Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Colors of Friendship by K.R. Raye - VBT with Interview


1)      First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.

Currently, I live in Maryland with my husband and two sons.  Although I’ve lived in Kansas City (MO and KS); New York (NYC, Troy, and Rochester); Pasadena, CA; Phoenix, AZ, and New Zealand.

2)      How long have you been writing?

I started reading at age 3 and writing at age 4, but I started writing professionally in 2001.

3)      Do you have a favorite place to write?

Yes, in Florida overlooking a lake with the warm breeze blowing, but I’ll write anywhere.
4)      Why did you decide to write The Colors of Friendship?

People always say write about what you know and I hadn’t seen many titles on three college friends, especially with two girls and one guy as best friends.

5)      Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

I love all three main characters:  Melody, Lance, and Imani.  However, Imani, has a slight edge as she’s loyal and tells it like it is, even when the truth hurts.

6)      How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

Even the least likeable character has a soft spot in my heart because at his core he really does love and care, he just has a funny way of showing it.

7)      Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

A little of both.  I edit for a living, so I will edit/proofread my own work.  However, it’s true that you need another set of eyes, an outside perspective to review and edit your work as you’re truly too close to your own work to see mistakes sometimes.

8)      What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love watching movies, reading, and travelling.

9)      Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Yes, Tom Clancy, Dean Koontz, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Mary Higgins Clark, and Alex Haley are just a few of my favorites.

10)   What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it
A few parts of the book are pretty steamy…

Yes, although it’s not like 50 Shades, no S&M undertones.  In fact, you’ll find that I only write sex scenes when a character actually loves their partner…even if it’s a case of good friends who love each other and cross the line.

Contemporary / New Adult
Date Published: 8/13/2013

True friendship endures all obstacles...right?

Naïve, romantic Melody Wilkins aims to find true love at college just like her parents. But will she sacrifice her soul to obtain it?

No-nonsense Imani Jordan strives for good grades and a chemical engineering degree. When a friendship offers more, will she follow her head or her heart?

Lance Dunn is only serious about two things: football and protecting his girls, Melody and Imani. When a threat enters their lives and tests their friendship, can he stop it before it kills them?

After the torrents of jealousy, sex, and abuse subside, will their friendship survive...The Colors of Friendship?


 Cold.  Hard.  Steel.  Pressed against her forehead.  Melody closed her eyes and willed the situation away.  But when she reopened them, the gun remained lodged between her eyes.
The setting sun painted a crimson swath across the budding landscape.  Crimson red…blood red.  Oh God, how did it all lead to this she wondered as the ice cold barrel ironically seemed to sear her skin, like a poker fresh from a stoked fire.  Her blood ran cold through her veins and her body began to shake.
Why? The faster her mind raced, the more she trembled.
Her friends had warned her but she didn’t want to believe them.  If only she had listened to Imani or stayed with Lance, things might have ended differently.  But then again, what if her friends were wrong?  Imani and Lance always meddled in her business.  They were too overbearing and judgmental.  Really, they had no one to blame but themselves.  In fact if they weren’t here butting in now, making the situation worse…
The gun dug further into her forehead, threatening to break skin.  Melody realized as cold dread soaked her skin, it didn’t matter whose fault it was; all three of them were going to die here tonight.

K.R. Raye

K. R. Raye lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons. Throughout her diverse career working as a mechanical engineer, adjunct professor, and in sales, she continues to weave her love of marketing, computer information systems, and operations together with her passion for writing.



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