Friday, May 17, 2013

Amber Lea Easton, author of Reckless Endangerment

Author Bio:

Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published fiction and nonfiction author. For twenty years, she's worked in the fields of journalism and marketing. Although she holds a BA in Communications & Journalism, she is a perpetual student of life who enjoys taking courses on a wide variety of subjects when time allows. Smart is sexy, according to Easton, which is why she writes about strong female characters who have their flaws and challenges, but who ultimately persevere.  She currently has three published romantic suspense novels in the world, with two more scheduled for 2013 along with a nonfiction book due out in the summer of 2013.  

Easton currently lives with her two teenagers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she gives thanks daily for the gorgeous view outside her window. She finds inspiration from traveling, the people she meets, nature and life’s twists and turns. At the end of the day, as long as she's writing, she considers herself to be simply "a lucky lady liv'n the dream."

Title: Reckless Endangerment
Author: Amber Lea Easton
ISBN: 978-0615801612
Page count: 382 (93,300 words)
Genre: romantic suspense, contemporary romance
Price: $3.99 ebook, $16.46 paperback

Tell us about your book:
Heroes come in many forms--soldiers who fall and rise, ordinary people doing extraordinary     things, women who battle for their marriage, reporters who fight for truth and justice, and men who put it all on the line for the women they love.

Sometimes heroes fall.

Colonel Michael Cedars is a decorated war hero returning home from Afghanistan. Wounded, unsure if he’ll walk again, he’s not sure how he fits in civilian life, and he definitely questions if he wants to remain married to the feisty redhead he married a world away.

Hope Shane’s never been one to play it safe. She met the Colonel while working as a war correspondent, fell in love with the man in uniform, watched him get blown up, and isn’t willing to give up on him now.

Back in Denver, Colorado, she’s working as an investigative reporter who becomes entangled in a human trafficking story.  As the danger of her story intensifies, Michael is tested more than he ever imagined. Will he be able to see beyond what he’s lost to embrace what remains? Is he still the man she married or has he become a liability that could get her killed? Is he still the hero she claims him to be? Will her reckless pursuit of justice endanger the life they’ve pieced together?

How long did it take to write the book?
9 months

What inspired you to write the book?
Two things are central to this novel: PTSD in war veterans and human trafficking.  About a year or so ago—maybe a bit longer—I went to a documentary called "The Price of Sex" which is about the global human trafficking trade. It was so powerful that the audience remained seated long after the lights had come up in the theater. From that moment on, I started researching human trafficking here in the United States. It's a sick, intricate web that has infiltrated most of our states. 
                As for PTSD in war veterans, I know that's not a new topic. However, it now more socially acceptable to speak about for our vets from Afghanistan that it ever was for the vets from Vietnam.  I've been seeing stories on Dateline of soldiers coming home and not being able to cope with their "new normal" as a civilian. 
                I put the two of these issues together with Hope Shane—investigative reporter who can't ignore injustice—and Colonel Michael Cedars—a war hero who's not quite sure who he is now that his life has been shredded by war. 

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I did a lot of research for this novel, all of which involved documentaries and reading as many articles as I could find.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I hope they have a greater compassion for the heroes in our world, most of who are unsung and unseen.  I hope they have compassion for my characters, of course, but also for their struggles during the course of the story.  I went out on a limb with this novel—or at least it seems like it—because there's nothing cookie cutter romance about this except the happy ending.  They start out married, scarred and with a whole lot on the line.  I guess that's what I would also hope people take away...that marriage (love) is worth fighting for. 

Excerpt from book:
 “I can’t do this on my own,” she said so quietly he wondered if she’d actually spoken.  She sat on the edge of the bed, her face pale and eyes full of unshed tears.  “I’m faking it every day.  Please, Michael, I don’t know whether I should smack you, scream at you or kiss you to bring you back.”
“Don’t cry for me.” Seeing her like this threw him off.  He preferred the irreverent spitfire who would go toe-to-toe with him any day.  He’d wanted to spare her pain, but it was obvious he had inflicted more. 
 “It was never hard for us, not even in a war zone.  We met and—wham—that was that. We made it work.”
He leaned back in his chair and stared at her.  She wore a black dress that rose up on her thigh when she crossed her legs.  Black leather boots went to her knees.  Hair cascaded around her shoulders, lush lips frowned and eyes glistened.
“You’re not okay, are you?” he asked. “Despite your badass looks, you haven’t healed, have you?  Have you talked to anyone or just stayed in perpetual motion?”

“What do you think?”  Her lips twisted in a self-deprecating grin.
“I think we’re too much alike.”  He grinned despite the circumstances. 
“I wouldn’t presume to feel the same as you do.” She dragged the back of her hand across her cheek without meeting his gaze.  “Things happened that you don’t know about...and now isn’t the right time...but you’re right that I understand you.”
He nodded slowly, not taking his gaze from her face.  Anger long gone, heartache remained.  All words sounded inadequate in his brain.  He wondered what had happened that she hadn’t written about, wondered if he would ever know.  Sorrow clung to her.  He had not only failed as a husband, but also as a friend. 
They had once been the best of friends.
“What do we know about being married?” she asked, her gaze focused on a distant spot on the tiled floor.  “Maybe you’re right.  I’m a mess.  You’re a disaster.  Neither one of us is being honest.”  She met his gaze.  “We’re just a couple of liars who enjoyed the danger of sneaking around in a war zone.  We’re the good story without a happy ending that we’ll think about when we’re old and alone.”
He winced.  He deserved that. Hell, he’d been singing the same song.  It felt like a boulder crushed his chest as he waited for the final blow. 

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