A SECRET IN HER KISS is set in Constantinople in 1815. Here’s the blurb: A rare beauty, raised in the exotic heart of the mysterious East, Mari Sinclair knows it's time to end her career as a British spy when she narrowly avoids a brush with death. Unfortunately, there are those who think otherwise--and they are not above using blackmail to keep Mari in the game.
Saddled with a handsome, duty-obsessed "minder" to ensure that she completes--and survives--one last mission, Mari is incensed . . . for her guardian, Major Bennett Prestwood, is simply "too" dedicated, "too" unbending, and "too" disarmingly attractive. But in the face of dark secrets and deadly treacheries, as the true peril to Mari is slowly revealed, loyal soldier Bennett realizes that to save and win this extraordinary woman, he will have to do the unthinkable and break the rules--rules that passion and desire have suddenly, irrevocably changed.
Fairly late on in the story, as Mari and Bennett are on their final mission, Bennett finds out that Mari found his book of poetry and read it. Having been mocked for his writing he is embarrassed and angry. Yet at the same time he can’t quite stop himself from finding out her opinion! It is a fun glimpse into tough-guy-Bennett’s softer more vulnerable side.
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was eight, I decided my real life was too dull, so I started writing my journal as if I was on a raft on the Amazon River with my dog Cream Puff (A Pomeranian. Poor thing. I’m not sure how I expected it to survive in the heat.). I may not have decided I wanted to be writer as a profession then, but my love of a good fantasy was born.
4. Tell us a little about your daily writing routine. Are you a plotter or pantser?
I have kids so my writing is mainly confined to naptime and after bedtime. It makes for a lot of late nights, but I love it too much to give it up.
As far as plotting and pantsing—a little of both, but mostly a pantser. I have several key scenes I know I am going to include. I just never quite know how I am going to get there.
5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
If I’m writing and I decide to cut a scene, I don’t delete it entirely. I tack it on to the end of the document until I am completely done with the book. I think I find it too disheartening to lose my hard-earned word count. And I’m always terrified I’ll need it later! On the plus side, it makes it easier to cut things that need to go because I can always change my mind.
6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
It amazes me how much my subconscious plays a part in my story. For example, when I get to the end of the story and realize small clues I didn’t realize I was leaving earlier flow perfectly into the ending I want.
7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
My critique partner Elise Rome and I were lucky enough to meet fairly early in our writing careers. She’s strong in areas I’m weak in and vice versa. I also have a fabulous core group of local writer friends. We beta read for each other occasionally, but it is really about supporting each other in the strange career that is writing.
8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
They are incredibly supportive. My mom edits my books and my husband brags about my writing at work. His co-workers have copies of my cover on their desks. We’ll see if that changes once they actually read it…
9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I have two small children so I spend a lot of time with them. I’m pretty awesome at hide-and-go-seek if I do say so myself. I love to read everything I can get my hands on. I also love chocolate in all forms.
10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
In early Summer of 2012, readers will be able to discover happens to the little sister Bennett is worried about in A SECRET IN HER KISS. Sophia is just rediscovering her own strength after an abusive relationship, but it’s a knowledge she must claim quickly as she faces off with a maddeningly handsome magistrate who thinks she might be guilty of murder. It’s an e-novella and should be a fast, sexy read!
Then in late summer 2012, my next novel SINS OF A VIRGIN, will be released. To secure her future, former spy Madeline Valdan announces the auction of the one thing no one suspects she still possesses—her virginity. But Madeline’s no fool. She won’t entrust her precious commodity to just anyone. She hires Gabriel Huntford, a Bow Street Runner, to protect her virginity until it’s properly paid for. Although the passion Huntford inspires is unlike anything she’s ever known, Madeline knows better than to give herself away for free. She also knows the man she hired is hiding an agenda of his own.
11. How can readers connect with you online?
They can email me through my website at http://www.annarandol.com/ Or I am active on twitter at @AnnaRandol
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