Elke Feuer visits the Lair!

Elke Feuer - Author PhotoWe Banditas love to introduce you readers and Bandit Buddies to new authors here in the Bandit Lair. Sometimes it’s old friends who have made the jump over the line from unpublished to published authorhood. Other time it’s new friends we’ve met at a conference or books signing. In fact, that’s how I met today’s guest, Elke Feuer. We were seated next to each other at the National RWA multi-author literacy book signing. We chatted between readers stopping to “discover” us newbie authors and after we got home, we’ve been chatting on FaceBook ever since.

So please welcome my friend, author Elke Feuer, who is here to tell us about the first book in her new series….

Suz: Hi, Elke! Pull up a bar stool here at the Lair’s main bar. Our bartender/resident masseuse/houseman Sven will mix you up anything you’d like!

Elke: Hi, Suz! A multitalented man? You might not get rid of me. Hmm. How about a glass of merlot to start, a neck massage, and then my light bulbs changed? I’m certain my husband won’t mind. 😉

Suz: So, we love “road to publication” stories. Tell us how about yours.

Elke: I wish I could say it was an exciting one with tales of stalking…umm, pitching to an editor in the bathroom stall next to mine who needed a roll of toilet paper, but it was very ordinary. I got an email that a new romance publisher was looking for submissions. I hadn’t planned on sending anything because I was pregnant at the time, but thankfully my bff reminded me that my chances of being selected were slim to none, so why not send something anyway. As luck would have it, two weeks after my daughter was born, I got an email saying my book, FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ, was going to be published. Needless to say, 2012 was a great year for me! 

Suz: DEADLY BLOODLINES is the first book in your “Deadly Series”. Tell us a little bit about the series.barnesnoble_kobo_cover

Elke: Sure thing, Suz. Cayman is a small island, but has a huge melting pot of cultures I wanted to reflect in the series. There are four books and each one has its own unique set of characters and stories. They’re all based in Cayman and are chock full of suspense and romance with hints of mystery, and a mixture of dark and funny themes. That’s not a mouthful. LOL!

Suz: Without giving us the secrets of the book, can you tell us how your heroine, Angel Mason who is on the trail of serial killer is personally involved in the case.

Elke: Love to! The serial killer Angel’s chasing is copycatting her mother’s murders from twenty years ago. She’s forced to remember things she doesn’t want to, and deal with childhood secrets that come from all directions.

Pro­logue

There she is!

Sweat cov­ered his palms as she stepped out her front door. His heart beat wildly and his breath hitched in his chest, as if some­one had punched him in the stom­ach. Only she had that power over him. A power she had held the moment he first saw her.

She locked her apart­ment door and headed down the stairs to the ground floor of the build­ing. Her hair was pulled into a pony­tail, mak­ing him won­der why she never let it down. She had shoulder-length, beau­ti­ful ebony hair he knew would feel soft beneath his fin­ger­tips, and smell like the sea she loved to swim in at night. Many nights he watched her swim, her lean body mov­ing through the dark water that was some­times kissed by the reflec­tion of moon­light. Those were the nights he looked for­ward to, that he longed for. That slight smile she wore on her face when she fin­ished swimming.

He didn’t judge her past. It was what he liked most about her; what drew him to her.

She got into her car and drove away with­out see­ing him. It didn’t mat­ter; he planned it that way. He started his car and let his fin­ger­tips stroke the smooth leather of the steer­ing wheel from one side to the other, imag­in­ing it was her skin, before grip­ping it tightly.

Soon. Soon she’d be his.

Chap­ter 1

Angel Mason sat on the edge of her bed and squished the thick caramel car­pet between her toes, assur­ance the deadly grip of another night­mare was gone.

On the night­stand her phone vibrated, star­tling her. It was Dustin Williams, Chief Super­in­ten­dent. The time, 6:30 a.m., flashed in red from her clock. She cleared her throat and prayed there was no trace of the bot­tle of vodka she’d fin­ished off the night before in her voice. “Inspec­tor Angel.”

“Dead body at Galleon Bay.” He never minced words.

“Some tourist die in their sleep?”

“No, looks like she was murdered.”

Brit­tle silence hung in the air as the words echoed in her mind like a bro­ken record.

“Angel?”

“I’ll be there in half an hour,” she stammered.

“Good, I want this dealt with quickly. There hasn’t been a tourist mur­dered on the island since…”

“Since Mered­ith,” she fin­ished for him.

