Sunday, December 11, 2011

In Her Sights by Robin Perini - Interview: Tribute Books Tour Stiop

Jasmine “Jazz” Parker, Jefferson County SWAT's only female sniper, can thread the eye of a needle with a bullet. But she carries a secret from her past that she thought she buried for good at the age of fifteen. Two years ago she even drove away the one man she believed she could love—ex-Army Ranger turned reporter Luke Montgomery—to keep her past hidden. Now, in a fleeting second, the time it takes for one clean shot, one perfect hit, to save the life of the governor's daughter, Jazz's world begins to crumble around her.

Luke splashes her face and name across the front page of the newspaper, reawakening her past with a vengeance. A vicious enemy is now bent on destroying her life, forcing Jazz to turn to the one man she can never have in order to stop a killer before she and everyone she cares about pays the ultimate price. Full of explosive action and almost unbearable suspense, In Her Sights is a relentless, steamy thriller surprisingly infused with soul and poignancy.

Price: $13.95
ISBN: 9781612181523
Pages: 262
Release: November 29, 2011
eBook Price: $7.99



Tell us about your current release.

This is my debut novel, so it's a real dream come true for me to even be here. For a long time, I had to wonder if it would happen. Jazz's story has been with me a long time, and while I've written other manuscripts since she first came to life in my heart, this has always been a story I really wanted to tell. I'm so thankful that Jazz found a home at Montlake Romance

Who is Jazz, do you ask? Jasmine “Jazz” Parker is the only female sniper on Jefferson County’s SWAT team. Always at the ready with calm nerves and steady hands, she never misses a shot. Strong, dedicated, and dependable, Jazz has committed her life to defending the helpless by exacting swift and uncompromising justice, all the while harboring dark, devastating secrets from her past. Secrets she thought she'd buried for good as a teenager.

To keep her past hidden, Jazz keeps a low profile and avoids getting too close to anyone, including the one man she thought she could love—ex-Army Ranger turned reporter Luke Montgomery. So when Luke runs a front page story about Jazz, calling her a hero for her recent victory—saving the life of the governor’s daughter—she feels uncomfortable with the exposure, and rightly so. A vicious enemy from her past takes notice of the article and sets out on a mission to reveal Jazz’s secrets and ruin her life in the process. At the same time, a corrupt cop is out to take Jazz down at any cost.  As her world begins to unravel, Jazz is forced to rely on Luke for help—putting his life and the lives of those closest to him in danger.

You can you can view the In Her Sights book trailer, read excerpts, read reviews, sign up for my mailing list and even request trading cards or a Kindlegraph at my website at

Who is your favorite author?

I have so many authors who have brought me incredible joy since I was a child. In fact, on my website ( I have included a listing many of my all-time favorite books and authors.

Those books typically evoke deep emotions within me. They are my window into pain, joy, insight, and wisdom. One of my favorite authors is Sharon Sala. This New York Times Bestselling Author has written novels that twist my heart through a painful journey, but end in hope. Her ability to touch my soul makes me go back to her stories again and again.

Even more than that, Sharon Sala is a mentor to me. She read In Her Sights several years ago. She believed in me and my book at a time when it was hard to believe in myself. I'm not sure I would be here today without her encouragement. She is an amazing writer, of course, but even a more amazing person.

I'd like to be her when I grow up.

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

Okay, I must confess, I'm a bit of a nut. Just ask my friends and family. I've tried  a million different ways to write over the years, and for now, this works for me. First, I should say that I have a day job, so I work writing around paying the mortgage, and of course the rest of my life—family, exercise, chores, and occasionally a little fun. :-)

I'm actually one of those irritating morning people. I write from 5:30 am – 7:00 am weekdays. Mostly to get the adrenaline pumping because I thrive on deadlines—and being panicked! With only an hour and a half, I have to make the most of every second. Also, I write in 'sprints'. 20 minutes of writing and a 10 minute break. This idea was introduced to me by fellow writer, Angi Morgan ( and it really works for me. If nothing else my body doesn't go numb from sitting in the chair.

On Saturday, I write for about 5 hours in the morning, and on Sunday, after church, I write for three hours.

I usually write new material on those shorter stretches on the weekdays and revise on the weekends. As for promotion—like working on my website, blogs, designing romance trading cards, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, I work on those in the evenings as needed—or as the deadlines loom.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Revision. Hands down. Because once I complete my 'fast draft' and have the bare bones of the story down on paper, then I go through an agonizingly iterative process where I hope I tease out the heart and soul of the story. I probably add another 30% to the word count after my fast-draft is completed over at least three to six iterations.

I think it was Jack Bickham, the noted writing instructor who said, “Good novels aren't written. They're rewritten and revised.” That may not be true for everyone, but it's definitely true for me!

What books have most influenced your life?

What a fascinating question, and one I really had to think about. There are so many. At different times in my life they provided escape, inspiration, spiritual understanding, knowledge, awareness. I'd like to take this question and talk about the one that influenced my life most recently. Because you see, one of them gave me my dream.

Let me explain. In 2008, I completed my Masters degree to advance my career in the technology field. I had also been writing for a number of years. I'd become a sought-after writing instructor, and taught numerous, time-intensive, but well-received online classes. A dear friend asked me what I really wanted to do with my life. And my writing. I had received many accolades as a teacher. I love teaching. I love inspiring. Many authors credited the classes for helping them sell their books. Nothing gave me more joy, but I had started writing to be a storyteller myself.

I pulled out a book by Hyrum W. Smith called The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management. I had read the book before, but this time, I had a question in my heart. How could I succeed in my chosen career, spend time with my family, teach, write, and everything else I was juggling.

