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Hi Debbie! Aren't those Bullet Catchers books great? I especially loved the last two -- who can forget the shed scene in HUNT HER DOWN, or the first chapter strip scene in MAKE HER PAY? Whew - *fans self*.

 

I was sad to find out those are most likely the last Bullet Catchers books, but I'm confident Rocki's new series will be every bit as exciting as those were. I can hardly wait to meet those hot new heroes!

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Hello Everyone and THANK YOU, Becke, for inviting me to be part of this wonderful month celebrating my absolute favorite subgenre, romantic suspense! I hope this posts! Sorry for the cyber gremlins keeping me from getting on the site in a timely manner.

 

I'm sure after you've read all that background that Becke posted, you know more about me and my work than you ever wanted to!  So if you have any questions left, fire away.  I answer everything!

 

Debbie, it's great to see you again and thanks for your question.  We did have fun on Michelle's book club, didn't we?  My ideas come primarily from real life, not usually a direct correlation (although sometimes it is), but more like a indirect hit from a news item or even casual conversations.  Usually I'll read something and it sparks a "related" idea.  I get several newspapers delivered at home (dinosaur style - I still get my fingers dirty from the New York Times newsprint!) and I tear at least one article a day out and stick it in a file for ideas or character profiles.

 

Yesterday, my sister was telling me the *most* amazing story about a friend being reunited with his birth mother, after a lifetime of thinking she'd past away.  I was crying while she told me and right in the middle of the conversation, my sister said, "You canNOT use this in a book, Rocki!"  Hah! Too late! It's there in my head and I'll never forget it.

 

Other than the world around me, some of the stories evolve from the characters themselves.  This happens a lot when writing a series, when each book is seeded with potential protagonists.  I've developed that character enough that when it comes time to write his or her book, I have to think: what's the worst situation I could put this guy in?  That's when the ideas have to be mined from my imagination and I have no clue where they come from!

 

Thanks for stopping in! xoxo

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Becke, thanks so much for hosting Roxanne today!  I've been a fan of hers since French Twist, and her romantic suspense makes my list of all-time favs.  

Roxanne, I'm sooooo looking foward to the new series.  Are you going to have a book signing I could attend in Florida?  Or elsewhere? 

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Well, it didn't take long to get the old shed scene now, did it?:smileyvery-happy:  That scene gets so much of a response, I have to ask myself why -- because if I could figure out the magic formula, I'd be sure there's one like that in every book I write.  Of course, it's sexy...even though the hero and heroine never touch.  And it's kind of painful (at least, for poor Dan) and it's dark and hot and enclosed and they're undressed and trapped and in the very place where they'd made love dozens of times in the past...okay, that bit of storytelling cannot be repeated.

 

But I think it's more than the situation.  It must be something about the hero's vulnerability and inability to resist the siren call of his imagination.  Anyone else have thoughts on this?  Any shed scene fans out there?

 

xo

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Hi Leigh!  So great to see you here!  I am going to have a few signings soon, although I won't have a new book out until November.  (More on that in a second.)  I'll be signing in Tampa on March 13 - I don't have the address of the store handy, but it will be on my web site soon at www.roxannestclaire.com.  I'm also signing on April 16th at Nora Robert's bookstore, Turn The Page.  (Soooo excited about that  - it's part of the Washington Romance Writers retreat.)  I try to post appearances on my web site when I have them.

 

And speaking of being in Florida, if you need some sunshine, we got it.  Come on down!  xo

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I thought I'd use this space to tell you a little bit about my next book, even though it won't be out until November.  As I mentioned in an earlier thread, the series is called The Guardian Angelinos, about a renegade extended family of crimefighters and investigators in Boston.  The first book, EDGE OF SIGHT, features Zach Angelino - my first truly wounded hero.  He's an former Army Ranger who is forced to protect a woman who has witnessed a murder.  But not just any woman -- the woman he had a brief but scorching liaison with for 19 blissful days before his last deployment.  Their chemistry is sizzling and their conflict is deep, since he got on a plane for Iraq and never contacted Samantha McDowell again. 

 

This is their adventure of course, and it's also the story of how the rogue operation known as the Guardian Angelinos is launched.   I had a blast with the family (some very colorful characters) and with the smokin' hot reunion romance, and of course, with escalating danger around every corner.  I hope readers have fun with this one, too.

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Oh my gosh Roxanne, I'm chomping at the bit. At least I'll have something other than turkey to be looking forward to in November. What a great idea for a new series.

