Fun at Rom.con

Balloon Stuffing Contest

At Rom.con, a romance readers conference in Denver, I had two volunteers stiff balloons under my shirt and sweater. They actually managed to get fourteen underneath. Then I had to try to dance without losing them. Kim took my picture, and I’m sure she’ll use it to show how ridiculous I looked.

Speed Dating with Books

I had two minutes to talk about my five books to each person who sat in front of me. I decided five is too many to talk about, but generally managed to talk about my Witness Protection Series and either Romancing the Gold, set at an archaeological dig in Peru or  Searching for Love, where my hero and heroine hunted for her missing sister, got arrested, and spent the night on a cot in a Mexican jail.

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Excerpt from New Book – Just the Two of Us

Chapter One
“Hands up.” The man, all in black, including a mask, was of average height. Baggy clothes hid his body shape. His big gun looked deadly, but he wasn’t holding it very steady.
Justin Sherrod gripped his store’s glass jewelry counter, swallowed a gasp, then shot up his hands. His stomach twisted in knots. A light fixture hummed because it was about to go out. The clock above his head ticked ominously.
Thank goodness, his one employee was off today. Now at eight-thirty, it was getting dark, and he was the only one here. Except a woman was pushing the door open. Out of sight of the gunman. His heart leapt. He had to say something. “Why are you pulling a gun on me?” he said loudly and raised his hands higher.
Out of the corner of his eye, he saw the door close and the woman disappear. He let out the breath he’d been holding.
The gunman turned his head as if to guess what made the noise. Justin kept his eyes on the man.

Join the fun at Barefoot BAy as Justin and Lisa frolic in the waves.

Join the fun at Barefoot BAy as Justin and Lisa frolic in the waves.

He knew this could happen.
He’d planned for it.
Rehearsed for it.
Where was that damn button?
He must be standing right next to it. He dared not look down.
There. He stepped on it. Now it was time to stall.
He kept his hands up. “What do you want?”
Aiming the gun at Justin’s chest, the robber pointed to the glass case between them. “Those rings. Set them on the counter, and you won’t get hurt.”
“Easy, man. I just have to unlock the case.” Keeping one hand up, Justin struggled to dig for his keys. He pulled them out and flipped through them. He caught a glimpse of the burglar’s impatient glare. Finally got the right one.
As he inserted the key, he inadvertently pushed the button for the cabinet lights, which flashed off.
“What didya do to the lights?” the burglar demanded. “Did you set off some alarm?”
Justin shook his head. “I accidentally hit the switch for the case lights. They make the diamonds sparkle even more.” He turned the lights on again. “Which tray do you want?”
“All three, you son of a bitch. Hurry the hell up.”
Justin’s phone jangled.
“Answer the phone. If that’s the cops, tell them you’re good.”

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San Diego Bay

While at the Romance Writers of America annual conference, I took a boat tour of the San Diego Bay. I saw military ships, and Coronado Island. As I had thought it was out in the ocean instead of in the bay when I wrote my novel, A Taste of Honey, I now realize I need to choose a different island for my hero and heroine to be marooned on for a few hours.
I saw the statue memoralizing a sailor kissing a nurse after World War II was declared over. DSCN1124DSCN1146I took a photo of the statues of Bob Hope entertaining wounded soldiers in front of a great seafood restaurant. Midway is an aircraft carrier that has been made into a museum, complete with planes on top. I also signed copies of my books at the Literacy Signing Event at the conference.DSCN1133DSCN1121

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About Terry Odell

From childhood, Terry Odell wanted to “fix” stories so the characters would behave properly. Once she began writing, she found this wasn’t always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write turned into a romance, despite the fact that she’d never read one. Odell prefers to think of her books as “Mysteries With Relationships.” She writes the Blackthorne, Inc. series, the Pine Hills Police series, The Triple-D Ranch series, and the Mapleton Mystery series. You can find her high (that’s altitude, of course—she lives at 9100 feet!)  in the Colorado Rockies—or at her facebook page Author Terry Odell.

You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and she’d love to see you at her blog, Terry’s Place. For sneak peeks and exclusive content, sign up for her more-or-less quarterly newsletter. You can also be notified of new releases via her Amazon page.

Please welcome Terry Odell, a member of both RWA and MWA  to my website. She writes romantic suspense and police procedurals, but she calls all of them “Mysteries With Relationships.”

Terry, How long have you been writing novels?

Unlike many of my peers I did not write my first story in crayon. In fact, I was a card-carrying AARP member before I even thought about writing. My first novel, Finding Sarah, was published in 2007, so tacking on a few years to learn how to write and find a publisher, probably since about 2003 or 2004. I can’t put an exact date on it, because I was toying with writing for a couple of years before I considered pursuing writing as a career.

Tell me about any other business you run from your home or what you do on your day job.

I’m retired, so if I’m not writing, I’m goofing off. Before I retired, I was a teacher, and I did a lot of volunteer work for Adult Literacy. I suppose running my blog, Terry’s Place might be another job, but I’m not being paid for it.

