Spotlight & Giveaway: Fragmented by Stephanie Tyler

Posted January 12th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 48 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler to HJ!
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Hi Stephanie and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Fragmented!

 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

WHEN THE RISKS ARE THIS GREAT…

FragmentedWhen Dr. Drea Timmons was kidnapped during Section 8’s last mission, Jem did everything in his power to rescue the woman he’d fallen for—a woman unwillingly recruited for one of S8’s most personal and dangerous covert operations. Drea survived, but at a price. The trauma of her capture has rendered her without a single memory of her ordeal—or any recollection of how violently unpredictable her ex-boyfriend, Danny, an Outlaw Angel, had become, or why she had left him.

IS TRUST EVEN AN OPTION?

When Danny threatens to turn Drea over to the feds, she is forced to go on the run and confront a past that is as deadly as her future. As trouble closes in on both ends, Drea has no choice but to trust Jem, the only man who can help her, the only man whose electrifying touch brings back memories—piece by piece—too stirring to forget.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Fifteen-year-old Drea Timmons shifted in her seat, wanting nothing to do with this. But at least the woman sitting across from her with the smooth bob and placid expression hadn’t tried to call her by her nickname. That, Drea reserved only for friends, and these days, that pool was small. “I’m not afraid. Where do you get this shit from?”

 

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

Well, Jem is definitely out of the box. He’s been a character who just fights to hang out on the page, book after book, and he’s too fun to ignore.

Please tell us a little about Drea and Jem. Was their story something you had planned since starting this series? What’s something we wouldn’t learn about them just by reading the book?

I never plan anything—I don’t plot, because then I wouldn’t want to write the book. It’s my process and I’ve tried to change it with no success, so I stick to what works. Plus, it’s fun for me too, since the surprise reveals you see on the page were once surprise reveals to me too. I never expected Jem to have a subplot with Drea in Unbreakable (book2) – that came out of nowhere, but the second Drea stepped onto the page, I was like, ‘okay, yes, she’s perfect for him.’ Because it was going to take someone really special to deal with Jem ☺

The First kiss…

Hot. A long time coming.

Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?

I loved Drea in the early scene, when Jem comes to visit her (and she’s still trying to remember him, but obviously is very attracted to him):

“From what I’ve heard, you might not be the best judge of crazy.” The light banter was back in her tone.

He relaxed slightly. “In this case, you should believe everything you’ve heard.”

“Jem, did we . . . ?”

She motioned between her and Jem with her brows raised. He smiled regretfully and said, “No, sweetheart, we didn’t.”

She stood and pulled her T-shirt over her head. “Then maybe it’s time we did.”

***

Part of her really wanted to get naked with Jem. Sex was the best way to learn how someone operated, for lack of a better word, and she’d been trying to get into Jem’s head—into her own damned head—for the better part of a year.

Sometimes the trip inside her own mind was successful, but mainly it was a bit of a blur that would threaten clarity but never make good on its promise.

None of that was anything Jem could fix, though, and she wasn’t sure what she’d expected Jem to do when she started stripping.

Instead of stepping back and being a gentle- man, he did the opposite. Before she could stop him, tell him she’d never expected this, he had her nipple in his mouth. He suckled and she gasped, wound herself around him as if she’d never let go.

He smelled like the beach, a happy memory of hot breezy summer days that held the promise of more behind it. He was everything outdoors.

He was freedom . . . dressed in leather. And definitely dangerous.

Outlaws had always been her weakness.

 

Did you conduct any special research into memory loss? Was it more challenging to write a character who couldn’t remember what they had gone through previously?

I definitely did. It fascinated me how the human mind can and does protect itself from shock or trauma. It’s like, our mind knows us better than we know ourselves and it knows what we can handle, to some extent. Granted, that’s only in certain cases, like Drea’s—in some, the damage is more permanent. But Drea’s memory loss was from shock and it was definitely challenging, because it’s always tricky to let the readers know things a character doesn’t. On the flip side, it was great because Drea starts with a blank slate when it comes to Jem, although her feelings are still there, pushing her in the right direction. I love how it proves that when you fall in love with someone once, you can do it again, or at least, that a part of you will never forget it.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Give Jem advice? You’re kidding, right? I wouldn’t even attempt it. The closest I would come would be, “Listen to Carolina.” Which he kind of does.

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

I’m always working on more than one book, and this time’s no exception. Currently, it’s book 4 in the Section 8 series, along with Book 4 in the Defiance series and book 4 in the Hell or High Water series (that one’s under the SE Jakes pen-name). Obviously I’m into the fours these days ☺

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

Giveaway: 2 Print copies of Fragmented (Section Eight Series #3)

 

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Excerpt

Jem paced, running his hands through his hair, then stopped right in front of her. “I kidnapped you, because I needed someone to take care of Avery. She was dying and we couldn’t have the complication of the hospital.”

“Did I help her?”

“Yes.”

“Did you hurt me when you kidnapped me?”

“Yes, indirectly, goddammit. Your MC people were keeping an eye on you. I made shit worse.”

“That was already bad to begin with.”

