Interview with paranormal thriller author Sarita Leone

My special guest today
is author Sarita Leone. We’re
chatting about her new paranormal romantic thriller, Regenerate.
During her virtual
book tour, Sarita will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s
choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance
to win, use the form below. To
increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and
enter there, too.
Bio:
Sarita Leone is an
award-winning author who has written romance in many forms including Regency,
paranormal, and contemporary. She loves happily-ever-afters in any setting!
When she’s not
writing, Ms. Leone spends her time hiking, learning languages, and traveling.
She loves adventure and can pack a suitcase, grab her passport, and hit the
road in less time than it takes to peel an apple!
Welcome, Sarita. Please tell us about your current release.
Regenerate is a story of redemption, rebirth, and the restoration of
order from chaos. The Octopus is a super-secret government intelligence agency
whose operatives keep the globe and its inhabitants safe from all sorts of
evil. When the international economy is threatened, the two best agents on the
planet are called in. Benjamin Sinclair is the world’s first regenerated
commando—that is, science has restored his life after a sniper’s bullet killed
him. He’s indestructible and immortal, yet his regenerated heart longs for the
only woman who’s ever claimed it. Nicole Anima is brilliant, beautiful, and
badass—and she’s psychic so every mind on the planet is open to her. She and
Sinclair have a past, and she hasn’t forgiven him for his betrayal so when
she’s assigned to work with him it puts them both in precarious positions. They
jump from planes, track down assassins, and kill zombies. That’s right, a
zombie army is being manufactured to bring about global madness and the only
two beings on the planet capable of putting a stop to it are Anima and
Sinclair.
What inspired you to write this book?
The inspiration to
write this book came as a result of being personally affected by stem cell
research. Modern science and medicine have made amazing strides using stem cell
research but, unfortunately, not every life is saved. I just wanted to save a
hero—so he could save the world. Sinclair is strong, loving, brave—and so hot
he makes the pages sizzle—and he lives to keep humanity safe from evil. I love
the guy—and he was the inspiration for The Octopus and this series.
Excerpt from Regenerate:
“I’m sorry.”
“And that covers it, right? I’ve tried to hate you for
fourteen months, and that’s all you’ve got to say?”
Stop. Just, stop. The plea came from his mind as clearly as
if he’d said the words out loud.
They were in too far to pull back now.
“How many times can I say I’m sorry?” A muscle worked in his
jaw. “How many will it take for it to be enough?”
“Keep going. I’ll let you know when it’s enough.”
The closest zombie put a hand on her shoulder. Squeezed.
A warning.
She invaded his mind. So much white screeching noise, but
something sinister, as well.
“Stop the car!” She leaned over the seat and grabbed the
driver by the shirt. “Stop—now!”
They’d reached the restaurant parking lot. It was early, and
the only cars belonged to employees. Parked near the back, far from the main
entrance.
The startled man’s reactions were instant. His foot stomped
on the brakes. By the time the car stopped moving, she was over the seat and
pushing him out the driver’s side door.
Sinclair exited the back and they ran. The car idled for a
moment.
Then, an explosion that shook the ground and sent the trio
to their knees.

What exciting story are you working on next?

What am I working on
next? I’m deep into writing the second book in this series which has a release
date in December of this year. I’m enjoying every minute of pushing this couple
to their limits, and jeopardizing humanity at the same time. Good always
prevails over evil and the strong save the weak but getting them to that point
is an action-packed adventure that keeps me on the edge of my seat!
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what
do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I do write full time,
and know I’m blessed to be able to do what I love so much. I think I’ve always
been a writer…my first book was called The Hungry Dragon and featured a purple
dragon (drawn with crayons!) who had a voracious appetite for cupcakes. I love
telling stories and hope I’ll be doing it for a long time to come.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My writing quirk? Oh,
my—are you sure you want to know that? Well, since we’re all friends here, I’ll
confess: I rarely wear matching socks when I write, have been known to live on
Cap’n Crunch when on deadline, and haven’t met a Post-It note I haven’t liked.
When I’m writing, my desk is littered with the little bits of paper; they get
shuffled around and keep plot knots in order. Once I finish a book, the sticky
notes hit the trash but until then I practically drown in the things. So, I
guess I’ve got a few writing quirks, don’t I?
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a child, I wanted to be
an author when I grew up. I dreamed of seeing my books lined up neatly on
bookshelves. It’s a dream come true, this writing gig of mine. There were a
couple of weeks when I was about ten when I thought of becoming a spy, but when
I realized Harriet the Spy wasn’t getting a series of her own I went back to my
author aspirations. I’m so glad I did!
Thank you for allowing
me to visit your blog and chat with you and your readers. It’s been so much
fun!
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Thanks for being here today, Sarita.

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