About books, and spies, and silly questions
I have news!
I just signed a contract with Tule Publishing for the second book in a contemporary romance series based in Sweetheart, Montana.
The Sweetheart Brand will follow the Brand family (clever, right?) I first introduced in Her Sweetheart Brand, which is Damon and Jess’s story. It’s available now:
Book 2, Branded by a Kiss, is about Damon’s sister Alayna.
These are redemption stories. There is nothing I enjoy more than torturing a man and each hero has to work hard to prove himself if he wants to win the girl. Alayna might be shy, and unwilling to take chances, but she does know the value of her heart and she plans to protect it. Meanwhile, Patterson’s is about to take a serious beating.
Back to our originally scheduled program.
My fourth Spy Games book, Her Spy at Dawn, is coming soon, so today I want to introduce you to Dan and Alycia.
These are two of my more complex characters. They have a past history, complicated by a mutual tragedy, possibly with a bit of betrayal involved, all of which leads them to places in their lives where they both feel they’ve come out the other end stronger for it.
That is, of course, until they run into each other again. Who knew calm, cool, collected Dan had all these issues, while Alycia? She’s always been fiery-tempered, so one would expect hers to be deeper—and one would be wrong.
Dan and Alycia have to figure out that they really aren’t the same people anymore, be willing to forgive and forget, and learn to love all over again.
So let’s get to know them a little:
- Me: Dan and Alycia, you parted ways back in university. I’ll leave the details for the story, but tell me—what’s the attraction these days?
A: Dan has all this calm, quiet confidence. He’s all action and very little talk. When something needs to be done he does it, and it’s really rare for him to make a bad decision. (Casts him a sly, sidelong look.) But I think it was his striptease that really tipped the scales in his favour.
D: (Raises eyebrows.)The striptease was all it took? Because for me, it was the way you said, “Give me” and “More.” (Turns to me.) Alycia has a social conscience. She believes in things. She’s also far more resilient than I gave her credit for. While I like her confidence in me, I love that she can take care of herself. What can I say? I like strong women.
- Me: Alycia, I hear you have control issues.
A: I wouldn’t call them issues. I certainly don’t have a problem with them.
D: I don’t have a problem with them either…especially when she’s saying, “Give me” and “More.”
- Me: Dan, rumour has it you’ve killed a man.
D: The rumour is wrong.
A: (In an aside to me.) Read into that what you like. Dan’s very good at evasion.
- Me: (Clearing throat.) Moving on… Alycia. Boxers or briefs?
A: Boxer briefs.
- Me: Dan. Bikini or boy shorts?
D: What are boy shorts? (Turns to Alycia.) Are those the lacy little things that ride up like a thong, but still sort of cover your cheeks? (Grins.) Yeah. Those.
- Me: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: Mind control, like Professor X or Jane Gray. But I’d only use it for good, not invading privacy.
D: She’s lying. She would completely invade people’s privacy. She’s an RCMP investigator. She invades privacy for breakfast.
A: He’s right. I still want it as my super power.
Dan: I’d want invisibility and I make no promises as to how I’d use it.
A: He’d only use it for good. He’s predictable that way. He’s like a white knight in tarnished armour.
- Me: If you could change one thing about each other, what would it be?
A: Nothing. He’s perfect.
D: (Taking her hand and gazing into her eyes.) I can’t top that so I’m not even going to try.
Me: Oh! That is aDORable!!!
A: (Rolling her eyes but not letting go of his hand.) Again with the evasion, and again, read into that what you like.
- Me: One final question. Tell us a secret about yourself that doesn’t appear in the book. No spoilers, please.
A: I own more than yoga pants and panties to spend my leisure time in. I’m looking at you, Author.
D: I don’t own either yoga pants or panties. I’m thanking you, Author.
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If you’d like to learn more about Dan and Alycia’s story, you can read the first chapter of Her Spy at Dawn here. If you want to check out other books of mine that are already available, follow me on social media, or sign up for my newsletter to hear about new releases, you can find everything you need on my website.
And if you have any questions of your own for Dan and Alycia, or me, you can leave them in the comments section.
Thanks for stopping by!