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Welcome Dee Tenorio to the Explosive Contest!
Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Author Dee Tenorio is here with us today at the Explosive contest, talking about writing and giving away a copy of SHAKEN to one lucky commenter tomorrow morning. I heard about Dee from Lea of the Closetreader blog, who raved about SHAKEN and Dee’s writing. So be sure to check her out!

Fresh from a meeting with a divorce attorney, Grant and Julia Sullivan find themselves trapped in an elevator after an earthquake. Unable to escape either their hurts or their desire, can they learn their way back to each other before they reach the bottom floor?

Dee’s InterviewBK: Welcome Dee!

You’ve been writing for quite a few years, correct? Have you always been a writer? If not, what got you into writing?

DT: Hi Beth! I’m so glad to be visiting!

Now, Mom always told me to never admit numbers—which is handy since I can’t really count that well, lol—but when it comes to writing, I can honestly say, I’ve been at it for as long as I could hold a pencil. I’ve been published since 2005, but sadly, it took a LOT of years of writing some really bad stories before I learned how to not make editors (so) crazy.

If anyone or anything got me into writing, it was my Mom. She always read to or with me and we both just love a god story.

BK: How are you like your books?

DT: LOL, that’s easy. You know the somewhat sarcastic, side of your mouth comments the characters tend to make? That’d be me. All the time. I can’t help it, I tried therapy but the therapist kept giggling, so, there went that. 🙂

BK: What’s the best thing about being an author? The worst?

DT: Oh, the absolute best thing ever is a fan letter. I mean, there’s times when you go like weeks with your hair in a clean but not well-brushed ponytail, talking to yourself, wearing your loosest sweats, subsisting on potato chips while you race to your deadline… It can be hard to feel cool or talented or…you know, anything but disgraceful, and then you get a fan letter and someone tells you that your story touched them. Suddenly, you’re a rock star. Or at the least, you feel pretty damn awesome and a whole day’s disappointments just disappear.

The worst…well, part of me says bad reviews, but sometimes the worst part is doing the PR planning. You want people to see the book and buy the book, but organizing it and getting yourself out there is daunting and scary and…well, some of us are just no good at being interesting, LOL! PR, definitely the hard part.

Well, second to writing the books, lol. 🙂

BK: Tell us about your upcoming projects.

DT: Well, right now, I’m hard at work writing the next book in my Resurrection series, the paranormal shifter series I’ve got with Carina Press…and then I’m going to be working on my next erotic project. I’m also putting together projects for my Samhain series, Rancho del Cielo, hopefully for sometime next year and into 2012.

What I have out currently is a short novella called “Shaken”. It’s probably one of my most challenging stories ever and considering the themes I’ve covered in my backlist, that’s saying a lot. It’s about one couple’s road back to each other after the loss of their daughter in a tragic car accident. Trapped in an elevator after an earthquake, there’s no where left to run and no where else to hide from the pain. For the hero, Grant, it’s his last chance to prove to his wife that they can still build their life together and he’s pulling out every stop he can to do it.

I’d love to hear from all of you about whether you enjoy reading a book that puts you through the wringer emotionally, if you know there’s respite on the other side. I’ve got a free e-copy of “Shaken” up for random drawing to all commenters. 🙂

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23 comments to “Welcome Dee Tenorio to the Explosive Contest!”

  1. Danielle D
      · November 18th, 2010 at 8:56 am · Link

    Hi Dee!

    I have some of your ebooks and I really enjoyed them.

    Great interview.

  2. Valerie
      · November 18th, 2010 at 9:46 am · Link


    I enjoyed the interview. I could imagine after getting that first book published the second must be quite daunting.

    And I love an emotional read…I want to feel what the characters are feeling. Those reads are my keepers.

    in Germany

  3. Dee Tenorio
      · November 18th, 2010 at 9:49 am · Link

    Thanks Danielle! And thanks for reading, I’m so glad you liked them! 🙂


  4. Dee Tenorio
      · November 18th, 2010 at 9:56 am · Link

    Hi Valerie!

