Friday, November 20, 2015

Lethal Game by Julie Rowe Interview

About The Book

TitleLethal Game
Book 2: Biological Response Team Series
Author: Julie Rowe
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: October 12, 2015
Pages: 270
ISBN: 978-1459290198
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook, PDF

Book Description:

Book Two of Biological Response Team Series
As the nation’s youngest virologist and hematologist, Captain Sophia Perry has always been one step ahead of her peers. But there’s one thing she can’t beat—cancer. She wants to make a difference in the time she has left, so when she’s sent to investigate a breakout at a Syrian refugee camp, she goes, saying nothing of her diagnosis. But saving the masses isn’t easy when the man tasked to protect her is so irresistible.

Communications Sergeant Connor Button is back on active duty after a deadly explosion, but he doesn’t feel whole again until he meets Sophia. Assigned to keep her safe, he’s prepared to die for her, but for the first time in months he truly wants to live—if only she wasn’t so determined to put them both in danger.

With a secret to keep and nothing to lose, Sophia is determined to find the source of the breakout at any cost. Violent attacks on the camp convince her that someone wants her to pay dearly. But as Sophia’s health deteriorates, Connor must find a way to help her defeat her enemies before her body defeats her.

Book Excerpt:

Security is mostly a superstition ~ Helen Keller

Chapter One

It had taken him three airplanes and over twenty-six hours to travel more than seven thousand miles, and now he was going to have to kill someone.
Ten feet from his room in the Navy hotel at the American Naval base in Bahrain.
All Special Forces Communications Sergeant Connor Button wanted was to find a bed and crash for a few hours.
What he did not need was witnessing some idiot striking out with a hot blonde and not taking it well.
She’d just removed his hand from her waist.
The man put it on her shoulder and tried to bring her closer. “Aw, come on, sweetheart.”
She slid away, her voice clear across the short distance. “No.”
Okay, dude, time to retreat. Only, the guy didn’t. He grabbed her by the back of the neck, hard enough to make her gasp in pain, and leaned down, his mouth aimed for hers.
She slapped the moron, but he didn’t get that hint either, just grabbed her hand and twisted it behind her back.

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About The Author

Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!”.

In addition to writing contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Carina Press, Julie has short stories in Fool’s Gold, the Mammoth Book of ER Romance, Timeless Keepsakes and Timeless Escapes anthologies. Her book SAVING THE RIFLEMAN (book #1 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. AIDING THE ENEMY (book #3 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2014 Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today’s Parent, and Canadian Living.

Interview :

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
It wasn’t a case of waking up one day with the dream/goal of being a writer. Writing was something that I did since I was a teenager. The decision was to submit my first short story for consideration. That happened when my first baby was about 8 months old. I sent the story to Marion Zimmer Bradley in the hopes of making it into one of the Sword & Sorceress anthologies. I received a wonderful, handwritten rejection letter that encouraged me to keep submitting.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the book’s length. Two to three months for the initial draft of an 80,000 word novel like Lethal Game, but there also needs to be time set aside for revision and editing.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I like writing late at night, but if I’m closing in on a deadline, I’ll write any time I have a chance. I teach at my local college part-time, so more gets done on days/nights when I’m not teaching. I try to write at least 5 new pages a day.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to write with a well-watched TV show on for background noise. My favorites are MASH, CSI and Bones.

How do books get published?
If you submit your book to a traditional publisher like Harlequin, you write the book first, then go to their website and upload your manuscript with their submission software. Then you wait 4 to 6 months for one of three responses. An acceptance letter/phone call, a rejection letter or a revise and resubmit letter. The revise and resubmit letter is one that isn’t an acceptance, but does show enough interest in your story to suggest some revisions. Once you do those, you’re invited to resubmit it to the editor who requested it.
Once it’s accepted, you’ll sign a publishing contract and be assigned an editor. Your editor will send you content edits to complete on your book. These are big changes to the story, like a whole new chapter at the beginning, removal of a character or a change to a major part of the plot. Once you have those done, you send them to your editor and wait for line edits. Line edits are literally a line by line critique of the story. Your editor will point out repetitious words and phrases, awkward phrasing and more. Once you finish that and send it back, you’ll get one more edit from the copy editor. The copy editor is a new person who has never seen your manuscript before. They will go through the manuscript looking for spelling mistakes, grammar problems and dropped words.
Now you wait until your book is available for purchase!

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
The problem isn’t finding information or ideas, it’s keeping track of them all. Ideas, characters and plot possibilities fall out of my head constantly. One thing I love to do is people watch, especially in airports and malls. You can tell who is in love, who’s angry and who they’re angry with all by watching body language. I like to try and guess what they’re talking or angry about.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was 30 when I wrote my first book on a dare. A friend had challenged me to it, and it took me a year and a half to finish that first one. Thank goodness I’ve learned to write faster.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I’m a crafty person. I like to make my own swag, so I’ve always got a project going. It could be making 50 handmade thank you cards of a specific design, bookmarks, post-it note flip books or candy books. I also love to cross stitch and knit. My craft room looks like a tornado went through it—a tornado of paper and yarn.

What does your family think of your writing?
They’re very understanding of my strange need to laugh maniacally when I’m doing something especially mean to a character. My kids think it’s kind of cool (at least that’s what they tell me) and my husband likes to travel with me to conferences (he sightsees, I conference).

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Writing has helped me understand how important it is to me to support our EMS, military and veterans.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Written or published? I’ve published 11 novels and had many more short stories published as well. I’ve got another dozen or so books written that will probably never see the light of day (yes, they’re that bad!).

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Write. Write every day. Take writing workshops and courses from writers you admire and keep writing.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do hear from readers and it makes my day every time I get a note from one. Usually it’s a question about when my next book is coming out or if I’m going to kill off their favorite secondary character.

Do you like to create books for adults?
Sure! I’m adult, chronologically anyway. J

What do you think makes a good story?
A good story = great characters + gut-twisting conflict

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a doctor. My first career was as a med lab tech though, which turned out to be a fabulous job. Then I got married and took on motherhood as my career.  Now that my kids are grown and mostly on their own, I’m enjoying spending more time writing and creating swag.
What would you like my readers to know?
Whatever your dream is, work for it, reach for it, do it. Life is too short to wait for some day.
Cheers, Julie Rowe
Twitter: JulieRoweAuthor
Deadly Strain, book #1 in the Biological Response Team series, available now from Carina Press!

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Virtual Book Tour

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting the tour. - Kathleen Anderson, PUYB Tour Coord.