Everybody says that hard time bring those who love each other closer. Well, it’s not always the case, and I really like how a tragedy split this couple apart despite how much they loved each other. I like how they both build a life by themselves in spite of the tragedy. And how they never stopped loving each other. I also have here the Author, Dana, and we’ll get to know her better.
FIrst things first.
The book is Threat of Danger (Mission Recovery Series Book 2) by Dana Marton, a contemporary romantic suspense.
Falling in love can be a deadly proposition in this pulse-quickening Mission Recovery novel from the New York Times bestselling author.
Jess Taylor and Derek Daley were in the throes of first love in a small Vermont town when they were kidnapped by a serial killer. They escaped his clutches—but not the trauma of the unsolved crime. With their lives changed forever and their romance cut short, they went their separate ways to exorcise their fears.
Jess is living on the edge as Hollywood’s hottest stuntwoman. It’s no longer terror thrumming through her veins. It’s adrenaline. Derek is a former Navy SEAL spinning his ordeals into heart-pounding bestselling thrillers. But when Jess is called home on a family emergency, she must face the past—and face the man she left behind, who is just as haunted and, like her, still so much in love.
Now, as an old flame reignites, Jess and Derek are taking advantage of second chances and putting their bad memories behind them. But here, in the quiet town of Taylorville, a killer is getting a second chance as well.
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2xxeQrR
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B075JJTS1W/
And here’s Dana!
If you love heart-pounding romantic suspense, books you can sink your teeth into, you’ll love New York Times bestselling author Dana Marton’s stories. Kirkus Reviews calls her writing “compelling and honest.” RT Book Review Magazine says, “Marton knows what makes a hero…her characters are sure to become reader favorites.” Her writing has been acclaimed by critics, called, “gripping,” “intense and chilling,” “full of action,” “a thrilling adventure,” and wholeheartedly recommended to readers. Dana is the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the RITA Award, the highest industry award for romance.
Beyond being a bestselling author of romantic thrillers, Dana also writes a popular fantasy romance series: Hardstorm Saga. Book 1, RELUCTANT CONCUBINE, spent 6 weeks at #1 on Amazon’s fantasy romance list.
Hi Dana, and thank you for being here. So, what sort of research did you do to write this book?
I did a lot of research on the maple syrup industry and found it fascinating. I never realized how huge it was. Canada even has maple syrup reserves. You know, like the US has oil reserves? Wild! A few years ago, someone broke in and stole $30 million dollars’ worth of syrup. Whaaat?
I also had to do a lot of research on movie stunts, since the heroine is a stunt woman. It was so much fun! Now my new dream is that the book gets made into a movie, and I get to visit the set. I set it up with lots of stunts!
What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
I hope the story will make readers believe in second chances. That’s pretty much what the book is about. Since it’s suspense, it obviously has some darker undertones, but the main plot is returning home, finding a community/family, rebuilding friendships and connections. I hope readers finish the book with a satisfied sigh.
What was your job before you started writing full time?
I previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Basically, I sat in a small, gray cubicle and worked endless hours at a job that required zero creativity and provided zero challenges. At one job, my stomach was bleeding from stress for the entire last year I was there. (I was 27.) I’m grateful every minute of every day that I’m now a writer.
What do your friend and family think about your being a writer?
They fall into two categories. The first waaay overestimate me and tend to think that I’m this famous/glamorous person. The second are utterly unimpressed and ask questions like “Are you still cranking out those romances?” or “Do you think you’ll ever get a real job?” 😊
The biggest surprise you had after becoming a writer
My biggest surprise is that I AM a writer. It always seemed like such a far out/magical thing. Like only special people got to do it. Historical people, Hemingway etc. I never thought it could happen to me. (Even though I wanted it desperately.) So I promptly went off to business school then entered the corporate world. I can’t believe I actually somehow managed to be published. <pinches herself>
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Gardening! I’m not saying I’m a master gardener, but I have watched every episode of every British gardening show on Youtube, and I can quote Monty Don by heart. My life’s (new) ambition is to own a Haws Professional watering can.
If you were an animal, which one would you be?
Our goldendoodle Toby. Two words: spoiled, rotten.
First thought when the alarm goes off in the in the morning?
