Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Interview and Giveaway with Deb Sanders

Do you write in different genres?

I do write in different genres. I currently have a couple of Paranormal books at Amazon, The Clans of Tagus series. The Gatekeeper and The Warrior received great reviews. The Gatekeeper garnered 4 stars through Romantic Times. I also wrote an erotic novella under a pen name. Unfortunately, those books didn’t produce a strong enough sales base to justify my efforts. I may revisit the Clans of Tagus and write additional books at some point – but not now.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

My favorite genre is thrillers with a dash of romance. I like fast moving stories and suspense/thrillers allows me to exercise that penchant.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

Oh dear, my secret is out. I title AND design the cover long before the manuscript is complete. I’m a visual person, so the graphics and title keep me focused and infuse more creativity into my writing.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

I like tough heroines who come full circle and embrace their feelings. There may be a bit of myself in those characters. I grew up as a beloved daughter and sister but when life went askew during my abusive first marriage, I realized it was time to toughen up. I probably took it too far and kept most people at arm’s length - until I met my current husband. He just wouldn’t go away and eventually won me over. LOL A lot like the heroes in my books.

What books/authors have influenced your life?

I grew up reading Harlequin Presents romance. Loved the exotic locations and alpha males. I’m so glad alpha males are making a comeback. One book in particular remains with me, Leopard in the Snow by Anne Mather. Sigh . . . I still love it.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading a non-fiction title about UFO encounters among indigenous tribes, Encounters with the Star People by Professor Ardy Sixkiller Clarke. Fascinating!

What books are in your to read pile?

I have an eclectic TBR pile. I’m an amateur paranormal investigator so I tend to read books about unexplained phenomena, ghosts, UFOs, etc. However, I love me some romantic escapism so I devour anything by Lisa Mondello whom I LOVE!!! I also like curling up with a good whodunit. You just can’t beat James Patterson, Tami Hoag, Janet Evanovich . . . there’s not enough space to list everyone. J

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

My current project is a dark, twisted psychological thriller. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but my beta readers assure me the extended outline sounds fascinating. It centers on a dysfunctional family living in the wilderness of West Virginia and the young bride who discovers their dark secrets.

After that, I have a light-hearted suspense series scheduled (which I’m dying to start) featuring Daisy Mankiller – a redheaded Irish-Cherokee diva who returns to her Native American roots to help solve a murder. It’s sort of like “Legally Blonde” meets “Thunderheart”. LOL

An Unholy Alliance       
Deb Sanders

Genre: Paranormal Thriller with Romantic elements


Word Count: 40,000

Cover Artist: Deb Sanders                  

Book Description:

What would you do if the future of mankind depended on whether you lived or died?

Reyna Blair has learned two things from life – she can tolerate a lot of pain and wounds aren’t always visible. After a stint in the army, she’s ready to drop off the grid and heal. A job as Peace Officer in the small community of Purgatory, Texas sounds like the perfect solution – until the town is rocked by a gruesome murder.

When sexy Texas Ranger, Ty Carter, steps in to help with the investigation, Reyna is both thrilled and annoyed. He’s nice to look at and a definite boost to her sagging ego, but his aggressive ambition might push her right out of a job. To make matters worse, she’s being stalked by a mysterious stranger with a sword that can burst into flames on command.

Reyna’s problems are only beginning. The stranger is an angel of God . . . an Enforcer . . . sent to eliminate a Nephilim woman prophesized as giving birth to the Antichrist. Realizing she’s the target, Reyna must flee or be killed. Along the way, she discovers dark secrets which alter her world forever, challenge her faith, and force a choice between life and death.

*** This story uses a biblical theme but includes scenes with graphic violence and strong language.

About the Author:

I’m an adventurer – more by destiny than design. I’ve explored the back roads and highways of 35 states, resided in eight, and traveled through parts of Mexico, Canada and the Bahamas. My journeys have provided interesting tidbits which I’ve managed to weave into scenes for some of my books. 

When I’m not in front of my computer, you might find me perched atop a rock at the back of a box canyon, crouched low in the middle of a dry creek bed with camera aimed at a majestic Elk, or perhaps hanging onto a skiff after a whale has breached next to me.  At other times, I’ll be Geocaching with grandsons or attempting a new project inspired by something I’ve discovered on Pinterest.

Not all wanderers are lost. Some of us prefer to throw away the map and meander through life on the road less traveled.

I physically reside in North Carolina with my husband, Golden Retriever and two rescue cats. My soul resides in Arizona.



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Debra Sanders said...

Thanks for the interview and spotlight! Always a pleasure to visit your blog
! :)