Friday, August 22, 2014

Interview with Kay Thomas, author of PERSONAL TARGET, An Elite Ops Novel with a giveaway

Kay Thomas didn't grow up burning to be a writer. She wasn't even much of a reader until fourth grade. That's when her sister readThe Black Stallion aloud to her. For hours Kay was enthralled—shipwrecked and riding an untamed horse across desert sand. Then tragedy struck. Her sister lost her voice. But Kay couldn't wait to hear what happened in the story—so she picked up that book, finished reading it herself, and went in search of more adventures at the local library.

Today Kay lives in Dallas with her husband, two children, and a shockingly spoiled Boston terrier. Her award-winning novels have been published internationally.

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I had the chance to interview Kay Thomas. :-) The following is what she shared:

What are you working on next and when can we expect it to be out? I’m working on Book 3 in the Elite Ops series and I’m having a blast. I don’t have a title yet but it’s Bryan Fisher’s (Hollywood’s) story. I’m just getting started, but I’m very excited about how things are shaping up for him. Elite Ops 3 will be out late next spring.

In what scenario do you do your best work? I’m most productive at my office desk at home with Pandora playing, instrumental only, to cover up the noise from lawnmowers outside and my family inside. My husband works from home, too, and his office shares an air vent with mine. I can hear every word he says on the speakerphone unless I crank up the music. The upside is that several of the men he works with have incredibly awesome voices. So listening is not such a bad thing, even when they’re talking about technical telecom stuff, I don’t understand.

Which books have been on your tbr shelf the longest? This is embarrassing, but it’s Diana Gabaldon’s An Echo in the Bone. I really want to read it. But I become such a hermit when I read her books that I get NOTHING else done. I know if I start, I’ll disappear for a week. I haven’t had that kind of time for a while. I’m sooo excited about the Outlander series coming up this summer on Starz. That’s one of my favorite books ever, a “comfort read.” I've never read any of her books. I'll have to check them out.

How likely are you to suffer from road rage?
Not very. Working from home I’m not in the car that much anymore. That’s a huge blessing. My son goes to a school very close by our house. Several weeks can pass without my getting out into the crazy Dallas traffic on the interstates and tollroads.

What food can't you live without?
Almond butter and cinnamon toast rice cakes

What is your favorite color?
soft mossy green

What is a trait, characteristic, feature, quality, attribute, idiosyncrasy, mannerism, peculiarity, or quirk that is unique to you? Well, I have several I’m sure that I don’t even realize I have. But the one that my husband teases me about is leaving cabinet doors partially open after I’ve finished getting stuff out of them. I do this in the kitchen, in the bathroom, laundry room, etc. He says he can come home and know what I’ve done that day depending on which cabinet doors are open and which are closed. (And yes, I’m working on this “feature”… when I think about it.) LOL!

What is your favorite t.v. show or celebrity? Right now, I’m hooked on House of Cards. Kevin Spacey is astoundingly good in the role of Frank Underwood. I can’t believe we have to wait until February for the next season.

How do you prefer to communicate (in person, texting, email, or phone)? Hmm. That all depends on who I’m communicating with. I’m not a big phone person, but I talk with my parents strictly by phone as they don’t text or email. My children are big on texting. With my agent and editor I mostly email. With my husband, we talk, text, and email.

What is your favorite beverage?
Coffee / Vanilla Lattes specifically

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you want to have? Sunscreen, my kindle (with a solar battery) and my husband.  I realize my husband isn’t a “thing” but I sure wouldn’t want to be on a desert island without him. Besides being very resourceful, he’s pretty fun.

What is the most un-useful gadget ever created? I think the silliest thing I’ve seen lately (that I secretly want to buy) is the fruit diffuser pitcher for making fruit flavored water. Why not just toss the fruit in the bottom of the pitcher and fill it with water? Because it’s cooler looking with that plastic core-thingey down the center. : )

What is your favorite or least favorite summer activity?
Least favorite: sweating

But I live in Dallas, Texas. Sweating is not optional this time of year.

That said, I love going to outdoor events: Festivals, plays like Shakespeare in the Park, etc

What is your favorite summer time treat?
I like ice cream, preferably with a chocolate coating.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.:-)

This has been fun. Thanks for having me on the blog. I appreciate your interest!

Personal Target

An Elite Ops Novel

By: Kay Thomas

Releasing July 29th, 2014

Avon Impulse

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AEGIS: an elite team of ex-military men working under the radar of most governments. If you have a problem no one else can handle, they can help.

A former SEAL and Black Ops specialist who left the CIA, Nick Donovan gave up a life on the edge to work in the private sector. But that didn't stop his enemies from coming after him—or his family. In a case of mistaken identity, a drug cartel kidnaps his sister-in-law's best friend … a woman from Nick's past.

One minute Jennifer Grayson is housesitting and the next she's abducted to a foreign brothel. Jennifer is planning her escape when her first "customer" arrives. Nick, the man who broke her heart years ago, has come to her rescue. Now, as they race for their lives, passion for each other reignites and old secrets resurface. Can Nick keep the woman he loves safe against an enemy with a personal vendetta?

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  1. LOL this one is already on my wishlist. :) It sounds really good!

  2. yes i want! i want!! i had the first one on my wishlist already now i'm gladly adding this one ( though i wonder if they works as stand alone or not; if it must be read in order or not)

    thank you also for teh interview it was quite instructive

  3. I don't like sweating either, Kay, but I'm doomed in the central valley (Sacramento) of California in the middle of drought. I try to conserve water by not bathing as frequently as I used to, but find I just have to say "to hell with it" and bathe anyway! And we don't get Starz on our TV so I've been missing out on Outlander. Boohoo!! Thanks for the post today.

  4. Thanks for the interview, I enjoyed it.