Jazzed for Jacks: Welcome Back Cindy Gerard and Her New Crew of Hotties

Carey: Cindy, welcome back! As always, it’s an honor to have you on Kiss and Thrill. I have to tell you, I’ve been Cindy Gerardgoing through a bit of Cindy withdrawal …or rather Cindy’s boys withdrawal (not to slight your heroines in any way,  but those men are mine). It’s tough on readers who have grown to love a series, like your wonderful Black Ops Inc. series, when things come to an end. Lucky for us, the end of the BOIs means a new beginning and a whole new cast of characters for us to lust after, er..I mean to love sweetly and chastely. Can you tell us how your ONE EYED JACKS series developed, and how it will be similar to and different from the BOI series?

Cindy: The One Eyed Jacks is similar to the BOI’s in that my heroes are former military who served together in a multi-branch military task force. (Their nick name came out of the uniqueness of their experimental unit, their tight camaraderie, their slightly reckless reputation, their favorite downtime/pastime of high stakes poker and because each of them made a pact to always carry a One Eyed Jack playing card (either a Jack of hearts or a Jack of spades) as their lucky charm and a sign of unity.

What’s different about the One Eyed Jacks is that these guys are disenfranchised.  They didn’t end their service asjackscover_oej heroes.  They ended their service in disgrace.  When KILLING TIME opens, only three men of the original detail are still alive – Mike Brown, Bobby Taggart, Jamie Cooper.  On their last mission in Afghanistan, all three were dealt a losing hand and now share one common bond:  The military that they proudly served had cut them loose eight years ago with a ‘less than honorable’ discharge when their team led a covert operation that went south and the powers that be laid the blame squarely on their shoulders.

Now Brown, Taggart and Cooper lead separate lives in separate countries, have all dropped out of ‘normal society’ and not only live with the lie that led to their military separation but with the weight of the deaths of both their task force team members and several innocent civilians haunting them.

For these three men, life is now all about getting by, about forgetting the past, dealing with the anger and coping with the hand they’ve been dealt.  None of them intend to break the status quo – until a mysterious woman confronts and forces Brown to ask questions about what really happened in Afghanistan and how those events played into a current national security threat.  She dangles bait Brown can’t resist – the means to clear his name, deliver justice and expose the master mind behind the death of his teammates and his own downfall.

Carey: We first met Mike Primetime Brown in WITH NO REMORSE  (BOIs). Can you tell us how he’s changed since then, and how he grew his own story?

Cindy: Mike had everybody fooled in With No Remorse and Last Man Standing.  He was the epitome of a cock sure, swaggering hero.  What we didn’t know was that he was hiding a lot of anger and pain behind the smiling face.  But, don’t worry; he doesn’t get by with hiding anything in this book.wnr

Carey: One of the great things about your characters is that they are kickass and sinfully sexy, yet each of your protagonists seems to have something that haunts him and makes him vulnerable. What’s that vulnerable place for Mike?

Cindy: Betrayal.  Mike was betrayed then hung out to dry for sins he didn’t commit.  But, he feels the biggest betrayal of all, is his own cowardice when he didn’t stand up for what he knew was right – even if it might have cost him his life.

Carey: And how about Eva Salinas? What makes her tick?

Cindy: A little vengeance, a little lust for retribution and a threat against her life.  She started out on her journey looking for answers regarding her husband’s death eight years ago.  Her search, however, stirred up a hornet’s nest – with Mike Brown smack in the middle – and ended up with her running for her life.

Carey: I love the wonderful settings in your books. You always take me someplace I’d love to go. Have you been to Lima, Peru? How do you research your settings?

Cindy: I haven’t been to Peru but, boy, howdy, would I love to go.  As far as research – it’s extensive.  I have to have a feel for the setting or I can’t embed my story in the book.  So … maps, travel blogs, Lonely Planet guides and generally I manage to find someone who has been there and can help me with those delicious little details that make things click.  Part of this story takes place in Idaho and I was lucky enough to have a cousin who lives there and knows the area and provided an amazing amount of material for me.

Carey: Cindy, what’s in store for us after Killing Time? Whose story is next?

