Monday, April 13, 2020

#AuthorInterview - "Deadly Gamble" by Lorelei Confer

Let's give Lorelei a warm welcome. She's chatting with me today about her new book, and I especially love her story about her and her future husband's first date.

What kind of research did you do for Deadly Gamble?
Did you travel, use the Internet, speak with experts on a topic, etc? Deadly Gamble is the sixth book in the Deadly series, primarily because when I researched for my first book, Deadly Deception, (which developed from a dream) I learned so much more than I expected, and I had to share it. It’s a human sex trafficking story, another lesson or message to young women to always be aware of even a new man in your life. Also, an example of how many tricks and ruses people go through for the love of money.

How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?

I’ve been writing since the fourth grade when I wrote a story about going to the doctor for a shot. My teacher made it into a play, inviting other classes and parents to attend. I continued writing in a diary every day and then progressed to a journal. When my husband was deployed, I wrote newsy love letters to him in Viet Nam. I continue to journal and even include some of my dreams; some have been embellished enough and have become my novels.

What is your favorite book? Favorite author? 

My most favorite authors were the late Kathleen Woodiwiss and Johanna Lindsey. I grew up reading them and I don’t particularly care for historian romance now. Shannon by Kathleen Woodiwiss was the first book that attracted me to romance, and then I had to read every book she wrote. Then Johanna Lindsey was new to the scene; I don’t remember the name of the first book, but I’ve read them all. Now, there are so many good authors out there I can mix it up.

What’s your most bizarre life experience?

My first date with my husband: On a Thursday in the spring of 1968 while in high school, I happened to sit by his younger sister in choir practice and asked about him. She told me he’d returned from Chicago, so I told her to tell him hello. So, next day, Friday, school’s out and he’s parked outside the school; he wants to drive me home. It was either go with him or ride in the very slow bus with lots of stops. We both lived in a very rural area of central Pennsylvania, where everybody knew everything about everyone.
On the way to my house, he asked me out to dinner and a movie the same night and I agreed with some trepidation. He liked my outfit and asked me to wear it that night. LOL A couple hours later, when he picked me up, his shirttail was out and almost down to his knees and he looked kinda like a bum with his long shaggy hair. I’d known him most of my life and new he was a good guy, but I still hesitated.
We had dinner at a cute little 50’s diner and went to the drive-in theater next door. Neither of us remember the name or anything about the movie because from the first kiss we were lost in each other. He scared me; he made me feel so many emotions I’d never felt before. And those feelings never went away. On the drive home, I asked him to take the back roads and let me drive his car. I’d recently received my driver’s permit and wanted to practice driving once more time. My dad had promised to take mefor my driver’s test the next day, Saturday.
So, he agreed; I’m driving and go around a turn with a high bank and I went too wide and side-swiped the bank. My head hit the rearview mirror and bled profusely; headwounds usually bleed a lot, and as a result there was blood all over everywhere. He couldn’t get the passenger door open, so I got out, and he behind me. He hugged me; now blood all over him and we walked up the hill to a house. When the neighbor lady answered the door, she knew my name and asked what was wrong? What had happened? I explained and she called my dad. She knew my family, and my name although I had no idea who she was or her name.
Dad arrived within a few minutes and took charge. I held a washcloth on my head while dad and my date got his car back on the road and running. He followed my dad and I to my house. My mom tended to me, didn’t need stitches, and then washed and dried his shirt. He left shortly after and I didn’t think I’d hear from him again.
Saturday morning, I passed the driver’s test the first time, something that was uncommon at the time, dad took me home and went back to work. Later, I received a phone call from my future husband. He asked about my head and wanted to take me to the doctor. We had one doctor in a large rural area and so my doctor was his doctor, etc. Anyway, I had a torn ligament in my neck and had to wear a folded towel (didn’t have a cast small enough) around my neck for a couple weeks.
We’ve been inseparable ever since our first date, except for his two tours in Viet Nam.

He’s driven me the hospital/doctor many times in the past fifty years, which we’ll celebrate our 50th anniversary May 2020.
We were never able to get the passenger door open on that car and sold it for $200.


Madelyn (Maddy) returns home to arrange her mother’s funeral and has to face her biggest fear; her ex who broke her heart, but in oh so many more ways than one.
Garrett, her close childhood friend and FBI agent assigned to the human trafficking task force, gave his heart to her years ago and wants no other woman. 
Does he have a second chance, or will her ex steal her from him again?

Deadly Gamble Media: Available now on preorder exclusive to Amazon for $.99 in KU and $9.99 in paperback.

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Author Bio: 

     Lorelei Confer lives on a peninsula in the mid-west coast of Florida with her high school sweetheart, now husband, and AJ, her longhaired Chihuahua.
     In the fourth grade, she wrote her first story—something about getting a shot at the doctors—that was produced by the teacher for parents and students in an assembly. When she was older, she spilled her guts in a journal every night and wrote long newsy love letters to Viet Nam.
     She is a multi-published author of romantic suspense with two series: The Deadly series and the Saddle Creek series. She also has written numerous novellas and short stories.
     She loves to hear from her readers so if you want to stay “in the know” visit her website, sign up for her newsletters and contact her.

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