Series: Book One In the Cutter Cay series
Author: Cherry Adair
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pub. Date: December 28, 2010
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Mass-market & eBook
Book Heat: SCORCHER
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Cherry Adair sets a dangerous course into uncharted waters, where the hottest treasures—and steamiest pleasures—lie waiting for any man or woman bold and brave enough to claim them…
She Takes the Plunge: Teal Williams is content with her career as a ship's master mechanic—until Zane Cutter, the “Casanova of the Caribbean,” makes her an offer she can’t refuse: climb on board with him for a real-life treasure hunt. Teal simply has to help him dredge up a shipwrecked vessel containing an abundance of gold, silver and emeralds—and she’ll claim part of the prize.
He’s Blown Off Course: Zane needs a mechanic who can also dive—not a lover—and Teal is perfect for the job. So it suits him just fine that Teal is completely immune to his charms…or so he tells himself. But with a deadly enemy in their midst—an enemy who’s silently edging closer—Zane and Teal sink into treacherous troubled waters. They have no one to turn to but each other as they face down a danger that runs unfathomably deep—and a passion that runs even deeper…
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Best- The people I create can't tell me "No!" lol I love writing the second (3rd, 4th, 5th lol) draft. For me, writing the first draft is like building a house half a brick at a time with one arm tied behind my back and a blindfold on! Slow and painful. Unfortunately at this stage of the process I have the attention span of a water newt, and can’t seem to sit still for more than 15 agonizing minutes at a time. But once the walls are up, I’m filled with gusto, and then I’m obsessive about getting all the finish work done. (once a decorator, always a decorator.:)
Worst- That first draft. Erk! Not my fav. And having to be disciplined. It's hard on an Aries to plant her behind in that chair. I love to have written, but sometimes the process of sitting down to write is painful.
2. Why do you write?
I can't. . .not. :) If I didn't get it all down on paper the voices in my head would mean I was crazy instead of creative.
3. Name one eye-opening thing you learned from your book research.
Snakes have two penises. (peni?) Not something that comes up in the normal course of conversation that often.
4. Do you have a favorite motto?
Two. I love Mark Twain's: My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water. And Gary Player's -The harder you work, the luckier you get.
I'm pretty fickle. Whichever character I'm wring at the time is always my favorite. I must admit though that I do have a soft spot for Marc Savin (The Mercenary) because he was my first hero. We always remember our first. :) But currently I'm mad about Zane Cutter in UNDERTOW. He was so much fun to write because he's sexy, charismatic, gregarious and an extrovert, and unapologetically flirtatious. As for a heroine, I adored Teal Williams. She was such a great foil for Zane, I've never written a heroine who is shy before. It was fascinating to get into her skin and see how she ticked.
What is one of your favorite book covers, your own or someone else’s?
I love the cover of UNDERTOW - Him- the watery colors- him- the shiny band with the title-him-the crashing waves- oh, yes, him.:)
What would readers be surprised to learn about you?
I'm pretty much an open book, so probably not much. I used to be an Interior Designer, I'm originally from Cape Town, South Africa. I love to read, enjoy playing in my garden (preferable after someone else has done the sweaty work J) and can't not write every day. Spare time? What spare time?!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever learned by Googling your name?
I'm a stripper. A fruit. A rude connotation A blossom. And a bomb. lol
If you could go backward or forward in time which would you chose? Why?
Back, because I'd know what was coming next.
UNDERTOW is the first of the CUTTER CAY series. Of course I'm already thinking of book 4, 5…. The (ridiculously wealthy- because why not??) Cutter brothers are treasure hunters and live on Cutter Cay, their own private island in the Caribbean. They each have their own unique dive boat, and they search the world's oceans for a likely wreck to salvage. Logan, Nick and Zane are very close, and they have a friendly rivalry to see who retrieves the most valuable treasure every year. It's not about the money, it's all about winning for the Cutter brothers.
UNDERTOW, is a fascinating character, and someone I've never written before. I absolutely love her, and hope readers will, too. She's a mass of insecurities and bristly bad attitude. Zane is outgoing and gregarious. Teal is his exact opposite. Zane wants to party, and Teal just wants to be left the hell alone. This couple was SO much fun to write.
Which do you find is most important to you as a writer, voice or story? Why?
Hmm. Both. But if I had to chose one - voice. Even if a story is well written, if the voice is dull and draggy, the book will be a snooze.
http://tiny.cc/l1iva, and Twitter pages http://twitter.com/CherryAdair, and I love hearing from readers through my web site http://www.cherryadair.com/ (where you can see pictures of ALL my heroes, read excerpts from my books, and find my complete booklist.)
I know this is a difficult question with there being so many amazing authors out there to choose from but who are some of the GOT-TO-HAVE authors in your TBR pile?
I used to read a book a day. Now I'm lucky if I have time to finish a book in a month! That's the downside of doing what I do. I love being an author, but it's left me no time to enjoy one of my greatest pleasures. Some of my fav authors in no particular order - Ann Stuart, Maggie Osborne, Linda Howard. . .and dozens of others.:)
I have a different series starting in May with HUSH, and right now I'm writing Nick Cutter's RIPTIDE which will be in stores this September.
Cherry, thank you so much for spending time with Over the Edge readers and myself; it’s been a blast chatting getting to know more about you and your work. :)
UNDERTOW bookmark, please send an SASE to Cherry's Bookmarks, P. O. Box 8591, Covington, Wa 98042
To celebrate the December 2010 St. Martin's Paperbacks release of "UNDERTOW",by New York Times bestselling author, Cherry Adair with Over the Edge Reviews will be giving one lucky reader a copy of the first book in Ms. Adair's Cutter Cay series, "UNDERTOW". To enter here are a few simple rules.
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The giveaway is open to ALL readers and will be running until January 30, 2011. I'll be picking and contacting the winners directly on January 31, 2011. Please make sure to include your email with your comment. Happy Reading!