We have C.B. Clark as our guest today to talk about SECRET BETRAYAL on its release day. Isn't the cover beautiful!
Thank you so much for having me on Between the Covers today, Sandra.
Head college librarian, Marissa Reynolds has spent years distancing herself from her crime king pin uncle and his criminal empire. When she awakens in an unfamiliar hotel room with blood on her hands and no memory of how she got there, the past returns with a vengeance, and her life spirals into a nightmare.
Straight-laced, Assistant district Attorney, Scott Bannister has spent a lifetime seeking justice for the senseless gangland shooting deaths of his parents. When he realizes Marissa is the niece of his prime suspect, he crosses a line guaranteed to put in jeopardy both his life and his beloved career.
He’s made it clear he’ll do anything to destroy her uncle. She fears he’s using her to achieve his goal. As the body count mounts, and their lives are threatened, they must put aside their distrust and work together to find the devious killer. Will they be able to forgive and find true love?
She pushed to her hands and knees. The pounding in her brain mushroomed into a full-blown, jackhammer assault. With a moan, she sank onto her bottom and grabbed her head in a fruitless effort to keep her brain from exploding. Despite the pain, she needed to get up. Something was wrong. Something was very wrong.
Faint wisps of light seeped through the edges of the window curtains. The distant sound of traffic echoed through the glass. A lamp imbued the room with a soft, rosy glow, revealing a king-size bed. The cover on the bed was a glossy, garish pink, the pillows covered in the same lurid color, the edges trimmed with frilly, black lace.
She rubbed the back of her neck and closed her eyes, but when she opened them again she was still in the unfamiliar room. A battered desk faced the bed, a large, flat screen television on top. The flickering images of a naked, full-breasted woman being entertained by two equally naked men played across the screen.
A wingback chair, covered in black leatherette sat in the far corner where a door was ajar revealing the cracked linoleum floor of a bathroom and the edge of a chipped porcelain sink. A framed diagram of a fire escape route was posted on the back of the other door. A hotel room? She dug her fingers into her temples. Why couldn’t she remember?
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We all like to learn a little more about the authors we enjoy reading. Here are a few questions our visitors would like to know about you.
1- What is a typical weekday like for you? Where does your writing time fit in?
I always start the day by writing. My brain is freshest first thing in the morning. I usually write until I can’t stand my dog’s whining and her soulful eyes begging me to take her for a walk. After our walk on the trails behind my house, I write until lunch and then work on social media in the afternoon.
2- Who are the other people in your house and how are they affected by your writing life? (actual names are optional)
My kids are grown with children of their own, and it’s just my husband and our old pooch in our house. My husband is very supportive of my writing and never begrudges the hours I spend in front of my laptop. Of course, that gives him more time to golf or play hockey.
3- What questions do you hear most about your writing or books from family and friends? (maybe three examples)
How much money do you make?
Are the love scenes based on your own life?
Am I in your books?
4- What is the first thing you focus on when starting a new story?
I always start with the first sentence. Once I have that, I flesh out the characters, and the rest of the story seems to flow.
5- How long does it usually take you to complete the first draft?
I can usually get the first draft written in three or four months, but the hard work of revising and editing takes many more months.
6- What is the most unusual thing you’ve ever done for research?
I research online and I also talk to people who have experienced challenges similar to those my characters face. I spent several hours touring a busy sawmill and even tried operating some of the heavy equipment for researching Bitter Legacy.
7- What about yourself would your readers be most surprised by?
I love to camp—the more remote the spot, the better. When I’m out in the forest, I can go a week or more without a shower. I know…yuck, but it keeps the bugs away.
Secret Betrayal is award-winning author C.B. Clark’s fifth romantic suspense published by The Wild Rose Press. She has worked as an archaeologist and an educator and enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.
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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/C.-B.-Clark/e/B01BK61TQG/
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