I don’t have an alarm clock! I had to get up at 6 a.m. for decades, starting at age 13. I’m not a morning person. When I became self-employed, the first thing I did was toss out the alarm clock. I wake up when the sun comes through the window and hits my face. Perfect.
Do you miss being a child?
No. I pretty much hated my childhood. I wouldn’t go back if someone offered me a million dollars. Not for ten million. Not for any amount. I wouldn’t redo a single month. I’m very, very happy to be an adult and in charge of my life.
What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
I have a strange detachment from celebrities, so I’d probably pass. When I was a senior in high school, the Queen of Denmark visited my school. Students could go and see her. I stayed in the library and read a book. When I was working, President Carter came to my company to give a speech. Employees could go and listen. I think I went to lunch. I was once on a very small plane to Malta with a famous talk show host. I could have asked for his autograph. Instead, I minded my own business. I’m one of those people who’s never seen a single episode of the Kardashians. LOL If I ever got really excited about a celebrity, it’d have to be an author. George R. R. Martin will be giving a speech at the Thriller Writers’ Conference this year. I’m actually considering going. I don’t expect he’ll want to have dinner with me, but well, George, if you’re reading this… I’m available to chat. 😉
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Common sense said to walk away. She’d worked hard to make a life for herself in LA that worked for her.
Screw common sense. He stepped forward and reached around her, looped his fingers around her slim wrists, and tugged her hands from her pockets. Then he took those hands and drew her closer to him.
“Derek . . .”
“I wasn’t sure if you’d ever come back.”
“I’m only back temporarily.”
“Is that how you left things with Eliot?” That she’d be going after him soon? His mouth tightened at the thought.
“He had to go. He had meetings scheduled with directors. And new equipment coming in that he has to test and make decisions on before the next shoot.”
When she talked about Eliot, she talked about the business. That gave Derek hope. Sounded like they’d parted as friends and colleagues, not as lovers who couldn’t wait to reunite.
Two and a half weeks left, at the most. He knew her shooting schedule from talking with Zelda. About eighteen days more before Jess had to report to the set. So why in hell was he wasting time?
He dipped his head and brushed his lips over hers. He’d gotten lost once in the Iraqi desert for three days. He hadn’t been as thirsty for water back then as he was now for a taste of Jess.
When she didn’t protest, he pulled her fully into his arms and kissed her.
The point of no return. He needed to find out if things could still work between them. He wanted her, and he could no longer pretend that he didn’t.
Her body was firm, but her lips were soft and silky, as sweet as Zelda’s prizewinning angel food cake. As sweet as the old Jess. Except, this new Jess, she was a woman. She had the power to bring Derek to his knees.
He’d told her that he would give her whatever she needed from him. He hoped she’d figure out that he was what she needed. He was going to have to help her reach that conclusion.
He breathed her in. She smelled like redemption. Like maybe he could have a do-over and get it right this time.
She stood still in the circle of his arms. Undecided. Wary.
Better than a sharp knee in the balls, but Derek wanted more. He nibbled her lips and licked the seam, tasting her.
She tasted like a whole new world opening up. She tasted like the blank page of a book before he’d written the first word, the possibilities limitless.
Was the story of his life written on her heart? Was the story of her life written on his?
Too early to tell. But he wanted to find out. Letter by letter, word by word, sentence by sentence. If only she’d let him.
She did let him in, let him deepen the kiss. Progress, but this was just the opening of her lips, not the opening of her heart. Still, Derek wouldn’t have been a good SEAL if he didn’t grab every advantage, no matter how small. And, really, the kiss could not be called small by any measure.As he swept into Jess’s mouth, he felt his boundaries expand. Need rushed in, and filled him like water flooding into a torpedoed submarine. He sank onto the seabed of things he always wanted but never believed he could have. Jess’s forgiveness . . . and more.
All these years, he’d thought her forgiveness was all he wanted.
He’d been stupid.
He wanted this. Jess. And he knew in that moment that he was going to do whatever it took to get her and keep her. Eliot couldn’t have her, no matter how handsome he was, or how much they had in common, or how hot women thought it was that the guy was some grandmaster of stunts.
Derek wasn’t going to let Eliot have Jess. He didn’t care if the guy jumped out of a burning helicopter, tied hand and foot, with a ticking bomb in his backpack, and got an Oscar nomination in every single category for the performance.
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