I am soooo pleased to invite my bestie and co-author the lovely D.C. Stone to discuss her latest release. I had the privilege of reviewing the steamy novellette Armed and Desired before it was published and gotta say – what a HOTTT read that was!
Hey D.C. 🙂 I’m really happy for you as I know this is only one in a long list of published and to-be-published books. So, what genre is this new one?
Contemporary Romance (although I’ve seen it listed as romantic suspense, too.) Grrr
What led you to the story idea?
I came up with the idea because in my field (which is law enforcement), strong women exist and yes, they crave certain things, too. I wanted to show that struggle that a woman in law enforcement can face when dealing with the fact that hey, yes, I am a woman, I’m also a cop, but I also have needs, and cravings just like everyone else.
That’s so true. What makes this story special compared to the others you’ve written?
LOL, I think I just gave that theme. Mostly in my books I want to pass on that women can be strong and desirable, loving and successful, and to encourage everyone, both male and female alike, to never give up on what they truly want.
Definitely, that’s very important in all fields. What was your biggest challenge on writing this book?
My biggest challenge on writing this was the length. This series called for a specific word count, and anyone who knows me understands I am a novel writer, so whereas many would probably cringe at the idea of pushing out 80-90 thousand words, that is what it takes for me to get the story out properly. Most of that has to deal with my genre, yes, as romantic suspense does take some patience. But with a novelette, it is particularly challenging to get everything you want out, make the characters realistic, and show it all.
I encountered the same problem with my short story… So which part was your favorite to write?
My favorite part to write was the first scene where Alyssa finally goes upstairs and doesn’t *yet* realize Nate’s the man in the room. That was fun.
Oh, yeah *laughs* I kept wondering when she’d understand! If a movie were made, which actors would you choose for your characters?
Oh good question. I would have to say the models on the cover of the book would be perfect. Mina Carter did a phenomenal job at capturing exactly who I envisioned for these two. I’ve never been so in love with a cover.
I’m in love with it, too! It’s absolutely gorgeous.
So, I guess we all want to know the answer to the last question: Can we expect to read more about Alyssa and Nate in the future (please, pretty please)?
*winks* Maybe ….
D.C. Stone is an e-book author and full-time fraud investigator when she isn’t diving into the world of Fiction.
She lives in the north-east with her incredibly supporting husband, two kids, and the all American black Labrador puppy. She’ll deny any association with the grumpy cat that also resides in the house, but he is there, never-the-less.
After serving eight years of service with the United States Air Force, she went on to transition into the world of Financial Crimes and became a lead investigator for many years.
Reading has always been a passion of hers, getting lost in a good, steamy romance one of her favorite past times. That passion took a back seat as soon as she discovered her own love for writing and recreating her own stories and characters. Her writing concentrates on Romance with specifics in Paranormal, Suspense, and Erotica.
Now, when she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. Trying to keep up with that crazy bunch is a skill many would yearn to have.
She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. Come stop by on Facebook, Twitter or her website and say hello!
Being a cop can be a dirty job … but somebody’s got to do it.
Sergeant Alyssa Bloom, assigned as Patrolman Nate Wilshire’s trainer, knows what it means to stay in control, be alert to her surroundings, and keep a level head. Not so easy to do around the hot, young rookie.
Nate has the best job in the world—police officer with the sexiest partner a guy could ask for. Alyssa might be training him, but he has a few things he’d like to teach her. Unwilling to act on his desires and risk unprofessional conduct, he asks Madame Eve to find him someone to scratch the itch Alyssa can’t.
With the need to let loose hitting the red zone, Alyssa agrees to contact 1Night Stand. When her date is none other than her sexy partner, she has a decision to make—maintain professionalism and leave…or let her heart finally take control.
Nate waited at the floor-to-ceiling window of the hotel room and stared out across downtown San Diego. Tall skyscrapers soared around the city, their tops dusted with popping colors of green, blue, and red. Cars passed by in a blur, and with dusk only minutes past and the weekend kicking off, nightlife began to bloom along with his own anticipation.
He tucked his hands inside the charcoal dress pants and rocked back and forth in the uncomfortable black dress shoes. After spending days in his boots and uniform, the toes of the shoes pinched at his toes, and the soles unforgiving. He did not miss them. At all.
The door behind him clicked and a brush of air alerted him someone entered the room. He stilled, his heartbeat kicking out an erratic tempo in his throat, but he didn’t turn, instead watching a woman cross the threshold in the window’s reflection. She assessed the larger-than-normal hotel suite before her gaze settled on his back.
Perplexed, he tipped his head, recognizing her familiar features. She progressed with a lethal grace only a trained law enforcement officer would know, her steps purposeful, but silent, even in heels higher than he’d ever seen her in.
Standing to the side, she set her purse and a small black bag on a table, giving him her profile. A flash of deep red hair grabbed his attention. He sucked in a breath and pivoted in slow motion, refusing to allow hope to grow any more than it had, yet at the same time, fear sliced through. The one person he needed to get out of his system stood in the same room as he.
The night was about to go to hell.
Facing away from him, she took in the overwhelming luxury of the room. Desire slammed into him, he came to life with a kick against his fly.