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 entrées 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?
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Amazon’s Reggi Allder page http://www.amazon.com/Reggi-Allder/e/B00G05PJRS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1389751724&sr=1-2-ent
Youtube video for Money Power and Poison http://youtu.be/zSbkubSq2I0
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