Monday, March 25, 2013

Covet Release with Terri Ponce

Good Morning Fans! Today we are celebrating the release of Covet, by Terri Ponce. 

Covet Release Date: Today!

Blurb for Covet:
Covet is the story of threatening secrets, risky espionage, and one man’s discovery that instinct can be more powerful than reason.

All professional soldier David Bellotti has to do is steal a wallet from drug lord Zev Sahin. A simple operation to snag the key card to Sahin’s compound and hand the card over to the woman who hired him. But when David finds a photo inside the wallet of his lover, Lottie, kissing another man, he discovers his life isn’t what it seems and that the people in it are keeping dangerous information from him.

Ex-lover, Monica, is carrying the biggest secret of all. Determined to get David back into her life, her secret will become her strongest weapon against him. But protecting his love for Lottie won’t be easy for David. As images of Lottie’s murder start surfacing, David realizes he’s reliving ancient memories from over ten thousand years ago—from a life that’s linked to Lottie and Monica now, and that will once again end in Lottie’s death if he can’t find a way to stop it.

What others are saying about Covet:
"Covet is a creative story of past lives, past loves, and past dangers that will keep you reading until the very end. More twists than a braided rug."

"The eternal alpha male meets his match again (and again) in Terri Herman-Ponce's smart, suspenseful story of love across the ages. A must-read saga that'll keep you enthralled until the last page."
Holley Trent, author of MY NORA

"Amazing story of suspense, mystery and past life regression."
The Reading Café

"So many turns in the story that I did not expect. Kept me reading until I finished. There is definitely going to be another book and I can't wait!"

All about Terri:

Terri Herman–Poncé looks for any opportunity to make stuff up. Born on Long Island, New York, she thinks anything that can’t so easily be explained is worth an extra look and often makes a great story. She loves red wine, sunrises, Ancient Egypt, and the New York Yankees. The youngest of five children, Terri lives with her husband and son on Long Island. In her next life, if she hasn’t moved on to somewhere else, Terri wants to be an astronomer. She’s fascinated with the night skies almost as much as she’s fascinated with Ancient Egypt.

Terri is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Believe it or not, I discovered my love of writing about 16 years ago when I got heavy into Star Trek: TNG fanfic. I kid you not! Growing up, I hated writing. Loathed it, in fact. Now I can’t seem to stop, and it’s all I think about.

How long did it take you to write your book?

Hmm. Depends on which book you want to know about. My first release, In This Life, took 7 or 8 years to write. It went through edit after edit and change after change, until my best friend finally said to me, “write it from the heart this time.” That was the version that ended up finding a publisher last year. Covet, my second book that’s now published, took about ten months to write. But I think that was because I wrote it from my male protagonist’s point of view. See, I’m in lust with David Bellotti and always have been, and I think I’m going to stick with his stories for a while.

What genre is your book? What made you choose to write in that category?

I write paranormal suspense with romantic elements. I love writing about couples, in this case about David and Lottie, whose relationship is tested by things we don’t understand, like past lives. You ever meet someone and feel like you've met him or her before even though you haven’t? That’s the angle I play up for my characters – only in their case they have met certain people before and these people are all after something. And not always good.

What was your work schedule like when you were writing?

Crazy. Hectic. Insane. I have a day job and I commute about 4 ½ hours every day round trip. Yep, I love my work. So, I find time to write on the train ride to and from New York City. I put in the ear buds and listen to my story playlist and let my creative side take me where it wants to go.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Quirk? I have a quirk?

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I watch people. I listen to conversations. I zoom in on sounds and smells and emotions. In other words, I eavesdrop on pretty much everything going on around me. Nothing is safe!

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I can answer that question one of two ways:
How many books have I written that haven’t been published? More than I care to admit. And many are godawful.
How many books have I written that have been published? Two.
My favorite? Covet, which released this week. Yep. I adore David Bellotti and his story and let me tell you, I had the best time writing him!

Are you currently working on another book? If so, is it part of a series or something different?

Yes, I am! And depending on the day, that book will have a different title. It’s part of my Past Life Series and follows In This Life and Covet. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s not just about the paranormal. It’s got suspense and mystery and intrigue … and sexy stuff, too.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

In the winter, I like to sit in front of a fire and drink a really nice red wine.
In the summer, I like to sit by the pool and drink Belgian beer.
And nothing else.

What does your family think of your writing?

My husband and son are very supportive. It took a while for them to realize this isn't a hobby, though. But now it’s a gas when they ask me when my next book is coming out. Even more than that, I love when they help me with story lines and a guy’s point of view. Yeah. I’m the only female in the house. May the gods help me.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned about yourself in creating your books?

That I had stamina to stick with something so demanding and time-consuming. And that I had a really good memory for details. I mean like teeny, weeny details. Which sometimes make makes my husband nuts.

Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Write. Then write more. Then write more and more and more so you can learn and become a better storyteller. Because that’s what makes the difference in the end. Many can write. Few can tell stories.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I hear from readers and writers, and the one thing that I never get tired of is when they say how much they loved my characters, or that they thought my book was amazing and want to know when the next one is coming out. This is what keeps me going.

What do you think makes a good story?

