Hi folks. It is my pleasure to welcome Stacy-Deanne to my blog for a chat as she celebrates her latest book release, The Wild Life.
Stacey, tell us about The Wild Life
When Albany Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris learns that Cuban crime lord Milan Varela wants her estranged father dead, she heads off to Miami to find out why. With Homicide Detective Jayce Matthews and her ex-lover Detective Steven Kemp she devises a plot to get close to the Varela organization.
Brianna finds herself attracted to the older Milan and falls deep into his web of seduction while fighting to keep her mind on her mission. Milan is equally drawn to Brianna and vows to win her trust and her heart.
Is Milan really the villain when it comes to Brianna’s father? Or is he the victim?
Is Brianna’s father really in danger or is there more to the story than anyone could ever imagine?
Brianna risks her life to save her father’s but will she end up losing her own?
Ooh, sounds interesting and I love your cover.
What readers would enjoy The Wild Life and why?
People who have read and enjoyed the previous two releases in the series will definitely not wanna miss this one! So far feedback from advanced reviews is that The Wild Life is the best in the series. Anyone who enjoys interracial romance mixed in with top-notch suspense will not be disappointed. People who find mobster romances sexy will definitely want to check out the book as well.
Looks like you catered for a variety of palates. Do you feel readers will relate to your heroine? Why or why not?
Yes. I’ve gotten great feedback from readers who love Bree. The thing about Bree is that I make sure to show a vulnerable side of her because too often, police women are shown as hollow or hard. Bree is a strong woman, but just because she is a cop does not mean she is invincible or that she always has the right answers. It also doesn’t mean that she’s never afraid. I do my best to show different sides of every character because this mirrors how people are in real life.
Why did you begin the series?
The series began in 2011 with “Giving up the Ghost”. The second book, “The Season of Sin” came out in 2012. Bree and Steven originally appeared in my ’08 release “Melody”. I fell in love with the characters and there was so much I wanted to do with them. Bree and Steven spoke to me immediately and I fell so in love with them so much that I wanted to give them a series.
There are many interracial relationships going on in The Wild Life. Was this planned or just a coincidence?
Because I do write interracial romantic subplots, I always try to have an interracial romance, but no I didn’t plan for all the interracial romances that are in this book. LOL! There are about three different pairings in this book such as black/Latino, white/black, and white/Latino. It just turned out that way. But that’s what I love about myself. I don’t focus on color, but chemistry between the characters. Some writers try to put their characters with who they think they should love but I don’t. I let the characters tell ME who they are attracted to and I go from there. The man can be purple and the woman green. If they have chemistry, that’s all that matters.
Was it hard constructing a well-rounded bad guy who has a heart like Milan?
No because I’ve always been one that could see different sides in people. I always try to make sure my characters are not one-dimensional yet believable. No one is all bad or all good. Milan is a mafia kingpin, but he is also a passionate lover, endearing mentor, and caring father. He separates his business dealings (no matter how vile) from the ones he loves. This is how many real-life mobsters are. People see them as the big bad villains only, but behind the corruption are people who have families and loved ones they care about. It was important to show Milan’s good points for Bree to struggle with her feelings for him. She wants to hate him because he is supposed to be this evil person, but ends up caring for him.
The mafia is an interesting twist. What made you come up with it?
The truth? The mafia is sexy! Mobsters are the perfect anti-heroes. Women love bad guys. I think we all like a little bad in our men when it comes to our fantasies. Nothing could be sexier than a man with money and power who gets it through corrupt means and makes no apologies for it. Of course, most women wouldn’t go near a mobster in real life, but this is a story. LOL! In fiction we are allowed to have dangerous fun.
Where can readers find you online?
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Do you, as a reader, feel it’s important to relate to the main characters of a novel? What makes you take to a character and why?
- Five people who provide the most interesting answer to this question will each win an e-book copy of The Wild Life.
- Giveaway ends at 8 pm Central Time. E-book copies will be emailed to participants by Stacy-Deanne. Commenters must leave email address with comment to be eligible.