Monday, April 8, 2013

Interview with Romance Author Rebecca Royce

Blurb for Rebecca's New Novel, Love in One Night:

Melanie is a woman who prepares for disasters.  If the world as she knows it were to come grinding to a disastrous halt, her Sustainable Living Community will be ready and able to take care of the people in their area. She doesn't have a man in her life anymore but she has her daughter and that's enough. 

Until a tall, dark stranger drives into her life.

Griffith is on a mission to find Melanie's ex-husband Victor, who has stolen a very expensive new drug from a pharmaceutical company.  Griffith is a man who can find what others can't.  He never backs down from a fight and he's never afraid until he sees Melanie.  She steals his breath and makes him wish for things he's never wanted before.

They are two people who can prepare for everything except the depths of their own need for each other.

Interview with Rebecca Royce:

1. The heroine of your newest novel, Love in One Night, is a prepper, a woman who has extensive plans in place in case of disasters. What got you interested in writing about the prepper movement?

Well, in this case it was because Decadent Publishing's owner Heather Bennett called and asked me if I'd be interested in writing for the line. It had never occurred to me to write about it. And I had a long line of books to write, pasted on my desktop to remind me not to fool around. But as Heather started talking about this amazing prepper line she'd thought up I knew I had to write one.

2. What, in your opinion, is the one most important quality in a leading man - in a romance novel or in real life?

Oh wow. Well, I think the one thing fictional heroes and our real life ones need to share is honor. Ultimately, whatever their deal is they have to be at their core honorable people. We have to want to root for them, and by that I mean root for them to achieve their dreams like getting the perfect job or in books to defeat the monstrous bad guy.

3. Was there any particular piece of music that inspired you while you were writing Love in One Night

No. I don't really listen to music that much when I write. It tends to be more of a background TV thing. And since Love In One Night took me a bit out of my comfort zone, I wrote in silence.

4. Which series has been your favorite to work on so far? 

Well, I just wrote The End on The Westervelt Wolves. I'm going to say that one for that reason alone. I think my favorite will always be whatever I'm able to accomplish at that point.

5. What will your next release be about?/What are you working on right now?

My next release could be one of two books. I'm just not sure which one is going to come up first. One is a horror romance. Really scary. Demons and not as the hero kind. Exorcisms. Its a quick read. And the other is a time travel vampire story that takes place in an Irish castle.

Right now, I am writing a High Fantasy Erotic Romance that is maybe the hottest I've ever written. Having a lot of fun.

6. Will Love in One Night be part of a series? 

No. Its part of the Prepper series that is multi-authored at Decadent Publishing. Many authors involved and I love all of them. Such a group of talent. But, this is, I think, a one off for me.

7. When you write a contemporary romance, do you miss writing about paranormal elements? Or do you enjoy both equally? 

Yes. I tend to move toward Paranormal. Or Science Fiction. Or Fantasy. Or Urban Fantasy. Or Other. Before I move to Contemporary. But a Contemporary story forces me to stretch and that is awesome. 

Blurb from Love in One Night:

I married him because I got pregnant.” She put her hands on her hips. “And I won’t take his money because I won’t take money from the pharmaceutical companies. No offense.”

Gee, why would I take offense when you meant to insult me?” Melanie’s face turned a lovely shade of cherry as he spoke.

Truth is, I meant to say something nasty about Victor. I forgot, momentarily, what you do and who you do it for.”

He shrugged like he words hadn’t stung a bit. The pharmaceutical companies did both good and bad things. Griffith didn’t have to feel one-hundred-percent comfortable all the time to still know he worked on the right side of the law.

Theft is theft. I give them back things they’ve lost.” He moved along the edge of the room. 
Melanie must be organized. Everything had a label, down to the box holding sponges. “And I’d bet when you get a headache, you take a Tylenol.”

I’d try magnesium and zinc, but your point is taken. I shouldn’t be generalizing. I don’t like when it’s done to me.”

Griffith had to get out of there before he did anything really asinine, like give the blushing woman a hug. He pulled out his card. “If you hear from Victor or you think of anything, give me a call. I’ll be staying in Austin overnight.”

Right.” She took his card. “I’m sorry you had to come all the way down here for nothing.”

I’m not.” Her eyes widened, and he had a moment of sheer male satisfaction. He’d been able to shock her.

You haven’t asked me why I do this. Why I’m so prepared for a disaster? You haven’t asked. Everyone does.”

I’ve been a lot of places. I think preparing for things, even if they might never occur, makes pretty good sense. I guess we all have our own reasons for why we do what we do.”

She bit down on her lower lip, chewing on it as she regarded him with narrowed eyes. “So you want to know why I married Victor but not why I formed a whole community dedicated to organic farming in the desert, self-sustaining living, and disaster preparedness?”

Melanie, if you want to tell me, I’d be really amenable to hearing.” Anything she wanted to say would be fine by him. She could read the phone book aloud, and he’d sit like a good little boy and listen to her.

Maybe I could. Over dinner tonight.”

His heart skipped a beat. Had she actually asked him out? His mouth opened and closed. When he’d gotten off the plane in Austin, he’d had no idea he’d be stepping onto a sustainable farm, a converted bomb shelter, and asked to dinner by a hot redhead. 

Rebecca Royce Bio:

As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.
Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They’ve just moved to Texas where Rebecca is discovering a new love for barbecue!
She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.


Current and Upcoming Works

The Outsiders
Love Beyond Time
Love Beyond Sanity
Love Beyond Loyalty
Love Beyond Sight

Westervelt Wolves
Her Wolf
Summer’s Wolf
Wolf Reborn
Wolf’s Valentine
Wolf’s Magic
Alpha Wolf
Angel’s Wolf
Darkest Wolf

The Warrior

The Conditioned
Eye Contact

Sexy Superheroes
Screwing the Superhero
Banging the Superhero

Other Works
Behind The Scenes
First Dimension
Yes, Captain
Return to the Sea
One Night With A Wolf
Another Chance
Light Me Up
I’ll Be Mated For Christmas
The Edge stories: Unwanted Mate, Bar Mate, Mate by the Music, Out of Place Mate

Thank you, Rebecca Royce, for being my special guest today, and good luck with Love in One Night!

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