Racing Cars and Risky Chances

Welcome to an interview with debut author, Dee J. Adams.

I met Dee J. about ten years ago. She’s a fellow LARA member (Los Angeles Romance Authors) and we’ve gotten to know each other well over the years, sometimes through serving on the LARA board, occasionally over a beer, or bad karaoke, or at the RWA National conference where she helped me quell my nerves about pitching to agents and editors.

Robena: Welcome Dee J. Today is the book launch of your novel, Dangerous Race, and I’m so happy that I can share this moment with you.     

Dee J: Me too! We’ve known each other for most of my writing years and I’m so thrilled to be sharing this day with you. I think if I smile any broader, my head might explode.               

Robena: Excited much? LOL.

Dee J: Don’t even get me started! 

 Robena: Tell me about your writing journey. Who has influenced your career the most? Do you have critique partners, or do you write alone? Are you a plotter, a pantser, or a bit of both?

Dee J: I’ve been writing for eleven years. I’d have to say my biggest influence has been Suzanne Brockmann. (I picked up one her books after I wrote my first and it was a revelation for me.) I have two wonderful critique partners who keep me honest. I’m usually a plotter, but I did pants one book and it’s one of my favorites, so I guess I’m a mixture of the two. It all depends on the story and characters.

 Robena: You work a day job and have a family to care for. How do you work in writing time?

DeeJ: It isn’t easy. I usually write at night and don’t get much more than a couple hours. But because I work in show business, I do have certain flexibility in my schedule. We usually work three weeks then have a week off. And between seasons, we have several months off. My goal is to write a book during those off months. And if I don’t have a show, then I’ve got loads of writing time. The past few years, I’ve been busy so it’s been a juggling act. I can usually write while I’m waiting at my daughter’s sports’ practices, but again, that depends on my work hours.

Robena: Dangerous Race, is published by Carina Press. Who was the editor? How did you enjoy working with them?

Dee J: Melissa Johnson is my editor. I can’t speak highly enough of her. She is smart, funny and very patient! Anyone who can boss me around and make me laugh as they do it gets big pat on the back from me. Or a hug. Or chocolate. Or all of the above.<G>

Robena: Awesome. Okay, now about the book. We know there’s going to be a speedway, some exciting races, and maybe a few crashes, but what about the naughty bits? How spicy would you say this story is? And can you give us a quick blurb?

Dee J: I’d have to say the book is pretty steamy/hot. I juggle two romances so it’s twice the naughty. And because my hero and heroine take a little while to warm up to each other, I thought it might be good to get the pages burning with my secondary couple first. So far the response has been great.

Here’s a taste of the secondary couple, Chelsea and Matthew:

The intensity in Chelsea’s brilliant blue eyes seemed tempered with shyness. The contrast turned him on. He took both of her hands in his and walked backward toward the bedroom, slowly pulling her with him. A vein in her neck pulsed in a steady rhythm.

He stopped, had to kiss her again, and his lips crashed down on hers. He tasted the mints from the bar and smelled her honeysuckle perfume. Honeysuckle had never turned him on before. It sure as hell did now.

A voice in his head told him to tread carefully. One false move might find her backing away again. Of course, she couldn’t run if she wasn’t on her feet. He lifted her in his arms and continued to her bedroom, then set her down next to the bed.

Matthew couldn’t remember the last time he’d anticipated being with a woman this much. He eased one red strap over her shoulder, along her smooth skin. “You are so soft,” he murmured.

Her goose bumps returned.

That his simple touch affected her so plainly aroused him as much as her kiss. “I like when you do that,” he said, his voice husky.

“Do what?”

Testing his theory, he traced a finger across her collarbone. “That,” he said, when he got the same reaction.

A nervous giggle bubbled from her lips. “I don’t really have a choice,” she replied. “It happens when you touch me, or say something nice.”

He moved the other strap and more goose bumps rose under his touch. His gaze shifted back to her eyes before his lips brushed against hers. Slowly, he pulled down the zipper of her dress. His fingers grazed her spine and a low, throaty moan vibrated in her throat.

