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AVERY FLYNN, High-Heeled Wonder!

AFlynnMeet Avery Flynn, a petite fashionista with a larger-than-life attitude. Everywhere I’ve encountered her (workshops, Facebook, online writing chapters) she owns the venue with audacious fearlessness. Naturally, when I heard she had a new release out I jumped at the chance to interview her! Because basically I want to be her. (Too fan-girl-stalkerish? OK. Then let’s get to the interview.)

Welcome, Avery! Tell us how you got started writing?

There was a horrible industrial accident when I was stung by an irradiated spider. Wait. Oh you meant in real life? I got a baby blue typewriter as a totally-inappropriate-for-a-six-year-old gift in first grade. I couldn’t spell let alone write much of a sentence, but I wrote stories about my stuffed animals anyway. It turned out to be one of the best gifts ever.

This story is chalk-full of couture names and designer shoes (most of which, I’m ashamed to admit, were lost on me.) Are you a fashionista?

I have fashionista tastes on a Target budget … so yes and no. 🙂 I do love my shoes though. And purses. And dresses. And ….OK, I’m beginning to see why the Fab Mr. Flynn gives me the side-eye whenever I come home from the mall. Really? Mine gives me the stink-eye.

Are you a lingering window-shopper or do you shop for something specific and go home?

Oh my God. My mom is one of those lingerers. She does a whole slow sweep of a store and then goes around again to start her deliberations. It is mind numbing. I am more of a power shopper. Go in, grab it and beat feet. Meeee too! (My husband calls my focused trek through stores “Mall Walking.” I cannot power-walk that fast in any other part of my life–I’ve tried.)

In researching the back-stabbing, power-hungry and drug infested world of high fashion did you watch reality shows like “Project Runway” or “Americas Next Top Model”?

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I love both of those shows (don’t judge). I’m not! 😉 I also interviewed fashion bloggers, read as much as possible about the industry and watched a ton of documentaries. Then there was the shopping. It was horrid. Ha! How we writers torture ourselves.

 Sylvie is a kick-ass heroine whose childhood was spent in an orphanage before being adopted by her 2 fathers. How did you come up with this fresh premise?

That is one of those muse-inspired, middle of the shower ideas when you get so excited you end up with shampoo in your eyes. I wish I could control it better—at least the timing. Then after I got the idea it was so perfect for Sylvie that it really helped to show how she was a real fighter. Parts of her backstory make me tear up even today.

Sylvie Bissette may be one of Harbor City’s youngest glitterati, but only her best friends know her most closely guarded secret. She’s the woman behind The High-Heeled Wonder, a must-read blog for fashionistas everywhere. Gossip, fashion advice, exposés. Too bad some people can’t take a little criticism. When an internet troll discovers her secret identity and escalates from stalking her to threatening her life, Sylvie turns to security expert Tony Falcon for help. The investigator from the other side of the tracks is the olive oil to her Evian water and aggravates her to no end, but it’s not just her temper he’s inciting…

Tony Falcon wouldn’t know a kitten heel from a tabby cat, but since most of the bad guys he tracks down aren’t wearing stilettos, it’s never been a problem…until he meets Sylvie. When a murder investigation leads him to the same place Sylvie works, he realizes the feisty fashionista may be his best chance at catching the criminals who killed his best friend. It all leads back to the cut-throat fashion world.

What is next in the “Killer Style” series and when can we expect it?

THIS YEAR’S BLACK is Ryder’s story and it comes out at the end of May. Ryder goes head-to-head with one of the big wigs at Harbor City’s most luxurious high-end department store and they have to work together to track down an embezzler who has hightailed it to a tropical island off the coast of Chile. It’s not just the climate that’s making things hot between Ryder and Devin.

In non-Killer Style news I have a fun novella coming out April 14, BETTING THE BILLIONAIRE. It’s all sorts of smexy fun with a car-loving heroine and a bad boy billionaire who is way too used to getting his way. 🙂 Car-loving? Bad boy? I’m pre-ordering!

AFlynnShoesDesigner you’d love to meet? (Hypothetical: can be living or dead.)

