Please welcome Misty Dietz to the virtual offices! Misty dropped by to chat about her recent release Come Hell or High Desire.
[Manga Maniac Café] Good morning, Misty! Thank you for joining us today.
[Misty Dietz] Thanks so much to Julie for hosting me today on MMC! Super excited to be here!
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Misty Dietz] Oh yikes. Empathetic, optimistic, cheerleader, peace-keeper, detail-oriented, yet non-linear. Wear my emotions on my sleeve.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Come Hell or High Desire?
[Misty Dietz] Come Hell or High Desire is, at heart, a story about redemption. In their dangerous quest to find a missing woman, the scarred hero and heroine learn to forgive themselves, move beyond the past, and believe they’re worthy of love, trust, and scorching desire.
Sloane projects a very different aura on the outside than she actually feels. She’s tormented by guilt, and while she’s managed to be successful at her career, she feels an inner desperation to atone that has her making decisions that aren’t always the best for her. She doesn’t let too many people dig beneath her put-together façade. Then she meets Zack…
Zack tells himself he doesn’t give a shit what people think, but it’s a lie. His crushing guilt makes his walls steep. But being a protector is hard-wired into his genes just as dominantly as his broad shoulders and sexy green eyes, so when the woman he can’t stop thinking about finds herself in the cross-hairs of a dangerous web of deceit, he doesn’t hesitate to put himself in the line of fire to save her.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Misty Dietz] COME HELL OR HIGH DESIRE was born when I learned about the extra sensory perception called psychometry, which is the ability to touch an object and know its back story. I’d never heard of that and was completely intrigued. It’s like the person “reading” the object gets echoes of the life force that last touched it. Fascinating right?
Inspiration also came from several other sources: the Red River which is one block from my house and the border line between North Dakota and Minnesota; my heroine’s boutique Skinny Dipping was fashioned after a local Fargo, ND, shop called O’Day Cache; and finally, I drew inspiration for Zack, my hero, from three men whom I love the most: my hubby (Zack’s calm and protective nature), my brother (Zack’s introspection and fearlessness), and my first love—my dad—who is a construction entrepreneur (Zack’s like-a-rock steadiness and down-in-the-trenches work ethic). Sloane was born complete and perfectly imperfect ready-made in my mind.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Sloane?
[Misty Dietz] Empathetic, unpretentious, sexy.
[Manga Maniac Café] If Zack had a theme song, what would it be?
[Misty Dietz] Lonely No More by Rob Thomas **swoon**
[Manga Maniac Café] Name one thing Sloane is never without.
[Misty Dietz] Her dragonfly cadet hat.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things will you never find in Zack’s bathroom?
[Misty Dietz] Hair gel, liquid soap of any kind, or a hand mirror.
[Manga Maniac Café] What is Sloane’s greatest regret?
[Misty Dietz] Not solving a crime before it took a deadly turn.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Misty Dietz] Being outside in nature, music, and reading other stories.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Misty Dietz] A big glass of water, a comfortable chair, and (in winter) my electric lap blanket.
[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Misty Dietz] Whisper No Lies by Cindy Gerard
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Misty Dietz] No clue. My mom says I practically came out of the womb reading. Some of the earliest pictures of me show me holding a blanket and a book.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Misty Dietz] Hang out with my hubby and kids, read, bake, kayak, paddleboard, shop, pop in on various social media sites.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Misty Dietz] I’m a total social media lover! I especially love Facebook http://facebook.com/mistydietzwriter and Twitter http://twitter.com/mistydietz but anyone can contact me via my website http://mistydietz.com as well.
Thanks again for having me! And I’d like to hear from you guys now… Which point of view do you like to read best? First person or third?
At the end of this second phase of my blog tour we’ll be drawing the name for the prize winner. When I contact the winner, I’ll explain the type of character he or she will be naming. Thank you so much for being here! xo, misty 😉
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
COME HELL OR HIGH DESIRE excerpt:
A quaver steamrolled through her nerves—excitement, wonder, and fear winding her up into a miasma of feeling. He backed up a step, his eyes a brand, scorching their way from her teeth worrying her lips, to the tips of her breasts, across the stubbornly rounded expanse of her stomach and curve of her hips to her sex, over the length of her legs, and back up again until his fevered eyes captured hers and turned her insides to magma.
“God, help me, Sloane. I need you. Every beautiful square inch of you.”
She could feel his need radiating off his body in waves that threatened to knock her to her knees. Her lips parted, but she couldn’t speak. Couldn’t move. The intensity of the feelings coursing through her rooted her to the soft rug beneath her feet. She shivered when he finally peeled the shirt over his head.
“What’s wrong, baby?” he whispered, frowning, not touching her but near enough that she could feel his body heat.
“Nothing. I…” She closed her eyes and rubbed her arms, trying to find her old, confident self. When she opened them, she was staring at the black panther tattooed across his chest. It was so alive, seeming to move with every breath he took. She reached up to touch it and felt his muscles twitch. Her heart throbbed. So much emotion.
“I need you, too.” Her words were barely audible. She didn’t move. Hesitating, he watched her for a few moments—enough time for her to realize he understood what was happening.
It was her first. A this is who and what I am when all the chips were down. A glimpse into her soul. An offering with no expectation of reciprocation. She quavered like a mouse before the lion, knowing she’d never be quite the same when Zack left her arms this time.
“A heroine to root for, a hero to die for, Misty Dietz has crafted a classic romantic suspense in the tradition of Kay Hooper. A winning debut!”
—Allison Brennan, New York Times Bestselling Author
“Dietz brings us a fresh, interesting plot and draws readers into the entertaining story right from the start.” —RT Book Reviews
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About the book:
Torn between dangerous desires…
Framed for a series of brutal murders, rebel-turned-CEO Zack Goldman must go to ground. When he discovers that sexy boutique owner Sloane Swift has a shocking gift—terrifying visions that connect her to his mentor’s missing daughter—he can’t believe her refusal to help him. Nor can he believe he’s actually falling for the frustrating woman.
Their chemistry will either find its perfect equation…
Helping an accused killer ranks low on Sloane’s to-do list, no matter how hot the attraction burns between them. But putting to rest her overwhelming guilt over the missing girl’s fate proves more difficult than she ever imagined…that is, until her heart and conscience begin to align.
…or detonate everything in its path.
As the real killer locks in on Sloane, Zack will stop at nothing to keep her safe. And as they earn each other’s trust—with danger in hot pursuit—they may just lose their hearts in the process…
About the author:
Misty’s love affair with words started in middle school when she penned dark stories set in exotic locales she knew nothing about. In college, her boy-angst spilled over into disturbing reams of poetry. After grad school, real life hit, and the writing went into hibernation until she found her own happily-ever-after with an ultra linear man who is the long-suffering counter-balance to her zig-zagging tendencies. Now, she spends her days writing emotionally complex, adrenaline-fueled stories, teaching Zumba, enjoying her family and friends, and praying her children don’t come home with math homework. You may contact Misty through her website, Facebook, or Twitter.