Kacey Hammell has dropped by, to let us all know about her latest release. Come with me now on a journey into her world…
Wow, that sounds kinda forbidding, doesn’t it??
Cassandra Dean: Congratulations on the release of AWAKENINGS! Would you tell us a little about it?
Kacey Hammell: Thank you! AWAKENINGS features Alicia is very strong-willed and trying to deal with the aftermath of what happened to her in her cousin’s story (ILLUSIONS). With the reappearance of the man who made her feel alive once before in the past, and believing that love is no longer what she needs, it’s a journey of ups and downs. As well, she’s suspended from her job as a Detective, but continues to search for a killer and a missing child.
CD: What inspired you to write AWAKENINGS?
KH: AWAKENINGS was a labour of love, and battles, with the heroine. Alicia is very strong-willed and trying to deal with the aftermath of what happened to her in her cousin’s story (ILLUSIONS). She had a lot of healing to do, as did I due to some of my own difficult times, so she and I had a lot of things to get through.
CD: AWAKENINGS is a part of your series, IN THE ARMS OF THE LAW. What do you find most challenging about writing a series?
KH: The characters. They’re flawed, a lot, but I adore them. They aren’t the normal heroes/heroines that a lot of authors write, because of their flaws, but everyone has a story to tell and a love to find. Nothing is easy for any of them, and their woven histories/romances.
CD: AWAKENINGS is a contemporary romantic suspense. How do you go about writing in this genre?
KH: I let the story tell itself in that way. With ILLUSIONS & AWAKENINGS, I didn’t know anything – hadn’t pre-planned the villains/suspense angles – and just allowed the characters to lead me through it.
CD: You’ve written contemporary erotic romance, contemporary romantic suspense, and even dabbled in the paranormal. Do you have plans to write a book in any other another genre?
KH: Not at this time. I find the Contemp/Rom. Susp the most comfortable. The ghost story, which comes out with another pub around Christmas, was a lot of fun to write but I find the aforementioned genres are more my avenue. Of course, there is that paranormal ménage trilogy (with witches, telekinetics, etc) that is sitting in the outline stages of my WIP folder – so never say never. *g*
CD: What is your writing process?
KH: I wait for a song, tv, movie, a real-life event I hear on the news to strike a chord. Or a character appear to me in a dream – this happens most often.
I have a hard time staying within a box that is set by certain submission calls or serials/lines, and have to let my heart/gut lead me. Then I have to envision the main intervals of each story in my head, kind of like a movie reel to fly through my mind, before I can sit to write.
CD: What do you believe to be the most important factor in portraying a believable romantic relationship?
KH: Being true to those characters and the love between the two of them. If the writer has to force characters together, then it’s not real, and readers can usually tell. Allowing them each the depth to share their world/romance with readers is vital.
CD: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
KH: From my dad – that I can’t please everyone. To simply be true to whom I am and the life I wish to live. Be honest, kind, and always root for those that have no one in their corner.
CD: What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
KH: To be true to myself and my characters. Allow the heart and soul to be put out there, leaving nothing missed and no holding back. Make it all about the story, not the money, the great reviews, the accolades, but all about the story. Not everyone will like everything every author writes.
CD: Who is your greatest writing influence?
Two authors – Cherry Adair & JD Robb. Legends in this business and really hooked me into reading romance when I was in my early teen years. Only my husband has ever lived up to any of their heroes! *g*
CD: What do you enjoy reading?
KH: The 2 aforementioned authors but also many more. I love Contemp, Rom. Susp., Paranormal genres. Some fave authors – Sara Brookes, Sandra Sookoo, Sandra Brown, Cindy Gerard, Suzanne Brockmann, Lucy Felthouse, Jessica Subject, Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, JR Ward, Patricia Rasey, Sahara Kelly, Jill Shalvis, Lori Foster, Lara Adrian…and the list continues! LOL
CD: What’s your favourite television show? Favourite movie?
