Today I have author Lee Christine on my blog! She has plenty to say about her latest romantic suspense, In Safe Arms. Take a look!
Book Related Questions:
1. 1. What is your latest book about?
‘In Safe Arms’ is a romantic suspense novel set in Sydney with the current bikie turf wars as a backdrop. This book is the second novel in a series set in a legal firm called Grace and Poole. The heroine is a legal secretary for a criminal lawyer and witnesses a murder on Skype. Because of the physical divide separating her from the two bikies who were at the murder scene, she has time to get away. But her life is obviously on the line.
2. 2. What is the inspiration behind your book?
The current bike turf wars provided the backdrop, but mainly a story I read about someone who’d watched another person die while they were speaking on Skype. I think the person had a heart attack or choked or something, and I began thinking how horrific it would be to witness something like that and be unable to do anything physically other than maybe make a phone call to 000. I started thinking that it would also be possible to witness a murder on Skype.
3. What’s your favorite scene in your book? Can you describe the scene?
My favourite scene in the book is when Nate thinks Josie has done a runner and left the safe house. He’s shouting, for her and searching the house and finally he finds her asleep on the lounge with noise cancelling earbuds in her ears. He squats down beside her and removes the earbuds in case the iPod has a ‘Find my iPod’ activated on it, and he looks at her and is hit by our lovely she is. It’s a very tender scene.
4. Imagine you are trapped on a deserted island. Which character would you prefer to be stuck with, and why?
Nate Hunter because he’s tough, capable, methodical, strategic and sexy as hell.
5. What makes your book stand out from all the others on the market?
I don’t think there’s been a romantic suspense novel set in Australia with the Sydney bikie turf wars as the backdrop. It’s also very fast paced and there’s quite an age gap between these two. He’s thirty two and she’s just about to turn twenty one, so he’s definitely in a caretaker role. There’s a little bit of the forbidden romance here which he struggles with.
6. What do you want to resonate with readers when they read “The End”?
I want them to have experienced a really satisfying read, and I want to leave them with the strength of the heroine foremost in her mind, as she really has to cope with a lot for someone so young.
1. Coffee or chocolate? You can only choose one!
2. Favorite movie or TV show?
3. Book that made you laugh hysterically, shed tears, or want to change the world?
Beach Music by Pat Conroy – makes me sob.
4. If you could write in any other genre, what would it be? Why?
Paranormal because I want to be Nalini Singh.
5. What was the first romance novel you ever read?
Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss.
6. How can readers connect with you and learn more about your writing? (Be sure to include social media links!)
Twitter handle: @leechristine59
In 2011, In Safe Hands won first place in the Romance Writers of America Silicon Valley Gotcha Contest, followed in 2012 with first place in The Smoky Mountains Laurie Award and the East Texas Southern Heat Writing Contest. The novel also received a Commended in the 2012 Romance Writers of New Zealand Clendon Award.
In Safe Hands is Lee’s first novel, and she is currently writing her second, another gripping romantic suspense. She has two grown children, and lives in Newcastle, Australia.
ABOUT LEE’S LATEST BOOK
Smooth, seductive and savage: Lee Christine returns to the dark, criminal underbelly of Sydney with her follow-up to In Safe Hands.
Legal secretary Josephine Valenti has no idea why a notorious bikie president would be contacting her, but when he is murdered in front of her eyes, she knows that she is in very deep trouble. Fleeing to her home, she’s intercepted by Nate Hunter, a man she used to know and lust after…a man she used to care about.
However, Nate has changed. His leathers and his bike tell of a lifestyle that Josie can’t begin to accept or understand. His is a life of drugs, money laundering and prostitution.
Though, all is not what it seems, and Josie must fight harder than she ever has before — for the truth, for what’s right, and, ultimately for the man who still has a hold of her heart.