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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Partners in Crime by Downey Greene

Partners in Crime
By- Downey Greene
Genre- Romantic Suspense
Publisher- Staccato Publishing
Publication Date- April 29th, 2014

Gun, badge... and a swear jar?

Detective Faye Kane is a good cop. So when she smells a rat in her city she follows the facts no matter where they lead even if it’s right to Philadelphia’s own philanthropist and hopeful new mayor, Martino “Millie” Maliano. But after a rough day, sometimes even a cop needs to feel like a woman.

Enter Ian “Griff” McManus, rumored lead problem solver in Millie’s organization. After one hot night with a sexy stranger, he’s given a new target his boss needs quieted: Detective Faye Kane.

Dirty cops, loyalty, betrayal, even love. Detective Kane needs to sift through the ashes of her beloved city after it all comes down to find the one thing that matters, if she’s still standing.


Please tell us about yourselves using 3 verbs, 1 quirk and a pop culture addiction

Geebus this is hard...and I whined and was given a reprieve…so 3 words that describe me...loyal, caring, busy. I was initially going to say...bat shit crazy :)
                A quirk...AND just one, yikes. I can be a control freak, there I said it...happy.
                               Not a pretty quirk when you have a bazillion kids and absolutely no
                               control over life.
here, comin’ at you live.  Greene in 3 verbs?  Er… Laughing, Reading, Falling - I am a tad clumsy - I guess that could be my quirk too...LOL.

Pop culture addiction? Errr...Does Facebook count?  

Who do you consider the most swoon-worthy man in the literary world? How about on tv/in the movies?

Greene Meister ~
 Literary hotty?  Old School - Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  Not as Old School - Gino Santangelo from the Santangelo Series by Jackie Collins.

Literary hotty...BOOM...Roarke from JD Robb’s In Death series AND Gabriel from Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series.

Greene still...
TV - easy peasy.  There’s nobody like Jensen Ackles!  There are not enough words in all the languages of the world to describe his awesomeness.  

TV-this is where Greene and I differ...I am a Sammy girl from Supernatural but I also LOVE Gibbs from NCIS, and a new obsession Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow.

What are your thoughts on book covers- in your opinion do they make or break a book?
Neither.  If I’m shopping for an actual book - not a Nook or Kindle - I always flip the book over to read the blurb.  The title is what grabs me more than the cover art.  However, if the cover doesn’t match what’s on the inside, then I feel a tad perplexed.  But because I’m reading the inside, the outside is of no consequence.

No doubt that a book cover can draw me in but I have to agree with Greene, I turn it over and read the blurb.  That is kind of a deal breaker for me.

How do you come up with character names?  
Characters tell me their names.  If I try to reach for one or pick one that I might like better, the imaginary friend kvetching begins, so I tend to stick with what they tell me.

I agree they just come to me, as if they name themselves.

How do you come up with novel titles?

I do like a double entendre or play on words for titles.  Sometimes a song lyric or verse from a poem will stew in my head.  I let the WIP speak to me and whatever feels right I go with.

Greene is really good at this, so far she is 2 for 2.

This or That-
*Vanilla or Chocolate?
Greene~ Chocolate
Downey~ BOTH

*Summer or Winter?

Are you kidding right now? Do you live at the Equator or something?  It’s -35F in Western NY.  I do believe I will choose SUMMER!  LOLOLOL!
SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER….you get my drift :)

About the Author-
WE…yes you read right. We are two separate individuals who met in a writing group on FB. In this group we dabbled in writing and hit it off, each liking the other’s strengths and complementing the other’s weaknesses. When the opportunity presented to Downey to submit to a publisher she approached Greene to join her in the journey. Both with hectic lives they took turns writing, swapping ideas and chapters, thus creating their first book, Partners in Crime. Here is a little something about the Dynamic Duo.

Downey: Otherwise known as Maureen lives in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. She is your typical suburban soccer mom; well ok there is nothing typical about her AND her kids play EVERYTHING but soccer. Downey as she is known in this duo has 5 kids ranging from 12 ½ to 19. And to answer the question swirling in your minds…YES, she is crazy. She has been married for over 21 years to her best friend and love of her life. She LOVES to read, her appetite is voracious for all things books. Her job at a local bookstore was by far one of the best experiences and fed her addiction to the written word. Going to book signings and having them at the store were her rock star moments; she is a total fan girl for authors. When that job disappeared she felt bereft, with much floundering she stumbled upon the underbelly of FB and fell in love with writing. Creating stories and weaving tall tales helped ease the indecision that plagued her. The feedback and support for her writing blew her away and prompted her to open Word and create. Loving how Greene weaved a story Downey decided they should become the Dynamic Duo. With the support of her family she has embarked on a totally unexpected new path. When she is not carting kids all over she is managing her kingdom… between all that she reads, blogs(BCWAB) and submerges herself in her make believe world and writes. Some days she feels invincible, other days…well they should hide. Never in a million years did she ever think THIS was a possibility, as they say when one door closes another opens. In her case, truer words were never spoken.

Greene: Otherwise known as Alison to family and friends, Honey Bunny to her husband since the dawn of time – or so it seems, mom to her 2 children, and momma to her one and only grandson, lives in a small area of Western New York known primarily as the birthplace of Gabby Hayes. Alison has always loved reading and writing was always a hobby while she harbored a secret dream to one day be published. How to do that when she’s as twitchy as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs? Find herself a writing partner. Enter Maureen Downey.