Title: Truth and Consequences (Sixth Sense #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Sarah Madison (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 14, 2015 – 258 pgs
When FBI agent Jerry Lee Parker wakes from a coma after a murderous attack on his life, he has no memory of his immediate past. In the blink of an eye, he has gone from having a nearly photographic memory to recalling nothing of the last six months of his life, including his partner and lover, John Flynn. While Lee tries to reboot his past and reconnect with John, there are events at play around him he doesn’t understand. John is keeping secrets from him, secrets which could get them both killed.
Matters come to a head when Lee is hounded to turn over a mysterious artifact, of which he has no knowledge. The two men wind up in a fight for their lives as they risk everything to keep the powerful relic out of the hands of a ruthless killer. In order to protect those he loves, however, John may be forced to make a deal with the devil.
I enjoyed this book a little more than the others but it still had problems for me. I just could not get into calling Jerry, Lee. It made me think we had a new character but I knew there wasn’t. However, there was still basically no reference to the unsolved serial killer case that brought Flynn into the book. I really think the author needs to address this issue. That being said I enjoyed the basics of this book but am still confused by the name of it. I also enjoyed the author writing style and loved both Jerry (Lee) and Flynn. I loved Jerry’s (Lee’s) dry humor and that still come to light in this book even though he has lost some of his memory. It was great to meet Flynn mother and loved her from the beginning. Overall a really great book.
I knew the moment John walked into the bar. It was like my sonar pinged, my radar lit up—you name it.
I heard the door open, and without turning around, I knew it was him because the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Because something in my gut tightened, and my cock lifted in earnest. I watched him in the mirror as he scanned the room, locked in on my presence, and stalked toward me like a panther in a pen full of sheep. Everyone else in the room was aware of him as well. I practically preened when he came up beside me. He took a seat and signaled the bartender, who came over with flattering attention.
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I used to write in a little cubby between my bedroom and the living room. I’d decorated the walls with cover art and inspirational images, and there was just room enough for my writing desk. Unfortunately, this room has neither heating or AC, which means it is downright uncomfortable most of the time. That leaves me writing at the kitchen table a good bit of the time.
I recently created a writer’s cave in my garage. It has air conditioning and a wood stove, and best of all, no internet access, so sometimes I sequester myself out there where I can write several hours at a time uninterrupted.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
I tend to write in limited third POV, which places me in one character’s mindset for each story. I would have to say on some level I identify with each of my characters, be it Lee’s feeling like an outsider, or John’s emotional isolation, or Tate’s sense of humor, or David’s self-deprecation. I feel compelled to tell their stories because it allows me to say something about myself and my life-experience, only transmuted and unrecognizable into story format.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
In terms of expressing my creative side, I would have been an actress. I did a lot of theater in high school and college, and briefly toyed with the idea of making a career out of it. But being a successful actress is even harder than being a successful writer, and I chickened out. A good friend once told me that I must not have wanted it badly enough. That pissed me off at the time. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to be an actress; I was being practical and recognizing the slim odds of success. Then I rediscovered my love of writing and realized she was right.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
It’s funny you should mention that! I recently wrote a blog post titled Ten Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me as a Newbie Author. It was one of my most popular posts! In it I talked about bad reviews (ignore them), piracy (it happens), online interactions (be careful), and more. The short version? Don’t diss your fellow authors (even in private), don’t respond to negative reviews, don’t let negative reviews dissuade you from your vision for your writing, and if you accidentally piss off a fellow author, apologize. If they can’t let it go, YOU let it go. Life’s too short to live as though we’re in high school again.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
Not this one. But frequently I wish I could go back and change things. Bring a subtle theme into greater prominence, or correct a slightly inaccurate fact. Sometimes I wish I could polish older stories, bringing to them the experience I have now.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
They just come to me—a fact I am deeply grateful for. I take inspiration from almost everything: a news story, a television show I’m watching, a painful life experience. Frequently I say, “Everything is grist for the mill” and I believe that. Even in the midst of some horrific situation, a cool, detached part of my mind is recording the details and thinking, “I’m going to use this in a story someday…”
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
I am fortunate that I always have two or three story ideas simmering on the back burner at any given time. I’m currently working on a M/F romance featuring two agents in the 1950s working for a secret organization that must go undercover as a married couple to investigate paranormal events in a suburban neighborhood. By day, they’re Ward and June Cleaver; by night they’re Mulder and Scully.
I am also working on revising a Regency I wrote last year, turning it into a full length MM romance, as well as plotting the next installment of the Sixth Sense series, planning additional stories in the Crying for the Moon universe, and working on my contemporary Sport Horse story.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in the South, in ‘Podunk’, North Carolina. I was bred and born in the Briar Patch, and I think that influences my writing because Southerners are natural storytellers. There’s a certain rhythm and flow to our way of speaking that lends itself to telling tales, but it is both a blessing and a curse. We’re hemmed in by our geography, making it hard to tell stories outside our region and sound authentic.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
It’s a toss up between mysteries and sci-fi. I love the puzzle solving aspect that mysteries provide, as well as the character studies they afford, but I also love the world-building and sheer possibility for imaginative storytelling that sci-fi and fantasy affords.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
I’m afraid when I fall in love with a character in the movies or on television, I want to cosplay them. I don’t have the time and resources to do it well, so it’s a bit silly of me. Not to mention, I seldom go anyplace where I can actually wear the costume. But I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of money trying to come as close as possible to an authentic outfit, and I love Halloween, which is my one legitimate excuse for dressing up. Not to mention, I get to indulge in my shoe fetish at the same time.
Sarah Madison is a veterinarian with a big dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. She is a terrible cook, and concedes that her life would be easier if Purina made People Chow. She writes because it is cheaper than therapy.