Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Dangerous Pursuit by Margaret Daley

Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?

I enjoyed writing Samantha because she was a woman who lived vicariously  through reading books. She never has done many things that were exciting. In fact, she thinks of her life as a dull routine. She is so out of her element. I could easily put myself in her shoes.

What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?

           Samantha snatched up her canvas bag and stuffed all her belongings back into it. She had to find Brock. She looked at the door, then at the window. The two priests were in the living room, and that was the only way out of the house except through her window.

           Tossing her bag out the open window, Samantha climbed out, landing on her bottom in a bed of flowers. She pushed herself to her feet and allowed her eyes a moment to adjust to the moonlit night. The house next door was pitch black. She had no idea which room Brock was in, but she felt the urgency to get to him.

           Glancing over her shoulder several times, she hurried in the moonlight toward the house. Once inside, she realized the design of this house was similar to the other. She decided to go to the room that would be hers in the other house, hoping that was where Brock was staying.

           Samantha paused at the door, then slowly turned the knob and eased it open. Peering into the room, she saw the outline of a body in the bed and wedged herself through the small opening. She tiptoed toward the bed, her arms outstretched to prevent her from bumping into anything.
           At the bed she reached down to touch the dark shape when a hand was clasped over her mouth, cutting off her breath. Something cold and metallic was thrust against her throat.

Did you find anything really interesting while researching this or another book?

I visited several jungles in Central America  when researching this book and hiked through several. When the air is described as being humid--they really mean that. I was dripping wet within five to ten minutes. I felt the air was over a hundred percent. It sapped my energy quickly.

What is the most interesting thing you have physically done for book related research purposes?

I learned to scuba dive in the Cayman Island. I always snorkeled before that but was writing a story about treasure hunting in the ocean. The hero and heroine scuba dived in the story.

With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?

There are three books in The Protectors series and they are loosely tied together. The first book (Dangerous Pursuit) is about Samantha searching for her brother in the Amazon. The second story (Dangerous Interlude) is about that brother, Mark, who is helping out a friend who saved his life. The third book (Dangerous Paradise) is about Mark's friend, Michael. 
The three stories are stand alones.

What are your guilty pleasures in life?

Ice cream and pecan pie

Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?

On my couch in my office—it's comfortable and relaxing

What can readers expect next from you?

After publishing the second book in The Protectors series, I will be working on the third in the romantic suspense series called Dangerous Paradise.

Where can readers find you on the web?

Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?

I'll give you a teaser from the second book in The Protectors series: Dangerous Interlude.

In the comer by the house phone, Mark watched the meeting between Anna and the stranger. It was brief, seemingly accidental. Mark frowned. His gut instinct told him something wasn’t right. He was worried because he hadn’t found a trace of Hawkins anywhere and the agent hadn’t tried to contact him since he'd come to town.
After their conversation that afternoon he had begun to believe Anna was everything she said she was. Fool, he chided himself. A good operative was skilled in many ways—one playing a role well.
Mark turned to make his call to Michael. “We’ll be there in thirty minutes.”
“Any sign of Hawkins?”
“No. And I just witnessed a casual meeting between Anna and a man. On the surface it seemed innocent.”
“We can’t take anything for granted.”
Mark hung up and glanced over at Anna, sitting alone on the couch gazing into the fire. What plot was she scheming now? He made his way toward the reception desk.
“Excuse me. A man just dropped this money, but he disappeared before I could return it. He’s about six feet tall, dark hair, dark eyes, nice looking, in his thirties, I would say. Is anyone like that staying here?”
“Yes, that would be Herr Rogers. If you like I will see if he’s in his room.”
“No, I’m in a hurry. I’m sure that’s the man. You can just tell him you found it when he comes to the desk.”
“But there may be a reward.”
“If there is, take the credit and keep it. Merry Christmas.”
“Dankeschon. ” The clerk’s face lit with a wide smile, probably pleased for the first time that he had to work on Christmas Eve.
As Mark walked toward the fireplace and Anna, grim lines must mark his face. He knew something was terribly wrong. He felt as though a trap was being set and he was the bait.

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Dangerous Pursuit
The Protectors
Book One
Margaret Daley

Genre: romantic suspense

ISBN: 9781301248940
BN ID: 2940148824664

Number of pages: 172
Word Count: 59,000 words

Cover Artist: Laura Marie Altom

Book Description:

Reading about danger never prepared Samantha Prince for the desperate phone call from her brother in Brazil that sent her from the safety of her New Orleans bookstore into the rugged, inhospitable Amazon in search of him and a hidden treasure. And reading about romance never prepared Samantha to resist the mysterious appeal of Brock Slader, a guide she hired to help her in her quest.

Alone with Brock in an alien world of orchids and anacondas, primitive headhunters and very up-to-date gunmen, she struggles to keep their relationship strictly business. Will Samantha survive the dangers in the jungle only to have her heart broken by a man who lives on the edge—no strings attached?

About the Author:

Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-four books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love.

When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household.

To find out more about Margaret visit her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com.

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