12 June 2014

Herman-Ponce, Terri: Covet



by Terri Herman-Ponce




Everyone wants something.

Even if it belongs to someone else.

And some will destroy the very thing they want, just so no one else can have it.

Professional soldier David Bellotti’s latest mission seems simple: steal the key card to a drug lord’s compound so the empire can be infiltrated and destroyed. But when David discovers evidence of his lover Lottie’s possible infidelity, his mission turns personal. He searches for answers others would kill to keep buried and discovers a link to the past he’s been trying hard to ignore.

Ancient lives, twelve thousand year old secrets, murder, and primal instincts lead David on a journey through past lives and present danger—all to save the woman he loves.

Find your way back through history, when hunter-gatherers roamed and David and Lottie’s past incarnations began. The Reading Café calls Covet, Book Two of the Past Life Series, “An amazing and fascinating storyline of suspense, mystery, betrayal, hatred and love.”



I blew out the entrance and took off, hustling through the panicked crowd. Another gun fired and police sirens sounded in the distance. I made a left down a small street then a right into an alley, jumping a garbage can, hurtling over a short wall, and disappearing into the neighborhood. If Galen didn’t make it to our backup rendezvous point, I had to get to the safe house and that was five miles away. And right now, I had no idea if Galen and Lady in Blue were still alive.

I skidded past a corner, wondering if I should take the chance and call an alert into HQ, when I heard screeching tires. I backed up, pressed myself against a wall, and realized who it was. Galen in a Toyota. He threw open the passenger door and I jumped in, slamming the door shut as Galen jammed the gas pedal.

“You get it?” he asked, swerving through a turn then dropping our speed so we didn’t draw attention.

I nodded. “Is Lady in Blue okay?”

Galen hugged another turn. “She will be. She came to when the gunshots were fired.”

I blew out a sigh of relief. It wasn’t the first time a distraction job had taken a bad turn, but it was still a worry. “And the cops?”

“All at the nightclub. But we will have to lose the car.” He used his cell phone and dialed our contact, making arrangements for cleanup.

I pulled out Sahin’s wallet and lifted the keycard. “Payday,” I said, holding it up.

“Mommie Dearest says we should leave the wallet and card with the car.” Galen disconnected the call. “They will pick it all up at the Starbucks near the safe house in ten minutes.”

I drew in a breath and held it, forcing my heart and my lungs to calm down. Another close call. I loved this stuff.

“You love this stuff way too much,” Galen said, glancing my way.

I had known Galen all of three months, and he was far too good at reading my mind already. I was trying to get my head wrapped around the fact that we were connected in a way that didn’t make sense, but that didn’t mean I had to like it. Ignoring him, I sank into the seat, letting the adrenalin wear off.

“Let’s see what else we’ve got on this guy.” Inside his wallet I found a black American Express, a MasterCard, and over five thousand Euros in the billfold. A picture was tucked in with his identification. I pulled it out and held it up to catch the light from passing street lamps.

It was a photo of the love of my life kissing another man.



It is a pleasure to welcome author Terri Herman-Ponce to Room With Books! I would appreciate it if you would answer a question for me, Terri.

What advice would you offer to a new author?

Sheesh. I’m really not a fan of this question. 🙂

Here’s the thing. Everyone’s got an opinion about what works, and writers are inundated with ‘factoids’ about how you should manage your business and your writing and your time. How you should market. What you should write about. How you can spot trends. How to take advantage of fill-in-the-blank.

It’s overwhelming.

It’s also all wrong. (I can hear the tittering now. “Can you believe she said that?”)

A writer spends his or her day writing. Crafting up entertaining stories, getting into characters’ heads, creating whole new worlds for readers to enjoy. But we’re also barraged with the so-called “overnight successes”, where so-and-so sold millions of books (and, gasp!, they weren’t even that good!), and we’re told that we, too, can meet fame and fortune if we follow some simple rules.

Well, yeah, there are simple rules. It’s when we start listening to too many of them that we lose our way. . .  And our passion.

