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I am happy to welcome Amy Deason for a visit today. She is here to share a bit about herself and her book “Angel in the Shadows“.

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RYAN JO: First, welcome, Amy. What a suspenseful cover. What can you tell us about it and why did you write it?

AMY: I had to. I mean, this storyline–suspense, romance, danger, murder, mystery, evil mad man, damaged assissian with a good heart, young woman in the wrong place at the wrong time–it was in my head and it just HAD TO come out.

RYAN JO: Yes, I have had that happen before. So how long did it take?
AMY: This book took me quite awhile to write. But it was only because I kept starting and stopping.

RYAN JO: Can you describe the path to publication?
AMY: Oh boy…It has been an interesting journey. Once you finish a book, you have to find a publisher. And without a literary agent, it’s a little more difficult to do. But it can be done obviously. But that’s just the beginning. You’ve got the book written and you’ve found a publisher that accepts un-agented material. The rest is easy right? Wrong! You have to write and submit a query letter, a blurb, and a synopsis not to mention a author bio. Them of course comes the edits. LOTS of edits…Its a long process buy it’s all worth it when you see YOUR name on a real book that others read and enjoy.

RYAN JO: Yes, a process that can about break us sometimes. But it is so worth it once that coveted book comes out and we can hold. Something about seeing our printed name just tugs at the heart. Are you working on anything else right now?

AMY: Actually I am.  I am currently in the middle of the second book in the Angel series. This one, tentatively titled Stone Cold Angel, picks up where Angel in the Shadows left off. Only it’s Nikolas Kozlov’s mission. And boy is it a doozy!

RYAN JO: Can’t wait. What would you say was the biggest surprise about being a published author?

AMY: The biggest surprise about being a published author is how much goes into promotion. Its a lot of work to get your book noticed.

RYAN JO: Amen to that! Do you write in other genres?
AMY: I haven’t yet but I am working on some kid book ideas and even a book geared toward the Christian genre.

RYAN JO: I would love to read that. Christian slanted books are among my favorite to read and write. Okay, icebreaking questions, getting to know you beyond your writer hat.

Q: The most recent movie you’ve seen or book you’ve read? (or both)
A: I started reading Fifty Shades of Grey And now I’m hooked! I love the story line but it’s the deep romantic connection between Christian and Ana that grips me.

Q: How did you meet your spouse/ significant other?
A: I got remarried almost 4 years ago. And it’s funny but we met several years earlier while we were working at the same place. We each had our own relationships at the time. Years later, we had both gotten divorced. Neither of is worked at the same place but thanks to my best friend, Shaun and I were reunited.

Q: What is your favorite past time?
A: Well writing of course. But after that, I Would have to say reading, taking pictures, and spending time with family and friends.

Q: If you had to give up one of your five senses, what would it be? (common sense does not count here)
A: Boy, that one is hard. Well, I couldn’t give up sight (I have
to be able to see to read, write, see my family). I love to listen to my kids’ voices and music so I have to have sound. I wouldn’t want to lose my taste or touch. So I guess I would have to give up my sense of smell.

Q: What’s a typical day like?
A: If I’m not at work, I try to write on my book. But I also manage to fit housework. Sometimes…😉

Q: How do you like to spend a rainy day?
A: If I’m not at work, I like to curl up and read or write. But if my kids and husband are home, we watch movies and play games.

Q: Do you play any musical instruments?
A: I used to play the clarinet in my high school band. But I’m slowly learning to play the piano.

Q: Do you know any foreign languages?
A: I used to know some Spanish. (I had an A+ in school) but I don’t know any if it Now. However, I would LOVE to learn French.

Q: What one item would you grab if the house was on fire? (assume
no living beings are inside)
A: I would have to grab my portable hard drive. It has EVERYTHING on it-my pictures, my music, my stories and notes.

Q: Growing up, what did you want to be?
A: I always wanted to be an author. And a photographer.

RYAN JO: Okay, thank you. I love how openly you shared some answers. You sound like me, If it were not for work, I’d…  🙂 Okay now, our speed round:

Favorite food to cook?
I love making cheese and bacon stuffed pork chops or chicken, buttery corn on the Cobb, and home made mashes potatoes. Yum!!😋

Favorite animal?
Panda bear

Favorite color?
Blue like my sexy husband’s eyes

Favorite book?
Fifty Shades of Grey

Favorite sport or physical activity?
Basketball

Favorite kind of music?
Rock

Favorite song?
Leave Out All The Rest by Linkin Park, God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton, and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

What makes you laugh?
My husband, Shaun and my three kids, Hailey, James, and Payge

What three adjectives describe you?
Loyal, Dedicated, Loving

Favorite season?
Spring-not too hot, not too cold-and everything is fresh and new.

