The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Welcome Decadent Publishing author, Teri Riggs...

Hi Teri - I like to open an interview with who you are, a little about your life, married? Children? Work other than writing? etc. Anything you'd like to share.
                I am a true bookaholic. I love to read almost as much as I love writing and usually read at least one book a day. When I’m not hanging out with my family, I’m feeding my book addiction. My hubby and I live in Marietta, Georgia. I’m very blessed to have all three of my daughters living within ten minutes of my house.
                Once upon a time, I worked as a neonatal nurse in the real world. I enjoyed my nursing career, but can honestly say I love being a mother, grammy, and author much, much more.

1. What was the feeling like when your first book was contracted and published? Has the experience been what you expected?
I think I called everyone I knew—and a few strangers, too—when I signed my first contract with a small e-publisher. The experience was not what I expected. Is it ever? I had the contract in hand, and was ready to move on to my next masterpiece. When I got back my first set of edits and saw all the red lines, I cried like a two year old. I wondered why the publisher bought the manuscript in the first place! numerous revisions later, it was finished and on sale. End of story? Nope.  
   A month or so later, the publisher folded. With plenty of encouragement from Hubby, I went the KDP route and put the book back up as self-published. But that's another story. 
   After that first encounter with a publisher, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Fortunately, my experience with Decadent has been awesome since the beginning. I’m liking it so much more this time around.

2. Tell us about Resolutions

  Resolutions is a reunion story about two ex-lovers who get thrown together after the hero, Mac, is sent to rescue the heroine, Eve, from the prison of a Colombian drug-lord, turned terrorist. As the chase heats up, so does their desire for each other. Eve is a kick-ass DEA agent who loves her independence and hates alpha males. Of course Mac, a Resolutions operative, is pure alpha who wants to control and protect Eve. On the run, Mac and Eve must learn to trust each other again in order to stay alive. That inspired me to write Resolutions? It's been so long, I honestly can't remember.

3. What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you need quiet or do you write to music? Morning or evening? Inquiring minds want to know.

  I usually start with an outline, but then somewhere along the way, my characters hijack my plot, take me hostage, and I turn pantser. 
  I’m not a good sleeper, so I do a lot of late night writing and love a little music playing in the background. I do prefer quiet when I’m doing edits.

4. What's the best thing you like about being a writer? What is the worst?

  The best thing? Some days I’m on a roll, finish early, and get to spend extra time with my family.
  The worst? The times I spend most of the day looking at a blank screen, and I don't get to spend time with my family.

5.  What advice would you give to an aspiring writer? 

   Never give up on your dreams. Keep swinging the bat.

6.  If you could ask readers any question, what would it be?

    I’d ask them if they’d take a little time to give my book a review? I love to hear reader’s feedback.

7.  What are you working on now? 

 Three historical western short stories that take place in a town called Colby Springs. I’m doing edits the second book for my self-pubbed series. I'm also working on an outline featuring another Resolutions character.

Media Kit for Resolutions Blog Tour

By Teri Riggs

November 29 – December 13

Book Promotions by Literary Nook

Honor Guard Series
by Teri Riggs

DEA agent Eve Taylor has had her fill of alpha males. When Resolutions’ operative and former lover, Dillon “Mac” McKenna, threatened her hard-earned independence, she ran. On a mission to gather evidence against a Colombian drug-lord, Eve discovers the drug-lord is helping terrorists plan an attack on American soil. Before she can escape with the vital information, she’s captured and comes face to face with her mortality…

As a teen, Mac watched his family fall apart after his mother died doing dangerous U.N. work. The possibility of losing Eve to a mission ignited an overwhelming need to protect her. When he forced her to choose him or her job, she walked away. Two years later, it seems all his nightmares have come true and he’s tasked with rescuing her from a Colombian prison. Mac has never stopped loving Eve, but does he dare risk his heart when he’s so terrified of losing…

On the run, Mac and Eve must learn to trust each other again in order to stay alive.