“Yeah, and we remem­ber how that turned out,” he said dryly.

The phone imprinted her hand as she squeezed it. No one had for­got­ten how it turned out, least of all her—no mat­ter how hard she tried.

“I want you to col­lect the evi­dence,” Williams said.

“What? Why?” She didn’t nor­mally ques­tion his deci­sions, but she hadn’t worked in foren­sics since she had been pro­moted to inspector.

“You’re the most expe­ri­enced scene of crime offi­cer we have.”

“I’ll take care of it, sir,” Angel assured him.

“John­son, Sanchez, and Ebanks are already there con­trol­ling the traf­fic and crowd,” he said, his voice sound­ing miles away.

“Yes, sir.”

The phone went dead with­out a good­bye, not that she expected one. He didn’t con­verse beyond neces­sity, but she never took it per­son­ally. He was like that with everyone.

She went to the bath­room, took out the bot­tle of painkillers on the sec­ond shelf of the cab­i­net on the wall, and downed two.

As the pills made their way to her queasy stom­ach, she searched the cloud in her head for how she had got­ten to bed last night. Left­over Chi­nese and drift­ing to sleep dur­ing the nightly news in a vodka-induced haze was all she remembered.

Hor­ri­fy­ing screams and blood splat­tered across her hand paraded before her, remain­ing trick­les from her dream, and the smell of blood filled her nose.

“No!” She gripped the edges of the porce­lain sink to steady her­self and clear her mind of the images. Her dreams were becom­ing more fre­quent and the vivid details lin­ger­ing long after she awoke.

She let out the breath she was hold­ing and splashed cold water on her face. The reflec­tion in the mir­ror was an unwanted reminder that she couldn’t escape her her­itage or the his­tory that came with it, and there was noth­ing she could do about it.

Once she show­ered and got dressed, she pulled her hair into a pony­tail. She walked down the short beige cor­ri­dor to the liv­ing room and grabbed her keys off the hook on the wall. The cool morn­ing air blew against her makeup-free face when she opened the door. She inhaled the salty air, and watched the sun peak­ing over the hori­zon of the ocean. They calmed her nerves as she made her way down the stairs and to her car. Start­ing the engine, she pulled out of the park­ing lot and towards the hotel where Mered­ith, her mother, had worked before she was arrested for mur­der­ing the guests.

Suz: Wow! Poor Angel certainly has a huge past to overcome! Your hero Bren MacDougal is an unusual hero in a romantic suspense. How did you decide on making him a Professor of psychology?

Elke: Oh boy! He went through a million professions first. I wanted him to be closely involved with Angel and the case, but he also needed to be someone who’d force her (and help her) to confront her own fears and demons so she could heal emotionally. Angel is a brooder (so not a cliché for an inspector, right?) and needed someone who’d understand what she’s going through. Someone who was funny and light hearted wouldn’t have made it through her many defenses or put up with her the way Bren does. 

iStock_000012934413_MediumSuz: One of the things you and I talked about the night we met was that you’re from the Cayman Islands. **so jealous here**. You use it as a setting for DEADLY BLOODLINES. What’s it like trying to write in such a beautiful spot and not want to be out on the beach instead? What’s your favorite part of living there?

Elke: Haha! Everyone’s jealous until they realize we go to work every day and don’t get to hang out at the beach every weekend. Wait…what am I saying? Two of the properties I manage are on the beach. Okay, scrap that. LOL!

I love writing about where I live! It’s easy to get to locations, and there’s usually someone in the coffee shop who can answer questions. How cool is that?! Then there’s the support you get from a small community. It’s better than being a celebrity, because it’s impossible to get snarky. Hehe! But seriously, the best part has been having people I know come up and say that I inspired them to follow a dream, or get them excited about their own writing again. An amazing feeling!SONY DSC

I admit that I sometimes take for granted that I live on a beautiful island in the Caribbean. I drive by the ocean every day and I get to go to the beach for work! I have to remind myself to stop and enjoy the ocean views, white sandy beaches, and smell the salt air. Crazy right? I suppose it’s like living in Paris and taking the Eifel Tower for granted.

Suz: What’s next in your “Deadly Series?”

Elke: Book two, DEADLY RACE! I love, love, love this story! Did I mention I love this book? LOL! The best part is the heroine who’s spunky, driven, and snarky. What a great combination for her love interest who’s shy, uptight, and about to find out that the kind of woman he wants isn’t the one he really needs.

