Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Secrets by S.L.Pierce - Interview, Giveaway: Nurture Tour Stop

S.L. Pierce spent ten years earning a PhD in Engineering before deciding she would rather be a writer.  She now lives in Colorado with her husband and four children.  She is always at work on her next novel.

Book Summary
 (Courtesy GoodReads)
A woman with a hidden past...
Two men who shouldn't have been seen together...
A cop who won't let go...
Industrial espionage....
Secrets is a fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end.

Gwen Michaels moved to California two years ago to start fresh, hoping her past could stay secret forever. But when a hired killer shows up, she assumes her cover is blown. When it turns out the man knows nothing of her past, the search is on for who wants her dead, and why.

(It starts like this. I betcha get pulled in too!)
“Don’t move,” he said.
It wasn't the words that concerned me.  It was the cold metal pressed against my temple. That concerned me, a little.  But his attack was lazy.  His arm was loose, he hadn’t pulled me tightly to him, and his gun was touching, but not pushed tightly against my temple. 
All big mistakes.  For him.
I elbowed him high in the diaphragm while smashing the back of my head into the high profile area of his face.  Namely, his nose.  Not a light little tap either.  This wasn’t some movie where you hit the bad guy ten times and he gets right back up.  I gave it all I had, and let me tell you, that’s a lot.  Before he had a chance to catch his breath, I twisted the gun out of his hand, hit him hard in the temple with said gun, and knocked him out. 
My breath was steady and heart rate only slightly elevated.  It had been two years, but some things you never forget.
I grabbed him under the arms, pulled him down the hall to the kitchen, and dropped him on the rug. A little duct tape from the junk drawer, and he was bound in no time. 
I like duct tape better than rope.  First, everyone has duct tape, whether they've ever needed it or not.  I'm pretty sure it's a law.  Therefore, no need to carry rope around. Looks suspicious anyway.  Second, duct tape is much harder to get out of, especially when taping a much bigger area than is really needed, say halfway up the leg or arm.  Even Houdini would need a knife to get out of that. 
Call the police?  Not my style.  They have their way and I have mine.  And mine is much more effective in getting to the bottom of things.  No warrants or probable cause, or civil rights.  You break into my house and hold a gun to my head, I don't need a judge and jury to know your guilty. 
Even if I were going to involve the police, it wouldn't be till after I made the phone call.  The one that would tell me if more were coming.  The one that couldn't be made from my phone.  And the one that needed to be made right now. 
If my instincts were right, and they usually were, this man on the floor would have an untraceable cell, either on him or in his rental car.  The rental car was an assumption on my part, but again, I tend to be right about these things.  I searched the man’s pockets and bingo, found the cell and some keys from, surprise, surprise, a rental car. 
Using his phone, I dialed a number I had memorized two years before.
“Check 8734CharlieTangoWilco,” I said.
“Hold please.”
“Speak,” a voice commanded.
“Am I compromised?”
I hung up.  Well that answered that, but if I hadn’t been compromised, who the hell was trying to kill me?

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Secrets by S.L. Pierce

SecretsUpon opening the book and reading the first few sentences, I was hooked. Gwen Michaels is a former assassin, but when she is attacked in her own home by an unknown assailant, she is thrust back into her element. Impossible for me to put down once started, the story kept me on pins and needles as I followed Gwen’s investigation.  I loved being privy to her thoughts and ideas.  For Gwen, life is simple, decisions are unambiguous. Read the entire review.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
The biggest surprise was how hard it was. When I started I thought, I've been reading all my life.  I know what works and what doesn't.   But there is a big difference between reading a book and writing a book.  HUGE! After I started writing I found a quote (I can't remember where) that said The easier a book is to read, The harder it was to write.  How true.  Writing is the hardest thing I have ever done, and I have a PhD in Engineering.  But it's also made me feel more accomplished than anything else ever has because it is so hard and I didn't give up (which honestly is my habit when something gets hard).  I finished, and wrote another. 