Strangest thing you ever ate?
Squid. LOVED it at the Olive Garden.

Can you dance? Sing?
No on both but I sure wish I could

Which do you prefer for a second home? Mountain cabin, beach house or big city condo?
I would love to live on the beach. I’ve never seen it before.

What dessert do you order most often?
Apple crisp with vanilla ice cream or ANYTHING chocolate.

What kind of car do you drive? Color?
Mitsubishi Gallant. Ice blue

What is your favorite type of art?
I love Monet and Van Gogh

If you had a magic genie, what would your three wishes be?
#1: World peace. Killing each other is senseless and depressing
#2: For my family and friends to have long, happy, healthy lives
#3: To become a long standing best selling author

Favorite vacation spot?
Never really taken a vacation but I would love to visit Hawaii or Italy

What three items would you take if you knew you were going to be stranded on a tropical island for a year? (enough suntan lotion is a freebie)
Well since you said ‘items’, I guess I can’t say my family. And provided food/water and shelter are provided and technology doesn’t work (I am stranded after all), I would take 2 million sheets of notebook paper, 1,000 working ink pens, and a camera.

Okay, as we close out our visit today, can you share one quote you love, that keeps you going in life?
Carpe Diem

One thing few people know about you
#1: I am terrifies of heights and grasshoppers

And as one who writes about love, do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes. And I finally got to marry my true love.

Wonderful, Amy, just great. Now, can you share an excerpt of your story with us?

Sure, here is one of my favorite scenes:

     He had just reached the top of the stairs when he heard a pain-filled scream followed by a heavy thump.  Seconds later he was nailed by a terror-stricken woman and not just any woman. Madison.
     He got caught her easily enough and without a second thought, he yanked her into the storage closet. She fought him like a wildcat, her fear and terror lending her a strength surprising for someone her size. Twisting and turning, she tried to slip out of his grasp. When that didn’t work, she did the only thing she could and sank her teeth into his hand. Her teeth were sharp and they bit clean through his leather glove, slicing into his flesh underneath. He didn’t even register the pain and ripping his hand away, he assumed she would try to scream and run.
     Surprisingly, she didn’t but she had the auditcity to try and knew in the crotch.  Women. They always have to go for the crotch. Aggravated, he pushed her knee away.
     “Don’t do that. It only make me grumpy,” he replied. “Don’t scream and don’t try to run. If you do, he might hear you and then I’ll have to kill him.” And that would be another huge mass to deal with.  God, what had he gotten himself into?
     She was determined he had to give her that. She was going to keep fighting him unless he handled this differently. Making a split decision, he flipped the switch on the wall, lighting up the room. Her eyes widened with recognition.
   “Don’t scream,” he warned, glaring at her. Too late.
     She opened her mouth to scream and made a run for the door.
     This woman was impossible.
     He grabbed her sound her waist and hauled her back, throwing her against the wall. He slapped his hand over again and let his his eyes roam over her skin. The neckline on her dress was low and in second of second of pure male weakness, he let his eyes trace over her breasts as they heaved against the right, black material.
     “I told you not to scream.” he growled. “Don’t do it again. Now be quiet and I’ll let you go. Understand?”  He doubted that she believed him. He wouldn’t if he were her.
     He removed his hand slowly, ready to slap it back across her mouth should she try to scream again. She didn’t. Gasping for breath, she didn’t move as he held pinned against the wall but she glared at him with those rich-brown eyes. They flickered with fear before being replaced with something entirely different. Something akin to determination. She was obviously terrified he was going to kill her but perhaps  she wasn’t going to go down easily. In spite of himself, he had to admire her fighting spirit and the fact that she’d had the sense to quell the fear in her eyes.
     Silly girl. She had no idea how close to death she really was. He let his eyes trail over her once again slowly, from head to toe, pausing at her breasts before continuing downward. Standing awkwardly, she was favoring her left foot. Probably a sprained ankle from the look of it. And her right knee was a mess of blood and torn skin. That was something that would have to be taken care of later. But right now, he needed to know exactly what he hell was going on.

