Please help me welcome Rebecca York to our blog today!
USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of more than 145 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue, including her long-running 43 Light Street series, set in Baltimore. She has also authored or co-authored 15 cookbooks. And she is currently bringing out a new paranormal romantic suspense series, Decorah Security, from Light Street Press. Her next romantic suspense series is for Sourcebooks. She is the winner of a PRISM Award, two RT BOOK REVIEWS Career Achievement Awards, 5 NJRW Golden Leaf Awards, and the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award (she is one of only thirteen recipients). Two of her books were RITA finalists.
THE STORY BLURB
DARK MOON is the latest book in Rebecca York’s Moon series and also the first novel in a new series, Decorah Security. Agents Emma Richards and werewolf Cole Marshall take on a dangerous undercover assignment, to rescue a young woman from slavery on a cruise ship converted into a dark and dangerous pleasure Palace. When they masquerade as lovers, the sexual attraction between Emma and Cole reaches flash point. But what will happen when Emma discovers her lover is a shape shifter?
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ALEXA: Thanks for joining us today, Rebecca. What's the first book you remember reading?
REBECCA: I'm dyslexic, so I had a hard time learning to read. Since I love stories, my mom saved me by reading to me a lot. One of my favorites was the Freddy the Pig series, about a bunch of farm animals who lived on the Bean Home Farm and could talk. Freddy was a detective who solved a lot of crimes. I also fondly remember the early Dr. Seuss books like Bartholomew and the Oobleck and The King's Stilts.
ALEXA: What's your favorite fairy tale?
REBECCA: I'm a sucker for Beauty and the Beast. A lot of my heroes are beastly. Werewolves and heavy-duty alpha males who have to be tamed by the heroine. Then they're completely devoted to her.
ALEXA: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
REBECCA: I like Fairy Tales, but not as much as Action Adventure.
REBECCA: I wish I had more time to read. My chief reading is thrillers. But sometimes I just want a good romance. I've always got a book in the car CD player. If I'm reading the old-fashioned way, or on my Kindle, I'm usually in bed--or at a doctor's office.
ALEXA: What was the first story you remember writing?
REBECCA: I read a lot of science fiction when I was a kid. In 8th grade, I wanted to write a novel about aliens wiping out most the people on earth and the remaining humans having to cope with their new life. I didn't get very far with it.
ALEXA: What's your favorite movie of all time?
REBECCA: My favorite movie of all time is STARMAN. He’s my kind of sexy paranormal hero!
ALEXA: What is your biggest vice?
REBECCA: I wish I could eat less and lose 15 pounds.
REBECCA: In one of my Moon books for Berkley, I wanted to mention "The DC-area sniper." The copy editor couldn't read my handwriting and translated it into “The Dr. Cierra sniper.” Thank goodness I caught it in time!
ALEXA: Be honest, when reading...do you put yourself in the heroine's role?
REBECCA: All my heroines are me--if I were nicer, prettier and slimmer.
ALEXA: What's something you'd like to tell your fans?
REBECCA: It makes me feel wonderful when someone tells me she liked my book. There's nothing like it! I feel like it's an honor to write stories that people actually read and enjoy.
REBECCA: I start worrying about what the editor will think of it.
ALEXA: What do you do to unwind and relax?
REBECCA: I cook, do craft projects, read, pet the cats, watch the fish in my pond, watch some of the great series on TV like Boardwalk Empire, Rome, Mad Men, Homeland. I also try to make sure that I walk at least 30 minutes a day. I often get great story ideas while walking. Exercise helps keep me in shape and also elevates my mood.
ALEXA: Exercise. Yes, I have to rememer that! Which of your characters would you most want to invite to dinner, and why?
REBECCA: Oh, you are making me ache with longing. I would so much love to meet some of my werewolves. Cole Marshall, in DARK MOON, is my latest.
ALEXA: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
REBECCA: Reviews rarely influence my writing. Good reviews make me feel good. Bad reviews make my insides knot up.
ALEXA: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
REBECCA: I told you I was dyslexic. I got to show the teachers who thought I was a dummy in school that I really wasn't a loser, although probably most of them never found out about me. I've gotten to be a successful author, with more than 145 books. It amazes me when I think about that. But if you sit and write most of the day, you pile up a lot of words.
ALEXA: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
REBECCA: No, no. Tea AND coffee. I have a big mug of coffee with half and half and Splenda in the morning (preferably at room temperature.) If I can get one, I have a Starbucks sugar-free Frappuccino. And I either drink tea or lemon water most of the day.
ALEXA: What color would you make the sky if it wasn't going to be blue anymore and why?
REBECCA: Good grief! I am a traditionalist. The sky is SUPPOSED TO BE blue. If it were some other color, that would mean there was something seriously wrong w/ the earth. We were in China a couple of years ago, and the sky was always smogged up. Depressing. When we got to Hong Kong, we could see the mainland China cloud hanging in the distance.
ALEXA: If you were a t-shirt, what color would you be and why?REBECCA: I am the Imelda Marcos of t-shirts. I probably have 200 of them. My favorite ones are usually black. I want them to feel soft against my, skin, and you can't tell if they will be until you've washed them.
ALEXA: Thanks for joining us today, Rebecca. I've enjoyed getting to know you better. Before we go, do you have a question you'd like to ask your fans?
REBECCA: Do you prefer romantic suspense with a paranormal twist or not?
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