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Cali Stanton has one goal in life, being a doctor. She does not intend to run the family business. But when her father gets injured and tells her that she’s the only one he trusts, Cali finds herself behind his desk at Stanton Enterprises.
Matthew Andersen and his brother Jason have spent the last two years managing security at Stanton Enterprises. But when someone threatens the company and its CEO, challenging Matthew’s abilities, what seems like an easy task, becomes a big problem.
Cali and Matthew must fight their growing attraction for each other to avoid a potentially damaging office romance. As the threats continue, they must work together to keep the company running and discover who is behind the threats.
But when things escalate to violence and Cali becomes the latest target, things get personal. Can Matthew find the Hidden Threat before it’s too late?
I'm a country girl at heart. I live outside a small town in Ohio with my husband and four cats. My mother encouraged my love of books and fondly remembers childhood story times. I satisfied my need to be creative through singing and performance throughout my high school years. About three years ago, the urge to write started and I have not stopped since. It has become an outlet for me and I'm excited to be able to share the characters and stories that constantly float in my head.
I tend to fall in love with my characters. In Hidden Threat, I had a very hard time saying goodbye to Matthew and Cali once I wrote those final words to end their story. As a writer, you get to know your characters so well that they become real to you. You know their feelings, their vises, their desires, and their motivations. But unless you are writing a series, their story, eventually, has to come to an end and you have to say goodbye.
The upside to that is that you get to explore and create new characters. I have no idea how other authors feel, but I enjoy the research just as much as the writing. In Hidden Threat, I knew pretty early on what background I wanted Matthew to have, and that it would effect the outcome of the story. The problem came with the fact that I knew nothing about that occupation, so I set out to find out. Google is an amazing tool, and honestly, I have no idea what we did without it. The amount of information at your fingertips is astounding.
Hidden Threat started out as a sort of fairy tale that has been evolving in my head since I was fourteen. Cali began as a queen, and Matthew was a commoner who fell head over heels for her.
I had a lot of fun reinventing the story and putting it in a modern setting. The original version is very different than the end story, however the basic characteristics of my hero and heroine remained the same. Cali was always fiercely independent. She ruled her domain, and didn’t shy away from problems. Matthew was an independent sort, a loner, and a natural born military man. The two of them working together could figure out anything that stood in their way.
With one of my favorite genres being romantic suspense, it just made sense that that was the genre I would choose to write my first novel in, and given the personality traits of my two main characters, it worked. Matthew and Cali’s independent spirits were the driving force behind the sexual tension throughout the book while they try to figure out who was trying to sabotage the company.
The balancing the sexual tension and suspense is something I both love to read and write, but it is a delicate thing; too much of one without enough of the other could completely change the tone of the story. There are authors out there that do it beautifully, and I wanted to do it justice in my own story. Every time the romance seemed to be taking over, I threw in a curve ball. A character would stumble on a clue or some event would happen grabbing the characters attention. It keeps the storyline moving and also gives a lot of great opportunities to push the hero and heroine into situations that increase the budding feelings just below the surface.
With my second novel, Slave, I’m stepping away from romantic suspense and delving into a dark romantic drama centering around a modern day, non consensual, slave who is rescued. It will be the first in my Finding Anna series, and will follow the two main characters, Stephan and Brianna. Slave will be released this summer, and I’ve recently set up a blog dedicated to the series,www.findingannaseries.blogsppot.com.
I am also working on writing my third novel, Behind Closed Doors, another romantic suspense, due out winter 2011.