Jazzed for Jacks: Welcome Back Cindy Gerard and Her New Crew of Hotties
Posted by Carey Baldwin
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 going 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 as 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.
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…..
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.
About Carey BaldwinCarey 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 author interviews, Carey Baldwin, Cindy Gerard, Killing Time, NY Times Bestseller, One Eyed Jacks. Bookmark the permalink. 53 Comments.