Spotlight & Giveaway: Deep Night by Kathy Clark

Posted August 17th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 30 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Kathy Clark to HJ!
Spotlight&Giveaway

 

Heroes series continues as two adrenaline junkies find themselves fighting unexpected passion—and unspeakable terror.

 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Deep-NightEx-soldier Chris Wilson lost too many friends to war. Back home in Denver, he’s trying to make a difference as a paramedic, treating victims of crisis situations. Not even active combat could prepare Chris for the rush he gets when violence and tragedy collide, but the job isn’t the only thing making his heart race. His partner is his closest confidant from childhood, and the girl he remembers is now a strong, sensual woman . . . who needs him more than ever.

Sara Richards is more comfortable risking her life than asking for help. The petite blonde medic put a wall around her heart long ago, vowing to never let anyone hurt her again. Only now her long-buried secrets threaten to destroy everything she’s built. And though she should be able to trust Chris, his smoldering blue-gray eyes ignite desires that feel more dangerous than whatever’s lurking in the shadows. For once, Sara can’t go it alone. But Chris might just be stubborn enough to stand by her side as she faces down her worst nightmare.

This is the third book in the Denver Heroes series and is about the youngest Wilson brother, Chris. Few people realize the drama and tragedy that paramedics see every day. Almost every call they take is a life-or-death situation. They must act quickly and decisively and depend on their partners. I wanted my readers to look twice at these unheralded heroes and give them credit for the excellent job they do.
 

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Instead of the opening three lines, I’ve chosen the last few lines of the first chapter that I think are very powerful and are a great set up for the rest of the book.

She heard the door close as he left, but still, she didn’t move. Hot, salty tears dripped off the bridge of her nose and wet her pillow. If this was part of becoming a grown-up, she didn’t think she was going to like it much. Slowly, she climbed out of bed. She hurt all over . . . where he had touched her and deep inside her heart. She picked up her panties and pulled them back on, then crawled under the covers and curled into a tight ball on her side.
It was her tenth birthday . . . she would never forget it.

 

Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • I live in the Denver area, so I always pick real locations whenever possible. The apartment building was actually an old hotel that has been remodeled into apartments. I renamed it, but everything else about it is true. My youngest son lived there for a couple years, in an apartment just like Chris and Sara’s.
  • I dated a paramedic (back in my single-lady days), and I grew to respect the tough job that they do. Ah, the stories he would tell!
  • During my research, I was able to meet with the head of the Denver Rescue paramedic department. She said the #1 call they go on since Colorado made marijuana legal is pot overdoses or wild reactions due to lack of quality control.

 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

One scene that would make a great movie clip is when Chris and Sara are called out to a hoarder’s house. An elderly woman has fallen in her bathroom and broken her hip, but the house is so packed with trash and treasures that they literally have to make a path to get to her. Then when they are ready to transport, they have to enlist the aid of several firemen to clear the way and literally lift her above the mess.

I was surprised to learn that hoarders are a much bigger problem than I would have guessed, and first responders have to figure out a way to deal with the double issue of an injured person and a challenging obstacle course.

 

What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

I want my readers to understand that there are several types of PTSD and that people react completely differently, depending on their background, their support system and the intensity of their experience. While veterans are the most publicized victims, there are millions of people dealing with trauma-generated PTSD. Most importantly, there are effective treatments, and with the support of friends and family, recovery is possible and suicide is not the answer.

 

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

My husband and I write as a team, and we just finished our next Loveswept that is the first book in a new series set in Austin, Texas. Of course, it is called the Austin Heroes Series about three brothers, a DEA agent, a Texas Ranger and a Homeland Security officer. AFTER LOVE is about Nick Archer, the DEA agent who has gotten into a little trouble and is assigned a new partner…a German Shepherd named Harley. During the training process he is very attracted to the kennel owner, Jamie Chambers who is as adamantly opposed to relationships as Nick is. They strike up a mutually beneficial agreement that consists of just sex…wild, crazy, delicious sex. However, their resolve is tested when Nick puts himself in the line of fire, and Harley is left to save the day. AFTER LOVE is set for release in January, 2016.

