Monday, August 19, 2013

Review & Interview: Dark Waters by Toni Anderson

Please welcome author Toni Anderson as she promotes her latest book: Dark Waters.  Enjoy our interview with her after my thoughts.

Publisher: Montlake Romance
Date of publication: August 2013

It may be summer, but schoolteacher Anna Silver’s trip to the coastal town of Bamfield is anything but a vacation. She’s on the run, desperate to stay one step ahead of her father’s

murderer and determined to track down the one man she’s been told to trust: her father’s old cell mate, Brent Carver. But when she finds him, she discovers not a kind, elderly artist but a dangerously hot alpha male with blood on his hands.

Loyal to the core, Brent would never turn away his friend’s daughter when she comes seeking help. He can’t deny Anna his protection…just as he can’t deny the instantaneous attraction he struggles to keep in check. But as their passion blazes out of control, a sadistic killer is on the hunt to stop Anna from uncovering his dark secrets.

My thoughts:

From the first page, Dark Waters takes off running and doesn't stop. I enjoyed the ride.  It's apparently a sequel to Dangerous Waters, but I didn't really feel like I was missing anything in reading this.  I just want to go back and read Finn and Holly's story now.   I loved Anna and Brent.  Because Brent got to know Anna through her letter, I didn't feel like their romance was rushed.  While there wasn't a lot of suspense, there were a couple of surprises in the end.  I definitely recommend the book.

Kari& Autumn: What inspired you to become a writer?

Toni: I was always a voracious reader. Growing up in the UK I devoured Fantasy novels and Mills & Boon. Then I moved to Canada in the nineties and discovered Nora Roberts and Catherine Coulter and Karen Robards et al. When I hit my mid-twenties I ran out of books to read (I now sympathize with authors who fret because it can take six months to write a book and a reader gets through it in a day!) and started thinking maybe I could try writing something. It took me five years to finish my first novel—I guess I learned my craft by constantly rewriting that story—but it was published and became my first release HER SANCTUARY. Nowadays, I write much faster.

Kari& Autumn: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?

Toni: Often two or three ideas collide and give me an idea for a book. I watch and read a lot of news articles and I’m curious about odd stuff—archeology, biology, war, aberrant behavior, the British SAS, law enforcement , environmental issues, history. I’ve discovered that whatever weird idea I come up with people have always done something stranger in real life.

Kari& Autumn: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?

Toni: I’m working on a couple of things right now. The first is trying to self publish a much requested follow up to HER SANCTUARY featuring two of the secondary characters from that book. I’m also working on a new Romantic Suspense novel with a FBI heroine and a hero who’s an assassin. Then I want to write another British SAS hero to follow up THE KILLING GAME and I’m plotting a new trilogy featuring three cop brothers. Life’s busy.

Kari& Autumn: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

Toni: I’d love to say someone sophisticated and intellectual, but it’s probably Sam Starrett out of Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series. I love him because he’s honorable but makes mistakes and loves his woman the way a man is supposed to love a woman, with his soul. He’s not perfect but I want to know what’s going on with Sam. Always.

Kari& Autumn: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Toni: Looking at my dog sleeping all day I’d say her :) But actually I think I’d like to be an eagle, soaring over the world, unafraid of heights unlike this pathetic human. They are spectacular creatures and always look so smart and beautiful.

Thanks so much for having me today!

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About the author:

Toni Anderson is a bestselling author of Romantic Suspense. A former marine biologist, Anderson

traveled the world with her work. After living in five different countries, she finally settled down in the Canadian prairies with her husband and two children. Combining her love of travel with her love of romantic suspense, Anderson writes stories based in some of the places she has been fortunate enough to visit.

Toni donates 15% of her royalties from Edge of Survival to diabetes research--to find out why, read the book!

She is the author of several novels including Dangerous Waters, Storm Warning, and The Killing Game. Her next release is Dark Waters, August 2013.

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1 comment:

Jan Hougland said...

Toni, it is admirable that you donate 15% of the proceeds from Edge of Survival to diabetes research. That disease has killed several members of my family and was not taken seriously by doctors until it was too late. I'm glad that disease is getting the notice is has in the past couple of years.