Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tour Stop/Giveaway~ Resolutions by Terri Riggs

Please give a warm welcome to author Terri Riggs as she was gracious enough to answer all my questions. :-)

How would you describe yourself using only five words? Happy. Content. Laid-back. Loving. Faithful.

Do you have any guilty pleasures? Spending private time with hubby—just him and me. I love to travel. I love chocolate.               

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Anywhere my family lives. Right now we’re all in Marietta. I’m a strong believer in the saying, Home Is Where The Heart Is.

How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
Turn on the music. Grab some coffee or tea. Fluff the cushion on my chair.

Do you have a book that was easiest to write or one that was the hardest? The hardest was my first book. Like having my first child, I had no idea what I was getting into. I was a head-hopping queen with no clue what POV was. Writing is a learning experience. I don’t think you can ever learn everything there is to know about the craft. By the way, that book is buried deep in cyberspace. Someday I may open the MS and have a good laugh. It might be nice to see how far I’ve come in my writing.

Is it hard coming up with titles or characters names? I don’t have a problem with either. I had a title before I had a story idea for The Eyes Die Last.  Characters are pretty easy for me, too. If I have any trouble coming up with a name, I flip on the television and find a name there. Or listen to music. Eve’s name in Resolutions came from the song, Eve of Destruction.

What do you feel is the most important thing that a first-time author should know? That most likely your manuscript will not be loved by all who read it. You need to be prepared to make edits that you may find extremely painful. (I speak from experience!) Or like any other child of yours, you may need to cut the apron strings and let them/it go.

When and where do you like to write? Are there any favourite places you like to go? My hubby gave me an office in the building of our family-owned business. It’s perfect. I have a great view of the woods and pond through my large picture window. I actually had to turn my desk around to keep from spending too much time watching the animals hanging out in the wooded area. Last year we had a lot of deer playing around the pond. One doe would always nurse her two fawns. I guess she had no idea she kept an office full of humans entertained with such a natural act. I like to start writing around 10am

What is the best trick to overcome writer's block? I re-read a favorite book. Every time I do, I’m reminded why I want to write, how I hope to write. A good book inspires me to step up my game. And chocolate. Chocolate overcomes all things!

What is the next book you'll write? I’ve been knocking around ideas for a couple books featuring secondary characters from Resolutions. Several readers have asked for more Cade. I guess that’s a sign he needs to have his own story. He was a fun character to write. But first I have to finish the second book in my Kennedy O’Brien series. I’d love to have it ready to go by the first of the year.

Resolutions by Terri Riggs
Romantic Suspense
Honor Guard Series

DEA agent Eve Taylor has had her fill of alpha males. When Resolutions’ operative and former lover, Dillon “Mac” McKenna, threatened her hard-earned independence, she ran. On a mission to gather evidence against a Colombian drug-lord, Eve discovers the drug-lord is helping terrorists plan an attack on American soil. Before she can escape with the vital information, she’s captured and comes face to face with her mortality…

As a teen, Mac watched his family fall apart after his mother died doing dangerous U.N. work. The possibility of losing Eve to a mission ignited an overwhelming need to protect her. When he forced her to choose him or her job, she walked away. Two years later, it seems all his nightmares have come true and he’s tasked with rescuing her from a Colombian prison. Mac has never stopped loving Eve, but does he dare risk his heart when he’s so terrified of losing…

On the run, Mac and Eve must learn to trust each other again in order to stay alive.

Note: Resolutions is a private black ops agency specializing in the near-impossible extractions of kidnap victims, hostages, and all forms of intelligence other agencies have failed to retrieve.

 What Readers are saying:

"I love the sexual tension between Eve and Mac. The hot, steamy Colombian jungle makes a great backdrop for a love story that begins with two ex-lovers on the run."
-K. Kishpaugh, Amazon

"The action and suspense were nonstop. Eve was believable as a tough and persistent female protagonist. And I liked how she and Mac's characters developed throughout the story.”
-Marie, Amazon

 Enjoy the following excerpt for RESOLUTIONS:

Beefy hands wrenched Eve awake from a fevered sleep, pulled her from the cell, and shoved her into a musty-smelling hallway. I’m being moved? A guard pushed her with one hand, keeping a tight grip on an AK-47 rifle with his other.
Her shoulder throbbed in perfect cadence with the pains shooting through her broken wrist, and she had one badass headache from being punched in the face a few too many times. Using her good hand, she walked fingers across one cheek, then the other. The right side was totally numb. Her eye had swollen shut, and she couldn’t see a damn thing out of it. She ran her tongue across her teeth and tasted the tart, copper flavor of blood. Three teeth loose. Well, at least they’re still in place.
In spite of the relentless pain, she stayed determined to survive whatever Mendoza dished out. She wasn’t a quitter. No, sir. Duncan Falls, Iowa didn’t grow quitters. Eve ignored the constant ache in her ribs, courtesy of a guard’s overzealous kick, and took in a deep breath. She willed herself to stay alert, to keep pushing. Escape. Third times the charm.
Eve slapped the guard’s dirty hand. “Hey, Pedro, stop being so damned pushy. Where we going anyway? We got a hot date I’ve forgotten about?”
He looked puzzled then shoved her again.
“Don’t understand English, do you, Diego? Bet you understand this.” Eve drove her elbow into the guard’s face. Thick rubbery cartilage gave, and she whooped triumphantly.
Blood squirted from his nose and he screamed.
Eve stepped back. “Yep, I’m pretty sure you understand that.”
Unable to grab the guard’s assault rifle, she clutched her injured shoulder, and took off in a slow jog, no longer able to push any harder.
Her escape was short lived.

***Resolutions was a finalist in the prestigious Daphne Du Maurier contest

About the Author

Teri Riggs was destined to be a writer. As a small girl she didn’t read bedtime stories, she made up her own. Who needed Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs when there were so many great tales bouncing around in her head? When she grew up and became a mother to three little girls, she continued the tradition of making up bedtime stories. On the occasions she chose to tell conventional fairytales, Teri usually gave them a bit of tweaking here and there or added a new ending. Her girls loved it.
After her daughters had the nerve to actually grow up and leave home, Teri discovered she had a passion for writing and jumped right in. It came as no surprise she chose to write mysteries and happily-ever-after’s since that’s the genres she loves to read.

Teri lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, one of her daughters and two dogs that seem to think they rule the world. And some days Teri thinks maybe they do. 

Contact Details: 
Twitter: @TeriLRiggs (

 Giveaway: One ebook of Resolutions

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1 comment:

Teri Riggs said...

Thank you for hosting Resolutions today. I enjoyed the interview questions!