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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Interview and Giveaway If You Only Knew (Trust No One #3) by Dixie Lee Brown

Published: January 21st, 2014


Beautiful but deadly, Rayna Dugan is a force to be reckoned with - even in heels.

But when her plans for the evening suddenly involve defending her life against a criminal empire, Rayna knows she needs backup. Suddenly the choice she made to leave Ty and her old mercenary team in Montana seems like a bad call. She’s been running from her feelings for the tough, rugged man, but Rayna needs Ty now more than ever. Yet when Ty becomes the new target, his help could mean his death…

Ex-cop Ty Whitlock has spent the last six years waiting for his past to catch up with him. When it finally does, he isn’t expecting the woman he loves-the one who walked out on him-to be caught in its web. He knows she’s moved on, but he can’t help but want one more chance with the petite beauty. Ty’s only got one choice: find Rayna and keep her safe. But that’s the easy part. Once he finds her, can he convince her to stay?

Thank you Mrs. Brown
This is the third book in the Trust No One series. What do these books have in common? 
The Trust No One series is based on the lives of a team of mercenaries led by Joe Reynolds. Joe was the hero of book one. Each subsequent story delves into the life of one of the team members and whatever dark and dangerous mission they might be going on next. 

How do you like your heroines to be (and why): damsel in distress or kick ass heroine? What about your heroes? 
I prefer a little of both. A kick ass heroine is great if done well, but if she can handle it on her own, who needs a hero? I think the damsel in distress has gotten a bum rap. She doesn’t have to faint or weep. The lady has merely gotten herself in so much trouble she can’t get out on her own. Enter the strong, hunky, compassionate hero and a romance is born! 

Let’s pretend that the physical connection between main characters is easy to render, but how do you create a strong psychical pairing? 
That’s a new one for me. I haven’t dabbled in the paranormal genre, but I suspect that the strong psychical pairing would be handled much the same way as the first attraction between main characters. They see, hear, feel something they are instantly attracted to, whether it be physical or psychical. 

I saw that some readers were complaining for a lack of sexy scenes. What is your opinion about intimate or sexy scenes in a romantic suspense? And what do you prefer or think is better: to suggest or to “show”? 
I enjoy a good sexy scene in romantic suspense! Sexy can cover a variety of heat levels and there seems to be something for everyone these days. ‘Showing’ is always the better choice for a writer. Each writer has to decide how far they are willing to go with that. It’s a learning process for me. This is my third book; I’m working on book four. I’m turning up the heat little by little! 

Mystery, thrill, emotions… what is more important in a romantic suspense? 
The romance is the critical element to romantic suspense. If you take the romance out of a mystery, you’ve still got a mystery. Take the romance out of a romantic suspense and all you have left is suspense. I’d say emotions first, mystery, second, and thrill, third.

About the author:
Dixie Lee Brown lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by what she believes is the most gorgeous scenery anywhere. She resides with two dogs and a cat, who make sure she never takes herself too seriously. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, movies, and trips to the beach.

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Dixie Lee Brown said...

Fun interview! Thanks for having me!

Tasty Book Tours said...

Thank you for hosting today!

Christine Merritt said...

After this interview I am going to go "one click" the first two books in the series - thank you for introducing me to an awesome sounding author.

P.S. I am also in Oregon and agree it is simply the most beautiful State in the US...

Dixie Lee Brown said...

Thanks, Christine. Always nice to meet a fellow Oregonian! Hopefully you're not buried in a snow drift after our recent storms!

I hope you enjoy the books, and thanks so much for stopping by.