Guest Author & Giveaway: HelenKay Dimon author of Copy That

Posted August 7, 2012 by Shari in Book Tour, Excerpt / 19 Comments

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Today I am excited to turn the blog over to HelenKay Dimon!

Thank you for inviting me here today to talk about my newest release, COPY THAT, from Harlequin Intrigue.

One of the first questions I had to answer when I started writing my newest release, COPY THAT, went like this…how hard is it to blow up and house and can you do it without taking out the whole block?  I can’t even imagine what anyone peeking at my Google search strings might think.  If you’re worried that anything I just said is a spoiler, don’t panic.  The explosion happens within the first 20 pages of the book.

Not that the poor heroine, Meredith, has it easy up until then.  Nope.  She’s attacked by someone who breaks into her downstairs neighbor’s apartment and finds out her rescuer is not said neighbor, Garrett Hill, as she thought.  It’s Jeremy Hill, the twin brother she never knew existed.  And then the house blows up.

Honestly, it’s not easy being a heroine in a romantic suspense novel.  Even before the fireball (but after the attack), Meredith is a bit shaky:

May as well make this official.” He held out his hand. “Jeremy Hill.  Younger brother by thirty-four minutes.”

She slid her hand in his. “Meredith Samms.  Kindergarten teacher, upstairs neighbor and woman right on the edge of vomiting.”

“Please don’t. I’d rather you shoot me.” He could take a fire fight but dry heaving made him want to run away fast.

“Believe it or not, I’m trying not to be sick.”

Way he figured it, help was still two minutes away.  He’d decided to take her mind off the horror then get her down the steps and out without incident, but his time was up. They had to go.

“You teach your students those kicking moves?”

“I might now.”  She inhaled and let her breath out nice and slow as she stared at a fixed point across the street. “I like to think I’m pretty smart, but I’m totally confused about what’s going on here.”

“Understandable.”

“My hands won’t stop shaking.”  She turned her palms up.

He slid his hands under hers and felt her nerves jump around. When he realized his did too, and not from fear, he dropped his arms to his sides. “Adrenalin.  It will pass.”

“Will the urge to throw up?”

He sure as hell hoped so. “That takes a bit more practice.”

Things go downhill from there.  I know a few people shy away from romantic suspense because of the women-in-peril angle that’s sometimes there.  To me, it’s empowering.  There’s something about a woman taken out of her ordinary life and thrown into this extraordinary circumstance that appeals to me. I love when the heroine’s underlying strength (emotional more than physical) and will to survive surface.  Then there’s the part where the in-control hero needs this amazing heroine to help him save the day. It’s the ultimate case of needing each other to survive.

Meredith totally fits into this mold.  She’s a kindergarten teacher enjoying some time off during the summer. She’s thinking about going to the beach.  Instead, she deals with fires, car chases, attacks, shoot-outs and Jeremy.  She conquers them all…and how great is that?

HelenKay Dimon is offering one copy of Copy That, print or digital, to one winner.

Leave a comment to enter. Giveaway ends August 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM EDT.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
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Susan W.
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Susan W.

Meredith being a teacher can probably deal with anything. Or at least learn to! The excerpt made me want to know what happened. Thanks for the giveaway!

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HelenKay Dimon
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And this kindergarten teacher is tough! She takes on hottie dudes and screaming kids with equal talent 🙂

Maureen
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Maureen

It looks like an exciting story.

HelenKay Dimon
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Thank you!!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Oh man that is a LOT of different stuff going on. I wouldn’t know how to classify that exactly either. lol I’ve read a couple non-cons now and sometimes it can really work for me. Others not quite. Definitely takes the right touch from the author. Glad this one turned out pretty good!

Sophia Rose
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I was reeling in just the opening pages and had that surreal feeling that I was going where I hadn’t been before- it was great. I don’t think the non-con would have got me so bad, but I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t do my homework first so- shock! Might be for you, Anna, when you start wading through m/m romance.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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LOL yeah the not knowing can be a real shock if it shows up. I read a historical menage a bit back and had no indication it was pretty much all m/m instead of m/f which the cover made it seem. Was quite the shock when I got into it. Not a bad read at all but still had a whoa now what? kinda feel. lol

Sophia Rose
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Exactly, I was off-balance for the whole book, but I muddled through and had a good time anyhoo.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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LOL yeah the not knowing can be a real shock if it shows up. I read a historical menage a bit back and had no indication it was pretty much all m/m instead of m/f which the cover made it seem. Was quite the shock when I got into it. Not a bad read at all but still had a whoa now what? kinda feel. lol

Sophia Rose
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Exactly, I was off-balance for the whole book, but I muddled through and had a good time anyhoo.

Diane Sallans
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Diane Sallans

I really enjoy this kind of story – only problem is I can’t put them down & they keep me up reading too late sometimes!

HelenKay Dimon
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Me either! I love romantic suspense.

Lisa Garrett
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Lisa Garrett

Sounds wonderful. I would love to have an ecopy!

HelenKay Dimon
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Thank you! Good luck.

Patsy Hagen
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Patsy Hagen

Meridithsounds like the type of woman her school kids should grow up to be like! I want to read this. I would love to win a print copy.

HelenKay Dimon
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I agree. Great teachers are so important!

Cheryl S.
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Cheryl S.

I can’t wait to read this! I love HelenKay’s romantic suspenses.

HelenKay Dimon
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Oh, Cheryl – thank you!

Lisa Richards
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I cut my teeth on Harlequin Intrigue!

HelenKay Dimon
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I found them years ago while looking through the backlists of Tami Hoag and Tess Gerritsen. Love them!

Gale Nelson
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Gale Nelson

thank you for the giveaway I would love to win the print copy. Gale Nelson
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Joanne B
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Joanne B

Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the post and excerpt. Meredith probably has a lot of patience from teaching those kids.

Natasha
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Natasha

Sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Mary Preston
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Mary Preston

I would love to read COPY THAT thank you. It looks fabulous.

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bn100
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bn100

Congrats on the book! Nice excerpt.

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