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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Debra Doxer stops by for an interview about Keep You From Harm (+ Giveaway!)

Keep You From Harm
Debra Doxer


They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.

There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart.

Then I meet Lucas…

His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built.

But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined.

Hey everyone!  Today I have an interview with author Debra Doxer!!  I hope you enjoy it, and add Keep You From Harm on your TBR today!  Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom.  It is for one prize, and open to both US & International!  Thanks for coming by!!

Hi Debra! So nice to meet you!  Pull up a seat and let’s have a chat!
So nice to meet you, too. Thanks for having me here.

So today we are here to talk about Keep You From Harm.  Can you tell us a little bit about this book?
It’s a romance with a big dose of mystery and a dash of paranormal thrown in. It includes themes about staying true to yourself and being completely selfless in a world where that trait isn’t always valued. It’s also about overcoming adversity and opening your heart to love.
It sounds great, I can't wait to read it!

As someone who hasn’t read the book yet, what kind of things can I expect to happen in the pages?
You can expect a strong heroine to root for and a love interest that makes you both swoon and grit your teeth in frustration. There is some explosive chemistry between the main characters who are attracted immediately, but resist each other due to the secrets they’re both keeping. As those secrets unravel, it’s hard to tell the bad guys from the good guys. From what I hear from readers so far, the ending packs an unexpected punch.

A little bit of fun – are there any celebrity look-alikes you would pick to play your main characters?
I am so out of touch when it comes to celebrities. But based on those I do know, if I had to choose, I’d say Blake Lively and Cam Gigandet. They’re kind of beyond the age range of the main characters who are 17 and 18, but they’d sure be nice to look at.
Um, hell yeah!

Debra, do you have any other upcoming projects you can share with us?
Right now, I’m writing the second book in the Remedy series. This time, the story is being told from dual points of view, both Lucas’s and Raielle’s. I hope readers will be happy with the direction the story takes. The second Remedy book will release in May or June of 2014. I’m also working on a new adult contemporary romance which I’m planning to release next year.

What’s a day in the life of Debra Doxer like?
When I wake up, my servants bring me my breakfast on a silver tray and read me my schedule for the day. Oh wait, that’s Kate Middleton’s day. You mean my day? Well, it’s a bit different from that.  I’m a single mom with a full-time job and a three-year-old who thinks she’s the boss. I drop her off at preschool in the morning, and then I fight the traffic all the way to work.  I’m at the office all day until the dinner rush starts. In the evening, I try to have some quality time with my daughter before she goes to sleep. Then I borrow on my own sleep to create characters and worlds for them to navigate through. I really love writing at night, when everything is so quiet, and it seems like anything is possible on the page.  That’s my time.
I can completely relate!  

What is your favorite genre to read?  Do you have a “go-to” author?
I have two favorite genres – romance and mystery. Right now, my go-to author is Samantha Young. I’m loving her books. She writes amazing dialog.

If I (or someone else) gave you a million dollars, what’s the first thing you would do?
Put it in the bank. I figure that amount should cover half of my daughter’s college tuition by the time she gets there.

From all of your books, which is your favorite character – and why?
Right now, it’s Raielle from Keep You From Harm. I just love her, and it could be because I’m in her head all the time, but I really admire who she is. She always puts others ahead of herself, and her integrity is unquestionable. I enjoy putting her into situations that test her. So far, she always does the right thing. It’s going to be interesting to conjure up a situation where she makes a selfish choice. Getting her to that place is going to take some tricky maneuvering.

If you could live within any book from any author, which would you choose?
Is it terrible to say my own book – Keep You From Harm? When I was writing it, I was basically living out some fantasies. Who doesn’t want an awesome superpower? Who doesn’t want to meet their soul mate and have adventures with him? So, yeah.  I’d love to be in my own book – as long as I could still control everything, of course.  But only saying my own book is making me squirm a little, so I’ll also say Pride and Prejudice. Going back in time and meeting Elizabeth and Darcy would be incredible as long as my air-conditioning and my Chuck Taylors could come with me.

How about some favorites?
-Pie I’m not real big on pie, but I looove chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
Yeah?  How about this one??

-Vacation SpotCape Cod

-Drink Diet Pepsi. I drink way too much of it.

-Color - Blue

-TV Show - Homeland

Thanks for stopping by Debra, it’s been fun getting to know you!
Thank you so much for having me. You ask great questions.

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