Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rebecca York Gets Lost in a Dark Moon

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.

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?

To read the first THREE chapters of Dark Moon, "Click to LOOK INSIDE" AT THIS WEBSITE. 

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.
  ALEXA: Where do you read and how often?
  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. Hes my kind of  sexy paranormal hero!
  ALEXA: What is your biggest vice?
  REBECCA: I wish I could eat less and lose 15 pounds.
  ALEXA: Is there a Blooper in your story (it may have been changed before printing)?
  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 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.               
  ALEXA: What's the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
  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?

Rebecca is giving away a copy of SUDDEN ATTRACTION To one lucky commenter!

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  1. How wonderful to have a love of reading instilled by your mother. You reminded me that I fell in love with stories listening to my fourth grade teacher read every day after lunch. Charlotte's Web hooked me.

    Will be looking for your books, Alexa. I love a good alpha male in action!

  2. I am not a big fan of paranormal but I will have to admit that your 43 Light Street books pulled me in. Somewhere I acquired one of them ~ don't remember which one ~ and ended up buying all of that series and loved them. I am sorry to day I have not read any of your other books.
    I think it's great that in spite of being dyslexic you were able to learn to read through your mother's reading to you. So many dyslexic children never learn to read because they don't have anyone to help them.

  3. My mom's reading to me didn't help me LEARN to read. It helped me listen to stories I loved. Somehow over the summer between 4th and 5th grades, my reading skills kicked in.

  4. Hi Ruth / Rebecca,

    I love your books!!! I am not a big paranormal fan, but like Ellen I like your 43 Light St. books.

    I loved Jeff Bridges in Starman.

  5. Hi!

    Love your many books. :)

    I do enjoy my paranormal twist. :) Something fun to escape to...

  6. Thanks! If you like my 43 Light Street Books, I hope you'll try my Decorah Security books. Also, my next Intrigue, HER BABY'S FATHER, is not a Light Street book. But I loved sending the heroine back in time to save the man she loves.

  7. Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

    Rebecca, I must confess I'm very picky with any paranormals I read. I'm not really a fan of vampires, werewolves or anyhing that changes. I have read some. I just prefer other types of paranormal twists.

  8. Hi Rebecca and welcome back to GLIAS. I've always been a big fan of your books. Thanks for stopping by today.

    I think it's amazing that someone with dyslexia can overcome it --especially to become a successful author!


  9. Hi Rebecca -

    I LOVE shifters and can't wait to read your newest.

    I am amazed at the number of authors I am finding out suffer from dyslexia. What a disability to overcome as a writer!

    My husband and daughter both have mild dyslexia. My husband suffered in school as it sounds like you did. Thank goodness there was better education for my daughter and she was able to get the help she needed - she is a slow but avid reader.

    Kudos to you for persevering and sharing your wonderful stories !

  10. There's probably something about dyslexia that helps creativity. Not sure what goes on in my twisted mind, exactly.

  11. Nice interview. I like the paranormal twist to the books.


  12. I also love paranormal twists. The hero of the next Decorah book, Ben Walker, can touch dead people and get their last memories. It's not an ability he likes very much. But it helps him w/ his detective work.

  13. I think a romantic suspense story with a paranormal twist is exciting. The genre is already fast-paced and dangerous and when paranormal is added to the mix almost anything is possible. I'd be anticipating each scene :)


  14. Thanks for the great comments. It was fun being here w/ you all.

  15. Interesting answers, Rebecca. T shirts? Do any have naughty sayings on them? I prefer whichever book I'm reading at the moment. I'm easy to please. Your books always do more than please. The grab and won't let go!

  16. Thanks, Mary! I am sometimes tempted by naughty saying on tee shirts, but I don't really want to come across that way. I did have one from "federal witness protection program" that said, "you don't know me." Most of mine are bought on trips so advertise places I've been. Very pretty one from Miami Seaquarium. A lot of Thailand. Peru, China (w/ dragons) Got great ones on Rhodes. Disney.

  17. bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com, you are the winner of Rebecca's SUDDEN ATTRACTION! Congratulations!