The author will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to one randomly drawn winner and print copies of AFFLICTION and ALLEGIANCE to another randomly drawn winner (US only) via rafflecopter during the tour
If your book were made into a movie, who would you want to play your main characters? Melanie Sullivan – Emma Watson. Billy the Kid – Richard Madden (Robb Stark in Game of Thrones)
How do you come up with the titles of your books? The title usually emerges organically from the book’s theme. In the Soul Seeker series, Book One is titled Affliction because Mel considers her ability to read souls as an affliction until she discovers it is truly a gift. In Book Two, the title Allegiance refers to Mel’s determination to avenge her best friend’s death.
What does your writing space look like?
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? Golf with girlfriends, travel with husband, addicted to reading, watching grand girls play soccer, walking our rescue pooch, Auggie Doggie.
What is your favourite color? Hard to pick one. I like rainbows!
What is your favourite pleasure food? Anything salty, but really love chips and guacamole
What is your favourite season? Spring
What is your favourite television show? The Americans, Homeland, Game of Thrones
What is your favourite movie? Juno
Who is your favourite actor? Colin Firth
What is your favourite song? Unknown Legend by Neil Young and Angel from Montgomery by Bonnie Riatt
What is your favourite comfort clothing attire? Something loose and non-constricting. P.J.’s are good
What books might we find on your bedside table? A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman, Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen, Memory Man by David Baldacci
Describe yourself in three words. Soft-hearted animal lover, bizarre sense of humor, somewhat impatient (sorry, that’s more than three words)
Twenty-two year old Honor Melanie (Mel) Sullivan has an affliction. Due to childhood trauma and inappropriate social behavior, she is diagnosed with Aspergers, a form of autism. But, Mel knows Aspergers is not her true affliction. She prefers not to gaze into a person’s eyes because she is a soul reader, and what she sees can be frightening. It can also get Mel into trouble.
After a brush with the law, Mel leaves her family home in Southern California and travels to Oregon where she meets Harley-Davidson riding William McCarty (Billy the Kid) and stumbles upon a human trafficking/baby-selling scheme involving a foreign girl from Kazakhstan, and others. Even though Mel's life is in danger, she won't stop until she finds the answers that will help those unable to help themselves.
Transplanted California girl, Melanie Sullivan, vows to stay in Oregon until she nails the killer of her best friend, Dani. Mel’s ability to search a soul for innocence or guilt is a big plus. Her love for Billy the Kid, former Marine and now a detective with the 3 Peaks police department is also a factor in her decision. She’s not quite sure what’s going on with Billy. Has the PTSD from his Middle East deployments returned?
When a hate crime is committed in 3 Peaks, Mel is recruited by sexy Homeland Security agent, Mick, who requires her soul-reading ability. Mick doesn’t hide his feelings. He’s more than eager to step in if Billy steps out, a complication Mel doesn’t need or want. As she goes undercover, Mel embarks on a dangerous journey, aided by her Uncle Paco and devoted friends. Along the way, she learns a valuable lesson about the power of forgiveness.
Excerpt - ALLEGIANCE
I lean down to drop a chaste farewell kiss on his forehead. A split second later, I’m flat on my back, pinned to the bed and Billy the Kid grins down at me like a naughty little boy. He rips out his ear buds and pulls the cord free until the music washes over us. It’s a rock and roll tune, a blast from the past.
“Hey, baby,” he says. “Wanna dance?”
Before I can form an answer, I’m swept off the bed and twirled around until I’m dizzy and laughing uncontrollably.
He sets me on the floor and pulls me tight against his body. “You sneaking out on me, Minnie Mouse?
I manage a weak, breathless protest. “I’m supposed to meet Steve at 9:30 a.m. I need to get going.”
He cups my face between his palms and brushes his lips across mine. “You sure about that?”
“Well, um...” My body says bring it on. My brain chimes in, promptness is overrated.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Marilee Brothers is a former teacher, coach, counselor and the author of ten books. Marilee and her husband are the parents of three grown sons and live in central Washington State. After writing six young adult books, Marilee is once again writing romantic suspense for the adult market. She loves hearing from people who have read her books.