Rebecca J. Vickery is here today with us. She's the author of romantic tales with a twist. Let's give her a warm welcome. Leave her a comment and ask her questions. She'll be by today to answer them. *Don't forget to leave your email in the comments. There will be three drawings and a chance to win one download from Smashwords. Winner's choice of one of her three releases. Three lucky winners! Drawing will be on Sat. Jan. 16th.
Tell us a little about the author. (Bio, tidbits, likes, dislikes. If you use a pen name, why did you choose to do so?) Rebecca J. Vickery is my real name. I’ve been married longer than I like to remember to a man with the patience of Job. (It’s necessary to put up with me.) Our son has given us 3 beautiful grands, one who lives with us most of the time. I have a very full life and enjoy reading, of course, RVing at the beach, fishing, and long walks. I hate cooked greens, but love them in salads and I’m a Dr. Pepper and chocolate addict.
In Following Destiny, your heroine, Andrea Duncan inherits a special ring that can open portals. Can you tell us how you came up with interesting story plot?
I heard a bit about a serial killer on the news. Just after that I saw a beautiful mood ring advertisement. The idea just bloomed. I adore MOOD rings, but I wanted something really special and different to be attached to this particular ring. Andie and Mason’s story took off from there.
Tell us a little about the heroine and hero in Following Destiny.
Andrea Duncan is an average, modern young woman who has had a horrible year. She is shocked to find she has inherited a house and a “too weird” ring, but relishes the idea of finally having a home. By the way, she loves to cook. Mason Keeler is an easy-going, southern sheriff who really wants to be a rancher. He is burdened down by responsibility and his commitment to the town. And Mason really likes to eat. Can you see where this is going? (LOL)
Andrea’s ancestors speak to her through the portal the ring opens. Without giving too much away, are they there to protect her? Or warn her?
Well, there’s a serial killer in town and he is preying on women. So, maybe a bit of both. (Secretive smile)
I have to say the ring on the book cover is gorgeous. Can you tell the readers how they too can own this ring? (*Of course portals are not included or are they? lol)
Portals are up to the imagination of the wearer. (wink-wink) Tracy at http://TraceEllements.com handcrafts the most beautiful rings and jewelry imaginable. She offers the “Moody Blue Ring” (http://www.traceellements.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_28/products_id/832) at a very special price. She can also add stones in varying colors. Not nearly as expensive as you would think for handcrafted jewelry.
Tell the readers a little about Surviving With Love. How much research was involved in creating this adventure story?
I researched the location and weather in the Saddle Mountain area and the Bitterroot Wilderness as thoroughly as possible without actually going there. I read a lot about tracking and gleaned tidbits from law-enforcement officers for the hostage rescue information. As for the camping and hiking skills, they came from first-hand knowledge from my younger days.
Tell us a little about your mystery tale with a twist, Looking Through the Mist.
This story actually came to me in a dream sparked by the real abduction of a child. I dreamed I had a vision of where the child was and could help the police. Of course, that wasn’t real, but it made a great story. Jessie and Johnny, the lead characters, would not leave me alone until I got that one finished. And one of the secondary characters is still poking me to remind me he wants his own story told. I’m hoping to start on it in June.
I love Looking Through the Mist’s book cover. The eyes really grab you. Who was the cover artist? How about for your other wonderful covers? Did you help to design them?
Laura Shinn is an independent cover artist, and an author in her own right, who designs all my covers. I send her the descriptions of my main characters, a brief synopsis, and my favorite scene then she performs her “magic.” I guess you could say I help in that I send her positive thoughts and I recognize THE right cover immediately. We work really well together and her covers get better and better.
What are your current projects and works in progress?
I’ve just helped start a new Yahoo Group for authors and readers called Romance and More Promotions. It’s growing by leaps and bounds. Seeking Shelter, a contemporary semi-Inspirational romance, should be released the end of this month. I’m also working on Finding Treasure, a paranormal contemporary, set in Seattle and Healing Rain, a novel about a touch healer. You can see I try to stay occupied. My hubby says it keeps me out of trouble. (LOL)
Tell us about Operation Ebook Drop.
