My guest today is Terri Herman-Ponce, author of Covet. Wellcome, Terri.
1. Tell us two things about you that would surprise us.
Oh wow. TWO things? I could list a lot more than that, but okay…two it is. First, I’ve got a fear of very long escalators. Yep. I can ride the short ones in department stores, but I totally freak out on longer ones. I’ll take an elevator each and every time, if I can. Otherwise, I become a cold-sweaty mess. I’ll stare at the butt in front of me, clenching the rail for all my life, waiting, waiting, waiting to get to the next floor. Gives me shudders just thinking about it. As for the second? I love bumble bees. I think they’re the cutest things. I know, strange, right? But I love to watch them in the summer as they go from flower to flower, gathering their nectar. And the fact that they’re becoming endangered as a species really worries me because that will have a dangerous impact on our planet.
2. What did you hope to accomplish with your books?
Oh, I have one hope. I really just want my readers and fans to love my stories. I want them to fall in love with the worlds I’ve created just as I’ve fallen in love with the worlds my favorite authors have created, too.
3. What is the greatest test you ever faced as a writer?
I face a great test almost every day – sitting down and actually writing. Finding the time to write is a challenge. I commute to NYC for work and between a full-time job and a full-time family, I have to juggle nuggets of time in the early morning and late at night and during weekends to get my writing in. I often leave Saturdays just for social media and marketing, where I’ll plan out tweets and updates for an entire week ahead. It’s crazy sometimes, trying to fit it all in. And exhausting, too! But I still wouldn’t trade my writing for anything else in the world.
4. What’s the best advice you ever got about the publishing industry?
That it’s a fickle environment and to not follow the trends. And mostly, that what works for someone else in becoming a success won’t necessarily work for you. If there were a single magic formula to follow, every writer would be famous. So, I write because I can’t imagine not writing. It’s my passion and I can’t picture any day without it.
5. If you could meet two authors, which ones would you pick and why?
I get asked this question a lot and my answer is always the same: Robert Crais and Harlan Coben. Both authors are, in my opinion, masters at the craft. But, because I always answer the same thing every time, today I’m going to add a third author: Gillian Flynn. That woman can tell a dark tale like nobody’s business, and if there was one book I wish I’d written myself, it’s Gone Girl.
by Terri Herman-Ponce
Everyone wants something.
Even if it belongs to someone else.
And some will destroy the very thing they want, just so no one else can have it.
Professional soldier David Bellotti's latest mission seems simple: steal the key card to a drug lord's compound so the empire can be infiltrated and destroyed. But when David discovers evidence of his lover Lottie’s possible infidelity, his mission turns personal. He searches for answers others would kill to keep buried and discovers a link to the past he's been trying hard to ignore.
Ancient lives, twelve thousand year old secrets, murder, and primal instincts lead David on a journey through past lives and present danger—all to save the woman he loves.
Find your way back through history, when hunter-gatherers roamed and David and Lottie's past incarnations began. The Reading Café calls Covet, Book Two of the Past Life Series, "An amazing and fascinating storyline of suspense, mystery, betrayal, hatred and love."
Loud laughter broke out at a nearby table and I used the pulsating lights that illuminated the dance floor to scan the nightclub again. I watched the dealer, careful not to draw attention to myself. He sat on a sofa set back in a dark corner, surrounded by women, beefy bodyguards, and empty bottles of Cristal. And I waited for the lynch pin—the person who was going to set the wheels in motion for the night.
“She’s playing with her hair and she’s staring at you, Bellotti. I think she’s going to make a move soon.”
“Wipe that grin off your face or I'll do it for you,” I told Galen.
“I’m just waiting for the fireworks.” Galen laughed as he picked up his glass. “What line are you going to use this time? You have an arsenal that always seems to piss off women.”
“I don’t piss them off,” I said. “They just aren’t used to honesty. Which doesn’t say a whole lot for relationships or dating these days, does it?”
Galen shrugged. “I think you’re jaded. You walk in with attitude and Armani, turn heads, and then moan about the unwanted attention you get.”
I studied the two of us in the mirror, both in designer clothes, both trying to blend in with the upscale crowd. Only Galen didn't have the harshness on his face that I did. People probably looked at me tonight and saw someone who wanted to break a face. In reality, it was exhaustion. I really needed that damned vacation.
“You’re making too big a deal out of this,” I said.
I was going to say more but stopped when I saw our lynch pin walk into the club. She positioned herself near a granite column off to the side of the dance floor, all long legs, blonde hair, and killer body in a tight blue dress.
Lady in Blue slinked through the crowd, every man's head turning as she moved. Galen stilled and said, “Wow.”
“We're a go,” I said, setting down the beer.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Terri looks for any opportunity to make stuff up. She thinks anything that can’t so easily be explained is worth an extra look and often makes a great story. She loves red wine, scotch, sunrises, Ancient Egypt, the beach—and a host of other stuff that would take too much real estate to talk about. The youngest of five children, Terri lives with her husband and son on Long Island. And, in her next life, if she hasn’t moved on to somewhere else, she wants to be an astronomer. Terri’s fascinated with the night skies almost as much as she’s fascinated with ancient Egypt.
Terri is a member of member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and you can read about her at http://terriponce.com/.
If you love social media, you can also find Terri on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Terri.Ponce.Author and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TerriPonce. Come visit. She’d love to hear from you!
Amazon buy link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KJ6ADWK
Amazon buy link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KJ6ADWK
Terri will be awarding one free Ecopy of Covet (Book 2 of the Past Life Series) and In This Life (Book 1 of the Past Life Series), to a randomly chosen commenter at each stop and a Grand Prize of a $50 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. You can find her schedule at http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/04/virtual-book-tour-covet-by-terri-herman.html