We’re so pleased to welcome author Elle Keaton today to introduce her new book, Storm Season, book one in the Accidental Roots series. She’s here to talk romantic suspense with us, and is also offering one lucky reader the chance to win an e-copy of the book, so be sure to check out the entry details below.
Hello everyone! Elle Keaton here, very excited (and nervous) to be celebrating the release of Storm Season, the first in my Accidental Roots series. I want to thank everyone for joining me today, it means so much! I also want to thank The Novel Approach for hosting me.
Storm Season is close to my heart, a tribute to my favorite romance genre; romantic suspense. I’ve always loved mysteries and romance, they’re like chocolate and peanut butter, peas and carrots, tequila and salt…
Storm Season is set in the fictional town of Skagit (real river) in Washington State. Adam Klay returns to his hometown after many years, to lay his father to rest. Micah Ryan is an awkward loner who accidently (ahhaha) catches Adam’s interest. Unfortunately, there are unsavory elements in Skagit who see one, or both of them, as a threat. Let the adventure begin!
Funny, and true, story, I didn’t want to learn to read. Anyone who has met me in real life…well, if I was younger I would have been diagnosed with ADD. I floundered, fidgeted and daydreamed. Until I found Nancy Drew. Talk about never looking back. Devoured them. Then came Daphne du Maurier and then, well you get the picture. I do love a spooky, atmospheric read.
*Wondering, what mystery series/authors are readers’ favorites?
*What are pet peeve tropes? For instance; I love the standard village mystery, but not ‘cozy’s’. Not a huge fan of the miserable hardboiled detective.
Storm Season isn’t Nancy Drew, there are a lot more sexy times, but as a reader and writer I have always enjoyed that character who, much like Nancy, is smart and solves the mystery before the experts – or in spite of them. There are intense elements; Adam’s past is complicated and Micah has lost his entire family, but on the whole Storm Season is fairly lighthearted, you are meant to laugh. Life without laughter is nothing.
*Angst or no Angst? I love angst, but it has to be resolvable, or at least settled between the characters.
My favorite scene without giving anything away, agh!? My absolute favorite scene occurs very late, maybe we can talk about that one in the future – currently four books planned, I am half way through the third.
Micah takes Adam on a side trip into the North Cascades, he won’t tell him where they are going. They end up at a point on the Skagit river where bald eagles have nested for years, literally hundreds. It’s breathtaking. Hopefully it won’t take readers out of the story but this side trip gives both characters a chance to breathe a little, away from the mayhem going on. A chance, for Adam especially, to put aside his worries and re-experience the wonder of our little corner of the world. And a bear. But just a black bear, you know, because they are cute and friendly. *Snorts*
*What are readers favorite novels that are very place specific?
Wrapping this up by saying my characters have the most hilarious conversations. Sometimes they happen in my head when I am not expecting them, like I am at my RL work, innocently staring into space, and I have to quickly write them down! If you enjoy Storm Season, Adam and Micah keep making appearances, you won’t be left wondering where they have disappeared to. In fact I have the niggling of an idea for a holiday short…with family.
Thank you again for having me!
About the Book
They say you can’t go home again, Adam Klay doesn’t intend to until the death of his father, a famous artist, forces his return to Skagit, Washington. Cleaning up his father’s chaotic life was never on Adam’s bucket list. Worse, Adam finds himself inexplicably drawn to the elusive, terminally-clumsy, gorgeous, Micah Ryan. No way is he getting involved with someone from his hometown, he’s always insisted the best view of Skagit was in his rearview mirror.
Micah Ryan has been coasting on auto-pilot since his family was killed in a car accident a decade earlier. He runs a web business and has an irritable cat. He hardly leaves his house, unless it is for his afternoon espresso. His world tips upside down when Adam Klay rolls into town. For the first time in years, he feels alive. Unfortunately, Micah’s return to the living has been noticed and is not appreciated.
Someone has a secret. Someone is exploiting the vulnerable youth population in Skagit. Teenagers are disappearing, young women turning up dead, the dirty secrets of Skagit are surfacing.
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.