Guest Author & Giveaway: Shiloh Walker featuring "The Unwilling" from Hot in Handcuffs Anthology

Tuesday, July 17

Last week author Shayla Black was my guest to talk about her story in the new anthology Hot in Handcuffs, and at the end I mentioned that Shiloh Walker was going to be my guest the following week...for the same book.  That might seem odd, and frankly I think it is a Musings' first, but when I was given the opportunity to have one of my favorite authors as a guest...."sorry, but no thanks" wasn't even in my vocabulary, because it's more like a blogging dream come true!

Author Shiloh Walker is my special guest today, to share with us her story, "The Unwilling" in the Hot in Handcuffs anthology.  Enjoy!

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Welcome to Seductive Musings Shiloh! I think it is safe to say that you are one of my FAVORITE Romantic Suspense authors!  I sing the praises of Broken to just about anyone who will listen (no joking), then there was the Ash Trilogy...amazing!  For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story and what makes writing romantic suspense stories so compellingly seductive to your Muse?

I want a match.  A hero and a heroine who fit each other…I want the book to be all about give and take—each of them have to have something to offer the other, and I don’t want either of them to be perfect.  The more flawed they are, the harder they have to work for it, the more satisfying the happy ever after is.

Hmmm.  About romantic suspense?  I don’t know.  Maybe my paranoia?  You read the Ash trilogy, right?  So you know how Law mentions that he’s the one who worries about the cop car following him even though he didn’t do anything?  And he’s almost a card-carrying member of Conspiracies R Us?  That’s me.  I always see conspiracies and mysteries and problems…even when they don’t exist.

I was very excited when I first learned about Hot in Handcuffs because it had three of my favorite authors in one book...you, Shayla Black, and Sylvia Day.  That’s pretty much a guaranteed great read!  What do you love most about writing stories for anthologies?  And do you find them harder or easier to write than your full length books.

Well, I haven’t really written that many anthologies.  There are a handful out there, but I’ve got a lot of books, so it doesn’t seem like many to me.  I’d love to do more, to be honest, especially if we can do it the way Sylvia and Shayla and I did this one…putting our heads together and having some idea about what we’re doing, then just running with it.

I do like the fact that having a mix of writers and writing styles can help introduce readers to authors they might not have read before, and I love being in an anthology with Sylvia and Shayla…they are two wonderful friends and it’s just awesome to work with them on anything.

Your newest story, "The Unwilling" is related to both The Missing and The Departed. Can you tell us how many stories are planned for this series?  How they are all related, and for someone who has not had the pleasure of reading the previous two books, can you give us a brief summary about each of these stories? And do they need to be read in order?

The connecting thread is what the characters do…at least one, if not both, of the main characters are psychic and they work for, as I call it, a special task force of the FBI that technically doesn’t exist.  It’s headed up by Taylor Jones, who was the hero of THE DEPARTED.

THE MISSING was the first book, and it’s a friends to lovers/reunited lovers sort of story…Taige was a psychic who fell in love with a boy she met in the town of Gulf Shores.  Cullen knew about her abilities and accepted her for what she was…but a tragedy ripped them apart.  Years later, he’s a widower, his daughter is kidnapped and he turns to the one person he knows he can trust…Taige.

THE DEPARTED is Taylor’s book, and plain and simple, I tell everybody this is the ASSHOLE’S book.  The book that wasn’t going to be written.  Taylor was introduced in Taige’s book and he was a jerk.  I had no intention of writing him a story but people kept asking when he’d get a book.  They kept asking, and asking.  The first person to ask was one of my beta readers, P. and I said, “No…he’s a jerk.”  I kept up that line for years, and then I was out to lunch with a writer, Rob Thurman and she’d read it, asked the same question.  I gave her the same response… “No…he’s not getting a book.  He’s an asshole. He’s a jerk. No. No. No.”  She just laughed and said, “Yes!  He’s an asshole.  We need to know why…”

Why is a dangerous question to ask a writer.  Okay.  So I asked myself…Why is he a jerk? Is there a reason?  Oh…Yes.  If you want to know, you’ll have to read it.  But it involves somebody he lost, a long time ago.  And that loss was the driving force behind everything he does.  And he’s the driving force behind the entire team.

