Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Interview with Sara Brooks about her book Chasing Sin and Giveaway


BLURB:  
 Every spring, Kate risks her life chasing violent storms. Tired of watching her take unnecessary chances, two of her closest friends offer a different thrill. Devoted lovers Snyder and Tripp don’t just share a passion for nature’s fury; they long to have the fearless woman between them.
Though she is reluctant, she also knows the proposition is too irresistible to refuse. Her acceptance leads to an explosive night of no-holes-barred sex for the threesome. However, when morning dawns, she realizes this type of unusual relationship isn’t one she belongs in.
Despite her best efforts to keep the men at arm’s length, Kate finds herself facing down the storm of the century with them at her side. With Mother Nature intruding, the trio discovers shelter in each other’s arms. With the hurricane raging outside and passion raging inside, everything is at stake.





I would like to welcome author Sara Brooks to my blog today! She is her talking about her book Chasing Sin.

Sarah, tell us about yourself:

I’m Sara Brookes and I’ve been writing professionally for five years. I’m not someone that sticks to one particular genre or heat level in romance, mostly because I love different aspects of different genres. Be it contemporary, paranormal, futuristic/sci-fi or urban fantasy—if the story and/or characters interest me, I’m going to write the book.

Do you prefer

Milk chocolate or Dark? Dark

Coffee or tea? Coffee!

Vodka or tequila? Tequila

Romance or a Thriller? Romance

Mystery or Horror? Horror
Did you always want to be an author?

Actually, no. I had a lot of things I wanted to be other than an author. Writing for me was always something that I did in my spare time. It wasn’t until I felt the need to share my stories with a broader audience did I realize this was something I could really do. The fact that I get to share the stories I have to tell with so many readers still astounds me.

What authors had an impact on you growing up and as an adult?

I started reading Stephen King when I was a teenager. Probably far younger than I should have been reading his work to be honest. But at that age, I tore through books. There was virtually no young adult market at the time, at least not such as there is right now, so it was hard to find books that I didn’t speed through in a few hours. When I started reading IT, I couldn’t put it down. It freaked me out so much but I LOVED it so much that I couldn’t put it down. As an adult I still read his books and love them. No one writes like Stephen King, his attention to detail and characterization is phenomenal.

Did anyone in your life influence you or encouraged you to be a writer?

My 10th grade English teacher had such a passion for stories. Every day I’d go to class, she always seemed so excited to share whatever book we were reading that week. It’s been a while, but I still remember how excited she got as we worked through A Separate Peace by John Knowles. Which is such a contradiction to the dark tone of the book.


What is your writing atmosphere like?

Pretty chaotic actually. I’m not someone that can write in silence. I need noise. A lot of it. Blocking it out causes me to concentrate.

What is your favorite aspect or writing? Your Least Favorite?

Creating something from nothing is probably one of the things I like the most about writing. One of the biggest things no one tells you about is the waiting! It’s a necessary evil of being in the publishing world. Waiting on submissions, cover art, edits, release days—all of it. But I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.

Your current book you’re promoting is:

A very sexy, adrenaline-packed erotic ménage romance called Chasing Sin

How did you come up with your story line?

I love the Discovery Channel series Storm Chasers and while watching the show one night, I thought it would be fun to write a story where the characters chased storms. Since I mainly write erotic romance, there was never a doubt Chasing Sin would be anything else. The ménage aspect actually came as a surprise.

How do you choose your characters names?

Most of the time it’s something the character has to “tell” me. I’ve written numerous chapters before without knowing a character’s name. Once I really get a handle on their personality, I can pinpoint a name that fits. I’ve had instances where I named a character only to have to change it mid-way through the story because it doesn’t fit for whatever reason. 





EXCERPT: 
“I spent so many summer’s baking to a crisp right on that very beach. It’s hard to let that kind of thing go.”
“A teenage Kate in a bikini. I would’ve liked to have seen that.”
“I wasn’t much. Pretty gangly as a kid. No boobs to speak of.”
Tripp scooted closer, wrapping his arms around her as he pulled her against him. “But yet you’ve blossomed into the gorgeous woman you are today.”
He felt so good against her. So right and someone she could get very used to getting lost in. It was dangerous to feel so comfortable here in his arms, but a few minutes couldn’t hurt, right?
She buried her nose in his chest, inhaling the familiar scent of his soap that mixed with the sharp salt air from the water. “I don’t deserve you two.”
“Bullshit, you have every right to be with us.”
Those soft words were a weight in her chest, and despite the pain it caused, she pulled away from the warmth of his body. He muttered a protest as she hopped off the railing. She stopped after opening the door and glanced back over her shoulder.
He looked so damn handsome sitting there with the panoramic view of the beach spread out behind him. Disappointment darkened his gaze and she fought to find the courage necessary to walk away.
A gust of wind blew through the porch, whistling against the aging planks. The sound reminded her of the violent storm that had gotten her into this predicament in the first place.
Instead of courage, that reminder gave her the strength to do what she had to.
“I can’t, I’m sorry.”

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Sara Brookes is an award-winning author who has always been fascinated by the strange, the unusual, the twisted and the lost (tortured heroes are her personal favorite). She is an action movie junkie, addicted to coffee and has been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing RPG video games. Despite all this, she is a romantic at heart and is always a sucker for an excellent love story. Born and bred in Virginia, Sara still lives there with her husband and daughter. The entire family is owned by two cats, Galahad and Loki, who graciously allow the family to cater to their every desire.

  
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Now for the Giveaway! 

Sarah is giving a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card to a lucky commenter! 
Just leave a comment on this post with your email address for a chance to win!

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12 comments:

  1. I had an English teacher who used to get excited about books and writing. From her I got my love of Dickens and Shakespeare. Stephen King still scares me.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Mary, I love Shakespeare. My daughter was recently assigned Romeo and Juliet for her English class as I loved talking with her about it. She loved it too and was fascinated with the fact I still remembered so much about the story.

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  2. Isn't it amazing how they had few YA books up to a decade or so ago -- and now the market is glutted with them? Who says kids don't read?

    Your book sounds fascinating.... all that adrenaline has to lead somewhere. :-)

    jbandy8233 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. I would have *loved* to have the choices in YA that kids today do. My daughter goes crazy for all the books that are available to her.

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  3. Congrats on the new release. Great cover. I've never read Stephen King. He scares the bejezus out of me. Chasing Sin sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it to see more of Kate, Snyder, and Tripp.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  4. That's interesting, that the desire to write came to you later. Stephen King's style is pretty mesmerizing, even though I've only read a few shorts (scared of the longer stuff!)...

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. Thanks so much for interviewing me, Tamaria!

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  6. Nice excerpt! I started reading King in 6th grade, loved his books, especially The Stand.Loki is a great name for a cat BTW. Thanks for the interview!

    kaisquared

    emmasmom AT wi DOT rr DOT com

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    1. Oh The Stand is a freaky story! It took me forever to read it because it kept scaring me. LOL

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  7. I have read many of Stephen King's books and watched most of his movies. There are some stories that I have read over & over. Thank you for the great post and excerpt, this sounds like a wonderful story.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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