Sunday, January 10, 2010

DEJA VU Releases This Week!


Friday, January 15, 2010, is the release date for DÉJÀ VU by Samantha Gentry, available from the Crimson Rose line of mystery romantic suspense at The Wild Rose Press. It's available in both ebook and print.

BLURB: When Alexandra Caldwell is hired by a reclusive author to research the thirty-year-old disappearance of a big name newspaper tycoon and his wife, she wasn't sure what she would discover. As she embarks on this project, she finds herself in the middle of a series of frightening events and an unexpected attraction to Gable Talbot, the current owner of Skull Island where the disappearances occurred...a man with a magnetic sex appeal and a past as mysterious as the case she's researching. Will she be able to do the job she was hired for, or has she stumbled too close to the truth?

I'm not sure exactly where the idea for this book came from, but it was an idea that had been floating around in the back of my mind for a while before I started putting a specific storyline together. The concept of using a privately owned island as the setting for a mystery appealed to me. Isolated location, the island's owner having a hidden past, and unexplained happenings that throw the characters together leaving them surrounded by life threatening danger. Since I'm particularly fond of the Pacific Northwest and have spent a lot of time there, I decided to locate my fictional private island in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state. And this, of course, required a research trip. :)

Next I needed to devise a situation that would provide a logical and valid reason for my heroine to be on the private island owned by my hero. When I finally came up with a premise that I liked, I started working on the details of the storyline and then the writing of the manuscript.

I liked working out the mystery elements. Does the heroine have an ulterior motive for being on the island other than what she told the hero? A hero who doesn't have a past, does that make him a dangerous man hiding behind a false identity? Is the heroine in danger from him? And the mystery of the island itself, exactly what happened all those years ago and why is a thirty year old event suddenly creating a danger for today?

And after I formulated the questions, I had to come up with logical answers.

DÉJÀ VU was a fun book to write. I end up really agonizing over some of them. I'm working on a romantic suspense mystery right now that's not going as smoothly as I'd like. Others seem to flow with very few problems. Too bad they can't all flow that easily. :)


There are several excerpts from DÉJÀ VU on my website as well as excerpts and reviews for my other books. Stop by and take a look. And while you're there, be sure to enter my trivia contest.

Then check out my guest blog at The Romance Studio's main blog on Friday, January 15th. I'm talking some more about writing DÉJÀ VU.


Mary Ricksen said...

Good luck Samantha, DEJA VU will be a hit, I just know it will!

Samantha Gentry said...

Thanks, Mary. Here's hoping you're right!!

susan said...

DEJA VU has to be a wrote it. I have been telling all my reader friends to look for it after Friday as I know some wants to get it as soon as they can. I emailed this to them so they can read all about it first hand. susan L.

Samantha Gentry said...

Thanks, Susan. I appreciate the support.

There are several excerpts on my website. I'll have reviews soon as I have some (hopefully) good one. :)