Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thursday Tales: Melissa Keir

Hi! Thanks so much for coming today. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Thanks for having me over Carrie! I love your books and would love to be just like you when I grow up! I’m a mom and wife in a blended family, not unlike The Brady Bunch. Unfortunately we don’t have an Alice to do all the cooking, cleaning, etc. so that I could do the PTO stuff. I am actually an elementary teacher during the day and steamy writer at night.

Tell us a bit about your book.

My latest release is titled “Protecting His Wolfe”.  It is a twist on the tale of The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.  In my story, Betsie Wolfe is a small town minister’s daughter who arrives in the big city and immediately gets into trouble.  Jonah Pigg is the police detective who lives at home with his two younger brothers and is a silent partner in The Pigg Detective Agency.  Jonah falls for Betsie and sets out to keep her safe, but will the Pigg be able to save the Wolfe?

Is this part of a series?

Yes, Protecting His Wolfe is the first in what is supposed to be a three book series about the three Pigg brothers. Marcus is demanding his book is told next and he won’t stop until he gets his way.
What did you find the hardest part of writing it to be?

Finding the time to sit down and write. Without Alice, my house doesn’t get cleaned as often as I want nor does the laundry just do itself. I keep trying to convince my husband that I need an Alice… maybe even a male one… hot and sexy one.

What was your favorite part?

I love sharing my stories with my readers. My favorite part is hearing that someone laughed about a comment that a character said or that they were moved by the story or characters.

Rate your story in terms of steaminess.

Protecting His Wolfe is at a level of three little piggies of steaminess. Hot as bacon!

Who is your favorite romance author?

Do I have to just pick one? There are so many different authors that I love for different reasons. I love Johanna Lindsey for her historical stories and the fact that I was raised on her books. They were my afterschool specials. But most of the authors that I love today have an edgier side. I love paranormal authors like yourself and contemporary spicy authors like Liz Crowe. Those are the books that draw me in as an adult.

What is your favorite romance book or series?

I know I’m whining, but do I have to pick just one? There are so many that I love from Eve Dallas to Anita Blake.
Who is your favorite romance character? If you could go on a date with that person, what would you do? Details please! *wink*

Now with regards to men…I would love to be on a date with Micah from Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. He is a shape-shifter who knows how to take care of a woman. But why limit it to just one man! I’d also love to have a double with Micah and Roarke from JD. Robb’s Eve Dallas series. Who wouldn’t love a man with the money, dark good looks and sexy accent of Roarke?

Boxers or Briefs?

I’d much rather they not wear them, but on the right guy both can look amazing!

What is next for you?

Summer vacation is next for me. I have time now to write and finish my books. I have a sequel in the works for The Wilder Sisters series and one for The Pigg Detective Agency series.

What were your first impressions of each other?

Betsie: He looked like a hero standing above me putting his coat over me after Johnny died. I was so shook-up and this guy walks up in a tan coat…he stood over me and looked like a hero.

Jonah: She was huddled in this police blanket, shaking and looked so alone. I wanted to reach out and comfort her, protect her and keep her safe.

What are your favorite parts about each other?

Betsie: I like his family, his integrity, and how he took care of his brothers after his parents’ deaths. He is a stand-up guy. He will always look out for those that he loves.

Jonah: I like her self-reliance. She doesn’t want to rely on anyone else but needs to do things her own way. I like that she doesn’t need me to fight all her battles and will stand up to me.
What’s next for you?

Jonah: I’d like to continue spending time with Betsie seeing where our relationship goes. We love each other and have plans for marriage but there’s no rush.

Betsie: I agree.

Betsie Wolfe was a small town girl who left her cozy little life for a job in the big city. She never expected to become a witness to a murder or face vicious threats. Detective Jonah Pigg was immediately attracted to Betsie’s lavender eyes and small frame huddled in the gray wool blanket when he arrived on the scene of the murder.
When threats on Betsie's life surface, Jonah takes her into his home under the protection of the three Pigg’s who own the Pigg Agency. It will take all of his detective work to keep her safe. Passion has a way of igniting when people are in stressful situations and lust leads Betsie and Jonah into each other’s arms. But is their relationship only a matter of desire or is it something more?

Finally fed up with the tension, she left her desk, shut down the lights in the office, and locked the door. With her small clutch purse in one hand, she started the lonely walk to her apartment, six blocks over from the employee parking garage. Someday, I’ll have enough money for a car of my own. She thought with envy. Maybe something in a green color but with good gas mileage.
So focused on the noises around her, Betsie tripped over a patch of broken concrete and went sprawling on the floor, her purse hit the concrete and one lipstick tube rolled across the garage floor. Crawling on her hands and knees, Betsie yelled at herself in her head for her accident. Oh no. Isn’t that my luck! Everything has gone wrong today! Where is my purse? What fell out?
Suddenly a car appeared around the back of the garage and screeches to a halt. The sounds of yelling and gunfire erupted in the silence of the parking garage. Diving flat on the ground, Betsie begins to say all the prayers she remembered from the past twenty-three years of Catholic Mass. As a body crashed to the ground, the black sports car with the silver trim drove away.
Betsie hid on the ground near the edge of a large blue sedan, praying no one could hear her. The silence after such a deafening noise grated on Betsie’s nerves. Without thought for herself, she rushed over to the body to see if they needed help.
“Oh, my, gosh, it’s Johnny from the warehouse. Johnny, Johnny, are you okay?” She placed her hands on his chest to see if he was still breathing, only to pull away abruptly when she felt the wetness of his shirt.
Looking down at her hands, “Oh no. Blood! Johnny!” But his death was as evident as the large hole in the front of his shirt gushing blood on the pavement.
“I can’t be caught here.” Betsie realized with the dead body beside her that the garage wasn’t a safe place.
After a long argument with her conscience over what was right and what might happen, Betsie found her purse with the office keys inside and went back into the office to call the police.

Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver.  Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines.  In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog.  
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time.  She’s always keeping busy.  Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.
Melissa loves hearing from readers!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Tamara! :) You are always so sweet and supportive!

  2. Thank you Carrie Ann for letting me be on your blog! I'm so lucky to have friends like you!