Interview: Author Katie Reus + Giveaway!

Filed in Interview , Katie Reus , The Danger Lover Posted on February 15, 2011 @ 7:00 am 33 comments

Please join us in giving a warm BLI welcome to multi published & talented Author Katie Reus (who also writes as Savannah Stuart)! Katie writes sensual, suspenseful love stories that will curl your toes and keep you turning the pages to find out what happens to her special characters. Katie’s latest publication Dangerous Secrets was released February 7th from Carina Press, and it is a sexy romantic suspense! Be sure and read the end of the post as Katie is offering a generous giveaway!! 🙂

BLI: Thank you so much for joining us here today Katie!

Katie: Thank you for having me, Lea!

BLI: Katie can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Katie: The very condensed, informal bio: I’ve been in love with books since I was a kid and the addiction followed me into adulthood. I finished college, worked a few jobs I hated, then a few years ago I decided to try writing romance since I loved reading it so much. After many many rejections, I now have a fantastic agent who believes in me and in addition to the two contracts I signed last year with Carina Press, I also recently signed a three-book deal with NAL/Penguin for a paranormal trilogy. Not long after that I found out I was pregnant so combined with new deadlines and edits, this year is turning out to be pretty busy!

BLI: Congratulations on your baby news and the exciting contract! Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?

Katie: I wake up, make a pot of coffee and hit the computer for a few hours. I’ll take a break to exercise and run errands or whatever but when I’m done, I’m back at the computer until my husband comes home. I took the plunge into full-time writing recently so I treat it as a business with ‘business’ hours. As far as planner vs. pantser, I’m a bit of both. I plan out my actual writing schedule months in advance. Like right now I know what book I’ll be working on from week to week, what word count I should hit, etc. all the way until May. Maybe that makes me a freak, but it so works for my sanity. When writing the actual book I’m not that organized. I have a general idea what will happen in the beginning and I know most of the high points (the first meet of the h/h, the black moment, etc.) but it usually starts off with me just knowing the characters. I plot about 3-4 chapters at a time until I hit the 70% mark and then I usually map out the rest of the book in one sitting.

BLI: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?

Katie: Probably obsession…I think a real Book Lover can’t live without a constant fix of good books. Reading isn’t just a luxury for them, it’s part of their life. A Reader likely falls asleep with their Kindle or paperback in hand. (Ahem, like myself)

BLI: What can we expect of Dangerous Secrets?

Katie: Lots of romance, sexy love scenes and of course secrets. Unlike my next romantic suspense from Carina, the suspense isn’t the main focus in this story. It’s the hero and heroine and their growing attraction and feelings for each other.

BLI: As I mentioned in my review, I think one of your strengths as a writer is your characterization of strong alpha heroes and Dangerous Secrets is no exception. As a reader, I found Adam Marcellus to be extremely sexy but also conflicted in many ways. Can you share a little of his background with readers?

Katie: Thanks! I love alpha heroes and I hate that stereotype that alphas have to be jerks so my guys might be domineering and stubborn, but they always put their lady first.

Adam grew up in a very poor section of New Orleans so being successful is very important to him. His mother basically abandoned him and his brother when they were young with their grandmother. She did come back a few times, once to drop off their half-sister. As the oldest, he worked hard to take care of his family because even though his grandmother was technically their caretaker, he actually looked out for their entire household. Once he graduated high school he joined the Marine Corps and continued to financially support them the best he could. After he got out of the military, he and his brother started a security company and they’ve been tirelessly working to make it a success ever since.

BLI: I agree regarding alpha heroes and Adam is anything but a jerk which you made evident by giving him impeccable manners, he knows how to treat a woman. And, he has a toe curling Louisiana drawl – that I so love. 😉

I’ve read a few of your novels now and have to say I’ve loved every one of your heroes. You seem to like writing about men who have served in the military, special forces in particular. Any reason why characterizing these types of men appeals to you Katie?

Katie: Thank you! Yes, I admit to loving military men. There’s something so sexy about a man in uniform but more importantly I love a man willing to stand up for something he believes in whether it be his country or his woman. I’m married to a former Marine (though according to him there’s no such thing as a ‘former’ Marine) so that’s probably another reason these type of men appeal to me.

BLI: I wanted to talk about the heroine of Dangerous Secrets, Isabelle “Izzy” Ballantine. You established an excellent juxtaposition between her and Adam. Essentially, they come from very different socioeconomic backgrounds and both have trust and commitment issues. Can you tell us a little about Izzy and why a big city girl from a very rich and powerful family ends up tending bar in the small town of Coconut Bay?

Katie: After dealing with a meddling father for so many years, Izzy finally drew the line when her father tried to interfere in her professional career. She still loved him but she needed some real distance between them. At the same time she didn’t want to move too far so she moved to Coconut Bay (a fictional town located in North Florida) close to her home of Savannah, GA. She knew she wouldn’t be staying permanently so she wanted a job she could easily leave and a job in the restaurant business was perfect.

