Monday, October 13, 2014

Would You Rather with Deborah Coonts

Please welcome Deborah Coonts, author of Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series.

About Deborah Coonts:

My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted. These things I do know: I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer. I currently reside in Las Vegas, where my friends assure me I cannot get into too much trouble. Silly people. I am the author of WANNA GET LUCKY? (A NY Times Notable Crime Novel for 2010 and double RITA™ Finalist), LUCKY STIFF, SO DAMN LUCKY AND LUCKY BASTARD and novellas, LUCKY IN LOVE, LUCKY BANG andLUCKY NOW AND THEN. LUCKY CATCH is next (August 26, 2014)

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Would You Rather... Deborah Coonts

Chips, chocolate or cheese?

Really?  How can one chose between chips and chocolate?  Chocolate when I'm sad or celebrating.  Chips because, well, who can stop at just one?

Bridget Jones, Becky Bloomwood or Carrie Bradshaw?

Carrie Bradshaw, kick ass and sass in really great shoes… and who articulated the thought that women can live/date/have casual sex just like men do…. Not that it works out well, when they try.

Wine, beer or vodka?

Vodka when speed is the need.  Wine when slow is the way to go.

Camping or spa vacation?

Camping?  My idea of camping is Motel 6.  I need hot water, a clean, comfortable bed, and electricity.  So, a spa vacation, for sure.  I’m a hedonist, what can I say?  Pampering, primping and a serious deep-tissue massage followed by a nap in the steam room?  My idea of Heaven.

Water or mountains?

Either.... but nothing in between.  But, if forced to choose, I do love the mountains.  All I have to do is breathe deep of that fresh, clean, pine-scented air, and the stress just flows away.  My grandmother had a little cabin in Colorado and we would go there every summer when I was young.  Magical memories that jump-started my love affair with the mountains.

Zombies or vampires?

Vampires….something about the rotting Zombie flesh is a turn-off.

Dogs or cats?

Dogs.  Loyalty is big with me.  And, if I’m going to be a slave to a pet, gosh, I’d really like to get something in return rather than a full litterbox.  I’ve known some cats that were affectionate… but not many.

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke.  Pepsi is HORRIBLE.  Too sweet, too…yuck.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee--the best caffeine-delivery vehicle ever.  A day never gets started without good coffee.

Dine out or take away?

As long as someone else cooks it I'm in, so either.

High heels, sneakers or flip flops?

Kitten heels.

Physical Book or ebook?

Oh, man, do you really want me to wade into this battle?  Frankly….e-book.  I love the convenience.  I buy way more books and read a ton more now that the accessibility of a book isn’t an issue.  Thirty seconds and I have it on my iPad.  How cool is that?  And I travel a ton, so I can carry hundreds of books with me and not have to pay all those baggage fees.

Paperback or Hardcover?


Pen or pencil?

My eyes are getting so bad that I find pencil hard to read.  And I never erase—I keep all my words, just mover them around.

Mad Men, Downton Abbey or Breaking Bad?

 Downton Abbey—who can resist Maggie Smith in anything?

Drama or comedy?

A bit of both....what is laughter without a few tears?

Twilight or Hunger Games?

Hunger Games, please!  No contest.  Kickass heroines are my thing.

Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick?

 Lipgloss when going out.  Chapstick all the other times.

Facebook or Twiter?

Facebook.  I can't say anything in less than 100,000 words.  140 characters makes me twitchy.

Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants?

Make it up on the fly....I like to be surprised.  If I’m surprised, the reader will be as well.

Lucky Catch

Trouble always comes in threes.  At least that’s what Lucky O’Toole, the VP of Customer Relations for Las Vegas’ primo Strip casino/hotel, the Babylon, has heard for years from her mother.  So, tonight, when Teddie, her former lover shows up at her office unannounced and very unexpected, her father offers Teddie a job at the Babylon, she is called to deal with a pig in residence at one of the hotels most exclusive and opulent suites, and Lucky’s current lover, Jean-Charles Bouclet stops answering his phone leaving Lucky to handle his five-year-old son, Lucky figures she has tonight’s compliment of chaos covered.

As usual, she is a tad optimistic.

With a cadre of celebrity chefs with the maturity of teenagers in Vegas for a televised cook-off, a prized Alba truffle in the Babylon’s care, and her mother’s pregnancy racing toward the inevitable, what could go wrong?

When the truffle is stolen from the walk-in in Jean-Charles’ gourmet burger joint at the Babylon and a young chef apparently killed with a smoking gun is found in Jean-Charles’ food truck on the back lot, trouble takes a sinister turn. 

And Jean-Charles still isn’t answering his phone.

Another body is discovered.  This one stuffed in an oven at Jean-Charles’ eponymous restaurant and set to broil.

Desperate to put a lid on the body count and more than frantic over her AWOL lover, Lucky uses her Vegas contacts to search in places and in ways the police wouldn’t or couldn’t.  Teddie insists on riding shotgun.  Lucky hasn’t the time nor the resolve to say no.  She’s never been able to resist Teddie … not really.  With danger dogging their heels, Lucky finds herself falling once again under his spell as they traverse Vegas, being drawn deeper and deeper into the highly competitive world of high-end eateries and the battle for the very rare, most highly prized gourmet foodstuffs.

Would somebody really kill for a truffle?

In a heartbeat.
And when Lucky’s path crosses the killer’s… will her goose be cooked?  

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