Bleeding Hearts (Book #1)
by Dana Louise Provo
Publication Date: August 25, 2016
Publisher: Clean Reads
Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.
Red roses, a reminder of her parents' killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.
Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?
About the Author
Dana Provo has always loved books and reads everything from young adult fantasy to adult historical romances. When she’s not reading or writing her next novel, Dana can be found riding her horses and getting ready for competition. Dana lives with her husband and two house plants in Richmond, Virginia.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hobbies, pets, fun facts? Tea or coffee?
I’m a wife, author and equestrian. I love both coffee and tea. I own two horses, Anna and Chloe, and we like to compete in Dressage. I’m a terrible speller, so it’s a good thing there’s spellcheck and editors! And I have always wanted to visit France.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
First chapters are always my favorite. I feel as though it’s some of my best writing at the beginning of the book. It’s also challenging to hook a reader and keep them throughout the whole thing. I knew I wanted the first chapter of Bleeding Hearts to be fast, violent, and heart racing. I hope everyone feels how Cami does in that first chapter.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it purely all imagination?
Yes, I actually live in Cami’s apartment, although the name and location has changed, I’ve created her world around mine in Richmond, VA.
What inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration came from when I moved into my new home. I wanted to write a story with more than one timeline where the reader gets bounced from present day to the past to reveal more twists and turns. After I moved in, and met my neighbors, I built the story around them. The characters don’t necessarily resemble their personalities, but I used them as inspiration.
Is there a particular author or book that influenced you in any way either as a child or an adult?
Surprisingly Twilight got me back into reading again. I had stopped reading for several years; I was busy with other life events and didn’t have the time. After reading the Twilight series twice, I knew I wanted to read more. And that led to writing and creating my first book.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Don’t procrastinate. Have a plan. After you’ve written and edited your book at least 5-6 times and don’t think there’s anything you can possibly change to make it better, then you send it out to agents and publishers. Make sure you know who you are querying to and when you sent that scary email out. Don’t let time slip away and use it to your advantage. Start on more books, keep reading, and have fun with your imagination
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or readers?
I want to thank each and everyone you for reading this blog and taking a chance on Bleeding Hearts. I can’t do any of this without readers and fans. So, thank you!