Saturday, March 29, 2014

Scene Spotlight: FATAL SNAG by Angela Smith || #Giveaway

Hollywood fashion consultant Naomi Fisher is happy to use her obsessive-compulsive planning to assist with her cousin's wedding, but her history with the sexy and sullen Chayton Chambers, the groom’s brother, terrifies her. When the groom is kidnapped at his own wedding, Chayton and Naomi rush to find an important relic to satisfy the ransom before her cousin becomes a widow before a bride. Naomi trades garters for guns as survival, and love becomes a deadly game impossible to resist.

Publisher: Crimson Romance
Date Publishers: March 17, 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Word Count: 88,000

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The Scene:

As Chayton drained his beer, feeling ready to join Naomi, he noticed a burly blond bulldoze his way through the club and scan the room as if searching for someone in particular. Air Dog was more like a lounge, a hangout for people to get together and have drinks and fun. The bar hosted several different types of nights, loud music being one of them. Chayton rarely confronted trouble, although he was known to kick someone out at the first sign of it, and then they were never welcome back.

Tonight might be one of those nights.

As if spotting the one he searched for, the man shoved his way through the dance crowd. Chayton didn’t recognize him. More than likely a visitor on vacation. Maybe his wife had left him sleeping in his hotel room and decided to come have some fun. He normally didn’t like to nose in anyone’s business, but neither would he sit around and watch a guy use his power over a woman. Any woman.

Naomi swayed her hips to the music. The lights flashed across her hair, making her skin shimmer. He didn’t know how she could dance in those high heels and not fall. She wasn’t dancing with anyone in particular. The whole dance floor mingled as one.

Garret had noticed the guy, too. He clenched his fists against the bottle as if waiting.

Chayton couldn’t explain it, but he knew the guy sported trouble. He headed straight for Naomi. Chayton furrowed his brow and bit the inside of his cheek, waiting to see what happened before he interfered. When the guy grabbed Naomi’s elbow and pulled her to face him, Chayton plunked down his beer. Naomi acknowledged the guy with wide eyes. Shocked eyes. Her face fell. Chayton stood.

She said something to him. He said something to her. She tried to pull away. He wouldn’t have any of it. People danced around them. Garret stood with Chayton.

“Who the hell is that?” Garret asked.

“Who knows?” He didn’t plan to wait and figure it out, either. He zigzagged through the crowd, his eyes on Naomi. “Is something wrong?” he asked, stopping beside the guy.

He was big, but not that big. His bronzed skin looked as if he’d had too much time on his hands and liked spending it under a tanning bed.

“Chayton, this is Caleb.”

Chayton’s world teetered. It felt like the blade of Naomi’s high heels had kicked him straight in the chest, shaking his balance. People spun around him, dancing and laughing and swaying. He focused on Naomi’s face as if she was his anchor, the only thing keeping him from tumbling headfirst into a fit of rage.

So this was Caleb. The love of Naomi’s life.

The man deserved to have his face punched for the bruise he’d put on Naomi’s face.

“If you two have problems, I’d appreciate it if you’d take it outside my bar.”

Angela explains what's happening in the scene:

In this scene, Chayton is relaxing in Air Dog. Air Dog is a bar/lounge that he owns and operates, and he rarely kicks back and relaxes, especially at his own establishment. He is usually working behind the bar. This time he is relaxing, having a beer with his brother, and considering getting up on the dance floor with Naomi when he sees this guy bulldoze his way through the crowd. 

Chayton is fighting his growing feelings for Naomi and when he sees this man go up to her, he goes ballistic but tries to hide it. He’s not sure what to think and at this point, most of his feelings come out in angry bursts of movement and outbursts. He knows of Naomi’s history with Caleb, but he lives thousands of miles away so doesn’t even consider him at first. Chayton tends to grow aggressive with his words and lets anger overpower common sense, especially where Naomi is concerned, so when he is introduced to her ex-boyfriend, he lets his first words slip out of his mouth, and he tells them to take it out of his bar. 

What inspired the scene?
I knew Caleb needed to make an entrance, and I wondered how best to make that introduction between Chayton and Caleb. I can honestly say this came through my characters knowing exactly how this scene should go.

There's a lot to love:
In this scene, Chayton is finally relaxing and ready to dance with Naomi and to recognize if not a relationship, at least the friendship they had started a few months ago. He’s been brushing her off because of his animosity (she left Montana without saying goodbye, and Chayton believes she did so to go back to Caleb, who is introduced in this scene). He has a lot of internal struggles, and I love how this is an entry into a later scene to learn more about this two characters. It’s a mix of action and dialogue and emotion.

Casting call:
Choosing Chayton’s character was a hard decision, because I always had an image of him in my mind that I can’t seem to match with pictures. I always said his brother, Garret who was the hero in Burn on the Western Slope, could be played by Chris Hemsworth. However, every time I see Supernatural and how the two brothers look and interact, I remember how they inspired the characteristics between Chayton and Garret. Even their ages match my characters. So Jensen Ackles for Garret Chambers, and Jared Padalecki for Chayton Chambers. And don’t you girls just love his gorgeous hair? 

For Naomi, my character inspiration was from a clipping from a fashion magazine. However, I would choose Kristen Bell. Look at her strong resemblance to the cover, and she fits the picture I first chose! Kristen Bell has a strong personality who can play a lot of different types of characters.

The actor to play Caleb, who is a secondary character in this scene, would be Travis Van Winkle.

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Author Bio:
During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been her dream ever since her mother read Brer Rabbit to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it back to each other before actually learning to read. She’s always enjoyed stories about the adventure of love, and getting involved in the legal field developed her love of suspense. A certified paralegal, work gives her perfect fodder for her romantic suspense stories. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she enjoys creating, reading, and dreaming of the places she’ll visit one day.

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  1. Thank you for featuring me and my characters on your blog today!

    1. Hi Angela,
      It's wonderful having you here today. I'm a huge Supernatural fan so it's a blast seeing the boys. :)

  2. Loved the blurb, the excerpt and especially the pic of those two
    cute boyz! It's fun to think of our writing in a scene-from-a-movie
    format. It really does add a great visual depth to everything.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I enjoyed the blurb and excerpt - sounds like a great read!