Thursday, August 7, 2014

**Giveaway** Sandra Brown interview + review Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Official NYT bestselling authorSandra Brown, Mean Streak Blog Tour sponsored by Author's Pal.
Enjoy my interview with one of my all time favorite author's Sandra Brown and my review courtesy of LibraryJournal.
Then stick around to enter the Tour Wide Giveaway details below.

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Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.
While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.
Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.
As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer.

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Sandra, I Loved Mean Streak and like all of your novels you kept me on the edge of my seat until the last second.
Many of your novels are set in your beloved Texas.
What made you base this one elsewhere?
The weather needed to be an insurmountable obstacle in this particular story. I spend time in the area of North Carolina where I placed my fictitious town. I know how hostile the terrain can be and how harsh the weather. It made for the perfect setting.

Sandra many of your characters in Mean Streak are complicated and complex, none more so than your hero who until late in the novel remains nameless.
Did he give you a lot of trouble while you were creating and defining him or was he a pretty behaved character?
LOL. The most memorable characters are typically the unruly ones, and this particular hero was certainly that! I enjoyed his secrecy because it intrigued me, as I hope it will the reader. He revealed his personality to me gradually, and the more I learned about him, the more I wanted to know. The real challenge lay in the actual writing. I had to rely strictly on pronouns or references to him made my other characters. I learned just how hard it is to write a lead character without a name!

Sandra, like most of your contemporary suspense thrillers this one left me with cold sweats during the reading not knowing what to expect next.
How do writing these nail-biting, edge of your seat thrillers affect you as the creator?
Or does it?
Again, I’m smiling, because I actually DO nail-bite (figuratively speaking) and am often on the edge of my seat. When I’m writing a suspenseful scene, my palms get damp, my heart rate kicks up. If it’s a love scene, I get turned on. If the villain is being particularly villainous, my skin crawls. Since I’m the first to read the material, my reactions are a fair gauge to what those of future readers will be. If I’m not responding with head, heart, and body, I need to do some serious rewriting!

Sandra your novel, Rainwater which was and still remains a favorite of mine was a 180 from your usual contemporary romantic suspense.
Will you be traveling back in time anytime soon?
I loved that book and was personally invested in it. Those two characters came to me and insisted that I write their story down. I enjoyed switching gears, slowing down the pace, writing in a historical context. I would love to have a similar experience. But that’s just it – the story would have to be one as goof, as powerful, one I would become as personally involved with. The experience with RAINWATER might be hard to duplicate. But would I welcome it? Absolutely. With open arms.

Sandra you’ve been writing since 1981.
What’s the biggest change in you as a writer from then until now?
Certainly there have been seismic shifts in how books are published and sold. Trends have come and gone. Styles – not only mine, but fiction as a whole – have changed. But how I approach my writing is pretty much the same as it was when I began. I love it as passionately as ever. I wish it had grown easier, but it hasn’t. I’m still on the learning curve of how to do it well!

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My Review of Mean Streak courtesy of LibraryJournal

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE (2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), and CHILL FACTOR, all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot.
Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.
Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She served as the president of the Mystery Writers of American in 2012 and was named ITW's Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Blog Tour Participants:

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8/4/2014 In Shadows - Feature
8/5/2014 Wicked Women Book Blog - -Feature
8/5/2014  Adria's Romance Reviews Feature
8/6/2014 Caribbean Accent Book Reviews Feature
8/7/2014 The Reading Frenzy Interview + Review
8/8/2014 Red Hot Books Review
8/8/2014 Booze, Bookz, and Bad Boyz Review
8/11/2014 The Book Tart Interview/Review
8/12/2014 Moonlightreader Feature
8/12/2014 The Book Review Review
8/13/2014 SOS Aloha Feature
8/13/2014 Books Books and More Books Feature
8/14/2014 Two Sassy Chicks Feature
8/15/2014 Romance Reviews Today Blog Feature
8/15/2014 Storm Goddess Book Reviews Feature/Review
8/18/2014 The Revolving Bookcase Feature/Review
8/18/2014 Book Lovin' Mamas Feature/Review
8/19/2014 Dawn's Reading Nook Feature
8/19/2014 Totally Addicted to Reading Feature/Review
8/20/2014 Read-Love-Blog Review
8/21/2014 The Reading Cafe Interview/Review
8/21/2014 Bea's Book Nook Review
8/22/2014 Book Reads and Reviews Feature/Review
8/25/2014 Book Reviews & More by Kathy Feature
8/25/2014 Romancing the Readers Review
8/26/2014 SmexyFabFour Feature
8/26/2014 The Book Diva's Reads Feature/Review
8/27/2014 So Many Reads Review
8/27/2014 Once Upon a Chapter Review
8/28/2014 babbling about books and more Feature/Review
8/29/2014 Michelle Abbott's Blog Review


  1. I love that the hero remains nameless, that must have been a challenge and adds even more mystery to the story. What a great idea!

  2. Oh this sounds wonderful with lots of twist. I want this one Debbie!

  3. I love how she expereince her own writing, and how she goes through all the emotions, that's is a good sing...Well, I know she is a monumental author, but to be honest, I didn't think I'd would enjoy her stories until now. I really didn't know she wrote this kind of stories. I didn't enjoy romantic suspense, but oh boy! I do now, and I'm just getting aquainted with the masters of the genre.
    Thank you for sharing and letting me take a closer look at her work. I think I'll be adding some of her audibooks to my pile. This one right here sounds great!

  4. OOo set in NC? I love reading books set here :) I'm so seconding Loupe on experiencing her own writing. You can so tell when an author is really feeling what they write like that.