And here is the Buy Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Shadows-Amy-Deason-ebook/dp/B013KWTIUW/ref=sr_1_2

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Amy has been reading since she was 3 years old and writing from the time she learned how to pick up a pencil. 😀 She married her soul mate, Shaun, almost 4 years ago and is mother to Hailey, James, and Payge. It has always been her dream to become an author and thanks to the wonderful team at Soul Mate Publishing, her dream is coming true. Angel in the Shadows is her first published full length novel. She also has a short story published and is currently working on a second novel. When she is not working, Amy loves to read and write (big surprise 😉), takes photographs, and spending time with her family.

Email: DeasonDozier13011@yahoo.com

Her Contact Links:

www.Facebook.com/amydeason

www.Facebook.com/amydeason

amydeason.wordpress.com

Amy, thank you so much for visiting today. Best wishes for “Angel in the Shadows” and the upcoming works. Feel free to come back and visit anytime.

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Never Turn Your Back…

Never Reveal Your Name…

Never surrender Your Heart…

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With a jaw popping hook like that, I am super delighted to welcome Amy Deason to the blog to discuss her new book, ‘Angel in the Shadows’. Amy, hello and thank you for stopping by. What can you say about your book?

AD: It’s  my debut book in the ‘Angel Series’, released with Soul Mate Publishing  on July 15th. There are six titles planned for the series. Here is a bit more about this freshman story:

Madison Sinclair is a smart-mouthed photographer that enjoys the simple things in life. Recently landing a job at one of Manhattan’s top imaging companies, she works hard to prove herself but often falls short of the mark. Taking pictures of the New York scenery, relaxing at home with a glass of wine, and caring for her stray cat is the highlight of her day. But when her best friend convinces her into covering a charity event thrown by a handsome billionaire, Madison’s life suddenly becomes anything but simple as she finds herself in a constant race for survival. There is nowhere she can turn, no one she can trust.

Seth Reynolds has been in the game a long time. He knows how to get in, get a job done, and get out with no complications and no witnesses. Trained to be cold and heartless, he is committed to follow through with this mission no matter what. Racing against an impossible time table, everything is in place to take out the madman intent on destroying New York City. But when the naïve Madison Sinclair stumbles into his world, all of his carefully laid plans go to hell.

Determined to do what is right at all costs, Seth must choose between the rules he’s lived by his entire life or saving Madison from a fate worse than death. If he follows orders, he will be an unsung hero, saving millions of innocent people. But if he risks his own life for Madison’s, the entire city will be in jeopardy. The choice should be easy. Risk one to save many. That’s the unbreakable code of The Perfect Order. But now, without even trying, Madison has gotten under his skin and inside his heart. With the fate of the city resting in his hands, how he can do the right thing when he no longer knows what that is?

RJS:  How indeed? This is a must read to find out if he breaks the unbreakable code or not. Does he save the girl or save the city?  Choices…choices…what’s a guy to do?

AD: And here is a bit of an excerpt:

Just like Seth, the Porsche was dark, mysterious, and masculine. Things were not improving. She shied away from thinking about that monster in the alleyway, the one that had his hands on her, touching her. She couldn’t think of that now because she would come apart completely. So she focused on Seth instead and used the anger that had been building up for the lost several hours. God, she really needed to get away from him. But she needed to understand what she was up against. And that was nearly impossible since Seth was refusing to tell her anything. The sneaky bastard! She would just have to figure out a way to make him talk.

Making her voice as strong and determined as she could, she looked at him and said, “I have a right to know what is going on.”

He didn’t even look in her direction. “Your rights end when and where I say they do. Don’t push me too far Miss Sinclair. You won’t like the result,” he warned.

This guy was really beginning to piss her off. “Damn you! Tell me what the hell is going on!”

A ghost of a smile crossed his soft lips, drawing her attention to them. He remembered how they felt on hers. She shoved that away before the annoying lust could distract her from her plan of action.

“Damn me? Sorry to ruin your little tirade but I’ve been damned for a very long time. Nothing you can say or do can make it worse,” Seth’s voice was low and quiet, reflective.

She must have imagined the small amount of emotion in his voice. But real or not, it cooled some of her anger, making her wonder again just who the hell this guy was. Definitely not the self-effacing personal assistant she had taken him for just yesterday. But as intriguing as that question may be, she had no intentions to stick around and find out the answer. There was the saying about curiosity killing the cat and as curious as she was, learning that particular bit information was not something she was willing to die for. Maybe if she could open the door and jump out. But he was going so fast. He didn’t slow down much as he took the corners but maybe that small change in speed would make the difference between getting injured and being killed. At this point, she didn’t think she had much to lose by trying. Furtively, she reached over and gripped the door handle, waiting for the next turn.

