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This week's featured guest is author DEE J. ADAMS, who writes romantic suspense for Carina Press

 

Like one of last week's featured authors, she has also segued from an acting career into writing fiction. Read on to find out more about Dee and her books!

 

 

Dee's website is here: http://www.deejadams.com/

 

She's on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dee-J-Adams-author/202188539815974

 

And she's on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/#!/deejadams

 

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Dee's Bio

 

 

So, you want to know a little more about me? I’ll try and stick with the highlights.

 

I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After graduating high school, I moved to Los Angeles and did what most people do in L.A. Tried to make it in show biz. I did okay. Got enough acting work to pay the rent and keep the S.A.G. card. (Screen Actors Guild in case anyone is wondering.) I also worked as a Dialogue Coach in sitcoms. (That's code for acting coach and also means I helped the actors learn their lines.)

 

Writing came as a fluke. After blowing out several ligaments in my foot – from a beautiful backhand gone wrong on the tennis court – and a very intense dream (I apparently couldn’t stop talking about) my husband said, “Just write it down.” Prophetic words! With a lot of time on my hands since I was laid up, I took it to heart. Three weeks and fourteen hours a day later, I had a 450 page handwritten novel on my hands.

 

And so it began.

 

I am lucky to be married to the love of my life and we have one beautiful daughter. She was and continues to be perfect so I saw no reason for others!

 

I like kick-ass heroines and big stories. I like to read them and I like to write them. I like romance, adventure, a little mystery and happy endings. Romance is the perfect genre for me.

 

Some of my favorite authors are Judith McNaught, Suzanne Brockmann and Linda Howard, just to give you the top of the list. If you haven’t read these ladies, you’re missing out.

 

I wish I cooked and gardened and did all those other creative things, but I don’t. I love to read and love to cheer my kid on in soccer or softball or volleyball and any other sport that catches her fancy. I’m a big dog lover, with no offense to cats other than their fur just about kills me.

 

That’s me in a nutshell. Hope you enjoy one of my adventures as much as I enjoyed writing it!

 

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Danger Zone Blog Tour

 

I'll be featured at the B&N Mystery Forum during the week of February 20th. 
 http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Mystery/bd-p/MysteryGen (That's us!)


Novel Thoughts - February 20
http://rrahnovelthoughts.com/

Just Romantic Suspense - February 20-21
http://www.justromanticsuspense.com/

Carina Press - February 22
http://carinapress.com/blog/

Suzanne Brockmann - February 22
Website
http://www.suzannebrockmann.com/index.html


FaceBook
http://www.facebook.com/SuzanneBrockmannBooks?ref=ts

Joan Swan - February 23
http://joanswan.com/blog/

Angela Campbell - February 24 
http://angiecampbell.blogspot.com/

The Book Vixen - February 24 
http://www.thebookvixen.com/

Nocturne Reads - February 27
http://www.nocturnereads.com/

Writer's Inc./Tuesday Tidbits - February 28
http://shannoncurtis.wordpress.com/

Spring Into Romance - March 5
http://maggiemarr.blogspot.com/

Under The Covers - March 7
http://underthecoversbookblog.blogspot.com/?zx=bb18f2f42faf5fd4

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Dangerous Race  

 

Dangerous Race

 

 

Overview


Four years ago, race car driver Tracey Bradshaw almost died in a horrific crash. Now scarred inside and out, she's making a comeback, but her team is plagued by a series of "accidents".

 

When the team leader dies under mysterious circumstances, former driver Mac Reynolds takes charge. The pair clash as Trace resents his high-handed attempts to control her, while Mac fears Trace's recklessness will get her killed. Neither can throttle back the desire that spins out of control whenever they touch. Trace lets herself be seduced when Mac convinces her he finds her beautiful despite her scars, and she begins to hope for more. But Mac knows he's not nearly good enough for Trace.…

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Danger Zone  

 

This item will be available on February 20, 2012.

 

Danger Zone

 

Overview

 

In her ten-year career as a stuntwoman, Ellie Morgan has experienced her share of thrills. None compares to the rush of being behind the wheel of a race car for her latest movie shoot. Certain she was born to race, Ellie's ready to shift gears—but a secret from her past holds her back.

 

Quinn Reynolds is tired of being in the driver's seat of his family's company, Formula Racing Design. He's ready to sell—if he can get his co-owner and brother, Mac, to agree. Quinn's not sure what he wants to do with his future, but almost as soon as he meets Ellie, he knows he wants her to be part of it.

 

Though Ellie tries to resist her attraction to the charming businessman, she's quickly in danger of losing her heart. But after narrowly escaping "accidents" both on and off the set, it becomes clear that getting involved with Quinn could be downright deadly...

