Friday, July 20, 2012

The Story Behind My Story: FIRST DO NO EVIL


Congratulations to Elizabeth G., the winner of Carey's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

I'm a physician as well as an author. I remember distinctly the first time a pharmaceutical rep came into my office and "detailed" me on a vaccine that prevents cervical cancer. I was thrilled to learn about this "miracle drug". A vaccine that could actually prevent cancer! I could hardly contain my excitement.

In the months and years that followed, however, I observed the controversy that arose as this new, unfamiliar type of vaccination was implemented, and it got me wondering, "What's coming next? Will we be able to prevent other types of cancer, like breast cancer, through vaccines in the near future? How will those vaccines be received?"

These were the questions that set me to work on my new romantic thriller, FIRST DO NO EVIL.

In FIRST DO NO EVIL, Dr. Skylar Novak and detective Daniel Benson find themselves at the center of a violent storm swirling around a controversial new vaccine that prevents breast cancer.  Specifically, it prevents breast cancers caused by the BRCA gene (which is real) by repairing the faulty gene with special RNA.  Sadly, the vaccine is fictional, but many researchers are hard at work to develop a real one. It's my hope and my expectation that a true breast cancer vaccine will be available in the near future.

I call FIRST DO NO EVIL a romantic thriller because that's exactly what it is. It's absolutely a romance, but at the same time it's a full-blown thriller. If, like me, you love both this story just might be for you.  Here's a blurb for those of you who are interested:

Blood Secrets book 1

One killer is in her blood. The other is in her house.
There’s a killer lurking in Dr. Skylar Novak’s family tree: the gene for breast cancer. That's why her brilliant brother invented the Bella vaccine. But even if the miracle drug protects her from the cancer that took her mother's life, it can't save Sky from the flesh and bone evil stalking her in secret.

When the killer strikes, detective Daniel Benson finds himself in the wrong place at the right time. The bold detective manages to save Sky's life…just in time for her to return the favor. Survival leads to seduction, and Danny risks everything—his career, even his life, to keep Sky safe. But will the buried sins they uncover cost him her heart?

Danny’s strong arms may hold her close, but only Sky can stop the terror that's coming next…

Warning: Contents include: One heart-melting hero—good luck getting this delicious detective out of your head. One reluctant heroine—wielding a Glock was never on her to-do list. One crazed villain—an entire flock of baa baa black sheep won't be enough to put you to sleep. And a lifesaving vaccine with one deadly side effect—murder.

Have you ever had a real life experience you think would make a great story? Please share it with us or share other comments you may have. I'm offering one commenter an e-copy of FIRST DO NO EVIL.


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 20th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

45 comments:

  1. Maureen, thank you so much for having me on your blog. I'm so happy to be part of the romance community, and I'm especially happy to be in the company of so many wonderful authors in my favorite genre- Romantic Suspense. I'll be checking back during the day for comments or questions, so fire away!
    Carey

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  2. Carey, so nice to see you here on this awesome blog! Congratulations on your debut which I have read and loved! Thankfully, I have never had a real-life experience that would make a good suspense story. I've probably had a few that would make good comedies, but since the joke was on me, I won't share. :)

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    1. Lena, you are such a tease. I'm going to have to find a way to pry that story out of you someday! Thank you so much for all your support. We can be in a mutual fan club since I adore your books!!
      Carey

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  3. Carey: I enjoyed reading FDNE, and it's fun to learn the inspiration behind the story. I can't think of anything story-worthy in my life. Maybe blog-worthy, but that's about it. ;-)

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    1. Thank you Gwen! Somehow, I have a feeling you're holding out on us. Thank you for stopping by and congratulations on your upcoming release- Scrivener for Dummies!!

