Hottest Romantic Couple: BEFORE SHE DIES’S Charlotte and Daniel
February, the month best known for Valentine’s Day, is the perfect month to release my latest romantic suspense BEFORE SHE DIES. My hero and heroine in BEFORE SHE DIES share an intense attraction for one another. From page one, the reader knows that Charlotte and Daniel cannot stop thinking about each other. No matter how illogical loving each other is, emotion demands they be together.
Charlotte and Daniel’s pasts and presents are wildly different. Charlotte, a well-known defense attorney, has a dark and mysterious carnival past. She has been on her own since she was a teenager and has succeeded despite terrible odds. While homicide detective Daniel Rokov has a rich Russian heritage. Though he grew up in a loving family, he is a fierce hunter who will do whatever it take to protect his own.
I tried to imagine how these two would celebrate Valentine’s Day. Charlotte would choose a tony Alexandria restaurant set along the Potomac River, whereas Daniel would opt for an intimate dinner alone. No matter what place they’d chose, I envision them enjoying a great Virginia wine. Dinning on seafood from the Chesapeake Bay. And for dessert? Perhaps a fussy Russian confection, a nod to Charlotte’s nature and Daniel’s heritage.
What are some of your favorite Valentine’s meals or memoires? Mine would have to be bringing home my miniature dachshunds Buddy and Belly right before Valentine’s Day. They were six weeks old, weighed three pounds each and fit in the palm of my hand.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary Burton’s romantic suspense novels include the just published Before She Dies, her two earlier Alexandria, Virginia set novels Senseless and Merciless, and her thrillers Dying Scream, Dead Ringer and I’m Watching You. All have been published as paperback originals by Zebra Books. A Virginia native whose family’s Richmond roots run as deep as the nation’s, Mary was born, raised in, and raised her own family there. She graduated from Hollins University and began a career in marketing before writing her first novel, a historical romance, published in 2000. Eleven more novels and three novellas for Harlequin followed. In total, she has written nineteen novels and four novellas.
She is a graduate of the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and the Richmond FBI Citizen’s Academy, and has participated in Sisters in Crime’s Forensic University program and the Writers Police Academy in Jamestown, North Carolina, where she attended seminars on undercover work, autopsies, and the theories behind why people kill. When not killing people—the total is upwards of a dozen now—or researching, Mary can be found pursuing her second love, baking, practicing Astanga yoga, enjoying her family, playing with her miniature dachshunds Buddy and Bella, or pursuing her Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate at the University of Richmond.
Mary Burton writes full time. Her next suspense novel is The Seventh Victim, which will be published in February 2013.