Whitley Gray on Cold-Hearted Concept (Concept #2) ~ Interview, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: Cold-Hearted Concept (Concept #2)
Author: Whitley Gray
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery


Detective Beck Stryker has a lot to juggle: his long-distance relationship with FBI profiler Zach Littman, the family issues of cop widow Marybeth Halliday and her two boys, and the ups and downs of being out and proud. To top it off, Beck must work with his closeted ex-lover Van on the case of a skeleton discovered in the woods.

FBI profiler Dr. Zach Littman has been working on an exit strategy for months. Every time he’s on the brink of resigning, Minneapolis Unit Director Sands comes up with “one more case,” one that only Zach can manage. It’s a situation that frustrates Beck. Zach has promised he’ll leave the FBI and profiling behind—as soon as his Colorado medical license comes through. It may be easier said than done. Zach has reservations about uprooting his life and moving to Denver.

A killer leaves a grisly invitation insisting Zach participate in a deadly game, the rules of which are known only to the psychopath. It’s clear taking out Zach is on the killer’s to-do list, and he won’t stop until it’s done. Beck and Zach must capture the killer before the psychopath finds Zach and declares Game Over.

1. We are here today to talk about Coldhearted Concept. What can you tell us about it?

This is the tale of a serial killer with an agenda, determined to involve FBI profiler Dr. Zach Littman (and by proxy Zach’s significant other, homicide detective Beck Stryker) into a deadly game.
Zach is on the psychopath’s to-do list, and it’s a race to identify the culprit before he captures Zach.

2. Tell us more about our main characters?

Zach is a psychiatrist-turned FBI profiler, stationed in Minneapolis. Beck is a homicide detective with the Denver PD. The guys have been working on a long-distance relationship since the end of High Concept. The plan is for Zach to quit the Bureau and move to Denver, but it’s not that simple.

3. What about Coldhearted Concept makes you the proudest?

The fact I got it done. This is a long novel—complicated and full of twists and turns. It was gratifying to get all the threads tied up into one satisfying conclusion. The door is open for Concepts 3.

4. What do readers of High Concept need to know about Coldhearted Concept? What would you like to tell those who haven’t read High Concept yet?

For those who have read High Concept, there are a lot of familiar characters besides Beck and Zach, and the majority of the story takes place in Denver. The villain in Coldhearted Concept is much more hands-on and scary.

It’s not necessary to have read High Concept before starting Coldhearted Concept—the book is a standalone. Even though Zach and Beck got together in High Concept, there is plenty of relationship angst in Coldhearted Concept.

5. What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?

Via Email: “I’m a fan. I know you’re busy, but I just had to tell you, Damn, I love your books!”

6. How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?

Names usually just come to me. I try to stay away from names that may confuse—for example, Stacy and Tracy—and from names with negative connotations. Changing the name always alters the character, so it’s got to be done judiciously.

7. What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?

I’m reading Vanished by Carter Quinn . After that is If the Seas Catch Fire by L.A. Witt.

8. Rapid Fire Time

  • Tardis or DeLorean? DeLorean.
  • Electronica or Jazz? Jazz.
  • Jocks or Nerds? Nerds.
  • Drunk or Sober? Always sober.
  • Harry or Draco? Harry.
  • Pickup Truck or Sedan? Truck.
  • Hugs or Kisses? Hugs.
  • Sweet or Savory? Savory.
  • Apple or Android? Um, neither. Clamshell and Blackberry.
  • Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed.

9. What are you working on?

A contemporary about two guys who are new neighbors in a rundown apartment building; each is hiding who he is. What is next? After that one the plan is to move on to another suspense thriller.


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About the Author

Once upon a misspent youth, Whitley read and wrote stories under the covers at night. A decade ago, Whitley became enamored of romance and gave writing a whirl. Inventing characters turned out to be addictive, and along the way, Whitley discovered that two heroes is twice as nice. A storyline featuring a couple of guys makes for a perfect day. Stop by www.whitleygray.com and feed your fix for heat between the sheets with erotica and M/M romance.


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2 thoughts on “Whitley Gray on Cold-Hearted Concept (Concept #2) ~ Interview, Rafflecopter Giveaway

  1. I just finished High Concept and Coldhearted Concept. Loved them both! Great characters, lots of suspense, and plenty of sexy times too. 🙂 Great job! Please let there be a third book in the series. 🙂

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