Sunday, July 05, 2009

DEADLY INTENT - Camy Tang - Free Book

Welcome, Camy, I'm thrilled to have you on my blog. Why do you write the kind of books you do?

I love reading romantic suspense, especially Love Inspired Suspense novels, which is why I’m thrilled to be releasing Deadly Intent with Steeple Hill. I don’t know what it says about me that I enjoy killing people in fiction. :)
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?

Probably the day my husband proposed to me. He took me to a lovely seafood restaurant with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean, and he proposed after dinner. I was completely surprised because I hadn’t expected him to propose for another couple years.

Sounds wonderfully romantic. How has being published changed your life?

I absolutely love my job. While I enjoyed being a biologist researcher, it was not as fulfilling as it is to write stories for a living. I am wonderfully satisfied and joyful each day about the work I do.
What are you reading right now?

Snow Melts in Spring by Deborah Vogts
What is your current work in progress?

I’m actually working on two things: the fourth book in my Sushi series, which I’ll be making available as a free ebook to my newsletter YahooGroup members in the fall, and my next book for Zondervan, which will be a humorous contemporary romance about a woman who does the Couch to 5K running program. The C25K is a training program where you go from a couch potato to running 3 miles in about 9 weeks. I just finished the C25K myself! Yay!
Wish I could try that, but I can't. What would be your dream vacation?

Touring England! I want to go to Ireland and Scotland and London and Bath.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Usually, ideas for settings come to me at weird times, like when I’m showering or in the middle of the night. Almost always when I don’t have a paper and pencil handy.

I've left the shower many a time and gone straight for a piece of paper and pen to write something down the Lord showed me. If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

I want Emeril to cook dinner for me. Bam! Good food and an entertaining guest all at once.

That sounds like a fun evening. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

Knitting! I love it! It helps me to de-stress and it also helps me think so that I can write.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Distraction. I think of all the things I need to do in the house rather than writing, like cleaning the toilet. Guilt is a terrible thing when your house is messy.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Read up on as many writing articles as you can before you finish that first book. I learned SO much from just reading about the writing craft online, and it gave me a leg up because I found out which writing books to get and the basics of crafting a genre novel.
Tell us about the featured book?

Deadly Intent is my first romantic suspense. Here’s the back cover blurb:
The Grant family’s exclusive Sonoma spa is a place for rest and relaxation—not murder! Then Naomi Grant finds her client Jessica Ortiz bleeding to death in her massage room, and everything falls apart. The salon’s reputation is at stake...and so is Naomi’s freedom when she discovers that she is one of the main suspects! Her only solace is found with the other suspect—Dr. Devon Knightley, the victim’s ex-husband. But Devon is hiding secrets of his own. When they come to light, where can Naomi turn...and whom can she trust?
Please give us the first page of the book.

Chapter One
The man who walked into Naomi's father's day spa was striking enough to start a female riot.
Dark eyes swept the room, which happened to be filled with the Sonoma spa's staff at that moment. She felt his gaze glance over her like a tingling breeze. Naomi recognized him instantly. Dr. Devon Knightley.
For a wild moment, she thought, He's come to see me. And her heart twirled in a riotous dance.
But only for a moment. Sure, they'd talked amiably— actually, more than amiably—at the last Zoe International fund-raising dinner, but after an entire evening sitting next to her, he hadn't asked for her phone number, hadn't asked for any contact information at all. Wasn't that a clear sign he wasn't interested?

She quashed the memory and stepped forward in her official capacity as the spa owner's daughter and acting manager. "Dr. Knightley. Welcome."

He clasped her hand with one tanned so brown that it seemed to bring the heat of the July sun into the airy, air-conditioned entranceway. "Miss Naomi Grant." His voice had more than a shot of surprise, as did his looks as he took in her pale blue linen top and capris, the same uniform as the gaggle of spa staff members gathered behind her. "It's been a few months since I've seen you."

