Edited to Add: Stephanie! is the winner of my contest! Congrats and thanks for stopping by. Please contact me at katiereus (@) yahoo .com (no spaces).
Thanks to Tracy and the ladies at Desert Island Keepers for hosting me today! Not long ago I was a member of this awesome island but thanks to life and new, fun deadlines I had to take a step back from a few things. Luckily Tracy still likes me and is letting me hang out. ;)
Today is very exciting for me! Dangerous Secrets, my first release from Carina Press, is officially out. My alter ego has had plenty of releases the past couple years, but ‘Katie’ hasn’t had a release since 2009 so this is doubly exciting! In addition to being a digital release, Dangerous Secrets will also be available from Audible.com (though I don’t have an exact date yet).
A big theme in this story is Danger and Secrets (hence the title). I LOVE when characters keep secrets in novels. It adds to the suspense and intrigue in often times already tense situations (especially in romantic suspense). I’m not a fan of big misunderstandings in books but as far as secrets go, the bigger the better.
In Dangerous Secrets the hero is keeping a big secret from the heroine. At first the lying makes him uncomfortable but the longer he’s around her and the more he gets to know her, the harder it gets to be deceitful. Since I hate liars (who doesn’t?) I found that it was a fine line writing this story and making sure the hero didn’t come off as a jerk (and still paid for his transgressions at the end).
So, what exactly is this story about?
Isabelle Ballantine has been fighting for independence since she was old enough to walk. Now that she’s finally out from under her father’s shadow, she won’t let anyone stand in her way. It’s tough living on her own, working in a bar and keeping her true identity a secret, but things start to look up when a sexy new stranger walks into her life. After working side by side for weeks, Izzy can’t figure out why he won’t make a move.
To cinch the deal of a lifetime, Adam Marcellus agrees to help Izzy’s eccentric father convince his daughter to move home. He’d assumed Izzy would be another spoiled rich princess, but he’s surprised to discover his feelings for her are stronger than anything he’s ever experienced. When a deranged stalker targets her, Adam finds himself fighting not only an unknown threat – but an unexpected attraction to the one woman he can’t have.
A little about me: I’ve been reading romance since I was a kid and the addiction followed me into adulthood. I write sexy paranormal romance and fast-paced romantic suspense. Dangerous Secrets (2/7/11) is my first release from Carina Press and in early 2012 my first book in a paranormal trilogy will release from Signet Eclipse (NAL/Penguin). To learn more about me please visit my website, my blog, or find me on twitter @katiereus.
Since DIK is hosting me today I’d like to give away a book from my back list to one winner! Just leave a comment about secrets, books, or what you love about romance and I’ll enter you. The winner will be announced in the comments section tomorrow by noon (eastern). Thanks for stopping by and thanks again to Tracy for having me!