R. Scott Mackey on Tour: Courage Resurrected

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Author Interview

1. Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. I’m persistent as hell. I’m not sure where that comes from, maybe my dad, or maybe from playing competitive sports through my youth and into college. Even when I’m most discouraged, within 24 hours I try to get back out there, whether it’s pitching a book for sale or review, or developing the next big idea.

2. Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? I very consciously decided to write in the mystery/suspense genre. I read a lot of mysteries and felt that is where I could do some very good work. It’s a very competitive genre, but I firmly believed that if the work was high quality if would be appreciated by readers. So far that’s held true with all of the Ray Courage books.

3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I’m a plotter. I outline my novels meticulously. And then I deviate from the outline, sometimes quite a bit. But having an outline lets me know that I can get from beginning to end without any stumbling blocks. My current book, Courage Resurrected, is quite complicated. Without an outline I would have driven myself crazy trying to keep everything straight.

4. Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? Yes, but only in the sense of those being common fears most of us have. In Courage Resurrected, Ray must stare down and defeat some scary people. I’ve never been in that situation, but I tried to put myself into Ray’s shoes and have him react emotionally in ways that I might.

5. Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? Sometimes it can feel overwhelming. For me I prioritize everything then work as hard as I can to complete the highest priority items before they are due. As an Indie Author, I have to wear a lot of hats. Writing is only part of what I need to do to be successful. I work closely with a book formatter, cover designer, editor and proofreader. I need to give some love now and again to my website as well as to social media. There’s a lot to pay attention to and I feel that I’m getting better at balancing all of the components.

6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? I’m ashamed to say it but if I was put into many of the scenes Ray Courage was put in in my books it would be a disaster. I have written Ray as a common person. He’s in his fifties, can’t punch out people or withstand much physical violence. He has to escape certain situations using his smarts and his guile. I’m not so sure I could be as successful as he is in doing that. For example, when he is in the park meeting the crazy girl and Mastrov’s men chase him, Ray is able to accomplish what I could never do.

  1. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. I do ninety percent of my writing at my desk in my home office. When I’m not writing there I go to a local coffee bar about a quarter mile from my house. I haven’t recently, but I used to order one of their fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. They’re about six inches in diameter, warm and gooey on the inside, and just about unbeatable with a cup of their French roast.

8. Writing inspirations? Everyday life. I like to observe people and places.  I don’t journal anymore, but I take a lot of mental notes about people I encounter and how something about them might work its way in to a character in my books. Same with settings and locales.

  1. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? This is a tough question because I like so many different authors for so many different reasons. Because I also am interested in non-fiction storytelling, I would like to meet Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit and Unbreakable. I would really like to know how she does her research, how she organizes it, and then uses it to create such seamless stories that read like fiction.

10. I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. I can’t watch a television show or movie without trying to out-think the writer. Most of the time I figure out the story outcome before the writer wants us to. It’s not because I’m smart, it’s because I’m looking at the story through a writer’s eyes, not that of a typical viewer. I used to announce these revelations midway through the story, much to the chagrin of friends and family. I still do the story analysis and try to one up the writer, but I’ve learned to bite my tongue and not spoil things for anyone watching the show or movie with me.

 

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Courage Resurrected

by R. Scott Mackey

Blurb:

Ray Courage’s wife Pam died thirteen years before in a car accident. Or did she? Ray’s world is turned upside down when he receives a series of e-mails from someone claiming to be his dead wife, accusing him of attempting to kill her and vowing revenge. Ray sets out to find the identity of the e-mailer only to discover the circumstances of his wife’s apparent death appear to be all but accidental.

Soon Police Detective Carla Thurber comes to suspect Ray of killing his wife, and of a subsequent murder of Pam’s confidant. Meanwhile, a murderous predator who does not want the facts of Pam’s death to surface aims to stop Ray. In the greatest challenge of his life, Ray must outrun the police and elude those who are out to kill him as he seeks the truth about his wife’s death.

 

Excerpt:

Walter Heffner told police that night that he thought an airliner had crashed on the road in front of his house, the sound so deafening, the eruption of flames so huge that only an object that large moving that fast could explain it. By the time he put on his shoes and coat he saw what was left of a car straddling the center stripe of the two-lane country road, the heat from the fire so great that he could not get within a hundred feet.