My second favorite thing about this book is that my heroine is a racecar driver on a small island where racing is highly competitive, and an all-male sport. To say she needs kahoona’s the size of bowling balls would be an understatement. J

SONY DSCIt was a blast to write and I’m eager to see if readers love the characters and story as much as I do. The scheduled release date is September 2014.

Thanks so much for having me, Suz, it was fun catching up and sharing a little about myself and my books.  Sven, you were great…I mean the drink was delicious. 😉 

 

My question for the readers: If you could spend a month anywhere in the world where would it be? Why? I’ll giveaway (2 copies) for my first book, FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ. http://viewBook.at/ForTheLoveOfJazz 
 
Elke’s website: http://elkefeuer.com/ 
 
Don’t forget you can order any books on the Romance Bandits pages by clicking on the covers!
 

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  • flchen1 says:

    Great to meet you, Elke, and welcome to the Lair! Glad everyone’s making you right at home!

    What a terrific story your new one sounds like–very exciting and page-turning premise!

    As for where I’d love to spend a month, at the moment I wouldn’t be too picky–anywhere I can be with my TBR and room service! 😀 In a month, I might be able to make a little headway 😉 (Of course, since I’m still adding to it as we speak, I’m unlikely to ever really catch up!) Your island sounds a bit like paradise as a possibility 🙂

    And I love the sounds of Deadly Race–will be keeping my eyes out for that for sure!

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Nice to meet you too! A very warm welcome. Love it!

      Awe, thanks for your lovely comments!

      LOL! I’m with you. I’d kill to get a month to do nothing but read and write the gazillion stories in my heads. My TBR list is a black hole from which there is no escape. 🙂

      Cayman is a paradise. I’ll save you a spot on my hammock. 🙂

    • Hey Fedora!!

      At least if you go on vacation for a month the GR won’t be there the whole time to interrupt your reading!

      A month to do nothing but read? I like how you plan a vacation!!

  • Patty L. says:

    One month in the Cayman Islands would’ve amazing. I adore the beach but I would not have my husband there (not much of a beach guy) so I guess if I want to stay married I would have to travel to either Scotland or Ireland for a month. That is a dream of ours to travel both countries.

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Hi, Patty!

      I’m certain we could find something to keep him occupied so you could have your beach time. 🙂

      Scotland and Ireland are beautiful. They’re on my bucket list too. I love castles, but I know I’d need more than a month. 🙂

    • Hey Patty!

      Scotland is on my dream vacation list and Ireland is on one of my dauthers’ list. So, we always talk about leaving the guys and kids at home and going to Ireland and Scotland…and since we’re close by, England, too!

  • Amy Conley says:

    I love the Caymens…heaven.
    vacation anywhere for one month, New Zealand.

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Thanks, Amy! They are heaven.

      Don’t know much about New Zealand, but I’m certain it’s fascinating with lots to see and enjoy. Hope you make it there!

    • Amy, I’m jealous you’ve been to the Caymans!! When did you go?

      I’d never thought much about vacationing in New Zealand until a friend of mine got engaged to a man from there. Her pictures of visiting his family were fabulous!

      • Amy Conley says:

        We went to the Caymens 15 years ago for our 15th wedding anniversary. We even went to Hell while we were there. Very interesting.

        One of my best friends, whom I’ve never met, in person lives on the North Island. But because of her, I’ve already traveled all over both islands. Where she lives nosw is further Inland and north, but it is a huge vacation spot with fairky regular warm temps year round and I can’t wIat to see it and her. 🙂

  • Helen says:

    Hi Elke

    Lovely to have you here and I do so love the sound of these stories and the Cayman Islands sounds wonderful where would I like to spen a month at the moment maybe cruising around a lot of Islands in The Pacific and with my TBR pile as well LOL

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Hi Helen,

      Happy to be here. Such fun!

      Ooh! Cruises are great! I know a fellow author who sailed around the South Pacific. He said it was a life changing experience. Hope yours is too, Helen.

      Yeah, can’t leave behind that TBR list. LOL!

    • Hey Helen!

      A South Pacific cruise? Never thought of it. When I think cruises, I think, the West Indies and Bahamas and Caymans or Alaska or the Mediterranean. Unfortunately the Jazzman will never go on one. Sigh.

  • Quantum says:

    I’m trying out a number of suspense authors at present and just downloaded ‘Deadly Bloodlines’… it sounds a great storyline. Bren MacDougal as a psychology professor sounds perfect as the best suspense gets into the minds of villains and victims .