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  4. I loved your blog and you story sounds amazing. One I have to read. I also work in the medical field and medical thrillers are ones that I love to read. Having a true to life story brings so much to a story. I myself, like the others have not had one. Just comedies of errors. :) Thanks for sharing and I too hope for a breast cancer vaccine. Lynda

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    1. Lynda, thank you for stopping by! I think we are so close to a vaccine, and the concept for the breast cancer vaccine in First Do No Evil is one that is being researched. All we have to do is keep working to find a way to implement the hypothetical concepts and make them a reality. Thank you again for commenting.
      Carey

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  5. Hi Carey! I wish my life was interesting enough to inspire a story, but since it's not I have to make my imagination work extra hard. I'm so happy about your release and wish you all the success in the world. FDNE is a great book!

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    1. Sharon, I can't wait to read the products of your hardworking imagination! Thank you so much for your support, and for stopping by and commenting!
      Carey

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  6. The details you put into the book in the first three chapters had me glued to the pages. I'm just a reader but I get so excited when an author's first book is as great as this one. Looking forward to reading more from you.

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    1. Cindy, it's great to see you here! Just a reader? Writers live for readers. I'm delighted you enjoyed my story and I truly appreciate the kind review. Everyone should check out your awesome blogs- Sugar and Spice and Bitch Can Write a Book. Thanks for joining the conversation!
      Carey

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  7. I am such a wall flower, never did anything exciting enough to even be a novella. That is why I LOVE romantic suspense books. I get to enter into a whole new exciting world ... With non of the danger. ;-). Love to read your book. Gator_trish at msn dot com

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    1. Hi Trish,
      I think you bring up a great point about reading allowing us to experience a world that's different from our own. That's one of the reasons I love legal thrillers and science fiction. I love getting an insider's view that I would never otherwise get. Thanks so much for your comments!

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  8. It is nice to meet you on JRS. I enjoy medical romance/thriller/dramas unless they are real. I work in a Medical Staff Office at a Hospital so these types of books/stories are interesting. The book about Michael Swango was an eye opener and his story is real. Thanks for the post and I look forward to checking out your books.

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    1. Thanks Amy! The Michael Swango story is shocking and not at all the kind of thing we want to be true. Sadly it, is. I haven't had a chance to check out Blind Eye yet, but I know the events described there are chilling. Thanks so much for joining the conversation!
      Carey

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  9. Wow, would love to read this. I love Romantic Suspense and am in the medical field so always enjoy medical based books. I have given several of these vaccines to date also. Thanks for the giveaway and would love for you to pick me...lsscarchuk@att.net

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  10. Thank you, Lisa! I hope you get a chance to read my story! Good luck with the contest!
    Carey

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  11. This sounds like an interesting book. I find it interesting how you got your story!
    Please enter me in your draw.
    Jan

    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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    1. HI Janet, Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Good luck with the contest!
      Carey

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  12. You're book sounds awesome, I can't wait to read it! I worked in law enforcement for 5 years so I do have some interesting things that have happened, but I'm keeping them to myself in case I decided to try on the writer hat ;). wlweddle at gmail dot com

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    1. *Your (stupid autocorrect!)

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    2. LOL Whitney! I will look the other way for autocorrect errors in everyone's comments if they will look the other way for mine! Save up those stories because I'm sure you've got some doozies! And why wait to try on the writer hat? You have to start sometime! Good luck!! and thanks for commenting.
      Carey

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  13. Would love to chat, but I'm at the super-exciting ending to FDNE...so, hello and EVERYONE GO BUY THIS BOOK!

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    1. Squee! I'm dying to know what you think! We'll talk!
      Carey

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  14. Carey, first of all, Lena and you are great writers. I must admit that I am reading First Do No Evil but you had me hooked in the first chapter. That is a rare ability for debut author. Congratulations, I cannot wait to read your future endeavors. Good luck!

    Marijane Diodati
    mjdiodati@yahoo.com

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    1. Marijaine, Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking time to let me know you like the book! I'm touched that you like it and really really happy to be in the same mention as Lena Diaz. I completely agree that she is a great writer, and I would also add that she is an awesome person!
      Thank you again, Marijane. As I mentioned earlier, writers live for readers.
      Carey

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    2. Thank you so much Marijane and Carey. You are too nice!

