Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cold Sweat by J. S. Marlo

1. How did you start writing erotic / romance?

I started scribbling as a teenager for fun. I'd re-write the ending of a book or a movie to make it more romantic and show it to my friends, but then my writing went dormant for twenty years. There were plenty of ideas swirling into my brain, and no time to put them on paper. It wasn't until my kids left home in pursuit of their own adventures that I re-kindled my love affair with writing.  It's been a roller-coaster ride ever since, and I've been loving every second of it.

2. Plotter or pantster?

I plot the main storyline and characters, but the secondary plots and characters usually develop on their own. I particularly enjoy it when the characters manage to surprise.

3. What are three things you have on your writing desk?

A laptop, a bottle of water, and a pen. The pen is to play with while I think.

4. Favorite food?

Chocolate flavored with orange, grapefruit, or lavender. The darker the better.

5. Tell us a little about your new release. What character in the book really spoke to you?

My latest book is titled Cold Sweat (Heart & Endurance Series). The series revolves around high performance athletes. These young people are driven and passionate individuals whose spirits are not easily broken and whose choices are not always what one would expect. In Cold Sweat, Hope is a 17 year old deaf biathlon athlete who's training for the Olympics trial. When Hope dissapears without a trace from the snowy trails during a routine practice, her mother, an army colonel with one too many secrets to hide, enlists the help of a local sheriff, a man who once hurt her, to search for her only child.

As a mother of young people who used to jump on planes like others jump on buses to go to training camps all over the world, I can just imagine what went through the mind of Hope's mother when Hope's coach phoned her to say he lost her daughter. That would be my worse nightmare coming to life and I admire Hope's mother's courage and tenacity.

6. I write because ____...

Because I love it! Because the voices in my head won't stop talking?!?!

7. What is your favorite type of character to write about?

Smart, strong, and stubborn women in the prime of their lives. They have a past, they have secrets, they have scars, and they believe in love.

8. What is the sexiest scene you ever wrote?

A love scene in a car wash. That was years ago, and it was in a cute little story that I'd written for my friends.

9. What advice would you give new authors in the erotica/romance field?

Write the kind of story you would love to read. Get to know your characters, the good and the bad. Pour your heart in your story. Be perseverant. And don't be afraid to send submissions.

10. What is next on your writerly horizon?

I currently have two more stories in progress. One is part of the "Heart & Endurance Series", the other is part of a new paranormal series tentatively titled "Digging through Time". It will be my first venture in the paranormal realm. It's spookily exciting!

Thanks for having me here today. It was fun!

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J.S. Marlo - Bio

J.S. Marlo spent her childhood in a small French Canadian town, reading and daydreaming stories. One day, she met her hero, a dashing young officer, and followed him back and forth across the country.
The "memorable" adventures she experienced with her young family fueled her imagination and kindled the dream of one day becoming a published author. It wasn't until after her three spirited children left the nest in pursuit of their own adventures, that J.S. finally gave writing a chance.
Her first two dozen stories were for her friends' eyes only. To her surprise and delight, they enjoyed them and rewarded her with their encouragement and support. J.S. kept writing, and learning, and writing…
She finally captured her dream with her first novel "Salvaged", and then carried on with her first series "Duty Bound": Unscripted–Book One, Unearthed–Book Two, and Untamed–Book Three. She's currently working on two new series: "Heart & Endurance" and "Digging through time". Cold Sweat of the Heart & Endurance Series is coming up in November 2013.
J.S. lives in northern Alberta with her wonderful hubby, and when she's not visiting her children and little granddoggie, she's writing in front of the fireplace.

Cold Sweat - Blurb
      Can they conquer the mountains and the past in time to save Hope?

       Seventeen-year-old Hope Craig is deaf and training hard to make the biathlon Olympic Team. But when is kidnapped from the groomed trails and taken into a remote cabin in the mountains, she must battle more than the elements to survive.

        On the hunt for her daughter's abductor, Colonel Amelia Matheson enlists the help of Richmond Morgan, a local Sheriff who once hurt her. To find Hope, Sheriff Morgan and Colonel Matheson must untangle a web of secrets, including their own.

        Using her wits and skills, Hope sets out to escape the mountains and save the man her mother had sent to rescue her—a man who is not who he appears to be.

Cold Sweat - Excerpt

Heavy breathing jerked her shoulders. She should have welcomed the potential lead in her daughter's case, not go into a frantic frenzy over the possibility. Stumped by her reaction, Rich stroked her back, relishing the warmth and the feel of her body.
"We can't rule out a connection, Amelia. The senator has refused to involve other agencies. Now that his daughter isn't the one at risk, he may stop cooperating altogether, especially if I recruit help from outside my office." Amelia's expertise and security clearance exceeded his. The military woman, as distressed as she might be, was still his best ally. "You cannot lose it, Amelia. I need your help to find Hope."
The fan of the fireplace switched off, and the humming ceased. An eerie silence enveloped the living room. Amelia stared at him, searching his face for...for something. Whatever she sought, he desperately wanted to give it to her.
"I haven't slept in days, Richmond. I'm hovering on the brink of insanity. Under no condition should I be trusted. In your place, I would tie me to a bed, drug me, and wake me up after you found my daughter."
As right as she might be, he trusted her—more than he trusted himself.
Taking advantage of her vulnerability, he scooped her in his arms. "Then let's get you some sleep."
Amidst a gasp of surprise, she clawed at his neck. "What do you think you're doing, Richmond Morgan?"
"Taking you into my bed." He carried her through the hallway, nearly dropping her. "Would you stop wriggling?"
"I am not sleeping with you. I am not that insane."
Of all the qualities she possessed, her indomitable spirit had been the most enduring. From the look in her eyes, that spirit was very much alive—and angry.
"Glad to know I already saved you from the brink of insanity." The timing couldn't have been worse, and yet, holding her had never felt so right. "By morning, you'll be rested and trustworthy."
"By morning, you'll be dead if you don't give up that plan."
Threats would not stop him. Not this time. "I was going to use my arms to keep you safe and my snoring to scare the night monsters away. If you prefer, I'll get the duct tape and the drugs."
As she glared, he bestowed a tender kiss on her parted lips. They quivered in response.


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