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Bambi Sommers: Writer of romantic suspense novels with heart and humor

The amazing Bambi Sommers is one of those remarkable souls who combines enormous writing and editing talent, with a sense of humor and patience on the side. More than that, she is possessed of remarkable diplomacy and kindness, and many of us in the writing community find her a kindred spirit and huge supporter. I’m thrilled to feature her in the first Crimes & Passion author blog post.

Welcome, Bambi Sommers. Let’s get to know you first. I think there are cats curled up somewhere nearby. Or prowling.

Thank you for having me, Jo. And yes, as we speak, a cat is rubbing against my ankle. Four of them live with my husband and me, making us one little happy family.

How long have you been writing novels, and what inspired you to do so?

Thanksgiving of 2017, I received an email from Simon & Schuster asking if I would like to participate in a romance writing contest to be held the following Valentine’s Day. I read a ton of romance and thought yes, I can do this! So, I buckled down the month of December and wrote Justice Prevails. I really had no expectation of winning the contest, but it was so much fun writing the book that I had written the second one before they even announced the winner (which was not me, by the way). Since I had no plans to win, I had learned everything I could about self-publishing during that time. I published Justice Prevails right after Valentine’s Day then Phantom one week later. The third of the series came about four to six weeks after that.

Why did you choose to write in this genre?

Two reasons. The one above where I entered a romance contest, and the fact that romance is my favorite genre to read.

You have two romantic suspense series out, I believe. Please tell us a bit about them.

I actually have two series out plus a rock & roll romance duo, which has a bit of suspense in it.

My first series is the IMPS romance series. People ask me what the name means, but I keep a tight lip because it’s explained at the end of book one. The books are Justice Prevails, Phantom and Remembering Riley. The men featured are spec-ops who do what turns out to be their last case in the first book. They’re tired of moving around, and Justice and Phantom decide to stay in the small town and open a neighborhood pub. The second book opens with the FBI making an appearance in that pub, asking them to do one more case. Riley had already retired from the soldier life and is managing a rock & roll band, but he stays involved with the other two. The third book is Riley’s story. He’s involved with an artist who he and his band find out can sing like an angel, but he’s against her touring with the band. As secrets come out, his worst nightmare comes true . . . a tour bus accident leaving her without a memory of him.

Speaking of the band, they appear at the end of book two and are throughout book three. I loved these guys so much I gave them their own duo called FIREBIRD 1 & 2. I believe this duo has more heart and humor than my other books, but maybe because I’ve always had a soft spot for musicians.

My Hart Investigations Romance series is, at this time, a three-book series about the Hart Brothers. Working undercover for the DEA, Diesel, the oldest, falls for a woman and talks to his brothers about possibly quitting the DEA and opening up their own private investigation firm. Each book takes them on another investigation while watching them become more involved in the community and widening their family.

Is there a message tucked inside your books that you hope readers will carry away with them?

No. I write to strictly entertain. If the reader brings away some happiness and a smile, I’ve done my job. My books are light and easy to read. One day I may write something more meaningful, but right now, I just want my readers to tell me they love the characters as much as I do.

Are you working on something new?

Yes. I’m working on the fourth and final book in the Hart Investigations Romance series. It’s Sam, and he has become a partner with the Hart Brothers after watching them “save” his estranged wife in book two. Enough said about that without giving anything away. Anyway, he is interested in one of the women in the Hart circle, but she can’t stand the sight of him and he has no idea why. The book wraps up the series with a robbery, a shooting, and a couple of surprises I hope will delight!

What do you like to read? Do you have a favourite author or two?

As a side note, I happily became an editor for the indie crowd a year ago so I am grateful to get to read all sorts of genres, and I can say I’ve enjoyed each and every one. But at the end of the day, when I get to read purely for pleasure, I almost always choose a romance. I love something with humor, but that’s not saying I don’t enjoy a good thriller or fantasy, too. I guess that’s a big part of why I write what I do. I like to write something that makes people smile.

As for favorite authors, Darynda Jones wrote one of my favorites, the Charley Davidson series. Charley is a PI, but also the grim reaper. It’s sexy, scary and laugh-out-loud funny all at the same time. I recommend you listen to the audio book, narrated by my favorite, Lorelei King. It doesn’t get any better!

I have many, many other favorites, a lot from the indie authors on Twitter. You, Jo, for example. Your books are amazing.

Awwww . . . .

I would love to name a few more but the fact is I’d always leave someone out that I meant to name. But I’m happy to give recommendations to anyone asking on Twitter.

Thank you for having me today, Jo. I’m sure we’d have no problem talking about this all day, but we have to come to a close sometime. A big thank you to your readers and I hope you’ll all support the wonderful talent that is indie.

Bambi, thank you so much for doing this, and for being such a great friend to the writing community. All the best with your dual writing and editing career.

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