Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Rum Runner by Tricia Leedom

Rum Runner
Tricia Leedom
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance
Perfect for fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Janet Evanovich, this action-packed debut from a fresh voice in contemporary romance offers a sexy and comedic take on love, adventure, and what it means to trust your heart.
English socialite Sophie Davies-Stone has been longing to meet her father since she was a little girl. When he sends her a mysterious medallion and asks her to forward it to him in Miami, she can’t help herself from doing something totally un-Sophie-like. Rather than mailing it as instructed, Sophie hops on a flight to Florida.
But the family reunion never happens. Instead, Sophie is attacked and almost kidnapped by her father’s enemies. Her savior is Jimmy Panama, a cocky and annoyingly handsome former Navy SEAL. Sophie isn’t the only one who’s annoyed. After years of trying to find a way to pay back his CO, Jimmy never thought his debt would get him mixed up with his commander’s uptight, British daughter. He just wants to put her on the next flight home and get back to his low-stress life in Key West, but fate has other plans.
As Sophie and Jimmy embark on a heart-pounding adventure through Key West and the Caribbean, Sophie finds herself falling for the snarky American. Still, her head says Jimmy is all wrong for her, and the more she finds out about him – and her father – the more uncertain she is about who she can trust.
One thing is clear. Sophie is in way over her head, and her greatest adventure might be her last.
The Key West Escape Series

1. Rum Runner – Releases July 18, 2017!

2. Bahama Mama – Coming January 2018!

Author Bio:
TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men... even if it's only in her own mind. When she's not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom
Interview with Tricia Leedom

1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?

One of my favorite parts of the book is the nude bar scene. Both humorous and suspenseful, it gives the reader a taste of Key West’s quirkiness as well as Jimmy and Sophie’s first kiss.

2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Jimmy Panama. What romance writer wouldn’t want to spend the day with the hero of her novel? We’d meet for breakfast at the Southernmost CafĂ© in Key West. Then we’d take a ride on Jimmy’s boat, The Salty Lizard, to the Dry Tortugas National Park where we’d visit the Civil War era Fort Jefferson and then go diving at the 19th century Windjammer Wreck. (In this fantasy, I can scuba dive. I’m also a size 4.) Then we’d come back to the island and finish the day off with dinner and drinks at my favorite Key West restaurant Blue Heaven.

3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
My first inclination is to name my favorite book Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, but upon further reflection, I realize that would mean I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the book in the same way I have as a reader. So, instead of authoring the book, if I could just borrow some of Gabaldon’s talent, sign me up.

4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
The characters all came from my imagination. However, the hero Jimmy Panama was actually inspired by a song: Jimmy Buffett’s cover of Southern Cross. When I listen to that particular version, I picture Jimmy Panama on his boat in the Florida Straits, gliding across the water at high speed, the wind in his hair, and the sun setting in the distance. If you haven’t heard the song before, give it a listen. If Rum Runner was a movie, I could totally hear it playing over the opening credits.

5. What made you want to become a writer?

I’ve always had a big imagination. As a child, I enjoyed telling elaborate stories. As a teenager, I wrote and acted out skits with my friends. My grandmother was an avid romance reader for as long as I can remember. She would keep her favorite novels and rate them on the title page using her own system. She passed away when I was fifteen and her books were boxed up and put into storage. A few years later, I found the box of books and spent the summer devouring every single one of them. Reading my grandmother’s favorite books, knowing which ones she liked best, made me feel closer to her. It inspired me to try my hand at writing a romance novel of my own. And though my first attempt wasn’t a brilliant success, the experience motivated me to go to college to learn the craft of writing. From there, my appreciation for the written word grew and I knew I wanted to be a writer.


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