Monday, April 29, 2013

New Release: Obsession by Sharon Buchbinder #paranormal #romance #suspense

I'm super excited to feature my good friend and talented author Sharon Buchbinder. Her paranormal romantic suspense OBSESSION just released from The Wild Rose Press.
Welcome, Sharon. Please tell us about yourself.

   Thank you for having me here, Joya! I have always been a story-teller. As a child, I got into a lot of trouble for "making things up." Now, I get rewarded for making things up. I love being able create heroes and heroines readers can relate to—even crazy cat ladies. I've been writing fiction since I was in middle school and have the rejection slips to prove it. In high school, I even submitted a script to "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." on yellow-lined paper in pencil. Not surprisingly, that was rejected, too.
   As an academic (I have a PhD in Public Health), prior to publishing fiction, I published numerous non-fiction articles and two textbooks. However, I found the road to publication in fiction to be much harder. After I published some short stories in horror and mystery, a friend recommended I join the Maryland Romance Writers (MRW). I joined in 2005 and found friendship, support and the opportunity to develop as an author with MRW and the Romance Writers of America (RWA). I published my first short story in romance in 2007, and I've been pecking away at the keyboard ever since, like one of Skinner's rats, going after the pellet of publication, blending my love of mystery, suspense, and the supernatural with romance.
   We live in beautiful Baltimore, Hon, and live in purple clothes during the Ravens season (no, there are no other teams!). Dem O's are beginning to grow clothing in my closet, as well. When not rooting for the home teams, or attempting to make students, colleagues, and babies laugh, I can be found herding cats, waiting on a large gray dog, fishing, dining with good friends, or writing.
    Wow! Sounds like a verrrrry full life! What inspires you to write?
    Coffee and a deadline inspire me to write the fastest. LOL. If the clock is ticking, I am much more disciplined about hitting word counts. Otherwise, I am easily distracted by Facebook, Twitter, and researching obscure tidbits that I may or may not use for a work in progress.
Coffee? Did you say coffee? <runs out the door to Sharon's house> LOL. What would be a *perfect day* for you, Sharon?
I get up with a dream that dictates a new story, the plot already formed by my busy subconscious mind. I wrangle the cats and dog, have a light breakfast with my DH, get on the elliptical for thirty minutes, spend a minimum of time on FB and Twitter (hahaha!). I write in two hour chunks, coming out of my other world to stretch, refuel, and put dinner in the oven. Then it's time for dinner and a movie in my family room, in my pajamas. Oh wait! That's today! I'm already having my perfect day!
LOL! Yipppee! Glad you're having a perfect day. Can you tell us about the setting of Obsession? Why did you choose it?
When I began researching Chihuahua, Mexico for a setting for my new paranormal romantic suspense, OBSESSION, my primary intent was to find a location to build by villain's refuge.  Lucky for me, the rugged terrain of the Sierra Madre, and specifically,  Copper Canyon, were perfect for a hidden compound for a crazed cult leader who kidnaps his grandson because he believes the child is the Chosen One. This part of the world is remote, beautiful, and sparsely populated. The cult leader believes he has it all: isolation, control of a thousand loyal-to-the-death followers, paid off politicians, and the Chosen One. With more research, I found the setting was perfect to demonstrate the heroine's resolve to rescue her son, the hero's strength and abilities under harsh conditions, and to provide a realistic backdrop for supernatural events core to the story. In addition, I found allies for the heroine and hero in the form of the hidden indigenous people of Mexico, the Tarahumarans, also known as the Rarámuri.
Copper Canyon sounds like the perfect setting! Since you write romance, I must ask...what’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you?
This is going to sound crazy, but when I lost a housekeeper, I was beside myself. I have serious dust and cleaning solution allergies. My asthma kicks in with a vengeance. But, the house wasn't going to clean itself, and I still hadn't found a replacement. One Saturday, I put on my mask and gloves, dragged out the vacuum cleaner and cleaning supplies and began to get to work. After a while, I found my husband in the master bedroom, wearing a scarf on his head and scrubbing the toilet. He told me to call him "Tootsie." He was my hero that day!
Hey, I think men who clean toilets are very romantic and sexy!! So where can readers order OBSESSION?

A year after a barbaric childbirth, complete with a near-death experience and an encounter with her guardian angel, Angie Edmonds is just happy she and her son, Jake, are alive. She's finally in a good place: clean, sober, and employed as a defense attorney. But at the end of a long work day, she finds herself in a parent's worst nightmare: Jake has been kidnapped and taken across the Mexican border by a cult leader who believes the child is the "Chosen One."

Stymied by the US and Mexican legal systems, Angie is forced to ask the head of a Mexican crime syndicate for help. Much to her chagrin, she must work with Alejandro Torres, a dangerously attractive criminal and the drug lord's right-hand man. Little does she know Alejandro is an undercover federal agent, equally terrified of blowing his cover—and falling in love with her.
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Thanks for stopping by, Sharon! Be sure to check out Sharon's incredible book trailer HERE



Nancy C. Weeks said...

Hi Sharon and Joya,
Two of my favorite people in the same place. Just wanted to stop in and say Hi. For the record, a man that can clean up a kitchen really gets me in a great mood. LOL :)

I am loving Obsession. It's one of those books I can't put down. I hope it sells off the virtual selves.

Sharon Buchbinder, Romance Author said...

Thanks for having me here today, Joya! Nancy, you're right, if a man cleans up, it's hot! Glad you are enjoying Obsession! xoxo