    In the UK we have some beautiful beaches but it’s often a bit chilly for sunbathing. The Cayman islands sound fabulous!

    However, I think I would spend my month as an astronaut. Getting that spiritual feeling viewing the Earth from space, strolling around the moon and exploring some of the moons of Saturn.

    I might need a partner to share the excitement!

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Thanks for downloading the book! Bren is a great fit as a hero for Angel. I hope you enjoy the story and characters.

      My dad is English so I know all about those chilly beach days. Well, they were chilly for this Caribbean gal. 🙂

      Ooh! Me, Me, Me! I’ll be your partner to visit space. A dream of mine too! What you have in mind while we’re up there sounds delightful. I’d love to do space walk, but I may have to settle for one of Virgin Airlines’ trips. I’m saving for my ticket as we speak. LOL!

      • Quantum says:

        Elke, you just passed my ‘awesome author’ test!
        Deadly Bloodlines just shot to the top of the TBR 🙂

        • Elke Feuer says:

          Quantum,

          I passed a test I didn’t have to study for? Whoo hoo! *Doing my happy dance* that my book is further up your TBR list. I know what a challenge that is. 🙂

          Awesome name by the way. Is it from the series Quantum Leap?

    • Quantum,

      What a fantastic vacation idea! Floating around the world, observing earth and moon. Now you have me wanting to vacation in outerspace!

  • Shannon says:

    I’m for London, Bath, Paris, and the Rivera. When I go somewhere, I’m more a sightseer than lounge on the beach type, but I’ll take a little of that. I want see place that have featured in my favorite novels.

    • Shannon,

      I can tell you’ve been thinking about this for some time! I see a European tour in your future!

      And I’m thinking Bath is on that list due to lots of Regency reading, perhaps?

  • Elke Feuer says:

    Those all sound nice, Shannon! Each country has so much to see that sightseeing is a great way to soak it all in.

    Traveling to places you’ve read about is a wonderful feeling! Like visiting a friend you met online. Hope you make it to all the places on your list and get to see all they have to offer.

  • Hi Elke –

    Hey, I’ve been to Cayman! Well…Hell actually. LOL. We stopped at Hell for a little bit before continuing on to a sea turtle farm – huge powerful beasts.

    Hmmm…a month in one place,,,heck – I’d enjoy a month vacation in just about anywhere. It takes a month to sort of feel one with the place. I’d love to spend a month in England, Scotland, France, Germany,…just about anywhere.

    Wishing you much success with your release, Elke!

    • Donna,

      Isn’t it weird to think of a month’s vactaion anywhere? I know in Europe a vacation is way longer than we take here in the states. The longest time I’ve been anywhere other than my mom’s is a week. I’ve done 10 days at Mom’s a few times, but the Jazzman is usually antsy to have me back home by then.

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Hi Donna,

      I’m thrilled you enjoyed your trip to Cayman, and hell. 🙂

      Yes, a month vacation would be nice wouldn’t it?

      Scotland and France are on my list too! Have some fun for me when you get there. 🙂

  • sandyg265 says:

    I’d pick Australia because I’ve always wanted to go there.

    • Sandy,

      I’d love to go to Australia, too. I think a month would be a minimum amount of time to go there. You’d have to get used to the time difference, then there is so much to see across a whole contienent! And of course I’d have to spend time with Anna Campbell and Christina Brooke. 🙂

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Australia is great, Sandy! I spent three weeks there and didn’t even scratch the surface. It’s a wonderful diverse country in culture and environments. I had a blast!

      Hope you get there!

  • Good morning, Elke!!

    Sorry it took me a while to get here this morning. I had trouble getting to sleep last night with all the paint fumes in my house!! Remodeling is a rather stinky business!! 😉

    First, I have to say again how much I enjoyed DEADLY BLOODLINES!

    As for vacations here they are in order:

    1. Scoltand/England/Ireland
    2. a beach house on the outerbanks in North Carolina with my kids and grandkids
    3. Driving through New England in the fall and ending up at my CP’s house in NH
    4. Alaska in June.

    Sigh…I need lots of month long vacations, apparently!

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Morning, Suz!

      Ugh to the paint fumes, but I saw the pictures on FB for the other remodeling. Hope the kitchen turns out as great as the bathroom.

