Interview and Giveaway with Dee J. Adams
~ DEE J ADAMS ~
Hello and welcome back to Under the Covers. Thanks for stopping by today and celebrating with us a bit the release of your latest book, LIVING DANGEROUSLY.
Thank you for having me! I love your blog!
For those new to your books, can you please introduce yourself? Tell us a few interesting things that readers wouldn’t know about you…
I was an actor for many years before I started writing and I also worked – and occasionally still do – behind the scenes as an acting coach in television. I’m lucky enough to be able to narrate my books for Audible and I love bringing them to life the way I want people to hear them.
Do you mind telling us about your latest release, LIVING DANGEROUSLY? What is it about and how did the story come to be?
Living Dangerously came about because Julie and Troy were both lonely people in previous books and they kind of called out to me that they needed some love. They are so different, but both harbor such a need to be themselves along with finding that someone special, that I felt compelled to write their book.
Julie Fraser was a secondary character in Danger Zone and I had a reader comment on how she couldn’t wait to read her story. I hadn’t even thought about giving Julie a story until that point. I figured if a secondary character who only appeared in two scenes made someone interested enough to inquire about her story, maybe I should write it. Troy Mills has been in most of my books (even the ones that have yet to be published!), so I thought I owed him his own story. (He did too. He was tired of watching all of his clients hook up and be happy. )
What would you say drew Troy ’s character to Julie apart from her Hollywood status?
Julie is one hundred percent normal in a very abnormal industry. Her Hollywood status was actually on the “con” list for Troy. He’s not a fan of Hollywood or the people who work in entertainment only because he’s never run across any genuine people who have their priorities straight. Julie is all about family and relationships and since Troy didn’t have that, it drew him like a magnet.
If you were a P.I. working undercover and was free to do anything, what sneaky thing would you do first?
Oh man… I’m going to get in trouble with this one!! I would definitely look up dirt on the people who make me mad and I’d save it as ammunition for an “as needed” basis. LOL.
What scene for you was the hardest to write and how did you overcome that obstacle?
The toughest scene was at the end. I had a hard time writing the climax of the book. I struggled with who was going to save whom. I’m big on my characters saving themselves, but sometimes it gets more involved. I want to make it exciting so it’s not like I can have the good guys win without a struggle. The questions become, who does what, when do they do it and who do they do it to? Figuring that out is never easy.
We love all your covers! Which one has been your favorite so far?
Oh, yay! I love my covers too! Aren’t they gorgeous?! Hm… my favorite…that is SO hard…like asking which child is my favorite, you know… I’d have to say as far as nailing my characters and getting them exactly right, Living Dangerously is my favorite, but as far as colors and tone, it’s a tie between Dangerous Race, Danger Zone and Dangerously Close. Haha! How’s that for dodging the question!? I just love all those cool blues, greens and teals. My absolute favorite colors!
What’s the best way to get over writer’s block?
Go back to your character’s motivations. What do they want and how do they go about getting it? It gets me through every single time! The characters wants/needs have to drive a story. They have to keep the story moving. When all else fails… blow something up.
You are being sent off into space in a mission alone and can bring only three books with you, which books would you choose and why?
Perfect by Judith McNaught. Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann and A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss. (Not necessarily in that order.) I’ve read those books so many times, but they still keep me smiling. The mark of a great book is the ability to keep you reading over and over again even when you know what’s going to happen next. It doesn’t get any better than that. I will be re-reading them until the day I die. The best books have a combination of humor, emotion, action and love.
What other projects are you currently working on?
Right now, I’m working on Adrenaline Highs number five and book number two in my High Stakes series.
Adrenaline Highs # 4
Julie Fraser, Hollywood’s newest “it” girl, arrives on the red carpet to more than just the flashes of the paparazzi’s cameras. A sniper’s shots leave her bleeding and in the line of fire. Her life would be over if it weren’t for the bodyguard who comes to the rescue—taking a bullet in the process.
Troy Mills, a P.I. working undercover, couldn’t stand by and watch an innocent woman die, but now he’s torn. How can he tell her that he’s not a bodyguard, but a P.I.? A P.I. hired to prove that Julie is sleeping with the movie producer he’s pretending to protect.
When a second attempt is made on Julie’s life, Troy realizes that keeping her safe is more important than any supposed affair. And in order to keep her safe, he’ll have to keep her close. But desire and danger are hot on Julie’s heels. Who could have guessed that protecting an A-list actress would not only put Troy’s life in jeopardy, but his heart as well?
About the Author
Adams is published by Carina Press, and you can find all the books in her Adrenaline Highs series: Dangerous Race, Danger Zone, Dangerously Close, and Living Dangerously at CarinaPress.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Audible and many other online booksellers.
Barnes & Noble:
Ms. Adams is graciously giving away a copy of DANGER ZONE (where Julie is first introduced) to a lucky maiden!
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Just want to say thanks to UTC for having me! I’m dealing with a major family emergency and will be on a plane for part of the day, but I promise to respond to everyone tonight when I land! Thanks for your patience!
Great interview! I haven’t read the Adrenaline Series yet but it sounds awesome! I’ll add them to my TBR! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
Glad you liked the interview. Thanks for stopping in!
Love UTC!! They bring my new authors to read and stalk for more. 😉
Stalk? LOL. Uh oh!! Thanks for dropping in!
PI as a bodyguard…hmmm…this should be fun! 😉 Thanks for the chance!
