Blog Tour w/Giveaway: A Second Chance by Dana K Ray


A Second Chance
Dana K. Ray
Publication date: June 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
A past she can’t forget…
Raven will do just about anything to forget a horrific event from the past that still haunts her. Forced to attend church because of a promise she made at a party, she is immediately attracted to the young, handsome preacher but is unconvinced of his promises of a better life.
A future he refuses to accept…
Matthew has everything planned out until Raven walks into his church and turns his life upside down. Repulsed by her lifestyle, yet fascinated by her beauty and charm, he finds himself drawn to her by a force he can’t explain.
Raven and Mathew’s unlikely friendship leads them through escalating troubled waters that threaten to doom their growing relationship. Will they survive to learn valuable lessons of grace, forgiveness and love?

Q & A with Dana K. Ray

What books/authors have influenced your writing?
I love JK Rawlings, Suzanne Collins, but I think the most influential is Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. She writes a fun, fast read, that’s suspenseful. That’s what I want my readers to experience. Have fun, read fast (in the sense you can’t put it down) and to grow and want to change.

Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
I hate to clean my house! Why? Because it just gets dirty again. What a waste of time. My house is “lived in”. I do clean because I don’t like dust, dirt and messiness, but it is not my favorite thing to do. To overcome it, I put in headphones and music because music inspires my characters so I get ideas to write about while doing what I dislike.

Share a funny incident in your life.
I was at the hospital to see someone who had recently had a baby. To get into the unit where the babies are you must present your driver’s license to a security guard, they make a copy of it, and then they make a stickered picture badge which allows you in.

As I waited my turn, there were two cleaning gals hanging out in the corner. I gave them a smile then stepped up to the security desk and handed over my license.

The security guard took it and smiled. “Look into the camera please.”

A small rectangular looking thing sat my height on a pole with a roundish circle in the middle. I stepped over to it, closed one eye and with the other, peered into the round object with the lens millimeters away from my opened eye.

The security guard clears his throat. “Ma’am, can you step away from the camera.”

The cleaning ladies giggled. I’d rather be laughed with than at, so I coolly said, “What? You didn’t want to scan my retina?”

This brought the cleaning ladies, the guard and myself to rolling on the ground laughter. He snapped my picture, handed me my badge and I was on my way.

As I walked down the hallway of the hospital I began to think about how many times we look at things going on in our lives so closely, trying to analyze it, or to understand what God is doing, that we never see the whole picture. Sometimes we have to “step away from the camera.”

What's your pet peeve?
When people honk at me while I’m driving and trying to catch a Pok√©mon. Seriously, just give me a minute ‘cause I gotta catch ‘em all! Just kidding. I don’t catch ‘em when other cars are around.

When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music do you have a playlist?
Music is a MUST! It depends on what I’m writing. For more romantic scenes it’s slower songs. When I write on the Luciano series (Absolution comes out in 2017) it’s more rock music, even some old Pink Floyd stuff because it’s has darker parts in the series of books. The music has to fit the mood of the scene.

Who was your favorite hero/heroine.
In fiction, Raven from A Second Chance. She overcomes a lot! When writing A Second Chance, I had one person mention there may be too many obstacles for Raven to overcome and that could appear unrealistic. Raven had three major life events and grew in strength from them. In my own life, I had five major, life altering events happen in a short amount of time when I was in my early twenties. I grew stronger from it. So many people have the same stories. Life is messy and we must deal with it. I want people to see obstacles and know they can overcome them. (and yes, that was a shameless plug to go buy my book! ☺ https://amzn.com/1632132605 )

Outside of A Second Chance, my all-time favorite fictional character is Scarlet O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. Again, it’s the never give up mentality. You do what you gotta do to survive.

Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different.
Yes! It’s fun when that happens! They begin in your mind a certain way then they evolve as you write. That is why I don’t do index cards or an outline of a book. I just start writing. As I get to know the characters better, they change. It’s fun!

What’s you next project?
Absolution will be released in July of 2017. The first in the Luciano series that follows the journey of two brothers seeking freedom from the sins of their past. Antony and Sonny are Italian in every sense of the word. One bullet changed their lives forever.

The Luciano series has the devotion of family you’d find in the Sopranos, flows romantically and adventuresome like a Stephanie Plum adventure. You can follow me at danakray.com to keep updated.I current have three new books in the works. Books two and three in the Luciano series are completed and I’m working on the final book four. I’m also working on two stand-alone romance books. I like to jump around to the different characters in multiple manuscripts.

What's the one thing, you can't live without?
My laptop!!!!! And Diet Coke!!!! And Mochas!!!! Okay, but seriously, I do need all three. Ha ha. Truth, if it had to be one it’d be Jesus, but sure like having my husband and kids around. I need them to bring me Diet Coke and mochas while I’m writing on my laptop!
What is your favorite movie (song)?
That depends, both are always changing! Right now top on my playlist is Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett and my favorite movie is an oldie. Secretariat. I believe it’s because of that you can succeed and never give up mentality.

What's your favorite TV show of all time and why?
Seinfeld. It dealt with some real issues but with laughter. Seriously funny. I quote it way too often.

Clean shaven, Scruff, beard, or mustache. Ink yay or nay?
I love it when the evening shadow appears around noon. Matthew in A Second Chance and Antony in Absolution both have that wonderful problem.

Your favorite book by you or another author
A Second Chance of course! Go buy it at https://amzn.com/1632132605 or at danakray.com if you haven’t yet. ☺ (Yes, it was a shameless plug)
I do love Absolution and the Luciano series. You will love Antony!! He is Italian in every sense of the word! (Okay, another shameless plug!)
Other books by other authors, there’s many. Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Stephanie Plum series, Stephen King, Francine Rivers, to name a few.
If you could write in another genre what would it be & why?
I honestly don’t think I’d like to write in another genre. I write romance and mystery and some romance with mystery in it. The settings are in today’s world. I always admired those who write sci-fi because their imaginations are great! And those in historical have to know their stuff.



 

Author Bio:
Dana K. Ray has been writing gutsy, true to life stories since she became a teenager. A full-time children's minister in her church, she and her husband reside in the Midwest with their four children and four dogs. A Second Chance is her first published novel. Absolution, the first in the Luciano series, is set to be released July 2017. Connect with her at danakray.com.

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