Seriously? It's the middle of September already? How does that happen? Just the other day it was summer. But really, I don't mind. Fall is my favorite time of year. We just had a wonderful time with family for my nieces wedding and then around the campfire with both old and new friends in the Poconos. Speaking of old and new, my guest is an old friend but she has a new book! So we're going to jump right in. Hi Amber! Welcome back. While I stoke this fire and get us a drink why don't you tell everyone a little about yourself?
I’m a mother to kitties, a wifey to my own personal chef, a reader who doesn’t have enough time to read, and a woman who hates waking up early but always seems to get up at 6 a.m. anyway. What’s up with that?
I get it. When I retired I figured I could sleep in to my hearts content. Nope, when the sun is up so am I. What interests besides writing do you enjoy? For instance, what do you read or hobbies you have?
Outside of writing, I love hiking in the woods behind my house, digging in my herb garden and picking wild blackberries at harvest time, and playing with my cats. I have two furbabies right now—Darby and Pepper—and both of them are now ten years old.
Baby, my cat, is seventeen and she's an outstanding traveling and camping cat who greets yours with a hale and hearty "Meow." Other than you puddy-tats(looney Toons reference) who is your network or support system? This would be any groups/authors/friends/family who contributes to your writing career.
My husband, Greg, is very supportive and always reads my work. I belong to a couple of writing/marketing groups on Facebook, MeWe, and IO Groups. Marketing for Romance Writers is one of the most helpful of these groups, and it’s where authors go to ask for help and bounce ideas off one another.
Who or what books or authors are your inspiration?
I don’t really have any books or authors who inspire me. I read as often as I can, and while I do have reading preferences, I tend to stick to the romance genre and most of its sub-genres.
Other than being a great author, do you have any fun or outrageous talent?
I love creating digital graphics like book teasers and book covers for myself and clients. I opened the doors to my new design company, Satin Rose Designs, in early 2022, and I have several premade ebook romance book covers available for sale. Paperback and audiobook covers can also be ordered. You can learn more here: https://satinrosedesigns.amberdaulton.com
I also like scrapbooking and making jewelry, in particularly beaded bracelets and earrings. I would love to learn how to make candles and soap, but I haven’t tried yet.
I've seen some of your graphic work and it's awesome. I also make earring. Do you have a particular object, like a piece of jewelry or a keepsake of some sort? Can you tell us what makes it special to you?
I have a light-brown, scruffy teddy bear named Scruffus. I got him when I was a little too old to be playing with teddies (I think I was around 12), but he was so adorable that I couldn’t not have him. At the time, I was doing a lot of research into Ancient Roman culture and history, so I named him Scruffus because most Roman male names ended with “us,” such as Brutus, Flavius, and Julius. I guess I was trying to be both mature and still a kid at the same time. (Amber shared a pic w us. Make sure you go to the end.)
My brother still has a stuffed animal from his youth. Fluffy has been all around the USA including Alaska. If you could eat anything in the world right now, what would it be?
Nacho-flavored chips. The price has skyrocketed in the store, even for the off-brands, so I haven’t had it in about two years. I know, I should probably break and buy a bag already, but it’s the principle of the thing.
I get that. Everything is so expensive. What's your worst household chore?
Sweeping the whole house. Sometimes it takes me an hour to do this if several weeks have passed since the last time I cleaned (dang you, writing!), and because I don’t have a vacuum.
I recently bought myself a Shark vacuum. It's the first new vacuum I ever owned. When and if you do get one check them out. Relatively, it wasn't as expensive as some of them. Would you rather have unlimited international first-class tickets or never have to pay for food at restaurants?
That’s a tough one. I’m a vegetarian, so my eating-out options are already limited, but going on vacation enough times to warrant having free plane tickets isn’t in the cards either. So I’d have to go with free food for life and be picky where I eat.
Did you ever win something? What?
Back in college, there was a raffle at every spring fling where DVDs and restaurant gift cards were the prizes. I won a few of them, but the only two that come to mind are Dracula, starring Gary Oldman, and a $10 card to Burger King (this was before my hubby and I turned vegetarian). I’ve also won between $20 and $50 in Bingo a few times.
I just bought a wooden checker and checkers at a flea market. Do you play board games? What games do you like?