We are also working on our first erotic romance called FANTASY SUITE set in a beautiful hotel deep in the Colorado Rockies. Think “Fantasy Island” meets “The Love Boat” set in a hotel that caters to people going through a bad break up or who want to try something new. The series is called ROOM SERVICE and can deliver anything you want…no limits. Hopefully, that will be released by the end of 2015.

Plus, we have a new adult series called SCANDALS with the latest (#3 in the series) WORST DATE EVER just released on Amazon. Also we have a YA time travel series called SEE YOU LATER (CUL8R) with the latest (#4) REST IN PEACE (RIP), a ghost story set at the infamous Stanley Hotel available now on Amazon.
 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

Giveaway: Digital copy of DEEP NIGHT (Book #3 in Denver Heroes Series) Via Amazon or B&N

 
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To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and Post a comment to this Q: What’s the most important element of a great book? Is it the romance, the characters, the plot, the emotion, a mystery/suspense or a happily-ever-after ending? I know you have to have all these elements working together, but if you think of your favorite book of all time, what made it special?

 
 

Book Info:

Ex-soldier Chris Wilson lost too many friends to war. Back home in Denver, he’s trying to make a difference as a paramedic, treating victims of crisis situations. Not even active combat could prepare Chris for the rush he gets when violence and tragedy collide, but the job isn’t the only thing making his heart race. His partner is his closest confidant from childhood, and the girl he remembers is now a strong, sensual woman . . . who needs him more than ever.

Sara Richards is more comfortable risking her life than asking for help. The petite blonde medic put a wall around her heart long ago, vowing to never let anyone hurt her again. Only now her long-buried secrets threaten to destroy everything she’s built. And though she should be able to trust Chris, his smoldering blue-gray eyes ignite desires that feel more dangerous than whatever’s lurking in the shadows. For once, Sara can’t go it alone. But Chris might just be stubborn enough to stand by her side as she faces down her worst nightmare.
 
 

Meet the Author:

Kathy ClarkWe love to hear from our readers. Our website is www.TheThrillOfSuspense.com. You can become a member of our street team and sign up for our newsletter that has updates, recipes and contests at http://eepurl.com/Z5ypX via MAIL CHIMP. We also have a Facebook page at Kathy Clark Author, a twitter account at 93NightWriter and on Goodreads as Kathy_Clark 15098. You can find out more about Kathy Clark at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathy_Clark_(American_author)

 

 

 

30 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Deep Night by Kathy Clark”

  1. Mary Preston

    The writing style. I want to relax into a story. The writing style should flow beautifully for me.

  2. Juli Huber Hall

    The story has to grab my attention right away, plus strong characters and of course some steamy sex

  3. erinf1

    I’d have to go with the characters. No matter what’s going on, where and how, you have to care and be invested in the characters from the get go. I’ve DNF popular books b/c I just couldn’t get invested in the characters. Thanks for sharing!

  4. debby236

    The ones that stay with me are because of the interaction between the characters. However, if there is not plot then the interaction would be useless.

  5. kermitsgirl

    The emotion. Even if I don’t remember everything about a book, I’ll remember the way it made me feel. It’s one of the reasons why I like the Twilight series so much, even though they are not …the greatest of writing. I remember feeling that way when I was in high school – like the world was ending because of a boy.

    The first book that ever touched me emotionally was The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux. It has stayed with me through all the years and I’ve only read it once in high school back when it first came out.

  6. Kathleen O

    For me it is the plot and the characters. They have to gel with the story.. I want a lot of passion and chemistry between the Hero and Heroine. But I have to feel that pull of the story from the first chapter.

  7. Heather B

    Definitely the characters and the story. I can think of a few books where the writing is less than great, but the story and caring about the characters kept pulling me through.

  8. BookLady

    For me the plot is the most important element of a good book, but it must also have interesting characters.

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