Friday, February 22, 2013

Romance Suspense Novel: The Blue Dolphin by Author: Robena Grant

The Blue Dolphin by Robena Grant - Free Book!!!!

Updated to add: Robena has generously offered to give away a free PDF file of The Blue Dolphin to a lucky person who comments on this blogpost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robena Grant has written three books in her series, Desert Heat. I talked about the first book, Unlock the Truth, which I highly recommend here. After reading the second book, The Blue Dolphin, which I also highly recommend; I asked Robena if she would let me interview her and she graciously agreed.
 
 
WELCOME ROBENA!!!
 
Thanks so much for putting me in the spotlight, Judy. It's my pleasure to be a guest on your blog, and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed The Blue Dolphin.
 
Question 1: As a former massage therapist I loved the idea of the Blue Dolphin therapy and I had to bing it to see if it was real. And it is! So have you had Blue Dolphin therapy?
 
There was a young spa owner who lived in La Quinta. She started a therapy called Virtual Dolphin Therapy and was actually on several TV talk shows speaking about it. I knew of it because I went to her spa for a monthly massage. While I never actually took the therapy myself, she explained it, gave me a tour of the room and a brochure about it, and gave me permission to use it in my book. Between the time the story was written and then became published, the spa owner met the man of her dreams, sold the business and relocated. Just to be on the safe side I changed the name of my dolphin therapy. : )
 
Question 2: Your heroine, Debbie Williams, is strong and vulnerable at the same time. Her two weaknesses are her daughter and a light case of asthma that acts up when she is stressed or excited. The asthma made her all the more endearing. What made you decide to give her asthma?
 
I'm glad you saw Debbie as vulnerable yet capable. She has her weaknesses due to an arrested emotional development, in that she had her daughter at such a young age, felt guilty, and tried to always be the "good girl" afterward. I used asthma to show that she is easily stressed and when her condition is weakened she can easily get asthma or a panic attack. I suffered with mild allergic asthma when I first moved to the U.S. and it was frightening.
 
Question 3: Your hero, Jack Davis, is a DEA agent who has just lost his partner. Your portrayal of him in the book seems very realistic. He arcs into a much more settled man and less of a loner, also in a very realistic manner. Do you know someone like this or did you create him from nothing?
 
I created Jack from what I thought it might be like to live a life like he does. To assume an identity and to go undercover, to live life without commitment because he feels it's better not having to be responsible for a loved one, to be a loner and self-sufficient, and yet to have that capacity to love although it's suppressed, and of course that meant for me that I could give him that happiness he deserved.
 
Question 4: I’ve spent some time in the desert in the southwest and the west and the town of Almagro with all of its quirky characters could be one of many towns I’ve actually visited. Did you model it after a specific town?
 
I interviewed a deputy at the small La Quinta PD. I found it interesting that the deputies are contracted out of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. My deputy wanted me to make the town La Quinta, but I explained about karma. ; ) In my mind the town is south east of La Quinta where there are many citrus farms, date plantations and other farming and that makes for a nice contrast to the wealthy, golf- loving, second-home owners in the city proper.
 
Question 5: Janet Evanovich says that when she writes she starts with a crime. Your Desert Heat series definitely has crime. Kate George says that she starts with a character. Your books have great characters. Where do you start? Plot? Character? Or somewhere else?
 
I really think character is plot. The story grows out of how the ordinary character, when thrown into extraordinary circumstances, deals with the situation. The plot thickens due to the decisions the character makes, and the trouble she gets into from her choices. But I'm also a very visual person and often times it's a location/setting that speaks to me first. Then I pop in a character and what I think might be an interesting journey, do a lot of daydreaming until I know where I want my story to begin and end, and then I start typing. The story always evolves out of character, and often I'm totally surprised.
 
Robena was born in Australia but now resides in California. She has two adult children, loves reading, travel, working out, and has three vices: dark chocolate, strong coffee, and red wine. And that's why she has to keep her gym membership current. She may be contacted at www.robenagrant.com where she blogs on a slice of life on most Mondays, or at FB, Twitter, and   Google +. 
 
Unlock the Truth - good. The Blue Dolphin - even better. Imagine how good Desert Exposure is going to be. (Hint - it was nominated for the RWA Golden Heart award in 2012).
 
Unlock the Truth and The Blue Dolphin are available now until May exclusively through amazon for kindle only. They will come out in other forms in May. Publication date for Desert Exposure is to be announced.
 
You walk in the room. You keep your clothes on. You lie down in a water massage bed where jets of water send pressure through your body. All around you the walls are screens for a film of dophins and their sounds. You are surrounded by dolphins as you are being massaged.
 
