Friday, November 30, 2012

20 Day Blog Tour--Dangerous Waters

Today the hero of Dangerous Waters, Finn Carver, is being interviewed over at Laurie' s Thoughts & Reviews and there's a giveaway!!

 
DANGEROUS WATERS, November 20th, 2012.
Known as the Graveyard of the Pacific, Barkley Sound is notorious for surging swells with the power to pull helpless victims into its merciless abyss…
Sergeant Holly Rudd arrives in the coastal community of Bamfield after local divers discover a body with a knife jutting from its chest in the waters of Barkley Sound. As she investigates the crime, Holly soon realizes the sleepy town is rife with secrets. But what unsettles her most is the residents’ insistence that she bears a striking resemblance to the victim of a murder from three decades earlier. She shrugs off the uncanny likeness as a coincidence. But her simmering attraction to Finn Carver, one of the divers who discovered the corpse, isn’t so easy to ignore.
Finn, a former Special Forces soldier, knows it’s best to keep his distance from Holly. Yet it isn’t long before they both give in to the consuming desire they share. And as the danger escalates, Finn and Holly must rely on each other to thwart the plans of a cold-blooded killer who’s intent on keeping the past buried.

Pre-order from Amazon USA or UK. Also, Canada, France, and Germany.
Also in print from Barnes & Noble (US) and McNally Robinson (Canada).
Audio from Brilliance Audio.
  • ISBN-10: 1612186076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612186078
Pachena Beach, Bamfield, BC, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

20 Day Blog Tour--Dangerous Waters

Grapplers, Bamfield, BC. 2012
Today, a fun interview over at You Gotta Read.
David Paetkau would make an awesome Finn Carver :)


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Next Big Thing--DARK WATERS

I was tagged by the lovely and talented Leah Braemel & Alicia Dean to participate in The Next Big Thing series. The Next Big Thing is a blog circle where authors tag each other, giving fellow authors an opportunity to share their current Works in Progress (WIP).

And now, on to the questions!

10 Questions:
What is the working title of your book?
Actually it's the official title too--DARK WATERS--and it's currently with my editor

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Not how I usually come up with ideas. The hero is a secondary character who was only supposed to have a small part in my last book (DANGEROUS WATERS) who demanded his own story. I didn't think my editor would go for the brooding ex-con hero but she did. He's the guy I'm getting all the reader letters about :)

What genre does your book fall under?
Romantic Suspense


Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
This is why I don't want to finish this book(!) because I don't want to take Josh Holloway off the wall.  He'd play broody ex-con, Brent Carver (an artist) and Anna Belknap would play Anna Silver (a schoolteacher).


What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?


A warning from a dead man sends his daughter running into the arms of a dark and tormented ex-con, forcing them to work together on a hunt for answers to clear her father’s name, and revealing secrets that will either set them free or destroy them.


Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
Published by Montlake Romance, one of Amazon's publishers.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Tricky question because I edit as I go along. I'd say it took me 4 months to write a reasonable second draft.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
LOL--well it's a woman-in-jeopardy so I guess maybe Karen Robards?

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Check out the answer to question two.

What else about your book might interest the reader?
It starts and finishes in the tiny town of Bamfield, BC, but takes a road-trip through Victoria, Chicago & Minneapolis. Bamfield is a fascinating community in the boonies and I set DANGEROUS WATERS there and hope to set another story soon. DARK WATERS is very much a story of hope, love and redemption.

