Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with Edie Harris & Giveaway!

Edie Harris studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and Grinnell College. She fills her days with writing and editing contract proposals, but her nights belong to the world of romance fiction. Edie lives and works in Chicago and is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

Her latest book is the romantic suspense/espionage, Blamed.

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About the Book:

Born into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager.

That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. The collateral damage she caused with a single shot was unfathomable and, for Beth, unforgiveable. She’s worked hard to build a new life for herself, far away from the family business. But someone, somewhere, hasn’t forgotten what Beth did in Kabul. And they want revenge.

As the Faraday clan bands together to defend Beth and protect their legacy, Beth is forced to flee her new home with the unlikeliest of allies—MI6 agent Raleigh Vick, the only man she’s ever loved. And the one she thought she’d killed in the desert.

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Thanks for joining us at the book club, Edie! Can we begin by having you tell us how you got into the romantic suspense genre?
Edie: I’ve always been a fan of action-adventure and spy movies, so it wasn’t too surprising to find myself coming up with book ideas in that same vein (for instance, my historical erotic romance, THE CORRUPT COMTE, also featured a spy hero, and the rest of that series will star his French spy buddies). The Faraday family around whom the Blood Money series is based actually started life in an aborted weekly serial feature I had back on my early author website years ago. I’m glad I got to revamp them for Harlequin Carina Press.

What was Laura Bradford’s (Bradford Literary Agency) initial reaction when she read your manuscript?
Edie: I actually went about the process a little backwards—I came to Laura with the five-book offer from Harlequin Carina Press already in-hand. I’d tweeted Angela James during a January 2014 #PitMad session with my concept, sent her the first three chapters of BLAMED plus a whole series proposal, and three weeks later, I got The Call from my now-editor Kerri Buckley. Following that, I showed Laura (with whom I’d been having conversations over the previous few months about the possibility of representation) my proposal and the Carina Press offer. Wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am, I’m signed with Bradford Literary Agency, signed with Harlequin Carina Press, and suddenly booked through 2016 with Faradays. (Fun fact: I’d queried Bradford Literary Agency at least four times between 2008 and 2013 (maybe more), with no nibbles whatsoever on any manuscript. Perseverance is key in this industry.)
What’s it like working with one of the big houses?
Edie: I think because Carina Press is a digital imprint, it feels much more intimate, in terms of the author-publisher relationship, than you might experience with a traditional publisher. (Granted, I’m not with a traditional publisher anywhere, so I have no authority to speak to that subject.) I’m lucky because I get to work with one of the best editors in the industry, Kerri Buckley, without whom BLAMED would not be the kick-ass book it is today. I’m so pumped to collaborate on the rest of the Blood Money series with her.

I’d like to talk about your character, Beth Faraday.  What is it about Beth that might surprise readers?
Edie: Beth’s got her damage, given that she’s a former assassin, but she is also remarkably girl-next-door-ish. I wanted her to be your badass BFF, but also a step apart from normal interpersonal interactions. Like I said—damage, but manageable damage. Of all the characters I’ve ever written, she is my favorite (thus far).


Edie is giving away one digital copy of Blamed (formats available: PDF & ePub), ‘I Only Kiss Spies’ t-shirt, ‘Lincoln Park After Dark’ OPI nail polish and one bag of Van Houtte ‘Belgian Chocolate’ ground coffee!· 

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.
  • This giveaway begins October 19 and ends December 22.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on Tuesday, December 23.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!



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