Thanks so much for having me today, Katie, on Read, Write, Repeat. I’m excited to have your readers learn about my latest release and the first book in my series. I also hope everyone enters my rafflecopter drawing for a $25 Amazon gift certificate. (Find it at the bottom of this post!) The more you enter, the more you win. This link will direct you to all the blogs on my tour: http://brendawhiteside.com/contest.html
In The Art of Love and Murder, Lacy Dahl goes in search of information about her birth parents. This first book is predominately about her birth mother. Here are a few facts…behind the scenes…insider scoops about the first book in my Love and Murder series:
I chose Flagstaff, Arizona as the setting because I went to college there. I LOVE Flagstaff.
The first name for my hero was originally my son’s name, but when I tried to write a love scene I just couldn’t do it using my son’s name. So I changed it.
As soon as Lacy’s friend Phoebe appeared on a page, I knew she’d have her own book. Phoebe is the star of book two, Southwest of Love and Murder.
The second half of Lacy’s journey to discover more about her birth parents doesn’t come until book three, The Legacy of Love and Murder.
I have Indian heritage like Lacy, but I am Choctaw and Chickasaw. Lacy is half Hopi. I chose Hopi because their reservation is close to Flagstaff and they are an amazing, peaceful people.
When deciding what Lacy did for a living, a coffee café came to mind. And when I decided the name of the café was the Lacy Latte – well, it just fit!
Art and an art professor play major roles in The Art of Love and Murder. I was an art major at Northern Arizona University.
Blurb for The Art of Love and Murder:
Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive parents and her husband. A husband who wasn't what he seemed. Her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her father and threaten her life.
Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible. As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.
Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past...until Chance's connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that frees them?
A little about me:
After many years of a near gypsy lifestyle, my husband and I have finally landed on the northern prairies of Arizona. We've transitioned from city people to country folk. We share our rambling farmhouse with our son the farmer, his wife, my granddaughter and three dogs. Together, we’ve embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States - multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.
Although I didn’t start out to write romance, I’ve found all good stories have to involve complicated human relationships. I’ve also learned, no matter a person’s age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or serious, straight contemporary or suspense, all my books revolve around those two facts.
Visit Brenda at www.brendawhiteside.com.
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She blogs on the 9th and 24th of every month at http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com
She blogs about prairie life and writing at http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/
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