Romance Promo Central is happy to welcome Elaine Cantrell to the blog! She is the author of Never Trust a Pretty Wolf and is here to answer some questions about her book and her writing! If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please find some buy links at the bottom of the post and pick up a copy or two!
RPC – Tell us about the book
Elaine – My latest release is titled Never Trust a Pretty Wolf. In this story I explored several questions. First, what would happen if you were playing a charity game with a sexy marshal, and the two of you found a dead body and had to run for your lives to escape the killers? The second question is this: how would you react if you found that that this game exposed secrets you’d vowed to leave hidden forever, and not only that, you also found that your partner in the game had secrets even bigger than your own? That’s Pretty Wolf in a nutshell.
RPC – State a random fact about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Elaine – I’m only going to be working for two more years. After I retire I’m going to become active in animal rescue and work for a local food bank.
RPC – Who are your cheerleaders?
Elaine – My biggest cheerleader is my writing buddy Jennifer Gravley. Jennifer is the author of Knight of the Dead which is published by Astraea Press as is Never Trust a Pretty Wolf. Besides the fact that we share a publisher, we also share a profession. We’re both teachers, and we work at the same school.
RPC – Do you keep track or write reviews for books you read?
Elaine – Yes, I do. In fact, it would make me so happy for you to follow me on Goodreads.
RPC – What’s your favorite part of writing a book?
Elaine – The very best part is that you get to experience life from a new perspective. It’s fun to create new worlds and people them with individuals whom you like and would love to know in the real world. I always fall in love with my characters.
RPC – What was your favorite scene?
Elaine – My favorite scene is when Liesel and Andy my heroine and hero find a dead body and have to run for their lives. This is a pivotal scene in the book. From this point, secrets start to see the light of day. I’ll share that excerpt at the end of the interview.
RPC – Where do you get your inspiration?
Elaine – In this case, my inspiration was my son. He geocaches with his family, and that gave me the idea for the book. The charity game my hero and heroine are playing is a geocaching game. And, yes, I had to do some research to find out how to play it.
RPC – What is the one book that you think everyone should read?
Elaine – It’s an old one, but I’d pick Gone With the Wind. That book had it all: romance, memorable characters, a dynamic plot, and a setting that captivated and captured the reader’s imagination.
RPC – Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook?
Elaine – I like Facebook better. On Twitter if you have a lot of friends it’s hard to keep up with everyone’s tweet. Or it is for me, at least.
RPC – What are your thoughts on ebooks? (i.e. love them, hate them, wave of the future)
Elaine – I think ebooks are the wave of the future. I’m a teacher, and if I give my students a book assignment, it’s like pulling teeth to get them to do it, but if I give them a computer and tell them to do it there, they like it much better. These students are our future readers. I think they’ll insist on ebooks.
RPC – What projects are you currently working on right now? Would you mind sharing them with us?
Elaine – Right now I’m having a wonderful time working on my new romantic comedy. I love everything about it, and since my husband laughed in the right places when he read it, it may really be funny.
Liesel Wolf has a secret, a dangerous secret she’ll go to any lengths to conceal. When she’s paired in a charity game with sexy marshal Andy Bryce, a man with secrets of his own, her carefully constructed world comes crashing down, and Liesel’s on a collision course with her past.
* * *
“It’s a dead man.”
Liesel shoved Andy aside and bolted out of the cave as if the dead man had suddenly come to life and grabbed her ankle in the dark, his bloody, battered face staring into hers. She heard Andy shout, “Liesel, stop!” but she paid no attention to the fool. She
made it back to the place where they’d found the fake diamonds before Andy grabbed her.
“Let me go! I want to get out of this awful place!”
“Liesel! Stop screaming! The man’s dead. He can’t hurt you.”
He gave her a little shake, and Liesel buried her face in her trembling hands. If he only knew…
Both of them spun around when they heard the sound of something heavy crashing through the bushes. Three men incongruously dressed in khakis, pastel colored polo shirts, and nice Italian loafers charged down the hill toward them. They all had grim expressions on their faces, expressions that went well with the guns they carried.
The report of a pistol filled the afternoon as something kicked up dirt near Liesel’s feet.
“Run!” she screamed.
She took off as if all the devils in Hades pursued her, and they probably did. Veering off the path, she plunged into the woods with Andy closely following. They ran for what seemed like forever. Small branches slapped her face and pulled her hair. She turned her ankle more than once when she tripped over fallen tree limbs or stepped into holes hidden in the forest underbrush. Finally, she had to stop. The hot, boring stitch in her side couldn’t be ignored any longer.
“Shhh,” Andy cautioned. He pointed toward a small depression on the far side of a rotten, fallen tree. Cautiously, they inched their way toward it. “Do you hear anything?” he whispered.
Liesel shook her head as she wiped sweat from her forehead. She couldn’t hear much of anything over the pounding of her heart. “Maybe we got away from them,” she mouthed.
Andy drew a deep breath. “Do you know those men?”
“For goodness’ sake, not now!”
“Give me the GPS.”
Liesel passed it to him. He studied it for a moment and pointed down the hill. “Follow me, and be very quiet. No more loud, panic–stricken runs.”
Liesel willingly followed him. Anything to get out of there.
They moved through the woods as silently as possible, flinching when a careless foot snapped a branch. After one such incident, Liesel’s nerves got the better of her. She propped her foot on a rock and jerked a small handgun from a holster that she wore
under her pant leg.
Andy’s hand shot out. “Give me that gun,” he commanded.
He took it from her with ease. “I don’t know why you have this,” he whispered, “but if we get out of here alive you have some explaining to do. Now, keep moving but stay in control. Remember, no headlong plunges into the woods.”
Forty-five minutes later, they exited the woods near the bridge that crossed the little creek. Liesel fearfully scanned the inviting, family-centered area. “I don’t see anyone.”
“Two o’clock. Men in khaki.” Andy came to a halt and jerked her against him. “Kiss me like you mean it.”
Liesel didn’t mind if she did. Hopefully the khaki men would never imagine that two lovers out for a stroll had only moments before been running for their very lives. She prayed the men didn’t get too good a look at them. Throwing her arms around him, she pressed her body against his. She wouldn’t have admitted to it for anything, but in spite of the danger, she felt a thrill from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet. Nobody could kiss like Andy Bryce!
Andy took her hand, and they strolled casually across the bridge as if they’d been on a leisurely little walk. He kissed her again before they got into the Mustang. The minute they got in, he put the car in gear and slowly made his way out of the park.
“Now, Liesel,” he said. “Why don’t you tell me why those men are trying to kill you?”
Biography: Elaine Cantrell
Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She holds a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Books. At present she teaches high school social studies. In her spare time she enjoys reading, collecting vintage Christmas ornaments, and playing with her grandchildren.
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