This book focuses on prioritizing your life, but more importantly on making choices. I had a difficult decision to make. What mattered most to me? I made a choice. I took a hiatus from teaching online classes and limited my workshops to special events a few times a year. I backed away from volunteering in some organizations. I learned to say 'no' – at least a bit better. I restructured my life making time for those things I identified as the most important. About two years after that decision to focus a significant amount of energy on storytelling, I sold my very first book.

So, Hyrum Smith's book gave me my dream. I will be forever grateful.

What is the next big thing?

November 29, 2011—the release date of In Her Sights—was the culmination of a lot of years of dreaming, and I hope the beginning of dreams I never imagined. So much has already happened since I sold In Her Sights. Within months I sold three more novels to Harlequin Intrigue.

So, in 2012, three romantic suspense novels will be released from Harlequin. Finding Her Son, which won the 2011 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Award in Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure as Stolen Lullaby, will be released in March 2012. In the story, a woman determined to find her kidnapped son, and who is suspected in her husband's death, reluctantly teams with the embattled SWAT cop assigned to prove her guilt. Cowboy in the Crossfire, in which a woman desperate to protect her young son after he witnesses a murder, is forced into an alliance with the disgraced Texas Sheriff who her family framed, will come out in July, 2012. A third book will hit the shelves, Christmas, 2012.

I truly hope there are many more stories to tell!

Do you remember writing stories when you were a child?

I lost my heart to storytelling when I was a child, sitting at the knee of my great-aunt. She mesmerized me with her tales of 'The Little Match Girl' and 'How the Tiger Got its Tail.' She wrenched my heart, made me laugh and cry. She fed my love of reading and learning. Perhaps it was inevitable that I followed in her footsteps.

My love of writing was her gift as well. When I was eight, I attended a Camp Fire Girls' camp for a week—it seemed like a month. I wrote tear-stained letters to my great-aunt and after I returned home she told me I had a gift. That my letters evoked pictures in her mind.

Then, in junior high, my amazing Language Arts teacher gave us a journal assignment. For a set amount of time each day, we had to write in a journal. Some hated the time spent, but I craved it. I wrote pages and pages…my first stories. I didn't know then, but I was hooked.

My great-aunt has long since passed away, but I look up and smile sometimes. My inner fire for storytelling and writing was her gift to me. I pray I do her justice.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Readers. What an amazing thought. Thank you for taking a chance on a new writer, for taking a chance each time you open a book in the hopes that the story will mean something to you. If I could give any advice, it would be to keep reading and share your love of reading with others so that the world of stories and books expands and grows and remains strong.

Finally, I love to hear from readers. Please connect with me. You can get in touch via my website, where you can view the In Her Sights book trailer, read excerpts, read reviews, sign up for my mailing list and even request trading cards or a Kindlegraph. I'm also on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. I'd love to hear from you.

Blog Tour Schedule:

December 1
I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!

December 2
Bea's Book Nook

December 4
Live to Read

December 9

December 11
Kindle Fever

December 13

December 15
From the TBR Pile

December 19
The Book Connection

December 26


Award-winning author Robin Perini’s love of heart-stopping suspense and poignant romance, coupled with her adoration of high tech weaponry and covert ops, encouraged her secret inner commando to take on the challenge of writing romantic suspense novels. Her mission's motto: "when danger and romance collide, no heart is safe."

As a writer, Robin is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high stakes adventures with a love story sure to melt their hearts. Robin’s strong characters and tightly woven plots have garnered her seven prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finals, and Golden Heart Winner in 2011. Stolen Lullaby, will be published by Harlequin Intrigue® in May, 2012 as Finding Her Son. Her other 2011 Golden Heart® Finalist, In Her Sights, will be published by Amazon's Montlake Romance November 29, 2011.

By day, she works for an advanced technology corporation, and in her spare time, you might find her giving one of her many nationally acclaimed writing workshops or find her training in competitive small-bore rifle silhouette shooting. She's a voracious reader and a die-hard fan of the T.V. series, BONES.

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Robin Perini said...

Thanks so much for letting me be here today. It's doubly exciting because this morning I hit the top 100 bestselling kindle ebook list. What a thrill! I'll be checking in all day so feel free to stop by and ask me a question. I'll do my best to answer.

Also, my book is on special. 3.99 for Kindle and $5 for the trade paperback. Check it out at

Laurie said...

That is just awesome, Robin!! Congrats on making Kindle top #100!! I'm so very happy to have you here today and your book sounds amazing.

Robin Perini said...

Thanks, Laurie. I must admit I'm tickled! It's been an amazing journey for a debut book, and I can't stop smiling.

So glad the book sounds interesting. I had a blast writing it...not as much fun rewriting it LOL. But, I love have 'writ' it :-).

All my best,
Check out In Her Sights on Amazon. #1 New Kindle Release in Romantic Suspense.

Tribute Books said...

Laurie, thanks a million for hosting Robin. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm for "In Her Sights."

Robin, it's wonderful to read about your relationship with your inspiration/mentor, Sharon Sala. Great story!

Robin Perini said...

My thanks, Laurie! I so appreciate everything you did in hosting this leg of the tour! I'm honored to be here.

And Nicole,thanks for the comment about Sharon. She's an absolutely class act and a brilliant writer...and an even better person.

Hope to see everyone around the blogosphere. Thanks for stopping by.

Email List Broker said...

Awesome !! Sincere thanks to Laurie.

Robin Perini said...

And thanks to all who stopped by. I much appreciated it!

Laurie said...

It's been a pleasure and my honor hosting you Robin. I meant to also mention earlier that I also have a great respect for Sharon Sala. She writes outstanding romantic suspense - I've read two or three of her books some years ago. It's wonderful to find out that she is a mentor of yours. I am really looking forward to reading In Her Sights also (hoping for Feb next year).