Mini Excerpt: Content might change during edits. Copyright 2012Toni Anderson




Moonlight flooded the clearing where his house sat. And damned if the woman—put a man in prison long enough and he could spot a female blindfold at twenty paces—wasn’t climbing his porch steps shining her flashlight around the place like a laser show. Maybe she was a thief? Maybe someone had figured out Brent Carver was B.C. Wilkinson and sitting on a shed-load of very expensive artwork? Then she knocked on his back door.
What the…?
He rubbed his hand over his brow. He was stark naked except for his gun, and now some woman was standing on his deck? He hoped to hell she wasn’t a Jehovah’s Witness because she was about to have a come-to-Jesus moment.
But she could still be armed and dangerous. He’d pissed off enough bad guys in the joint to be wary of anyone turning up in the middle of the night. Hell, no one visited here, period.
“Hello?” She pressed her ear to his door. “Mr. Carver?” she said louder. Her shoulders sagged when no one answered.
He didn’t recognise her voice. He moved fast and silent across the clearing, padded up the stairs just as she reached for the door knob.
“You’re trespassing.”
She jolted, her hand going to her heart as she spun to face him. “Oh, my god. You scared me.”
Never admit fear.
“I don’t like visitors, lady.”
Her flashlight dipped and then shot back to his face, almost blinding him. She swallowed, taking in his lack of clothes and keeping her eyes north of the hotspots. “You’re naked.”
“I was in bed.” He didn’t know why he needed to explain himself.
Her voice came out like gravel. “I’m looking for Brent Carver.”
“I’m looking for peace and quiet. Looks like we’re both screwed.”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 I'm supposed to tag four writers to post next week, but I choose...the amazing J.B. Lynn!


 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

20 Day Blog Tour--Dangerous Waters--Correction--new link

Pachena Beach, Bamfield, BC, sunset, 2012
Today I'm Guest Blogging at Sizzling Hot Books. Please, stop on by :)


"With vibrant writing, a cast of damaged, captivating characters and a plot that's deliciously diabolical, Dangerous Waters will have you mesmerized from page one. Anderson writes in a dark, edgy style reflected in the setting, the story line, and the secrets that haunt the members of this close-mouthed coastal community." "The sexual tension is high, the humor is gritty and Anderson's background as a marine biologist lends an energetic authenticity to the story's backdrop and the all-important dive scenes." HEA USA Today.



Monday, November 26, 2012

Because this might be the only time me and Nora are together


I have to share this--look at the company I am keeping! I will enjoy while I can.

Looking for something else to read? 15% Royalties to Diabetes Research


Today I thought I'd mention that if you read and enjoyed DANGEROUS WATERS and want to pick up another of my books, I donate 15% of my royalties from my last book, EDGE OF SURVIVAL, to diabetes research. Just so you know :)

Float Plane--Goose Bay

5 Stars: Edge of Survival is without a doubt, one of the most exciting, romantic, sexy stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year and I will definitely be looking for more by Toni Anderson. ~Blithely Bookish.

Foreword by Brenda Novak

Dr. Cameran Young knew her assignment wouldn't be easy. As lead biologist on the Environment Impact Assessment team, her findings would determine the future of a large mining project in the northern Canadian bush. She expected rough conditions and hostile miners—but she didn't expect to find a dead body her first day on the job.

Former SAS Sergeant Daniel Fox forged a career as a helicopter pilot, working as far from the rest of the human race as possible. The thrill of flying makes his civilian life bearable, and he lives by his mantra: don't get involved. But when he's charged with transporting the biologist to her research vessel, he can't help but get involved in the murder investigation—and with Cameran, who awakens emotions he's desperate to suppress.

In the harsh and rugged wilderness, Daniel and Cameran must battle their intense and growing attraction while keeping ahead of a killer who will stop at nothing to silence her…


ISBN: 978-14268-9263-9
Read an Excerpt

To Buy Links...
Carina Press| Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk |Barnes & Noble | Audible.com  | iTunes

Friday, November 23, 2012

I'm visiting Suzanne Johnson today

Bamfield West
Today, I'm visiting fellow Montlake Author Suzanne Johnson on her Pretunatura blog (I don't even know what that means!). Come pay us a visit :)


Check out the 5 star reviews on Amazon (Okay, you can look at the other ones too :)). There's a pretty cool 4 star that asks for Brent's story next. That's coming next, DARK WATERS, June 2013. I hope I do him justice.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy US Thanksgiving!! Today I'm Visiting Hawaii

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the States! Enjoy and stay safe. 
A few weeks a go I met a blogger and fellow book lover who lives in Hawaii. She's former military and a military spouse and we bonded over a love of Scotland and travel. She graciously interviewed me onto her blog SOS Aloha today... here. She also wrote a rocking review of DANGEROUS WATERS on Goodreads.


