For Kaylie Newell, storytelling is in the blood. Growing up the daughter of two gifted writers, she knew eventually she’d want to follow in their footsteps. While she’s written short stories her whole life, it wasn’t until after her kids were born that she decided to shoot for the moon and write her first romance novel. She hasn’t looked back since!
Kaylie lives in Southern Oregon with her husband, two little girls, an elderly Chihuahua mix, and two indifferent cats.
Book Description - A Death That Lingers by Kaylie Newell
A wife leaves her abusive husband, but soon realizes nothing will keep him away. Not even death.
Josie Collins is the wife of a world famous rock star and the envy of nearly every woman in the country. But the horrific truth is her husband wants nothing more than to see her dead.
Josie finally summons the courage to leave her famous, abusive husband and returns to her hometown among the winter wheat of Kansas. When her husband is killed in a fiery car accident while on his way to find her, she thinks she has escaped him at last, but she’s wrong. It quickly becomes clear that even in death he has no intention of letting her go.
As Josie develops a rapport with sexy police chief, Paul Stark, trouble begins to brew. There’s something special about the tall, mysterious officer with the long jagged scar down his face. But Josie soon learns that he’s haunted by a nightmarish past.
Sparks fly in their small, Midwestern town, and as their attraction grows, so does a dead husband’s fury. In order to smother this dark, sinister spirit, and perhaps find true and lasting happiness with each other, the living must learn to let go, give in, and leave their ghosts in the past.
(Content Warning: Contains sensual sex and some explicit language; Genre(s): Romantic Suspense/Paranormal)
Kaylie,welcome to Romance Author Buzz. Is there a behind the book story for A Death That Lingers?
Thank you for having me! A Death That Lingers is my first book, and it’s what I call “the book of my heart”. Meaning, I wrote what I love to read. The type of book I’m always browsing for at Barnes and Noble. Romantic suspense with a few ghosts thrown in here and there for good measure.
What is your routine?
I’m a morning person. I do most of my writing at Barnes and Noble when my kids are at school. It seems like the words just have a way of flowing there! I try to write every day, but it’s not always on my current WIP. Some days it will be blogging, etc. But as long as I’m writing, I’m happy as a clam.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
My favorite piece of advice is probably the most common. But I definitely think it’s the most important, too. Don’t give up! When you’re just starting out, it can seem like the odds are stacked against you. It’s hard seeing rejection slip after rejection slip. But if you love to write, believe in that. The more you love something, the more you do it. And the more you do it, the better you’ll get. It’s a natural progression. And one that’ll eventually get you published.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a spicy novella. Erotic romance wasn’t something I had planned on writing. But the idea struck one day, and it refused to leave me alone. Turns out, it’s a lot of fun. I’ll probably need a pen name for this one, though. Can’t have my mother reading it.
What news would you like to share with your readers?
My second book, a contemporary romantic suspense called Falling In Danger, was just contracted with my wonderful publisher, Beachwalk Press. It will be out in the spring of 2012. This book was fun to write. If you like hunky cop heroes, it might be right up your alley! It’s about a naïve, young journalist named Jessica Brady, who stumbles head first into the underground world of dog fighting in LA. Ian Cole is the undercover cop who’s assigned to bust the ring. When Ian’s cover is blown, Jessica decides to do a story about the dogs caught in the middle and the unlikely detective who ended up saving them. And stole her heart along the way.
How do you build the relationship between these two characters so that it feels real?
I think the key is to have plenty of conflict. We all know that real relationships have a lot of that. And for me, conflict makes things sexier. Things aren’t always perfect. Maybe they’re a little rough around the edges, along with the characters themselves. I like when the scenes between my hero and heroine aren’t always happy ones.
Do you identify with the characters you write about?
I’d love to be able to say that I have long, raven hair and a nice bust line. But sadly, I don’t. I guess if I could identify with them, it would be because I have a lot of passion. For writing, friends, family. All my characters love deeply. And I do, too.
Tell us a little about your favorite “hero” type guy.
I worked for years at a small police department, so my heroes tend to be cops. I like alpha males in uniform. But they also have to be very sensitive. The type who cry after wrestling the bad guy to the ground (using only one arm).
Would you please describe the heroines you love to write?
I like my heroines to be strong, but vulnerable, too. I like them to have issues that they need or want to overcome. My goal is to write women that other women identify with and will cheer for.
How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
Happy, fulfilled, busy, passionate, humorous, curious, content, blessed
If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Pizza! (And chocolate for dessert, of course)
What are you reading?
The Stand by Stephen King.
Oh, dear. It’s impossible to pick just one. Stephen King and Karen Robards. And I could go on, but I think you’d get sick of me and kick me off the page.
Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
Believe in yourself, believe in your stories.
Where can readers find you?
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