CB Samet will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?
My writing is more of a theme than a genre. I love the quote, “She needed a hero, so she became one.” I feel my novels have this theme in them whether I’m writing thriller, romantic suspense, or fantasy.
Specific to my newest release, Gray Horizon, I attribute my thriller interest to two of my favorite authors growing up–Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum. Both writers created action-packed stories filled with suspense. They also had strong female secondary characters. In The Bourne Identity, Marie St. Jacques helps Jason Bourne when no one else will. Jack Ryan’s wife in the Tom Clancy books is physician. While reading those novels, I often wondered what it would be like if the women were the main characters. Thus was born the Dr. Whyte adventure series. Lillian Whyte is a sassy emergency room physician who, in a series of life-threatening events, is cool under pressure and fights to save the day.
- Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?
As a middle child, I was definitely the introverted observer. We traveled a great deal when I was younger—all over the US as well as Holland and Saudi Arabia—and each new move meant new places and new people. I never had the ease of blending in as my older sister or the support my younger sister had. I often escaped into daydreams. Over the years, the daydreams sprouted into stories and the stories into novels.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
I can write anywhere tranquil—beach, waterfall, quiet bar, my home office, my porch. One of my most productive writing area is on an airplane since there are zero distractions with no internet access … at least none I’m willing to pay extra for.
- How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?
No darlings were harmed in the making of this novel.
5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?
I would be delighted to meet Janet Evanovich. She creates intriguing stories with great characters and a good mix of suspense and humor. I’d love to learn about her writing process.
6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.
Most people know that I have two sons and an adorable Jack Russel terrier (she’s 13 years old now so she’s reached the adorable stage). Most people know I’m a full-time physician, part-time writer. Most people know I like jogging, tennis, and hiking. Most people know I loved to horseback ride when I was younger. Very few people know I like dancing in the privacy of my home with the music cranked up and when no one’s watching. Life is short and precious. Savor every moment.
7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a back pack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?
The three items in my backpack on a deserted island would be: survival kit, satellite phone (solar powered), and Skipper from Penguins of Madagascar (he knows how to get out of every stick situation and he would fit in a backpack).
- If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be?
My super power would psychokinesis—the action of mind on matter. I could move objects, heal organs, and, yes, bend a spoon or two.
9. Favorite snack?
Favorite snack: Chai latte (it’s 300 calories, so yes, it is a snack)
10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?
Fortunately, the Indy 500 is a circular track, so no directions are required. While it’s easy to speed in a circle, I prefer to drive off road, and since I don’t always know where I’m going, I usually drive the speed limit. I’m an endless rule-follower including the rule of following your dreams. I have one, five, and ten year life plans, but those are always subject to change. Five years ago, I hadn’t known I’d now be on my tenth novel with more on the way. I’m looking forward to what future adventure awaits.
by CB Samet
Sworn enemies. A stolen nuclear weapon. And the clock’s ticking.
When Dr. Lillian Whyte learns a nuclear weapon is on the loose in Europe, she collides with a ruthless mercenary from her past. Isolated from her husband, a former CIA operative, Lillian tries to covertly help track the weapon. As she he joins the race to stop the bomb, she is drawn into a deadly game of chase. Despite her efforts, those intent on global catastrophe remain one step ahead of her.
As Lillian faces the fears of her past and deadliness of the present, can she secure the future of the world.
“Dr. Whyte,” a guttural voice greeted her.
Her blood turned frigid and her stomach lurched as her heart thudded against her ribcage. As long as she lived, she would never forget that deep German accent—the voice of one of her captors nine years ago in Kenya.
The one that got away.
She was fairly certain Ivan Kleist would have only one reason for tracking her down: revenge.
Springing from the bench seat, she lashed a leg out into his gut. She saw a brief look of surprise on his pale face before she took off in a sprint.
Why now? Nine years he had waited.
The calculating killer had waited until she was out of the United States and away from Sean to corner her. She dashed in the direction of her hotel. Would she be safe in the lobby? In her room?
She slung her purse over her shoulder. Her phone was in the outer pocket, but she would have to slow down to make a call. Not happening. She would not slow until she reached the hotel.
Could she beat him to the hotel? His legs were longer, but she was ten years younger. But he probably hadn’t already logged twenty-six thousand steps for the day, as she had.
From her peripheral vision, Lillian saw an enormous object barreling toward her like a freight train. She barely had time to brace herself before Ivan plowed into her. She felt like she had been tackled by a linebacker. His large arms encircled her as she sailed to the ground. They rolled through the grass, her body encased by his.
He was so large he could probably crush the life out of her with his arms. She gasped for air. He wasn’t crushing her, but his grip was immobilizing.
Grunting, he hauled her to her feet. “Settle down, hase. Little white rabbit.”
Lillian, still dazed and sucking wind after her sprint, hardly put up a fight as he dragged her into an alley. Looking around frantically, her eyes couldn’t focus long enough to see anyone within shouting distance. She clawed at his large hand blocking her mouth from screaming.
Christina is a practicing physician, mother of two boys and a terrier, and wife to a caring and supportive husband.
“I grew up reading Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, and the Bourne books. I write seeking to create that level of action and intrigue but with female heroines. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one.’ My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.”
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