Title: By Sea
Series: Supernatural Renegades # 1
Author: Carly Fall
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Carly Fall
Cover by: PJ Friel
Editor: Madison Seidler
Date Published: 11 October 2014
When the mysterious Joe Smith approaches him with an incredible job offer, Brody thinks it’s too good to be true. His life-saving need and his desire to be near the ocean while earning a living are rolled into one perfect job.
Rayna Lopez lives a quiet life as she tries to climb her way up the CIA ladder, always in fear the government will learn of her family lineage. When her father asks for help getting her famous and belligerent half-sister out of trouble, Rayna reluctantly agrees to travel with her and they board a yacht where they will be protected.
Brody and Rayna realize they’ve met before, and despite a significant lack of trust between them, they face an attraction neither can deny. As they fight to keep Rayna’s sister alive, lies are revealed and secrets are told. They must both learn to trust each other, and—if they live through their voyage—figure out what to do about their whirlwind romance.
She glanced over at Brody again, and he motioned her to follow him. She caught up with him, and they swam together, the sun warming her back. When they were out of range from Margarita and Jason, Brody laced his fingers with hers.
Rayna looked up and saw they were headed for the caves. Katie had said the fish inhabiting them were different, and Rayna looked forward to the exploration.
As they entered the cave, the light waned, but Rayna caught movement out of the corner of her eye. She turned to see a thin, dark, four-foot long fish emerge from the darkness. She gasped and grabbed Brody’s arm as the fish swam out of the cave.
Rayna lifted her head, and Brody did the same.
“That was a barracuda,” he said after removing his mouthpiece.
“That thing was huge!” Rayna exclaimed, her heart still pounding with fear.
Brody chuckled and pulled her close to him, removing his mask, and then hers. “Is Ms. Hot CIA afraid of a little fish?”
Rayna laced her arms around his neck, thankful the ocean gave them such buoyancy. “Yes,” she murmured, as he peppered her neck with slow kisses.
“Don’t worry about him,” Brody whispered, his voice barely audible over the waves lapping at the rocks in the cave. “Barracudas don’t like humans. He has no desire to nibble on your toes. Now on the other hand, I’m a different story. I want to lick, suck, and nibble every inch of you. If there’s anything you should worry about, it’s me.”
Rayna laughed despite the bolts of heat coursing through her. Her heart still pounded, but she knew it was from Brody’s touch, not fear. His lips met hers in slow exploration.
“So I should actually be worried about my Captain who has promised to protect me?” she teased.
“Oh, yes, Rayna,” he whispered in her ear. “You should be very worried about what I plan to do with you.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
No, I haven’t always wanted to be a writer. As a child, I wanted to be a Cowboy’s football Cheerleader.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
Although I haven’t always wanted to be a writer, looking back, I guess I have always been one since an early age. I have always loved writing stories and allowing my imagination to run wild.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
It was about six months from first starting the book, going through the editing, and then to publishing.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Currently, I help my husband with his business – mainly back office things and a little bit of customer service. We recently hired someone who will eventually be taking over everything and I will be able to devote all my time to my writing career
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
The title of my latest book is By Sea. A romance full of intrigue, twists and turns, love and humor all taking place on a yacht in the Virgin Islands.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I do both – work with publishers and self-publish. By Sea is self-published
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
That’s a tough question. Sometimes the initial idea flows so freely I can get my first draft done in two months. Other times, that idea needs to percolate and it can take over a year for a book to come to fruition.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
Right now I have more Supernatural Renegades coming up, and more Six Saviors. Both fall into the paranormal or fantasy romance genre.
What genre would you place your books into?
I write paranormal, contemporary, and fantasy romance.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I write my stories as the come to me. I do like the paranormal/fantasy genre as I can push boundaries that you can’t get away with in contemporary. My characters can be bigger, stronger, more flawed and love harder than mere mortals in contemporary romance.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
By the end of 2014, I will have 14-15 book published, so it is hard for me to pick one character. From the current release, By Sea, I would have to say my favorite character is the hero, Brody. He’s almost broken, yet sexy and strong at the same time. My second favorite in this book is Rayna’s sister, Margarita. She’s a pop star and obnoxious. She was fun to write.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I have been writing since a young age, and my imagination inspired me.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
No, I don’t. When I’m not able to block out the sounds of the house, I do put on music similar to what you’d hear in a spa – lots of mellow music designed to relax.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I do read most of them as it’s important as a writer to be in touch with readers. However, if the review is filled with vitriol and offers nothing but hate, then forget it.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
It depends on the book. I had the name By Sea picked out before I began the book. Other times I need to go through the editing process before a title jumps out at me.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I usually spend a lot of time on names and researching locations for my books. I scour baby name sites, and once I have an idea of where the book will take place, Google maps becomes my best friend. Oftentimes, the locations of books are also places I’ve visited.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
Everything is usually decided before I write the book.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
When I begin a book, I have a general idea of what traits the character will possess. As the story develops, sometimes the characters don’t always agree with me, and we need to make adjustments as the story moves along.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Not really. My books aren’t intended to preach, just offer a brief relief from real life with hot men, strong women, a little adventure thrown in with romance, and a happily ever after. However, a theme that keeps popping up is living vs. existing. There is a difference. There are so many people who sit on the sidelines, afraid to chase their dreams and live day to day not really liking their lives. To me, these people aren’t really living. To me, people should wake up everyday thankful and excited for the day ahead.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I love them all. However, when I do decide to read some good smut, I love my ereader as no one can see what I’m reading. LOL!
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
No, I don’t. I have never, ever, read a book then watched the movie and thought, “Wow! That was so much better than the book!” I’m always disappointed – I can’t even point to my greatest disappointment. Everyone’s perception of a book is going to be different, and they can never catch the wonderment that our own imaginations bring to reading a book.
Your favorite food is?
Chocolate. And steak. Caesar salad. I also love homemade vegetable/fruit juices. And a good hamburger. I love food!!
She loves to laugh, thinks chocolate and wine should be considered their own food group, and wishes Christmas happened twice a year.
She is the author of the award winning and Amazon best selling series, the Six Saviors, as well as paranormal and contemporary romance.