In many ways, I think that’s indefinable. However, I will say this. The difference between a good story and a great one is that a great one will grab you and pull you in and never let go of you until The End. A great one tells a story. A good one is just writing on a page.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I always had images of being a singer. Not that I sing great, mind you. I just liked the idea of being on stage. Now that reality has set in, my only stage is behind the wheel, driving the car. That’s where I do most of my singing.

Are you self-published or do you have a publisher? If self-published, what made you decide to go that route?

I’m published through CrimsonRomance. And I have to say that I never thought I’d be published with a romance publisher. I’m not a romance writer. I’m more a paranormal suspense writer with romantic elements. I don’t give my hero and heroine an easy time of it even though the story ends as a happily ever after or a happily for now. But Crimson has been incredible in supporting my work, and truly understands the author who writes outside of the box.

Oh, I love this part. I get to share where you can find me.

Twitter: @TerriPonce

You can access my Amazon Author page by clicking this link.
You can find my books on Amazon by clicking here.
And, you can find my books at any other etailer out there. How cool is that?


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  1. Thanks for having me here, Nicole. So thrilled to show off Covet and an opportunity to give away a copy to a winner. I truly enjoyed the interview!

  2. Terri! You really MUST love your job to commute 4 1/2 hours roundtrip. I'm impressed with your devotion. :) Good luck with your release. It sounds great!

    1. Thanks, Elley! Yep, the commute takes a lot out of my day but, believe it or not, that's when I get my writing done. Otherwise, forget it. Thanks for coming by. I truly appreciate it.

  3. I was thinking the same thing, but, ear buds in and writing, maybe a bit of an escape as well? You time with no interruptions.

    Story sounds very edge of your seat!

    Great interview.


    1. Thanks, Bobbie. And you got it right. Ear buds and drowning out the world as best I can. Music really takes me away for my writing. I'm still not sure how I did it years ago on my commutes, before we had smart phones and ipods and all that.

  4. Terri shared the opening scene of COVET with me at one point and I can't wait to read the whole thing. I love danger, and espionage, and twists, so it sounds fabulous! Do you write when you get home from work, too, and on weekends?

    1. Mary, I write only on the train. Maybe a little on the weekends. Weekends are devoted to the marketing stuff every writer hates but has to do. Thank you for your feedback on my opening pages, too. I hope everyone thinks the rest of the book delivers as well!

  5. Great interview, Terri! Happy release day! I got my writing start in X-Files fan fiction. Talking to some other writer friends, I found it's really common. Weird, huh? I wish you many, many sales :)

    1. Katie, I remember the X-Files fanfic days, too. I didn't write any but I knew a number of writers who did. I remember discovering fanfic and being impressed with the sheer volume of it. Like a whole sub-culture I never knew about.

  6. Covet is simply incredible. I enjoyed reviewing it. High praise earned. On a more personal note, I thought I had it bad with a two hour daily commute. Yikes. At least you don't have to drive yourself.

    I love that you mentioned observing people, noting details, and listening in. That's so important.

    We have one thing more in common Terri. Did you know that I'm the lone female in my house too? My sons and husband have been very supportive too. I ask them all kinds of guy related questions.

    I can't recommend Covet enough. Loved it.

    1. Well, Tara, you gotta admit that having men around the house does come in useful sometimes when you're a female writing a male pov. Perspective helps, even when they roll their eyes at you when you pepper them with questions. I can't imagine only a 2 hour commute but have to admit that, yes, not having to drive to and from work makes a heap of difference. Can't imagine doing it otherwise. And thank you for the feedback on Covet! So happy you loved!

  7. I'm looking forward to reading your series, Terri. Reincarnation has always fascinated me. May you have many sales!

    1. Thank you, Deborah, for the good wishes and for stopping by. I appreciate the nice words. :)

  8. Great interview Terri and this sounds like an interesting series. I'm intrigued by past lives. I loved that movie Dead Again with Emma Thompson where it goes back and forth between present day and the 1940s. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it! Congrats on your new release and good luck!

    1. Eliza, I haven't seen that movie but it sounds like a must-see for me. I appreciate your wonderful words and your coming by to see me here.

  9. Great interview, Terri, and congrats on the release! I'm looking forward to reading this one... past lives have ALWAYS fascinated me!

    I cut my teeth on fanfiction too, though mine was with a certain boy wizard. I wrote 40 odd short stories (maybe 2k words each?), completed five novella/novel length ones, and had several unfinished ones too. Really helped with finetuning... my earlier stuff was AWFUL!!

    1. Amber, now which boy wizard would that be? I'm not familiar with any. ;-)

      I think there's so much that can be done with past lives in books...the ideas are limitless, and that's why I love writing about it. If you read Covet, I hope you enjoy. Out of all the books I've written, it's a favorite of mine.

  10. Congratulations, Terri! Here's wishing you many sales.
    -R.T. Wolfe

  11. Terri, Really like your contrast between a good and great story. So true. I remember your book from New Beginnings. I thought it had promise. Congratulations on getting it published so quickly. Would love to read the whole thing.

    1. I think it's true, Georgia, about good books and great books. And the authors who write great books make it look so easy when it isn't! Thanks for your support and your kind words.

  12. I want to thank Terri for stopping by! It was a blast! Hope to see you again soon