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Way to go, Ellie. She’d sure as hell walked right into that one. Quinn had baited her perfectly and she had no way out. Of course, she could slam the door in his face. But that seemed exceptionally rude. It wasn’t as though he could really win this contest. And he didn’t have that many places to touch. “Fine. Three touches. Only on skin you can see. Go.”

 

He laughed and the relaxed playboy in him seemed to take over. “It’s three and a half touches,” he clarified.

 

“What’s with the half?”

 

“Sometimes the half isn’t necessary.”

 

So he’d done this before. Which meant she was just another in a long line of women. But hadn’t she expected that? Still, it sort of...made her mad. And also made resisting him easier.

 

“Then why bother with it?”

 

 “It’s my prerogative.” He studied her for a second and his eyes narrowed. “What’s wrong? A little nervous?”

 

She leveled him with her best bored stare. “No.” But she was. Only the skin showing. If she kept telling herself that, she’d be fine. All of the important parts were covered so he couldn’t do that much damage.

 

Victory already lurked in his eyes. Man, this guy was cocky. And so damn cute.

 

Crap. Why did he have to be so damn good- looking? She wanted a guy for the long haul. All the handsome ones wanted was a quick screw on the spread.

 

“Put your arm out,” he ordered quietly. “Bend it at the elbow. Like this.” He showed her what he meant. Then with his left hand, he gently supported her right arm while keeping it bent in front of her with his thumb just above the bend in her elbow, the other fingers behind her arm.

 

“Now what?”

 

“Now...I touch you.” His words were so soft, so confident, that a wave of uncertainty swelled over her. His light gray eyes burned into hers. A stupid flutter of anticipation washed through her. She pushed it back with iron will.

 

Never taking his gaze from hers, Quinn moved his right thumb down, so slowly, so tenderly, to the hollow of her elbow. It wouldn’t have been that bad except that he stayed in the same place and circled maddeningly slow. Around and around the rough pad of his thumb circled the sensitive area. Goose bumps rose on her flesh, the hair stood up on her arms and nape.

 

The tiniest of grins curved his lips, but he didn’t stop eye contact...as if he knew without seeing what effect he had on her. His thumb continued down her arm. Slowly, inch by inch.

 

All the way to her wrist where he circled again.

 

Ellie swallowed. And blinked. Damn it. Steeling herself against the sensations hitting her body, she clenched her jaw and worked to even out her breathing.

 

Almost done. He didn’t have anywhere else to go. One down, two and a—

 

Quinn’s thumb traveled to the middle of her palm and Ellie nearly jumped out of her skin. Her thumb grazed the inside of his hand and the urge to touch him shot through her like a cannon.

 

Thankfully, he pulled away. “That was one,” he breathed.

 

Mayday! Red Alert! She was in serious trouble.

 

“Next is number two.” His devastating right hand moved toward her chin, but he stopped and reconsidered. His fingers grazed her hairline and moved through her hair, against her scalp.

 

Again, so slowly.

 

His pupils dilated, his breathing grew heavier. The man was definitely affected. If the bet had been the other way around, she would’ve won.

 

But...maybe not. Because the tingles running up and down her spine and radiating through her limbs all met at the same spot between her legs. Not a good sign. She desperately fought the urge to lean into his palm, feel more of his heat against her head. It was getting tougher to control her heartbeat and her breath came uneven.

 

“That was number two.” His low voice sent her heart pounding harder.

 

“One more,” she said. Only the words barely came out.

 

“One and a half,” he corrected. “This is the half.” With one hand still against her scalp, he lifted her chin a fraction. Using the pad of his thumb, he traced her bottom lip. From the middle to the end. Not a long way, but enough to send her through the roof. Enough to want to suck his thumb into her mouth and taste him.

 

Make him beg.

 

All this time, they kept eye contact. He never once looked down at the path his thumb had taken. But now, his intense gaze focused on her mouth before moving back to her eyes. He bent closer, his fingers still under her chin, his lips closing the gap with hers. “There’s just one more,” he whispered and moved even closer, his mouth just a fraction from hers, his breath warm over her lips.

 

Ellie could barely keep her eyes open. Desire left her lids heavy, her breath lodged somewhere in her throat. Somehow, someway, a fraction of her brain still worked. “I thought you only got to touch me with the pads of your fingers,” she murmured.

 

“I lied.”
His lips brushed hers and Ellie’s whole system went into meltdown. She should’ve been mad, but she really wanted to laugh. Really wanted to forget everything she’d ever thought about the man and jump him here and now in her trailer.

