Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dangerous Embrace


Congratulations to "Jane", the winner of Dana's giveaway.  Thank you to all who participated!

Writing Dangerous Embrace, with two completely opposite characters, was an interesting challenge.  Most writers will agree when I say, once you craft a character, they take on a life of their own. That was certainly true with these two.

To my surprise, the character with the personality most like mine was the hardest to write. Sarah’s head was a difficult space to get into. It sounds crazy, but she was so well guarded even in the stage of creation that I couldn’t get her right without an intense amount of work. The same held true in the editing stage, and it was at that time that I realized I had to let my own guard down to really see her and what she needed.

While many of Sarah’s personality quirks (ahem, read flaws) came from me, that’s where the similarities end. In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t imagine enduring what she’s overcome, which just created another challenge for me. I needed to make her strong, yet vulnerable enough to need Mark’s help and love. She was worth the challenge and I hope you all like her.

Mark on the other hand, the family man and all around nice guy, was easier to understand. I’m sure that has to do with my own imagination and the way I’d want my hero to be. All of us can draw a picture of the perfect hero. We all know what we want when we’re being scooped-up and taken care of, even when we’ve convinced ourselves the LAST thing we need is to be cared for.

Unlike Sarah, Mark has lived in the same town his entire life. His parents are still married. He’s had a very ‘normal’ upbringing, and he has a pretty positive outlook on life. Something Sarah has trouble relating too. When Mark discovers Sarah, in need of help, yet so unwilling to accept it, he’s not sure how to handle her. But he’s sure he wants too, and he knows he needs to.

Dangerous Embrace is the first in a series of books based in Northern California. All three books address second chances and learning to not take life for granted. In the next two stories, Precious Embrace and Anew Embrace, you’ll get glimpses of Mark and Sarah as secondary characters.

Synopsis:
Sarah Jennings wants nothing more than a quiet life—alone.
Raised by an eccentric mother, their life on the road only taught her how to run away from hard times. But when she finds herself in an abusive relationship, this lesson serves her well. 

Now, back in her hometown, she's found a place she loves. She’s a first grade teacher, and with few friends and less family around, she has what she wants, a quiet life under the radar where she can be free of her past and live quietly. Finally comfortable in her own skin, she’s settled, and less fearful than she’s ever been in her life.

But it only takes one night and one act of violence for everything to change. Injured and afraid, Sarah wants to run again, but Mark Summors refuses to let her go.

Just when Sarah thinks she can have Mark and the life he promises, her past comes back to haunt her.

Mark Summors was born and raised in Santa Rosa. He married his high school sweetheart and never questioned his life, until he found his wife with another man.

Now divorced, he wants something more. He’s passionate about his job, he wants to protect people, and he devotes his life to it.

This time he’s protecting more than just another client, he’s protecting his future; at least, Sarah Jennings will be his future, once he convinces her she loves him.

Excerpt:
When she exited the freeway in Santa Rosa, she drove through town toward her house instead of his. “I have to pick something up at my house.” She felt calmer now. The few moments of silence gave her a chance to plan. “This won’t take long. You can wait here if you want.” She jumped out of the car and ran into the house.
Sarah rushed to her closet, but then turned and paced, her agitation growing with every turn of the room. She had to leave. Kevin would kill her when he found her; it was there in his eyes. She wasn’t in any doubt about this fact. She stopped pacing and stared down at her engagement ring, and at the same time, tears dropped from her eyes.
One way or another, she was going to lose everything. 
“What are you doing?”
Sarah jumped at the tone in Mark’s voice. Without turning to look at him, she went back to her closet to grab a shoulder bag. “He’s going to kill us both if I don’t leave.”
“Sarah, what are you doing? You promised you wouldn’t do this to me again.” He grabbed her left hand and spun her as he held it up. “You agreed to marry me.”
She stared at the floor, unable to respond. What else could she do? It wasn’t just her life to lose this time. Mark, Jamie, they were both in danger now too. He’d kill them just like he killed Charlie. If she left, Kevin would come after her and Mark would be safe. She could hide again. She’d managed to hide from him until now, and she could do it again.