(HOT) RT Rating
Brady's Beach, Bamfield, BC
"With a haunting setting and a captivating cast of characters, Anderson has crafted a multifaceted mystery rife with secrets. Readers will have to focus, as red herrings abound, but the result is a compulsively engrossing page-turner. Plus, the romance is an integral part of the expertly woven plot, which builds to an emotional, satisfying conclusion."-RT Book Reviews.

Order from Amazon USA or UK. Also, Canada, France, and Germany.

Also in print from Barnes & Noble (US) and McNally Robinson (Canada).
Audio from Brilliance Audio.
  • ISBN-10: 1612186076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612186078

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Second Date...

Second date on the blog tour is a fun interview at Woody's Writings and I'm also up at NOT YOUR USUAL SUSPECTS. Come along and visit. You know you want to :)

Government dock, Bamfield, BC, 2012.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Release Day!

Finally, it's here! My first Montlake Romance is released! My Blog Tour kicks off with Simply Ali and goes on until Dec 10th and I'll be linking each day. I hope you join the party :) I'm also honored to be on the Just Romantic Suspense blog today with a giveaway. 

For those of you who've already bought the book--THANK YOU!!


Known as the Graveyard of the Pacific, Barkley Sound is notorious for surging swells with the power to pull helpless victims into its merciless abyss…

Sergeant Holly Rudd arrives in the coastal community of Bamfield after local divers discover a body with a knife jutting from its chest in the waters of Barkley Sound. As she investigates the crime, Holly soon realizes the sleepy town is rife with secrets. But what unsettles her most is the residents’ insistence that she bears a striking resemblance to the victim of a murder from three decades earlier. She shrugs off the uncanny likeness as a coincidence. But her simmering attraction to Finn Carver, one of the divers who discovered the corpse, isn’t so easy to ignore.

Finn, a former Special Forces soldier, knows it’s best to keep his distance from Holly. Yet it isn’t long before they both give in to the consuming desire they share. And as the danger escalates, Finn and Holly must rely on each other to thwart the plans of a cold-blooded killer who’s intent on keeping the past buried.
 

Order from Amazon.com or UK. Also, Canada, France, and Germany.
Also in print from Barnes & Noble (US) and McNally Robinson (Canada).
Audio from Brilliance Audio.
  • ISBN-10: 1612186076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612186078
And I'm going to post some of my photographs from Bamfield over the next couple of weeks to keep everything pretty :)
Sunset over Barkley Sound, Bamfield, 2012





Sunday, November 18, 2012

Can you see them?

Canada geese all heading south after the snowfall last weekend :) Watch out Washington!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Welcome Catherine Bybee!

I'm delighted to welcome today's guest, New York Times bestselling author, Catherine Bybee. Without further ado here's a little more about Catherine and her latest release--the first in her new Not Quite series. Thanks so much for being here today.
Who are you and what do you write? 
Thanks for having me on your blog, Toni.  I've written everything from paranormal werewolves to contemporary romance... Time travels... even a couple of erotic shorts... that are very short.
As for who I am... LOL Wife, Mom... Wine Drinker... and Author 
(LOL, me too--the last bits)

What’s your favorite place in the world to visit?
I love the ocean... so anywhere by the sea and I'm good to go. However... I've loved visiting nearly all the national parks in the Western and Southern US. 

Where do you write?
I now have a dedicated office where I can close the door and keep the family away. Ahhh, the bliss of silence. Or a radio, depending on my mood. 
(Doors, I'm liking that concept more and more :))

How long have you been writing?
I've been published since 09 and writing seriously a couple years before that. 

Who’s on your auto-buy list for authors?
This depends on if I'm reading a series. I love series romance. I used to hate getting into a series unless all the books were written. But now that I don't have time to read like I used to, I don't mind waiting. 
I've been reading Shannon k. Butcher's Sentinel Series. Katharine Ashe's... whatever she has coming. When I want to LOL I read Dakota Cassidy. 

