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Today I am sharing an interview with the author of VERONIKA LAYNE GETS THE SCOOP, Julia Park Tracey. The novel is one of the ebook prizes for my stop on the Beach Reads in August Giveaway Hop. Don't forget to enter for a chance to win after you read the interview (see right sidebar). 

1. Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Veronika Layne Gets the Scoop is my first in a series about a spunky tattooed newspaper reporter in pursuit of a story, and truth, in her city. She's also looking for love (who isn't?).

2. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

My Veronika Layne books (also known as the Hot Off the Press series) are easy, fast and fun, for a reader who wants a good story, well written, but doesn't have weeks to finish a long epic. Plus there are always several hot and spicy love scenes for the grownup reader. Men and women both love Veronika. New adults and anyone who likes romantic suspense will enjoy Veronika.

3. How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

Veronika is a lot like my daughters, who have grown into spirited, sassy, tattooed women. They work hard and play hard; so does Veronika. Her name means "true image," so the stories are always about seeking truth.

4. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Well, of course, Veronika is my fave. As I said, she is much like my adult daughters. She looks like them and acts like me. And I can give her exciting adventures and watch what happens. She's very sassy and funny.
5. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

The setting is an island city in San Francisco Bay. There are a few island cities, but this one is based on Alameda -- however, it's not identical, and none of the characters are real Alamedans. So I fictionalized the setting and stretched it to include skyscrapers and all kinds of interesting features. Trivia!

6. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
 
I'm an eco-freak, which I reflected into my character, Veronika (who's a real earth-muffin). I grew up on a farm so I have raised sheep, goats and horses, rabbits and chickens. I love gardening. I like to read novels written for women between the two world wars of the twentieth century -- they are very domesticated and charming. I can sing on-key.

7. And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

His lashes lay thick and long, the unfair gift of a mirthful god who had skimped and cheated an otherwise lovely girl somewhere. Ivan’s face displayed a mocha blend of races: the strong brow of the Mayan warrior, the fine nose of the Castilian noble, his mouth, sensuous and laughing. This late at night, his chin showed a faint shadow of stubble, though he was typically clean-shaven. I found myself stroking the line of his jaw with my fingertips, without invitation, stepping over the boundary of professionalism, of acquaintance, into the strange sort of intimacy that comes with physical contact between virtual strangers. 
My fingers against this rough texture sent a shiver that zinged in my core. There is something about a man’s jaw line that makes me need to sink my teeth into him. Not to hurt him. To taste him, mark him, make him mine. Drag him home to feed on later. Leave him spent and sleeping while I go seeking into the new day.

About Mayor Sonni

Reader extraordinaire. Mayor of Readeropolis. Lover of books, lists, sweet tea, and vacations. Well, not necessarily in that order.
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