The Romanceaholic is proud to welcome Detective Brianna (Bree) Morris from Stacy-Deanne’s newest Interracial Romantic Suspense, The Wild Life!
Tell us about yourself, Bree.
Well I’m an Albany Police Detective. I work in the Sex Crimes unit. I’m in my mid-thirties and I have a cat named Davis. I live alone and I’ve never been married. I don’t have kids and to be honest, never thought of having them. But who knows right? If I find the right man anything can happen. Basically I’m a simple woman and I don’t ask for much. My job keeps me busy so it’s hard to stay in relationships. My favorite pastime is reading Harlequin romance novels. I’m addicted to them!
What is your main goal in The Wild Life?
My goal is to find out what the heck my father has gotten himself into this time. My father George has never been a great father figure. He divorced my mom when I was a kid and just took off. He pops in to see me every decade if that but we don’t have a real relationship. Still, he’s my father and blood is important to me so when I learned that the Cuban Mafia was trying to kill him, my instinct as a cop and daughter take over and I knew I had to help.
The Wild Life explores the estranged relationship between you and your father. What caused this strain and how do you think it’s affected your life?
I don’t really know what caused the strain. All I know is that George is just not the father-type I guess. Not every man is father or husband material. He is very irresponsible and he has never wanted to have a family. He hates being tied down or having to stay in one place. I wish I knew why he was like this but I don’t. I have no choice but to accept it.
What is it about Milan Varela that attracts you to him?
Honestly, Milan just knocked me off my feet. What got me is that every time I tried to hate him, he’d do something so nice or sweet that shocked me. I mean here is this big, famous mob kingpin and he’s nothing like I thought he would be. Milan has a heart and he’s not afraid to show that. Most men as powerful as he is would probably think that makes him vulnerable but he is so sensitive. He’s also very romantic and he loves the idea of falling in love. He reminds me of the men from the old classic movies because he is older than me, and he’s very passionate.
Steven continues to be devoted to you. Do you think it’s unfair that he is holding out for you two to get together?
Sigh. Yes. I guess it looks like I lead him on because he wants us to be a couple again. I’m not leading him on. At least I am not trying to. You gotta understand that Steve and I have known each other for years. We weren’t just lovers but we’re friends and partners. Steven is my best friend and I’d never do anything to hurt him. I’ve also been honest with Steven. I don’t know what the future holds for us but I will always be honest with him.
You’ve had some passionate interracial relationships. Where does this interest come from?
I just fall in love. Color has nothing to do with my heart. It’s about who I find myself around and who I’m attracted to. The color doesn’t matter.
What’s a typical day for an Albany Police Detective in the Sex Crimes Unit?
Oh you’d be surprised at how boring it is sometimes. It’s not like it is in the movies. Sometimes we’re at our desks days at a time with nothing happening. People don’t know that that police work is mainly paperwork, and checking out things on the computer. It isn’t until you get substantial leads on a case that things get exciting and that can take time.
What would you like readers to know about this story?
I think women especially will relate to The Wild Life. I have some serious choices to make within this story. I come up against things that make me question who I am, my past choices, and my heart. I think all women have experienced a love that confuses them and often they don’t know what to do. I hope that if they read the book that seeing me struggle with issues might help them with their own.
A big thanks to Detective Morris for stopping by today!
When Albany Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris learns that Cuban crime lord Milan Varela wants her estranged father dead, she heads off to Miami to find out why. With Homicide Detective Jayce Matthews and her ex-lover Detective Steven Kemp she devises a plot to get close to the Varela organization.
Brianna finds herself attracted to the older Milan and falls deep into his web of seduction while fighting to keep her mind on her mission. Milan is equally drawn to Brianna and vows to win her trust and her heart.
Is Milan really the villain when it comes to Brianna’s father? Or is he the victim?
Is Brianna’s father really in danger or is there more to the story than anyone could ever imagine?
Brianna risks her life to save her father’s but will she end up losing her own?
About the Author
Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne) is a published novelist of crime fiction, mystery/suspense, and romantic suspense with interracial subplots. She started writing professionally in 1997 when she was nineteen years old. Stacy grew up loving the suspense genre. Her idols are Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock. Her love for Psycho and many of his movies fueled her fire for suspense.
Stacy supports all authors and loves writers who venture outside the box. She especially encourages minority writers to be different, follow their hearts and to not let their race pigeonhole them when it comes to their creativity or the books they write.
She was born, raised and currently resides in Houston, Texas.