by Rachel Woods
GENRE: Romance Suspense
Trying to rectify the mistake that unleashed his dark past, Sione runs to the rescue of a beautiful woman staying at his resort, saving her from a brutal attack … The sly beauty who doesn’t want a hero is no damsel in distress, considering the suspicious circumstances she seems involved in. He should stay away from the beautiful liar, but something about her makes him want to forget his doubts and do anything—even if it means relying on his violent instincts—for a chance to be with her.
Spencer froze, still bent at the waist, staring at the floor, trying to ignore the prickly heat rising up her neck and the sound of Sione’s voice, which gave her a warm shiver.
Standing, struggling to cover herself with the sarong, Spencer took a step back as Sione walked into the dressing room, filling it with his size and strength, crowding her, and a sudden attack of claustrophobia battled with a warm sensation starting deep below her navel and snaking southward toward the center of her thighs.
“Where is the sales lady?”
“I think she’s helping another customer,” he said.
“Another customer,” Spencer mumbled, still trying to cover herself with the swatch of pink fabric. “That figures.”
“You need a different size or something?”
“I don’t know how to tie this thing.” Spencer shook her head. “I’ve tried and tried.”
“Let me help you,” Sione said.
“No, no,” She said. “You don’t have to do that, just … I think you should leave.”
Smiling, Sione grabbed the sarong from her.
A strange sound erupted from her, something between a squeal and a shriek, as she stood there in her lace bra and matching panties.
“It’s actually very easy.” He moved behind her.
Flabbergasted by his blatant audacity, she shook her head.
Sione maneuvered Spencer’s arms and then wrapped the sarong around her. Shell-shocked, she stood stiff as a board as he worked with the sarong, twisting the ends, bringing them up and behind her neck, and tying them together.
“Okay, there you go.” He turned her toward the mirror.
“Hmm,” Spencer mumbled, turning to the side, admiring his handiwork, vaguely wondering how he did it and how he knew how to do it.
“You really know how to put one of these things on.”
“I know how to take one off, too.”
Talking with author Rachel Woods!!
What is your writing environment?
My writing environment is bright and minimalistic. I need lots of natural light and a clean desk, devoid of any clutter. Sometimes, I have to clean before I write. It’s weird, but messiness is very distracting for me.
Who is your perfect hero/heroine and why?
The Scarlet Pimpernel because he’s a perfect depiction of a mysterious, romantic, anti-hero.
What authors have caught your interest lately and why?
Right now, I’m really into non-fiction and autobiographies. I just finished reading Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” which was gut-wrenching, but excellent and slightly terrifying. I’ve also recently read the autobiographies of Ricky Martin and Holly Madison, which give a taste of how varied my reading interests are!
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I really love to write mysteries, but because of my penchant for trying to plot extremely complex storylines to outsmart even the savviest reader, they end up being too long and unwieldy for publishing. So, I found a nice balance writing romantic suspense, which I also enjoy and having to balance the romance with the suspense elements helps me to reign in the plot monster that lives in me.
Top 3 things on your bucket list?
The top three things on my bucket list are to 1) ride every roller coaster in America because roller coasters are my world 2) travel to Antarctica, just to see for myself what it’s like, particularly because I’m a diehard “summer baby”, and 3) learn to fly a plane—and I mean a Boeing 787 Dreamliner!!
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
The concept of a woman who drugs men to steal from them is based on real-life stories of women who have done just that. The idea was sparked by an article I read about a young, beautiful woman in Washington, D.C. who met a man in a bar and took him to her hotel for a nightcap, which she drugged. When the man woke up the next morning, his $50,000 Rolex watch was gone. I was intrigued by the life that woman may have led, what caused her to do those crimes and what would happen if she made a mistake when trying to commit the crime. This was the catalyst for the creation of Spencer Edwards and the telling of her story in Flawless Danger.
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
My favorite section of Flawless Danger involves a fatalistic decision made by the novel’s hero, Sione. The choice he makes is diametrically opposed to his values and beliefs. It causes psychological trauma for him, forcing him to question if he really has conquered the demons of his past. It is a pivotal moment in the story and it resulted in a plot twist that I believe readers will find very exciting and unexpected and shocking.
What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
Currently, now that Flawless Danger has been released, I’ll be promoting the book and continuing to work on two books, both of which will kick off two new series. One of the books, which is still untitled and will be released in early 2017, features two characters from Flawless Danger: Sione’s cousin, David Jones and Spencer’s sister, Shady. As her name implies, Shady is not exactly the good girl she seems to be. The other novel is called, tentatively, Deception Island and will be released in summer of 2017. I’m really excited about it because it has a more mysterious tone, and I really love mysteries. In Deception Island, a woman finds herself the target of a malicious plot as she engages in various naughty escapades.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love soap operas! It’s not uncommon to catch me screaming at the television as I watch Days of Our Lives and Young and the Restless when I’m not writing and sometimes when I am writing.
What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I am a thrill seeker and one of my favorite pastimes is to visit amusement parks and ride the scariest of the rollercoaster rides. In the future, I’d like to ride every roller coaster in America.
As a pre-teen, a young Rachel quickly tired of the Sweet Valley High Series and moved on to work by Sidney Sheldon, Jackie Collins and Dominick Dunne, which was just the spark necessary to fuel her love of writing. Her first stories were written on a Brother typewriter during long summer days in Texas, where she always had an extra typewriter ribbon and correction tape handy.
Rachel later studied journalism and graduated from the University of Houston where she published articles in the Daily Cougar. She is a freelance writer and blogger with a penchant for melodrama and a frequent traveler to beach locales. Many of her stories take place on the islands, which she has visited around the world.
Rachel writes complex, multicultural stories centered on strong women in jeopardy, fighting for love and their own lives. When not writing, this read-a-holic can be found listening to audiobooks, reading the Book of Jeremiah, or scouring soap opera blogs. Rachel resides in Houston with her three sock monkeys.
Rachel Woods will be awarding a autographed print copy of Flawless Danger to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.