Thursday, July 4, 2013

Event: READ HOT and BOOM - Out of Control by Stephanie Feagan

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Happy Independence Day to all of our friends in the States! We'll be celebrating the holiday all weekend long with some wonderful authors, guest posts and giveaways! We hope that you will join us! ☺ To kick things off I would like to welcome author Stephanie Feagan who is joining us with her new romantic suspense, OUT OF CONTROL. And be sure to check back at the end of the month for our Wine Club review of this title!

Patriotism in Romance

I admit, I always choke up during the Star Spangled Banner. It’s usually sung at athletic events and as I look around at thousands of faces singing our national anthem, there’s a distinct sense of camaraderie, of esprit de corps. Politics and disagreements and all the negative we’re bombarded with each and every day fall by the wayside, and for that brief interlude of commonality in music, we are united. We feel patriotic and solid, proud of our country, our heritage, and our people.

RomanceLand is filled with patriots, but not just in military romances. To me, every hero and every heroine are patriots simply because they’re all reaching for one goal – the pursuit of happiness. Isn’t that what America is all about? The freedom to pursue our dreams and ultimately, happiness. 

There are, of course, romances that highlight patriotism in varying ways, whether it’s a military romance or cops and Federal agents hunting down the bad guys. Anyone who’s read a SEAL book knows what I’m talking about. And there are romances with civilian, average everyday heroes and heroines who exhibit their patriotism by going the extra mile for their country or their fellow citizens.

When I started writing Out of Control, I had no idea it would turn into a save-the-world book. I usually don’t know where a story is going until I’m deep into it, and this book, like most all of my books, changed direction as I wrote. I knew there was a criminal element behind all the oil well blowouts, but didn’t yet know the motivation – power or greed. My original thought was terrorists, but that seemed too easy. I’m eternally guilty of never taking the easy road, even in real life. That’s probably how I wound up driving over 75 miles on a dirt road in the middle of the Badlands. Difficult, but the scenery was spectacular. I want my books to be that way – difficult, but so worth the bumps.

So the blowouts weren’t set by terrorists, and the ultimate goal of the bad guys to take out loading terminals in Saudi Arabia required an extensive amount of research, but in the end, the story is better for it. Blair and Nick are all that stand between the world and economic meltdown, which surprised me. I thought they’d be made to work together and have witty banter and hot sex and all the rest would be suspense-light, a little plot to make it more flavorful. Instead, I wound up with two average people who go through enormous obstacles and defy death in order to ensure the economic stability of the world. Patriots. 

I hope you and yours have a happy, safe, fun-filled 4th of July! Thanks so much to Crystal for having me here today!

Book Summary:  
And they thought the blowout was hot…
Oil rig blowout specialist Blair Drake is finished with men—especially after her disastrous marriage that caused her family to disinherit and cut all ties with her. But when Nick Robichaud, a handsome, roguishly charming oil well fire expert, wildcats into her life, throwing his devil-may-care attitude all over the place, the real sparks begin to fly.
Forced to work together to kill a string of sabotaged oil rig explosions, Nick and Blair discover a plot to cripple the world’s oil supply. Unless they stop the doers, it’ll mean global economic catastrophe. With time running out and their lives on the line, they risk everything to prevent disaster. But nothing can stop the fire between them from burning out of control....
Buy Out of Control: Amazon | B&N

About Stephanie:  
Author of the RITA winning Pink Files series, Stephanie Feagan has had a love affair with romance novels since she was eleven and discovered there are kissing scenes in Victoria Holt books. She spent a lot of time in her closet with a flashlight, reading as fast as possible to get to the end, only to start a new book and begin the whole Leave-Me-Alone-I’m-Reading cycle all over again. She still stays up until the wee hours to finish books, now courtesy of a lighted e-reader which she believes is mankind’s greatest invention ever.
Stephanie also writes Young Adult and New Adult paranormal romance as Trinity Faegen. A practicing CPA who loves travel, books, new pencils, old keys, and smart guys, she lives in the oilfields of west Texas with her engineer husband and a mean cat. She’d love to hear from you. She answers to Stephanie, Trinity, Hey Lady, and Mom, and can be reached or
She’s aware the similarity between her pseudonym, Faegen, and her real name, Feagan, confuses pretty much everyone, herself included. Since so many mispronounce Feagan as FEEgan instead of FAYgan, she thought she’d mix it up when she took a pseudonym and make it easier on people. Now people say FayEEgen, and spell it wrong. Next time she takes a pen name, she’s totally going with Smith or Jones.
Stephanie’s Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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  1. Happy Fourth of July! Out of control sounds like an exciting story and a great one to highlight today.

  2. Happy Independence Day! Suspense really isn't my thing but dang this has a great cover!

  3. I'm with you on the definition of patriot, Stephanie! To me a patriot is one who goes above and beyond the norm to help him or herself and others achieve safety and happiness. Nice to "meet" you BTW on this blog. I always like meeting new authors to feed my reading addiction. :-)

  4. Nice to meet you, too, Janice! Thanks so much for posting. Am so happy to be here! Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th. We were very low-key this year. i.e. we hung around the house and grilled. :)


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