There are so many. Alive I’d have to go with Michael Kors, Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney. Dead I’d have to go with Alexander McQueen and Coco Chanel.

Food you make a pig of yourself for?

Oreos. We can’t have them in the house. I will eat the whole bag.

Favorite movie?

That’s like asking my favorite book. How do I pick? If you force me, I’ll go with Usual Suspects. I love the twist. Love. It.

What question did I NOT ask that you’d like readers to know about you?

Um …. how I survive when my writing partner is a dog who is trying to kill me with poisonous farts? Seriously. It’s a murder just waiting to happen and you, Kiss and Thrill readers, will be the only ones able to solve the case. Just tell the cops, “Gravy did it.”

Snicker! Thank you SO much for visiting Kiss and Thrill today, Avery! ‘See’ you on your Facebook FRIDAY MAN WARS. (Readers: You don’t want to miss Fridays…go ‘like’ her page immediately.) https://www.facebook.com/avery.flynn.7

TWITTER: @AveryFlynn,  WEBSITE: http://www.AveryFlynn.com

Q of the Day: What style, pattern or era of clothing is an eyesore to you?

Comment below for a chance to win a digital copy of HIGH-HEELED WONDER.

(Check back Thursday to see the lucky winner.)

THURSDAY WINNER!

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Winner of WHY DUKES SAY I DO by Manda Collins

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LINE UP OF DISTINGUISHED GUESTS:

Tomorrow is Part 2 of Diana’s interview with Allison Leotta

Tuesday 8/13 we welcome Entangled author, MISTY EVANS

THURSDAY WINNER!

swoon Thank you to ALL of you who stopped by to comment and share your bucket-list item (travel clearly won!)

A special shout-out to Caryn Moya Block who wins a copy of Rolynn Anderson’s SWOON!

Congratulations, Caryn.

Please click on the Contact Us button and let us know how we can send it to you.

Mary Kay Andrews will be appearing on Tuesday, February 26 to reveal her secret identity.

A kiss and thrill exclusive!

She’ll also be giving away TEN books to lucky fans who leave a comment. Please join us.

GET READY TO SWOON!

swoon“Don’t miss SWOON by Rolynn Anderson! If you like an interesting cast of characters, a heavy dose of mystery and a lot of fabulous surprises, you’ll be happily turning pages late into the night.ˮ

~ Brenda Novak, NYT and USABestselling Author of WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES 
 

“I’ve fainted two times in one week, Roman. That says something.”

Roman’s heart kicked up a beat. “And the faint dreams?”

“Ugly. Scary.” Color drained from her complexion. “I can’t breathe. I’m dying.”

“Oh, baby.” He touched her cheek, wanting the color to return.

She pulled in a breath to steady herself, her hand gripping Roman’s arm for support. In a voice so soft he had to watch her lips move to track her words, she said, “If Stan changed because of me, he’d want to meet me. Like I said, I need to believe he was a good man, brave enough to face me, know me.”

“So suicide is out.”

“Right.”

“What else is there?”

“In my dreams, I’m being suffocated. Maybe someone killed him.”

Excerpt from SWOON, Rolynn Anderson

Today we welcome back author, Rolynn Anderson! Her latest release, SWOON is the second book in her “Funeral Planner Suspense Series” featuring heroine, Jan Solvang.rolynn

Besides creating a unique, tasteful ceremony that celebrates the departed, Jan suffers from syncope (abrupt fainting spells, usually brought on by stress or shock.) They only last a minute or two, but in that time she dreams snippets of murder and mayhem which sets her on a mission to find out what exactly happened to the dearly departed.

Along for the adventure are a cast of amazingly quirky characters, including her black Scottish terrier, Elwood, who tracks shadows, senses villains and predicts her fainting spells. Add in her tumultuous relationship with super-hot Roman Keller and you’re caught up in a unique, fast-paced novel.

   Hello again, Rolynn! Both FADEOUT and SWOON are chalk-full of interesting characters.  Jan’s father ‘The General’ is written with authenticity and authority. Did you grow up in a military family?  I did!  My father was an Army officer, dragging five kids and a harried wife through 27 moves, Maryland, Wisconsin, Georgia, Germany, Japan and Korea, to name a few.  He loved serving, and luckily, we were resilient enough to manage the upheavals in our lives.