“You should be so fucking angry with me. You will be.” His eyes looked haunted. “You asked me to take you with us, instead of letting you go back to the hospital—you wanted to come with us. You didn’t say why, but I should’ve known there was trouble. And I told you not to do it and you didn’t listen and it’s our fault.”

“Why is it your fault?”

“Because I didn’t want you to get in trouble. They didn’t want you hurt. We knew better. We accept danger—we’re supposed to protect innocents.”

She gave him a soft smile. “I’m considered an innocent?”

“Don’t be fucking nice with me, Drea—don’t you fucking dare.” He pointed at her.

“Never,” she deadpanned, and then she stopped, tilted her head and stared at him.

“What is it? Are you remembering something?”

“I think so. Yes, this.” She motioned between them. “This was always the way we interacted, right?”

“Yeah. Most of the time.”

“When didn’t we?”

“When we were kissing,” he said, and she had a sudden jolt through her body, a heat as a memory of her, semiwrapped around him, her legs bare, wishing he wouldn’t pull away.

“Why won’t you stay with me?”

“I’m prepping for a mission,” he said, but no, he was using that as an excuse. For some reason, Jem couldn’t lie to her . . . at least not well, and he knew it, because then he added, “Because I can’t control myself around you.”

“I don’t want you to.”

“I have to. I’m worried about you.”

“I’m a big girl.”

“It would be like you were fucking a stranger,” he told her.

“But you’re not a stranger. Just because I don’t remember how we met doesn’t mean you’re a stranger. And even if you are, you’re a stranger I obviously like. I want you, Jem. Okay? Don’t make me beg for that.”

 

Book Info:

From New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Tyler, the Section 8 series continues…

WHEN THE RISKS ARE THIS GREAT…

When Dr. Drea Timmons was kidnapped during Section 8’s last mission, Jem did everything in his power to rescue the woman he’d fallen for—a woman unwillingly recruited for one of S8’s most personal and dangerous covert operations. Drea survived, but at a price. The trauma of her capture has rendered her without a single memory of her ordeal—or any recollection of how violently unpredictable her ex-boyfriend, Danny, an Outlaw Angel, had become, or why she had left him.

IS TRUST EVEN AN OPTION?

When Danny threatens to turn Drea over to the feds, she is forced to go on the run and confront a past that is as deadly as her future. As trouble closes in on both ends, Drea has no choice but to trust Jem, the only man who can help her, the only man whose electrifying touch brings back memories—piece by piece—too stirring to forget.

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Meet the Author:

Stephanie TylerStephanie Tyler is the New York Times Bestselling author of romance novels spanning multiple genres, including Romantic Suspense, New Adult, Paranormal Romance and Contemporary Romance. She’s a hybrid author who writes for multiple publishers, including Random House, NAL/Penguin, Harlequin, Carina Press, Mammoth Books, Belle Books and Samhain Publishing, as well as Riptide (under SE Jakes) and Indie publishing. Her books have been translated into half a dozen languages, nominated for an RT Reader’s choice award and garnered top picks from RT Magazine as well as starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. She’s a frequent workshop presenter and has contributed stories for anthologies for charities, including SEAL of My Dreams, which has raised over 150K for the Veterans Medical Association.

www.StephanieTyler.com

www.SEJakes.com

www.SydneyCroft.com

 

48 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Fragmented by Stephanie Tyler”

  1. marcyshuler

    The book sounds great. I think RS can fit into any genre. Real life is never predictable. LOL

  2. Glenda

    I believe RS can work extremely well with pretty much all genres. I’ve seen it in lots of em.

  3. stormy27

    I see RS in some form or another in almost every genre that I read – and that encompasses a fairly large spectrum.

  4. Joy Isley

    Yes there can be romantic suspense in outer space as well as on a safari or a fishing trip. I enjoy reading those books with suspense in them

  5. doveknoll

    I have no doubt that RS can cross genres. I think it can fit in any of them. This book sounds great. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

  6. erinf1

    Oh I definitely think that romantic suspense can cross genres 🙂 thanks so much for the great post!

  7. belindaegreen

    Of course it does. I love reading romance books with a little or a lot of suspense. It lends a lot of tension to the H/h relationship. I love trying to determine who the culprit is in the story. Suspense keeps you engaged along with enjoying the HEA dance of the main characters.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Belinda G

  8. angela smith

    it probably can.not that i have any real knowledge since i mainly read romance/romantic suspense books

  9. laurieg72

    Suspenseful events in real life take place in all kinds of situations. So yes, I believe romantic suspense can be used in all genres. I’ve found it in historicals, paranormals, inspirationals, contemporaries, time travel and westerns.

  10. Suzanne

    Romantic suspense stories give the hero a chance to show off his skills. Naturally I like male heroes but the same can be true when the heroine has skills. I think in the historical romance stories the heroine often saves the hero in an understated way. In the contemporaries the hero can often be outwardly aggressive and powerful. However that suspense element is what makes a book exciting and hard to put down.

  11. Betul E.

    You can mix suspense in all kinds of genres! I love when an author does that, a little action never hurt anybody 😉

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