 

This was nothing like she expected. Not a blatant sexual assault, but the most tender and gentle kiss she’d ever experienced. So simple. Sweet. Absolutely innocent in the taking.

 

Those lethal lips continued to caress hers. Smoothing across just as maddeningly slow as his thumb had done.

 

At some point, she’d grabbed his wrists. Not to push him away, but to keep him steady. Keep him connected to her. Not that he seemed to be going anywhere. And still he kissed her. Just lips. Softly. A nibble, a caress. Brushing so sweetly against her mouth she didn’t want it to end.

 

Ellie had no idea how long they stayed that way and Quinn pulled back a fraction, his lips still dangerously close to hers.

 

“I win,” he whispered. And kissed her again.

 

 

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Please welcome DEE J. ADAMS!!

 

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Hi Becke!

 

Thanks for having me here! I'm looking forward to chatting with everyone and answering questions. I guess I can start with a question of my own... What did you guys think of that excerpt? It's one of my favorites in the book. I love those first kiss scenes.

 

Okay... bring it on! Let's have some fun!

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Dee_J wrote:

Hi Becke!

 

Thanks for having me here! I'm looking forward to chatting with everyone and answering questions. I guess I can start with a question of my own... What did you guys think of that excerpt? It's one of my favorites in the book. I love those first kiss scenes.

 

Okay... bring it on! Let's have some fun!


Speaking for myself, I loved the excerpt! As our regular participants know, I'm fond of mystery AND romance, so I'm a big fan of romantic suspense. (Since it's borderline here, Melanie - B&N's Romantic Reads moderator - is kind enough to let me feature romantic suspense, especially when it leans toward suspense/thriller.)

 

I'm looking forward to reading the rest!

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Thanks, Becke!

Glad you enjoyed it! Romantic suspense has been my favorite genre to read so it seemed natural to write it. I was a big dreamer growing up, so now I just write down my scenarios and stretch them out a little bit to fill the pages. (If you can call 100K + "a little bit." LOL.)

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Welcome Dee: Enjoyed reading your blog. Your books look very interesting! I see they are available as e-books. Will they also be available in print form? Hope you enjoy your visit @ Barnes and Noble Mystery Board!
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Dee_J wrote:

Thanks, Becke!

Glad you enjoyed it! Romantic suspense has been my favorite genre to read so it seemed natural to write it. I was a big dreamer growing up, so now I just write down my scenarios and stretch them out a little bit to fill the pages. (If you can call 100K + "a little bit." LOL.)


Hi Dee - I think I saw that your third book will be released later this year. Can you tell us a little about that one, too? 

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The third book in the series is called Dangerously Close. I think anyone who reads Danger Zone will want to know what happens to Ashley and DC answers that question. After everything that poor girl went through in Danger Zone I felt she needed her own happily ever after! And the villian in that book... holy cow...scared me just to write it. <G>

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Hi Eadie,

 

Thanks! I'm so excited to be here. It's going to be a ton of fun!

At the moment, the Adrenaline Highs series is strictly digital. If the series does well enough, there is certainly the chance that it may go to print. That will be up to Carina Press. Fingers crossed! I've received messages from a lot of people already lobbying for a print edition, but it's out of my hands.

So glad you stopped by. It's nice to "meet" you!

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The third book in the series is called Dangerously Close. I think anyone who reads Danger Zone will want to know what happens to Ashley and DC answers that question. After everything that poor girl went through in Danger Zone I felt she needed her own happily ever after! And the villian in that book... holy cow...scared me just to write it. <G>


I like trilogies, and I think a lot of others do, too. You get to know the characters and their world, and by the end of the series you know you're going to miss them!

 

What's up next for you?

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Dee - I'm not sure I mentioned that I ask a lot of questions here because a lot more people will be reading this thread than commenting on it. Since this is a forum rather than a book club, a lot of readers follow these visits to learn about the authors and their books. It helps them make book buying decisions, so it's a win/win!

 

Also, after you click "Reply" (the green icon on the lower right seems to work best) and the new comment box opens, you will see the word "Quote" (white writing in a black box) upper right. Click that to add the comment you are responding to.

 

Hope this helps!

 

 

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Oh, my gosh, I'd forgotten about that fabulous picture I got to be a part of.  Meeting Suz Brockmann was a dream and it happened at a Barnes & Noble.  Such fun memories.

 

OK - I love the excerpt - always did.

 

Wishing you all the best with this wonderful book.  I've read it folks, it is fantastic!  And you're right Becke - trilogies are always enjoyable - and since I've had the privilege to have read #3 (I'm a critique partner of Dee's) I already know how much everyone will love it too.

 

Danger Zone has been getting fab reviews - deservedly.

 

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