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LeeRhuday wrote:

Becke, thanks so much for hosting Roxanne today!  I've been a fan of hers since French Twist, and her romantic suspense makes my list of all-time favs.  

Roxanne, I'm sooooo looking foward to the new series.  Are you going to have a book signing I could attend in Florida?  Or elsewhere? 

Hi Leigh/Lee - thanks for joining us! Let's give your book a plug, too:
The Officer's Girl 

 

 

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Hi Rocki -- That's such exciting news about the new series - I can't wait to start reading it.  I didn't think you could top the Bullet Catchers, but we'll see. :smileyhappy:

 

- Phyllis

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Roxanne-StClair wrote:

Well, it didn't take long to get the old shed scene now, did it?:smileyvery-happy:  That scene gets so much of a response, I have to ask myself why -- because if I could figure out the magic formula, I'd be sure there's one like that in every book I write.  Of course, it's sexy...even though the hero and heroine never touch.  And it's kind of painful (at least, for poor Dan) and it's dark and hot and enclosed and they're undressed and trapped and in the very place where they'd made love dozens of times in the past...okay, that bit of storytelling cannot be repeated.

 

But I think it's more than the situation.  It must be something about the hero's vulnerability and inability to resist the siren call of his imagination.  Anyone else have thoughts on this?  Any shed scene fans out there?

 

xo

 

I think it's all of those things, plus the fact that you wrote it so well. I really felt the heat, the dark, the intensity of Dan's feelings and how they built. Whew, you need to pass out fans when that scene comes up.

 


 


 


 

 

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Hi Phyllis - thanks for joining Rocki's party today!

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Thanks, Becke - sorry I didn't mean to post the same thing twice. My first time here, and getting the hang of it.

 

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Debbie - LOL on something "other than turkey" in November.  I love that.  Thanks for chomping! :smileyvery-happy:

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Isn't Leigh's cover for THE OFFICER'S GIRL absolutely *dreamy*??? I admit I swooned when she sent it to me.  I'm one of the lucky few who read that manuscript pre-selling and I knew by, oh, page three that it was a winner, destined for publication.  Leigh is a gorgeous, emotional writer and that great cover totally captures the story.

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PhyllisTowzey wrote:

Thanks, Becke - sorry I didn't mean to post the same thing twice. My first time here, and getting the hang of it.

 

Phyllis

No problem, Phyllis. I just went back and deleted the duplicate message.

 

 

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Phyllis - so glad you're here.  I had to get the hang of posting, too, but once I did, it's been easy!  Thanks for stopping by ~ xoxo

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Okay, now I have to post the synopsis - you've made me curious about Leigh's book:

 

I found this on Leigh's website:

 

Stephanie Bryant’s corporate image make-over backfires when her sophisticated hairdo curls in Florida’s humidity and her sculpted nails pop off at the most inconvenient moments.  Despite these minor setbacks and the eerie quiet of her brand new neighborhood, the twenty-six year old is determined to put her best stiletto forward as Space Tech’s newest head of Human Resources.

 

But more than the landscape changes when a hurricane practically blows Florida’s newest resident into the arms of the disillusioned cop standing on her front porch. The hunky embodiment of male perfection is an irritated Brett Lincoln, whose patience has fallen faster than the barometer.  When Brett snarls that Hurricane Arlene threatens more than her manicure and offers to escort her across the causeway – in hand-cuffs –the last thing he wants in his life is another self-centered woman, even if the keys to his own emotional survival dangle from her perfectly sculpted nails. 

 

Winner of the 2007 Golden Rose Contest for Short Contemporary Fiction, The Officer’s Girl will be released in early April, 2010 by Harlequin American Romance.

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I laughed so hard at the fan picture, my dog jumped to see what was up!  Thanks for that image, and the kind words, Becke!

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dhaupt wrote:

Roxanne, thanks so much for visiting us. I'm here at work watching the snow fall and wondering how bad my commute home will be. Ugh, where is spring.

I love the bullet catchers series and all the wonderful characters, the sensually hot love scenes and just the great stories that you tell.

The last time I talked to you was your visit to B&N a few months ago hosted by Michelle Buonfiglio and it was a blast.

 

My question to you today is, where do your stories come from, some authors say they dream them and some get their ideas from day-to-day life. Where do you get your ideas from.

 

Thanks again for talking to us.


 

Debbie - that was really fun, wasn't it? I posted a link in the introduction if anyone wants to check out Roxanne's visit at H2H.

 

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It was fun except that I was participating from home where I only have dial up, how did we live without T1s and DSL before.

But I still had a blast - just a delayed reaction blast.