Thursday, August 1, 2013

Blog Tour, Interview, and Giveaway: Crisis of Identity (Denise Moncrief)

Tess Copeland is an operator. Her motto? Necessity is the mother of a good con. When Hurricane Irving slams into the Texas Gulf coast, Tess seizes the opportunity to escape her past by hijacking a dead woman’s life, but Shelby Coleman’s was the wrong identity to steal. And the cop that trails her? He’s a U.S. Marshall with the Fugitive Task Force for the northern district of Illinois. Tess left Chicago because the criminal justice system gave her no choice. Now she’s on the run from ghosts of misdeeds past—both hers and Shelby’s.
Enter Trevor Smith, a pseudo-cowboy from Houston, Texas, with good looks, a quick tongue, and testosterone poisoning. Will Tess succumb to his questionable charms and become his damsel in distress? She doesn’t have to faint at his feet—she’s capable of handling just about anything. But will she choose to let Trevor be the man? When Tess kidnaps her niece, her life changes. She must make some hard decisions. Does she trust the lawman that promises her redemption, or does she trust the cowboy that promises her nothing but himself?

Author Bio:

Denise wrote her first story when she was in high school—seventeen hand-written pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she read. She earned a degree in accounting, giving her some nice skills to earn a little money, but her passion has always been writing. She has written numerous short stories and more than a few full-length novels. Her favorite pastimes when she’s not writing are spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and scrapbooking. She lives in Louisiana with her husband, two children, and one very chubby dog.

Connect with Denise!

1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I was watching the coverage of Hurricane Ike that made landfall near Galveston, Texas. The news reporter stated that local authorities had asked anyone who wanted to remain on the island and ride out the storm to write their social security number on their arm in permanent marker…just in case they didn’t survive the storm. I thought to myself,” I wonder how easy it would be to switch identities with a dead woman in that situation?” The premise evolved from that news report and my question.

2. Who is your favorite character in the book?

Without a doubt, Tess is my favorite character. She is smart, strong, and sassy. Tess is fearless in ways I only wish I could be. She doesn’t take much off anybody, and when she’s in a bind she uses her available resources to get herself out of jam. She is no damsel in distress.

3. Which came first, the title or the novel?

The premise for the book came to me years ago. It actually started as a short story for a writing prompt. Several people suggested I should expand the story into a full-length book. I was probably half way through the book when I started thinking about with titles. Tess’ problem was that she had a crisis because of one too many identities. The title evolved from that thought.

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

The opening scene were Tess switches identities with the woman who looks so much like her and has such a similar social security number. I really believe this is an unusual beginning and an intriguing hook. I’ve never read anything like it before, nor have I seen anything like it in a movie.

5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

I’ve learned that no matter how much I learn about the art and craft of writing, there is always more to learn. I still discover new ways to make my writing stronger and more readable, more enjoyable for my audience. I believe I’ve learned a lot since I finished writing Crisis of Identity.

6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

Viola Estrella is an awesome cover artist. There isn’t anything about the cover I don’t like. She took my suggestions and created something beyond my imagination. I love the cover of Crisis of Identity. But if I had to pick one thing about the cover to say is my favorite element it would have to be the mountains in the background.

7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2013?

Well, I was really looking forward to Mary Kay Andrews’ new release, Ladies’ Night. It was just released last month and I can’t wait until I have time to read it.

8. What was your favorite book in 2012?

I like books that keep me thinking long after I’ve read the last word. I think the book that affected me the most in 2012 was A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson. The family dynamics of the three women in this book tugged at my emotions more than any book I’ve read in a long time.

9. What’s up next for you?

The Wild Rose Press just rereleased two of my books, Deceptions of the Heartand An Impostor in Town. Deceptions of the Heart is about a woman who wakes up in someone else’s body. An Impostor in Town is the first book in the Colorado series. It’s about a woman who is hiding from her past by using her dead sister’s identity.

5 Prince Publishing will release my next book entitled The End in September 2013. The End is Ellie’s story. She discovers her husband’s nearly finished manuscript on his computer after his death. The suspense builds as she realizes his final manuscript was a true crime story.

I also have an upcoming release with The Wild Rose Press entitled Purgatory,the second book in the Colorado series. This book is a man who discovers his missing wife after five years. Unfortunately, the woman can’t remember him.

I just finished a manuscript entitled The Memory Catcher about a woman who can see other people’s guilty memories and I’m in the process of submitting this to publishers for consideration. My current work in progress is a ghost story set in south Louisiana with the working title The Unmistakable Scent of Gardenias. Yeah, this will be a busy summer and fall for me.

10. Is there anything that you would like to add?

I’d like to thank Beth for hosting me on the Crisis of Identity blog tour.

July 16 – A Blue Million Books – Q&A & Excerpt

July 17 – Musings About the Writing Life – Q&A

July 18 – Free eBooks Daily – Q&A

July 19 – Ai Love Books – Excerpt

July 22 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews –  Q&A & Excerpt

July 22 - A Passion for Romance - Review 

July 24 – Brooke Blogs – Excerpt

July 24 – Keri Neal – Guest Post & Excerpt

July 25 – AJ’s Tattered Pages – Guest Post & Excerpt

July 26 – Escape Into a Book – Review & Excerpt

July 31 – Scribbler’s Sojourn – Guest Post

August 1 – Curling Up With a Good Book – Q&A

August 2 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

August 5 – Keep Calm and Blog On – Review

August 5 - Defining Women's Evolution in Discovery Blog - Q&A & Excerpt 

 **Everyone who leaves a comment on Denise’s tour page will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Crisis of Identity before  August 5 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**


  1. Thank you for the blog tour and giveaway.
    It is so interesting how you came up with the idea for your book from a natural disaster. I am pretty sure my brain would never have thought hmm I wonder if I could switch with a dead person if I did that!
    Look forward to reading it.

  2. A gerat post thank you. CRISIS OF IDENTITY promises to be a great read.

  3. Crisis of Identity by Denise Moncrief sounds very interesting to see how Tess does taking a dead woman identity, sounds like the Hurricane will be stirring up a lot.

    Sounds like a very interesting story about our neighboring state Texas and I am ready to read it..

  4. Interesting interview :)

    MinDaf @