How do you describe your writing style?
I describe it as writing without all the prose.  What I mean by that is that I, personally don't care for all the descriptive details in books.  Things like what a house looks like or what people are wearing or driving.  When I read, I skim over that so I can get to the action.  So when I write, I leave most of that out.  Now I don't want people who like all that to be offended.  My mother loves that stuff.  I'm only talking about me personally.  So my books are for people who are like me.  Just the action, please.     

Well, I loved reading Secrets.  For me, anyway, I thought you had a superb balance there.  What do you think makes a good story?
Interesting question.  I read mainly mystery/thrillers but I have been surprised by a few books outside that genre and I think what really makes the story is if you care what happens to the characters.  I read Water for Elephants last summer, reluctantly at first.  I was on a long car trip and a friend had recommended it.  I waited until it was the last thing available for me to read before I started.  Then I couldn't put it down.  I had to know what happened to the main characters.  Also, the plot does have to keep moving forward!

What book are you reading now?
I am reading an anti-me book right now: The second A Game of Thrones book.  I say anti-me because it is EPIC.  I have been an avid reader since I learned to read but I don't think I've ever read a book so long and complex.  But, I'm loving it.  Which really speaks to how well it is written.  I'm the type that gives a book about 2-3 pages to get me interested so it better be fast paced and interesting.  And this one surprised me.  And continues to surprise me.   

I'm watching the series on TV and I gotta say the story has really sucked me in.  Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it?
I do have a milestone birthday coming up: 40.  I am approaching it with glee!  I have already sent an email to all my friends to save the date for my big party.  The last birthday party I had was a surprise by my husband when I turned 30.  I haven't really celebrated beyond a cake since then, but this year I am going all out.  The advantages of youth are physical and the advantages of age are mental; self confidence, an appreciation for what is really important, the loss of the fear of embarrassment when having fun and I think that is something to celebrate! 

That's a good attitude to have whatever age we are.  Looking back I think my High School years were in some ways the toughest years, too.  Have you attended a high school reunion? What did you learn?
I attended my 10 year reunion and had a blast.  What I learned was I worried about too much stuff in high school and let it limit what I did.  I realized people did like me and that I had been my own worst enemy.  Low self esteem is a terrible thing!  After that it was much easier to come out of my shell and enjoy my life.  If you are yourself, you will find people who are like you and have a lot of fun.

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
Definite Night Person.  I know because I come alive at night.  As soon as my kids are in bed all the exhaustion from the day is gone and I stay up way too late.  It would be easy to say that's a result of having kids but I've always been that way.  It's like my day doesn't start until about 8pm.  The problem is I love to stay up till midnight but my kids (and before them my job) don't care how late I was up.  They want chocolate milk at 6am.  Every day!

That's when the saying "Afternoon Delight" conjures up visions of a relaxing, little nap!  Speaking of which, What would we find under your bed?

Under my bed you would find a large flat tupperware full of clothes I'm going to fit back into someday.  But I think we all know I'm never going to wear them again.  I have gotten rid of a lot of those clothes and it was very freeing.  I felt better about not holding myself to my 20 year old standard.  But these clothes are my 32 year old clothes.  Before kids but still...I'm going to get rid of them, before my 40th birthday party.  I swear it. Probably.

LOL!!  Thank you so very much for taking time to visit with us here today. It's been great fun and I wish you every success.  I am really looking forward to reading your next book!!

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kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Thank you for the giveaway, Laurie! I'm on the lookout for this book after your fabulous review :)

N. R. Williams said...

What a great excerpt. Laurie is right, you get pulled right in. The internal thoughts add a dimension that we don't often see in this kind of story. Well done.
P.S. I live in Colorado too.
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

Bobbie @ Nurture Your BOOKS said...

A brilliant job, Laurie --- Thank you so much!
I love your review and I am so happy that you've enjoyed Secrets so much. :-)

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Laurie said...

Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting! Good luck to all who enter!!

Anonymous said...

secrets does sound like a fun read- sort of a take a deep breath, grab your nose and jump in at the deep end style!

she had me at the duct tape line!


S.L. Pierce said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone! I hope you will all give the book a try.

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Thank you for a lovely giveaway, I'm so glad I've won! :) Sorry didn't see the anouncement separately, so didn't comment on time! :)