   I enjoy how Jan Solvang journals snippets of her obituary. Have you ever done that? Or know anyone who has?  My father updated his obituary regularly, but the idea of using an obit as a goal-setting device was mine.  I used this concept as a lesson plan for my high school students in English class, because many teenagers have such a vague notion of the future along with low ambitions.

My students were attracted by the lesson because it was a tad ghoulish.  My theme: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up someplace else.”  This is a lesson on specificity, too. I promised them (always the idealist!) the more detailed they made their goal-setting obit, the more likely they would get to their designed future.

   Pete is a forensic investigator who is legally blind. What is a forensic investigator and how difficult is it for you as a writer to have him help solve mysteries and murders blind?  I learned about a blind forensic investigator in a New York Times feature and was boggled by the concept.  Pete works freelance for private and public agencies.  He studies all the evidence of a crime, giving a fresh ‘eye’ to it.  His forte is interrogation of any and all parties involved; he’s known for ‘seeing’ what no one else observes.  Pete is bright, funny and calm, a perfect foil for Jan.  My editor is in love with Pete and wants me to give him his own book!

   How did you dream up the unnaturally perceptive Elwood?  ElwoodA friend of mine has a black Scottie named Charlie who actually DOES track shadows.  What does he see, I asked myself…and that’s the path that led me to Elwood’s prescience.

I read up on Mary Tyler Moore’s dog and other animals that are able to help their masters (Mary’s dog warns her when her blood sugar is low).  I ended up giving my dog a growth arc; can you believe it?

   I’m also intrigued you added syncope as an issue Jan struggles with. What made you think of that?  I’m a pantser as a writer, remember, so I make up a lot of stuff as I go along.  I needed to have Jan faint so Roman could touch her…connect with her quickly.

I didn’t want to show her as weak or flighty, so I gave her the disease.  Lots of research later, and meeting up a woman who has Syncope but still SCUBA dives…I used the disease as a challenge Jan had to overcome.

   Favorite place in the world to visit/live? The Tuscany region of Italy.

   Me too! Favorite movie?  Last of the Mohicans; An Affair to Remember

   (Sigh…Daniel Day-Lewis with long hair…I think you and I are twins, Rolynn. 🙂 ) What’s next for you? My editor has asked for the novel I’ve just completed, entitled LIE CATCHERS.

The setting is Petersburg, Alaska, a real-life fishing village settled by Norwegians in the early 1900’s.  My heroine, from Petersburg, and the hero, a U.S Treasury agent from Fresno, have two unsolved murders dogging them.  One is real and occurred in 1932 (talk about a cold case) and the other is recent (made-up).

My husband and I cruise on our trawler to Alaska in the summers…I can’t wait to tell the world about hot romance in cool, rainy Petersburg, Alaska!

Thanks for visiting us today, Rolynn, and good luck with LIE CATCHERS. For more on Rolynn Anderson’s funeral planner series please visit:

coffin Web: http://www.rolynnanderson.com

SUSPENSE SPIKED WITH ROMANCE!

Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of SWOON! Check back on Thursday for the winner’s name. Question of the Day: What’s on Your Bucket List?

2 Novels, 2 Winners!

Cover-The Marshal's Witness - Lena DiazThank you to all the commenters who stopped by on Tuesday and thank you to Lena Diaz and Angi Morgan for their tag-teaming interviews on their Harlequin Intrigue releases!

The winner of THE MARSHAL’S WITNESS by Lena Diaz is:

Lisa White

The winner of DANGEROUS MEMORIES by Angi MorganMorgan-DangerousMemories-Cover is

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Lisa and Deborah, please click on the Contact Us button and let us know where to send your free copies!

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Don’t forget to join us THIS FRIDAY!

Killing Time by Cindy GerardCarey Baldwin interviews one of our favorite, repeat authors: CINDY GERARD!

Cindy will be dishing about her new release KILLING TIME, which is the first book in her new One Eyed Jacks series!

