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10 Questions for Author Robin Bielman

First of all, congratulations to my Tule sister Robin Bielman. She has a new book out today!

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Robin and I go way back. We’re also Entangled sisters. We first met face-to-face in Las Vegas after on-line dating for a few months. Robin was moonlighting as a pole dancer back then. We both signed non-disclosure agreements, so the rest of our history together will forever remain a mystery.

I had ten questions for Robin today, but after spending six months in jail for a crime she swears she didn’t commit, she’s pretty cagey about putting out in public (did I say that right?) and only answered 6 of them, plus the bonus question, so I’ll give her credit for 7. It turns out she found some of them intrusive—but FYI, I can’t be the only one curious as to whether or not you can catch STDs from stripper poles.

Here we go. Not the interview I’d planned, but fascinating nonetheless.

So. Robin.

  1. Who’s your favourite—of your own books—female and/or male character? (Come on. We all

have one.)

I honestly don’t have just one! My favorite hero is usually the one I’m currently focused on, meaning the one I’m writing or the one in my newest release. So right now that would be Prince Theo. (But I’m also in love with Mateo, the hero in my current WIP.) See? I cannot pick just one.

  1. Which book could you have worked on forever?

My newest release, Once Upon A Royal Christmas. It takes place at Christmas time and my hero is a prince! I could have spent lots of time writing fun and sexy winter activities, but I was happy to give him his HEA, too.

  1. You’re a USA Today bestselling author. Tell us about THE MOMENT you found out, and what the heck, tell us about the book too.

I found out on Twitter. LOL At the time, I didn’t realize when the announcement was shared, but I was on Twitter and I saw a tweet from Laura Kaye congratulating me on hitting the USA Today list. Needless to say, I went happy-crazy after that. The book that hit the list was Kissing the Maid of Honor, the first book in my Secret Wishes series. My hero, Luke is and extreme sports photographer and the best man, and oh, how I love him. (He’s definitely a favorite of mine.) *wink*

  1. Which book would you love to re-write? Why?

Veiled Target. I’d like to go back and do some more world building as well as make a few changes to my heroine. I loved her, but she didn’t resonate with everyone.

  1. Why write? Why not do something easier? Because I don’t know about you, but writing is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Writing is SO hard! But I can’t imagine not doing it. I love spending time with my characters and I’m always thinking about my stories and ideas for new ones. I’ve loved to write in some way or another since I was in college so I think it’s just a part of me. And a huge reason I keep at it is to hopefully make readers happy. To make them smile and for a little while forget any troubles they may have.

  1. What’s your favourite pastime? And keep it clean. My kids read this.

Well, reading of course. I’m also a TV junkie and love to go hiking. And I recently started collecting sea glass.

 

Bonus question:  What’s a little-known fact about you? What’s your dirty secret? (And if it’s a fabulous ability to hide dead bodies in unorthodox places, just a head’s up—I’m pretty sure CSIS stalks me on-line.)

How did you know? 😉 Hmm… besides my time behind bars (totally joking), I’ve got nothing super interesting. I was a field reporter for a local cable program waaayyy back when, and if those pieces were ever made public again, I’m sure I’d die of embarrassment.

And that, folks, is your introduction to Robin Bielman.

You should run right out and grab her new release, Once Upon a Royal Christmas—available today! The links I’ve provided are for Amazon, but that’s because I’m lazy. It’s available at other online retailers, too. Isn’t the cover pretty?

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Biography

When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas.

She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.

She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com

 

Come Meet the Guys from Spy Games

Welcome!

I’m interviewing the three men from the first books in my Spy Games series today!

Each of the first three books is a standalone romance, although for anyone interested in the overall series plot (there really is one!), they’re best read in order:

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Her Spy to Have ~ Book 1

 

Thank you to Syd Gill Design

Her Spy to Hold ~ Book 2

 

 

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His Spy at Night ~ Book 3

 

 

If you don’t want to read them in order, no worries—the main plot doesn’t contain any deep dark secrets or major spoilers. We know who did it from the very first book. The rest of the stories are spent gathering enough information to hang him.

Although we haven’t literally hanged anyone in Canada since December 11th, 1962.

Now that we’ve cleared all that up, let’s get back to my guys so I can introduce them….

Word of warning–these guys are a little camera-shy, for obvious reasons.

First on the scene is Garrett.

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He’s in love with Isabelle, a woman with a sketchy past. His pastimes include wandering around Khao San Road in Bangkok dressed like a tourist.

Next we have Kale.

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He made quite the impression on Irina, who’s a brainy software engineer and weapons systems placement designer. Kale likes extreme sports—kitesurfing, rock climbing, and longboarding down mountain roads in Nova Scotia for starters.