BLI: Would you be willing to share an excerpt from Dangerous Secrets today?


Isabelle Ballantine has been fighting for independence since she was old enough to walk. Now that she’s finally out from under her father’s shadow, she won’t let anyone stand in her way. It’s tough living on her own, working in a bar and keeping her true identity a secret, but things start to look up when a sexy new stranger walks into her life. After working side by side for weeks, Izzy can’t figure out why he won’t make a move.

To cinch the deal of a lifetime, Adam Marcellus agrees to help Izzy’s eccentric father convince his daughter to move home. He’d assumed Izzy would be another spoiled rich princess, but he’s surprised to discover his feelings for her are stronger than anything he’s ever experienced. When a deranged stalker targets her, Adam finds himself fighting not only an unknown threat – but an unexpected attraction to the one woman he can’t have.



Izzy spared herself one last glance in the mirror, then rolled her eyes at her reflection. Adam would be picking her up in a couple minutes and she was worrying herself for nothing. Technically, they weren’t even going on a date. He’d asked if she wanted to get breakfast after the staff meeting. That was it.

Of course that didn’t stop her from putting on a jersey halter-style summer dress that accentuated all her curves. Not that she had many, but she capitalized on the ones she did. She’d only known Adam a few weeks, but every time he’d seen her she was fairly sure she’d been wearing her work uniform. The plain black getup didn’t exactly scream sexy siren. It was time for him to see her in a different light.
Last night he’d looked like he wanted to kiss her. Not because of her last name, and certainly not because of who her father was. Nope. He wanted her just for her. Or at least she hoped so.

She pressed a hand to her stomach and tried to force the jitters away. It was like she was sixteen again and getting ready for her first date. Her doorbell sounded and she jumped. She quickly smoothed on lip gloss then grabbed her purse. Almost as an afterthought, she tugged the hair band from her ponytail and left her hair down.

A second later she opened the door to find Adam standing there. She could feel heat creeping up her neck and cursed her Celtic heritage for the billionth time in her life. Simply seeing him shouldn’t get her all hot and bothered. “Good morning.”

“Morning.” He handed her a Styrofoam cup of what she hoped was coffee.

She shut the door behind her as she stepped outside and took a sip. An appreciative sigh escaped. Irish cream. Her favorite. “Mmm, thanks.”

“Did you look through the peephole before you answered?” he asked.

She glanced over her shoulder to look at him as she locked the door. “Uh…no, but I didn’t think anyone else would be here at six-forty-five in the morning.”

“You should start making a habit of it.”

“You sound like my dad,” she joked.

“I’m serious, Izzy. When I talked to the police last night they asked about the girl’s hair color.” The tone of his voice caused a shiver to snake down her spine.


“It looks like this guy is targeting brunettes. I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but as of now that’s the only thing they’ve found in common with the women. Or at least that’s all they’d tell me. You need to start paying attention to the people around you.”

“Oh.” Self-consciously she fingered a dark curl. Technically she had auburn highlights, but she doubted some maniac would make the distinction. And Adam was right. She should have known better.

BLI: Will there be more books in this series (I’m thinking a story about Adam’s brother, Ben would be an excellent read – lol)? What is next on your schedule?

Katie: Eventually I’d love to write Ben’s story though I don’t see it happening until later this year (or maybe early next year). I recently signed a 3 book deal with NAL/Penguin for a paranormal series so for the first time ever I’m writing on a set schedule (one of those books still needs to be written!). Right now I have two things on submission, I’m working on a category length romantic suspense, then after that I’m going to finish book #3 in my contracted trilogy. Oh, and I have another romantic suspense releasing from Carina this August (I’m currently editing that book and it’s kicking my butt). Plus, my editor with them just told me they want the romantic suspense I subbed not long ago so I know I have those edits to look forward to soon. Since I’m having my first baby this summer I’m trying to pack a lot of stuff in the first half of this year since the second half I’ll be taking things much slower.

BLI: Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read your books?

1. Hot love scenes
2. Happy endings (always!)
3. Alpha males who are NOT jerks. My heroes might be domineering but they always look out for their woman.

BLI: Katie, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us at Book Lovers today! It’s been a real pleasure chatting with you.

Katie: Thank you so much for having me!

Where To Find Katie:


Katie has generously offered a copy of one of her many wonderful romances from her backlist to one lucky commenter! This includes Katie’s books from her Savannah Stuart backlist. 🙂

*PLEASE NOTE* A copy of “Dangerous Secrets” is not included in this giveaway – Thank you.

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about the interview.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, March 5, 2011; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!