Hi Sue, G,
You’re welcome! Thanks for coming by!
Their story sounds really great!
Hope all is well with your family!
Thank you! I appreciate the good thought!
I have the 1st book of the series on my TBR, unfortunately I didn’t have time to read it. The interview rocks, especially the Q with the dirt on people who make you mad :D.
PS: Your covers hooked me 1st, so keep them coming 😀
Hi Aly P,
No worries, there’s no clock on reading any of the books. LOL. Glad you liked the interview. It was a fun one. I love my covers too! Croco Designs is awesome!
I really have to read Suzanne Brockmann. Dee isn’t the first author who’s recommend her her books. I figure an author’s gotta know something about a good story.
Suz is on my auto-buy list. I adore her books! You can’t go wrong with her Troubleshooters series. Honestly, I have all them… and I mean all her books! LOL. I have a “Suz shelf” in my office. Right next to my “Linda Howard shelf.” Thanks for dropping in!
Thanks for the fun post and congrats to Dee on the new release!
Thank you! And thanks for stopping in!
Its great that you got to narrate your own books, having an acting backround probably helped. I have not heard of any authors narrating their oen books before this interview.
I was very lucky to be able to narrate my books and I was so thrilled to do it. I don’t think they would’ve let me without my background. If you go to audible, you can hear a sample. I think my favorite sample is Living Dangerously. It’s a fun excerpt!
Love the interview and blurb, =) can´t wait for my chance to read.
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Monday!
Glad you liked it! Good luck on the giveaway and thanks for commenting!
I will definitely have to check out this series! 🙂
Love the sound of that!! Thank you and thanks for stopping in!
completely agree on getting info by being an undercover P I
LOL. I see we think alike. Thanks for dropping in!
Awesome interview! You’re a new author for me and the book sounds like a great read.
It’s neat to know you are still in the acting business.
I also like the 3 authors you chose for space. You’re right about a good book having the appeal to keep one reading it. I have several books like that myself 🙂
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Hi Lori H,
Glad you liked it! It was a fun interview. Yes, show biz has been like the mob for me. I try to get out and it just keeps pulling me back in. LOL. (I get a call to work on a show and can’t seem to say no.) And, yes, I love my keeper shelf! Those favorite re-read are the best!
I love interviews. I had no idea that she was an actor & coach. Thanks for the insight & the giveaway! I have found a lot of new authors (to me) since I’ve found your blog. I really appreciate all the great books you’ve turned me on to.
This interview was a fun one for me. Some great questions! (And now you know my secret day job! LOL) Thanks for commenting!
Love UTC…thanks for the giveaway!
I agree…love UTC! Thanks for stopping in!
cant wait to read
Love those 4 words! Thanks for dropping by!
Dee you are a new author to me. Thank you for a great intro.
Yay! Love to hear that! Thanks for stopping in!
Congratulations on the publication of Living Dangerously! It sounds like an exciting book. Will be adding it to my TBR list. Great interview. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! Glad you liked the interview! I had fun with this one.
I loved the first two books, and am about 1/3rd of the way into Living Dangerously and thoroughly enjoying it. The Hollywood setting is fabulous! ; )
Aw…thank you! So glad you’re enjoying it!! I’m 1/3 of the way through your Desert Heat series! I need to catch up on my TBR pile. Love the desert backdrop of your books!
Great interview. I love your blog. Thanks for your hard work and dedication. 🙂
Thanks for dropping in!
I’ve got book one of this series on my tbr pile-thanks for the chance to win book 2!
Yay! Thank you! Good luck on the giveaway!
This looks so great! Thanks for sharing with us! I adore that cover as well.
Did the author have any say on the design of the book cover? Also, who in the author’s life encouraged them to sit down and write their first book?
Thanks for the giveaway!
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To answer your questions… No, I had zero say on any of my covers, but since they are all so fabulous, I didn’t have too much of a problem with that. Haha. My first book stemmed from a very vivid dream. I guess you could say my husband encouraged me to write when after three days of talking about this dream, he said, “Just write it down.” So I did. That was the beginning of a brand new road for me. Thanks for commenting!
I love the fact that you narrate your own books. Very cool. I love your covers too.
Thanks! I’m so thrilled to be able to do it. I don’t take it for granted either. I love that I can bring my books to life and have the reader hear it the way I intended. And, BTW, I love my covers too. Thanks for dropping in!
great opportunity, thanks! beautiful interview and presentation.
Thanks! Glad you stopped in!
Great interview! 🙂
Thank you! It was fun!
Cannot wait to experience this interesting world
Thank you! Good luck in the giveaway and thanks for stopping in.
The covers are wonderful. Do you have much say… meaning do you get to choose the sexy male cover models?
Hi Christina G,
Thank you! I love my covers too. And no, I have no say on those sexy cover models! But I can’t complain since they are all gorgeous!
Yay. Thanks for stopping in.
Thanks for the interview and giveaway.
You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping in.
Really nice interview. Book sounds really great.
Hi Cassandra G,
Thanks to both! Glad you stopped in.
Sounds like a great read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Thanks! Glad you stopped in and good luck with the giveaway!
Glad you liked it! Thanks for coming by.
I haven’t read anything by Dee Adams yet. I think I’ll be rectifying that very, very soon!
Hi Texas Book Lover,
Love the sound of that! Thanks for coming by!