The Unwilling, in the anthology Hot in Handcuffs, is a novella, whereas The Missing and The Departed are full length novels.  What was it about Mica and Colby’s story that made it perfect for this anthology instead of a full length novel?

Well, they’d already been involved…the connection was already there.  And although it seems like a cop-out answer…some stories are just meant to be shorter.  Some are meant to be longer.  Colby and Mica didn’t have a long story to tell.

Tell us more about your hero, Colby Mathis.  What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Mica, fall in love with him? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in The Unwilling?

Colby…well, he’s eaten up with guilt over a mistake he made.  He’s planning on wasting the rest of his life being a beach bum and he’s doing pretty good, too.  But then his gift keeps sneaking in on him.

He’s…intense.  That’s what drew Mica to him, and in the end, that’s what scared her the most.  She wasn’t ready, then.  She is now.

In short, it’s a reunited lover story…murder style.

What's your favorite scene or moment from The Unwilling, and why? Can you describe it (or provide a short excerpt) for us without giving too much away?

EXCERPT

“You’re right. Once you get us on the right trail, we’ll probably be running night and day to get this thing wrapped up, and until that happens, you’re going to be pushed. Hard.” She pushed a shaking hand through her hair and then hefted her bag higher, rooting through it. Pulling out the file, she left it lying on the narrow work desk. “So you should rest. You can go through this whenever. I’ll . . . um, I guess I’ll call in a few hours. You can rest and then go through it and . . .”

She let her words trail off as she headed for the door. Get out. That was what she needed to do. Get out of here.

She almost made it to the door.

But Mica made the bad mistake of looking backward.

Looking . . . and falling into Colby’s gaze. He’d followed her and he stood only a wish away. Blue eyes, darkened by so many shadows, held hers. A hand came up, touching her cheek lightly. She felt that touch tremble through her entire body—it was like a shockwave. He went to pull away and she caught his wrist.

This is a bad, bad idea, she thought.

Very bad. And still, she found herself reaching for him with her other hand. When he just stood there, she went to him.

Lashes lowered over his eyes, shielding them.

“Mica.”

She pressed her lips to his chin, then brushed them along the line of his jaw. “Yeah?”

“This isn’t smart.”

“No. You’re right.” She pushed her hand into his hair, memory flooding her as it twined around her fingers. “I don’t much care.”

Tipping her head back, she stared into his eyes. “Do you?”

“I should.” He closed his eyes. “I probably will . . . later.”

As his mouth came crushing down on hers, she thought, Let’s hear it for later . . .

What are a few sexy & suspenseful facts about this book that readers would love to know?
  • I was writing it while I was going through Texas on vacation…I don’t know that you can call this sexy, but there ya go.
  • Originally, it was going to be set in Tennessee.  And somebody was going to be kidnapped.  But I shelved that idea.  It might be a different story later.
  • In my mind, Mica looks a lot like Zooey Deschanel and Colby looks a lot like Matt Damon.  You can see what the others look like on my board for the FBI Psychics over on Pinterest.
Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?

The next FBI book will be THE REUNITED, out early next year.  There’s also STOLEN, which is a standalone romantic suspense, due out in October.  FRAGILE is being released in mass market paperback.  I’m also releasing an urban fantasy title, BLADE SONG, under my new alter ego, J.C Daniels…it will probably appeal to those who liked my paranormal romances.  It’s releasing in ebook in August.


