Author Spotlight: Ryan Jo Summers
The special guest this week on The Passionate Writer’s Blog is Ryan Jo Summers, author of When Clouds Gather.
BIO: Ryan Jo Summers is a North Carolina author who pens romantic fiction by weaving with assorted threads of subgenre. She also writes non-fiction and general fiction. Her hobbies include caring for 40 plus houseplants, hanging out with friends and her menagerie of pets, painting just about anything, exploring nature and doing word find puzzles. She also likes to bake and cook. Her current WIP features a heroine who excels at culinary and confectionary arts.
KH: Welcome, Ryan Jo Summers, to my blog today. What is the genre of When Clouds Gather?
RJS: Romantic Suspense
KH: What was the inspiration behind your book?
RJS: I was visiting family in Portland, Oregon and walking along the rocky, driftwood littered shore. There were cliffs and a lighthouse nearby. I thought it would be a great location for a hotel or B & B. And why not have a murder take place too?
KH: That sounds ideal. I have been there myself, and with the misty, unending sandy shoreline, it would be a perfect setting for a romantic suspense story. What will readers love most about your hero/heroine?
RJS: Darby – she’s independent but vulnerable. In the end, she follows her heart. Sam, he’s a little gritty but also tender and devoted. To him, it’s the greater good that matters.
KH: Do you have a favorite moment or scene from your book that you would like to excerpt or share?
RJS: “You mean you’re not scared to be alone with me?” she demanded. “The town murderer?”
Lazily he lifted one eyebrow, amused at her indignation. “Are you? A town murderer, that is?”
“Then I guess I’m not scared. With that all settled, how about that ride?”
Short blurb for WHEN CLOUDS GATHER
Darby Adams has a full life between her ten-age son and running a Bed & Breakfast. One morning she discovers the body of a murdered guest upstairs and suddenly her home and business is turned into a crime scene. Now she is the sheriff’s number one suspect. With her life spinning out of control, she desperately needs a friend.
The surviving family wants to make sure Darby fully pays for her crime. So they hire new-in-town Private Investigator Sam Golden to get all the goods on her. He begins his case in the guise of being Darby’s new friend. Between dodging disasters and riding out calamities, Darby begins to see a future with Sam and herself. And Sam has to rethink his opinions of her guilt or innocence. Then the fateful day comes that he must confesses his dual role to her, tearing her heart out and destroying any chance at their developing romance.
When a larger, more serious danger threatens to destroy them all, Darby knows she has to trust his police instincts once more. However, she isn’t so sure she can trust him with her heart again.
KH: What words best describe your book?
RJS: Truth Matters.
KH: Do you have any upcoming events that you would like to share with readers (book signing, giveaway, book release, conference, etc.)?
RJS: None at the moment. My best advice would be to subscribe to my newsletter and check the media sites for upcoming events. Some are in the planning phases but too early yet to share.
KH: Thanks, Ryan Jo, for stopping by today, and for sharing your book !
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