He still held her hand. She loved the feel of his palm— cool and warm at the same time, strong the way a surgeon's should be.
No, she had to stop this. Devon and his family were hard-core atheists, and nothing good would come out of giving in to her attraction. "What brings you here?"
"I need to speak to Jessica Ortiz."
An involuntary spasm seized her throat. Of course. Glamorous client Jessica Ortiz or plain massage therapist Naomi Grant—no comparison, really.
But something in his tone didn't quite have the velvety sheen of a lover. He sounded almost… dangerous. And danger didn't belong in the spa.
I'm hooked. How can readers find you on the Internet?

My website is and I blog daily at I give away Christian fiction on my blog every week, and I also have a fantastic newsletter contest going on now for members of my newsletter YahooGroup. Join today:
Thanks for having me here, Lena!
It is totally my great blessing and pleasure.
Readers, here's a link where you can order Deadly Intent:
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Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

lol...Camy, when distraction hits me while writing, cleaning the toilet would NEVER cross my mind! Vacuuming, yes, but never the bathroom area! This book sounds wonderful! I wonder how difficult it was to write suspense after the Sushi series?

Camy Tang said...

Sherrinda, it was a little hard because I had to switch gears in my head, which is already cluttered. :) But I enjoy reading it so much, that I only had to read a few romantic suspense books to get in the mood to write it.

Thanks for having me here, Lena! You're the best!

NeedANap2 said...

I just finished Single Sashimi so I would love to read Camy's next book. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

host said...

Hi! Deadly Intent sounds very interesting :) Thanks for a chance of winning
Muse is a strange thing, you never now when it will hit you :)

Carmen said...

I would love to win Camy's new book, Deadly Intent. It'd be great to see her switch to suspense after romance. Please enter me. Thanks.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

I love the Love Inspired books. Please include me in your drawings for this book. Thanks.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Chas. Funderburg said...

Okay, Camy. Don't hate me, but I've been reading and learning about the craft.

Your Sushi Series were/are good. But I can tell from the start of your "Deadly Intent" that you've only gotten better!

All the best and blessings,

Camy Tang said...

Thanks so much to those of you who have read my Sushi books! I hope you guys enjoy Deadly Intent!

Merry said...

Ooh, Deadly Intent sounds dangerous and alluring from the first page! Include me, I would love to win Camy's new book. Thanks.

Judy said...

Camy's book sounds great! I'd love to win a copy!

G.R.I.T.S. said...

Sounds like a great book!!! I would love to review it on my blog!!!!! Great Interview, Ms. Lena!!!

Rae Byuel From "Caffeine & Romance" Blog

Ivÿ said...

As an Asian girl, I love Camy Tang's books. I have enjoyed reading her books and I'm looking forward to reading this one, too!

If Kinsella has the Shopaholic series, Camy Tang has the Sushi series. Ain't that fab?


Joanna Mallory said...

Sounds like a fun book... add me to the draw too please.

kristen said...

Why do ideas always hit us when we don't have paper? I was fishing the other day with my husband and a train went by, jarring loose an idea for my WIP. No paper. Luckily, I remembered it later.
Thanks Lena for a great post. I love getting glimpses into other writer's lives. Helps me feel not so alone!!:)

Anonymous said...

I love Love Inspired Suspense! I would really enjoy this book.

Sheila Deeth said...

Cool. Deadly Intent sounds fun. Nice to read about a real writer with more than one direction.

kalea_kane said...

What a great interview. I am absolutely crazy about romantic suspense and would be thrilled to win. I am also VERY interested in getting myself from C25K. Please enter me for a chance.


peachykath said...

Please enter me in the drawing for this book. I really enjoyed reading the interview and the book blurb.


Jo said...

Deadly Intent sounds very interesting and a book that I would love to read. Please enter me in the drawing.


Marla said...

I love the Love Inspired suspense books. This sounds very intriguing. Thank you for the entry and the great interview.

Megan said...

Sounds... suspenseful! I think it would be cool to have Emeril at my house too! BAM!


Holly said...

This sounds like a great book, I would love the opportunity to win a copy of the book. Blessings to you both. hollymag(at)gmail(dot)com

sharon54220 said...

I would love to be entered to win this book.

Anonymous said...

Deadly Intent sounds amazing. Abby

Deborah M said...


I've seen your new book "Deadly Intent" advertised and I can't wait to read it. I love Suspense! I am an aspiring writer and hope some day to write my own suspense.