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And next Tuesday, Feb 12th, Diana Belchase interviews ROBIN PERINI.

Battle of the U.S. Marshals – Diaz vs. Morgan!

On February 5th, two Harlequin Intrigues hit bookstore shelves: THE MARSHAL’S WITNESS, by Lena Diaz, and DANGEROUS MEMORIES, by Angi Morgan. Both authors are here today, both stories feature yummy U.S. Marshal heroes, so let’s have some fun! Sarah Andre will interview Lena Diaz and Lena will interview Angi Morgan. Kinda like a game of tag.

This is Kiss and Thrill’s own Lena Diaz…

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And welcome Angi Morgan

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Lena, let’s begin with you: This is your first Intrigue. How did you alter your writing from your single title romantic suspense novels?

LENA: It has been quite a challenge! Single-titles aren’t constrained by word-count/length, and pretty much the only ‘rule’ is a ‘happily-ever-after’ (HEA)  ending. Total freedom. Intrigues, on the other hand, have very specific requirements. Shorter pages (212 vs 350) an action-packed plot, few to no subplots, and hero/heroine have to be together on almost every page.

The trick is to read a lot of Intrigues and learn pacing, flow and expectations of the line. Then cater your writing to the constraints, but still offer something fresh and new. No easy feat, but I’m enjoying it immensely. I can’t wait to see what readers think of my first Intrigue!

What are your favorite types of heroes and plots?

ANGI: Strong heroes who have something to learn and actually laugh when they learn it.  LOL  I love realistic settings and situations that could actually happen to a character (okay almost happen). Then I force it to happen with the one person who can change their life forever. My stories are fast-paced and take only a few days to play out, so to make the love story believable, I like heroes and heroines who have known each other prior to the story opening. I think true love takes a bit of time to happen.

Where did you come up with the idea of a US Marshal and WitSec?

LENA: I do love, love, love alpha males, so I try to think about different law-enforcement types of jobs that would work in an Intrigue. When I thought of the hero as a U.S. Marshal I wanted a heroine who would be the one person he’d NEVER want to be with. Who is that? A criminal, of course! It was so much fun putting these two totally opposite characters together and weaving their story. They had to work really hard for that HEA ending!

ANGI: Honestly? My proposal had been rejected and my editor said the only thing she liked in the story was that the hero was a WitSec Marshal. So I knew I had to write a US Marshal and thought, “how would a WitSec protector know the heroine before having to protect her?” Then the story wrote itself.

Pick Hollywood stars for the roles of your heroine and hero.

LENA: I’m one of those people that prefers no faces on book covers because I want to picture my hero and heroine in my mind my own way. But…Sandra Bullock? I can see her being the fish-out-of-water heroine that Jessie is in the book, and then her inner strength as the story progresses. For the hero, Ryan, if I’m shooting for the top here, how about Ian Somerhalder? The smoking hot vampire from The Vampire Diaries? A little young for my hero, but HOT.

ANGI: Oh, wow. This is actually very hard for me. Joe Manganiello was the inspiration for Levi. (http://www.celebuzz.com/photos/joe-manganiellos-sexiest-looks/joe_manganiello_looks_sexy_in_suits_shades-2-435×580-splash/)

And I have to admit that I don’t do too much staring at the heroine inspiration for my stories ( big grin ), it’s mainly the guys. So I was very surprised when I received my cover and wow !! The heroine looks exactly like the character I wrote. I love the DANGEROUS MEMORIES cover. I think my husband did an awesome job on the book trailer, really bringing Jo to life. If I had to choose, it would probably be a young Nicole Kidman with auburn hair. (YOUTUBE LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V7pBI_I6O0 )

Pretend you were forced into WitSec. Where would you hope to end up living?

LENA: My dream location would be the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. They are so gorgeous and littered with the most beautiful waterfalls.

ANGI: Florida Gulf Coast: If I have to leave Texas…might as well live in the sunshine with a beach nearby.

What identity (new name and profession) would you hope to be saddled with?

