Author Interview - Robin Perini

Book Summary: Jasmine “Jazz” Parker, Jefferson County SWAT's only female sniper, can thread the eye of a needle with a bullet. But she carries a secret from her past that she thought she buried for good at the age of fifteen. Two years ago she even drove away the one man she believed she could love—ex-Army Ranger turned reporter Luke Montgomery—to keep her past hidden. Now, in a fleeting second, the time it takes for one clean shot, one perfect hit, to save the life of the governor's daughter, Jazz's world begins to crumble around her.

Luke splashes her face and name across the front page of the newspaper, reawakening her past with a vengeance. A vicious enemy is now bent on destroying her life, forcing Jazz to turn to the one man she can never have in order to stop a killer before she and everyone she cares about pays the ultimate price. Full of explosive action and almost unbearable suspense, In Her Sights is a relentless, steamy thriller surprisingly infused with soul and poignancy.

Price: $13.95
ISBN: 9781612181523
Pages: 262
Release: November 29, 2011

Robin Perini Bio:

Award-winning author Robin Perini’s love of heart-stopping suspense and poignant romance, coupled with her adoration of high tech weaponry and covert ops, encouraged her secret inner commando to take on the challenge of writing romantic suspense novels. Her mission's motto: "when danger and romance collide, no heart is safe."

As a writer, Robin is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high stakes adventures with a love story sure to melt their hearts. Robin’s strong characters and tightly woven plots have garnered her seven prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finals, and Golden Heart Winner in 2011. Stolen Lullaby, will be published by Harlequin Intrigue® in May, 2012 as Finding Her Son. Her other 2011 Golden Heart® Finalist, In Her Sights, will be published by Amazon's Montlake Romance November 29, 2011.

By day, she works for an advanced technology corporation, and in her spare time, you might find her giving one of her many nationally acclaimed writing workshops or find her training in competitive small-bore rifle silhouette shooting. She's a voracious reader and a die-hard fan of the T.V. series, BONES.

Interview with Robin Perini:

1. How did you come up with the title?

In Her Sights really came from my heroine, Jasmine "Jazz" Parker. As a SWAT Team sniper, Jazz always has the bad guys 'in her sights', but she also has the hero, his family and a future she believes she can never have 'in her sights'. The play on words appealed to me, and it always seemed a perfect fit for Jazz's story.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I hope that readers are inspired by my heroine, Jazz Parker. She must recognize that the past doesn't dictate the future.  It molds, it impacts, but the choices made, the actions taken, this is what determines our worth.

3. How much of the book is realistic?

All of the technical details about the weapons and SWAT procedures are based on facts. Fiction writers must take some license in order to keep the drama heightened, of course, while still keeping the world authentic. I tried very hard to make the characterization of Jazz and Luke and their emotional response to the significant events that happen realistic as well.

The locations are real – Truth or Consequences, New Mexico does exist. But I have changed the surroundings of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office—poetic license.

As always, the names and people in the story are all fiction.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

Very interesting question. This book has been the accumulation of years of effort, though I have written numerous other books since beginning In Her Sights. I cut quite a few scenes in order to keep the pacing at a driving rate. I sometimes wish that I had kept the flashbacks of Jazz's past in the story, so readers could have a true picture of what she face, or even an expansion of Luke's past and his investigation, but I hope, overall, the story works for readers and I made the right choices.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Revision. Hands down. Because once I complete my 'fast draft' and have the bare bones of the story down on paper, then I go through an agonizingly iterative process where I hope I tease out the heart and soul of the story. I probably add another 30% to the word count after my fast-draft is completed over at least three to six iterations.

I think it was Jack Bickham, the noted writing instructor who said, “Good novels aren't written. They're rewritten and revised.” That may not be true for everyone, but it's definitely true for me!

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I came away with a huge appreciation for the science of ballistics as well as SWAT procedures. I even began training in competitive small bore silhouette shooting and have learned how very difficult it is to hold a rifle steady.