Do you write to music?
Sometimes. 

Do you make soundtracks for you stories? If so, what was on the soundtrack for your latest release?
I don't, but I realized that the song Falling In from Lighthouse is the perfect theme song for Not Quite Dating. 

If you were a millionaire would you still write?
Yes... I wouldn't know what to do with my days if I didn't write. 
(I'm glad!)

Cat or dog person?
Both.
***
And now the latest bestseller from Catherine--I love this cover by the way.


Waitress and single mom Jessica “Jessie” Mann is practical to a fault. Even if she had time to date, which she doesn’t, she’d be determined to provide her son with a more secure upbringing than the one she had—and that would mean a husband with big bucks. When Jack Morrison—a sexy-as-sin, seemingly broke customer with a cowboy hat and a seductive grin—tries to flirt with her, she shoots him down. She doubts a carefree dreamer like Jack can provide the financial stability she needs. Yet with Christmas just weeks away, and Jessie not wanting to spend it alone, the charming Texan is proving hard to resist.
As the heir to the Morrison luxury hotel empire, Jack is used to being fawned over. But Jack needs someone who will fall in love with him—not his wealth. He’s set his sights on Jessie, though her hardened heart just might get in the way…To be sure, he conceals his true identity and offers to help Jessie find the rich husband she seeks. But Jack’s daring charade may rob him of the holiday wish he wants most of all…

Here is a short PG Excerpt: 


Jack was too much of a gentleman, too nice a guy. He respected her wishes even if he didn’t believe in them.
The man of the hour stepped closer to her, took his finger, and lifted her chin so they looked at each other. “We are friends, Jessie.”
“Really, Jack. That’s what we are…friends?”
“Of course.”
“Just friends. Are you saying that if I took my clothes off right now and offered myself to you, you wouldn’t take me up on it?”
The words first widened Jack’s eyes. A hot current of need flashed on his face; the effect shot molten heat straight to her core. Then those sparkling gray eyes narrowed. “I’m not a saint, Jessie, and you know how I feel about you.” His husky voiced confirmed what his expression had already said.
“Friends don’t sleep with friends.” Her words were weak.
“Say the word, and I’ll turn this friendship into a relationship faster than a rattlesnake can strike his prey.” He would, she knew he would. The fire in his gaze said more than any of his words could.
“To what end, Jack?” Jessie pulled away from him, felt tears sting her eyes. “What is wrong with me? There has to be more out there than dreaming fantasies in cowboy boots and lawyers who peg me as a quick roll because I wait tables and have a kid.”
Jack grasped her arm and swung her around to face him. His face grew stone cold. All fire and heat forgotten.
“What did you say?”  

Not Quite Dating ~ Amazon BESTSELLER Available NOW ~ 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Grandad John.

As a change to the excitement of an imminent book release, I'm taking a break from promotions today. It would have been my Grandad's ninety second birthday, and I think of him every day. 
When he died in February, this year, there was immense grief (especially as I didn't get to say goodbye), but also a reassuring sense of peace.
He was more than ready to go. He'd had a fantastic life. Fought the Nazis as a young man, worked hard, raised a wonderful family. His sense of humor always made me laugh and his explosive sneezes made me jump. When he visited me, we went to tea shops and ate cream cakes. I used to drag him around all my friends' houses to visit.
He snored, terribly, like a freight train. We shared a room when I took him to Iona in 2004 and I had to wear ear-plugs every night. He was almost inexhaustible. I dragged him around Ottawa when he was in his 70s, and he kept up every step of the way. If he was still here, we'd be having a cup of tea and some biscuits, and he'd be recounting the exact same conversation we had every time we met up. 
Cheers, Grandad. Happy Birthday. I feel like I should send you a card, even now, but I'm sad I couldn't write what you always wrote to me ''Many Happy Returns of the Day."  But I'll never forget the good times we shared.

And this song makes me think of him, every time it is played on the radio.