Cindy: I had initially planned 2 more books in the One Eyed Jacks series – RUNNING BLIND (Jamie Cooper’s book) and TAKING FIRE (Bobbie Taggart’s book).  I’ve since been given the opportunity to write a 4th book, one that will come out next December (just in time for Christmas!!) that’s a bonus book in the series.  I’m so excited about THE WAY HOME.  It’s a homecoming story featuring Tyler Brown (Mike’s brother) and is a little different book than I usually write.  Still romance, still suspense, still features our black ops warriors, but THE WAY HOME has a little something extra … something that  is leading me on  a very special journey as I write it.

Carey: Oooh! You’ve piqued my curiosity now. I can’t wait to read THE WAY HOME and find out what that little something extra is. Cindy, I know you are a big animal lover. Can you tell us about some of the animals who hang out your place? Do you have a favorite animal story?

Cindy: Oh boy.  This will be quite the list. LOL.  We have a Brittany spaniel named Margaret that my hubby and I both adore.  I call Margret his ‘other woman’ because she’s the one who gets to go on all the car rides with him :o).  We also have 2 house cats – Buddy and Sly.  One or the other is usually napping on my lap or the corner of my desk when I work.  Tom was never a cat person before these two felines found their way into our house through Margaret’s doggie door a few years ago.  Actually, neither was I.  But we LOVE these 2 cats and can’t imagine life or our home without them now.  A couple of years ago, I bought 2 fish – 2 betas – and kept them in a divided bowl for some time.  Then I bought them a 5 gallon tank and last year about this time, I added a 30 gallon fresh water aquarium to the mix.  This fall, I added a 90 gallon to my office.  So – as you can see, I’ve gotten bitten by the ‘aquarium’ bug.  I love my fish.  They’re beautiful and serene and so much fun to watch.  My hubby also has 3 quarter horses – Too Tall, Diamond, and Gus.  When I get a birthday card – which I did just last week :o) – it was signed by every critter on the place LOL.

Carey: Happy birthday, girlfriend!

On a personal note, I know you love a good adventure, whether it’s hiking the Grand Canyon or hanging with your BFFs in Spain. What adventure is next on your list?

Cindy: The next big adventure involves the kids.  We are taking them on a trip to Disneyland and Universal Studios in the spring.  It will be a HUGE adventure for all of us traveling together and the thought of getting on a roller coaster is already making me a little nauseas.  But, I’ll give it a go.  Maybe…..

Carey: Finally, can you tell us about your classic Love Swept titles? Any more re-releases in the works?booktn_august2012

Cindy: Thanks for asking about that.  WORTH DYING FOR was released last August and is a reissue of 2 of my Loveswepts in one volume.  I love that those stories have been brought back.  Next summer, WHEN SOMEBODY LOVES YOU will be released – another 2-fer volume of my favorite classic Loveswepts.  The reaction to these special e-book volumes has been wonderful.  I have 4 more stories that I plan to release at some point and will be sure to let everyone know when that happens.

Carey: Cindy, I can’t tell you how much I admire you both personally and professionally. Thanks so much for joining us today and for your generous giveaway. We’re all excited for the One Eyed Jacks! Readers, you can find Cindy at CindyGerard.com. Don’t forget to stop by and get the 411.

home-cover-lntCommenters, tell us your favorite pet story or what you plan for your next big adventure. One lucky commenter will win an e-copy of LEAVE NO TRACE and a signed copy of KILLING TIME from Cindy! Good luck, everyone!Killing Time by Cindy Gerard

About Carey Baldwin

Carey Baldwin is a mild-mannered doctor by day and an award winning author of edgy romantic thrillers by night. What's a nice girl like Carey doing writing scare-you-silly romantic thrillers? When you are a former clinical psychologist, writing about psychopaths comes naturally, and when you are a hopeless romantic, well, you do the math! Look for Carey's upcoming release, CONFESSION, coming from Harper Collins this spring. Learn more at www.CareyBaldwin.com

Posted on February 8, 2013, in Author Interview, Carey Baldwin and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 53 Comments.

