Six months after her lover died in an arsonist's blaze, firefighter Lora Spade calls in the FBI's elite Serial Services Division to track the elusive killer. When Special Agent Kenton Lake is lured into a violent inferno, Lora pulls him to safety and is stunned - not by the fire, but by her own searing attraction to Kent. For the first time in months, she longs for something other than vengeance.
Kenton's interest in Lora should be purely professional. But one fleeting kiss and he can't get her out of his mind. Her combination of strength and vulnerability makes him want to protect her, and that means solving this case - and fast. For even the passion igniting between them can't hide a terrifying truth: Lora is the next target in a murderer's sadistic, fiery game.
FBI Special Agent Samantha Kennedy is haunted by memories of the serial killer who abducted her. To keep the darkness at bay, she pretends to be a different, more confident woman. This Samantha doesn't fear every unknown face. So she throws caution to the wind and shares a night of unbridled passion with a handsome stranger.One night isn't enough for successful entrepreneur Max Ridgeway. He wants more of the sexy, smart, mysterious woman who slipped away before dawn. When they meet again, their attraction is undeniable-until his stepbrother goes missing, and Max realizes that Samantha isn't who she seems. But they must trust each other to trap a ring of bloodthirsty kidnappers before the nightmares that terrorize Sam become irrevocably real.
Welcome to this stop on Cynthia Eden's Blog Tour!
Thank you for being here today, Cynthia!
1. Please tell us a little about your Deadly series, and what's in store for readers in your two upcoming releases.
My Deadly series focuses on the FBI—or, more specifically, on my Serial Services Division (the SSD). The SSD is a branch of the FBI that has been created to track and apprehend serials—arsonists, kidnappers, and killers.
DEADLY HEAT is the second book in my Deadly series, and in this book, FBI Special Agent Kenton Lake teams up with fire fighter Lora Spade—their mission is to stop the Phoenix arsonist, before he comes after them.
In DEADLY LIES, Special Agent Samantha Kennedy is trying to put her life back on track after a brutal attack. She thinks that she has finally found a bit of safety and security in her new relationship with Max. Samantha certainly never expects to find her new lover targeted by a killer.
2. Your heroines Lora Spade, a firefighter, and Samantha Kennedy, a special agent for the FBI, sound like very brave, tough women. Do you think a heroine who is too strong might overshadow the hero?
I love strong heroines. I don’t think that a strong heroine will overshadow the hero; instead, I think it is an author’s job to write a hero who is just as strong as the heroine. Strength can come in many forms—physical strength, emotional strength, or intellectual strength. I like for my characters to be strong in different ways so that they can balance each other in the book.
3. What is your favorite part of writing Romantic Suspense?
I love being able to add darker aspects to the books. With romantic suspense, readers expect death and danger—they also expect twists and turns. Writing these tales allows me to push my imagination, and I do love that push!
4. Is there a genre outside of romance that you would like to write?
One day, I’d love to try my hand at writing horror. What can I say? I guess I have a fascination with monsters, both the human and non-human variety.
5. Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband is a great supporter. He’s always encouraged my love of writing. He is also great to proof-read my work. It’s always nice to have another pair of eyes checking a manuscript!
Thanks so much for interviewing me. It's been a pleasure!
Thanks to Hachette Books, I have 3 sets of Cynthia Eden's Blog Tour books to give away! Three winners will receive a copy of Deadly Heat and Deadly Lies. To enter, please leave a comment with a way to contact you.
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Contest is open until Sunday, 1/30/2011, at 11:59 pm Central Time. Winners will receive their books directly from Hachette. Good luck!