 

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Scott Mackey lives in Northern California, where he writes both fiction and non-fiction. His first book, Barbary Baseball, achieved critical acclaim from baseball historians for its quality research and writing. He followed that with two young adult novels. His popular Ray Courage Mystery Series includes Courage Begins, Courage Matters, and Courage Resurrected. The fourth book in the series, Courage Lies Beneath, is scheduled for release later in 2015.

Scott’s career arc has included stints as a corporate communications manager, college professor, copywriter, bartender, and youth sports coach. In addition to obsessing over punctuation and grammar, he cares about his family (including his dog and cat), the San Francisco Giants, and his rather sad golf game.

 

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B.L. Wilde on Tour: Hunger

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Hunger
SERIES – The Seductors Series
AUTHOR – B.L.Wilde
GENRE – Erotica/Romance/Suspense
PUBLICATION DATE – 6th June 2014
LENTH (Pages/# Words) – 60k
PUBLISHER – Author
COVER ARTIST – Jo Matthews

 

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BOOK BLURB / SYNOPSIS

When Jade walked out on Oliver six months ago, she left her heart behind. Little did she know her mission was far from over. Given a new mission—to secure a secret nuclear power core—she’s thrown back into his world and has to earn his trust once more. The only problem is that she’s competing directly with another Seductor that she despises, who has already been on the mission for two months.

Oliver was devastated when he discovered Jade had left him, so he closed himself off to the world, focusing solely on his job.

Everything is thrown into chaos when she resurfaces, working for an old friend of his.

Will Jade be able to win Oliver back while fighting her jealously that another Seductor might steal the mission from her? Consumed with love, controlled by a hunger she has never known, can she protect her heart a second time around if Oliver takes her back?

 

CHARACTER BIOS

Jade Phillips

Love had never been on the cards for Jade, but that all changed when she was assigned Mr Kirkham as her target in Desire .  She fell hard for Oliver and walking away from him was the hardest thing she’d ever done.

Now she is back, competing directing with another Seductor to try and steal a powercore from his company.

Will she be able to protect her heart a second time around if Oliver takes her back?

 

Oliver Kirkham

Trust has always been important to Oliver, and when Jade walked out on him 6 months ago, he lost the one person he thought he’d be able to confide in about anything.

Since her disappearance, he hasn’t stopped searching for Jade and the reason she ran.

When she unexpectedly turns up working for a friend of his, Oliver’s world is turned upside down. Can he forgive her for leaving him?

Following his heart has never been so difficult. For once his heart is overruling his head.

 

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EXCERPT

Alicia was standing outside Sonia’s office, talking on her phone when I arrived.

“No, really, it was me. I was clearly reading the signs wrong. I can’t apologize enough.” Alicia’s eyes gleamed with smugness when she caught sight of me entering Sonia’s office. What was all that about? “We’ll forget it ever happened. I shouldn’t have crossed my professional boundaries. I don’t want this to come between us…” I didn’t bother to listen to the rest of her conversation as my eyes caught Sonia.

“Jade,” she said as she stood up from behind her desk. That was new. Sonia never stood up for anyone. “You can close the door.” I closed it with a puzzled look on my face. “Alicia doesn’t know I’m bringing you in on this mission yet.” It was a mission! Thank God! No, wait…if Sonia was bringing me in, it could only mean one thing! Damn it!

“The mission involves working with Alicia,” I groaned, taking a seat in front of her desk. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad this is a mission, but do I have to work with her? Can’t someone else do it?”

“Jade, I’m afraid you’re our only hope. I’m about to go against everything I’ve ever done while running the Seductors, but I can’t see any other way around it. Alicia has been on this case for almost two months and has gotten nowhere.”

“You want me to take over Alicia’s mission?” I frowned. Since when had Alicia had a problem seducing a man? Everything started to dawn on me then, and I clutched the arms of my chair tightly.

“I need the two of you to work together. This steal…it’s asking a lot. We aren’t even sure if it exists.” Now Sonia was losing me. “If we secure what we’ve been hired to find, our clients are willing to pay over one hundred million dollars. Maybe even more. There is no real price for it.” I was sure my mouth fell to the floor. One hundred million dollars? What the hell was the steal? “Jade, I’m asking a lot of you here, but I’ve hit a wall. If Alicia can’t work her magic, it can only mean one thing.” With bated breath, I was hanging on her every word. “He isn’t over you.”

 

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AUTHOR BIO

B.L. Wilde is a British author obsessed with many things, including heated love stories. Supported fully by her husband, she can often be found at her desk working on her next project.

Her journey into the world of erotica began when she started writing online stories over three years ago, and she hasn’t looked back since.

 

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