Wednesday, February 19, 2014

5 Secrets (What No One Knows About My Book) with Angela Smith

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

During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been her dream ever since her mother read Brer Rabbit to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it back to each other before actually learning to read. She’s always enjoyed stories about the adventure of love, and getting involved in the legal field developed her love of suspense. A certified paralegal, work gives her perfect fodder for her romantic suspense stories. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she enjoys creating, reading, and dreaming of the places she’ll visit one day.

5 Secrets you don't know about BURN ON THE WESTERN SLOPE:

1. Although deer abound in Texas where I live, I have a fetish with moose. The moose featured in the story is actually an image I had in my head and after writing the story and almost giving up, I found the exact stuffed moose that I had been picturing. I found it in a gift shop and it now sits on my desk.
2. Burn on the Western Slope took five years from the start of my writing to me finally pursuing publication.
3. Reagan shares my love of mint. I don’t mind putting mint on just about anything.
4. I had a lot of edits with this story before submitting for publication, and ended up deleting about 15,000 words.
5. The original title was going to be Slopeside.
Blurb for Burn on the Western Slope

Reagan McKinney is on a mission to discover more about a deceased uncle who mysteriously left her a sizable inheritance, a condo in the mountains and a stash of stolen jewels. With both her graphic design career and her love life in shambles, the opportunity to begin a new life couldn’t have come at a better time. When she becomes involved with the sexy FBI agent next door, she finds her struggle is not only to keep her heart intact, but her life.

Grief stricken after an undercover investigation ends in the death of his partner, Special Agent Garret Chambers goes home to find solace in the arms of his mountain retreat. That is, until his boss assigns him to investigate the spirited brunette staying in the condo next door. He is assigned to investigate Reagan’s involvement with a large jewel fencing organization, but his investigation becomes compromised when his attraction to her heats up. Will his discovery destroy everything he has come to love, including Reagan?



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Thanks for checking out Angela and her secrets. If you have any comments or questions Angela 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.


  1. Sounds like a fun story. I can't imagine how hard that would have been to cut 15,000 words. Yikes!

  2. I sympathize with cutting 15,000 words. I've had to do that, and in looking back, I wouldn't do it again. (Live and learn, I guess). It warmed my heart that you were voted most likely to write a novel...and you did. That's fabulous.

    Your story sounds intriguing.

  3. Thank you! Yes, it was difficult to cut. I'm not sure if I would do it again either, but I did keep the scenes (and then posted some of them as deleted scenes on my blog, LOL. So I still got to "keep" them so to speak).

    Thanks, Beverly, for featuring me on your blog!

  4. Sounds like a fascinating story, Angela. Your line of work provides much stimulation to a creative writer's mind. Congratulations on finding a way to hang on to your cut scenes! I'm getting a copy now...

  5. Thanks! Would love to know what you think.