LENA: I can’t imagine a profession I’d love more than being an author, so hopefully I could still do that. If not, maybe a librarian or a bookstore owner.  My first name would still  be Lena (they teach you at Witsec to keep your first name if possible) but my last name would be something sensible that didn’t attract attention, like ‘Davis’ or ‘Smith.’

ANGI: I like my name, but if I have to change…let it be Sydney. If money weren’t an issue, please let me run a beach rental shack. I can’t think of anything more fun than to spend the day on the beach watching the ocean. But believe me, I’d still be writing whether they allowed me to publish or not. These characters scream to be put on the page–and I hate voices screaming at me.

 What scenario would be a horror show?

LENA: A horror show to me would be to live in a big city and work in an office.

ANGIE: Alaska. I don’t sleep when the suns up. Period. And the idea of year-round snow…oh my, I’m shaking just at the thought. I’d love to visit, but please don’t make me stay.

What’s next for you?

LENA: I have 2 more Intrigues coming out this year and an Avon ImpulDiaz-ExplosiveAttraction-Coverse single-title. My next release is April 23rd, a Harlequin Intrigue: EXPLOSIVE ATTRACTION. The hero is a police detective and part-time bomb squad technician who must protect the heroine from a serial bomber.

ANGIE: I just sold THE MARINE’S LAST DEFENSE, a former Marine now Dallas PD homicide detective. PROTECTING THEIR CHILD is on shelves in May. Here’s a quick sneak peek:

AngiMorgan-ProtectingTheirChild      “Your wife is a dead woman.” Jorje Serna, as he left the courtroom a free man, pointed directly at Cord McCrea.

      The evil words closed Cord’s throat in a moment of fear. Just a moment that pierced him as fast as the bullet that had broken his back. The ache around the scar was real enough. He recognized it. Fought it. Shoved it aside.

      Free on a technicality after three years in prison. Short years for the crimes Serna had committed. Incredibly long years as Cord’s life as a husband and Texas Ranger unraveled.

 

Both Lena and Angi are giving away a copy of their books, so two lucky commenters will win!  Q: If you had a choice of NOT testifying and keeping the life you have, or testifying against a criminal and being forced to give up your friends, family and career to go into WitSec, what would you do? Check back on Thursday to see if you are the winner! (Snail mail address must be in the US or Canada to qualify for a print copy, otherwise winner gets choice of Nook or Kindle copy of book.)

Angi: LENA & everybody at KISS & THRILL !! Thanks so much for inviting me to share the page with you today. Having Lena’s debut Intrigue alongside shelves with mine is awesome. So happy for her. And yes, I’m happy to have another Intrigue there as well. I’ve wanted to write for Intrigue since the line first premiered at Harlequin and I’ve wanted to write for Silhouette (now Harlequin) since I read my first romance way way back in Jr. High.

DANGEROUS MEMORIES

“From the echoing shots in a cemetery straight through the hair-raising conclusion, this story of missing memories and murders will rattle readers from the opening pages, as they guess and guess again who the real culprit is.”  4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times Magazine

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Angi Morgan writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier. 

For more information on Angi and her titles, visit her at www.AngiMorgan.com. You can also follow her on FACEBOOK or TWITTER @AngiMorgan

For more information on Lena and her titles, visit her at www.LenaDiaz.com. You can also follow her on FACEBOOK or TWITTER @LenaDiaz

THURSDAY WINNER!

Manda Collins-How to Entice an Earl Thank you to ALL the commenters who stopped by on Tuesday to share their own Ugly Duckling story! A copy of Manda Collins’ newest release HOW TO ENTICE AN EARL goes to…

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Join us next week for 3 author interviews! Yes, you read it right.

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Featuring Harlequin Intrigue authors Angi Morgan and K&T’s own Lena Diaz.

Find out how tense and romantic the WitSec program can be from an author’s eye!

Killing Time by Cindy GerardNext Friday, Feb 8th, Carey Baldwin hosts one of our favorite repeat (and bestselling) authors CINDY GERARD! Cindy will be dishing about the her new release, Killing Time, which happens to be the first in her brand new series, One Eyed Jacks! 