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  15. My Mom had breast cancer in 2010. Thankfully we found it in time, and with surgery chemo and radiation, she is doing great. Would have loved to have a cure before she had the surgery. I don't normally read medical stories, but this on sounds great and I can relate to it.

    Thanks for the giveaway,

    Elizabeth Gray
    elizabethgr@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Elizabeth I am so happy to hear that your mother's cancer was found early, because early detection definitely saves lives. I'm sending you and her all my best wishes for a complete recovery, and she is in my thoughts. Thanks for sharing.
      All my best to your mother,
      Carey

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  16. I have seen your book cover around cyberspace and it always draws my eyes... It sounds like a wonderful romantic suspense and one that I believe I would enjoy.
    My life is pretty bland... nothing I believe would make a great story... just some funny things that have happened through the years... now my father has had some great ones from his years of being a cop and firefighter.

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    1. Colleen,
      I bet you have heard many fascinating things from your father. Please thank him for me for his service. He's a real life hero.
      And thanks for mentioning the cover of Frist Do No Evil. Angela Waters is the artist and I think she did a fantastic job!
      Thanks for commenting!
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  17. Congrats on the new release, Carey. I don't think I've ever experienced anything that would make a great story.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

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    1. Thanks for the Congrats, Jane! Good luck with the contest!
      Carey

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  18. thank you for the chance
    sounds like a terriffic read
    tammyjackson75@yahoo

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  19. "Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow!" and I quote the 'thrilled romantic' Carey Baldwin, herself, as she told me a spicy tidbit in HER 'story' while another mile on the track we were running together quickly disappeared like the pages in a delicious book! ;)
    A PhD in Psychology, an MD in Pediatrics, a single mother of two successful kids, a woman who rescues animals, a marathoner who is currently training for the 40 Mile Avon Breast Cancer walk and contributing
    ALL proceeds from her recent novella, Three Weddings and a Murder, to the cause, whose 'passion' is writing romantic medical thrillers! (Who just happens to be in her own dream- come- true relationship complete with a romantic beach wedding....the sultry ocean breeze carrying the heady scent of the tropical flowers threaded into her raven hair as she looked into Bill's smoldering eyes...Haha, this page-turner is still being written!)
    I devoured Carey Baldwin's debut book, First Do No Evil, while running on the treadmill (*I'm not sure which got my heart beating faster) and I just can't wait to get my hands on her novella Solomon’s Wisdom, because as for this real life heroine, brilliant author and good friend all I can do is finish this review right where I started ~~with a slight revision, of course~~
    WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW!!"

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    1. OMG! I have absolutely no idea who this anonymous and very enthusiastic fan could be. I don't know who is a multitalented woman, athlete, guitarist, song-writer and social butterfly herself. I don't know who is always embarrassing me by announcing my degrees to every passing stranger on the track. And I don't know who is a totally awesome wonderful friend who needs to get together with me really really soon! Thanks for the cheer, anonymous :-)
      xoxoxxo
      Carey

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  20. Hi Carey!
    Like you, I use my profession as fodder for my work--but archaeology is always waaaayyy more fun in fiction (sad, but true). Many years ago I researched an historic house in the Washington, D.C. area that was made out of a funny type of concrete that no one knew anything about... later I wrote an entire ms. with that project as the inspiration for the story.

    FDNE is truly an amazing book! Gripping, scary, and a total thrill ride!

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    1. Ah Rachel! I'm so happy you liked it and so glad you stopped by. It happens that I've read that amazing manuscript inspired by your real-life expedition. I believe it has earned you a final among your multiple Golden Heart finals. CONCRET EVIDENCE "rocks". Oh, man I am cracking myself up!
      Carey

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  21. I enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds like a good book. I don't think I have any experiences that would make a story.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, and good luck with the contest!
      Carey

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  22. thanks for a great post and congrats on the new release! My life is nice and event free... just the way I like it! all my excites from books :)

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. sounds great story
    is it open internationally?

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  24. We have an email entry...

    Dear Carey, i am a nurse, and after seeing women dealing with cervical cancer, a vaccine is marvellous. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you ,Ann.

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