Monday, May 9, 2011

Welcome Guest Spotlight Author Stacy-Deanne

Welcome Guest author Stacy-Deanne!
Enjoy an interview with Brianna Morris, a character from "Giving up the Ghost". Here's a little snip to whet your appetite!

Albany Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris is having the year from hell. A sadistic admirer has been stalking her for months and now her friend Cheyenne Wilson has been beaten and left for dead.
With her ex-lover and faithful partner, Steven Kemp, Bree thrusts herself into the case. It’s not long before they believe two unrelated British men are connected to the attack. Michael is a womanizing artist with a ferocious appetite for rough sex. Simon is a wealthy free spirit looking for love in all the wrong places, but has one too many skeletons in his closet.
Bree struggles to determine fact from fiction when it comes to Michael and Simon but her attempts are blurred by Michael's manipulation and her sexual attraction to Simon, who Steven’s convinced cannot be trusted.
Meanwhile the stalker does everything in his power to get close to Bree and his obsession evokes a spiral of violence.
Bree must trust her heart to find answers but her heart leads her to the most dangerous man of all.
This book sounds intriguing. The character, Bree, is pretty interesting herself, but don't take my word for it. See for yourself.
Welcome, Bree!
Tell us a little bit about your world.
I’d love to! I’m Brianna Morris people call me “Bree” by the way. I’m a detective with the Albany Police Department. I work in the sex crimes unit where I investigate sexual assaults, rape, child molestation, etc. I am very tall at 6’0. I was born and raised in Albany. I am single, never been married and have a cat named Davis. I am not really looking for a man at the moment but if the right one comes along, I could be open. LOL! I’m very independent, a little stubborn and love to have things my way.  My last serious relationship was with my partner, Steven Kemp.

Does your author ever try to take over the story? And how do you deal with it?
Stacy doesn’t and that’s what I love about working with her. It’s the other characters that I am fighting with in terms of who takes over. LOL! What’s so great about this series is that I don’t think of myself as the main character even if I get the label. To me it’s Steven and I starring in the series equally. I think the supporting cast is great and they make me look even better. LOL! It’s fun to go through so many challenges in the plot and share experiences with other characters. So I enjoy sharing the spotlight.

Is humor important? Why or why not?
Definitely. My job is very hectic. My career is full of violence, terror and criminals. It’s hard fighting crime. A sense of humor rescues me from all that. I might be a serious person when I am working but I love to laugh and have fun like most people.

Is expressing love difficult for you? Why?
Goodness you had to ask that right? LOL! I guess, yes. Steven would say it definitely is. He thinks I have issues with commitment and I guess I do. I don’t trust people easily and it’s hard for me to give my heart to someone. I admit I’ve probably lost out on some great relationships for being stubborn but it’s the only way I’ve known to be. I guess it comes from my upbringing. My dad left my mom and me when I was young and I guess that made me distrust men and getting too involved with them. So yes, I do have issues with expressing love but come on, who doesn’t?

If you could pull your author into your world, what do you think would happen to them?
Please Stacy wouldn’t last a day in my world. LOL! She loves crime and mystery and solving cases but I don’t think she’d love it in real life. She spends her time showcasing the exciting part of it but she doesn’t know how boring or difficult it really can be to work on these cases. It can take months and months to solve a case and most times you can’t solve them at all. I think she’d be too impatient for my world. But who knows, maybe she’d surprise us.

What other characters have influenced you?
Cheyenne. For those who are familiar with the book “Melody” where some of us first appeared, they know that Cheyenne has been through a lot. She was raped and beaten in “Melody”. In “Giving up the Ghost” she is attacked again and survives. What I admire so much about her is her spirit. She is always positive and keeps a smile on her face no matter what she’s gone through. She helps me deal with things because when I see the strength she has, it makes me think I can accomplish anything.

Share a little bit of the ‘real’ you with our readers. Any Dark secrets?
Okay, and I can’t believe I am admitting this but I think Michael Buchanan is extremely sexy. I did get a vibe from him even though he disgusted me. A little part of me was curious of how he’d be sexually. If you wanna know why, read the book. LOL!

What motivates you to continue on these adventures?
It’s my job. I gotta pay the bills. LOL!

What is your most favorite thing to do?
I like to go out but because of my job, don’t have much time to. I enjoy quiet evenings at home. My favorite things are curling up with a Harlequin romance, watching a black and white movie and sipping some wine.

What’s the kinkiest thing you’ve done? Stupidest? Craziest?
So far it was that dance with Simon in the reggae club. Read the book to see why.

Thanks so much for having me! Get the book!

Giving up the Ghost (Peace in the Storm Publishing)
Formats: Kindle, Nook and print
To get an inside look inside the series visit the new Bree and Steven Series site: 
Keep an eye out for The Season of Sin (Book 2 in the Bree & Steven series) 
Just go to Stacy’s site to learn more!


  1. What a fun interview!

    I guess there would be boring days on the job. And wow, Bree, Michael, huh? I suspected that. ;)