      Awe, thanks! You’re making me blush! 🙂

      Great list of places. Looks like you need a lot of research for your upcoming books. 😉 That’s what I tell my hubbie.

      My list (and this is the short version) is:
      -France/Ireland/Scotland/Florence
      -China
      -Egypt
      -Alaskan cruise
      -Space (of course!)

      • Love your choices, although after living in TX summers, I think I could avoid Egypt. 🙂

        Another place I’d love to visit for a long extended stay would be Tuscany.

  • catslady says:

    There are so many places I would love to visit but if I had to pick just one place it would be Sicily. All m y ancestors came from there. It’s a small place called Cefalo but it’s right next to Palermo which is now a large resort town.

    • Hey Catslady!

      Love the idea of you visiting where your ancestors are from. That’s one of the reasons I want to go to Scotland, that’s where some of mine are from.

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Hi Catslady,

      Visiting places your family is from would be nice especially Sicily.

      My family is a melting pot so I’d have a lot of traveling to do. LOL!

  • Hi Suz! Hi Elke and welcome to the lair. Great interview, girls. Elke, congratulations on your new books. They sound great. We love our romantic suspense in the lair as I’m sure Suz has told you.

    Love those photos of the Caymans. As I’m currently deep, deep in the deadline cave, all that sun and sand and sea just makes me want to cry. Or buy an airline ticket!

    Hmm, a month anywhere? Usually I’d say somewhere full of historical sites like London or Rome or Venice, but given how much I’d like a break at the moment, let’s say Tahiti or Hawaii.

    • Hey Anna C!

      Aren’t those pictures of the Caymans fantastic? They so make me want to walk along the beach barefoot, the waves lapping at my toes. Sigh.

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Hi Anna!

      Suz gave me the rundown. It’s been a very warm welcome.

      Me too! My favorite is the hammock.

      Tahiti is awesome! There’s a hotel with huts out on the water that sticks in my mind.

      Good luck with your writing deadlines. Hope you get out of the cave soon. 🙂

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Elke, welcome to The Lair! Can you get us a rental on the beach? Not of us, of course, for Sven..he’s a bit pale and could do with some sun 😀

    Your series sounds exciting! Can’t wait to read them

    • LOL, Joanie, poor Sven does look a bit pale…wait, he’s Scandanavian…uhm…he’s always pale!!

      And I know where YOU’D go for vacation…the land of the Irish. 🙂

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Hi Joan,

      Thanks! I’m sure I could arrange a special hammock just for Sven. If his pale skin doesn’t tan, he’ll still get a lovely pink and taste…I mean smell salty. 😉

      Ireland is on my list too, Joan, if only to hear the men speak. Yummy!

  • bn100 says:

    maybe Florida for the amusement parks

  • Elke, welcome, and congrats on your new release!

    Picking a place to spend a month is easy for me. I’d go with England. Wouldn’t even have to think about it. I’ve been there and know I like it, so I’d be safe to pick it.

  • Cathy P says:

    Welcome to the Lair, Elke! Your books sound fabulous. If I had a month for vacation, I would love to go to Scotland and New Zealand.

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Thanks, Cathy! I love that it’s a lair!

      Scotland is on my list too. They have amazing castles I’d love to walk through and learn about.

  • Wow!! I love that excerpt! Where’s my Kindle? I’m ordering it now.

    Welcome to the Lair, Elke! So glad Sven was able to take care of you. Congratulations on this new series. Can’t wait to see more!

    Ordinarily, I would choose Scotland for a month, but lately I’ve been dreaming of Australia. I’m dying to go there!

    Wonderful interview, Suz. Thanks so much for introducing us to Elke. 🙂

    • Elke Feuer says:

      Hi Kate,

      You’ve made my night!

      You’ll love it! I was there for three weeks and wish I had more time as there was so much to see.

      BTW. Love your book covers and website. Adorable! Probably not what you want to hear about your mystery books, but couldn’t help saying it. 🙂

  • Laurie G says:

    I’d love to visit Tahiti and Switzerland.

  • catslady says:

    The further back in time the more I seem to be fascinated by it so I would pick Medieval times and work my way forward. I like the idea of being able to time travel and having the option of coming and going at will, especially if things start getting uncomfortable lol. Congrats on your book!

    • Elke Feuer says:

      I can totally relate to wanting to visit Medieval times. Any time in fact. I used to fantasize I had special powers that allowed me to travel through time. I’ll let you know if I discover the secret. 🙂