What takes time away from your writing, and do you consider that a guilty pleasure or a time waster?

If I’m on deadline, I’m pretty focused on writing. I set word count goals based on when I have to finish the book, and if I’ve met my goals for the day, anything else I do is considered “me” time, and there’s no guilt. Could I be doing more “important” things with my free time. Probably, but that’s part of the fun of being retired.

Tell me about your family. How old are your children? Do you have pets?

I have 3 grown children, a son and twin daughters, and one grandson. Feebie, our rescue dog (although I think she rescued us, not the other way around) has been with us for 4 years now.

How many books have you published?

Let’s see. I have 22 works for sale at the moment, but one is a bundle of all my Pine Hills Police books, so that wouldn’t count – or would it? There are also a couple of short story collections in there, so they’re not necessarily “books” if book means “novel-length.” So (after checking my website): 17 novels, 1 novella, 3 short story collections, and 1 bundle. That adds up to 22, right?

What is one interesting thing about you that few people know?

If I tell you, then it won’t be a ‘few people know it’ thing anymore, will it? But most people wouldn’t know that we have a skull collection in our home.

What gives you the most pleasure from writing?

Putting my characters into danger and watching them get out of it.

What is your latest book about?

My newest release, is In Deep Trouble, book 2 in my Triple-D Ranch romantic suspense series.

She trusts everyone. He trusts no one.

In her job as a Sheriff’s Department Dispatcher, Cecily Cooper sees plenty of people who could use a second chance. She’s created a program to give the less advantaged a fresh start, and thinks her brother’s Colorado cattle ranch will be the perfect spot for her project. Some responsibility and a touch of physical labor will help these people find an alternative to life on the streets.

Bryce Barrett, ex-Army Ranger now turned cowhand on the Triple-D Ranch, prefers animals to people. People have agendas. Animals don’t. It’s one reason he and Cecily are always on-again, off-again in the relationship department.

When seventeen-year-old Grady Fenton is chosen as the first candidate for Cecily’s program, Cecily is thrilled. Bryce not so much, especially when his boss assigns him to be Grady’s mentor. Can Bryce convince Cecily there’s more to Grady than typical teenage angst? Or is he reading more into the boy’s behavior than is really there? When someone is killing cattle across the state, the Triple-D’s herd is no exception. Does Grady have answers? Sparks fly when Bryce and Cecily must put aside their differences long enough to discover what Grady is hiding. Soon things escalate, and it’s not just the cattle in danger.

Where have you traveled and what would you like to say about that? Once our kids were old enough to stay home, I was able to travel with my husband when his business sent him on trips. Now that the kids are grown and he’s retired, he’s travelling with me. I’ve enjoyed visiting Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Monaco, Australia, Canada (Vancouver & Quebec City) among other places.

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Sneak Peek Sampler Available


The Romantic Suspense Sampler is up on Amazon. Sample seven authors, including USA Today Best Selling and Award Winning Authors, for $.99. You can read a chapter of my second Witness Protection Series book, Protected by Love. Follow Elizabeth Leventhal as she tries to escape from her ex, a rich man she married without realizing he was part of a gangster organization. Watch hunky U.S. Marshal Joe Berg, whisk her away from danger while he tries to keep his hands off his pretty witness. The first book in the series is Hiding From Love, which is now free on Amazon. 51PDoJ90QFL._AC_US160_

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RWA 2016 Great Classes from Michael Hauge

I attended two of his classes at the RWA Conference. The characterization one had a great outline, but unfortunately, I had to leave for an editor appointment. He pointed out that in a romance, each of the two “heroes” should help or encourage the other to work on the flaw and perhaps relinquish an original goal because of love for the other person. The class where he analyzed Hitch was an eye opener. The most important takeaway was his comment that the first thing a story or movie must do is to elicit emotion. He also pointed out that when you introduce a character, you don’t mention his flaws right away, but show them later after the audience has gotten to know and like the character.DSCN1130

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Searching for Love coming soon

Searching for Love , my new romantic suspense adventure novel will be published on July 13th by Wild Rose Press. I will have a Facebook Launch Party on July 11th from 4-7 CDT. Come visit Carolyn Rae Author facebook page, and comment to have a chance to win a $10 amazon gift card or an e-book copy of Protected by Love. I will include my recipe for Mint Frosted Brownies.

In Searching for Love, Valerie finds a search for her sister in Mexico leads to danger and love.

Tossed aside in favor of her sister, a determined Valerie Trumbull reluctantly teams up with her ex-fiance’s brother, Matt Larson, to hunt her missing sister south of the Texas border. Valerie expects him to be a jerk like his brother, but Matt compliments her and says he finds her sexy. When she awakes on a narrow cot in their Mexican prison cell, she is warmed by his arms around her.

Attorney Matt Larson is attracted to Valerie, but she argues constantly with him about his plans to find her sister. Valerie also disappears and he sets everything aside to find her. When she’s delivered, half alive, to his office in a wooden shipping crate, he realizes how much she means to him. Can they manage to compromise while searching for her sister?

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