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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Blog Tour Stop: A Stranger's Kiss, by Roxy Boroughs

Publisher: Baucis & Philemon with Bandit Creek Books; 2 edition
Release date: February 7, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense novella. Adult language, some violence, sexual situations.

About the Book: Sam Hutchinson, a successful lawyer, is devastated by the murder of his son. Hoping to gain closure by learning more about the suspected killer, Sam traces the murderer's roots to Bandit Creek, Montana.

There, against a serene mountain backdrop, he finds Amy Tesher. Lies are Amy's camouflage, all fabricated to escape the secrets of her past. And to protect her eleven-year-old daughter, Renee, who is able to communicate with Sam's ghostly son.

Unaware of Sam's real mission, Amy takes him into the boarding house she's inherited from her grandmother. Just as the serial killer, James Ryan Morley, returns to claim Amy … and her daughter.


I've had the pleasure of interviewing Roxy Boroughs, author of A STRANGER'S KISS, part of the Bandit Creek Book series. Welcome to my blog, why don’t we begin by telling your readers a bit about yourself…

I was ill quite a bit as a child and, since my only sibling is fourteen years older, I spent a lot of time amusing myself reading. When I was nineteen, I went away to university to study drama and met the love of my life. After spending some years as a working actress (I’ve made minor appearances in TV commercial and movies), my man and I got married and moved out west. That’s when I turned my attentions to my other passion – writing.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
It’s something I’ve always done. Though, in the beginning, I was creating plays and skits. Which I still do. In addition to novels, I write interactive murder mystery scripts for a local company, Pegasus Performances. And, on occasion, I act in those plays, which is always great fun.

How long did it take you to write A STRANGER’S KISS?
Years! LOL.
I started it as a sequel to my book A STRANGER’S TOUCH, after an editor at Harlequin Intrigue expressed an interest in that project. It got bumped up to the senior editor, but she didn’t care for the paranormal aspects of the story. Also the hero in TOUCH, who is an FBI psychic, is not a traditional alpha male. So after spending a year kicking around the Intrigue office, TOUCH was ultimately rejected. I shelved both stories thinking that was the end of that.
Then Carla Roma invited me to contribute a novella to the Bandit Creek Books series. I decided to resurrect and complete A STRANGER’S KISS, the love story of Sam and Amy. And publish A STRANGER’S TOUCH as a companion piece. Though the two stories share some characters, and both contain paranormal elements, they have parallel timelines so both books are stand-alone works.
That’s why it took so long. Without the interest of Carla Roma, and my readers, Sam and Amy would have been forever stuck at Chapter Three.

While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?
Generally, very little. I’m a plotter so I have most of it figured out before I start writing. Some things don’t turn out exactly the way I envisioned but I liken my outline to a road map. I know I’m going from Point A to Point B. If I find and interesting detour comes up along the way, I’ll take it, but I always know where I’m going.

You run into a bookstore, where do you go first?
The cookbooks. I’ve got stacks of them. What can I say? I like to eat. And I like to experiment with different spices. I’m an alchemist at heart. After that, you can generally find me in the fiction section, hunting for romance, suspense and mystery.

How many books in a month do you tend to read?
That fluctuates. When the words are flowing, I tend to read books about the writing craft or biographies. And lately, I’ve been doing a lot of beta reading for the authors involved in Bandit Creek. When I’m on holidays, I pretty much read a book a day, or within two days.

In all the books you've read. Who is your most favorite character and why?
Atticus from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. He reminds me of my dad, who passed away in 2004. My father wasn’t a lawyer, but he was a man with a lot of personal integrity, who could explain just about anything with the same patience as Atticus. And he loved his children with a passion. I miss him so much.

State 5 random facts about yourself.
-My star sign is Libra.
-I’m still happily married to that boy I met at nineteen.
-I’m a breast cancer survivor.
-I adore Lady Gaga.
-And I hate dusting.

Your favorite Genre?
Sexy suspense.

