March 21, 2014

Blog Tour Post: A Reason To Breathe by C.P. Smith

at 3/21/2014 12:00:00 AM


Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn


Love at first sight was never so dangerous.
Jack Gunnison has a problem, well, two actually, one is 5'5" and the other...a Killer.
Jennifer Stewart needs a change after losing her husband and sending her daughter off to college.
Moving to the high country of Colorado to restart her life and, follow her dreams, Jenn gets more than she bargained for when she attracts the eye of a killer.
Together, Jack and Jenn must figure out his identity, before he strikes again.
Mature readers only due to erotic content and language.

Excerpt
Jack collapsed onto my chest but held himself up with one arm. His face in my neck, lips kissing and tasting, light nips at my ear as we both recovered from our release.
“Jesus, Baby, can’t remember when I came that hard.”
“I’m not complaining. You’ve got mad skills, Sheriff.” Rising up and looking down at me, he smiled and laughed as he moved from between my legs and then curled me up into his chest. We lay like that for a while as we recovered, then I tipped my head back and asked.
“You wanna stay the night? I’ll make pancakes in the morning.” Jack grinned, kissed my lips and answered.
“Considering I’ll still be buried deep in you when the sun comes up, yeah Babe, I’ll stay for breakfast.”
“What?”
“Not finished with you by a long shot that was just a warm up.”
”Wow.”
“You got that right.” Jack grinned; then his eyes went soft.
“Jesus, you’re somethin’ else.” I liked hearing that. So I told him.
“You’re not so bad yourself, Jack.”
“I thought I was bossy?”
“You’re that as well.”
“And bullheaded.”
“You heard that?”

“Heard the reckless and arrogant part too.” I giggled, and his eyes warmed. I could stare at his warm, rugged face all night, but decided I’d rather kiss him, so I did, and he rewarded me for my forward thinking with his body on me, in me and behind me the rest of the night

Author Q&A with The Consummate Reader 

1) Which character did you have the hardest time bringing to life?

The Killer, I had to be careful not to give too much away with their answers and reactions around Jenn. There is a fine line between friendship and obsession with this person.

2) What are some pet peeves that you have while writing?

Not enough hours in the day. When I finally sit down to write I get in the zone, and everything else kinda stops existing for me. With 5 children that can be a problem, so my writing time is cut short. So, yeah, not enough time…or I have to sleep, which is an inconvenience; stupid body requires it!!

3) Do you find yourself reflected in your characters?

Absolutely….I’ve got a smart mouth that gets me in trouble….and I tend to over-think things instead of going with the flow….and I love bears, I have a huge collection.

4) Have you always wanted to be anything else other than an author?

Yes, I was a singer in my youth, and did a bit of acting in a community production, so I’ve always done creative arts in one form or the other….then I had kids and everything was put on hold.

5) How much time did you spend on character profiles (i.e. backstory, history, personality)?

For this book, character history was easy…I’d had Jack in my head for fifteen years and Jenn was my idea of the perfect woman who of course has flaws. You know the ones who are attractive but not models, have a great personality and the minute you meet them you want to be their BFF…Yeah that was Jenn for me, so in a way she was easy to write. Anything I saw as a strength and weakness that was attractive in a woman to me, I put in Jenn.

6) What are some of your inspirations?

My inspirations for writing come from different places. A picture, a song, even a sentence. When I get stuck with a chapter I’ll turn on the TV or go to YouTube and something will hit me and the cogs will start turning again.

7) Who in the writing world are you a big fan of?

Anyone who has the guts to put themselves out there first of all, it’s not easy to bare your soul and have people pick it apart and leave nothing but your bones when they are done. I’ve been reading a long time, so I have a few favorite authors. Jane Austen, Karen Rose, Kristen Ashley, Tami Hoag, Linda Howard, are my top five. Anything those women write is an automatic buy for me. (Of course I know Ms. Austen won’t be writing any more novels, but one can dream.)

8) Do you think you will branch out and write in other genres (i.e. historical fiction)?

I’ll never say never, but I’m a thriller girl through and through. There will always be an element of suspense and danger in my stories. Now, could I do that in 18th century England with a badass Baron? You betcha! So, I guess you could say it’s a possibility!

9) For the steamy scenes between the main characters, where did you get your ideas?

Hmmm, the personality of the characters of course sets the tone, and how verbal they are in expressing themselves. Jack never held back, so he didn’t hold back in the bedroom, or living room, or kitchen. To me, a man who is confident, like Jack is, has no problems using his body to show a woman how he feels or what he is feeling, so I just portray what I think a sexual encounter should be between two people extremely attracted to one and other.

10) As a writer, are there any frustrating aspects that you can live without?

I love the process; I love hearing from people who loved the book and even appreciate critique that is done in a positive way. The hateful negative reviews by people I could really do without. If the review gives me no feedback other than to say all characters should die including the author…yeah, I’d call that frustrating and a little unsettling to be truthful. The other aspect that is frustrating is in order to get your book seen, you have to spend an inordinate amount of time self-promoting, which cuts into your writing time. I would love to see someone who has experience in publishing create a company that does all of this for the indie author. Some of us pay for PA’s, book covers, and editing. It would be nice if there were a company that had all that in-house, but didn’t have a contract stating you had to write so many books per year. Kind of a one-stop shopping. “Package A includes editing, book cover, and promotion.” A girl can dream, right?


Author Bio

C.P. Smith is a mother of five and resides in Oklahoma. An avid reader with a vivid imagination, Ms. Smith set out to write books for the older reader. She is passionate about romantic suspense and hopes her stories leave you cheering for the good guys as well as inspire those over forty to never give up on love.

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GIVEAWAY

C.P.  is offering up the following for grabs. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST 03/24/2014.

(2) eBook copy of A Reason to Breathe (INTL)
(1) Signed copy of A Reason to Breathe (US only)
(2) $5 gift cards from either Amazon or B&N (INTL)

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