ALLISON BRENNAN- Personally Speaking

NY Times Bestselling Author

Allison Brennan

Thank you so much for helping us launch our Kiss and Thrill Blog, Allison, and congratulations on your new release: If I Should Die, your 17th novel that was published last week!

 You are a prolific, multiple NY Times and USA Today Bestseller. Which current Romantic Suspense authors are absolute favs or impulse buys for you? (Online, airports, bookstores…)

J.D. Robb is an auto-buy. I have all her books. Love Eve Dallas and Roarke! Laura Griffin & Roxanne St. Claire are auto-buy romantic suspense; Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner and J.T. Ellison are auto-buy suspense “with romantic elements” for me, too. I also recently bought a Shannon Butcher book on impulse—can’t wait to finish my revisions so I can dive into my towering TBR piles!

You do a fabulous job scaring your readers- what situation in daily life/news event scares you the most?

Crimes against children. There’s a special place in Hell reserved for anyone who hurts the most innocent in our society.

 If you could interview a serial killer (alive or dead) who would it be, and what would you ask?

Oh, just one? Actually, I don’t know that I’d want to go face-to-face with a serial killer. Maybe Dorathea Puente, because she’s from Sacramento and killed her boarders for their social security checks. Right after I moved to Sacramento when I was 19, a friend drove me past her house and told me all about her crimes. She’d just been arrested, but the trial wasn’t until several years later. I think she got away with it for so long because she was a little old lady and no one thinks that “grandma” is capable of murder.

How do you separate the twisted violence of your plots from your hectic life with 5 kids? (Meaning go straight from describing a serial killer butchering a victim to fixing dinner.)

 I don’t think I’m that gruesome in my books! LOL. I write when the kids are at school, then take the afternoon and evening “off” to do kid stuff (sports, homework, dinner, etc.) Then I write at night. I think about other people who have far more difficult jobs—like the cops and coroners and crime scene investigators who have to work with real victims and killers. They, too, go home and have families, but they deal with far more violence than I do. Mine is fiction! But I probably compartmentalize in a similar way.

 I know you’re a pantster (write by the seat of your pants, instead of plotting a story out), and your research is impeccable. Do you research first for ideas (i.e., cyber stalking/burying an IP address in cyber space like a needle in a haystack) or get an idea first and then research specifically what you need?

I prefer “organic writer.”  <g> I do both forms of research. I read a lot of true crime and participate in a lot of research “field trips” that aren’t specific to any book I’m writing, so I have a lot of ideas and information I can pull up when I need it. But for the details, I research as I need information. For example, I wanted to confirm a crime scene detail that I thought I had right, but couldn’t find the specific in my forensic books, so I emailed a friend (the fabulous writer D.P. Lyle) who confirmed my set-up, and also gave me the whys (which helps!)

The Evil Series (Speak No Evil, See No Evil, Fear No Evil) were all published in 3 consecutive months in 2007. Please tell me you were not on a book-a-month deadline?! If these were not previous stories you’d written, how difficult was this to pull off?

 I had two back-to-back trilogies. The first (The Prey, The Hunt, The Kill) were all written before the first book came out, though The Kill was on a tight deadline. We contracted for the second trilogy in February of 2006, and I had tight deadlines, but not each month!

Practically, when writing these trilogies especially since Ballantine wanted them out sooner to capitalize on the success of the first trilogy, I had to juggle all three books at one time. I didn’t have any of these written, though because I focused on one setting (San Diego) and one family (the Kincaid’s) it made the story research easier.

That meant while waiting for revisions on SPEAK, I started writing SEE. When I got revisions back, I put SEE aside, revised SPEAK, then went back to writing SEE. I turned in SEE and worked on copyedits for SPEAK. Then turned those in and worked on revisions for SEE.

Available 11/22/11

The Evil Series and part of the FBI series features heroes and heroines from the Kincaid family, (brothers and sisters of your new series heroine, Lucy Kincaid.) What was it about Lucy that inspired you to give her her own series?

Lucy is a strong and compassionate heroine who suffered great crimes and in turn killed her attacker—in cold blood. He was unarmed when she shot him. She has some issues she hasn’t addressed yet; she’s complex and believable. Better, I can focus on one protagonist from the beginning of her career, building her over time.

