Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway with Jami Alden + Dee Davis

We are on a romantic suspense book kick and it's only fitting that we host Dee Davis and Jami Alden featuring their latest releases. It gets our adrenaline pumping and our fingers turning the pages faster and faster wanting to know what the heck happens next. 


Meet Jami:
Like so many romance readers, my first romance novel was by Kathleen Woodiwiss - The Flame and the Flower, to be exact. I was thirteen. I spent the next month working my way through her entire back list. Shortly thereafter I discovered Judith McNaught, Johanna Lindsey, Karen Robards, Catherine Coulter, Shirlee Busbee among others, and devoured their lavish historical epics full of overbearing alpha males and the women who brought them to their knees. I was hooked. My high school teachers marveled at my ability to read romance novels under the desk and still score straight A's. I started to imagine myself, living in a cabin in the mountains somewhere, writing romance novels.

During my stint as the world's surliest receptionist, I took my first stab at writing. The result was a very melodramatic western historical which reads like a bad Elizabeth Lowell rip off. Its currently languishing on my hard drive, forever stuck on page 330.

Then in fall 2001 I had an incredible stroke of luck and got laid off from my marketing job. I decided it was time to stop saying I wanted to be a writer and to actually give it a serious go. Fortunately my husband, a socially well adjusted alpha male, is a very generous patron of the arts.

Four years later, I sold my first book and I'm pretty much living the dream of getting paid to write romance. I don't live in a cabin in the mountains, but I do live in a rural-ish town near San Francisco (hey, we have deer and bunnies in our yard, along with the occasional coyote) with my husband, sons, and DOG who patiently listenS to my dialogue and helpS me work out plot points. When I'm not writing sexy romance, I enjoy running, reading, yoga and watching Food Network and bad reality TV.

Connect with Jami: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter

Meet Dee:
Dee Davis has a BA in Political Science and History, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. During a ten-year career in public relations, she spent three years on the public speaking circuit, edited two newsletters, wrote three award winning public service announcements, did television and radio commercials, starred in the Seven Year Itch, taught college classes, lobbied both the Texas State Legislature and the US Congress, and served as the director of two associations.

Her highly acclaimed first novel, Everything In Its Time, was published in July 2000. Since then, among others, she’s won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards. To date, she has sold twenty-one books and four novellas, including the A-Tac Series and Set-Up in SoHo.

She’s lived in Austria and traveled in Europe extensively. And although she now lives in Manhattan she still calls Texas home.

Connect with Dee: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook

Q&A with Dee:
Jamie & Kati: Who is Dee Davis? (author, teacher, Texan, world traveler, international woman of mystery...)
Dee Davis:
Oh wouldn’t it be nice if the last were actually true. But I am an author (I still pinch myself daily), a teacher (class in continuing ed for NYU, romance writing, of course), definitely a Texan (yee-haw—and bring on the Tex-Mex), and I’ve been lucky enough to do some traveling. But mostly, I’m a romantic who lives way to much in her head, eats way to many Eggo waffles and forgets important things like housekeeping and where she set her teacup down.

J&K: Tell us a little bit about DEADLY DANCE [no copying blurb :)]
Man, you’re tough! (I’m deleting it now…) Deadly Dance is a long time coming. Ages ago I wrote a series called Last Chance. And in it was a computer forensics specialist named Harrison Blake. He was originally slated to have the third book in that series. But wound up being cut for another hero—Nigel Ferris. Still Harrison lived in my heart, and his fans kept writing me. And so here he is, a member now of A-Tac, finally getting a story of his own. And of course true love. Harrison has spent his life chasing after the serial killer who murdered his sister. Finally, after years of trying to put the past behind him, he has made a new home for himself, and is falling for A-Tac’s intel expert, Hannah Marshall. But when the Cyber Killer reappears all bets are off, the past threatening to consume his future. And when the killer takes Hannah, Harrison is faced with chasing a madman through cyberspace to save the woman he loves.

J&K: If Hollywood came knocking on your door and wanted to make the A-Tac series into movies, who would you cast in the leading roles?
People always ask me that. And because to me they’re all real people I have trouble seeing them as anyone but who they are. That said, if Clive Owen, Alex O’Loughlin, or Henry Ian Cusick were available…

With each step she takes, he tracks her every move, waiting for the perfect time. The perfect revenge. Until then, he’ll watch her…

More than anything, Talia Vega wanted to leave behind her harrowing past. Moving 800 miles away, she succeeded . . . until the one man who knows her darkest secrets wanders into the restaurant where she works. Now the agonizing memories come crashing back—along with an undeniable desire for Jack Brooks, the ex-Green Beret who rescued her from a sadistic monster two years ago.

Jack Brooks knows that showing up unannounced is a purely selfish move. Talia doesn’t need his protection anymore, but he can’t get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. And when a twisted madman is hell-bent on resurrecting her tortuous past, Jack vows to do anything to keep her safe--even risk his own life to save the only woman he’s ever loved.
Buy It Here: Amazon(pb) | Kindle | B&N(pb) | Nook | Book Depository
Book Extras: Jamie's Review
Other Books in Series:

As the intelligence specialist for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Hannah Marshall is used to working behind the scenes. But when a brutal murder hits too close to home, Hannah finds herself in the middle of the action, falling in love while racing to outwit a sadistic mastermind.


After the death of her A-Tac partner, Hannah doubts everything she thought she knew about love and loyalty. When handsome Harrison Blake joins the team, she’s reluctant to trust him—or to act on her intense attraction to him. Then Hannah receives a podcast of a gruesome murder, and the only person who can help her find the killer is Harrison.

Harrison has spent years trying to hunt down the cunning monster who killed his sister. Now investigating with Hannah, he faces a shocking possibility—his sister’s murderer has resurfaced. As the danger escalates, Hannah and Harrison grow closer, and the desire simmering between them ignites. After Hannah disappears, Harrison has only one chance to save the woman he loves.

Pre-Order: Amazon(pb) | Kindle | B&N(pb) | Nook | Book Depository
Book Extras: Read an Excerpt | Kati's Review
Other Books in Series(click on covers for excerpts):

Now that you're done ogling the cover art, it's time for the giveaway details. Forever is giving away three(3) sets of RUN FROM FEAR and DEADLY DANCE to three(3) lucky US readers. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a meaningful comment about romantic suspense. Have your ever read any? Do you have a favorite series or book? If not, would you ever try reading it?
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A huge thank you to Forever for providing the review and giveaway copies and to Jami and Dee for sharing their latest releases with us.

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