I love the idea. What about you?

36 comments:

  1. Thanks for putting me in the spotlight, Judy. : )

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    1. You are so very welcome. Loved the books. Can't wait for Desert Exposure!

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  2. Yipee Robena and Judy! Well done. Also, holy crap do I adore dolphins...... massage, not so much. But THIS, hmmmmm. I'll just need to read the book(s).

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    1. You will, Julie. : ) And you'd be amused by my hero's thoughts on massage.

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  3. I enjoyed this interview, and now I want a massage. The book sounds great, Robena!

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    1. Thanks, Liz. Judy did a great job with those questions, didn't she?

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  4. Great interview, Robena. I enjoyed learning behind the scene reasons as to why you made your choices for the story!

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Charlene. I love your stories BTW. : )

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  5. Just popping in to say, like Judy, I enjoyed Unlock the Truth, and now I definitely look forward to reading Blue Dolphin. I own it, so no need to put my name in the drawing.

    I did notice Debbie Williams mentioned in UTT, and wondered if she'd get her own book. :)

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    1. Yes, Lynne. Debbie gets her story told in book #2 and Rachel gets hers in book #3.

      Thanks for your comments. I know you're on deadline with your own fabulous stories. : )

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  6. Interesting to read all the details of how you developed the setting and other plot elements - really a fun interview!

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    1. Thanks Veronica. I really had fun with this book. And i loved that the real life spa owner got her own HEA. ; )

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  7. This book sounds really interesting. Love the idea of The Blue Dolphin method and the asthma. Well done Robena!


    Kim Hornsby
    Necessary Detour

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    1. Thanks so much, Kim. I liked tying a gal with a healing spa to having health/stress issues of her own. : )

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  8. Great interview and has me interested in reading the books. Is it better to read them in sequence or not? Have a great day, ladies. :):)

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    1. Christine, thanks for your comment. They are stand alone books but linked by a fictional town and a local cop. I think of it as one town, three friends, three stories. It's most likely best to read Unlock the Truth first as it sets the town in more detail.

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  9. Great interview ladies!

    Part of the fun, for me, of reading UNLOCK THE TRUTH was getting to know Almagro. I can't wait to revisit in THE BLUE DOLPHIN, (which is on my Kindle so no need to put me in the drawing). The heroine, Debbie, already fascinates me. Something about a person with a healing nature who needs a little TLC herself now and then, and a big, strong guy who can't seem to stop himself from providing it...that works for me!

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    1. Yeah...and Jack knows how to deliver. ; ) Thanks for stopping by, Sam, and for reading my books.

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  10. Enjoyed reading about the characters and plot development. Looking forward to sinking into their world!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa, and thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the stories. : )

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  11. I'm glad everyone is enjoying the interview. The questions are just questions I had while reading it.

    I loved both books. I think y'all will, too.

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    1. They're really good questions, Judy. I loved them.

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  12. Wonderful questions - and answers. Robena's a wonderful writer.

    I could sure use a Blue Dolphin massage right now!

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    1. Me too, Bev. : ) Thanks for your kind words.

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  13. Oh man, does that massage sound heavenly! Great interview! Congrats on the whole series, Robena! I've got both books so no need to add me to the drawing.

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  14. My back is acting up today, so yeah,massage. Mmmmmmm. Thanks, for the congrats! Dee J. I thought about you this weekend when Danica was in the news because I always think of her as one of your characters. : )

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    1. Ha! How much do I love to hear that! LOL. I wrote Trace before Danica came on the scene, but they could be the same person. Funny how life imitated art.

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    2. Oh, and sorry to hear about your back. Bummer. :(

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    3. Three visits from Dee J!! If you hadn't already bought the book I'd say you were the winner based on number of visits. Ha ha.

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  15. Great interview! It must have been fun interviewing a small town sheriff. The Blue Dolphin sounds exciting.

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    1. Thanks for coming by J.L. It was fun and the second time I've done that, the other was for a different story, and an Aussie cop with a sense of humor. ; )

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  16. A massage while being surrounded by dolphin images and sounds is my idea of paradise. If Debbie's spa was close by for me she'd be a rich woman. Just the title The Blue Dolphin sounds so relaxing :) Great interview, Robena, and congrats on your new books :D

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    1. Thanks, Gina. After a week of intense writing I think I should go do that. : )

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  17. Great interview, I liked your questions! And I love Robena and her blog writing, so I will be reading this at some point fo shizzle.

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  18. Gina - Yeah I want a dolphin massage, too.
    LM - You'll like Robena's books, fo shizzle.

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