He trailed his mouth to her neck and collarbone, kissing and tasting. “You are amazing,” he murmured against her skin. He took a gentle bite of her shoulder, and she gasped. Matthew lifted his head. Her gaze skittered around the room before she looked at him.

“I’m a little nervous,” she breathed.

Smiling, he grazed his thumb across her jaw. “So am I.” And he didn’t know why. Something about her just blew him away.

Robena: Yum. Will there be a second book?

Dee J: Absolutely! Danger Zone will be released February 20, 2012.

Robena: I know you can’t sit still, so I won’t keep you here for long. But do come back and answer questions or chat throughout the day. How can people obtain your book?

Dee J: Carina Press (of course!) at:   www.B&

And for those who like to listen to their books on tape, Audible will be releasing it as well.

Robena: Thanks so much, Dee J, and I wish you amazing sales and a fabulous career.

Dee J. Adams was born in El Paso, Texas, and always had a wild imagination. After graduating high school, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Her longest running success was a series of Tide commercials in the late 90’s. For twenty years, she acted in television before transitioning behind the scenes as an acting/dialogue coach for sitcoms.  Writing happened accidentally after a vivid dream and the urging of her husband to “just write it down.” Three weeks, fourteen hours a day, and four hundred and fifty (long hand) pages later, she had her first novel.  Dee J. loves writing books filled with action, mystery and love. (Not necessarily in that order.) She is the wife of a wonderful man and mother to a fabulous daughter. She’s a dog lover all the way – due in part to a deathly allergy to cats – with a fondness towards Boxers and Pit Bulls.

Dee J. can be contacted at:!/deejadams  FaceBook fan page is: Dee J. Adams, author


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42 Responses to Racing Cars and Risky Chances

  1. Gina B. says:

    Congratulations, Dee J! Loved this interview. I can’t wait to read Dangerous Race, and Danger Zone when it comes out in Feb!

  2. TJ says:

    Dee, congratulations on your new release. It sounds so exciting! Which do you find more fulfilling: writing or acting?

    • Dee J. says:

      Oh, wow… great question!
      Well, I love them both. Acting was my first love and I get an opportunity every year or so to do something somewhere and I find I still adore it. But I love being able to tell stories and make people feel emotion from just reading words on a page. I’d have to say, writing beats out acting but only by a fraction of an amount.

  3. You know I wouldn’t miss this interview for anything! Just downloaded my copy and can’t wait to read the official version of Dangerous Race!

    Congrats Peaches!


    • Dee J. says:


      How much do I love you!! You must know by now, right? Thank you for being the wonderful lady you are and I hope you enjoy (this finally FINAL version of) the book!

  4. Robin says:

    Congratulations, Dee!! I’m sooo happy for you and can’t read Dangerous Race! Loved the interview and loved the sneak peek!

    • Dee J. says:


      I’m laughing at the typo in your comment. At least I think it was a typo. (I’m thinking… why can’t she read it?) Really not helping my grinning problem. LOL. Glad you liked the sneak peek! I had a hard time deciding which excerpt to post. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Congratulations Dee J.!

    The series sounds exciting and if the excerpt is any indication, there is going to be a lot more than adrenaline to get the heart going thump.

    • Dee J. says:


      Thank you! I only hope to do as well as you’ve done with A Dozen Deadly Roses! I aspire to your success! Thanks for coming by.

  6. Dee J, loved the excerpt! Congrats on the release. Must download book to Kindle.

  7. Kaitlin O'Riley says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to read your book!

  8. Dee – The excerpt gives a nice taste of your voice. Can’t wait to read the book. I need to make an amazon order in the next day or so and this will be on the list!
    Thanks Robena for a new author to read!

  9. Congrats on the release!!! You’ve been teasing us for a while, so can’t wait to read it. It’s been a worthwhile wait, though, I’m sure! And you definitely deserve your happy release day.

