Welcome Sharon Horton – Interview & Draw for Paperback Book
Posted by Selena Robins Musings
Please join me in welcoming Romance Author, Sharon Horton.
Sharon: Hello! Before I answer Selena’s questions, I want to thank her for inviting me to her blogspot. As a friend and fan of hers, I consider it a great honor to be here. And I’d like to thank you for taking the time to get to know me.
Question: We met without knowing it at a conference a few years ago. Do you want to share the story with our readers? I still laugh at how all that came about.
Sharon: Oh man, I still can’t believe our “almost” meeting. For those who don’t know, Selena and I “met” on one of those Group Loops for Romance Writers. She and I shared some opinions about writing to the point that we exchanged encouraging letters. She was wonderful to me, and I’d like to think I encouraged her. From there, we talked about our experiences with the Romance industry and some of its pitfalls. And then, we suddenly discussed having attended the 2003 Romance Writers of America conference in New York City. We both said we’d been there and then talked about which workshops we had attended. We soon realized we had sat in the same workshop for e-book writers. We finally came to the realization that we sat virtually side-by-side in that same workshop, but didn’t know each other. I can’t tell you about the chills and tears that I felt afterward in knowing I’d missed meeting the great lady who would become one of my best friends. I suppose a face-to-face meeting doesn’t matter in this day and age, but I still can’t believe Selena and I were SO close, yet never knew we shared such a special relationship.
Question: Any interesting stories you’d like to share in regards to researching any of your books?
Sharon: My four books are Romantic Suspense, so I do try to verify facts when it comes to crimes and such. I’ve had the opportunity of interviewing people from the police department, department of justice, and the FBI. As I’m not trying to write a manual for solving crimes, I keep certain descriptions to a minimum. For instance, the hero has a gun, but I don’t go into detail regarding its caliber, make, etc. Too much info would probably distract most readers of romantic fiction. I know it does me. As for interesting stories regarding my research, I think the best was when an editor questioned whether the stalker in my book, Jinxed, was stalking correctly. When I mentioned this to a police officer, I wish I had a camera to capture the look on his face. He was definitely amused at such a ridiculous comment. He said he wasn’t aware there was a “how to” book for stalkers. I still chuckle at that.
Question: What would you say is a quirk that you find quite normal but others might find odd?
Sharon: When I asked my husband about this he said “only one quirk?” The thing about quirks is they’re usually not quirky to those who have them. And to me, mine make perfect sense. I eat lemons like oranges. I can’t swim underwater without blowing bubbles out my nose. I peel the cheese off my pizza and then use my fingers to scrape the sauce and thin bit of the crust until the slice is practically bare. Then I nibble my way to the edge of the crust. Once there, I grab another slice and start all over. I don’t usually eat the crust’s edge. A favorite treat is a pickle-sickle, which I make by pouring pickle juice into popsicle molds. I’m sure my friends and family could come up with more quirks, but I think I’ll stop here.
Question: What do you want to know about the future?
Sharon: That I’ll still be part of it. Oh, and a winning lottery number would be nice.
Question: What is your favorite pizza topping? And if you say, pineapple, I may go all Italian village on you. LOL
Sharon: Okay, I’ll have to admit not knowing what the Italian village reference means, but to me pizza is the most important meal ever. First though, I must clarify what I consider pizza. So many trendy places claim to make pizza, but to me they’re trying to fix something not broken. Pineapple belongs on a diet plate next to cottage cheese and celery. It doesn’t belong on a pizza. A pizza must have a nice thin crust that’s topped with buckets of a smooth and rich tomato sauce. Then there’s the cheese. Cheddar? Feta? Absolutely not! God gave us mozzarella cheese for a reason – pizza! And then there’s the amount of cheese. The word “minimum” does not exist when it comes to the addition of cheese on pizza. The sauce must not be visible. Finally, to top off this perfect food is the topping. Yes, I took a long way around to answer your question, didn’t I? For me, the only topping entitled to become part of a pizza is pepperoni. It must be placed so that no cheese is visible. Now, with all this pizza talk, I think you’ll know what I’m having for dinner. LOL
Question: What’s the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you about your writing, life or your books? Your choice.
