We’re so pleased to welcome author Elle Keaton to TNA today on the Spring Break blog tour, book three in the Accidental Roots series. She’s talking mysteries, among other things, and there’s also a chance for one lucky reader to win an e-copy of the book, so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget below for entry details.
Three’s a Charm
🙂 Thank you, Novel Approach, for having me again!
It is very exciting to be here celebrating the release of Spring Break, the third in my Accidental Roots series, featuring Carroll Weir and Sterling Bailey as they work their way toward togetherness. As usual there were one or two roadblocks, but don’t worry, they eventually get there.
When I write, I am a ‘pantser’, it is difficult, nearly impossible, for me to outline and spend a lot of time researching before I put fingers to keys. Thus, my characters often surprise me and there are times when I inadvertently, mid-sentence, fall down the rabbit hole known as Google.
Usually I have a pretty good idea of what I am writing to—how the story is going to end, but just as often I only know that at some point I will be typing ‘the end’. Mysteries are especially complicated with the need to make sure you have all the important ends tied up but – not all of them, right? Because even in real life not all mysteries are solved.
Like many authors I got my start in m/m romance as a reader, but I have forever and always been a romance fan. Throughout school I read all the Harlequins I could get my hands on, scoured the public library reading racks for racy bodice rippers (I had an unspoken agreement with the librarian who let me into the adult section) and spent my insubstantial allowance on the cheap reads at Woolworth’s. Romance and mystery have long been my go to, so when I sat down to write it seemed absolutely normal to write romantic suspense.
Thank you Carolyne Keene, Enid Blyton, Marcia Muller, Rex Stout, John D. McDonald, the anonymous Harlequin authors, Rosemary Rogers, Catherine Coulter, Sue Grafton….the list goes on….
About the Book
Sometimes a guy needs a break. Carroll Weir got one–but it wasn’t what he expected.
All he dreams of is escaping dreary, damp Skagit, WA, for a warmer climate. Instead, Federal Investigator Carroll Weir is assigned to a cross-agency case involving geoduck smugglers and a very dead Fish and Wildlife Detective.
Sterling Bailey, the regular bartender at the Loft, likes to think of his customers and employees as family since he doesn’t have one of his own. Exhausted and tense, Carroll Weir wanders in one night and one thing leads to another. All in a night’s work, right?
Who murdered Fish and Wildlife Detective Peter Krystad? Does the killer have Weir in his sights? Things begin to heat up between them but Sterling and Weir will have to move past their personal history in order to change the course of their future.
The spark burning between them is hot enough to scald unless they’re careful somebody’s going to get burned.
*HEA No cliffhanger
*Intended for a mature audience, 18+
About the Author
Author, photographer, rare Pacific Northwest Native, Elle grew up in Seattle, WA., with the Cascade Mountain range to the east and Olympics to the west. Less than two hours northwest lie the majestic San Juan Islands. To the northeast is the Methow Valley and the scrub deserts of Eastern Washington. Geography ripe with material.
A graduate of Western Washington University, Elle has a BS in biology which taught her to be tenacious. The closest she has come to biology since then is having two kids. Like an experiment or something. She’s lived in four states (none of which were gaseous), London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has no problem finding parking even in the most difficult places. Cannot balance a checking account.
Elle’s series Accidental Roots, mostly set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington, will make its debut spring of 2017. Storm Season is tender, sometimes irreverent, full of nosy neighbors and help when the hero didn’t think he needed it. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day.