About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • Birgit February 15, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Totally agree – men in uniform are smokin' hot!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  • BooksforCompany February 15, 2011 at 8:24 am

    They are three very good reasons! l so want to read one of the books now!
    Thanks for the interview and giveaway
    booksforcompany @

  • Reading mind February 15, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I found a reason to read your books! Hot love scenes!! Okay, just kidding.
    Lovely interview. I like the fact that Izzy and Adam have a very different background and most of all I like the way Izzy acts! Sounds really my type of heroine|

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  • Diana February 15, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I like 3 reasons why people should read your books!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    artgiote at gmail dot com

  • debbie February 15, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I really like that the alpha males are not jerks. If they act like jerks, then they are automatically not a alpha male to me. I would love to read the book.

  • Katie Reus February 15, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Thanks again Lea for having me today!

    Thanks, Birgit! Can't go wrong with a man in uniform 🙂

  • Katie Reus February 15, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Glad you like the reasons BooksforCompany & Diana 🙂

  • Katie Reus February 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Thanks, Reading! Izzy was difficult to write at times but she was a lot of fun.

  • Katie Reus February 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Hi Debbie! Yep, alpha and jerks do not go hand in hand 🙂

  • GeishasMom73 February 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Congratulations to you and your husband on the new baby! Also big congrats on your new 3-book deal! I am glad that your Alphas aren't jerks. I've read a string of books lately that had a hero that I just didn't like. I'm glad Dangerous Secrets will have a hero with manners. Great interview!

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • Mikki-Manó February 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Oh, thank you for the interview and the giveaway =) And of course, for the excerpt, I like it =)

  • Amy February 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway =)
    I like men in uniforms too, and that is one of the main attractions of romantic suspense for me.

    Email: angeldream3(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Danielle Gorman February 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    You are a new author to me and I definitely want to check out your books. They look really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Estella February 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I enjoy learning about the authors I read.
    Congrats on the baby!

    I love romantic suspense.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • CLMcCune February 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Everyone loves a guy in uniform…I like mine OUT of uniform-hehehe. Must have the HEA…sometimes it's the high point in your crummie day 🙂
    Loved the interview…Thanks.

  • Kaetrin February 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I picked up Dangerous Secrets last week after reading the review here and I'm looking forward to reading it. Alpha heroes who are NOT jerks are the bomb!

  • marybelle February 16, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I love that fact that you get that Alpha Males don't have to be jerks. That is such a turn off. So bravo!! On that thought alone I know I will be chasing up your books.

  • Tore February 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I love alpha males but I dont like when they are jerks. I agree that men in uniforms look really hot. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read your books.

  • Katie Reus February 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Thanks for stopping by Stacie & Mikki! 🙂

  • Katie Reus February 16, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Amy & CL, those uniforms get me every time! I used to tell my husband how 'cute' he looked in his but I don't think he appreciated it. Now I just say handsome, lol.

  • Katie Reus February 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Thanks, Danielle! If you do, I hope you enjoy what you read 🙂

  • Katie Reus February 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Glad you enjoyed the interview, Estella!

  • Katie Reus February 16, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Thanks, Kaetrin. I hope you like it!

  • Katie Reus February 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for stopping by Marybelle & Tore! Nice to see you both feel the same way about alpha males!

  • Lea February 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    Thank you for stopping by and supporting Katie's visit here at BLI. She writes great stories and as I mentioned – awesome heroes. *g*

    Good luck to you all!

    *waving* at Katie!!

  • donnas February 16, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Great interview. Thanks for sharing! I only recently heard about your books and am looking forward to reading your romantic suspenses. Congrats on the new release!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • Sarah February 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Great interview! I loved your comment about real book lovers being obsessed and falling asleep with a book in their hands – I do that all the time! 🙂

    smaccall @

  • Cathy M February 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    This was such a fun interview, Katie. And your three reasons for reading your stories are exactly what I look for in a great storyline and the kind of books you would find on my favorite's shelf.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  • jen7waters February 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    The military men question cracked me up! I think it's all in the boots and the really short haircuts, men look mean in them. But in a good way. A guy in uniform inspires respect, and a sense of security, but most of all a lot of sighs from the ladies. 😀
    Your heros sound like impecable guys, Katie. And that's not an easy thing to find.

    jen7waters AT gmail DOT com

  • Welzen February 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    !Great interview¡

    I found three good reasons to read your books: Hot love scenes, happy endings and alpha males who are not jerks.


  • winnie February 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks for the interview! The books sound awesome; I will have to check them out.

    I agree on the alpha heroes because I also love them in stories. They are most definitely not jerks. I mean sure, they have that dominant aspect but they're not 'dominating' because they always respect and put the heroine's needs and desires first.


  • Meredith February 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I love the description of the alpha hero for the new book!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  • Crystal ♥ March 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Great interview and I love your three reasons why we should read your books! Sounds like they are def. more me!


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