The book give-away I'm part of is Operation EBook Drop for deployed military personnel. It was started by Ed Patterson, a military veteran, who is also an author. We have over 200 authors and publishers participating now and I personally have 75 (plus) troops on my list. I joined before Christmas as a special project and I've enjoyed it so much I hope to stay involved as long as I can be of help. For more information email Ed Patterson at: (edwpat at att dot net)
Most important question, tell the readers where they can find you:
Home website: http://www.romancewithatwist.com
All of my other sites and pages are listed on my website. There are too many to list.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?
I just want to say I am so thankful to everyone who reads my work, be-friends me in this crazy world, or follows me at one of my sites. I appreciate each and every one of you. And when you have a chance, “pay it forward.” It really does work.
Would you like to share a video, blurb or excerpt?
My videos and blurbs are easy to find on my home website.
I’d like to share an excerpt about the “ring” from Following Destiny:
“You commented on the ring when you saw me wearing it. Somehow it… Well, it opens a channel or something for these voices. The stone glows then there are lights from it sometimes.” Andie held her hand up between them to draw his attention to the age-tarnished silver ring with the odd blue stone.
“Rose’s antique mood ring?” Mason shook his head. He loosened his hold on her arms, but didn’t turn loose. “Andie, it’s just a ring with a stone that changes depending on your body temperature.”
She emphatically shook her head causing her thick cloud of blond hair to brush his hands. “It’s more than that. When I take it off, it draws me back to it. At first, I couldn’t understand the voices. They were all jumbled up, mostly just whispers. They sounded like bees in a swarm or the way a distant crowd sounds talking all at once. You were there the second time it happened. When we shook hands, I understood what they said to me. I was so surprised I almost fainted. I thought surely you could hear them, too. You caught hold of me, remember? You told me it must be the wind?” Andie desperately wanted him to accept what she said. Her eyes pleaded with him to believe her.
“I remember,” he agreed softly. Mason could see she was very serious about this. He felt torn between believing her outright and his duty to get to the bottom of what was going on. Mason knew she could see the uncertainty in his face. It probably ruined whatever chances he might have to get closer to her.
Andie let him steer her back to sit on the sofa before she went on. “That night, after we met, the voices told me he was watching her. But I didn’t know who she was until the next morning. I swear I would have told you, if I knew it was real or who it meant. The voices said he had his large, strong hands on her neck and that it was too late.” A tear ran down Andie’s left cheek, but she seemed totally unaware of it. “When I heard the news that a woman died, that she’d been strangled, I almost lost it. I didn’t know what to do, Mason. I almost called. I had the phone in my hand.” She looked down at the ring she twisted round on her finger. “I decided you wouldn’t believe me. I hid the ring in a drawer not wanting anything else to do with it. Then at your office, I connected those dates to the ones I saw on Grandmother Rose’s notes and I—I put the ring back on.” Andie reached up to swipe at the tears.
“These voices from the ring told you he’s chosen his next victim?”
“Yes. He’s watching her. I’m so afraid that—I’ll know he’s going to kill her but I won’t be able to do anything about it.” Her tears fell faster. She was thankful when Mason pulled her close. He rubbed her back then she felt him push her hair away from her face.
Rebecca's Ebooks can be purchased at:
Smashwords - http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rebeccajvickery
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Amazon - http://tinyurl.com/ygcl6p9
Rebecca's Print Books are available at:
Amazon - http://tinyurl.com/yk2c779
Following Destiny - https://www.createspace.com/Customer/EStore.do?id=3409102
Looking Through The Mist -
Surviving With Love –
Thank you for your time, Rebecca. It's been wonderful having you here today.
Thank you so much for having me. I enjoyed being here.
Enjoy a book video of Seeking Shelter: