Q: Please tell us about yourself.
Thank you for allowing me to spend time with the Cassidy Crimson's Blog followers today. My name is Petie McCarty, and I write contemporary romance.
I suspect I'm different than most authors in that I never considered writing anything until I actually started my first novel, and that was as much a surprise to me as anyone. With my first two novels, I decided a unique venue was sure to set my love story apart from the other 500,000+ romance novels on Amazon. So, in Everglades, I stranded my hero and heroine aboard an airboat overnight, deep in the River of Grass, and then in Catch of the Day, I made my heroine the first woman to ever enter the all-male Loon Lake Tournament.
By the time I started the third book, I decided my novels needed a shtick -- a gimmick or brand to make them stand out. I thought it would be fun to hide an angel in my story to help the hero and heroine end up together, and then not reveal the angel’s identity until the finale. Thus, my Mystery Angel Romances were born.
Q: Tell us about your book
My April release, The SEAL's Angel, is the third Mystery Angel Romance. The MARs are not so much a series as they are a similarly themed or plotted group of stories. The cast of characters are different in each story, but each novel is similar in that an angel has been hidden within the plot, waiting for the reader to discover their identity. The angel is not officially revealed until the finale unless the reader determines it first. So all the stories are stand-alone books.
In The SEAL's Angel, Navy SEAL Sean MacKay's teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay's teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs.
Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL Teams. Cory's whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother's death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay -- the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.
Q: What inspired you to write The SEAL's Angel?
Special Forces soldiers are to present-day romance and action/adventure movies what cowboys were to the big screen back when I was a kid. Fearless, larger-than-life characters who will always, always protect the damsel in distress -- whether she wants to be rescued or not.
When I saw the original movie in my imagination for The SEAL's Angel , the heroine's brother had deserted her and the family resort to join the military. Later, he is murdered for stealing a nerve-gas formula from terrorists, so the soldier had to serve with some branch of Special Forces to be involved in espionage at that level. Having a co-worker at my day job be an ex-Navy SEAL Lieutenant willing to answer my myriad of questions about The Teams merely "sealed" the fate of my TSA hero.
Q: How much time per week do you spend writing/editing your work?
Anywhere from 40 to 80 hours a week depending on where I am at with my stories, because I'm usually writing one and editing another. The eighty-hour weeks probably occur while I'm going though the editing process for a book.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
My current WIP is a time-travel romance titled Duke Du Jour. In DDJ, the fourteenth Duke of Reston falls into a fountain in an overgrown section of his ancestral estate and wakes up in 1816 England, mistaken for his great-great-and-so-on grandfather -- the seventh Duke of Reston who disappeared at the Battle of Waterloo. This one is colored with quirky humor and is a blast to write. *grin*
I also have another new series in the hopper, and the brand will be The Cinderella Romances... Fall in love with the fairy tale all over again. Luckily, there will be unlimited opportunities to retell the famous fairy tale in different locales with different heroines playing the part of Cinderella. How fun to get to retell the fairy tale a dozen different ways. Sometimes the reader will know who the Prince Charming is at the get go, and sometimes they won't. That will make each fairy tale unique.
The first story -- Cinderella Busted -- is complete. The romantic fairy tale moves to present-day Jupiter Island, Florida where a beautiful gardener is mistaken for a wealthy socialite by a billionaire resort developer. Anxious for one fabulous date with her handsome prince, the gardener cultivates her inadvertent masquerade. Love at first sight controls their mutual attraction, and feelings run deep before her deception is inevitably discovered. This story is presently under review for publication, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Title: The SEAL’s Angel
Author: Petie McCarty
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Military
Navy SEAL Sean MacKay’s teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay’s teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs.
Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL Teams. Cory’s whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother’s death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay — the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.
Petie spent a large part of her career working as a biologist at Walt Disney World — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” — where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job in order to write her stories full-time.
Petie is a member of Romance Writers of America, and she shares homes in Tennessee and Florida with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.
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Web Site: http://www.petiemccarty.com
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