Book Spotlight: The Wild Life by Stacy-Deanne

Posted on August 29, 2013


Stacy_Hot_Like_Fire_Blog_TourBlurb: When Albany Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris learns that Cuban crime lord Milan Varela wants her estranged father dead, she heads off to Miami to find out why. With Homicide Detective Jayce Matthews and her ex-lover Detective Steven Kemp she devises a plot to get close to the Varela organization.

Brianna finds herself attracted to the older Milan and falls deep into his web of seduction while fighting to keep her mind on her mission. Milan is equally drawn to Brianna and vows to win her trust and her heart.

Is Milan really the villain when it comes to Brianna’s father? Or is he the victim?

Is Brianna’s father really in danger or is there more to the story than anyone could ever imagine?

Brianna risks her life to save her father’s but will she end up losing her own?

Background on the Bree and Steven Interracial Romantic Suspense series:

Albany Detectives Brianna “Bree” Morris and Steven Kemp originate from my ’08 novel Melody. I fell in love with them instantly and I knew there was more I wanted to explore with these characters. I also got feedback from readers who enjoyed them. Bree is black and Steven is white which brings in the main interracial aspect. They are also ex-lovers and Steven is still pining for Bree. Whether she takes that step with him again, who knows? Throughout the series the two have different romantic adventures with others but their friendship remains strong.

Upcoming plans for the series:

Aside from The Wild Life, I’ll definitely be releasing two more books in the series. The next, Harm a Fly comes out December 2014 and the fifth installment hopefully will be released in 2015. I love these characters, but I am not sure if I will continue the series after the fifth installment. I am starting new series with new characters so I have to see how much time I still wanna devote to Bree and Steven. So other than the next two releases, it’s hard to say what will be in store for Bree and Steven. Whatever happens, I listen to my muse in order to make the right decision.

Why The Wild Life stands out from the current books in the series:

In The Wild Life readers get a glimpse into Bree’s childhood and her strained relationship with her father, George. When people see what Bree went through because of her father it will give them a better understanding as to why she is the way she is. Bree has some issues committing and that’s one of the main reasons she continues to push Steven away. Her behavior is a direct result of her nonexistent relationship with George.

Do you think fans of the series will be happy with The Wild Life? Why?

I hope so. From the feedback I’ve gotten from advanced reviews I think they will like The Wild Life better than the previous installments. Everyone who’s read it says it’s the best book in the series. The story is quite different from the other two because it takes place in Miami, and thisThe Wild Life installment focuses on Bree and her upbringing.

What personal growths or challenges does the main character go through in The Wild Life?

Bree struggles with the fact that her father was never there for her. What hurts more than that is when she finally realizes he will never change, and that who he has been is just who he is. Bree wanted a father and she never got that in George. It’s heartbreaking when she confronts those painful feelings about how he abandoned her. Bree becomes a woman all over again in this book. She has to accept that when it comes to George, she will never find a happy ending. So she learns to accept her father for what he is even though it hurts.

If The Wild Life became a film, who would you cast as the main characters?

I created Steven’s character because of my obsession with the actor Stephen Dorff. I would love for him to play Steven. There are other talents that would work such as Jude Law, Jeremy Renner, Simon Baker, etc. But I patterned Steven after Stephen Dorff. The only difference is that my Steven is taller. LOL!  I’ve always had two women in mind for Bree. Gabrielle Union and Sanaa Lathan would be perfect as Bree.

Why should existing and potential fans check out the book?

People familiar with my books have come to know me for bringing out some knockout twists and I hope I don’t disappoint with this book. Readers seem to enjoy my style so those who’ve read the other installments will wanna read this one. Also, if people want a taste of something different such as suspense with interracial romance subplots, look no further.

Giveaway Question: Think of two of your favorite movies and imagine them as books. What author would you like to rewrite your favorite two films as books? And why? 

Five people who provide the most interesting answer to these questions will each win an ebook copy of The Wild Life.

Giveaway ends at 30 Aug, 2013 8 pm Central Time. Ebook copies will be emailed to participants by Stacy-Deanne. Commenters must leave email address with comment to be eligible.

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