  1. Cindy & Carey,
    Great Q&A here, I so enjoyed this! I have been wanting to try Cindy Gerard’s books. Just itching–right up my alley, but am deep in a 30 day, 30K challenge with NJRW, writing in same genre, so need to wait…Hurry up, February!
    Thanks for posting!
    Jenna Blue

    • Hi Jenna! Thanks for stopping by! The 30 day 30K challenge sounds like a great plan. I usually avoid NANO (although I know some of my fellow K and T ladies NANO) because the word count is so high it’s hard to get quality work done. Your challenge sounds like a perfect mix of “keep moving” and realistic goal setting. Good luck! A Cindy Gerard novel would be the perfect way to reward yourself for a job well done!

    • good luck Jenna!

  2. Great interview, gals. I loved your Black Ops series, Cindy, so I’ll definitely be checking out the new series. We’re dog people in my family. Hubby and I had our own Miniature Schnauzer when our daughters were little. Our older daughter got her own as soon as she got her first job out of college. He was a dear. We did doggy day care with him. Then our younger daughter inherited a crazy Jack Russle Terrier from her roomate and we inherited her when both of them finished school and went on the road. I have this great picture. I think I was an assistant principal at the time and we’d just added the JR to our day care with the Schnauser. I dashed home early after school to check on them. They were lying right outside the doggy door on a mat, back to back. Sweetest picture ever. We lost Harvey the Schnauzer last year and Scout, the JR, is now deaf, bless her heart.

  3. Welcome back, Cindy! The new series sounds wonderful. I love a tortured hero.

  4. Yay, so glad you have a new series coming Cindy! I’ve been going through withdrawals. 😉

    I’ve wanted to visit Peru since I did a report on Macchu Picchu in sixth grade, and Doc’s book gave me the bug for it again, but our big adventure this year is going to be Iceland.

    Thanks for hanging out with K&T today, Cindy!

  5. About 6 months ago, we adopted a Shiba Inu mix from our local shelter. She’s turned into the love of our lives. She doesn’t understand why moer deer and foxes don’t want to play with her when they come into the yard. I managed to catch her on video when she and a doe had some “play time.”

  6. Hello,

    So excited for the new series! I have no adventures lined up (sadly) so I will have to go with a pet story. We originally adopted a orange mackerel tabby named Oliver. We have an older cat, se we were keeping Oliver confined to the living room with us to get they used to seeing each other without making contact. Oliver was too curious to be confined to one room, so all of a sudden he went shooting across the living room full speed into the mesh baby gate we had in the doorway. You would think he would be traumatized by this, however he did it once more before managing to sneak though the side of the gate. Raising him has definitely been one big adventure.

  7. I love reading the QA’s, fun to get to know authors. My next big adventure is going to Napa Valley with my husband after he retires in 2 years. Wish it was sooner! Thanks for the chance to win…

    • LInda, two years is too long to wait! Maybe a small adventure in the meanwhile to tide you over? Say a glass of wine and Killing Time 🙂

    • I got to go to Napa a couple years ago. beautiful. you’lll love it! And if you happen to pass a GREAT BIG wooden rocking chair by the road?? I have a photo of me in it LOL

  8. Thanks for stopping by, Cindy. The new series sounds terrific!

  9. We have two small children so there are always adventures in the mix, sadly we’re not doing much traveling. But we do have a Pitbull named Buddha whom we all adore. He is the best dog I’ve ever had. I wasn’t much of a dog person, always had cats, but he’s converted me. He is spoiled rotten and follows Mommy around the house everywhere I go. He has horrible separation anxiety and I take him for rides in the car a lot. Love him and my kiddos. Great life. So happy Cindy Gerard has a new series, I’ve missed my BOI’s. So I’m glad we’ll here Mike Browns story, I knew she left him out there, I was hoping we’d get to here more about him.

  10. Can’t wait for this series! My big adventure is my first Polar Plunge tomorrow for Wounded Warriors

  11. We have 2 children, ages 3 & 6 and numerous rescue cats (some inside, some outside) 2 rescue dogs, Bjourne, our husky and Julian our dachshund/poodle mix. We also fish…tons of the fancy male guppies.

    We make a trip to the OBX in NC every year. My whole family rents a cottage and we spend a week together just going to the beach and hanging out. One of the most important things to us is our family and this is the one trip we save throughout the year to take to have that time together! It also gives me time to indulge in my Kindle at times too! 😉

    • So you and Cindy have the fish and the rescues in common. Your family vacation sounds like a wonderful time to make memories. Thanks for commenting!