What are you currently reading?
Advanced copies of works written by two of my buddies: Lecia Cornwall’s TO WED A DEVILISH DUKE which comes out in November, and a May 1st Bandit Creek release by Brenda Collins called WITCH IN THE WIND.
And I’m looking forward to starting J. R. Ward’s LOVER REBORN.

What is the best book you've read?
I have to go with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD again. ROOM by Emma Donoghue would be a close second. I also love JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte.

Any new projects coming up?
I’ve paired up with the wonderful Steena Holmes on the series Stampede Sizzlers – short, hot reads sure to set your body sizzling! No murder and mayhem here, just sexy fun. My book is called CRAZY FOR COWBOY which follows Steena’s HOT FOR COWBOY. The titles say it all. Hers is available wherever ebooks are sold. Mine debuts today, April 15th.

Here’s your chance to market your book. Describe it. And why readers should pick it up?

In A STRANGER’S KISS, Sam Hutchinson, a successful lawyer, is devastated by the murder of his son. Hoping to gain closure, he traces the killer’s roots to Bandit Creek, Montana.
There, he finds Amy Tesher. Lies are Amy’s camouflage, all fabricated to escape the secrets of her past and protect her 11-year-old child, Renee, who is able to communicate with Sam’s ghostly son.
And the serial killer who took the boy’s life is hot on their trail.
If you like sexy suspense with a paranormal twist, A STRANGER’S KISS is your kind of read.
Everything happens in Bandit Creek. http://banditcreekbooks.com/


“Roxy Boroughs has it all – humor, suspense, and the kind of raw emotion that makes romantic suspense worth reading. This genre has a bright new star.”– Lecia Cornwall author of SECRETS OF A PROPER COUNTESS, an RT Reviewers Choice nominee.

“Packed with romance, suspense and a happily-ever-after guaranteed to leave you laughing and crying, A Stranger’s Kiss had me riveted from the opening page!” – Julie Rowe author of ICEBOUND.

Where you can find author Roxy Boroughs:

Facebook ~ Amazon
Twitter: @roxyboroughs
Goodreads: Roxy Boroughs
Website: http://www.roxyboroughs.com/


My Review:

Author Roxy Boroughs did an execellent job creating an atmosphere of supence, romance and paranormal. You instantly fall for the characters and will get wrapped up in this nail biter of a book! Just the opening page in itself is good enough to trap you...

You first meet Amy, a single mother who inherits a B&B and her daughter Renee, who talks to a ghost...Then comes a stranger named Sam, trying to find his son's killer...and Amy is the key to finding him....

Paranormal, Mystery, Suspence, Romance, and Redemption all combined for a satisfying read! I highly recommend this book.

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  1. I've read this novella and it's a great story, well put together. And I happen to know Ms. Boroughs and she's one hell of a lady! You can't go wrong with one of her books.

  2. I've read A Stranger's Kiss and loved it.
    I'm looking forward to that new one CRAZY FOR COWBOY.

    And, it must be late and my brain is failing. I'm still trying to prove that I'm not a robot. I will try again.

  3. Ms Boroughs weaves together elements of mystery, passion, paranormal, revenge and redemption. A thoroughly satisfying read that I thoroughly recommend.

  4. Roxy, I loved A Stranger's Kiss and am looking forward to reading A Stranger's Touch. And I'm thrilled to hear that you've teamed up with Steena Holmes to write in the new series. Congratulations!

  5. *raises hand* Another cookbook person here.

    I knew you wrote plays, Roxy. I hadn't known you'd acted as well. What I miss out on being too far North...

  6. Thanks for stopping by Michelle, Suzanne, Victoria, Shelia and Jan. So much praise, I'm blushing.

  7. Hey! I didn't know you had a release yesterday?! I loved a Stranger's Kiss and am going to go looking for Crazy for Cowboy right now. Thanks for sharing - great post!

  8. I want to thank you all for stopping by my blog to read & comment on Roxy Boroughs book A Stranger's Kiss... :)

  9. You won't be disappointed by anything Ms. Boroughs writes, me I'm after her new Cowboy release right now! Congrats Roxy!

    1. Thanks, Kymber.

      And what a pleasure it was to be here. Nilsa is a fabulous hostess.