    • Dee J. says:


      Thanks. Yes, I should apologize for the merciless teasing!
      My bad. LOL. I figured it took so long to happen, that a good
      tease was in order. Hope you like it.

  10. Congratulations, Dee J.! I bet you’re floating on air right now!

    I’m with you – Suzanne Brockmann has been a big influence on me, too. I just picked up a used copy of her book LETTERS TO KELLY, that was published around 2003. The heroine is struggling with her romance novel – the writing tips in this book are worth scanning and saving!

    • Dee J. says:


      I loved Letters to Kelly! Great book! I cried so hard. It was the good kind, of course.

      Yes, I’m definitely floating. Been a crazy day.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Roz Lee says:

    Congrats!! Loved the interview, and can’t wait to read Dangerous Race!

  12. Dee J. says:

    I’m heading out for a few hours but I’ll be back this afternoon! Thanks everyone for the awesome support! See ya in a little while!

  13. Robena says:

    Hi everyone:
    Just got back from a beer run. Who was I kidding that one small keg would be enough? : ) There’s a great atmosphere here today, and I’m loving it.
    Dee J. will have to leave for another celebration in a little while, but she’ll be back, so leave a question, or a comment. Or a big smooch.
    And Carol Ericson…what on earth were you doing in spam? Having your own party? ; )
    Good to see so many friendly faces. Becke, thanks for that comment on Letters to Kelly. I haven’t read it. Will go scout for it. But first I’m, I’m deep into reading a great book titled, Dangerous Race.

  14. Leigh Court says:

    Dee J – I’ve been rooting for this story for a long time 🙂 Congrats, girl! Enjoy your moment in the sun. I’m off to the Carina website right now to place my order!


    • Dee J. says:


      Thank you! I hope you love the story as much as I’ve loved yours. Leigh Court books are auto buys for me. Thanks for your tremendous support all these years. You’re beyond awesome!


    This is a great interview – thanks to Robena for hosting it! Dee – I am soooo proud of you, and you know I LOVE the book (and you).

    Admittedly, I am a noob when it comes to writing, but just wondering why/how you would “pants” a book…isn’t that rude? LOL! But, seriously…PANTS?

    • Dee J. says:


      So good to see you here! I lost my Internet, but I’m back now.

      A plotter plots the book and knows what’s going happen along the way. A panster lets the characters and story lead they way… meaning the writer isn’t exactly sure where the story is going to go and types without knowing what will happen next.

      So, no… it’s like mooning or depantsing. It’s plotting OR pantsing. Very different.

      Love you, too!

  16. Robena Grant says:

    Awww, come on, a little mooning never hurt a writer. Ha ha.

    So, the party isn’t over, there’s still coffee and dessert. For some strange reason we have a huge storm rolling up from San Diego, coming in over the mountains and hitting the heat of the desert. RAIN! In the desert. On Labor Day. Wow. Lightning and thunder and huge raindrops.

    Yikes. That lightning was close! Gonna close up shop for the night. Please leave comments, and if you haven’t visited my blog before, your comment will go to moderation and I’ll post it in the morning.

    Nite nite.

  17. Maria says:

    Such a busy weekend that I didn’t get back on the computer until today~ this is a great interview and now I am off to get the book from B&N!


    • Dee J. says:


      I agree… this weekend was packed! Hope you had fun.
      Yay on picking up the book! (It’s become my favorite new saying.
      Haha.) And thank you for coming by!

  18. Dee or Robena – Is Dangerous Race only in ebook format? If not, where can I find it in print. Amazon only had a kindle version.

    • Dee J. says:

      Hi Judy,

      At this time Dangerous Race is only available electronically or on audio (at Audible .com). Carina Press is a digital first publisher, but depending on how well the book does, Harlequin can choose to put it into print. It’s happening with a couple other series authors. So fingers crossed that Dangerous Race, Danger Zone and my other books in the series manage to follow in those footsteps!

      Thanks for the question and for stopping by!

  19. Robena says:

    Thanks everyone for supporting Dee J. and giving her a rousing welcome into the land of the published. It was a great kick off for her book launch.