking.
Despite Brett’s initial doubts about whether Devon really knew about the money her ex-husband stole, still he’s attracted to the redheaded beauty and admires her love of her daughter for whom she’ll do anything. Their attraction for each other sizzles under the surface of all they do.
Will they reclaim the stolen money and find the bad guys in time to save her business and the lives of her daughter, parents, and Devon?
“I’m sorry, ma’am. Your card has been declined.” The waiter’s words stung Devon Moore. Her stomach did the dropping thing like when a police car’s flashing lights showed up in your rearview mirror.
She glanced at the two people sitting with her then back to the waiter. “There must be some mistake, Ricky. My business card should have plenty of space on it. Will you try the card again, please?” She shot him her brilliant smile, the one guaranteed to get whoever to do whatever she wanted.
“If you’ve got a problem, Devon, I can pay for our lunch,” offered Sam Jenning, a middle-aged, gray-haired man with a slight paunch, the CFO of the cosmetics company Devon hoped to buy.
Not what she wanted at all. They’d come to the ultra-posh Dallas restaurant to sway the opinion of the CFO and the president, Millie Swanson, about the wisdom of selling out to Devon. Having them pay threw a wrench in her plans.
“Not necessary, Sam. My card should be accepted. I’m sure it must be some problem with the computer.” Devon took another sip of her wine, barely registering the nutty taste. This would be fine, wouldn’t it? But, twice before, she’d had this situation with her card arise. Drawing in deep breaths to ward off a sweating nerves attack,
her fingers tapped the wine glass waiting for the waiter to return.
He approached the table with a troubled expression on his face. “Ms. Moore, I re-ran your card, and it was declined again. I’m sorry.” The young blond waiter with a blush spiking his cheeks looked more embarrassed than Devon, which said something. She swallowed twice before she forced down the lovely salmon salad threatening to come up into her throat. The subdued chatter of other patrons and an occasional clink of silver or crystal filled the silence at the table.
With a flip of her hair over her shoulder, Devon reached for her purse and pulled out her card case. “I can’t imagine what the problem is, but use this one.” She held out a personal credit card, which she hated using for business lunches because she preferred to keep her personal and business accounts separate. Couldn’t be
helped this time. She couldn’t let Sam pay for their meal.