Three stories from three of the hottest authors! Allow yourself to imagine the man behind the dark sunglasses. Hear the purr of his zipper as he lowers it, then reaches for the shiny metal hanging from his black leather belt. It’s futile to resist arrest. Give yourself up to the fantasy. Besides, he thinks you’re so hot in handcuffs… 

FBI Agent Jon Bocelli never stopped wanting beautiful professor Lucia DiStefano. She's interested in taking her first lover, and he intends to be that man. When her past puts her life in danger, Jon risks everything to save her and prove this fling is forever.

When Deputy Marshal Jared Cameron investigates a series of arson attacks in a seaside town, the biggest blast of heat comes from sexy fire inspector Darcy Michaels—until their scorching after-hours affair is compromised by a secret from Darcy’s past. 

Mica Greer and her former lover, ex-FBI agent Colby Mathis once shared an intimate past and a powerful psychic gift. Now, they’ve been reunited by a bizarre series of murders—and an electrifying passion that could put them both in jeopardy.

Read an excerpt from "The Unwilling"

And for your reading enjoyment, here's an additional exclusive excerpt in the flipbook below:

or read it in a Google document here.

 
 
Thank you Shiloh for taking time out of your very busy schedule to be my guest today!  Broken wasn't my favorite romance from 2010 for no reason, it was A-mazing, and I've been a big fangirl ever since.
 
If you'd like to learn more about Shiloh Walker and the books she writes you can find her at her website www.shilohwalker.com, her blog, Twitter, Facebook, & Pinterest.

To celebrate the release of the anthology Hot in Handcuffs, Shiloh's publisher Berkely Heat would like to giveaway a print copy of the book to one lucky Musings follower.  And you've got not one, but two chances to enter to win this book if you enter to win at this interview and at Shayla Black's interview from last week.  Here's how you can enter to win one entry today....

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10 Comments:

Anne July 17, 2012 at 8:06 AM  

While I enjoyed the whole post, I realy liked the story blurbs. While the cover gets me to pick up (or click on) a book, it's the blurb that usually sells me.

GFC Anne38

erin July 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM  

Thanks for a great interview! Congrats Shiloh on a great career and I'm so excited for all your new releases!

I love Shiloh's work but I haven't had a chance to really read a lot of her books. I've really wanted to read this series! I really enjoyed this interview cuz it's fun to hear all the "behind the scenes" stuff.

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Lon July 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM  

I luv the way she wrote the book while driving through texas on vacation, think that's funny. I enjoy Shiloh's Hunters series very much. thx much

Maria pronounced Mariah July 17, 2012 at 2:33 PM  

I have to be honest I have never read any of Shiloh's (or Sylvia's) books before (hangs head in shame). But I will say that the excert has me read to read them now! I am alread a fan of Shayla Blacks so I will be getting this book for sure one way or another! I especially like the excert. Colby sounds hot with his beach bum self.

Thanks so much!

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JenM July 17, 2012 at 6:21 PM  

I always like reading excerpts from a story because the writing style is a big piece of whether I will like it. I'm already a fan of Shiloh and Sylvia though, so I'd be interested in this anthology regardless.

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Tore July 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM  

I love hearing about Shiloh's work. I really want to read her books. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

Julianne July 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM  

My favorite part of the interview was Shiloh's description of Colby.
All of his guilt about a mistake that he had made and that he's wasting his life as a beach bum. I'm a sucker for a redemption story. It sounds like Colby needs a little redemption.
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donnas July 18, 2012 at 12:39 AM  

I like the facts about the book like where it was written, ideas that were taken out, etc

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June M. July 18, 2012 at 2:59 AM  

I love the sound of Colby, eaten up with guilt, planning on wasting his life as a beach bum, intense, etc. I can't wait to read more. Oh, and I love the description:

"In short, it’s a reunited lover story…murder style."
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Suzie July 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM  

Shiloh thanks for sharing. I do like the fact that your characters need to fit and there is give and take. I think it's great that you don't want perfect heroes and heroines. It helps me relate to characters who have flaws.

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