I am so excited to have V.R. Marks on the blog today. I read and feel in love with his debut novel in Oct. and it just so happens that its free this week. Get your copy here The Thief – Amazon. V.R. is giving away a prize to one person who leaves a comment that includes a Midnight Rooster coffee mug and a kindle edition of The Witness which is the 2nd in the RC Investigations series.
Publicity manager for a pharmaceutical firm, Allie Williams has discovered her boss has not only approved a dangerous new drug, he’s framed her for laundering the kickbacks he received to push the drug to market. On the run with incriminating evidence, she heads for the safety of her hometown where she can hide in plain sight among the close knit community where everyone knows her and she’ll definitely be innocent until proven guilty.
Since his separation from the Army, Ross Carpenter has made a name for himself and his private security firm, often recovering things and resolving situations people prefer to keep off the police record. When a new client brings him a photo of his high school sweetheart, accusing Allie of serious crimes, Ross must get involved. Even if it means returning to the hometown he left behind and the woman who stole his heart.
The sole witness to murder, Nicole Livingston has been living a shadow of the life she once dreamed of. When her apartment building goes up in flames, she sees a chance to escape her protected identity and reclaim life on her terms. But her plan goes awry when a handsome stranger intervenes, offering assistance she didn’t know she needed.
A former soldier, Rick Dreyer is a surveillance expert able to recognize trouble in any guise and his simple assignment turns inside out when his target is suddenly attacked. With threats closing in and no one to trust, Rick vows to save her. But will he lose his heart in the process?
I’m so excited to have you here today. Tell us a bit about yourself
Thanks for inviting me to SnS Reviews, Cindy. It’s a pleasure to be here. People are often surprised when they learn I’m writing romantic suspense novels. But being a man in what most people consider a woman’s world feels like an honor rather than a reason to send me out for a psych evaluation.
Maybe it’s because of the terrific support I enjoy from my family as well as friends in publishing, but once I realized my ‘voice’ fit this genre, I’ve had a great time with my characters and their adventures.
To me, it’s less about author gender and more about how comfortable the author is with the kind of story they want to tell.
From my perspective, as a Hitchcock fan, an avid reader, and a sucker for a happy ending, it’s no surprise that romantic suspense fits my storytelling style.
The Thief was your first book – tell us a little about it.
While The Thief isn’t my first foray into writing, if not for talented author Debra Webb, I might not have taken the leap when I did.
The characters of Allie and Ross were vivid to me from the start, but the plot took on a life of its own after a dinner with friends who were discussing a geographic profiling class. The discussion created the foundation for Ross’ company, RC Investigations, which serves in part as bridge between law enforcement agencies.
Setting the story in a small town gave me the chance to delve into that universal question of what happens when you go home again. Allie and Ross have differing ideas of the value of the small town they grew up in – she loved it and he couldn’t wait to get somewhere else. Those differences and their reactions to events helped me add depth to the emotional consequences of their adventure.
The Witness was written in the same time frame as The Thief – how was it keeping all the facts straight?
The hardest part of melding the plot lines between The Thief and The Witness was that one email Rick sends Ross about the fire at Nicole’s apartment. For some reason that detail posed a real challenge for me to coordinate exactly when Rick sent it and with what device.
Those continuity details are just one reason I’m grateful for my beta readers and editors.
Do you have anymore books planned for this series after Eve’s? Or will you be starting a new series – what will it be?
The Hostage is Eva’s story and it will be available in December. She’s such a fun character to write. My intention is to continue with characters introduced in The Thief, The Witness, and The Hostage. Bart, a friend of the RCI team, is another popular character with readers (and me) and I’ve been tossing around ideas as to what sort of adventure would connect him with his soul mate.
Thank you so much for joining us today.
V.R. Marks will be checking in through out the day to answer any questions you may have. Please make sure to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact the winner of .the Midnight Rooster coffee mug and a kindle edition of The Witness