Catching Up With Dee Davis

My guest today is multi-award-winning author Dee Davis.  Since her debut in 2000, Dee has won The Booksellers’ Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold, and Prism awards and has been nominated for the Holt Medallion, the National Readers Choice Award, and two Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards.  Dee writes contemporary, historical, time travel, paranormal, and romantic suspense romance (I think I got them all), and we’re going to catch up with her today.

Welcome, Dee!  What’s your latest project? 

deeI’m currently working on two projects.  The first, Cottage in the Mist, is a sequel to my very first novel Everything in its Time.  Also a time travel set in fifteenth century Scotland, Cottage is a story about a woman who loses everything and then finds it all again—this time in the long ago past. And of course Iain, Katherine, Jeff and Elaine, the main characters from EIT, will be there to help her on her journey. 

DeeDavis_LineofFire800I’m also working on a new romantic suspense novel, Line of Fire, that will tie into the rerelease of my Liar’s Game books; Chain Reaction, Eye of the Storm and an updated Still of the Night

 

Would you like to share an excerpt? 

From Cottage in the Mist:

 Scotland – 1468

CottageInTheMist_300x475There was danger.  Bram could feel it all around him. Fire raced up the wooden steps that lead up to the door leading into the tower.   And he could see more flames thrusting out of the windows, black smoke spiraling into the night sky.  Throwing his plaid over his face, he ran up the steps, but was stopped by one of the tower’s guards.

The man raised his claymore, his eyes narrowed as the deadly blade began its descent.  Bram pivoted, and then swung his own weapon, confused as to where he was and why he was fighting.  The man fell, only to be replaced by another.  Bram called to him, some part of him recognizing a face that still seemed a stranger, but this man, too, seemed intent only on stopping him.

His mind argued that nothing made sense, even as his heart screamed that he must get inside.  If he did not then that which was most precious to him would be lost.  He knew this as surely as he drew breath.

With a twist and a parry he drew the man off, and then made quick work of him, dashing through the opening of the tower, down the hallway and into the great hall.  A place meant for comfort it offered only danger now.  It too was full of flame, and lined with enemies. 

Again the thought brought him up short.  But there was no time to try and understand.  Fear pushed him forward.  He surged into the fray, moving toward the stairway at the far end of the room.  It gave access to the chambers above and it was there he knew he would find her.

His brain recoiled.  Find who?  But his heart urged him forward, and he fought his way to the bottom of the steps, then ran up them, taking them two at a time, knowing the other swordsmen were fast on his heels. 

At the top he froze for a moment, the thick smoke disorienting him.  The fire was much worse here.  Pushing forward, he breathed through the heavy wool of his plaid, keeping sword at the ready.  The first chamber was empty.  As was the solar and the chamber beyond it.  But then from down the narrow hallway he heard a cry.

Heart thundering in his ears, he ran through the flames and smoke.  A timber fell, glancing off of his shoulder, and he hardly felt it, the need to find her overriding everything else.

He called for her, his voice swallowed by the raging fire.  Another timber fell, and a wall collapsed.  He jumped across a gaping hole in the floor, landing hard, but still moving.   The doorway ahead was edged in flames, the smoke and fire roiling like some kind of evil spirit. 

Ignoring the danger, he sprinted forward, through the opening, again calling her name.

And then, through the shimmering heat, he saw her, tied to the bedframe, her long hair unbound, her green eyes wide with fear. 

“Go back,” she screamed.

But he pushed onward, stumbling as still more of the burning tower fell.  “I’ll no’ leave you.”   His words were whipped away by the inferno surrounding them.  But he knew that she had heard him.

There were only a few feet between them now.  There was bruising on her face, and a trickle of blood at the corner of her beautiful mouth, and he swore there would be hell to pay.

But first, he had to free her.

He reached out a hand, but as he did so, the ceiling above him crashed to the ground.  One moment he was looking into her eyes—and the next, she was gone.

With the release of Dire Distraction, it feels as though the A-Tac series is over.  Have we seen the last of them, or are there further adventures in store? 

I think the team is ready for a well-deserved vacation.  That said, never say never, and I do expect at least one of them to turn up in a new romantic suspense series that will debuting late next year.  It’s hard to keep a good team down!  And they have friends… 

Escape_500x791You’ve also been doing novellas in your Last Chance, Inc. series.  What led you to start those, and will there be more?

 I was asked to participate in Lunch Hour Love Stories.  And couldn’t think of a better character to write about than Tracy from Last Chance.  As to more stories, nothing on the burner at the moment.  But Andrew (Nigel’s brother) seems to find himself in constant trouble, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he needed rescuing and Last Chance would be the first people he’d call.

You started out writing time travel romance, and I see that those are available again.  Could you tell us a bit about them?

Everything in its Time was my first novel, debuting back in 2000.  And it’s been really heart-warming to see how well it (and the other two time travels) have been received upon rerelease.  The three novels are only loosely related (in the dark recesses of my mind) but feature characters from the same families.  Both EIT and Wild Highland Rose take place in medieval Scotland about a year apart. 

promise_reissueAnd The Promise takes place in the 1880’s during the silver rush in Colorado.  Michael, the hero is related to both Iain and Marjory from the other two books.  The Promise is especially dear to my heart because although Silverthread is a fictional town, it’s based on Creede where I spent my summers growing up. 

