Sunday, July 5, 2015

Aloha to Adrienne Giordano and THE DETECTIVE - Interview and Giveaway


Adrienne Giordano is celebrating the release of THE DETECTIVE. From her bio, 

USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane's Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction. 

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Adrienne joins me for a cozy chat ...

Kim:  If you are a Jersey girl at heart, what is your favorite sight, sound, and smell of the Garden State? 

Adrienne:  Easy! My favorite smell is my mother’s meatballs frying. As a kid, I spent every Sunday morning waking up to my mother making her own “gravy” (sauce). For breakfast I would have a meatball and a piece of toast. I still love that smell and always look forward to it when I visit. I make my own meatballs now, but it’s never the same. My favorite sight and sound would be of the Atlantic Ocean. Growing up, my summers included hopping on my bike and riding to the beach. When I was in college, I got a job working evenings so I could spend my days on the beach. Total beach girl!

Kim:  What inspired you to co-found Romance University

Adrienne:  Tracey Devlyn, Kelsey Browning and I had discussed started a blog, but we knew we didn’t want it to be a personal blog. At the time, we were unpublished writers on a constant quest to improve our craft. We also wanted others to benefit from any blog we did. I forget who came up with the idea for an educational blog, but once we hit on it, the idea took off and Romance University was born. What have you learned from this experience? I’ve learned that the writing community is generous! Particularly romance writers. RU has become a great resource for writers of all levels and genres and that wouldn’t have been possible without our guest bloggers who share their knowledge. It’s extremely gratifying to know I was a part of that.

Kim:  You are a busy lady with Lady Jane's Salon-Naperville. What have you learned about readers who attend the readings? 

Adrienne:  I think the biggest thing is that our readers enjoy multiple genres. They’re ferocious about their love of books and being in the same room with people who love reading as much as I do is always great fun.

Kim:  Who or what helped you along the path to publishing? 

Adrienne:  Too many people to list! I think the biggest thing has been networking. If I hadn’t gone to conferences, taken online classes and joined chat groups, I wouldn’t know the people who have become my biggest supporters. The publishing industry can be brutal. As writers, we learn to deal with rejection. Having a strong support group has saved my sanity!

Kim:  Tell us about THE DETECTIVE - what inspired it?

Adrienne:  Twice per year I do a plotting weekend with Tracey Devlyn, Kelsey Browning and Theresa Stevens. We usually come armed with ideas for our next books and then we spend three days coming up with a plot. Typically, I come prepared with a rough outline of what I’d like to do. For the weekend when The Detective was plotted all I had was an ending. I knew where we were going, but wasn’t sure who would get us there and how. From what I recall, we spent more than six hours roughing out a plot for The Detective. And, Lexi was originally going to be a realtor. Somewhere along the line we made her an interior designer because we liked the juxtaposition of Brodey being a grisly homicide detective while Lexi saw beauty everywhere.

Kim:  What's next for Adrienne Giordano?

Adrienne:  A lot! I’m coming up on a very exciting year with some new projects and a new series that I can’t talk about yet because I’m still drafting. I will say that I am loving it so far. Misty Evans and I are continuing our Justice Team series and will be releasing Exposing Justice (Book three in the series) on July 13. 

Mahalo, Adrienne, and congrats on THE DETECTIVE:

She’s captured his heart…and the attention of a murderer.

Injured homicide detective Brodey Hayward needs a distraction, and he finds it as a consultant on a cold case murder. When Brodey’s investigation delays plans to remodel the former crime scene, he uncovers another kind of distraction: spirited Lexi Vanderbilt. Despite her distrust of men, Brodey charms the alluring interior designer into helping him examine the case facts.

Working closely with the ultrasexy detective helps Lexi lower her guard, igniting a passion that even Chicago’s winter can’t cool. As they close in on the killer, Lexi becomes his new target. To save her, Brodey must either betray her trust—or risk losing Lexi forever.


  1. NYPD Blue was one my favorite shows.

  2. One of our new acquaintances was an investigator in the army. He has said his job was a combination of NCIS and CSI. We have only gotten to talk a little about it, but it sounds like it was an interesting career.

  3. I used to know many detectives when I worked ten years for the Sheriff's Department. Very dedicated group of people who liked to solve their cases and make arrests.

  4. I don't know any real life detectives but I always liked Quincy MD. I know he was a medical examiner but he played detective in a lot of the cases.

  5. I enjoyed watching Morse ans later Lewis. You saw a lot of England :)

  6. I don't know any detectives. Columbo was a pretty good dectective!

  7. I do not know any detectives, but policemen run in my family - a lot.
    I love Tom Selleck's Jess's Stone and Police Comiss Regan.

  8. Keep up the good work Adrienne!

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  10. I knew one a long time ago and know I would be a nervous wreck if I was married to one but I love reading about them!

  11. I don't personally know any detectives, but I enjoy watching NCIS and Bones. I also enjoy reading Agatha Christie.

  12. I really enjoy Castle - he's now a PI and Kate is still a NYPD Detective.

  13. I don't watch much television, so, no TV detective. However, I do love the FBI Agent Pendergast novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I don't know any "real-life" detectives, but both of my Uncles were policemen in the samll town I grew up in. :-)

  14. Sgt. Olivia Benson on Law and Order SVU is my favorite detective! I have been watching since episode one and I'm still a huge fan!

  15. My favorites are Shaun and Gus from Psych!