I had wanted to write a series, and after writing FEAR NO EVIL I knew that I wanted to write about Lucy. When I met Sean Rogan briefly in Fatal Secrets and Cutting Edge, I just knew he was perfect for Lucy. I was thrilled when I put them on the page together that there was chemistry! Sean has a very interesting backstory as well, most of which hasn’t been revealed. I can’t wait to see what pops up for him over the next few books!

As a follow up, this is the first time in your publishing career that you’ve centered a series around one reoccurring heroine. Are you finding that difficult? (For example, your books have a romantic Happily Ever After, and now you have Lucy Kincaid and Sean Rogan together in more books. Is it difficult to keep the conflicts and growth going?)

Yes and no. I like being able to build Lucy & Sean’s relationship over time—one of my problems in romantic suspense is the HEA after two days. With Lucy & Sean, I can add layers to their relationship, to give them a solid foundation that will withstand the pressure of their careers and conflicts.

 I thought I would have a much harder time with conflict between them. Once they’re together, how can I keep them together while also growing their relationship and have conflict that’s organic to the story? I start with the foundation: they are together and are willing to fight to keep their relationship. Then I look at who they are: Lucy is driven to fighting bad guys, sometimes at the expense of all else. She internalizes the pain of the victims, she understands the motivations of the criminals even though that makes her uncomfortable and depressed. She is battling her own feelings of right and wrong. Sean is fun-loving, arrogant and super smart—but he has some very justified animosity toward law enforcement. Yet he’s in love with Lucy, who wants to be an FBI agent above all else. As Sean’s reasons for distrusting cops come out, it’s going to increase the tension between them. Plus, Sean is no saint—even I don’t know what he’s capable of. But I do know that anything he does that might be illegal he does for the right reasons.

Anyway, I’m having fun exploring the grey areas in crime and punishment and justice, and I can think of no two better people to tell these stories than Sean and Lucy!

How many books do you plan for the Lucy Kincaid series? What’s after that?

I don’t have a set number. When I feel there is no more room for growth or conflict that’s organic to the story and characters, I’ll probably end the series. I’d like to write at least ten books in the series because I don’t think Sean’s past is going to really come out until after book six.

Coming April 2012!

The third Lucy Kincaid series, ‘If I Should Die’ came out last week, 11/22/11. And the next is ‘Silenced’ coming in April 2012. Can you give us a sneak peek of ‘Silenced’?

SILENCED: Washington sex scandal and a cold-blooded killer. Lucy risks her career and her life when, three weeks before she’s supposed to report to Quantico, she and her training partner Noah Armstrong are assigned to investigate the murder of a known mistress to a powerful congressman.

For Kicks: Which Hollywood stars would be great to play Lucy Kincaid and Sean Rogan, if the series became a TV or movie deal?

Oh, how fun! Hmm … It’s hard to pick, because I have a picture of her in my mind, and no one quite matches it.

 For Lucy, I think someone like Salma Hayek or Jessica Alba or Natalie Martinez or Serinda Swan.

 For Sean, Henry Cavill is probably leading right now … though I also like Milo Ventimiglia or Matt Bomer might work. Matt has his eyes …

 Now, for Noah Armstrong, an important secondary character, I’d love to see Mark Wahlberg play him!! Actually, I’d love to see Mark Wahlberg play anything …

Would you ever consider self-publishing the remaining paranormal series Original Sins?

Yes, I’m considering it. I’d prefer to find a publisher for the series, but if that doesn’t happen, I’ll look at doing it myself and publishing it the way I want—as urban fantasy/supernatural thriller, not paranormal romance.

 Thank you so much for hosting me this week! I’m excited about this new blog, and hope to visit often!

Thank YOU, Allison!  For more info on Allison Brennan, her books and future speaking engagements please visit her website at www.AllisonBrennan.com

Do any of you have questions, comments or want to share your favorite Allison Brennan novel with the rest of us? 

***All participants are eligible for the Thurday, 12/1 drawing!  Allison is giving away a copy of: Love Me To DeathCheck back to see if you’re the winner!

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