Murders didn't just happen in the quaint coastal town of Cole Harbor, Maine.
New York investigative reporter, Laura Friday, returns to Cole Harbor to recuperate from a near-fatal gunshot wound. While picnicking on her aunt's island, the ground gives way and Laura falls into a shallow grave landing on a woman's skeletal remains. Now someone is leaving white rosebuds on Laura's doorsteps.
Park Ranger, Bryan Cole, makes no secret of his attraction to Laura. Riddled with guilt that she's the blame for her best friend's death, Laura lets Bryan know she is only interested in a platonic relationship. He realizes he has his work cut out for him if he wants to win her heart.
A psychotic killer lurks in the town. The voices inside his head tell him Laura is the perfect woman. If she screams when he tries to love her will there be another grave to fill?
This week, Wild Women Authors welcomes Loretta Rogers and Laura Friday from Murder in the Mist, a recent romantic suspense release out of Wild Rose Press. Welcome Loretta and Laura. As always, first up is Laura Friday.
Where are you from? For many years I lived in New York City, but after being shot and nearly dying, I’ve returned home to Cole Harbor, Maine.
Tell us a bit about your book. “Murder in the Mist” is a journey into fear. Cole Harbor is a quaint seaside village where nothing exciting happens until a psycho begins to kill women. The antagonist’s favorite line is: “Shh...don’t scream.”
What did you think the first time you saw Deputy Sheriff, Mitch Carter? Honestly, I thought Mitch was an arrogant ass. But, I was intrigued by his western boots and his drawl, which further piqued my curiosity about him. How did a Texas cowboy end up in Maine?
And your second thought? My second thought was he’s a handsome, arrogant ass.
Good one. Did you feel it was love at first sight? Not really. You see, I'm jinxed when it comes to the men I allow into my life. They all seem to…die.
What do you like most about him? Being an investigative reporter, I can come on a bit strong. Mitch certainly wasn’t intimidated by my assertive personality. Plus, he made me feel safe.
How would you describe Mitch? My Aunt Phyllis said he looked like a young Robert Mitchum, you know, the actor. She also said the deep cleft in Mitch’s chin was very kissable. She’s shameless. Aside from being the typical tall, dark and oh, so handsome, I totally agree with my aunt.
How would he describe you? First impression…probably an uptight, bossy bitch.
Hah! What made you choose being an investigative reporter as a career? Aside from enjoying living on the edge of danger, I loved the limelight that comes after breaking a big crime story. Note, I said ‘loved.’ Being shot changes ones perspective on life.
Ain't that the truth. What is your biggest fear? After my best friend and camera man was murdered, I'm afraid the crime syndicate has put a ‘hit’ out on me.
How do you relax? It’s difficult for me to relax. These days, I seem to always be looking over my shoulder. Especially now that some weirdo is leaving white rose buds on my office door steps.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Hmm, I’d have to say Nancy Drew is my favorite fictional character. After all, she’s partly responsible for influencing my career choice.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? The best advice I ever received was from Mitch. He said, “You can’t have a tomorrow until you bury your past.”
Thanks, Laura. You have tremendouse guts and a snappy sense of humor. Now, it's Loretta's turn. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Walter Farley and Marguerite Henry’s horse stories swept me away to many adventures. I was literally the kid who read under the covers with a flashlight. Books were my way to escape the rigors of a difficult home life.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Before becoming a teacher, I was a rape crisis/suicide prevention counselor. The antagonist in “Murder in the Mist” was based on one of my character studies. I hope, I was able to breathe life into this psychologically disturbed individual. While I wanted to make him real, I also wanted readers to have empathy for him.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I first submitted to The Wild Rose Press in 2007. TWRP was sponsoring a contest. The prize was a publishing contract. I was one of the winners. Seven years and nine books later, I'm still happy to be a TWRP Rose.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m waiting on edits for “Shadowed Reunion,” which is the sequel to “Murder in the Mist.” I hope the sequel will release by the end of this year (2015).
What's up next for you? My current WIP is a historical romance set in 1890 equatorial Africa. After I finish “Dancing with Lions,” I plan to write a murder mystery series.
Murder in the Mist is available in both print and Ebook at:
The Wild Rose Press http://bitly.com/1Gqvw0p
Barnes and Nobles http://bit.ly/1aLw1pn
KOBO, and most online stores.
To learn more about Loretta Rogers and the books she creates, go to:
My website: www.lorettacrogersbooks.com