Giveaway:
Dana is giving away a paperback signed copy of Dangerous Embrace to one lucky commenter. You can find the e-book version of Dangerous Embrace on Amazon now with the special publisher’s price of $0.99 until January 1st. Regular price is $3.99.


Dana Mason Bio:
Dana Mason started writing to prove to her computer geek husband and her math & science geek kids that she actually has a brain; it’s just a right functioning brain instead of a left. She’s lived all over the country and uses that experience in her writing and character studies. Her debut novel, Dangerous Embrace, is the first in a contemporary romance series about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don’t hold on to what’s important. Second chances don’t come easy…but sometimes love is worth the risk.
When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She’s also a board member on the local Art's Council and does what she can to support the art community.  
As an avid reader and movie watcher, she always requires a happily ever after ending.

Dana Mason links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/danamason06 or @danamason06
Sapphire Star Publishing Author page: http://www.sapphirestarpublishing.com/danamason/

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Dec. 28th. 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.


37 comments:

  1. This sounds like my kind of book. I love second chance stories. Love to win a copy!! May the new year bring you happiness and success. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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  2. This sounds like it would be a good book. I enjoy second chance stories too. Hope you had a nice holiday and a Happy New Year.

    lmyost at roadrunner dot com

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    1. Hi, BW, it was a great holiday and it's been a great vacation so far. Good luck on the giveaway!

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  3. This sounds really good and I so love discovering new-to-me authors! Now must go and check out your website...

    wooleydl at bellsouth dot net

    Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Maibeeme! I hope you enjoy Dangerous Embrace! Happy New Year!

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  4. I love meeting new (to me) authors and reading second chance romances (one can always hope!). Dangerous Embrace sounds like a great read!
    kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Good luck on the giveaway!

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  5. Nice excerpt.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks! I hope you like the rest of Dangerous Embrace! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  6. Thanks so much for the giveaway, Dana. Looking forward to reading "Dangerous Embrace."

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to say hello, Jane. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  7. I do not believe that I have gotten my hands on this series yet... thank you so much for sharing a bit about your book with us today and for the chance to win a copy of Dangerous Embrace!

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    1. Thanks, Collen! I hope you drop back by to add your email for the giveaway.

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  8. We seem to have a bit in common. I have math / science / computer whiz brothers and sons. I on the other hand... not so much. I do love the written word and have a good (sometimes too good) imagination.

    I look forward to reading your books!
    jo1963jo at gmail dot com

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    1. Ha! Yeah, those math and science geeks tend to get a little cocky when it comes to homework time. :) That's okay, they can keep their numbers and I'll stick to my words. Thanks for stopping by, Julie.

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  9. Not entering... I already purchased my Kindle copy :) Just wanted to say congrats to Dana on her new release! Thanks for the great post!

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    1. Oh, thanks, Erin! I hope you'll let me know how you liked Dangerous Embrace.

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  10. Opposites always work very well in a story. I love it when the characters have to work hard at a relationship.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Oh, yes, and we writers love throwing more obstacles in their way. :)
      Good luck with the giveaway, Mary.

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  11. This book sounds really great! I like that we will see the characters again in another book. I'd love to be entered to win this one. Thanks forthe chance.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Martha. I'm a huge fan of series too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Great excerpt. Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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    1. Thanks, Donna! Good luck with the giveaway.

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  13. I love books that involve second chances. Thanks for the giveaway!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with the giveaway.

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  14. Hi Dana - this sounds like a creepy yet exciting, heart pounding read. Just what we like on this website, right? Thanks for the chance to win one of your books. I'll go check out your website to learn more about you!

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    1. Hi Amy, Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll come back and add your email so you can be entered in the giveaway.

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    2. Yes, I always seem to forget my email! It is amy at remus dot net. Thanks!

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  15. I do like stories about second chances.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. They're my favorite too. Good luck with the giveaway, Maureen.

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  16. The book sounds intriguing. I'm always up for a good mystery, and second chances. :)

    skizzles_22_hju@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Holly! Good luck on the giveaway!

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  17. You caught my attention Dana. Everyone would like a second chance!
    Please enter me in your draw.
    Jan

    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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    1. Yes, sometimes we all need a do over. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the giveaway.

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