May 11, 2014

Author Interview: Brenda Whiteside The Art of Love and Murder @brendawhitesid2 #RLFblog #suspense

The Art of Love and Murder
Title The Art of Love and Murder
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Brenda Whiteside
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive parents and her husband. A husband who wasn't what he seemed. Her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her father and threaten her life.
Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible. As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.
Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past...until Chance's connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that frees them?

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Interview with Brenda Whiteside

Why did you write this book?
I'd never written a series and I wanted to. After brainstorming for a couple of weeks, I came up with an idea for three related stories. That has since morphed into five stories.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Suspense of any subgenre. Romantic suspense in particular.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I have to give you a male and female –give equal time to heroes and heroines!
Claire Beauchamp Randall of the Outlander series is my favorite female. Although this is a time travel series and pushes the envelope on believability, Claire makes me a believer. She's real. My favorite male is Lucas Davenport from the Prey series. I'm reading through the series right now so that could be the reason. But he's one of those flawed characters that ropes me in.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I watch very little TV, but I do have my never miss favorites – Castle, Bones and The Mentalist. I actually love, love, love going to the movies. But I've gotten very stingy with my leisure time and am careful to not waste time on "maybe goods."
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
The Art of Love and Murder, which released only a week ago, is the first in my Love and Murder series. Book two, Southwest of Love and Murder is on my editor's desk right now. I'm six chapters into book three, The Legacy of Love and Murder. Books four and five, which are promised to my publisher, are still in the planning stage.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Lacy Dahl, prompted by her daughter, sets out to research some art left by her birth parents who died in an airplane crash when she was an infant. She goes to Flagstaff, Arizona armed with the sketches and visits a step-aunt, an art gallery and a museum. Those visits lead to a collector of the artist's work and an old friend of her birth mother. Everyone appears to be holding back some truth. And from her first night in town when she is followed down a dark alley, danger lurks, but she doesn't know why. When a Paul Bunyan of a man who happens to be the sheriff, comes to her aid, the mystery gets even murkier. His ties to a murder and the art may or may not hinder their relationship. Lacy finds herself discovering secrets and lies that threaten her life.

Blurb

Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive parents and her husband. A husband who wasn't what he seemed. Her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her father and threaten her life.
Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible. As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.
Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past...until Chance's connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that frees them?

Excerpt

Momentarily struck dumb by his eye color, she stared back. Why hadn't she noticed until now? Although not as light as hers or her father's, the professor's eyes were a startling green shade.
His hand nudged her arm. "Lacy?"
She jumped. "Oh, yes." She slipped the tissue from the half-carved wolf. Another glance at his eyes and goose bumps riddled her arms.
He lifted the wood close to his face, using both hands as if handling a delicate hummingbird. His thumb traced the neck of the creature to the juncture of where it emerged from the wood. When he brought the piece to his nose, closing his eyes and breathing deeply, Lacy wanted to turn away from the oddly erotic gesture.
He swallowed, opened his eyes and set the wolf back on the tissue. His attention shifted to the photograph of the chest. He touched the photo, a smile on his lips. "Where is the chest?"
The chest. Like he knew it, had seen it before. "I'm having it sent. You've seen it before?"
He didn't move, stared out the window as if deep in thought. "I'd like to show you something, Lacy."
"All right." She waited, watching his profile.
He turned and stared into her face a moment. "You're so very lovely. A creation full of life and passion, surpassing any art form."
His hypnotic voice floated on the classical strains drifting from the living room. She couldn't speak. Didn't know what to say. She'd been lifted upon a pedestal of admiration. With any other man, she might consider his words a means to a sexual end. The professor's intentions, however, were crystal. He admired her like a work of art.

Author Bio

Brenda spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and love. The rest of her time is spent tending vegetables on the small family farm she shares with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Together, they've embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States - multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.
Although she didn't start out to write romance, she's found all good stories involve complicated human relationships. She's also found no matter a person's age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or serious, straight contemporary or mystery, all her books revolve around those two facts.
Visit Brenda at www.brendawhiteside.com.
She blogs on the 9th and 24th of every month at http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com
She blogs about writing and prairie life at http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/

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9 comments:

  1. Nice interview and excerpt, Brenda.

    I see you listed Castle as one of your favorite shows, I LOVE Castle.

    Good luck with your series.

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    1. Thanks, Val. I can't imagine not LOVING Castle. LOL

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    2. Oh me too on Castle. :) Nathan Fillion makes the entire show.

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  2. I enjoyed your interview and excerpt, Brenda. Another Castle fan, here!

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    1. Thanks, Ashantay. We Castle ladies are a big club.

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  3. Thanks for having me today, Kayelle!

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  4. Great interview. Can't wait to read the book, Brenda. (and I'm a Castle and Mentalist fan too!)

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. Looks like we need to have a Castle party!

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