Leah here: I’m thrilled to welcome back Toni Anderson, whose latest release with Carina Press, EDGE OF SURVIVAL features a heroine with diabetes.
We’ve done a blog swap today Toni is hosting an interview with Gizmo Guy and I about Gizmo Guy’s diabetes diagnosis two years ago and how it’s affected both our lives.
This week sees the release of my newest Romantic Suspense, EDGE OF SURVIVAL, and I’m donating 15% of my royalties to diabetes and I’m here to tell you why. I’ve been doing a couple of features about diabetes on my blog over the last few weeks and today Leah and Gizmo Guy are being interviewed about life with Type-2 diabetes. Please check it out here.
EDGE OF SURVIVAL is the story of a fish biologist (“Whoever thinks a story concerning a woman who does fish research would be boring hasn’t read Edge of Survival!” ~Book Lovers Inc.) who travels to a remote part of Northern Labrador to conduct a fish migration study.
When I was developing this story I had the location, the heroine’s job and the hero sorted in my mind almost without conscious thought. The diabetes was an afterthought.
Daniel Fox is a former British-SAS soldier who is secretly dealing with severe PTSD. He has real issues; issues that I worried would turn readers off, because he’s a bad boy. He lives life recklessly, trying to avoid all emotional entanglements and cling on to the only thing he has left worth living for, which is his love of flying. Everything about Daniel is intense and wild and I needed someone who was going to draw out his protective instincts without being another burden for him to carry.
So I have this wild reckless man on one side and I was thinking, what sort of woman is the opposite of this? And what sort of woman who is the opposite of this, would fall for a guy who lives life on the edge the way Daniel does?
Someone who needs total control and self discipline to survive.
I have a background in physiology so I understood some of the basic factors regarding diabetes. It’s a physiological balancing act, an internal seesaw of homeostatic imbalance in a species that needs stasis. But I know people live long and healthy lives with this disease so I was still confident that my heroine could do the job I wanted her to do, and cope with the screwed-up alpha male I was throwing in her direction.
But the more I researched the more the nature of this disease hit me. And the more I realized the vast majority of us are absolutely ignorant of the facts. And the condition is exploding in the population and research funding is minimal compared to the cost of treatment (I’m an ex-researcher so I believe in research). I just felt overwhelmed with the need to do something. So, that is why I’m donating 15% of my royalties to research.
The thing is, I only get to be generous if people buy the book J No pressure.
Thanks so much to Leah for letting me be here today and for opening up about her private life on my blog.
Foreword by Brenda Novak
Dr. Cameran Young knew her assignment wouldn’t be easy. As lead biologist on the Environment Impact Assessment team, her findings would determine the future of a large mining project in the northern Canadian bush. She expected rough conditions and hostile miners—but she didn’t expect to find a dead body her first day on the job.
Former SAS Sergeant Daniel Fox forged a career as a helicopter pilot, working as far from the rest of the human race as possible. The thrill of flying makes his civilian life bearable, and he lives by his mantra: don’t get involved. But when he’s charged with transporting the biologist to her research vessel, he can’t help but get involved in the murder investigation—and with Cameran, who awakens emotions he’s desperate to suppress.
In the harsh and rugged wilderness, Daniel and Cameran must battle their intense and growing attraction while keeping ahead of a killer who will stop at nothing to silence her…
Read an excerpt here
Toni’s generously offered to give away a copy of her Sea of Suspicion to one lucky commenter
SEA OF SUSPICION
Marine biologist Susie Cooper traded her life in America for a dream job on the rugged Scottish coast. Now all she lacks is the right man to start a family with. After their first meeting, she knows sexy Detective Inspector Nick Archer isn’t what she’s looking for. He’s the type of guy whose idea of commitment is staying the whole night.
Nick has returned to St. Andrews for one reason only—to fulfill his vow to find his wife’s killer. Relentless in his twelve-year quest for justice, he has no problem using Susie to get close to his primary suspect: her boss. But the passion between them smolders, and as it ignites, Nick finds himself torn between his past and his present—with Susie.
When one of her boss’s students is murdered, Nick’s investigation draws Susie into a web of madness and betrayal. They will have to learn to trust each other if they’re going to catch a killer…and come out of this alive.
Toni Anderson is a former Marine Biologist turned Romantic Suspense writer who now lives in the Canadian prairies with her husband and two children. Her stories are set in the stunning locations where she’s been lucky enough to live and work—the blustery east coast of Scotland, the remote isolated mining communities of Northern Labrador, the rugged landscapes of the U.S. and Australia.
Check out her website for a list of current titles, her blog and Facebook Author Page for writing news and her personal Facebook page and Twitter for constant nonsensical chatter. She is also part of two wonderful group blogs—Not Your Usual Suspects and Just Romantic Suspense. Come introduce yourself.