Like the cover?

If you're as intrigued by the cover as I am then check out the blog entry below for an interview with Silhouette Intimate Moments author Susan Vaughan!

Credit where it is due...

I firmly believe in promoting great stories when I read them. This time the credit goes to Susan Vaughan for her latest release DEADLY MEMORIES, a Silhouette Intimate Moments August release. And because I love to know just what motivates authors to create their stories I asked Susan if she would be kind enough to give us a few answers.

Thank you for coming along for the ride, Susan. You newest book, DEADLY MEMORIES is set in Italy. Ahh the romance of Venice, the wonderful food, the beautiful architecture crowding the canals filled with gondoliers… or are they the guy's guiding the boats with the funny hats and striped shirts? Anyway, what is it about the location that urged you to set your book there?

Hi, Teagan. Thanks for interviewing me about my book.
Venice, huh? You're probably expecting me to say that I'd met my own hero there and wanted to remember it in a book. Or that it was the romance of the ancient city, the canals, the history, the architecture, right? The truth is not at all romantic, only a plotting demand.

When I came to the end of BREAKING ALL THE RULES (SIM 2/06), I wanted to send the character of Jack off to Europe and picked Italy. Then when I started DEADLY MEMORIES, I chose Venice because the courier with the uranium could arrive there easily by ferry from farther east. I will say that I got into all the romance of Venice as I researched and wrote. Now I want to know Venice first-hand, not just via guides and other people's travels. Bellissimo!

I see that the men of ATSA, the Anti-Terrorism Security Agency, are at it again. This time your hero Jack Thorne is hottie who's a bit jaded at the beginning, but the "hottie" title is well earned when he meets Sophie Rinaldi. There is some definite heat between them! Did the hero and heroine come to you first, or the story and then the characters?

You're really nailing me on this book, aren't you?
I started with the character of Jack. When I created him as a secondary character in BREAKING ALL THE RULES, I knew he had an emotional, personal agenda and a deep inner conflict. The plot grew both from where I'd been going with the entire ATSA series and from Jack's vendetta against Vadim. Then I created a heroine who was Jack's opposite and who would challenge him as well as tempt him. Sophie is one of my favorite heroines.

>>Ahh the romance of Venice, the wonderful food, the beautiful architecture, the canals filled with gondoliers… or are they the guy's guiding the boats with the funny hats and striped shirts?

Ooh, back to question one for a moment. The gondoliers are the men who guide the gondolas. And by law, all gondolas are black. Probably more than you wanted to know.

Any plans to see more of the men of ATSA? And are there any more holidays, ah, err, research trips that you would like to take?

DEADLY MEMORIES was the last book in the ATSA series. At least for now. Another idea was nagging at me as I was finishing that book, so I'm moving on. Ah, yes, there was a research trip to the Yucatan so I could tour Mayan ruins and learn about the modern Mayan people. The beach time and the margaritas weren't bad either. I have more about the Mayan adventure on my website for anyone interested.

The new project involves a Mayan artifact with a curse. The idea of proving or disproving ancient legends fascinates me, so that may become a series. Who knows?

You can find out more about DEADLY MEMORIES and Susan Vaughan at!

Guess What?!

I am participating in a blogging experiment hosted at To enter the contest, put up this blurb, image, and trackback and you are entered to win the following prize package.
$200 Amazon gift certificate
Signed copy of Slave to Sensation
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ARC of Christine Feehan's October 31 release: Conspiracy Game You can read about the experiment here and you can download the code that you need to participate here.

Nalini Singh Berkley / September 2006

Welcome to a future where emotion is a crime and powers of the mind clash brutally against those of the heart.
Sascha Duncan is one of the Psy, a psychic race that has cut off its emotions in an effort to prevent murderous insanity. Those who feel are punished by having their brains wiped clean, their personalities and memories destroyed.
Lucas Hunter is a Changeling, a shapeshifter who craves sensation, lives for touch. When their separate worlds collide in the serial murders of Changeling women, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities…or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.

And just because I thought you might like to see my inspiration...

This would be Gabrielle Byrne, and the picture that was my inspiration for the latest set of books. He looks dangerous and yet intriguing. Handsome and yet, a bit rough around the edges. And that voice, hmmm.... There is just something about an Irishman...

Age and Inspiration...

First, Happy Birthday to me!

Okay, so I have been hard at work writing on two manuscripts at the same time. I don't have a name for this series, but I have been keeping in the back of my mind. Of course, they all have the prerequisite Irishmen in them. Some women prefer a man in a kilt, I prefer one with a brogue. Not that there isn't something to be said for a nice pair of knees :)

I am also working on two books at the same time, something I've never done before and I find quite challenging. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, especially someone who is a newbie, but the process does work in this case since the books are tied together. And, of course, both of them have an Irishman in them.

RWA was last week and though I didn't attend it does always have me thinking about the past conferences that I've attended. It's rather ironic that I went to so many of them before I sold and now that I have I haven't participated. Also, I have the propensity for attending conferences that are far away and forgoing the ones that are closest such as Florida and Atlanta. I've been to New Orleans and Dallas twice. I'm headed to Dallas again next year when THE THREE TRUTHS OF KATIE TALMADGE is due out from Wings. This was the first book that I sold and it will be coming out on a book on disk format and in trade paperback. This book was written in a mad rush of inspiration. The proposal was written in less then 20 minutes as a thunderstorm was approaching my house. I wrote frantically to get the words onto the computer before I had to shut it down. I also wrote the manuscript in about 2-2 1/2 months. It was a fast one. But the idea of writing a paranormal Cinderella type story appealed to me. It was originally written with the Soulmates Line for Harlequin in line, but was lost in the melee of editors offices until the line had already announced it demise. Still, it was a story worthy of a home and I found one for it with Wings.

Okay, got to shuffle off to work! Hope you all have a great day!

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