Sharon: I always enjoy telling people about my writing and books, but as for being asked what I want to be asked is a tuffy. I suppose, though, that if I could choose a question it would come in the form of a two-parter – “I know Adrian Paul; would you like to meet him?” Well, that about wraps things up. Thank you for being here. I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me and my writing. I also hope you’ll give my books a try. They’re available in both e-book and print. All can be purchased through book stores and many on-line sites, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through my publishers. I also have print books available should anyone want autographed copies. My latest release is Hope and Prey. Below are a blurb and excerpt. You can read about my other books by visiting my website at: http://www.sharonhorton.com.
Hope and Prey named as a finalist in
the 2010 New Jersey Romance Writers
Golden Leaf contest!
“HOPE AND PREY“ has all the elements for a gripping, intense and complex suspense novel, with characters that jump off the page. HOPE AND PREY is a riveting, page turner with suspenseful plot twists and heart-stopping tension.” ~~Selena Robins~~
A date with destiny is not what Kurt Reid has in mind the night he enters the “alley of convenience” he uses to meet informants. Yet destiny is just what he finds in the crumpled form of a young woman. Unsure if this is who he’s come to meet, Kurt approaches slowly. Moments later he finds himself lying flat on his back. Though highly skilled in the art of self-defense, Kurt quickly realizes that the person who has attacked him possesses the same talent. Kurt has just met Andrea “AJ” Summers, someone he senses is no ordinary woman. Discovering AJ has been injured, Kurt brings her to where he and a small group of people operate an underground newspaper. Ignoring Kurt’s suspicions that AJ could be a threat to their work, the team agrees to take her in after learning the same corrupt man they’ve been trying to bring to justice is also after her. Although AJ doesn’t know the reason the man wants her, she seems to hold the key to finally locking him behind bars. And though Kurt tries to deny it, he knows AJ holds the key to something else…his salvation.
It was dark, but after a few seconds, the moonlight reflecting off the snow illuminated the room. Kurt could see AJ propped on her elbows, looking in his direction. He was just about to lie down when he heard her speak.
“Don’t sleep there.” Kurt froze. That was the second thing AJ had said to him that he wondered if he heard correctly. He could see she was looking at him. The light was shining on her hair, just like the night he’d found her. He stood for what seem like an eternity, then very slowly moved to the bed and sat down.
Placing his hands on her shoulders he leaned forward.
“Are you making a move on me…first?”
“I suppose I am,” AJ whispered.
Kurt’s gut tightened.
Had he misunderstood? She hadn’t backed away when he moved close, but then again he already realized this one didn’t easily back away from anyone.
“You suppose you’re making a move? Don’t you know?”
“Yes…maybe,” AJ stammered. “I’ve never actually wanted to make a move on anyone.” Her eyes lowered. “Or with anyone…until now.”
A smile crossed Kurt’s face, and he lightly stroked the sides of her neck. “Are you sure you want to, now?”
Silence. Then, almost in slow motion they moved toward each other and did what each had wanted to do forever, they kissed. Soft and fluttering, the kiss could barely be felt. As Kurt leaned back from it, AJ gently ran her fingers over his face, causing his eyes to close. When he opened them she was smiling.
He kissed her again. This time, the light, dry kisses gave way to the deep warmth his mouth and body ached for. Gripped by the power of his physical desire, yet careful of her injuries, Kurt gently guided AJ back against the pillow, and for a little while they no longer cared about the world around them.
PRIZE: (To enter the draw, please comment on the blog or ask Sharon a question)
Sharon is giving away a paperback copy of her book (the original version): First Sight To Last ( I read this book, it’s suspenseful, romantic, you will laugh, cry and gasp at the unexpected twist.)