Friday, September 4, 2009
Petit Fours and Hot Tamales is happy to welcome author Jill Sorenson. Jill's first book, Crash Into Me, a romantic suspense, was released in February 2009 by Bantam Dell. Her second romantic suspense, Set the Dark On Fire, was just released ten days ago.
I e-met Jill through her generous contribution of a critique to Brenda Novak's annual auction for Diabetes. Despite the time constraints of a busy new author, she graciously agreed to blog for us.
Here's a little more about Jill:
Jill Sorenson was born in a small town in Kansas, but she moved to San Diego with her family when she was twelve. After twenty years, she hasn’t lost her appreciation for sunny weather, her love for the Pacific Ocean, or her fascination with Southern California culture.
She still lives in the most beautiful place on earth, San Diego, and currently holds the best job in the world, writing romance novels. When she isn’t daydreaming about characters or chasing after her adorable daughters, Jill enjoys going to the beach and taking long walks with her husband.
Why Do You Buy?
Hi everyone! Thanks for having me as a guest today.
With a new book in stores now, I’ve been wondering what entices readers to buy.
Is it a colorful, sexy, eye-catching cover?
What about the description on the back? Do you always read the blurb before you make your selections?
In a Southern California town ablaze with sordid secrets, a free-spirited wildlife biologist and a straitlaced sheriff join forces to investigate a suspicious killing—and find themselves getting a little too close to the flames…
SET THE DARK ON FIRE
Shay Phillips knows her way around Dark Canyon. She’s handy with a gun and can track a wild animal with the best of them. It’s humans who give her the most trouble. And with a hormonally charged teenage brother to raise—and an admitted weakness for the wrong kind of man—they’re giving her plenty of trouble these days. Then there’s the matter of murder. As an expert on mountain lions, Shay knows to be skeptical when a local prostitute turns up mauled without a drop of blood near the body.
Now, together with the town’s newly arrived sheriff, Luke Meza—a Las Vegas city boy with his own dark secrets—Shay must navigate a dangerous valley filled with angry ex-lovers, unfaithful spouses, and poisonous snakes in a desperate search for the killer. But when suspicion falls on her own brother, and her attraction to Luke rages into a full-on erotic affair, can Shay quell the fires inside her long enough to uncover the truth?
When I’m book shopping, I often take a look at the teaser page inside the front cover. How about you? Here’s the insert from Set the Dark on Fire. It’s actually two pages, and I’ve never posted it online before. An exclusive sneak peek!
Luke folded his lanky body into the shelter. Sitting down, he took up almost all the space. Shay frowned. She hadn’t built it big enough. “Can’t you, like, scrunch over?”
“Like, no, I can’t,” he said, mocking her speech.
It couldn’t be helped, so she squeezed in beside him. They say hip to hip, shoulder to shoulder, their heads almost touching. She had to bring her boots up to her bottom to close the front.
Twisting, she managed to get the deer horn out of her pack.
“Cover your ears,” she warned before sounding it off. The noise was deafening, disturbing the quiet and piercing the still air, but what bothered her most was the raw agony of the cry. It sent chills down her spine.
“Jesus Christ,” he said. “If that won’t bring a lion, I don’t know what will.”
Turning back-to-back, they waited, guns resting on bent knees, muzzles pointing in opposite directions. The minutes ticked by. Nothing happened. Shay focused on the landscape, watching grass sway and shadows stretch. Insects buzzed. The interior of the shelter was dark, hot, and airless. She was intensely aware of the way her tank top clung to her, the heat of his body next to hers, the muscles shifting in his back.
She felt every heartbeat, every intake of breath.
An hour passed.
“Let’s take a break and sound the horn again,” she said finally.
“Thank God,” he said, engaging the safety and putting his weapon aside. “I’m dripping sweat.”
“We can’t go out.”
“A lion might come.”
“I’m willing to take my chances.”
She turned to face him. “Don’t be such a baby. We can’t leave the safety of the shelter and you know it.” Rummaging through her pack, she took out her secret stash: an apple. Her elbow caught him in the cheek as she brought it to her mouth. “Sorry,” she said, crunching loudly. “Do you want some?”
He scowled at her, touching his cheekbone.
Smiling, she held out the apple, turning it so he could take a bite from the unmarred section. For a moment, she thought he would decline, but then he reached out and wrapped his hand around her wrist, tilting the apple and sinking his teeth into the part of the fruit her mouth had already touched.
For those of you who browse for books online, do you read chapter excerpts, check out reviews, or visit the author’s web site? How important is an author bio or a friendly face in your book-buying decisions? Help a new author out and tell me why you buy!
Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered to win a copy of Set the Dark on Fire.
For a longer excerpt of Set the Dark on Fire, Click Here
To visit Jill Sorenson online visit her website at www.jillsorenson.com