Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Author Interview w/Excerpt & Giveaway ($50 GC) - Convergence by Michelle Grey

 
Convergence

by Michelle Grey
 

GENRE: Romantic Suspense 

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BLURB: 

Nothing comes between Tori Whitlock and her tornado chase season -- not a serial killer, not even the hot FBI agent who’s vowed to save her life. But Detective Jack Mathis plays tough. Ending this case isn’t just his job, it’s his mission. And he finally has the advantage. 

He faces Tori’s hostility and objections head-on, interjecting himself into every aspect of her life, and leaving him no time to dwell on his own. 

Through the twists and turns of the madman’s game, Tori is forced to adapt to her unwelcome circumstances. Still, she fights Jack's presence, and her attraction to him, as he tries to open doors better left closed. 

For Tori and Jack, life and death decisions are part of their jobs. But, can they overcome their pasts and realize that there’s a difference between life and living? 

 
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EXCERPT: 

This meeting isn’t about Glenn and his new show.” 

Tori checked Cam and Dwayne to see if they were as confused as she was, but neither one was looking at her. She sat back and cocked her head. “Then what?” 

Alan tugged at his shirt collar. “The emails. Cam gave them to me. And I gave them to the FBI.” 

Her head swiveled to Cam, her voice low and menacing. “You rat bastard. I want my key back. You had no right.” 

Cam’s steady eyes assessed her. “Would you have turned in the emails?” 

Tori rolled her eyes. “Of course not. I –”         

“Exactly. I had no choice but to be the responsible one.” 

“Responsible my –” 

Alan raised his voice, interrupting their spat. “Either way, the FBI thinks the emails are credible enough that they’re sending their lead agent on the case down here to become your best friend for a little while.” 

Fingers dug into the chair’s padded fake leather arms as she shot a pointed look at Cam. “I don’t need another ‘friend.’ I’ve got enough of them already. What’s he going to do, live with me?” 

“Probably. And chase with you, too.” 

Tori’s chair exploded against the conference room wall as she flew out of it and planted her palms on the table. “Oh, hell no.” 

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Talking with author Michelle Grey!


What is your writing environment?

I tend to write in random places – my car, Panera, ballgames. But if I’m very fortunate, I get to spend hours on end in my Paris-themed office at home.


Who is your perfect hero/heroine and why?

 I think the perfect hero or heroine is someone who’s absolutely imperfect. I love characters that I can relate to because I (or someone I care about) has experienced the same kind of pain/loss/insecurity. The best part of reading a story of redemption is truly empathizing with a character and celebrating their success.


What authors have caught your interest lately and why?

My recent reads include Audrey Carlan, Denise Grover Swank, and of course my critique partners, Darlene Deluca and Janice Richards current works in progress. I like to stay current with what’s hot in the industry, and, like most voracious readers, I’m always trying to find new authors that I like. I’m as impatient as everyone else when it comes to waiting for my favorite authors to put out a new book.


What type of book have you always wanted to write?

So far, I’m still completely in love with Romantic Suspense, but I also love historical fiction (and non-fiction), so maybe I’ll try my hand at Regency-era romance some day.


Top 3 things on your bucket list?

My bucket list always tends to involve travel, so I would say extended vacations to Europe, and Australia/New Zealand, and probably a cruise to Alaska.


How did you get the idea for this particular novel?

 I always start with a character in mind. I’d had Tori drawn from a while, but I didn’t know exactly where she was going to fit. Then when Jack came along as Garrett’s best friend in Unspoken Bonds, I knew he was going to be Tori’s hero. He’s everything she needed, but most importantly, he was someone who would let go not matter how many times she tried to keep him from her heart.


What is your favorite scene in your new release?

Probably the coffee shop scene near the end of the book, but I can’t tell you why without giving away the story. J


What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?

 I have two projects going right now. One is a two-book contemporary romantic suspense series set in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. The other is Cam’s story. In Convergence, he’s Tori’s best (and really only) friend. People who have read Convergence have already begun asking when they’ll get to find out his story. The first book in the Colorado series and Cam’s story will be completed this year and release in 2017.
 

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

 I love reading for pleasure. No big surprise there. I also love playing tennis. I’m not very good, but fortunately, neither is my husband, so we’re pretty well-suited. But playing with my four- and two-year-old grandkids has to be my most fun downtime. They’re at great ages, and that old adage is true. Being Granny is way more fun than being mom.
 

What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know? 

Many readers don’t know that I’m an ovarian cancer survivor and I spend time throughout the year educating women on the early symptoms of the disease. Most early symptoms are ignored, which allows the disease to progress. If caught early, the survival rates are quite high. So, I always mention it at every book event I go to. It’s that important.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Michelle Grey is an avid lover of books, and had always thought that someday she would take up her pen and write romantic suspense. In 2009, Michelle was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer, and she realized that “somedays” aren’t guaranteed. This life changing event motivated Michelle to pursue her dream of becoming an author.   

In January of 2013, Michelle released her debut novel, Dangerous Ally.   

In September of 2013, the next book in her Long Shot Series, Unspoken Bonds, was published. 

Now a cancer survivor, Michelle decided to use her platform to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms.  In January 2014 she published, Are You Listening: A Personal Journal of an Ovarian Cancer Survivor. 

Because it is so important to spread the word, one hundred percent of the proceeds from this $.99 ebook go directly to the Vicki Welsh Ovarian Cancer Fund to support their mission of fighting ovarian cancer through awareness, education, research and support.

Michelle lives in the Midwestern US with her husband of twenty-eight years and has four amazing and unique children, a wonderful son-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters.  Michelle believes that any day that involves family, writing, or reading is a great day, indeed.
 

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GIVEAWAY: 

Michelle Grey will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

40 comments:

  1. If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?

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    1. Good morning! Great question. Other than writing, my ideal career with definitely involve helping people solve problems. I'd probably go into some kind of counseling.

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  2. What is the name of your favorite book?

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    1. Oh, my. That's really a tough one because there are so many that I love. Almost anything by Judith McNaught or Julie Garwood (especially the historicals) are probably my favorites. They were my early reads and have stuck with me all this time.

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  3. Have an awesome, fun Wednesday and I appreciate you giving us the chance to win

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    1. Thanks very much - you too! It's super stormy here in the Kansas City area today (but no tornadoes, sorry for Tori) :-)

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  4. I lost my sister to ovarian cancer in 1990 after a 3 year struggle. Saddest day of my life.(jozywails@gmail.com)

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    1. Oh, Misty. I'm so sorry. It's truly such a bastard of a disease. The reason I went ahead and wrote my story about it when I did is because I lost my cousin to it earlier that year. My goal is to make sure women know the early symptoms so they can get in front of treatment and BEAT IT! ((HUGS)) to you.

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  5. Good morning, and thanks very much for hosting!

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    1. Thanks, Rita! Be sure to enter the giveaway!

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  7. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you! And you're welcome - good luck!!

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  8. Sounds very intriguing!

    --Trix

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    1. Thank you! It was a fun one to write :-)

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  9. I really enjoyed the excerpt.

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    1. Glad you liked it! Tori was a troubled heroine, but her redemption was fun to write.

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  10. Happy book release and good luck on the tour! I loved the excerpt! And thank you for the generous giveaway!

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    1. Thanks, Judy! Hope you enjoy the whole story. Best of luck in the giveaway!

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  11. Really great post, sounds like an awesome book! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Glad you think so, Victoria! Hope you like the story!

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  12. I really like the cover! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

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    1. Thank you - Cover Me Darling does great work! Best of luck in the giveaway!

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  13. What is the best joke that you have heard recently? Thanks for the giveaway. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  14. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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  15. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

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  16. Excellent interview! Looking forward to checking out this book!

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  17. Sounds like a great read, thank you for the interesting interview!

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  18. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt! This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read!

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  19. Really enjoyed getting to know the author, via the interview.

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  20. I really enjoyed this learning about this book and am looking forward to reading more. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. I just love the book cover, it’s amazing!

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  22. I hope to read this soon, thank you for the reveal! :)

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  23. I have added this book to my TBR list and look forward to reading this book!

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  24. Happy Memorial Day! Hope you have a fabulous holiday! Can't wait to read this book!

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  25. World Traveling is definitely on my bucket list too!! Thank you for the great excerpt and interview! :)

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  26. Good luck with the book tour, Michelle! <3

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