All three time travels are tales of impossible love reaching beyond the boundaries of time.  And of course, being me, there’s a good dose of suspense as well. 

What’s the next thing we should look for from you, and when?

DeeDavis_HellFire_800Cottage in the Mist will be out this winter.  And just after that, Line of Fire

And in the meantime, I’ve just rereleased two novellas (along with two of Julie Kenner’s) in our Devil May Care Series.  Hell Fire and Hell’s Fury.

 Readers can connect with Dee via social media on these sites:

website:  www.deedavis.com; Twitter @deedavis

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/deedavisbooks

Dire_Distraction_lo_resDee is giving one commenter today a trade paperback of Dire Distraction (US only).  

So tell us what your favorite contemporary or historical setting is and why.

OR

Tell us what you like best about romantic suspense or paranormal romance.

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48 Comments

  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to visit me ?

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Helen says:

    Hi Dee and Nancy

    That excerpt is so good 🙂

    Sounds like you have been very busy I am not sure if I have a favourite contemporary on historical setting I enjoy them all and am very happy visitng places around the world 🙂 as for romantic suspense I guess it is the suspense the way that the hero is there to save the heroine even if she says she is fine the tension that ensuses will get me all the time and as for paranormal it is the different worlds and characters that are involved as in shape shifters vampires etc love them all

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Helen, I don’t really have a favorite setting, either, though I gravitate toward Regency over Victorian. I also like a variety. The element of danger, as you say, adds a particular kind of tension to romantic suspense, and I like that, too. With paranormal, it’s the worldbuilding, of whichever sort, that draws me in.

    • Dee Davis says:

      I think for me it’s almost always that element of danger. I’m watching Orphan Black right now, and although I love a million things about it, that heart pounding action tops the list! And like you, I love to travel to different times and places in books though the British Isles seem to top that list!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Time travel, especially when Scotland is involved own me.

  • Maureen says:

    I enjoy reading a lot of settings but one of my favorites is a small town where everyone knows each other.

    • Maureen, the community aspect is also what I like about small town settings. Have you read Jill Shalvis’s Animal Attraction or Lucky Harbor series?

    • Dee Davis says:

      I’m just beginning to explore that now with my new suspense series. And it’s been really fun getting to know people. I have always wanted to live on a little town where everyone knows each other. Me included. But have always moved too much yo get to have the experience.

  • Laurie G says:

    My Favorite Setting for Contemporary Suspense- New Orleans – The creepy above ground cemeteries, the French architecture, the occult and curses and taboos, Jazz history, artists around Jackson Square, the food, Bourbon Street, the crazy people who visit…

    Favorite historical Setting – Scotland – the endurance these people had to fight for their independence, clan loyalty, honor, integrity, athleticism to survive in the harsh Highlands, the beautiful vistas, the gorgeous lochs, the history

    Romantic suspense- the thrill and danger as someone steps up to protect another whether it be friend, lover, relative or a job, the resulting HEA

    Romance and mystery and a chase and a HEA Romantic suspense has it all!

    • Dee Davis says:

      Laurie, I think we’re sisters separated at birth. Love NOLA as a setting for suspense. Have only actually used it once but would love to do it again. And we already know how I feel about Scotland and romantic suspense. 🙂

    • Laurie, I love the way you explained your preferences. The danger is part of what draws me to RS. I enjoy visiting New Orleans and can see why it’s such a popular setting. I’m curious about the NCIS: New Orleans that’s coming this fall.

  • Deb says:

    OOOH, I loved the excerpt! I usually don’t like time travels because I have to many “what if” and “how” questions. But, I cannot wait to get this book.
    Welcome to the Lair, Dee, and for hosting, Nancy. Congrats on all of your works and WIP. Busy writer!
    I really like historical romances. I usually gravitate to Regency England, but love a good Scottish historical, which can be hard to find. I have always been intrigued with the American Revolution, but those story premises are hard to find. Gilbert Morris, and Sally Laity and Dianna Crawford wrote excellent American Revolution books, but may not appeal to everyone since they are Christian authors.

    But, yep, a good story with a Scot in a kilt…. 😉

    Congrats again!

    • Dee Davis says:

      Deb, I love American Revolutionary stories too! We’ve just moved to a house in Connecticut built in 1802 –so later in time, but still with echoes of the period. Would love to write a book set around this house. There’s just so much history here.

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Deb! The excerpt is all I’ve seen of Cottage in the Mist, but I loved Everything in Its Time and The Promise.

      I also like the American Revolution as a setting. I think Patricia Potter wrote some set in that time some years back, before the era became toxic with publishers. Honestly, much as I enjoy Regency and vague Regency/Victorian unspecified settings, I’d like to read something else now and again.

    • Deb says:

      sorry about the grammar mistake….too many questions….
      Edit button needed… 😉

  • Patty L. says:

    I love contemporary sports romances. The strong alpha male that is dedicated to his sport and his woman really do it for me (especially a football player).

