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.
Posted by Carey Baldwin
Carey says: I’m triple delighted today because the wonderful incredible fantabulous Cindy Gerard is here today to answer questions and comments… and...she’s going to tell us about a two-for-one rerelease of her classic early titles (I’ve never read them and now I get to!! ) and …we get to see the cover for her upcoming release- Killing Time- the first in her new series, ONE EYED JACKS! Let the fun begin!
Cindy says: First things first, a big thank you to Carey and everyone at Kiss and Thrill for inviting me back to blog with them again today. I’m so thrilled, I could kiss them. Okay. Bad pun (but I love a pun) and you get the gist of what I’m sayin’, right?
Second, thanks to all of you who support all of us writers. I don’t think that gets said often enough. It’s not that we don’t think it. We do. We know that if not for our loyal readers who go out and spend their hard earned money on our books that we would be out of a job – and a job is a precious thing. Especially a job that you love.
Third – just for the record. I love my job. :o) I love writing. I love the business of writing. I love the fans. I love my author friends. My editorial team. My agent and her staff and I LOVE seeing my work in print.
And finally – fourth – I love seeing new life breathed into old books and finding them on the shelves again or available as e-books. So many of my fabo authors buddies have been having fun reissuing much of their backlist. Well, I’m super excited to let you all know that I’ve joined the ranks. Two of my classic romances – INTO THE NIGHT and MAN AROUND THE HOUSE are now available in e-book format in one volume titled: WORTH DYING FOR.
It’s a bogo!! Buy one, get the other one free. Only thing better is a bogo on shoes. LOL!
Here are the blurbs for each book.
INTO THE NIGHT (National Reader’s Choice winner)
….It began as a gimmick to promote their new radio show, but the spirited sparring between Jessie Fox and Tony Falcone soon has listeners demanding to know more about their steamy romance – and sets loose a crazed stalker. Jessie swears that the fire burning in Tony’s eyes can’t be real—until he sets a seductive trap she can’t escape. Can Tony persuade Jess he’s never letting her go?
MAN AROUND THE HOUSE (Rita Finalist)
….Answering his neighbor’s cry for help, Matthew Spencer finds himself rescuing a sassy blue-eyed temptress. Katie McDonald is a walking disaster who falls off ladders into his arms and awakens his hunger with the speed of a summer storm, and her infectious spirit has him rediscovering the joy in life.
Matthew makes her feel too much, want more than she can have, and dare to dream of being loved, but Katie knows she’s all wrong for a man with a child. Despite the passion between them, Matthew needs someone nice and normal, not wild and reckless – and Katie’s passion for her work has placed her in grave danger. And once Matthew learns her deeply buried sorrow, can he love her for all time?…
As I’ve stated in other blog posts, do NOT expect these to be the high octane, high risk, adrenaline rushes of my Body Guard or Black Ops, Inc. books. They are absolutely not. I like to call them ‘suspense lite’ ) with a lot of fun and a hot love story at the heart of each book. I really hope you’ll enjoy them to. You can buy them here: B&N.com or here: Amazon.com
Speaking of high octane, high risk, adrenaline rushes … check out the cover of KILLING TIME, book one of my NEW series One-Eyed Jacks (release date 1-19-13). Swwwweeeeettttt! And for your reading pleasure, here’s a link to an excerpt from KILLING TIME. Excerpt.
Mike – Primetime – Brown showed up in With No Remorse and again in Last Man Standing and basically demanded he get his own story. And wow. What a story he has to tell :o)
Okay – Back to WORTH DYING FOR. I love that e-book technology is making it possible for me as a writer and a reader to have access to out of print titles that we would otherwise not be able to find. I like it so much, in fact that I’m giving away 2 e-book copies of WORTH DYING to someone who comments today by answering one of two questions: 1) How do you feel about reissues in general? 2) Is Mike Brown HOT or what???
Carey says: Cindy thanks so much for being here! And thanks for the giveaway! Commenters, I’ll be posting the Cindy Gerard winners along with the DP Lyle winner on Monday, so stayed tuned.