Book Blitz & Giveaway for Danger & Desire + Interview with Author Kaylea Cross

Today’s post features an excellent deal on a new romantic suspense boxed set featuring novels from ten well-known authors from the romance genre. The set was released on Monday and is available for only $.99! Kaylea Cross’s novel Singed is included in this set, so read on for an interview with this best-selling author, and don’t forget to enter the fantastic giveaway that’s part of this week’s book blitz!

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Publication Date: September 15, 2014

Genre: Adult , Romance, Suspense

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Danger and Desire: Ten Steamy Romantic Suspense Novels

Hold on tight for ten tales of intrigue and passion from New York Times Bestselling and award-winning authors. Men in uniform, sexy spies and pulse-pounding action fill over 650,000 words of this limited edition boxed set.

New York Times Bestseller Katie Reus – Sensual Surrender
RITA Award Winning Author Carolyn Crane – Against the Dark
USA Today Bestseller Pamela Clare – Skin Deep
New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love – Deceptive Treasures
Dee J. Adams – Against the Wall
USA Today Bestseller Norah Wilson – Guarding Suzannah
USA Today Bestseller VK Sykes – Lethal Confessions
Amber Lin- Giving It Up
USA Today Bestseller Misty Evans-Deadly Pursuit
New York Times Bestseller Kaylea Cross-Singed

The individual novels cost over $35 in total and have more than 2,000 5-star reviews on Goodreads. This set is only available for one month, so grab your copy now!

Purchase the Danger & Desire Boxed Set on Amazon for only $.99

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Danger and Desire: Ten Full-Length Steamy Romantic Suspense Novels


If you follow this blog, you already know, Kaylea Cross is one of my absolute favorite romantic suspense authors. I’ve featured several of her military RS series in the past, including Singed from her Titanium Security Series which is included in this boxed set. 

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I’m so excited to feature an interview with Kaylea Cross where she tells us about her writing process, her favorite character out of all the series she’s written, and what she does when she’s not churning out a nail-biting sexy romance that’s  sure to sweep you off your feet! 

Author Interview 50 percentDo you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Ugh, yes, and it drives me crazy! I know some writers claim to never suffer from this evil affliction, but I certainly do and I hate every second of it. Usually I just need to back away for a while or maybe rethink the scene I’m working on. Oftentimes it’s because I don’t have a clear enough vision about what I’m writing or what I want to happen in the scene/chapter. I have to be able to visualize it first on my mental movie screen, then I can write it down. That’s just my process.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

I think of a really bare bones plot, and then wonder what sort of characters would be most interesting in that situation. I usually have some vague idea of how the story will at least start or finish, then I come up with the characters and first figure out their goals, motivations and conflicts. I like to have the bones all laid out before I go any further, and I also add physical characteristics, personality quirks, etc.

What is the hardest part about writing for you?

Ugh, the drafting process! Some books are easier for me than others, but there have been a few that I literally fought through, each chapter, one by one. That’s always hard, when a book fights me like that. Lucky for me, I’m stubborn in a quiet way, so eventually I get through it. But sometimes when things are really not going well, I fantasize about stabbing my laptop screen. Ha

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love to quilt, paint, garden, bake and make my house cozy and tidy. Kind of like a Martha Stewart wannabe, but less fancy. Lol

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I’m working on my 25th right now (I know, I can’t believe it! either), and my favorite of all time has to be Absolution, the final book of the Suspense Series. It features Luke Hutchinson, my absolute favorite of all my heroes. I have such a crush on him!

 How do you do research for your books?

It depends, but I read lots of articles online, or watch documentaries or interviews. Youtube can be surprisingly informative, I’ve found. I also am fortunate to have a couple of really solid military and former Spec Ops contacts who I can bounce random questions off of. I’ve been really lucky with them! My Bagram Series is the most heavily researched. I hate flying but I’ve gone up in helicopters to get the feel of flying in one, I’ve interviewed flight instructors, pilots (including a Navy pilot who survived a crash and an Army medevac pilot), flight crews. I learned so much from those guys and I really appreciated their time and input. I just made sure I didn’t tell them I was doing research for a ROMANCE book until much later, and only if they asked. Every single time, they were amazed that I would want that level of detail for a love story. (That’s why I didn’t tell them up front!)

What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

I’ve had a few people comment, when they meet me in person, that I’m nothing like what they expected. My books are pretty hard-hitting and my characters are very strong, fiery people. I’m a total homebody and kind of shy, and I’m a girly girl, love lace and roses and all that good stuff. I rarely curse and I’m very introverted. Kind of the opposite of my kickass heroines and military heroes!

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

Well, twist my arm! That would be Luke Hutchinson, of course, a character in my first series (Suspense Series), and the hero of the fifth and final book, Absolution. I love this guy more than any of my other heroes. For real. There’s just something about the way he’s suffered over the years, living a life of self-imposed isolation, and I LOVED giving him his second shot at a happily-ever-after. That book poured out of me and it’s still my favorite one to date. I don’t think any other book I’ll ever write will ever come close in my heart.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

I do! I’m a bit of an old soul, so I love listening to old jazz like Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and the like. I find it very cozy and soothing to curl up with my laptop with them crooning in the background, especially in the fall and winter while I have the fireplace on. I do also listen to playlists or certain tracks that pertain to the book I’m currently working on. Sometimes I’ll hear a song on the radio that makes me think of a certain character/scene, and I download it into a folder for that particular book.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

When I was six months pregnant with my second son and started hemorrhaging on Christmas Day. That was not fun. But, the nearly three months of bedrest that followed were responsible for launching my writing career, so that was a good thing, and thankfully my son was born healthy at full term. Still, very scary when I saw all that blood. I remember trying to stay very still and calm, so I wouldn’t bleed faster.

What are your favorite TV shows?

I love Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory, but mostly I watch documentaries and things like that. Because I’m a nerd and love to learn, especially if it has to do with history, the military, or the ocean.

Thank you, Ms. Cross, for taking time for these Q&As.  

Post-Interview Comments: 

One of the main reasons Ms. Cross has become a favorite author is because of her great attention to detail and realism describing the fictitious military operations that are the basis for her story plots. She brings the characters and the missions to life for readers, and whenever I read one of her books, it’s always obvious to me how well she’s done her research!  The first book I read by Ms. Cross was Cover of Darkness (Suspense Series # 2) and loved Dec and Bryn’s storyline.

From that point on, I figuratively devoured the rest of the series.  Although all of her series are great reads that I would recommend, the Suspense Series is my favorite.

 

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