That said, I’ve been asked for advice for new writers and here are some I’d like to share that, for me, are the most meaningful:

  1. Find the place that sparks your imagination and write there. Often.
  2. Ignore social media as much as you can. It’s a creativity killer and time suck.
  3. Don’t read about all the author success stories. Read inspirational quotes and books meant just for YOU instead. Besides, most if not all overnight success stories took years to get there. Some of them decades.
  4. When you’re feeling down and out and wondering if you’re tough enough for this business, give yourself the time to feel down and out. Then get back on the horse and start writing again the next day.
  5. Admire the vibrant blue sky. Listen to the cheerful birds. Draw in the delectable scent of blooming trees or a smoky fireplace. Find your inner peace, then channel that focus into your writing.
  6. Watch television. And movies. There’s some great storytelling out there to inspire.
  7. And the most important piece of advice? Learn the craft. Over and over and over again. Once you start thinking you know how to write, you’ve given all the other writers who continually study the craft the edge. 🙂

Thank you for having me here today, Patricia!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ponce_PhotoTerri looks for any opportunity to make stuff up. She thinks anything that can’t so easily be explained is worth an extra look and often makes a great story. She loves red wine, scotch, sunrises, Ancient Egypt, the beach—and a host of other stuff that would take too much real estate to talk about. The youngest of five children, Terri lives with her husband and son on Long Island. And, in her next life, if she hasn’t moved on to somewhere else, she wants to be an astronomer. Terri’s fascinated with the night skies almost as much as she’s fascinated with ancient Egypt.

Terri is a member of member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and you can read about her at http://terriponce.com/.

If you love social media, you can also find Terri on Facebook  and  Twitter as well as link to her Amazon and  B&N Author Pages. Come visit. She’d love to hear from you!



Terri will be awarding:

  • one free Ecopy of Covet (Book 2 of the Past Life Series); and

  • one free Ecopy of In This Life (Book 1 of the Past Life Series), to a randomly chosen commenter at each stop: and

  • a Grand Prize of a $50 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

I encourage you to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking on the tour banner below.




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Posted June 12, 2014 by Room With Books in category "Guest Post", "Virtual Book Tour


  1. By Alexis N on

    I love you advice for new authors! It applies to everyone. Enjoyed the interview, I think I’ll enjoy this book, after I read the first. brown_angel 123at)yahoo.dotcom

  2. By bn100 on

    Nice advice

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  3. By CJ Schindler on

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing!

  4. By Rita Wray on

    Great advice to all of us. Thank you!


    1. By Terri Herman-Ponce on

      Thanks, Rita. When I did this blog piece, I never thought about the advice as anything beyond writing advice. Turns out to be more than that after all. 🙂

  5. By Nancy C Weeks on

    Most excellent post. My favorite : When you’re feeling down and out and wondering if you’re tough enough for this business, give yourself the time to feel down and out. Then get back on the horse and start writing again the next day.

    That is wonderful advice. As writers, we all get in a slump now and then. When that happens, get away from the story, the mind-sucking promotions….and just be. It has taken a year to figure out that in order to be a better writer, I need to take care of me. I always enjoy your post. HUGS!

    1. By Terri Herman-Ponce on

      Thank you, Nancy! We have a tendency, I think, to get wrapped up in deadlines and things we think we need to do that aren’t necessarily good for us, as writers or as individuals. For me, the lessons are learned every day and never end.

  6. By Leslie P Garcia on

    Terri, you know writing works when the author could only have written it for you. This works. Thanks for such sharing.

  7. By amy bowens on

    That is really great advice. I agree with you about the Social Media. So much time wasted going through those sites. As for your book this sounds very exciting and I’m definitely looking forward to reading! Thanks again for sharing and I hope everything goes well with the book tour!

    1. By Terri Herman-Ponce on

      Amy – holy cow can social media steal away precious time or what!? And thanks for saying my book sounds interesting. I’d like to think both of them are, and I really hope readers agree.

    1. By Terri Herman-Ponce on

      Thanks, Trix. You know, there’s so much advice out there but little of it is personalized for the individual. My list, I’d like to think, does that.

  8. By Terri Herman-Ponce on

    Thank you for having me here today. I’m looking forward to spending some time with you all, and making new friends. Hope you’re all having a great one!

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