Date Published: 5/12/2018
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Elisha Crimson thought her wedding day would be the happiest of her life. But losing her fiancé to two thugs in a dark sedan wasn’t part of the plan. She, along with the rest of the wedding party, can do nothing to stop the abrupt abduction, so she pursues at the first opportunity, navigating the West Virginia interstate in a white wedding dress behind the wheel of a pickup truck. But will she catch the sedan in time to save her one true love?
Ronnie Washington had known his past would catch up with him, eventually, but he hadn’t expected it to happen on his wedding day. He hates enclosed spaces, and now he’s bouncing around in the trunk of a car after being abducted from the ceremony. His only hope is to talk his way out, but the thugs don’t seem inclined to listen. He knows Elisha will come after him, but, even if she catches them, what can she possibly do against men like these?
Can these two unlikely heroes save the day, and the wedding, or is their life together over before it even starts?
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
That’s easy. Marketing. There is some skill involved, but it’s all about luck and timing and trial and error. What works for one book doesn’t work for another. The best advice I’ve heard on marketing is find something you like to do, and you just have to stick with it. It’s also about connections. Connecting with other writers and certainly readers.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
It varies. My taste in music like my taste in reading knows few limitations. Here are ten of my favorites: “Ride” by Amanda Marshall, “Just Stay Here Tonight” by Augustana, “Houdini” by Foster the People, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, “Lucky One” by Vertical Horizon, “Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads, “Midnight Blue” by Lou Gramm, “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran, “Catch My Breath” by Kelly Clarkson, and “Copperhead Road” by Steve Earle.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have used both in the past, and I am sure I will use both again. For me, it varies from book to book. I do whatever the book needs me to do. When I get stuck, I look for support, and I start using my contacts that I have built up over the years. My goal is to continue to grow and improve as a writer, and it’s hard to do that on your own. Good writers don’t write on an island, and I try to surround myself with people who know more than I do. But sometimes it helps to control the noise. It’s a delicate balance, and sometimes I need to adjust my equilibrium.
What book are you reading now?
I’m usually reading multiple books at once, and now is no different. Here are five: The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz, My Name is Nathan Lucius by Mark Winkler, Cremains of the Day by Misty Simon, Expiration Date by Devon Delaney, and Mistress of Justice by Jeffery Deaver.
How did you start your writing career?
It was quite simple really. With a crazy idea and a laptop. It wasn’t any more complicated than that. Instead of starting small, I decided to go big and write a novel. I was inspired after watching Finding Forrester to write for myself. I wrote a bad manuscript that shouldn’t have been published, and it wasn’t. But I decided I had a lot to say, and writing was the best outlet that I had discovered to let my emotions roam free. So I wrote another manuscript and another one, and after about five or six that didn’t make it any further than my desk drawer, even though I had stacked up hundreds of rejection letters, I found a publisher that offered to take me on, and I published my first book Falling Immortality. I decided I liked the entire process, and I wanted to do it again, despite all the challenges. I had more manuscripts that I’d been working on, because traditionally publishing books involves a lot of waiting, so I published more books. Now seven books into it, I plan to stick around for as long as I can find publishers that are willing to take a chance on me. Black Opal Books has been absolutely fantastic, and I have contracts to publish six more books with them. I’ll send them more books, and hopefully, they’ll continue to say yes.
Simultaneous Meltdown is my fourth standalone thriller. It involves three American terrorists who set out to implode Boston through chaos and terror one major landmark at a time, beginning with the Boston Public Library, The Hancock, and The Pru. Even though I originally set out to write a straight thriller, it became a novel about loss and those who are left behind as much as the explosions that fill its pages.
About the Author
Robert Downs aspired to be a writer before he realized how difficult the writing process was. Fortunately, he'd already fallen in love with the craft, otherwise his tales might never have seen print. Originally from West Virginia, he has lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and now resides in California. When he’s not writing, Downs can be found reading, reviewing, traveling, or smiling. To find out more about his latest projects, or to reach out to him on the Internet, visit the author’s website: www.RobertDowns.net. THE BRIDAL CHASE is his seventh book and second novella.