November 5, 2013

In the Arms of a Stranger by Virginia Kelly #AuthorInterview #Giveaway

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A dangerous man on the run…

Wounded and accused of treason, CIA operative JP Blackmon is on the run from his own agency and desperate to clear his name. When he finds out his old partner is dead, he’ll do anything to get to the truth…including using his partner’s widow.

Finds a vulnerable woman looking for answers…

Abby Price wanted nothing more than a family and a safe home. But her late husband kept big secrets from her—secrets that got him killed and has government agents watching her every move. And she’s started fearing for her life. The only man who can help her is a mysterious stranger who suddenly appears out of nowhere. But can she trust him?

Together they discover a passion worth dying for.

As danger stalks them at every turn, unexpected passion flares between JP and Abby. But the last thing either wants or needs is more complications. Romance? No. Way. That would involve trust—something neither is willing to do. But in the end, sharing their deadly secrets is their only hope for survival…their only hope to hold onto the love they’ve just begun to share…

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Length: 250 pages
Release Date: October 28, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-195-4

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“Is JP your real name?”

He smiled, and she realized she hadn’t seen one of his real smiles before. This one lit up his face, made his eyes laugh. There was devilment in the smile. “I don’t know you well enough to tell you that yet.”


The look of him, the timbre of his voice, as if he really would know her well enough to—

Her breath caught. She couldn’t look away. That well?

She wanted to frown, to be outraged. But his eyes… Good heavens, his eyes. Everything about him, from his short dark hair, to his smile, to his broad shoulders, he was all captivating male.

Instead, she laughed. It was a totally unexpected reaction. She’d never reacted to anyone the way she did to JP. If that was his name…

And what came out of her mouth next was a total surprise. “When do you think you will?”

Thanks so much for stopping by the Authors' Cafe today, Virginia. I'm very excited to host you and your book, In the Arms of a Stranger

Okay, I see you've got your café au lait and chocolate cake, so let's get right to the interview.

At what point in your life did you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?

When I found the phone number my youngest son had scribbled on a piece of paper next to the phone. I asked who called. He said “some woman. She said for you to call her.” It was NYC number, and I’d just finaled in the Golden Heart. I asked when she’d called. “A few hours ago.” It was now six PM. Amazingly, I didn’t throttle that child. 

LOL! Which of your characters is most like you?

Abby Price. She’s a school teacher, which I once was. She lives in a rural part of the country, something I’ve also done, and she’s dealt with a Black Angus bull named Petunia, but she’s a little braver than I ever was around that bull.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from In the Arms of a Stranger would you want with you?

No question: JP Blackmon. 
J He would prefer Abby.

Where do you write?

In front of the windows in our sunroom or in front of the windows in the living room. The curtains/blinds have to be open. I have a thing about light. 

Do you have any “rituals” you go through before you write?

Rituals? There are rituals?? Why didn’t someone tell me!

**Chuckle** What was your favorite chapter (or part) of In the Arms of a Stranger to write and why?

There’s a suspenseful scene in the woods. I have spent so much time in the woods that I could really hear the sounds, feel the heat of summer, smell the vegetation, and feel the roughness of branches.

How did you come up with the title?

JP is a stranger to Abby Price, someone she knows holds the same sort of secrets her late husband held. I heard Sarah McLaughlin singing “In the Arms of an Angel” and managed to get the tune stuck in my head. My altered wording seemed perfect for JP’s and Abby’s story.

Huh, that's funny . . . I've been hearing that song in my head lately! 
J What would YOU like your readers to know about this book or you in general?

Readers should know that I write stories that I hope will make them feel good. I may throw in complications and dangers, but in the end, I hope they can close my books satisfied that my characters have overcome the obstacles that kept them from a happily ever after.

What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Write, write, and write some more. Learn to take constructive criticism. Find and keep a small close group of writer friends, ones you trust completely. Study craft and story, but always, always write. And keep on writing no matter what.

Do you have a favorite author?

Several, but the ones that made me want to write are Sandra Brown, Elizabeth Lowell and Linda Howard. Without their work as inspiration, I probably would never have written my first novel.

What is your favorite quote?

It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela

What genre of books do you read for pleasure?

Historical romances and vampire romances, although I’ll read almost any subgenre of romance, some mysteries and some thrillers.

What’s the most amusing thing that’s ever happened to you?

Unfortunately, this has happened a few times so I should know better. I catch a glimpse of someone in a mirror at a store or in a window somewhere and am amazed that this person is wearing exactly what I’m wearing. Until I realize it’s me.

Ha! What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like to spend time with family, be outdoors hiking, or on a trip to some faraway place.

If all TV shows were real, what show (all time) would you most like to live in?

Supernatural. I’m a Jensen Ackles fan, so the opportunity to see Dean Winchester at any time is very tempting. I would be happy to let him save me. Over and over again.

I hear ya on that! And now it's time for some . . . 

Party dress or blue jeans? Blue jeans.

Plotter or Panster? Pantser.

Print or e-Book? Both.

Coastal walks or extreme sports? Strenuous hike along the coast (or in the woods)

Cookies or cupcakes? Why not both? And chocolate cake, too.

Super hero or super villain? Both. Can’t have one without the other.

If I had a free afternoon I’d . . . spend it with my family or hike in the woods.

Peanut Butter: Crunchy, Creamy, or I hate peanut butter and am addicted to Nutella. I HATE peanut butter 
J Making P&B sandwiches for school lunches was awful! Not fond of Nutella either.

You suddenly realize you live in a haunted house. Do you:
  1. Run screaming for the door.
  2. Bravely go to a church, load up on holy water and try to get rid of the ghost.
  3. Set up ghost hunting equipment to capture phenomenon.
  4. Call in the Ghost Adventures crew so that you can ogle the lead guy Zac’s amazingly stiff hair when you’re not ogling his….physical attributes.
  5. Deny you have a ghost and just let it scare the bejesus out of your visitors.
#2 and #3. Holy water works along with the equipment. #1 is the answer if there’s a Southern roach in the house. 

Could you tell us five random facts about yourself?
  1. I have a scar shaped like a very large clover on my thigh from a small pox vaccine given to me while living in Peru as a toddler.
  2. I was taught to swim by a woman who couldn’t swim, while watched from the bank of the pond by a really mean mule.
  3. I have three children.
  4. Spanish was my first language.
  5. I’ve crossed an Amazon tributary in both a canoe and a cable car.
Wow, this has been a truly awesome interview, Virginia. Thanks so much for letting us get to know you better!

Author Picture - Virginia KellyAn RWA Golden Heart® finalist, Virginia Kelly’s first book was published as To the Limit and finaled in several contests such as the Holt Medallion, The Golden Quill and The Aspen Gold.

Virginia has always loved adventure novels, but romance is at the core of her stories—romance with the adrenalin rush of danger. Against the Wind, a full-length novel, and Dancing in the Dark, the prequel novella to In the Arms of a Stranger, are about dangerous men and the adventurous women willing to take a chance on them.

Traveling is a passion that came early in life. Her first airplane ride was a trip over the Andes Mountains in Peru at the ripe old age of two months. Her travels provide the settings for her novels, whether it’s a fictitious Latin American country based on Peru, the country of her birth, or Florida and the American South where she now lives.

A graduate of the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in Library Science, Virginia is an academic librarian. She tries to include a librarian in all of her books as either the heroine or as a minor character. Having taught high school and college, she has a great appreciation for teachers and often uses that as the profession for her heroines.

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