Tuesday, November 15, 2011

This Week At The Tiki Hut - Tim Smith

This week on our Tiki Hut Blog, we welcome author Tim Smith as he celebrates the release of MEMORIES DIE LAST, his first Nick Seven Story published with eXtasy Books.

Tim Smith is an award-winning author of numerous books, ranging from thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. He is also a freelance photographer and when he isn’t pursuing these two passions, he works in the human services field as a case manager for adults with disabilities.

Memories Die Last is actually a re-boot of my first published novel that came out nine years ago in print, but with numerous changes. All I saved was the title, the characters and the basic plot. Everything else was rewritten to build up the romance between the lead characters. I’m pleased to be able to offer it in e-book format for the first time.

I enjoyed the challenge of rewriting and updating this story for the romance market. It isn’t often you get the chance to do a makeover and it was fun. I especially enjoyed developing the relationship between the two lead characters. In the first version there were sparks and sex, but this time I got to do it right and fully develop the attraction between Nick and Felicia. I was also able to fine tune the intrigue and thriller aspects, as well as updating the story to reflect current themes.

The opportunity came about as a result of the stars being correctly aligned. This book and my second one were both up for contract renewal with my former publisher, but I wasn’t keen on the idea of re-signing. By this time I had developed a niche with Extasy Books in the contemporary romance genre, and my e-books were outselling my print books. I made an inquiry with my Editor in Chief, and she was eager to have this series in their catalog.

As they say, it’s all about being in the right place at the right time.



A Nick Seven Book

A former CIA spook, the woman he always wanted but couldn’t have, and a nemesis from their past all come together in an explosive mix of intrigue and espionage.

What happens when your life is turned inside out by something from your past that won’t leave you alone? Former CIA operative Nick Seven finds out when his peaceful life in The Florida Keys is disrupted by the appearance of an old nemesis he thought was buried alongside the painful memory of a personal tragedy.

Nick reluctantly gets back into the spy game to settle an old score and is pleasantly surprised to find himself paired with beautiful Felicia Hagens, a former co-worker from Barbados. Together they uncover a complex maze of intrigue, espionage and high-level government corruption. The assignment gets more complicated when they realize they have unrequited feelings for each other.

Can Nick finally hit the elusive target and reclaim his personal corner of paradise? Will Felicia return to Barbados or stay with the rugged former spy she’s always had a secret thing for?


WIN - Leave Tim a question this week at the Tiki Hut and your name goes in the hat for a ebook copy of his erotic romance, MISTLETOE AND PALM TREES. Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner - Good Luck!


  1. Congrats on the rework of your first book.

    What is your favorite genre to write?

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  2. Kathryn, I'm confortable with anything contemporary, whether it's romantic comedy (like my first few romances) or romantic mystery/thriller like "Memories Die Last" and my previous book, "The Bundle." What I like is taking a good mystery or adventure plot and working in some serious erotic romance.

    Thanks for asking!

    Tim Smith

  3. Hi Tim, “Memories Die Last” sounds exciting, can’t wait to read it.

    What are you working on now. What’s next?


  4. Mary, I'm currently finishing a sequel to "The Bundle," which I hope to have out early next year. I'm also working on the second Nick Seven adventure to follow "Memories Die Last."

    I hope you enjoy the book!

    Tim Smith

  5. I admire your energy, Tim, as it appears you have a lot going on in your life. How do you find time to write?

    Do you begin with an outline, knowing in advance how your novel will end (and how you'll get there) or do you just start writing and allow the story to unfold?

  6. Hi, Dr. Bob! When I begin I have an outline in my head, but I don't put it on paper unless I've written myself into a corner. Quite often I'll change courses mid-plot if something better occurs to me. As for finding the time to write, I've found that sleep is vastly overrated.

    Thanks for dropping in.

  7. This book sounds like an interesting one. You are a new author for me. How did you start writing?


  8. Andrea, it started as a dare. I had a story idea bouncing around in my head for years and kept saying "Someday I'm going to write this." One day someone challenged me to either write it or stop talking about it. After it was finished someone else read it and bet me that I wouldn't pursue publication. Ten years later, here I am.

    Thanks for dropping by. If you like adventure with a healthy dose of romance, by all means check out "Memories Die Last."

  9. You not only write a lot, you also read a lot, as I've seen several of the reviews you've posted. Have you ever read someone else's novel and wish you had written it?

  10. Have you ever posted a comment and wished you had proofed it before hitting the PUBLISH button? I'm known for leaving off a verb's ed when writing in the past tense. (I'm sure you've noticed.)

  11. Yes to both questions. I've also hit "send" then realized I should've read it one last time.

    As to other people's novels, I'd love to be able to list "The Maltese Falcon" on my resume but some guy named Dashiell Hammett beat me to it. The same with another fellow named Ian Fleming and that Bond character he created.