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Terri Reed | Baked Alaska for ALASKAN RESCUE
Author Guest / April 12, 2021

For the release of my latest book, ALASKAN RESCUE, I decided to make a Baked Alaska in celebration. I’ve never made a Baked Alaska, so I went on a search for a recipe I suited to my inexperience. One of the many aspects of writing that I enjoy is research. Even researching how to make a dessert. I found many recipes and videos showing a variety of ways, shapes, and flavors to make Baked Alaska. And I found the history of Baked Alaska fascinating. The dessert is shrouded in mystery, which seems a fitting way to celebrate the release of the new romantic suspense series, Alaska K-9 Unit: A wedding party goes missing while on a hike and the tour guide is found murdered. Who is the killer? Where is the bride, the maid of honor, the groom, and his best man? It’s up to the elite Alaskan State Troopers and their canines to solve the crime. I read one account that says the name, Baked Alaska, was coined at Antoine’s, a restaurant in New Orleans by chef Antoine Alciatore in 1867 to honor the acquisition of Alaska. Yet, another chef is credited with inventing the dessert. In 1867 Charles…

Terri Reed | 20 Questions: EXPLOSIVE SITUATION
Author Guest / June 29, 2020

1–What’s the name of your latest release?  Explosive Situation, book 4 of the True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn from Love Inspired Suspense July 2020 2–What is it about?  Officer Henry Roarke has been falsely accused of a crime and he’s determined to prove his innocence to the internal affairs officer sent to investigate. Olivia Vance, new to internal affairs, is determined to prove herself by uncovering the truth. But soon it’s apparent there is more at stake than a career. A serial bomber is targeting Henry and those close to him. Olivia and Henry, along with Henry’s K-9, a bomb sniffing beagle named Cody, must team up to stop the bomber before anyone gets hurt and, in the process, discover the biggest risk is to their hearts. 3–What word best describes your heroine?  Purpose-driven 4–What makes your hero irresistible?   Charm and integrity 5–Who are the people your main characters turn to when they need help?  Olivia turns to her family. They are a close-knit bunch, who have each other’s backs. Henry turns to his friends on the police force who are as close as family and his little sister, whom he has been raising since she was young. 6–What do…

Terri Reed | Creating Characters Led to Personal Growth + Giveaway!
Author Guest / January 24, 2020

Thank you, Fresh Fiction, for hosting me on your blog. While coming up with a topic for this blog, I asked myself what is it about books that captivate me. The answer is Characters. So often when I think about books I’ve read and loved, I remember the characters. When I first started writing I had no clue what I was doing. I didn’t understand craft, but I knew I had stories to tell. My mother-in-law encouraged me to ‘just’ start writing. I did, but my characters were flat. It took me many sets of revisions to the stories before I was really able to know and understand my characters. It was painstaking work, hence why it took me ten years to sell my first full-length novel to Harlequin. Now, nearly three decades since writing that first story, I finally feel like I have a grasp on characterization. But it required many classes and workshops, learning from authors whose work I admired and wanted to emulate. As authors, we want our characters to be likable, relatable, sympathetic and fictional people the reader can root for from page one to the end. I embarked all those years ago on a quest…