Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Zone of Action by Cathy Skendrovich - Book Tour + Giveaway

Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 7/27/2020
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

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Former terror cell expert Audrey Jenkins has seen enough death and
destruction to last a lifetime. When she uncovers her ex, Brett, a
higher-ranking officer in her unit, selling military secrets, she turns him
in and returns to the simpler life she has embraced since leaving the army.
CID Special Agent Cam Harris is a career military man with a strong sense of
duty. When a military prisoner who once saved his life in Afghanistan
escapes while in his custody, he requests the assignment to track him down.
Cam's manhunt leads him to Audrey's door. His prisoner—her
ex—will resurface here, he’s sure of it. The feisty woman wants
nothing to do with hunting down her ex, but when a terror cell she’s
all-too-familiar with launches a deadly attack on army intelligence soldiers
and officers, she knows it’s Brett. Helping Cam is the right thing to
do. But the attraction burning between them may be the mistake that gets her
and Cam killed...

 Author Interview
1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
My kryptonite is procrastination. I’m like the kid in the classroom who won’t sit down, who’s up sharpening his pencil, looking out the window, or walking around the room. I can’t sit my behind in the chair and write unless I’m on a deadline.

2. Favorite childhood memory involving books? My mom read the gothic romance classic authors of Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, and Phyllis Whitney. I remember picking up those paperbacks (with their lurid covers) and pretending to read them. I was probably 5 or 6 years old, and I loved the book covers!

3. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
Yes! I got my first rejection notice when I was 10, and my first poem published when I was 12.

4. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Determined, optimistic, impatient

5. What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I write out my plot, character descriptions, and outlines on a legal pad with a (sharp!) pencil before writing on my laptop. The flow of words is easier on the laptop, but the planning is easier in pencil (so I can erase).

6. What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
Leap Year

7. What is the first book that made you cry? Little Women, when Beth died. I was heartbroken. I’ve read that book so many times and watched every movie remake.
8. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book? 9 months. Refer back to question #1
9. How do you select the names of your characters? Sometimes I use a baby name generator, sometimes I use a romance writing site for names, and sometimes I just throw names out there until one catches my fancy. And then sometimes my editor asks me to change them, lol.
10. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be? You’ll probably laugh, but a goat. They’re willing to butt heads, they can be friendly, but their impatient when they want to be fed.
11. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
“Romancing the Stone,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Leap Year,” “The Cutting Edge” (original), “Behind Enemy Lines.”
12. What is your favorite genre to read?
Romantic Suspense, of course!
About the Author
Cathy Skendrovich has always loved a good story, and spent her formative
years scribbling what is now called Fan Fiction. The current heartthrob of
the time featured heavily in all her stories. Unfortunately, once she went
to college, her writing took the form of term papers, written on typewriters
instead of computer keyboards.

Upon graduation, Cathy took a job as an English teacher in a middle school.
Along the way, she married her husband of thirty-six years, and had two
sons. Now an empty nester, she and her husband have embarked on their own
adventure, moving to Idaho to live overlooking a pond.

Romantic suspense has always been her favorite genre to read and write,
though she has dabbled in historical romance. Creating an unpredictable
storyline is her goal, and she hopes she has done so in her current and
previous books. Prisoner of Love is her first published novel, followed
closely by The Pirate's Bride, The Pirate Bride’s Holiday Masquerade,
and Undercover with the Nanny. Zone of Action is her fifth book, and her
first military suspense. For research, she asks her son in Army Intelligence
for up to the minute information. Lately, he’s stopped taking her

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