I love chess, canasta, Scrabble, and Clue. For those who don’t know, canasta is a card game that’s similar to rummy and was super popular back in the 1950s and ’60s, especially with housewives in the southwestern US. It’s spread all over since then, and I grew up playing it with my mom. I’ve taught my husband how to play, and it’s one of our go-to games when we want something that will take a long time to play through.
My son spent some time in Tennessee and taught me how to play. I loved it, but it's been a while. Next time you come to the fire you'll have to remind me. Amber thank you so much for stopping in. Will you leave a bit about your new release? Also if someone wants to find out more about you where do they go?
Ryan’s Temptation Arresting Onyx (book 2.5)
August 9th, 2022
Heat Rating: 4 Flames
Wrong place, wrong time. Now she’s running for her life.
Beautician Chanel Leroc can wield a pair of scissors like nobody’s business. After she witnesses a murder and lands on a serial killer’s hit list, she has to figure out how to protect herself—and fast. The killer tracks her down, but her sexy new neighbor, Dr. Ryan Naylor, drives the brute off.
The police dump the pair in a witness protection program, which doesn’t last long. Either the killer has a connection to the police, or he’s far more intelligent than they realize. All Chanel wants to do is get back to her safe life and get to know her neighbor better. Instead, she and Ryan hit the road and try to survive on their own.
How will they stay alive and keep their blooming romance intact with the killer hot on their trail?
After Chanel witnesses a murder, she and her sexy neighbor flee the city with the killer in hot pursuit.
A peek between the covers.
She blew a lock of her hair away from her face. “If your mom shows up, I’m screwed. I have no makeup, and the clothes I wore yesterday need a date with the washing machine. First impressions are everything with a man’s mother. Do you know you’re the first guy to see me barefaced since Jonas?”
Who was Jonas? He clamped his jaw on the question. “Mom will understand. She likes stubborn women who refuse to take my bull. Besides, you look great without all that junk on your face.” He stiffened as she lifted her manicured eyebrow. “But I’m not opposed to it either. Do what makes you feel comfortable.”
She chuckled softly. “Good save.”
He blew out a pent-up sigh. Whew! No doghouse for him. “Who’s Jonas?” Okay, so he asked. At least he didn’t growl it.
“My ex-boyfriend.” She traced the line of Ryan’s whiskered jaw. “We were living together and contemplating marriage when he got a great job offer out-of-state. I didn’t want to move, so he left and took our Corgi with him. I miss Rocky like crazy. Hell, I miss the dog more than I do Jonas.” She fluffed Ryan’s shirt. “I loved him, but it wasn’t that awe-inspiring, ballad-type romance I read about in my books. Anyway, I couldn’t afford the rent on our house, so I moved. I made the right decision to not leave Denver, but I wouldn’t be in this mess if I had.”
They also wouldn’t have met. His gut fisted. “How long were you with him?”
“About three years.”
He tunneled his hand through his mussed hair. “You’re just coming out of a long-term relationship. We should slow down.”
“How long have you been divorced?”
“Two years, but my marriage was over long before that.”
“I’m over Jonas, so I don’t need to take baby steps.” She rested her hands on his chest.
“Okay. If you’re sure?”
She claimed his lips, the passion in her kiss silencing his doubts.
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A little more about the Author
Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through Daulton Publishing, The Wild Rose Press, and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.
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9/14/2022 11:50:04 am
Oh Wow, Amber, I didn't know you did book covers and teasers, etc!
9/15/2022 04:13:04 pm
9/14/2022 12:17:36 pm
Interesting interview! Your book sounds very good.
9/15/2022 04:13:38 pm
Thank you so much, Ilona. I'm happy you stopped by.
9/14/2022 12:43:19 pm
Oh my gosh, I haven't played Canasta in years! Grew up playing in with my mom! Loads of luck with your new graphics business! With that and writing, no wonder you have little time for extra reading--or traveling! All the best.
9/15/2022 04:18:10 pm
9/14/2022 06:20:52 pm
Love the interview and can relate on many levels! I'm also a reader who has almost no time to read and I treasure my time digging in my garden, surrounding by green, herbal scents.
9/15/2022 04:19:51 pm
Thank you so much for visiting, Anastasia. I love smelling the herbs when I dig around in my garden too. It's so relaxing.
9/15/2022 04:20:28 pm
Thank you so much for the great feature, Donna!
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