Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nominated for WIP Blog Hop & more

I was nominated for the WORK-IN-PROGRESS BLOG HOP by my dear friend and fellow author – Allyn Stotz - Thank you, Allyn.

I’ve taken the questions she sent me and answered them as well, Now they are posted on my blog. I hope you take a minute to read them.

At the end, you’ll see three I sent the questions to: followed by their websites. Check them out as well.

First I'd like to take a quick moment to send pictures from the book signing at Barnes & Noble. I posted info on blog last time.


What is the title to your work - in - progress?
I’m working on book 3 of my Samantha Cain Series…The Truth Revealed

Where did the idea for your book come from?
The idea for the character, Samantha Cain, came when I was working the nightshift as a dispatcher and heard a noise outside. After I checked it out and came back inside, I thought what if I had a character who did that and found a person being killed, and she tries to help stop the killing till the police arrive -- only to become the killers next target. Book 1 – Be Not Afraid – followed with Book 2 Testimony of Innocence (here Samantha has to prove her innocence after her boss is murdered and she becomes the prime suspect). THEN comes book 3. What crime would come to Samantha now? I thought of her son, near and dear to her heart – so maybe a kidnapping? As I’ve been working on the MS it has taken a few turns during the writing. That is the fun part of being the author…and letting your characters take on a true persona as you are writing. They guide me into different directions. I can’t wait to read the finished product in The Truth Revealed.

What genre does your book fall under? Mystery – with a touch of romance.

What actors would you choose to play the characters in the movie rendition? Sandra Bullock for Samantha Cain

What is the synopsis of your book in one sentence? Their first PI case…a missing child…or is it two…can they find him in time?

What other book would you compare this work - in - progress to in your genre?
Books by Dee Henderson (her mystery novels) or Jill Elizabeth Nelson’s – To Catch a Thief series

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I’ve been working on the first draft for almost a year off and on, between getting my latest two releases Testimony of Innocence and Crime in The Big Easy ready for my publisher this year. The series book came out in September and the stand-alone suspense came out a few weeks ago in October.

Will this book be self-published or represented by an agency? My publishers name is Oak Tara Publishing. God blessed me when He had them offer me a contract on Be Not Afraid. I believe we will have a long relationship. I love Ramona Tucker and how well she works with me…helping me…encouraging me.

What inspired you to write this book? I prayed, asking for where my series should go, and this was where I was lead in my heart.
What else about your book might pique your readers’ interest? My series books take place in Baton Rouge Louisiana. If you live in this area, that might make you want to take a closer look. If you don’t live here and want to get a little of our southern flavor, you might want to read my Samantha Cain Mysteries.

Now it's time to announce the three people I've nominated. I hope they have some fun with it!

Jill Elizabeth Nelson --

Sylvia Rochester --

Elaine Grant --


  1. Wow, whoever took those photo's of you is a fantastic photographer! Hee hee

    Sandra Bullock would make a great Samantha Cain. I can definitely see her in that part.

  2. As usual, you have me laughing. Of course YOU took those pictures... and yes you did a great job. I've decided to TRY and fix my hair the same way. Thanks for the picture. I usually hate them. Also I'm glad you like my choice of actor for Samantha Cain...and glad you saw this blog after I finally got everything right...I hope. It took me probably 30 minutes to keep going back and adding this that and the other. I hope the 3 I nominated will have as much fun as I did.

  3. This one has been out for over a week? How come I just saw it? I like the Q & A section. Sandra Bullock...nice.

  4. Thank you. I think she'd be great!! I'd love to see her play Samantha Cain.