Today we’d like to welcome author Kacey Hammell to the blog. With a love of contemporary settings, modern day romances and the happily ever after, as well as the excitement of suspense, Kacey creates stories in genres she’s familiar with and that she loves most. She also loves vampires who nibble the necks of the heroines, ghosts who can’t leave a loved one, shape-shifters who are sexier than hell and the thought of her very own werewolf or were-cat to tame makes her tremble! Locked in her office, at her computer, she lets her lusty and exciting characters lead her through their trials and tribulations, love and their adventures. Detectives, P.I.’s, musicians, club owners, sassy and headstrong women all come to life in her heart and on paper.
Her latest release from Decadent Publishing is Illusions, available now. After the interview there is a blurb and an excerpt for your enjoyment.
What genres do you write besides Romantic Suspense?
I’m working on a paranormal (witches, telepathy, clairvoyance)/ Ménage series. I have another Paranormal (Ghost) WIP. I have 2 other Contemporary Romances currently available and more in progress.
Do you write to music? If so what was the sound track to Illusions?
A lot of time, I do listen to music while writing. With Illusions, it was a mix of pop, easy listening tunes and a few Nickelback songs.
What is the most you have written in one day?
I wrote just over 21k in one day, on a WIP, which is now being considered with a publisher. It was a story that just grabbed hold of me and I needed to finish it before I could even go to bed. Normally I don’t write so much in one day but it just poured out of me. I was exhausted but thrilled.
What are you currently reading?
Celebrity in Death by JD Robb. One of my fave authors/series.
You have to jump out of a plane w/ a holey parachute or edit your 100K MS by hand, what. do. you. do?
Oh for sure, edit the 100k story. I mean, really, why the heck jump out of a perfectly good plan? *g*
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some yes. I think all authors project something from their lives or someone they are close to a little bit in their stories. I firmly believe that there has to be some personal touches to a story to make it more believable, intimate.
What are your current projects?
The ménage/paranormal series. As well as the sequel to Illusions (which is in edits with Decadent Publishing), the sequel to my self-pubbed title, and a few more contemporaries.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
There isn’t just one. I’ve a few authors that have been greatly supportive since I started writing again. Rosalie Stanton, Sara Brookes, Stacey Kennedy, Patricia Rasey, Sandra Sookoo, Jaci Burton. Their support has meant so much!
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Starting the story. Many times I’ll just start writing scenes, then put them in order, develop more of those scenes, then the beginning starts to take shape. Those couple of opening chapters is the worst to get started for me.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have many favourites, JD Robb/Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockman and Jaci Burton top the list. I never miss any of their releases and haven’t been disappointed in anything they’ve written. I think the connection between the characters, their likeability to a reader is just one of the many great things about these author’s stories. I remember every characters/relationship and the journey they have had. I can’t say that about all stories I’ve read by others.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That life is wonderful after a loss. As Isabella learned in Illusions, I connected with her because of it. Having lost a parent about a year after I’d originally wrote Illusions, going back to revise it/fill the storylines further, I really identified with her more this time around. It’s difficult to push through the pain/grief of losing a parent and there are still days that I struggle with it, and I think working with Isabella again really made me see her in a fuller/deeper light this time.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just keep writing. Always be prepared to learn, take criticism in stride and really be true to your voice and the story itself. Even after six stories written, I still learn from critique partners, authors and readers. If you’re open to learning consistently and understand that an editor is there for you through the process and not every reader will love your work, then just keep on writing. Just share the stories with readers and share in the joy of writing.
Coffee/Tea? Tea please.
Cake/Cookies? Cookies – mint Girl Guide hopefully.
Coke/Pepsi? Diet coke.
BDB/The Order? BDB for sure!
Cats/Dogs? Both – I have one of each. J
Fly/Drive? Drive – living in Canada, I dislike dealing with airport hassles. J
By Kacey Hammell
Romantic Suspense/Erotic Romance
Available at Decadent Publishing
Protection. Adventure. Love.
It’s all found within The Arms of the Law…
Detective Isabella Knowles, a tough-as-nails cop, lives by the law, and knows what she wants out of life. And it doesn’t include marriage or all that comes with it. Everything Isabella has ever known seems like an illusion when a new relationship makes her feel more alive than ever before. She isn’t happy about it and fights it every step of the way.
Burned by his fiancée years ago, seer and P.I., Brady Jacobs never wants another commitment in his life. But his bachelorhood and heart are threatened when he has one of his visions and see a killer striking too close to the woman he has recently come to love.
Danger lurks close to home and neither Brady nor Isabella like that they can’t control every situation…especially matters of the heart.
Feeling his hands on her, his mouth taking hers, Isabella shivered. His tongue played with hers. His hands palmed her ass cheeks, bringing her hot center into contact with his jean-clad cock. She’d go over the edge in seconds if he kept it up.
Breaking free of his kiss, she craned her neck back to accommodate his exploring mouth and grasped the shoulders of his jacket, relishing for a moment in the smell of leather and hot man. Pushing the jacket off his shoulders in a hurry, her body shook at the precipice of release.
“Brady,” she breathlessly moaned. “Off…want the clothes off now. Please.”
“Bella…Christ, okay…all right.”
He moved a mere half an inch, it seemed. His torso pressed her into the bathroom door as he shook his arms, freeing himself of his jacket, and letting it fall to the floor.
Helpless to keep her hands still, Isabella ran them over his glorious chest, his abs, and made quick work of the button fly hiding his erection from her.
Dipping his head, he caught her mouth with his again, making her moan and her heart quicken.
Hands clawed at hands and the waistband of his pants, as both tried to shed his jeans in a hurry. He took a breath and looked at her, dark gray eyes smoldered. The passion and desire in his gaze made her breath hitch.
He leaned down to pull his jeans off his legs and feet and placed a barrage of kisses against her stomach. Her muscles quivered and her pussy clenched tighter, letting her know she was too close to allow him play time.
“Brady….” His name on her lips died on a moan as he took her right nipple into his warm, moist mouth, drawing it in until it was a tight bead.
Pulling his face up to hers, she breathlessly mumbled between kisses. “No time for this. I’m ready. I can’t take more. Fuck foreplay.” He moaned against her mouth. He wanted this as much as she did. “Just fuck me.”