Interview: D.C. Stone (Intimate Fear Tour) ~ Excerpt

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Hello and Welcome All!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing DC Stone author of Intimate Fear.

Hello DC, thank you for agreeing to this interview. For those readers not familiar with you, would you please tell us a bit about yourself? 

DC StoneHi! Well, to sum it up, I’m an Internal Affairs Investigator by day, and a romance author at night. I also live in the northeastern part of the United States, and am happily married to my alpha-hunk for 11 years, and have two adorable kids who I call Beast (my daughter) and Bubba (my son). I won’t even get started on my cats, because that’s a whole other story!

How do you relax? 

Read. I love to read. I discovered reading pretty late in life, and I blame this partially on the fact that none of my teachers ever introduced romance to me. *winks* Getting lost in a book is a way I love to spend time when I’m not running my kids around, investigating suspects, volunteering at school, or writing.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

George WashingtonOh, this is a good question. Hmmm…I would probably have to say George Washington. Not an original answer, I’m sure, but there’s something to be said about one of the first leaders of our country and what must have been going through his mind. Starting from scratch is no easy task, but I would have loved to listen in on his thoughts, his hopes, and his dreams for the future of our country. 

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way wither growing up or as an adult?

nora_roberts_01I’m sure you ask a group of romance authors and you’ll hear the majority of them answer, “Nora Roberts,” but in my case that was very much the case. I discovered her, and romance, when I was stationed overseas in the military. Her book was sitting on top of a pile at our local store and the cover just called out to me. From there on, I had writing my own romances on my agenda. 

What is your favorite quote?

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

What was your favorite scene to write in Intimate Fear?

IntimateFear-DCStone-evernightpublishing-JayAheer2015-finalimageI’d say my favorite scene to write was a scene toward the end of the book where Dwayne and Brooke get into it about his feelings toward love. She calls him out on it, and his approach toward just what he feels is raw, agonizing, and utterly beautiful. It’s my favorite because it’s him, his truth, and his past. Through this scene, though his past is holding him back, he finds his future with Brooke. 

The First Kiss between Dwayne & Brooke: 

“Hell, Brooke, you don’t want to hear this,” he ground out. “You make jokes about it when I bring it up, practically accuse me of being a man-whore, and toss it back in my face. This is not the time to discuss it. We’re both exhausted. Just let it be.”

Her head tilted in thought, and her eyebrows scrunched together. Fuck, she’s cute. She blinked, and as if a curtain parted, clarity entered her eyes. She stepped back and stared at him with shock across her features. “You can’t be serious.”

He dropped his bag at his feet and tossed his hands in the air. “Of course, I’m not.” The words came out more sarcastic than intended.

Her frown grew and she shook her head, laughing without humor. “Oh you’ve got me good. Please, I know you better than that. You cannot shackle yourself to one woman, Dwayne. Good joke, by the way. Because you know, I am not one who takes sex so casually. You and I are so far away from what the other needs, it’s not even funny.” Her lips curled and she glanced away, dragged the brush through her hair again and walked to the bed, for all intents and purposes dismissing him. “Good one, though.”

He clenched his fists by his sides, torn between shaking the utter living shit out of her and throwing a hand through a wall. Never had a woman worked him up so much. He didn’t say a word, couldn’t. She’d said it all, and it sounded as if she had made her mind up about what kind of individual he was. He was exhausted, stressed, and worried as hell about Hailey. He shouldn’t say another damn word, shouldn’t push. He kept repeating that advice in his head but ignored the voice of reason, and his restraint snapped.

“You know me so well, right?” He took two steps across the room, yanked the brush from her hand and tossed it aside. A surprised gasp left her, but he didn’t give her a chance to say anything. “You think I’m joking with you?” He wanted to shut that pretty little minx up, was so damn pissed he couldn’t think straight. 

Dwayne gathered her in his arms, snapped her body against his, and slammed his mouth down. The kiss was bruising, and more than a little possessive. He communicated things he couldn’t say, poured his attraction through the melding of their lips. He bit, sucked, and nibbled his way across her mouth until she gasped. He took advantage of her parted lips and thrust his tongue inside, wrapped it around hers, and massaged the tentative velvet. 

With the contact, her taste of warm mint, her being soft and compliant in his arms, he slowed his assault, expanded his kiss. One hand tangled in her hair and he tilted her head back, impelled his exploration deeper. She began to return the kiss and he moaned. Her arms wrapped around his neck, and she pressed closer. 

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Talk. Communicate. Be real with one another and don’t hold back. Of course, if they had done this, then there wouldn’t be a book! 

Now for the lighting round with DC Stone. 

Favorite Food? Chocolate. That’s a food group right?


Favorite Drink? Coffee!


Favorite Color? Yellow

Favorite Book? Rock Chick Revenge by Kristen Ashley

Favorite Season? Fall, love the leaves and colors.


Favorite Online Hangout? Facebook….unfortunately. Such a time killer!

Favorite Animal? Dolphin


Favorite Band or Musician? Too many to list, but tops are Guns and Roses, Alex Clare, Def Leopard, and Norah Jones! I know, I’m all over the place.

