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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Reggi Allder's 5 Secrets (What No One Knows About Her Book)

Our guest author today is Reggi Allder, who is going to share some tidbits about the writing of her book that no one knows--until today


Reggi is an author of romantic suspense and contemporary novels. Reggi likes nothing better than tales of love lost and then found or stories of heroes and heroines who discover love and then wonder if they'll live long enough to enjoy it. Her main characters cope with longings, secrets, lies and betrayals. They control their panic and manage their passion as each fight to discover a hidden strength. It's a strain for them to remain motivated as the world offers temptations and puts them in untenable situations. Can they survive multiple ordeals and carry on to reach their goals and find true love?
She studied screen writing and creative writing at UCLA and is a past chapter president of Romance Writers of America and current member of RWA.

MONEY AND POWER
 
1 The Title: The book was almost called Money Power and Passion. Although it is a complex mystery/ suspense novel, it is also a passionate romance. It navigates the journey of a woman and a man who struggle with inner turmoil and outer conflicts when dealing with relationships. Almost as soon as they meet and without understanding why, the hero and heroine sense a connection that goes beyond their mutual wish to discover answers to who poisoned a billionaire software developer. Their passion runs to the core of who they are as individuals and complicates their search for the answers needed to solve the mystery.

2. The book: This is a stand-alone novel. Still, it is written in such a way to make it a series. It is possible to write two more books that allow the reader to follow the hero and heroine of the first book as they meet new characters and solve a mystery that started even before the heroine was born. The other two novels could stand alone and would have their own hero and heroine.

3. The setting: As it is about a software developer, it seemed obvious to set the book in the Silicon Valley, with its many big name companies and even more startups. However, I’ve spent many summer vacations in Carmel-by-the-Sea / Monterey, California. My husband, my kids and I kayaked and swam and went sightseeing. We loved Point Lobos State Reserve, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Seventeen Mile Drive, just to mention a few of our favorites. Watching the waves on the beach during one of the visits, I realized the tranquil beauty and perfect beach weather of the area could be a counterpoint to a dark mystery punctuated by imminent danger.

4. The hero: For this book, I needed a strong male who wouldn’t be put off by threats or danger, a person who wouldn’t stop even in the face of his own fears. In order to bring us TV’s nightly news reports from all over the world, foreign correspondents are often in life threatening situations. According to ABC News, 70 journalists were killed on the job in 2013. I admire these brave men and women for their dedication to protect the people’s right to know. An investigative journalist, back home after being wounded overseas, was the right person to be my hero.

5. The Emphasis: From people who lived in the Silicon Valley, I’ve heard of high-end parties with amazing catered food. I’ve listened to the lengths the party planner and caterer go to bring off large dinners for the rich and famous. When I decided to write this book, I contacted chefs in the catering business and discussed menus that would be appropriate for a high end birthday party. Though I later decided to focus on the book’s romance and mystery rather than the food, I enjoyed my time reading recipes. I’ve put some healthy and tasty recipes on my website. There is a chocolate meringue cookie that is low in fat. Also posted are other entrĂ©es and desserts. Please come by my website and take a look.

Five star review of Money Power and Poison from Amazon-“…This book has it all. Fast-paced, plot-driven conflicts and characters that you can't tear yourself away lift it from an ordinary story to a darn good read.”


 


BLURB from MONEY, POWER AND POISON
 
Can love win against the odds?

Why would business woman Kathryn Carlyle poison software developer she only met once? Reporter Holt Rand needs a scoop and won’t stop until he gets answers. When he meets Kathryn his life is changed forever. Kathryn feels an immediate bond with Holt but can she depend on a man who is using her to further his career? Will she live long enough to find out?
 
To Buy MONEY, POWER AND POISON
 
You can find Reggi at these links:
 
Youtube video for Money Power and Poison http://youtu.be/zSbkubSq2I0

Thanks for checking out Reggi and her secrets. If you have any comments or questions Reggi will be around to answers them.
And don’t forget to check back next Thursday to find out even more author secrets about their book.  

 

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this. I have read Reggi Allder's book Shattered Rules (a exciting quick read BTW) and after reading this blog I'm getting Money Power and Poison as my next book to read.

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    1. Hi Jen, I'm so happy you like my book! Hope you enjoy Money Power and Poison! Best, Reggi

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  2. I love your cover and the books sounds like a tense, action packed read. How will you know if you'll be writing two more books in the series?

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    1. Thank you Linda. I love the cover too. I have a great cover artist.
      I hope to start the series as soon as I finish the edits on a contemporary book of mine. Best, Reggi

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  3. Great interview Reggi, I'm jealous, Carmel-by-the-Sea? Just the name is so evocative, I bet you found many great ideas for books while there. I agree, investigative reporters have some of the toughest jobs out there. They go into dangerous zones armed only with a mic and a camera in order to bring us the facts, crazy.

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    1. Thank you! Carmel-by-the Sea is a great place to visit if you get the chance. Reporters are real heroes. Reggi

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  4. I've been to Carmel-by-the Sea since my nephews live in Aptos, not that far away. I agree that the beautiful beaches, tranquil at sunset could be
    a perfect setting for a suspenseful tale like Money,Power and Poison.

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    1. Hi Helena, I agree sunny days with blue skies are perfect for suspense because we least expect it. Best, Reggi

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  5. What a great storyline. Why did you decide not to write it as a series? There seems to be so much more you could do. :)

    Love the cover and the blurb.

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    1. Hi Melissa, Thank you! I'm please you like the story and blurb. I would like to write a series but first I have to complete a contemporary I'm working on. I love the cover too. I have a great cover artist! Best, Reggi

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  6. I loved Money Power and Poison and I'm really excited to read the recipes! I read the book with my book club and I would love to serve them appetizers from the party that poisoned the billionaire.

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    1. Hi Heather,
      Thank you for the kind words, so happy you loved the book!
      Pleased to think of you making the recipes. Hope you enjoy! : )
      Best, Reggi

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