KH: I have a lot of fave tv shows – Bones, GRIMM, L&O:SVU, Games of Thrones, True Blood, Blue Bloods, American Chopper, American Pickers, CSI, NCIS/LA, Days of our Lives.
Fave movies – Grease, Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Armageddon, Avengers, Con Air, A Time To Kill, Expendables, and the list is endless …
CD: Wow, you’ve watched Days of our Lives for 29 years! What do you love about the show?
KH: It’s a guilty pleasure! Foremost, I love the memories of my mom and I watching it together for years. Plus the bonds of the families on the show. Yes, albeit fictional, but their also create some great memories. As a die-hard fan, it’s like I know the characters personally. Dramatic, yes, but it’s a lot of shows over the years, it’s like an addiction now. It is my hour of complete veg/me time every day – or once a week if I get behind in watching the recordings. LOL
CD: If you were stranded in an abandoned police station in the middle of a ghost town, what three things would you wish were with you?
KH: Oh gosh, that’s a hard one. My husband first of all – he’s my rock, in every situation, so I would need him to keep me calm. Food & water probably the other two. As long as I have the hubs, I don’t care about anything else! LOL
In the Arms of the Law, Book 2
Romantic Suspense/Contemporary Erotic Romance
With her old flame back in her life, and on the trail of a killer, Detective Alicia Knowles is forced to face the past as she tries to make decisions about her future…
Detective Alicia Knowles once believed there was good in everyone. Not anymore. After a harrowing experience, her life had changed and she was a very different woman. Now more dangerous, she moves through the darkness of her once sunny world, unsure what to do with her pent up feelings of fear and anger.
Even her new boss, Cole Douglass, makes her feel out of control. One night, years ago, he made her feel things she’d never felt with any other man. This time it can only be business between them.
With her latest case, however, temperatures flare.
Their passion is rekindled as the search is on for a missing child and a murderer on the run. Can Alicia protect her heart from the most dangerous power of all…love?
~ Excerpt ~
She turned around. Their chests brushed, and she gave him a half-smile. “I know Hannah might not blame me, but I do. A few more moments, it’s all we would have needed. I’d change it if I could.” When Cole opened his mouth, she placed her fingers on his lips to silence him. “I can’t, but I vow to do whatever it takes to catch this son-of-a-bitch.”
Alicia tried to convey the sincerity of her promise as she stared into his eyes. For Hannah, and this man, she’d do whatever she could to bring peace to their family once more.
“I know you would. But you can’t carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. We’ll get him.” He raised his hand to her cheek and pushed back a strand of hair that had fallen over her face. Her breath quickened at the light touch. Her body stilled.
The air crackled with electricity. She was sure he could feel it, too; the tension rolled off his body like waves in the ocean. To walk away would be the best thing to do, but for the life of her, Alicia couldn’t get her feet to move.
“You know what, Ali?” His voice was soft and powerfully seductive. “You know what I remember most about our night together?”
Alicia’s hand clasped his wrist, below where his fingers rested lightly on her cheek. She wanted to fall into his arms, burn beneath his touch again. They’d never talked about it and she was curious to know what he remembered.
She remembered it all.
Every touch and sigh. Every kiss and pleasure she basked in.
Through many a cold and lonely night, she cherished the memories of Cole’s hard body pressed against hers, pushing her against the mattress—and the wall and the bathroom counter—but she marveled at how he’d made her feel like more of a woman in one night than she’d felt in all her adult years.
Her voice hoarse and scratchy, she whispered, “What do you remember?”
When his mouth claimed hers, her body ignited with long-repressed emotions. Hunger, mind-blowing hunger, rattled through her. It was so hard to breathe.
© Kacey Hammell
The writer: Kacey Hammell is a multi-published erotic romance author who writes mainly in the Contemporary/Romantic Suspense genres. She is a true romantic at heart.
The Wife and Mom: Born, raised and still living in her hometown in Ontario, Canada, Kacey found true love with her husband. As a Mom of three, Kacey has made certain that each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right.