I’ve always been a fan of the protector hero. I’m also a fan of heroes who go rogue especially when the lives of people they love are at stake and the bureaucracy of an institution hinders their ability to do their job and puts said love ones in danger.
When I wrote THE EX ASSIGNMENT, my initial plan was to create a covert group in the U.S. government tasked to address terrorist threats targeting big cities. However, as I started writing this book, I found myself more interested in the relationship building between my couple. I was in the mood for angst, I was in the mood for a kickass heroine, and I wanted a teenager to add a complication.
I’d like to think of Declan and Gabby as having the right love at the wrong time. The reason for their divorce was heartbreaking and now, seventeen years later, fate gives them a second chance to make things right. But the betrayal that caused their breakup is determined to keep them apart.
If you’re in the mood for an angsty, unputdownable, and emotional second-chance romance, check out the full blurb.
I wasn’t prepared for how much I enjoyed writing Migs and Ariana’s book. Long time readers know I rarely write damsels in distress, and Ariana was certainly that to a point. The challenge was to show her strengths amidst her vulnerabilities, and as I dug deeper into her character, I found that strength I always loved in my heroines.
Add to this, at the time of my writing I was hooked on the Netflix series Narcos. Cartel shenanigans play a bigger role in this installment and I’ve given you a glimpse of their influence in the previous book. This is both a heartbreaking and heartwarming story. Check out the full blurb.
Are you all ready for the alpha male hotness that is Antonio? He wasn’t supposed to be a hero, but as I delved deeper into his character, I found many layers I wanted to explore. It was a good thing I haven’t published The Ex Assignment yet when I was going through the first draft of Protector of Convenience. I was intrigued with his character and decided to retrofit The Ex Assignment with information that made his character sound like a villain and yet is possible to redeem. My initial concept of Rogue Protectors was supposed to be a billionaire who used part of his company as a front for the CIA to conduct their covert counterterrorism operations. I have no idea how it evolved into something else, but obviously that concept hasn’t died. Charly’s character came to me in the middle of writing Protector of Convenience. Antonio’s heroine was supposed to be someone Garrison had planted in his company. And this dear readers is why I love being a writer. The characters constantly surprise me. Charly surprised me with how strongly she stood up to Antonio. This is the only book I’d recommend reading the first two books , because who wouldn’t love that long car chase in Protector of Convenience. Check out the full blurb.
To say that Garrison was the most anticipated is putting it mildly. Especially those who’ve read The Princess and the Mercenary. In that book, it took me until the end to decide whether I wanted him to be a hero or a villain. When he attained hero status, it felt natural that he would lead my new series. He was known to appear in clutch moments because I wanted him to remain a mystery. I wanted each book to be different. I’ve already done the big family with Migs, and the dysfunctional one with Antonio. How about a bunch of merry old men? I had so much fun writing them and how they are so protective of Nadia only presented more challenges for Garrison. For Her Covert Protector, I wanted the readers to see beyond the man of mystery, and see a man capable of falling in love when it’s the right woman. For full blurb
Levi and Kelly’s book was supposed to be book three, but I wasn’t ready for them because Antonio pushed himself into my thought. And then, The Boss Assignment segued nicely into Her Covert Protector which pushed our marriage-in-crisis trouble further and further. By the time I was ready to write their story, I kind of lost their story. I had to do some back story work, and I was antsy to write a billionaire-mafia romance that was supposed to be Kelly’s back story. So, I abandoned The Wife Assignment manuscript and wrote De Lucci’s Obsession. By the time I returned to it, some pieces didn’t fit anymore. I had to go back and think: What do I look forward to in reading a marriage-crisis-trope with an estranged couple who are on the brink of divorce? Jealousy scenes of course. And the original manuscript didn’t allow for it, so I slashed almost 30% of the original draft and rewrote the beginning. And now I love the story of Levi and Kelly, their girls and their family. For the blurb.