Last but not least, we’ll introduce you to Harry. Oh, Harry…

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His girl is Marlies, an expert in money laundering and hawala systems of exchange, but she has other skills that Harry puts to good use. (Yes, that’s a naughty reference.) When Harry wants to get away from the embassy office in the Netherlands, he likes to take after-hours canal tours. (Yes. Another naughty reference.)

Only two of these men are spies, however. That’s okay. Garrett and Kale like Harry a lot and they can totally sympathize with the problems inherent in his relationship with Marlies. (Marlies goes by Lies for short. Pronounced Lees. Even if the pronunciation is different, it is so, so appropriate for her…)

*Ahem.*

Garrett and Harry have a lot in common. They both work at Canadian embassies. They’re quiet and good at blending in. Kale is even better than they are at listening, but he prefers a bolder approach to information gathering. If you want an analogy, he’s more of a hurricane to their warm summer rain. (ßThat sentence right there is why I’m a writer.)

 

I know you guys are busy so I’m going to go with 3 easy questions for you:

  1. What set you on your career paths? Harry, I know you’re a diplomat and trade commissioner, not a spy, but still, there’s a level of intrigue in what you do. You constantly have your ear to the ground and one of your friends happens to be the director of Canada’s spy organization.

(Heads turn. Garrett and Kale stare at Harry.)

Garrett: You’re friends with John Carmichael?

Harry: No offense, but he’s the only one of you people I even remotely trust.

Kale: None taken. (Arches brow.) But what about Lies?

Harry: Not even as far as I can throw her.

Kale: Right. What was I thinking?

Garrett: To answer your question—I’ve always been restless if I stay in one place too long, which comes from me, not my upbringing. My family is pretty stable and ordinary, and I love them, but I want to serve my country. I like the challenge. What I do isn’t especially exciting, at least not on the surface, but I really enjoy the game of matching wits with people who believe they’re smarter than I am.

Kale (nodding head in agreement): Yeah, I like that whole game aspect of it, too. I’m a linguist who speaks seven languages. My dad is a career diplomat who travels a lot, particularly in the Middle East, so I’m comfortable with the different languages and cultures. I don’t fit my stereotype and I love it when people look at me and see a dumb jock. You wouldn’t believe the conversations people have in public when they think no one around them can understand.

Harry: I seem so dull in comparison to these two. I started off working summers as an unpaid intern for the UN, then after university, went to work for several different aerospace and defence companies in their international marketing departments. I speak a few languages too, so between those and my business connections, it was an easy progression to Canada’s trade commission. I like helping companies do business in other countries. It increases Canada’s profile worldwide and grows the economy.

  1. We’re all friends here. What do you find hottest about your women?

Garrett: Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I love the fact that Isabelle is such a mystery to me. I’m always trying to figure out the best way to please her.

Kale: No secrets here, man. I straight up love the way Irina can be talked into anything. And I mean anything. Still waters. Gotta love them. (Shifts restlessly in chair and eyeballs clock on wall.) When is this interview over?

Harry: Since we’re oversharing (stares pointedly at Kale), Lies can be very (clears throat) forthright about her preferences. It’s refreshing to spend time with a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to ask for it.

Kale: That’s what we’re calling it? Refreshing? Wait until I share that with Irina. (Starts to laugh at what is clearly an inside joke.)

  1. Since we’re on an honesty roll, and next week the ladies will get their chance to rebut, what do you like the least about them?

Garrett (answers a little too quickly): Isabelle’s father. Did I say that out loud?

Kale (speaking to Garrett): Is that an option? Because I like everything about Irina, including her parents. She’s smart, she’s pretty, she’s sexy… I mean, her father was once a Soviet double agent, sure, but it’s not like I can cast stones. I do get why you don’t like Isabelle’s dad though. The guy steals military weapons and intelligence and sells them to hostile nations. That’s got to make Christmases awkward.

Harry (thoughtfully): Lies can be really inappropriate. The phone sex, for instance. I can’t figure out if I like or dislike it. Once I got over the initial shock, it can be— You know what? Forget it. I take it all back. I’m not answering this question.

Kale (stares): Dude. What the hell. You like it. (Again glances longingly at clock.)

And on that note, guys, it’s a wrap. Thanks so much for joining me today.

If readers are interested in learning more about these three, you can check out their stories on my website. I have links to the first chapters, online retailers, and to a sign-up form for my newsletter so you can follow upcoming releases for the Spy Games series.

Next up is Dan’s story in Her Spy at Dawn, Book 4, which should be making its appearance at retailers in February 2017. Dan’s not as camera-shy because he works behind a desk these days, but this guy has a PAST. I’ll just leave you with this:

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