    LOL, oh, the second book is scary, without a doubt. And the third and fourth. You don’t really feel like you know what you’re doing until around book 6. Then book 7 comes along and kicks your butt, lol. I figure life just likes to keep us on our toes, right?


  5. Mary G
      · November 18th, 2010 at 10:16 am · Link

    Hi Beth & Dee
    Dee I LOVE your writing. Loved the Midnight Series and All Or Nothing. I won a book at Samhain & chose Love Me Tomorrow. Can’t wait to start that series.

    Don’t enter me. I already bought & read Shaken. It was wonderful. Powerful for a shorter story. The only other time I read a short that had such impact was Beth’s Holiday Bound. I think there’s just something about being stuck somewhere with someone until things are resolved.

    The whole world could be fixed like that LOL.

  6. Dee Tenorio
      · November 18th, 2010 at 10:31 am · Link

    Oh, thanks so much, Mary! And I’m so glad you liked it. I get what you mean about solving most problems by forcing folks to talk to each other. I think it could help a lot…as long as there’s no sharp sticks, lol.


  7. becky jean
      · November 18th, 2010 at 11:11 am · Link

    this tory sounds very intriguing!

  8. Fedora
      · November 18th, 2010 at 12:14 pm · Link

    Hi, Dee!! I do like reading books that sometimes put you through the wringer, but I have to know that there’s an HEA in the offing. I’m less into angst for its own sake. And I think that life does put us through the wringer sometimes, so it’s OK when the stories I read reflect that. I DO read for a shot of hopefulness and escape though, so I want what I read to fulfill that promise at the end.

    Dee, I love your writing–you know how to tell an emotionally honest and terrific story!

  9. Wendy
      · November 18th, 2010 at 12:26 pm · Link

    Hi Dee,
    I loooooooove to read a book that puts me through and emotional wringer. To me thats one hell of a writer. After reading one of those books I cant read another book for a couple days. Its like my emotional side needs to digest and recover what it just went through.
    As a reviewer…emotional wringer stories tend to get 5’s because they make me really…well emotional.
    Now as far as the worst thing about being an author…dont let those bad reviews get you down…we cant please everybody and I would tell you read it once and see if you can gather any good from it and move on! Some reviewers though dont know how to write a decent review about a book they didnt like. I always try to find good points about every book! Good luck on your future sales!@!!!!! 😀

  10. Kelly Mueller
      · November 18th, 2010 at 12:33 pm · Link

    Hi Dee!!!
    I would love a chance to read your book… I love to find new authors and you are new to me…
    love the interview too!!!

    Thank you for a chance to win…


  11. Chele Blades
      · November 18th, 2010 at 3:05 pm · Link


    I had put Shaken on my wishlist from MBM acct…I read the excerpt and really can not wait to read the story

    I enjoyed the interview


  12. Anne
      · November 18th, 2010 at 3:11 pm · Link

    No, I do not like to read stories that are real weepers, a little turmoil I can deal with. I don’t like to read anything that’s too graphic about former child abuse in the character’s life either. I read to escape reality.

  13. Stephanie
      · November 18th, 2010 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Can’t say I’m really into stories that put me thru the wringer too much. I like to read to escape the drama of my life. So their blurbs have to really catch my attention to have me buy.

  14. Jennifer D.
      · November 18th, 2010 at 4:25 pm · Link


    I guess I have to answer with the “cop out” response – it depends. If I know going in that the book is going to pack an emotional punch and I’m prepared, I don’t mind being put through the wringer if there is a good payoff at the end. On the hand, if I’m looking to read a book to escape then I prefer the subject be a little lighter and will probably seek out a book with some humor or a historical romance.

  15. Estella
      · November 18th, 2010 at 5:07 pm · Link

    Emotional reads are my favorite kind!

  16. Tracey D
      · November 18th, 2010 at 5:15 pm · Link

    I’m a hot mess after reading emotional, heart-ripping books….but I keep reading them. Several years ago, I was reading a series.

