Rebecca York

About Rebecca York

NY Times & USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of over 150 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her new romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future.  View website

Using What You Know

Often when I’m preparing to write a book, I go into research mode, looking up traits of the Greek gods or directions for making a pipe bomb. Other times, the information I need is right at my fingertips.

Although I’ve been writing novels for more than thirty years, I didn’t start out inventing plots and characters. At first I was a nonfiction writer, selling feature articles to a local newspaper—always on the lookout for interesting topics I could pitch to my editor. Which is how I stumbled on a woman in my community who was working as a sexual therapist.

Yes, the editor was interested in an article about her. And after that piece was successfully published, I began thinking bigger. Could I expand the story and sell it to a national magazine? I also got a positive response to that query. After publication, the editor had an interesting request: Would the therapist like to write a monthly sexual advice column in the magazine? Since she was not a writer, she asked me to help. And there I was, with a steady job sitting down with the therapist every month, going through letter from the magazine’s subscribers. We’d find good questions. She’d tell me the answers. And I’d write them up. The arrangement lasted two years, until the therapist got tired of sifting through the same problems over and over. And meanwhile I was switching my focus from nonfiction to fiction.

I’ve used the information I learned from those sessions many times in my romance writing. Where else could you get better insights into man-woman relationships? But eventually I decided the experience would make a great setting for a novel, which I called Bedroom Therapy. As the book opens, my heroine, Amanda O’Neal, has taken over writing a sexual advice column because the original author was killed in a hit and run accident. Enter private detective Zachary Grant who’s been hired to find out if the incident was really murder. Quickly he realizes he’s dealing with a killer who has switched his focus to Amanda. Zach is also focused on Amanda, only his thoughts are centered in the bedroom. And he has an interesting sexual problem that he’s hoping she can solve—if he gets up the nerve to talk about it. Meanwhile, he entices her into all kinds of interesting fantasy situations that she finds hard to resist. And when he has trouble communicating verbally, he writes her letters asking for advice and leaves them on her desk.

It’s a fun premise for a novel. And the cat and mouse game with the killer ups the tension of the story. Zach ends up having to save Amanda’s life and then surrender to some hands-on therapy.

Rebecca York

NY Times & USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of over 150 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her new romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future.
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Iguazu Falls

Are you going to use that in a book? I don’t know, but I can say that seeing Iguazu Falls, located between Brazil and Argentina, was a peak life experience

It’s easy to understand why these falls are one of the natural wonders of the modern world. If you’ve visited Niagara Falls and thought they were awesome, the only way to compare Iguazu is to say it’s “unbelievably awesome.” They are so wide that you can’t possibly see the whole expanse at once.

Probably the best way to see them is to start with the Brazilian side, where you walk along a 3/4-mile paved path across the river from the cascading water, coming to one jaw-dropping view after another, until you end up very close to a major deluge. If you want, you can take steps down closer to this cataract where you can indulge in an outdoor shower. We skipped the shower and took the elevator up to the top where we watched the water cascading down. Along the path we encountered vast numbers of interesting butterflies and some coatis (related to raccoons) who are hoping for food from visitors. After taking in this view from across the river, we crossed to the Argentinean side where we spent another day much closer to lots of the individual falls.

The Argentinean national park is a popular destination. If you go, stay nearby and try to get there early in the morning to beat the crowds. We took the first train to Devil’s Gorge, where you walk out on metal walkways over the river to get close to the rushing water. By the time we finished, the area was crowding up. We saw several people with umbrellas, and that looked like a good idea. We had rain jackets but kept just far enough away from the water to avoid getting drenched. Next we went on to the trails of the lower falls, then had lunch at the small plaza where there’s a choice of several different restaurants and an ice cream parlor. (With more coatis running around outside hoping to get tourists’ food.) Then on to the upper falls and back to the train. To see the whole thing, prepare for a long walk—like five miles including the walk to the train—but you get so many gorgeous views, and you can take it at your own pace.

If you get down to Brazil and Argentina, don’t skip this expedition. This is truly a look at the power of nature.

Rebecca York’s latest Decorah Security novella is Hollow Moon.

