Sunday, October 14, 2012

Blog Tour: Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan Review + Author Interview





Title- Forged in Fire
Author's Name- Trish McCallan
Blurb
Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions. But her recent dream feels too real to ignore: a commercial airliner is hijacked, and a handsome passenger is shot dead. Beth hasn’t met the mystery man in her dream; she would never forget a gorgeous face like his. But she can’t deny the bizarre connection she feels. Now awake, and unable to allow for the violence she’s convinced is impending, she races to the airport…and comes face to face with the man of her dreams.

Zane Winters lives for his job, using his uncanny psychic powers to carry out missions for elite SEAL Team 7. Yet the constant adrenaline highs can’t drown out the numbness seeping into his life as he yearns to find a woman he can trust. All that changes when he meets a beautiful stranger who sets his soul on fire—and somehow knows he’s about to die.

To thwart the global crisis the hijacking will unleash, Beth and Zane join forces. But even amid the danger, they can’t deny the powerful force drawing them together. Is it merely attraction…or destiny?

Cindy's Review: I find the cover and the title pretty intriguing that makes me want to say, "What is this book about?" When the book blasted off in the beginning I was sure that Beth and Zane were meant to be together, or so I was told by Zane himself. LOL. 

Beth Brown is not psychic but after dreaming of three stunningly rip, I can say LOL, navy SEALS being killed on a plane to Hawaii, she knew she had go and warn them. Especially when she feels this mysterious connection with the Commander. 

Zane is actually psychic, which is passed down from generations in his family. He can see his co-workers and friend's death, but he doesn't know who caused it and why. 

Soon, Beth and Zane work together to find out who the terrorists are and how to capture them. And what motivates them to keep on going and protecting each other, it's the spark they felt when they first saw each other.

This exciting adventure of the SEALS and an ordinary female will light your book on fire, making you race through the pages, trying to find out what exactly happens in the end. 


Author Interview!!


    1) Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that idea (story, plot, etc.)
A: I actually dreamed the opening sequences of the book. I dreamed I had a dream of this plane being hijacked and three good looking SEALs on leave gettinggunned down while trying to prevent the hijacking. And then suddenly I was in the terminal where the passengers were waiting for the flight to board, watching the three SEALs who’d died in my dream. When this agitated blonde woman arrives at the gate in a rush. She almost faints when she sees the three men waiting to board, and I knew she’d dreamed of the hijacking too. That’s when I woke up.

  2)   What research did you do for this book?
A: I had to do a ton of research. I knew nothing about SEALs, or Naval protocol. Nor did I have a clear understanding of who would investigate a failed hijacking, whether it would be the FBI or Homeland Security. I started with a lot of online research and accidently discovered a good friend was dating a Navy SEAL. He got me onto a closed SEAL forum where I could lurk and listen, but wasn’t allowed to ask questions. Unfortunately, my friend broke up with her SEAL boyfriend soon afterward, so I never had a chance to ask him questions. I was lucky that I found an Ex-EOD diver who’d been deployed with SEAL Team 7 through my crime scene loop and he was willing to answer my endless questions. Once I narrowed down who would investigate an attempted hijacking, I was able to narrow my focus and started looking for FBI agents who’d be willing to answer my questions. Through friends I was put in contact with someone who had once been an FBI agent as well as an active FBI agent. So I was able to fill in all the holes in my plot and keep the action as realistic as possible while still allowing for creativity.

  3)  What is a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
A: I try to write from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm with periodic breaks. I have a home office, so I do all my writing from there. I have been looking into getting an outside office to write in, though. I’m starting to feel rather housebound and stir-crazy. JAs for daily writing goals. I find that daily goals don’t really work for me. Hourly goals work much better. If I seta daily goal, I tend to quit writing when I reach it. But if I set an hourly goal, and make my butt stay in that chair for the span of time I set, I can get a lot more written, because if the writing is going well, I can write quite fast.

  4)   What is the best thing about being an author?
A: Being able to set your own hours and work wherever you feel like it, and being able to work from any location. I can go home to visit family and still get work done since I have a laptop and an Alphasmart. I can work anywhere. J

  5)  What advice would you give aspiring writers?
A: Don’t give up. Listen to other authors’ advice, but use your common sense and only take what you think might work for you. Don’t let anyone convince you something won’t sell, or you’re working on the wrong project. Listen to your gut, and it will almost always tell you what to do.

  6)   In the book, there was deep paranormal romance, how did you get interested in writing this particular genre? Are you a romantic person in real life?
A: I think I am more pragmatic than romantic. But I am open to ideas and suggestions. I do believe there are things in this world that we can’t hear, touch or see—but we can feel them. We know they are there at an intrinsic level. That’s the way I feel about both love and esp. You can’t see it, you can’t touch it—you just know they exist.

  7)   Do you have any favorite books or authors? Any book recommendations?
A: My favorite authors are JR Ward and Linda Howard. I love their voices and their heroes.

  8)  What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
A: Writing the first draft. I hate writing the first draft. I’m a perfectionist, and it’s impossible to get the characters and story the way I want it in the first draft. I have to constantly remind me that I can revise once I have the story and characters down. 

  9)   If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
A: I would NEVER write a book about my life. But if I was forced to, I’d title it—Boring!

  10)    What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
A: I can’t think of anything I haven’t been asked, that I wanted to talk about. LOL

Author Bio-
Trish McCallan was born in Eugene, Oregon, and grew up in Washington State, where she began crafting stories at an early age. Her first books were illustrated in crayon, bound with red yarn, and sold for a nickel at her lemonade stand. Trish grew up to earn a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a concentration in creative writing from Western Washington University, taking jobs as a bookkeeper and human- resource specialist before finally quitting her day job to write full time. Forged in Fire came about after a marathon reading session, and a bottle of Nyquil that sparked a vivid dream. She lives today in eastern Washington. An avid animal lover, she currently shares her home with three golden retrievers, a black lab mix and a cat.


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Genre- Romantic Thriller
Release date- 9/04/2012

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