    In book 2, the hero and heroine were separated at the end. I cried and cried and cried through the last 30+ pages into the night.

    Oh, did I mention I had book 3 sitting right next to me during this crying fest? I KNEW they would be getting back together, yet I cried like a baby. Go figure.

  17. SarahM
      · November 18th, 2010 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great book 🙂 Can’t wait to read it!

    smaccall @ comcast.net

  18. Lisa Freeman
      · November 18th, 2010 at 7:51 pm · Link

    Certain times of the month I love to read the really emotional ridden books. It seems like with premenopause it doesn’t take much to get my emotions in turmoil.

  19. Amelia
      · November 18th, 2010 at 8:34 pm · Link

    I will have to try your book. It sounds good!

  20. Sherry S.
      · November 18th, 2010 at 9:39 pm · Link

    I love books that put me through a emotional ringer as long as the ending is happy and the story wraps up good.

  21. Beth Kery
      · November 18th, 2010 at 9:41 pm · Link

    Dee and the other commenters, too.

    I found this really interesting. Thanks to Dee for asking the question.

    I always want a romance with emotional meat to it, but I appreciate hearing that sometimes, it’s just too much. I’m sure that’s the equivalent for me of putting on a Harry Poter movie when I had a day where I was taken through the ringer.

    At any rate, I’m going to sneak a Dee book. I think I’d love them.

  22. Dee Tenorio
      · November 18th, 2010 at 11:45 pm · Link

    Becky Jean—Thanks!

    Fedora—Thanks too! 🙂 I can honestly vow…I’m a guaranteed happily ever after. I’d never be able to sleep otherwise, lol.

    Wendy—aww, thanks! Actually, that’s why PR can be so much rougher. You need tough skin for this biz—you can’t please everyone all the time, try as we might—so bad reviews can really only make you sad for an hour or so. Besides, they make a great excuse for pastry!

    Kelly—I hope—even if you don’t win today—that you are able to take a peek at my work. I love being someone’s new-to-them author. 🙂

    Chele—Oh, thanks, I hope you’re able to read the story soon!

    Anne—I can totally understand that. There’s prolly a few of my book’s you’ll want to steer clear of—just a head’s up. Abuse is a theme I have covered several times as it’s very close to my heart. I’ve lost loved ones because of it, have seen them suffer and their children have to live with the scars. I try to present it as honestly as possible, but I also want to show that happy endings can be possible for abuse survivors, on the off chance that maybe one of them might come across one of my books and see something of themselves inside. If anyone deserves to know true, edifying and healthy love, it’s them. 😉

    Jennifer—lol, I’m pretty sure I have something for each of those moods. I even have a free historical read on my site (alas, due to my HUGE respect for the genre, I’ll never be writing another one, lol).

    Estella—then you’re my new best friend! LOL!

    Tracey D—oh, yes, I love those kinds of books—the wringer that feels like it changes your life…Books that aren’t just ON the keeper shelf…they are the shelf, lol.

    Sarah M—Thanks so much, hope you’re able to pick it up!

    Lisa—I’m like that at certain times of the month too, lol!

    Amelia—Oh, I hope you do. And that you enjoy!

    Sherry—Those are exactly the kinds I like to deliver, lol!

    Beth—Thanks so very much for having me and I loved reading all the answers everyone offered!

    Before I clear out for the night, lol, though, I will announce my own giveaway winner, chosen randomly by my hubby, lol. And he chose post #14! Miss Jennifer D! So, if you would, please email me at laideebug at gmail dot com and let me know which eformat you like best! 🙂

    Thanks everybody, I hope to see you again and that if you do pick up my books sometime soon, that the stories make you very, very happy!

    Much love,

  23. Beverly G aka SiNn
      · November 19th, 2010 at 12:03 am · Link

    Ilovebookstaht put you threw the emotional wringer the deeper the emotion the more i like it really gives character smore depth

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