Please welcome my guest today, Arlene Webb!
KD: Congratulations, Arlene, on the release of your book, Falling for Water, available now from Decadent Publishing. Tell us a little bit about Falling for Water.
AW: I got a message from another author who was excited about a new series from DP geared toward people who prepare for all sorts of problem scenarios, wondering if I wanted to write something and I was thrilled to give it a go. Falling for Water is a romance suspense novella about a couple caught up in something you can’t always anticipate, finding love.
KD: What did you enjoy most about writing Ray and Cassi's story?
AW: The chemistry between them.
KD: Falling for Water is one of the books in a series called the Prepper Series. Can you tell us more about the series?
AW: The series involves character or characters who like to be ready for whatever life throws at them. Be it a hurricane, power outage, world war, whatever. But as everyone knows some things, such as falling in love, pretty much blindsides you.
KD: Tell us a little about what a prepper is. Did you know much about preppers before you wrote this story?
AW: I think most people are preppers to a certain extent, by readying for curve balls, but some people really have a handle on it. And no, I had never heard the term before.
KD: What attracted you to the Prepper Series from Decadent Publishing? How did you come to choose water as a topic for this book?
AW: The enthusiasm of Heather Bennett (DP owner, editor, author, reader), and being included with two of the best writers I know (DL Jackson and Barbara Elsborg). Why water? It tops the list for survival needs, and I’m a water snob. I use a distiller. There’s nothing like a cup of Earl Grey not flavored by pollutants.
KD: You write in more than one genre (paranormal, suspense, erotica). Tell us what you like about each and why. Which genre did you first begin writing in?
AW: When it comes to writing, I’m not a prepper. I don’t think ahead other than knowing it must have a happy ending. That leaves me open to all genres. Paranormal throws the what-if door wide open. The genre I prefer as a reader is suspense because there’s nothing like that edge of the seat ride, and erotica means if the scene calls for intimacy, I don’t have to close any doors.
KD: What inspired you to begin writing fiction?
AW: Boredom. I took creative writing classes in college, but it wasn’t until I was handed a retail florist shop to run that I became addicted to creating worlds.
KD: Tell us a little bit about your writing process. Do you write every day? Do you find it difficult to switch from writing one genre to another?
AW: I write every moment I can around work, beta reading for critique partners, and needing to sleep. Nope, if the idea and then the characters call for it, I can go with the flow of any genre.
KD: Where can readers purchase your book?
Decadent Publishing http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=701
KD: Where can readers find you on the web?
He stared at her, his expression wary. “And I’m thrilled you’re so into evolution, variation, and moving toward different things. I…er…just wondered, do you have a problem with saliva?”
“Saliva? What the hell are you talking about?”
He smiled. Not slow and lazy, not sweet and gentle, but the wolf smile she’d seen at the bar. “You admitted a thing with water right away. So what I’m hearing is no, I love saliva. Go ahead and slap me, and…maybe I’ll stop.” He grabbed her, yanked her up, and took her lips with his.
Ray tried for gentle and slow, but the moment his lips locked onto hers it felt like he had to make this the kiss of a lifetime or she’d slip through his fingers and disappear. She’d either run screaming from yet another bully who took advantage of a vulnerable state, or she’d fall through the cracks of the justice system and out of his reach.
From his mouth to hers, he yearned to dive in fast and hard, plundering with his tongue until she opened more than her heart to him by confiding an intense trauma. He wanted the supple and beautiful body rolled over him as well.
He deepened the kiss, and his heartbeat pounded faster and faster as the tension left her shoulders. She melted into him, soft and sweetly yielding to his aggressive hardness, and she began kissing him back.
His careful exploration, the tip of tongue easing along the seams of her mouth, forced his lust into an easy, steady climb as lips meshed, escalating on the roller coaster scale to maybe a five, a first-time kiss like when a boy walks a girl to her door.
Forget that. It was no-hold-back time. He was too into the taste and feel of this woman to strive for less, and he had to bring her over the edge with him. Plunge down and down into the world-is-about-to-end type kiss. A kiss that’d stay with her, marking her as his own.
What Cassi thought was a simple obsession with clean water has taken over her life. When she orders a distiller online to replace the one smashed by her abusive boyfriend, she gets more than she bargained for.
Enter a man with a badge, hunting a terrorist, and Cassi is his number one suspect. Not only is she struggling with her fixation on pure H2O, she has to prove she’s not the one he’s looking for—only she kind of wishes she was. Before she knows it, Cassi is in over her head.
Ray had everything, until a random crime ends badly and he’s left to hold to his grief or make changes in his life. Charming his way into people’s personal business—slapping on the cuffs as needed—gives him reason to get up in the morning. When he falls headfirst into another chance at love, he must take the plunge without hesitation or risk losing more than his heart.
As the pair join hands, sparks fly as well as bullets, leaving Cassi and Ray to wonder if the universe could right itself. Will the past reach out and drown their chance for happiness?
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AW: I’d love to pick a commenter at random to give an e-copy of Falling for Water, so please leave an email address.
Thank you, so much, Kat for hosting me.
KD: Thanks so much for joining us at Write About, Arlene!