    • Diane – I have yet to get guppies. I have tetras in one tank and larger fish in another – severums, blood parrots, angels geos. Just love the fish. And snails. I have blue and yellow and stripped snails. fascinating creatures!

    • The North Carolina OBX is such a fab place for a family get-together. I’m particularly fond of Carova. Love seeing the wild horses on the beach and the dolphins surfing off shore and those little sand crabs that blend in so well they’re nearly invisible. Cindy, the OBX would be a great setting for one of your books 🙂

  12. I have two mixes that I adopted 7 years ago, they are brothers, one is very outgoing the other shy. Well the shy one decided to investigate an object outside the chain link fence I had. He stuck his nose through and was bitten by a ginormous snapping turtle. Two months later he almost got into it with a five foot bull snake. Since then, I have gotten a five foot wooden fence and he is quite happy to bark at anything on the other side knowing he is safe and nothing can get to him. Loved the BOI series and can’t wait to read One Eyed Jacks series ~ Thanks for the chance to win. Have a great weekend!

  13. mandacollinsauthor

    Yay! Welcome, Cindy! Can’t wait to dive into the One Eyed Jacks:)

    My favorite pet story is that of my now deceased cat Max. He disappeared one evening and when I found his body on a nearby highway I was devastated. My uncle went to retrieve the body but when he got there it was gone.

    Then a few weeks later I was coming home late one night and I heard this cat that sounded just like Max, I looked around and there standing in the pool of light from a streetlamp was Max! The other cat wasn’t him! I don’t know who it was, but it wasn’t him. He lived another seven years after that and was such a sweetheart. I miss him, but I guess he’d already lived a couple of lives by the time he actually died.

  14. I can’t wait to read this new series, Cindy. I was at Barnes and Noble this morning with my critique group and picked up a copy off the new release shelf. Now I just need the time to read it!

    Unfortunately no interesting adventures coming up or pet stories–just taking care of kids and keeping everyone healthy during flu season. Boring, but true. 🙂

  15. I have all of the BOI’s series. I love them and can read them over and over. I can’t wait to read this series!!

  16. Aaack! It is completely RACHEL GRANT’S fault I am showing up so late. I’m beta reading her story and am so enthralled I forgot my nap (yeah, I know!) and forgot today was even Friday.

    Hello again, Cindy! I think by this time, you merit your own pic profile instead of the gnarly monster replies, LOL! You’re like Steve Martin on SNL here.

    Oh gosh, your new series is making my mouth water! Just when I thought I was getting a footing on your BOI backlist…sigh. How on earth do you write so fast? What’s the secret? An outline, coffee, outrageous alpha boys who won’t stop talking in your head about putting their life on the line?

    I am really intrigued that they are dealing with the pain/shame/anger of a dishonorable discharge! Based on the news stories of suicide rates in men who’ve returned honorably I’d say re-acclimating honorably is hard enough. Make it harder on yourself, why don’t you!

    All the best in sales and with all 4 coming out before Christmas ( did I read that right?) I expect we’ll see you again soon!

    No cute pet stories, still in mourning, but may have new Pom puppies by April-ish. We’re planning a River Cruise down the Rhone in France this summer. Evidently lots of wine tasting along the way. 🙂

  17. I had a cat, Melvin who could open the front door when he wanted out. Bad part was he never figured out how to close it, so we always had to make sure it was locked. Sometimes we would forget and be sitting on the couch and hear the door opening and freak out.

  18. Cindy thanks so much for joining us today. It is such a pleasure having you here, and we are all ready to dig in to your new series. I hope you’ll join us again very soon! Folks, we’ll announce Cindy’s winners next week, so stay tuned!

  19. No pet stories. Would like to travel.

  20. Carey and Cindy, really enjoyed reading about the new series. Can’t wait to get started with Killing Time. I had a beagle when I was a kid. There was no end to the trouble she could get into. I remember the night she ate our dinner before it could get from the counter to the dinner table. She was definitely in the doghouse that night 😛

  21. thanks for having me everyone! And thanks to everyone who stopped by. Had a great time and loved hearing about your adventures and your pets!

  22. I’m actually thinking about getting a dog at one of the local shelters – just have to find the right match.
    My next big adventure will be in looking for a job – I hate going on interviews!

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