4. R.M. Gilbert : Paranormal/Contemporary Romance
Welcome to Holiday Bash 2010! Contestant #4:
Not quite 30, I live in Michigan with Mr. G and our three little g’s. Mostly a hermit, I spend a lot of time at home, usually engulfed in a good book, or writing one. Like most writers, I love to read. But I also enjoy dancing and singing as well. A creative creature by nature I live for anything that touches on creative.
Eggnog or Mimosas? Are you old enough to drink? Uh…chocolate milk. (I’m very sophisticated).
We’re also taking pictures with Santa, did you bring a gift for him? (Maybe a new release or a pretty book cover…)
A small town reporter on the hunt for a hot story gets more than she expects when she crosses paths with a mysterious private investigator.
Cub reporter for the Five Oaks Gazette, Paige Kenyon, lives in a tired town. Friendless and practically celibate, it’s looking like another uneventful Christmas for a woman who wants nothing more than to land the next great article.
Smith Dawson has a lifetime of secrets and a dangerous job as a Paranormal Investigator. As a favor to a friend he takes a case that leads him to Five Oaks, where maintaining his cover should be easy enough. However, when a local reporter has a nasty habit of putting herself in harm’s way, he finds himself reluctantly at her rescue.
Is it possible her lust for adventure will land them both in the obituaries?
“Fire!” People shouted all around her.
Paige fumbled with the recorder. Excitement rang in her ears. Adrenaline pumped through her veins. The majority of onlookers raced away from the small flames, Paige sprinted toward them. “Yes. Yes. Yes.”
Whirled around by a heavy hand with a tight grip, Paige collapsed against the investigator. Again, the room dimmed. Darkness seeped in as the air pressed heavily upon her.
“What are you doing?” She gasped.
“We need to get the hell out of here.”
“No.” She tried to yank away from him. “I need my story.”
“Trust me.” Smith tossed his pie, tin and all, to the floor. He lifted her like a sack of potatoes.
Legs kicking, arms flailing, she pounded on his backside. “Put. Me. Down!”
With each step, his shoulder jabbed uncomfortably into her stomach. For a man with such a lean frame, she could feel Smith’s solid muscles through his clothes. As he rushed past several groups of people and stepped outside, the wind whipped around them. Snow and ice crunched under their weight as he carried her up the east incline. He traversed the ridge with ease. Once they were a good distance from the barn, he returned her feet to the ground. She immediately lost her balance in the snow. Instinctively, Paige reached for Smith to catch herself. His hands gripped firm around her waist as she clung to his shoulders.
It took her all of a second to push out of his grasp.
“What is the matter with you?” she snarled.
Not so fast! I see you eyeing the chocolate milk.
Which actor/model does your hero in most of your stories resemble?
Jonathan-Rhys-Meyer. Why? Fit, dark hair, blue eyes. (Though I also go the brown eye route).
If this actor/model showed up at your party, dressed in a Santa suit, how would you approach him?
Slowly, because I would be scared to death of tripping over myself.
Would you tell anyone that Santa is your hero? Only if he agreed to take his picture with the guests.
Your favorite actor/model/hero gives you a Christmas gift. What do you envision this gift to be?
A pair of gloves so we can touch without the world closing in on me.
And what would your reaction be? That would depend on the gloves.
Please enter. Drinks are served by the elves in the corner.
Why do you write romance?
What else is there? Lol. For me, at the end of the day love, even if only imagined is one of the most important things.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Keep writing and writing and writing. Eventually a no becomes a yes. And have thick skin…if you don’t, grow some. It’s a tough business and not everyone will love you.
How did you start your career? Who was your first publisher?
Mine really began when my husband’s Grandma kept asking about a book I was writing. Then progressed when my sister said “You can do this.”
A hugely pivotal moment was when a fellow author, C.D.Yates, befriended me and in turn introduced me to her critique group Passionate Critters, from there it’s been one step at a time. With a lot of help along the way.
What are you working on right now?
I’ve got 2 young adult manuscripts in the works and a mainstream adult romance dying to be written.
Where can readers find you?
Facebook: R.M. Gilbert
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