Favorite Vacation Destination? Cancun, Mexico

Favorite Movie or TV Show of all Time? Sons of Anarchy. I miss that show!


Last, what is next for you?

I have a few things coming up. First up is my next release, an anthology written with three other authors and an introduction by Julie Ann Walker, called Girl Code. This is out now and all proceeds go to Wounded Warriors Project. Next, I’m finishing up this dark and gritty contemporary romance called, A Piece of Me. Then, I’m writing the next book in this series, called Intimate Honor, Chris’ book. 

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with me today here at Angel’s Guilty Pleasures.



Intimate Fear

Empire Blue #2

DC Stone


Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Date of Publication: 06/19/15
ISBN: 978-1-77233-392-3
Number of pages: 256
Word Count: 86,150
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer


Dwayne Gonzalez has always had a thing for the beautiful Brooke Mason, but she married another man, had his child, and started her life without him. Now, years and a divorce later, he’s still on the sidelines, yet in Brooke’s and her daughter, Hailey’s life, but not in the way he wants.

A drug investigation brings Dwayne on the front step of Brooke’s life. With his attention distracted, Hailey is kidnapped and engulfed in a human trafficking ring. Dwayne marches in and toes the line between the right side of the law, and in it, pursues his heart’s desire.


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Worried about Hailey, exhausted to the bone, and slightly swaying, Brooke clung to Dwayne, took strength from this solid, very real protector. She would have to be dead not to notice his firm body beneath her fingertips, the hardness of his chest pressed to her breasts, and the wicked, clean scent drifting from his skin. While they were no longer hugging, but more her clinging to him, she didn’t want to turn away, couldn’t find the power to do so. How easy would it have been to end up with this man? She’d caught the looks he had given her before. But that had all been in the past, a separate life for them both.

She had become a mother, someone who dedicated her entire being to making sure her daughter was well-rounded, cared for, and knowingly loved. Not only that, but she wasn’t a young pup any longer, and from the few women she’d seen Dwayne with, his type seemed to have a list of traits all very similar: young, perky breasts, tight asses, single, and free of major responsibilities.

His hand tightened on her back and she held her breath, waiting to see if he would push her away.

Just a few more minutes, please.

She needed him, this close contact with another being. It had been so damn long.

Hailey refused to slow down to cuddle on the couch as she had once done as a young girl. Her daughter had her own life now, one currently held in peril, but Brooke had faith they would find her. They had to. Failure wasn’t an option.

Dwayne trailed his hand up her back and pressed a palm to her head, his other arm tightening around her waist. She went with the direction, pressed her face into his warm neck, and breathed. His skin emitted heat rivaling the summer’s sun. She grasped the back of his suit jacket, wishing she could be closer. He shifted their bodies, and her aggravation spun to something else. His lips brushed her temple, and moist air fanned across the side of her face. He hovered there. So close, all she had to do was turn her face and take his mouth. She knew he would let her, too.

So near to him, starved for human contact, she wanted to get lost for a while. She trailed her nose along his neck, took another deep breath, and pressed closer.

He grumbled something unintelligible, the sound coming from his chest more than his mouth. His hand at her waist laid flat on the small of her back and urged her closer still.

The situation was moving fast out of control. Tendrils unraveled, but she was helpless to stop it. This strong male held her as if she were a treasure. He had the power and ability to make her forget everything, to make all the stresses and danger go away.

His hand slipped beneath the back of her shirt and made direct contact with her skin. They both hissed and his breath pushed her hair from her face. His cruel yet sensual mouth continued to drift in a teasing caress across her temple. She turned her head, like molasses on a cold day, up and toward him. Her lips tingled in anticipation, waiting for his kiss. She brushed her mouth across the line of his jaw, a hairsbreadth from his skin.

His heart thudded against hers, a matching hammer between their bodies, telling her he was just as affected. The hand at the back of her head tightened. She trailed the caress over his cheek; his lips were right there, centimeters away.

The rest of their surroundings faded. She didn’t know if it was because of this man drawing her absolute attention, or because of her exhaustion.

She touched the side of her mouth to his and thought she’d be prepared for the rush of desire.

She was so wrong.

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D.C. “Desi” Stone is a best-selling romance author and full-time fraud investigator. She lives in the northeast with her incredibly supporting husband, two kids, and the ever-growing family of cats.

After serving eight years of service with the United States Air Force, she went on to transition into the world of financial crimes and became a lead investigator for many years.

Reading has always been a passion of hers, getting lost in a good, steamy romance is one of her favorite past times. She soon after discovered her own love for writing and recreating stories and characters in her head. Her writing concentrates on romantic with specifics in paranormal, suspense, and erotica.

Now, when she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hudson Valley Romance Writers, New Jersey Romance Writers, RomVets, RWA Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. She served as the 2014 NJRW Vice President and Conference Chair. Come stop by on Facebook, Twitter, or her website and say hello!


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August 15, 2015 1:59 pm

Great interview. I imagine Ms. Stone could give us some crazy stories in the fraud world.

August 13, 2015 9:35 pm

Sounds like the author’s life is as exciting as her books!

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