    • Dee Davis says:

      Darn it. Somebody I love just finished a sports series. And of course my mind draws a blank. Will keep thinking on it and report back if my old feeble brain remembers!

    • Patty, I enjoy sports romances, too. Regina Hart has a great series about a basketball team in NY, the Brooklyn Monarchs. And of course there’s Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars. Seems a though I’ve read others, but I can’t recall them now.

  • Hi Dee (waving) –

    Just wanted to drop and say hi to Dee and scold her for such a wonderful exciting excerpt. I want to read more!!!

    I prefer paranormal – and especially time travel – to romantic suspense. Perhaps because the latter has that sense of history and fantasy that I love. Romantic suspense is just a little too real for me. I prefer to be taken away. 🙂

  • Hey Dee! Welcome back to the Lair and thanks Nancy for inviting her!

    Love time travels, so COTTAGE IN THE MIST is going on my TBR list. Gotta find out what’s behind that out of body experience for the hero!

    What do I like about paranormals and romantic suspense….hmmm

    Okay for paranormals it’s the suspension of the norm. I can go on an adventure, fight bad guys and know the world’s problems will be solved…temporarily.

    Now, for RS, it’s the pace of the books. The need to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen next. While contemporary romances are fun, RS, is more of a “must keep reading” event for me.

    Besides, I can’t seem to write a book without some dead body turning up, somewhere, 🙂

    • Dee Davis says:

      Suzanne I think you hit the nail on the head when you mention pacing and romantic suspense. It’s everything in the end isn’t it. For a good ride you have to set the right tempo!

    • Thanks, Suz! The dead bodies do ratchet up the jeopardy, don’t they? I do like the edginess of RS.

      I also enjoy the freedom paranormal offers authors to create worlds that don’t fit with this one.

  • Dee Davis says:

    I should add that you guys are the first to see the excerpt! The very first. So sighing with relief here that you don’t hate it

  • catslady says:

    I love Scottish historicals – it calls to me. I like to be taken away and it seems the further back the better. But I also love romantic suspense and paranormals – love the unknown and to be surprised! And time travels are great too since they hold a little bit of new and old. Basically, I enjoy variety lol.

  • bn100 says:

    Don’t really care about settings; more interested in the story

  • Wow, Dee! I’m tired just reading all of the things you have going! Make a gal feel like a slacker, will you? 🙂

    And what an awesome excerpt! Now I HAVE to know what happens!

    When it comes to historical romance I am a Regency lover, but I do have a soft spot in my heart for medieval Scotland as well.

    I love paranormal romance for its anything goes quality. Don’t get me wrong. Whatever world a writer creates it has to be solidly thought out to the point when I look up from the book it takes me a minute to get my bearings in reality. That’s the kind of paranormal romance I LOVE to read.

    • Dee Davis says:

      The world is everything. Grab me. Hold me. Take me away! I think that’s what I love so much about Game of Thrones!

    • Louisa, I also enjoy the “anything goes” aspect of paranormal romance. For historical settings, I like Regency/Victorian, but I also have a weakness for medieval England. I wish it were currently more popular.

  • Shannon says:

    I am torn between three settings: Regency England, Georgian England (men’s clothes are so much brighter); or steam punk Victorian era. Do I have to pick one?

  • Cassondra says:

    Hello, and welcome Dee!

    Wow, what an excerpt!

    I have to say that you’ve (apparently) nailed my favorite historical setting. I love Scotland I would actually like to see more contemporary romance set in Scotland, but I don’t see a lot of it.

    As to contemporary, almost any place will do for that, although my preference is for English-speaking countries. Not sure why except that it’s easy to read, and these days, I’m all about easy in my entertainment.

    Huge congratulations on all that you have going on. My goodness, you’ve been busy in the cave. Love it that you’re getting to follow up an early book. So often those first books are books of the heart, and so often the publisher doesn’t buy the second one, for whatever reason. I almost always enjoy the follow-ups to those early works.

    • Dee Davis says:

      You are so right about the first being the book of the heart. And to get to revisit that world is a great luxury and a challenge all at the same time . I think contemporary Scotland would be awesome as well. Most of the ones I can think of are actually time travels….so sort of contemporary sort of not!

    • Cassondra, isn’t that excerpt great? I also enjoy Scotland, though I lean more toward England. And I love seeing authors revisit earlier series–and earlier couples.

  • Becke says:

    Great cliffhanger excerpt.

    So tell us what your favorite contemporary or historical setting is and why.

    Scotland, American West, and Australian

    Tell us what you like best about romantic suspense or paranormal romance.

    Suspense gives the romance more immediate action.
    b

    • Dee Davis says:

      Becke,

      I love the American West as well. Grew up with that as my dad adored it. The Promise, the third in my time travel series is my tribute to my father’s (and my) love of the west and particularly the silver rush in the Colorado Mountains!

    • Becke, why Australian? There are some books set in Australia that are similar to the American West. Is that why you picked it?

      • Becke says:

        I was thinking along the lines of Man From Snowy River. So yeah, it’s western with a flare for the exotic for US readers.
        b