Please welcome my fellow Wild Rose Press author Debra Doggett!
Hi, Debra, thanks for being my guest today! Tell us about your paranormal romance, Gambler’s Moon.
Vampire Gates McHenry has waited eighty years for a chance at sexy shapeshifter Ava Harper. When she shows up at his bar with a wolf trap and a nasty attitude, he knows the time has come to deal himself into the game. And the stakes for this game are higher than any he’s ever faced before because someone or something has taken an interest in Ava as well. A deadly interest. If he can find the threat and keep Ava from staking him in the process, he just might be able to make the move that will win Ava Harper’s heart.
What inspired this story? I’ve lived in New Mexico for almost twenty years now and I really wanted to set a story there. I drive through Cuba, the little town in the book, on my way to Albuquerque and it’s always intrigued me. It’s a beautiful area and fits well with the isolation needed for a vampire to hide in for years.
What are you working on now? Do you have any releases scheduled for this year? I have written a couple of short films and am working on a full-length screenplay right now. I also have a couple of novels in the works and a novella.
How do you come up with ideas? I have to say they come up to me and harass me till I write them. There never seems to be a shortage of ideas presenting themselves and hollering for their own book.
What is your favorite scene from this story and why? My favorite scene from Gambler’s Moon is where Gates and Ava are out in the desert around her home, looking for clues to the person behind the attacks. The dialogue in this pokes fun at the image of the Southwest. I have a lot of friends who are archaeologists and it pokes a bit of fun at them as well.
What is your favorite memory from childhood? Reading in the back of the car on long drives. My mother’s family lived in Kentucky and we lived in Louisiana and back then there were no interstates. So it took 24 hours of driving to get there. My dad would make the back of the family station wagon into a bed and I could lay back there and read the whole trip!
What do you like to read? I read a wide variety of types of books. I read mystery, fantasy, non-fiction. I like anything that engages me and I will give most any genre a try.
Who first introduced you to the love of reading? Oddly, I don’t really know. My brother is a reader, but no one else in my family was what I would call an avid reader. And I don’t fit the stereotype…I don’t remember my parents ever reading to me. They didn’t have to as I got older. I usually already had a book in my hand.
These are few of my favorite things:
1. Traveling. I’ve been able to go to Europe a few times, to the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada.
2. I’ve been a reading tutor for elementary children for the last couple of years and I love it.
3. Theatre. I’m now the General Manager for our local community theatre.
He grinned up at her and a slow smile spread across her face, something that sparked a bit of concern inside him. When she bent down and leaned over him, he stopped thinking at all. Then she put those moist lips by his cheek and he was glad he didn’t breathe, for the feel of her against him would’ve driven the air from his lungs. In spite of his touted control, having her this close had him struggling not to reach out and take what he wanted. His mind started to wander, envisioning all the ways he could make her come, over and over again, all night…
His words were cut off by the pressure of the stake tight against his heart. Ava leaned down close, that satisfied smile broader now. The point of the wood aimed over his heart nipped at his clothing and drove all the nude images out of his brain.
“What’s the matter, gambler? Don’t like the stakes?”
“You carry a stake with you? Where the hell did you have that hidden?”
Ava pointed to the flowerbed by the porch. “There. You were so deep in your horny daydream I could’ve pulled out a Mac truck and you wouldn’t have noticed.”
“Why is it every time I try to get romantic with you, you whip out a stake? What have you got against having a good time?”
She plopped down on the ground next to him. “Your obsession with playing almost got you killed.”
Bio: I started out on this journey in the Deep South, growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Now I am a desert rat, living in northwest New Mexico. Every landscape in between then and now has moved me, changed me and given me stories to write about. And there have been a lot of landscapes. I have three daughters, born in three different states. They have gifted me with not only their own company but six beautiful grandchildren. And that is a whole lot to write about too!
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