Monday, December 24, 2012

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From The Writing Playground

Thursday, December 20, 2012


There are the books everyone has heard about: Twilight, The Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Gray. But what about all those other wonderful books out there? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, but that you might end up loving.

This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags five other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag five new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love! Maybe you’ll even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing.

I was tagged by Lucienne Diver. You can learn more about her new book Fangtabulous on her blog,

This blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress, so here’s a little info about my current project:

1: What is the working title of your book? The Risk-Taker

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
This book is an installment in the Uniformly Hot series for Blaze.  When I was asked to participate it was easy to choose a guy from the Rangers - they're the guys on the front line fighting every day for our country.  That's something I admire!

3: What genre does your book fall under? The Risk-Taker is definitely hot!

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 
I definitely pictured Andrew Stetson for Gage Harper.  Abs of steel, but a little mischief lurking in the back of his eyes.  For Hope I pictured Charlize Theron. She's cool and contained and clings to her polished exterior even though it doesn't always fit in with the relaxed world around her.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 
A reckless Army Ranger and POW returns home from Afghanistan with only one plan in  ming - to forget.  But a discontented journalist - the girl who got away - won't let him.  His story is her ticket to her dream job and she's willing to do anything to get it.

6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
This book is out with Harlequin Blaze and was represented by my fab agent, Lucienne Diver.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me about 6 weeks to write the first draft.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
If you enjoy Rhonda Nelson, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Linda Howard and Andrea Laurence then you'll love The Risk-Taker.
9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Our men and women who selflessly serve to protect our country inspired this story, but specifically those that are wounded while doing so.  Like most of our veterans, Gage has plenty of scars - seen and unseen.  The Wounded Warrior project is mentioned in the book and I'm very proud to be a supporter of the organization and cause.   

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I loved delving into an old unrequited love for this story.  Gage and Hope have a past which gave me plenty to explore and torture them with.  Given the option, Hope would have avoided Gage - and her feelings for him - forever.  But when forced to deal with the past she can't ignore him anymore.

Here is a list of authors who will be joining the hop for week 27 on December 24th. I hope you’ll visit their blogs next week and learn more about their books. Maybe one of them will become your new favorite author!

Dani Wade
Andrea Laurence