“Don’t think you can try jumping out when I slow down. You really don’t want to make me angrier than I am now.” Seth’s voice was calm and soft, not betraying any emotion but she had enough sense to be afraid. Releasing the door handle, she crossed her arms over her chest, her hands balled into tight fists. Man, she wanted to just sock him!

Beside her, Seth shrugged indifferently. “Then again, maybe you should jump out. Though it would probably be suicide. I’m not sure how you feel about dying but at least I wouldn’t have to save you again.”

“I never asked you to save me. You did that on your own,” Madison replied heatedly.

“My mistake. Next time, I’ll just let them have you.”

“Next time? Who says there’s going to be a next time?”

Another uncaring shrug of his strong shoulders. “Just call it an educated guess.”

Scowling, she asked, “Why even take the time to save me? You’re just going to kill me.”

“I never said I was going to kill you.”

“No, but you didn’t say you weren’t either.”

“Touché” He turned to her with a small, tight-lipped smile.

“Why don’t you just tell me what is going on?”

He sighed, exasperated. “If I tell you anything, you’re as good as dead.”

His threat was ominous but she sensed he was telling her the truth this time. Considering the circumstances, that fact wasn’t exactly encouraging. But maybe his honesty would continue for a while longer.

“I’m probably a dead woman anyway so there’s really no harm in satisfying my curiosity is there? Consider it a last request.” Madison tried to sound brave and add some humor to her situation. As long as she could remain lighthearted, she would be able to keep her wits about her so maybe she could get out of this thing alive.

“I applaud you for your attempt at levity. But believe it or not, this situation is not funny in the least and it’s not my intention to see you dead, Miss Sinclair.”

She twisted in the seat, facing him, one eyebrow raised questioningly. “No? Then just what are your intentions Mr. Reynolds?”

“I really can’t tell you. You’re just going to have to trust me.”

“I don’t think so.”

“You know,” he replied lightly, “if you would have trusted me in the first place, your friend would still be alive.”

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RJS: Wow, I just had to come down easy from that one. What a ride! Already I applaud   Madison and want to get to know Seth a bit more. Where can it go from there? When the car ride ends?  Can you tell us more about you?

AD:   I learned to read at the tender age of three. Once I started, I never stopped. Growing up, I could always be found snuggled in some quiet corner with my nose stuck in one book after another. My desire to read soon led to my passion for writing. As a child and teenager, I wrote poetry and short stories for my family and friends, delighting them with my vast imagination. From child to adult, I have continued to read everything I can get my hands on. My love for a good book knows no boundaries and crosses every genre imaginable.

    I currently live in NW Arkansas with my wonderful husband, Shaun, and three energetic children. But of course our family would not be complete without our two loveable shih tzus, Tucker and Dylan. Recently, we welcomed a new addition to our household, a rambunctious boxer puppy named Buck, and since then, our lives have never been the same.

    When I’m not working or writing, or possibly sneaking in a few quiet minutes of quiet reading, I can be found with my family riding bicycles around town, playing sports, watching movies, or taking pictures. (Although I take so many photographs, the kids try to run and hide every time I break out the camera).

RJS: Oh, too funny. I can identify with your beginnings of hiding away in some quiet spot to read and who can forget those early bits of writing we just had to scribble? How many of us can raise our hands? My poor fur-kids are so sick of me snapping their adorable pictures, they automatically turn their heads away from that annoying blinding flash each time I pick up my camera phone. The way we make the poor souls we love suffer so….
Seriously though, anything else you’d like to add before we close out our visit and mention the giveaway a bit more, Amy?

AD: I would love to hear from you, the reader. You can reach me in several ways:

on my website www.amydeason.weebly.com

I can also be found on Facebook,www.amydeason.facebook.com

Twitter(@Ames13011)

and Ask.fm(AmesGrace13011)

or you can email me at: DeasonDozier13011@yahoo.com.

Angels in the shadows Amy Deason

CONTACT LINKS:

www.amydeason.facebook.com

www.amydeason.wordpress.com

www.amydeason.weebly.com

RJS: Okay, lots of easy ways for readers to contact you for more about this and others in the Angel series. I wish you much luck with super sales. Now, before we go, how can readers get a copy of ‘Angel in the Shadows’?

AD: Readers just leave a comment with their contact information in the comments below. We will pick one at random and notify them. I am offering a free e-book. Good luck!

RJS: Wish I could be eligible, I’d love a chance to read this story. But I’ll leave it for the readers. Amy, thank you so much for stopping in to chat.  

 

 

 

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