Please welcome my friend, Sally Eggert. Her debut romantic suspense, In The Dark, was released last week, one of the new Loveswept ebooks. I love promoting debut authors, especially my friends! To celebrate Sally’s debut, I’m giving away one Kindle download of In The Dark to one lucky commenter, chosen at random.
Here is some of the praise In The Dark has earned:
“Suspense fans will really enjoy the tension that Eggert creates with her love triangle.”—RTBook Reviews
“Eggert manages more twists and turns in this book than I’ve seen in a long time. She definitely holds the readers attention and makes you care about characters that others might have written off from initial surface appearances…IN THE DARK is a solid four star suspenseful read….”—Paperblog
“Raw emotion pulled me deep into the heart of Sally Eggert’s story and the suspense held me captive.”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Rosemoor
“Sally Eggert deftly blends suspense and emotion to pull you in from the first page.”—New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin
1. Tell us about In The Dark.
Josie has done her best to drop out of the high-pressure life she lived while working at a secretive government agency and dating a ladder-climbing coworker. She thought she knew what she wanted until one night when the dangerous work of the agency nearly got her killed, and the job finally came between her and the man she thought she loved. Now, she just wants to be left alone. She has had it with pressure and danger, and she doesn’t want anyone else to have a say in her life for a while. So she has traded her upwardly mobile life and her engagement to a driven, ambitious guy for a job as a bartender, a one-room apartment above the bar where she works, and a strictly physical, no-strings fling with a bar regular called Johnny.
Johnny is sexy and charming, but what Josie likes best about him is that he is definitely not boyfriend material. He spends way too much of his time tossing back beers in a smoky barroom, and Josie’s pretty sure whatever he does for a living is at least borderline illegal. He has never asked her for a date in advance, and they don’t even have each other’s phone numbers. She is sure he won’t get close enough to try to control her, and no matter how fun and easy he is to be around, she’s fine with keeping him at arm’s length when they’re not steaming it up between the sheets.
Then Johnny gives her the surprise of her life by starting to hint around that he wants something more with her—something simple yet terrifying—a real relationship. But even more terrifying to Josie is the temptation she feels to take him up on it and let herself feel something for him. Maybe he’s closer to being boyfriend material than she gave him credit for. He’s definitely gotten further under her skin than she has been admitting to herself. But there’s another surprise waiting for Josie. Just as she is letting herself try out the idea of getting serious with Johnny, she overhears something she wishes she could unhear, and finds out that he isn’t just some barroom bum—he’s at the center of a major drug trafficking operation.
2. This is your debut book. Tell us about your writing journey.
In a word? Long! So, so long… Okay, kidding. Sort of. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not complaining! I’m very happy to be where I am, and I know plenty of great writers who had to be patient far longer than I did. But for anyone reading who might still be waiting for The Call, don’t give up. From the day I sat down to start playing around with my first novel to the day I got my first offer of publication was eleven and a half years, and four and a half novels. Was it worth the wait? Absolutely!! I love to write. When I’m not writing on paper (or laptop) I’m writing in my head. Those stories and those dreams kept me going through all kinds of stuff. I hate to think what it would have been like inside my head without them, even if the publishing part of the dream never had come true. And if you’re pursuing that same dream, you’ve come to the right place! Diane Gaston’s advice and encouragement have been crucial for me on this path. She taught me to roll with the punches and fight off the inevitable moments of pessimism that come with this territory. I will always be deeply grateful to you for that, Diane.
(Aw, thanks, Sally. I’m thrilled about the arrival of your book–already on my Kindle!)
3. In The Dark is a romantic suspense. What draws you to writing this sort of book?
Oh, boy. I hope there aren’t too many mental health professionals out there reading my work—I’m a little afraid I’m revealing more than I realize about myself with the kind of stories I gravitate to. I think what draws me to the kind of romantic suspense I love to write is the idea of love that is too strong to be suppressed, even in the face of real emotional obstacles between two people. Not just external obstacles like different lives and careers or other people who don’t want them to end up together, but problems with a capital P, like fear, suspicion, and lack of trust. I think it’s that I want there to be real, forgivable reasons for all those things in the end. I want to feel my characters getting to the brink of betrayal and absolute heartbreak, then finding love, healing, and redemption instead.
(Haha, Sally. Did you know I was a mental health therapist before I became a romance writer?)
4. You are newly living in Paris! Tell us about your favorite thing about Paris so far.
Oh, Paris! Where to begin? I love it here, and I was very lucky to get to visit several times in the few years leading up to this move, so I knew exactly how much I loved it before we had to make the decision to live here long-term. The only bummer about living here instead of just visiting is that real-life stuff intrudes and I can’t just kick around enjoying the city all the time the way I would if I were only going to be here for a week. But hey, if that’s my biggest problem with the city I live in, I think I’m in the right place, huh? I’m still exploring, but the list of my favorite things and places here is already long. I love that there is fantastic fresh bread for about a euro in almost every city block here. I love that I walk past Notre-Dame on my way home from the dentist. I love that I can see the top of the Eiffel Tower from the tail end of the walk home from the grocery store—if we go after dark and time it just right, we can see the tower sparkle when the clock strikes the hour. But if I had to pick just one place in Paris that’s been making everything alright lately, it would be the Musée de Cluny, which is the French national museum of the Middle Ages. What a treasure! It’s housed in a beautifully preserved medieval mansion and the ruins of a Gallo-Roman thermal bath, and includes among its collections the stunning “Lady and the Unicorn” tapestries. If I ever get tired of that place, somebody slap me.
(I’m all envy!)
5. What is next for you?
I have another completed romantic suspense on the way, which I hope to be able to tell you about soon. On the drawing board, I’m working on another RS that will stretch me in a new direction, and something more on the gothic side that is still evolving. I hope what’s next for me will always involve more love stories!
Thank you so much for having me, Diane! It’s been great to be here.
It is my pleasure, Sally.
Commenters, tell us what you like about romantic suspense. Or tell us something else. Just leave a comment for a chance to win a free download of In The Dark. I’ll select the winner by midnight Sunday Feb 9.