Note: Resolutions is a private black ops agency specializing in the near-impossible extractions of kidnap victims, hostages, and all forms of intelligence other agencies have failed to retrieve.

Romantic Suspense
Honor Guard Series

He looked at Eve. She’d blended into the shadows. Vanished like a puff of smoke in the wind, her breathing not even loud enough to give her away. Heavy steps paused outside the door. He went on alert, his body shooting high-octane adrenaline to all parts. The doorknob jiggled, but the door didn’t open and the footsteps continued on their journey. Mac let out the breath he held and let his shoulders go slack. His blood began to circulate at normal speed again and his trigger finger relaxed.

Eve slipped from her hiding place and sauntered back to the desk. She picked the laptop up and sat it back on the desk, her movements guarded. The glow from the screen lit her face once more. She radiated determination and confidence. Lips, barely moving, formed silent words while she skimmed the monitor’s display. Her right hand floated to her injured shoulder and rubbed gently.
Mac lightly stroked her hair. “You want to finish our talk?”
Her hand dropped to her side and she straightened. “Not now. Let’s get this finished. The download’s complete.” She removed the flash drive and put it in her pocket. “Give me a sec to download the wipe drive program.”
Mac said, “He’s going to be all levels of pissed.”
“Yeah, isn’t it great?” A grin tweaked her lips, exactly what Mac needed to see. He really did like the way the woman worked. Not to mention the way she looked. The way she smelled and tasted. The way her body fit beneath his. But he needed to focus on the business at hand.
“I’m doing a seven-level wipe of the computer, a wipe so deep nobody will ever be able to reconstruct data from this puppy. I helped build this program while I was still in tech support. It’s bad-ass.” She sounded happier than she had in a long time.
“Mendoza’s going to find a business is hard to run without proper files.”
Eve worked a few more minutes before shutting down the laptop. She closed the lid, wiped her hands together in an exaggerated gesture. “Done. Now all we gotta do is pray the arrogant ass hasn’t backed his files up.”
Mac said, “Not his style.”
“I’m banking on it. Let’s get out of here.”
“Copy that.”
Eve entered the code to unlock the door and Mac cracked it open. The foyer remained empty. They made their way to the stairway and hurried down, keeping their footsteps quick and silent. Halfway through the underground hallway, Mac spotted a group of three, maybe four men running full-throttle toward them. He fought the need to push Eve behind him.


What Readers are saying:

"I love the sexual tension between Eve and Mac. The hot, steamy Colombian jungle makes a great backdrop for a love story that begins with two ex-lovers on the run."
-K. Kishpaugh, Amazon

"The action and suspense were nonstop. Eve was believable as a tough and persistent female protagonist. And I liked how she and Mac's characters developed throughout the story.”
-Marie, Amazon

“Nonstop action and plenty of sexual tension between the lead characters. A quick, suspenseful read. I would recommend this to my friends.”
-Lady A, Amazon

“A good read with plenty of action. I liked the gun battle scenes. They were well paced and for fairly accurate. Mendoza was played well and I enjoyed Mac and Eve's determination to stop him.”

About the Author:

Teri Riggs was destined to be a writer. As a small girl she didn’t read bedtime stories, she made up her own. Who needed Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs when there were so many great tales bouncing around in her head? When she grew up and became a mother to three little girls, she continued the tradition of making up bedtime stories. On the occasions she chose to tell conventional fairytales, Teri usually gave them a bit of tweaking here and there or added a new ending. Her girls loved it.
After her daughters had the nerve to actually grow up and leave home, Teri discovered she had a passion for writing and jumped right in. It came as no surprise she chose to write mysteries and happily-ever-after’s since that’s the genres she loves to read.
Teri lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, one of her daughters and two dogs that seem to think they rule the world. And some days Teri thinks maybe they do.

Contact Details:

Twitter: @TeriLRiggs (


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1 comment:

  1. Rachel,
    Thanks for hosting Resolutions today. I enjoyed doing the interview.