Reviews for The Open Water Swimmer
(Amazon 5 star by Judy S. - Great Debut Novel) This book has it all! Mystery, intrigue, drama, romance and steamy sex! It is a fast-paced story with beautifully written descriptions of locations and characters! I highly recommend it!
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About Sabrina Devonshire
I live in Tucson, Arizona with my husband, two teens and fluffy chow-chow. I started writing mystery novels when I was eight-years-old and this unleashed a passion for writing that’s burned in my blood ever since. I have an M.S. from the University of Arizona, work as a fitness professional at a world-renowned resort and an active adult community, and do extensive freelance magazine work. Most of my published articles are health and fitness related. The Open Water Swimmer is my first novel. My favorite hobby is swimming. Most days I seek an endorphin rush in the pool early in the morning and anytime I can escape to the ocean, I do and pack swim suits and not much else.
A note from Sabrina...
My second novel, a sci-fi romance entitled Message from Viola Mari, is under contract with Extasy Books and is coming soon.
An Interview with Sabrina Devonshire
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Sabrina, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is The Open Water Swimmer. Where did the idea for this sexy story?
SD: A headline about an open water race tragedy caught my eye and became an obsession to the point that I read every available report on the topic and stopped sleeping. I wondered why this man, who was to be male protagonist, Jeff Dickson, was chattering in my head and then felt compelled to write his story with a more positive outcome.
HH: What do you like about Dana and what's her greatest strength?
SD: She’s pure spontaneity. And I think that’s fun. Most of us want to be on some level, but are afraid to let go that much.
HH: What do you like best about Jeff and what makes him different than most heroes?
SD: He’s a competitor who sets goals and attacks them with a vengeance, but he’s a genuinely nice guy. He’s a mama’s boy and doesn’t feel the need to pretend he’s macho.
HH: How did you go about creating the world where their story takes place?
SD: It was all about providing exciting, exotic locales for the swimming races that serve as the stage for the plot and relationship development. I chose southern California, Honduras, Greece, Portugal, and Tunisia. I wanted to choose at least one country most people would never visit and my research led me to Tunisia.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?
SD: Writing from Jeff’s point-of-view. I’ve always been a competitor myself, so many of the in-his-head race thoughts I wrote have rolled through mind before.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
SD: My second exotic erotic adventure, Message from Viola Mari will be released in December or January. It’s a laugh-out-loud and very sexy sci-fi romance and takes readers to Belize, Prague, Czech Republic and another world.
HH: What are you most excited about in your career right now?
SD: That I’m finally publishing books. I’ve been publishing magazine articles for seven years now and kept submitting books only to hear one version or another of “no.” The day I heard “yes” from Tina Haveman at Extasy Books, I would have done back handsprings across my living room, had I been age 25 instead of almost 50 so I just shrieked like a maniac instead.
HH: What are you looking forward to most in the rest of 2012?
SD: I love NaNoWriMo in November -- it’s a great way to challenge myself to write my heart out. And I’m also looking forward to family time during the holidays. I’m blessed to have a very loving supportive family and my husband is just the best. How many husbands do you know who would suffer through reading an entire draft and diplomatically or sometimes bluntly say “that’s not how guys act?”
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
SD: Letters from Berlin by Margarete Dos and Kerstin Lieff and Outmaneuvered by JL Hammer.
HH: Do you have a writing hero and if so, who would it be?
SD: Jennifer Crusie is my writing heroine -- her books make me roll on the floor laughing and I’d love to be able to create stories that give people laughing bellyaches one minute and totally turn them on the next.
HH: Thank you!
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