Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Escape the holiday stress with D.D. Ayres!

Hello everyone!  I don't know about you, but my holiday season has been jam-packed so far, and my to-do list is still growing!  I'm about ready for a break, and what better way to relax than to read a good book?

I'm happy to welcome D.D. Ayres to the blog today.  Her romantic suspense series has it all--handsome heroes, brave heroines, and even dogs!  What more could you ask for?

Take a few minutes and get to know D.D.  You won't be disappointed!



EXPLOSIVE FORCES
St. Martin's Press
ISBN:  978-1-250-08697-6

THE STORY BLURB

Danger is heating up

When Carly Reese s beloved fashion boutique catches fire, she sees her dreams go up in smoke. The good news is that Carly was saved from the flames by a barking dog nearby. She soon discovers the heroic pooch is a trained K-9 who s guarding his unconscious partner a gorgeous firefighter who ends up in Carly s arms.


Noah Glover and his K-9 are a fearless duo, and Noah has clearly met his match with the brave, beautiful Carly. Soon they team up to track down the arsonist behind the blast a psychotic criminal who s intent on framing Noah. Meanwhile, the sparks between Noah and Carly could ignite a five-alarm fire. Should they smother their feelings in the name of justice or fan the flames of passion? Find out in Explosive Forces!

CHECK OUT AN EXCERPT HERE!

MEET D.D.!

A veteran author of romance and women's fiction, D.D. AYRES is new to Romantic Suspense. She believes the lure of romance is always the human connection. Put that connection in physical jeopardy, and we learn a bit more about who we really are.

With her K-9 Rescue series, D.D. hopes you will enjoy her sexy, suspenseful portrayals of K-9 teams at their best. D.D. lives in Texas with her husband.  She lost her soft-coated Wheaten terrier named Zoe last year.  She’s looking forward to giving a new dog a home this summer.




Lara: What’s the first book you remember reading?
DD: Mr. Bear Squash –You-All-Flat, a Golden book, of course.  It was about a crank bear who destroyed  the homes in a small community of forest animals until they decided to ban together and live inside an old tire.  He couldn’t squash the tire.  A Three Little Pigs kind of tale. 

Lara: Where do you read and how often?
DD:  I read for pleasure mostly at night and usually before I go to bed.  In bed.  I know you’re not supposed to do that but it’s good for priming the brain for story ideas while sleeping.

Lara: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
DD:   Any story that can make me forget I’m reading this author and just grabs my attention.  It could be the uniqueness of the opening, the way the writer uses the words, the unusual voice of a character.  I’ve read so much, when I can turn off the editor in my head and just read, I’m in heaven.  Romance, suspense, humor, it doesn’t matter.

Lara: What is your biggest vice?
DD: Outside book buying?  I’m a sucker for hot yeast bread fresh from the oven. [Lara: Yum!]

Lara: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
DD: Cry.  Well, only sometimes.  It’s an emotional moment, every time.  My husband and I usually open a bottle of champagne.  I love those bubbles.  Then I sleep a long time.

Lara: What is your hero’s “kryptonite” – in other words, what will bring him instantly to his knees? 
DD: Usually, a little act of kindness, by the heroine, naturally.  In Explosive Forces, it is my heroine’s playful side.  Hero Noah Glover is a no-nonsense arson investigator with an explosives dog named Harley.  He’s been through a lot, bad marriage, trouble on the job, and now someone’s trying to kill him.  Along comes the heroine, and her special “kisses.” They bring him to his knees.  What are they?  Read the book.

Lara: What drew you to write in the genre(s) you do?
DD: A story that came to me.  I often go with story first.  That has taken me over the years from writing historical romance to westerns, to contemporary, women’s fiction and now as D. D. Ayres, romantic suspense.  Sometimes it’s a while before I get to use the story idea.  But characters usually grab me first, before I know what the book’s all about.  Occasionally, the set-up comes first.


Lara’s GOTTA ASK:  What inspires you daily?
DD’s GOTTA ANSWER:   The idea that what I do for a living is a privilege.  I don’t have to be a writer.  I could be doing something much easier, less crazy-making, and more reliable in terms of a regular paycheck and job security.  Writers, like all other artists, live a gypsy life, accepting rejection, having to reinvent ourselves and stay fresh, dealing with disappointment sometimes that our work is not greeted more enthusiastically.  It’s an uncertain career.  I don’t have to do it.  I do it because I can, and I love it, and it’s given me untold pleasure to entertain readers with my imagination.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND D.D. ONLINE?


WHAT'S NEXT FOR D.D.?

PHYSICAL  FORCES: Book #6 K=9 Rescue Series  May 31, 2017 release.











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6 comments:

  1. Great to have you back again, D.D.

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  5. We get gifts for our pets: dogs, peacock, and snake (the current ones). We have gotten them for our other pets in the past.

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