My appreciation for law enforcement, the choices they must make, the type of men and women who wear the uniform, has expanded tremendously.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I've been writing forever, but it's storytelling that grabbed my interest first. I lost my heart to storytelling when I was a child, sitting at the knee of my great-aunt. She mesmerized me with her tales of 'The Little Match Girl' and 'How the Tiger Got its Tail.' She wrenched my heart, made me laugh and cry. She fed my love of reading and learning. Perhaps it was inevitable that I followed in her footsteps.

My love of writing was her gift as well. When I was eight, I attended a Camp Fire Girls' camp for a week—it seemed like a month. I wrote tear-stained letters to my great-aunt and after I returned home she told me I had a gift. That my letters evoked pictures in her mind.

My great-aunt has long since passed away, but I look up and smile sometimes. My inner fire for storytelling and writing was her gift to me. I pray I do her justice.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have so many authors who have brought me incredible joy since I was a child. In fact, on my website ( I have included a listing many of my all-time favorite books and authors.

Those books typically evoke deep emotions within me. They are my window into pain, joy, insight, and wisdom. One of my favorite authors is Sharon Sala. This New York Times Bestselling Author has written novels that twist my heart through a painful journey, but end in hope. Her ability to touch my soul makes me go back to her stories again and again.

9. Tell us your latest news.

November 29, 2011—the release date of In Her Sights—was the culmination of a lot of years of dreaming, and I hope the beginning of dreams I never imagined. So much has already happened since I sold In Her Sights. Within months I sold three more novels to Harlequin Intrigue.

So, in 2012, three romantic suspense novels will be released from Harlequin. Finding Her Son, which won the 2011 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Award in Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure as Stolen Lullaby, will be released in March 2012. In the story, a woman determined to find her kidnapped son, and who is suspected in her husband's death, reluctantly teams with the embattled SWAT cop assigned to prove her guilt. Cowboy in the Crossfire, in which a woman desperate to protect her young son after he witnesses a murder, is forced into an alliance with the disgraced Texas Sheriff who her family framed, will come out in July, 2012. A third book will hit the shelves, Christmas, 2012.

I truly hope there are many more stories to tell!

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Readers. What an amazing thought. Thank you for taking a chance on a new writer, for taking a chance each time you open a book in the hopes that the story will mean something to you. If I could give any advice, it would be to keep reading and share your love of reading with others so that the world of stories and books expands and grows and remains strong.

Finally, I love to hear from readers. Please connect with me. You can get in touch via my website, where you can view the In Her Sights book trailer, read excerpts, read reviews, sign up for my mailing list and even request trading cards or a Kindlegraph. I'm also on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. I'd love to hear from you.


  1. Star, thanks for hosting Robin today. What a fabulous, multi-faceted interview! My hat is off to Robin and all the research that must have gone into the writing of technical details like weaponry and SWAT procedures.

  2. Thanks so much for inviting me to be here today. Research for writing a book is interesting. I imagine that I used about 90% of research...on tech and characters.

  3. Great interview! I'm not surprised it's tough to hold a rifle steady, but I'm impressed you've tried, Robin. Good luck with your writing and marksmanship. In Her Sights is on my Kindle, and I can't wait to read it.

  4. Thanks so much for coming by, Pat. I really had a blast learning about the ballistics. And about cleaning weapons. One thing I couldn't keep in was the sweet smelling scent of cleaning fluid and how many folks who clean weapons find that activity very soothing. An unusual dichotomy.

  5. Great interview, Robin. Informative and intriguing. Your book is locked and loaded on my Kindle--can't wait. No one deserves this as much as you do!

  6. Oh, how wonderful to see you here, DorisRose... And what a nice thing to say. I've been blessed this year. Truly.

    Hope you enjoy the story!

    All my best,

  7. Thanks so much everyone for joining me on the blog tour. You can find out more about my books at

    Also, today, Amazon has great prices for In Her Sights. $5 for Paperback and $3.99 for Kindle.

    Once again, thanks for joining me on the blog tour.

    All my best,


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