Rebecca York

NY Times & USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of over 150 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her new romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future.
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Tales from the Road

As I was getting ready for a recent trip to see the sights in South America, I tried to make sure I didn’t forget anything crucial.

Going to a foreign country isn’t like going to Florida or even Hawaii–where you know that if you forget your travel-sized hair spray, you can always pop into the closest CVS and buy some. This is like going to Mars, where you don’t even know if the locals have heard of hair spray—or how to make it clear what we want.

I’m not exaggerating—based on a trip we took to Peru several years ago. Norman and I emerged from several days of touring in the desert with very dry lips. When we got off a plane on the way to Lake Titicaca, we told our driver we needed to stop for chapped-lips salve. She kept telling us she’d get us some “lipstick,” and we kept insisting we needed medication, not a cosmetic. Would you believe, in Peru, the word for “ChapStick” is “lipstick”?

Even in England, getting what you want is not a sure thing. On one trip to London, I ordered “chicken salad” at a restaurant. What I got was a naked chicken breast lying on a bed of lettuce. And don’t get me started about the one-lane roads in the Scottish Highlands, where you may have to back up along the side of a cliff if you encounter a car coming toward you.

I don’t have a bottle of nail polish remover small enough to put in my carry-on. (Once I tried putting nail polish remover in another bottle, and the plastic melted. Kid you not!) So I had to pack it in my checked luggage. But what if the checked luggage doesn’t arrive when we do? That happened to us on a trip to Greece, where we were leaving Athens for a bus tour of the ancient sites. We spent three days waiting for our suitcases to catch up with us in Marathon. Norman had to buy undershirts and briefs at a high-priced Greek clothing shop. (Now I’ve convinced him to carry some clean clothing in his carry-on.)

Our friends who are just back from South America told us “Nobody in Argentina speaks English.”This led me to brush up my Spanish before we left, although that wasn’t much good in Brazil—where the language is Portuguese. But you can’t scare yourself to death going up in the ski lift to Sugarloaf Mountain unless you go to Rio.

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Rebecca York

NY Times & USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of over 150 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her new romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future.
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Three Irish Hunks–and a Bowl of Soup–for St Paddy’s Day

 

Here are some St. Paddy’s Day treats for you. Three Irish hunks and a traditional Irish soup.

The hunks are the heroes of the New Orleans Magic series. And from now until March 20, they’re on buy two, get one FREE sale. Jordan and Zachary are 99 cents and Liam is free!

After a murder at a voodoo ceremony in a charming New Orleans bistro, three street cops, Jordan O’Reilly, Liam O’Reilly, and Zachary Doucet, have a personal stake in solving the case. But if they meddle in the investigation, they may get thrown off the force—or worse.

Each of these compelling stories ends with an HEA for the hero and heroine. But only the full set will finally get to the bottom of the murder mystery. Be sure to read them all!

Get them at http://getbook.at/neworleansmagic

And here’s what they like to have for dinner: Irish Potato-Kale Soup.
I first had this yummy soup at the Baltimore Irish Festival years ago and went home determined to make it. This is my easy version. I discovered it BEFORE the current kale craze, but it’s a great way to use that healthy vegetable.

Irish Potato-Kale Soup

Fresh kale adds a subtle and pleasing flavor to this creamy soup.

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
    1 very large garlic clove, minced
    2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped
    3 pounds boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 6 3/4 cups)
    3 cups beef bouillon
    4 1/2 cups whole milk
    6 cups tender kale leaves, midribs removed, and coarsely chopped
    3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    Generous 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, preferably freshly ground

In a Dutch oven or soup pot, combine the butter, garlic, and onions. Cook, stirring frequently, over medium-high heat for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the onions are tender. Add the potatoes, bouillon, and milk. Bring to a boil. Cover, lower the heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are very tender. Remove the pot from the heat and cool slightly.

In a food processor or blender, in batches, if necessary, purée about half of the milk-potato mixture and return it to the pot. Return the pot to the heat. Add the kale, salt, and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil and lower the heat. Simmer for an additional 12 to 15 minutes, or until the kale is just tender.

Makes 6 to 7 servings.

Sit down for three fun reads with these guys. And while you’re at it, enjoy a bowl of soup.

Rebecca York

NY Times & USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of over 150 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her new romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future.
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