Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Deadly Combination…


Congratulations to "Kai", the winner of Nikki's giveaway.  Thank you to all who participated!


When I first conceived Wild Encounter, the moment my hero, Simon, opened his mouth he was British. I didn’t plan it that way, he just decided himself. In fact, in my head he said his first line then lifted his eyes and looked right at author me, daring me to tell him otherwise.

Okay, so you’re British.

‘Stay down’ are the first words he mutters to the heroine and I could just hear them with rounded, polished vowels and a deep murmur. Such a great contrast to the  gritty, hot, dangerous African setting. And hear is all Clare can do because she’s stuck under a filthy blanket, hot and cramped and terrified, so she pays a lot of attention to those vowels, trying to learn as much as she can about all the men that hijacked her and her canine cargo as she crossed the border into Zambia.

I love a ‘crunchy’ contrasty hero of any persuasion. A dark, damaged, troubled hero. I love the Jason Bourne contrast between Everyman and Assassin, or the Daniel Craig combination of suaveador and deadly. So a beautifully rounded SIS operative hanging out in the wilds of Africa really appealed to me. As if Clare isn’t disoriented enough, being kidnapped by a wildlife trafficker with perfect diction is just too much to comprehend. No wonder she gets so snippy.


And there’s a certain appealing arrogance about not even trying to put on an accent when undercover in the field. As if grammar school prefects were just littering Zambia’s seedy underbelly.

For me, the combination of protector|survivor|doer and educated|compassionate|intelligent is extra-specially delicious. If I’m going to get all hot and bothered about a man in (field) uniform then, my golly, he’s going to be the man of my dreams.

One-third Bond, one-third Bourne and one-third perfect fantasy man.

I can’t be the only one that just adored Daniel Craig as Bond for the opening ceremony of the Olympics collecting the Queen of England to escort her to her seats in time to open the games. As far as I’m concerned she might as well have been my Nanna, and there was this gorgeous, British protector-type so humbly waiting for her to finish writing her letter (aww…love him!) and he shepherds her the whole way in uber-protective mode, but when the tough job needed to be done he had no hesitation in shoving Her Majesty out of that chopper.

Love a capable man. And love him even more if he’s British. All restrained and austere and carrying a whole extra level of conflict because he really doesn’t want to get dirty at all. But he will, just like he pushed HRH out the door at 20,000 feet because he’s SIS. And that’s what they do.

90% of a British Intelligence Service operative’s day is paperwork.  I bet that has perfect diction and well-rounded loops, too. *sigh*

[I have an e-copy of Wild Encounter to give away today to someone who has a bit of a thing for Brits too. And hot heroic types with rounded accents. Who is your favourite UK spy-type? Did you see Daniel Craig on the Olympic opening ceremony?]
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The link for the cover shot is: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/wild-encounter/


Nikki Logan lives amongst a string of wetlands in Western Australia with her long-suffering partner and a menagerie of furred, feathered and scaly mates.

She studied film and theatre at university, and worked for years in advertising and film distribution before finally settling down in the wildlife industry.

Her romance with nature goes way back, and she considers her life charmed, given that she works with wildlife by day and writes fiction by night–the perfect way to combine her two loves.

Nikki believes that the passion and risk of falling in love are perfectly mirrored in the danger and beauty of wild places. Every romance she writes contains an element of nature, and if readers catch a waft of rich earth or the spray of wild ocean between the pages she knows her job is done.



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28 comments:

  1. Hi Nikki,
    I did see Daniel Craig in that skit with the Queen. I was a fan of the MI-5/Spooks show and I loved Adam Carter(Rupert Penry Jones) and Lucas North(Richard Armitage.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

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    1. Hi Jane - YES!! Can't believe I forgot Spooks with Adam and hen Lucas. *sigh* Both gorgeous and engaging on screen.

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  2. HI Nikki,
    I love Pierce Bronson, Sean Connery &Daniel Craig as 007! I did get to watch Daniel Craig and the queen and was very envious of her!

    jaclynlavigne@yahoo.com

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    1. Hey Jaclyn - I wonder if her 80-something year old heart fluttered the way mine did when I saw Craig marching down the hallway towards her. Thanks for coming by and for commenting.

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  3. I've a bit of a thing for Scots... that accent! While Daniel Craig is absolutely scrumptious as 007, Sean Connery remains my favourite Bond [and no, not just because he's Scottish :P]. That bit with the Queen at the Games was hilarious-- one never expects the Queen to have such a keen sense of humour!

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Och hellooo wee Chris.

      OK, my scots accent clearly sucks :) I *do* love a Scots accent (and I got to enjoy it in person when I saw Ewan McGregor at an airport) but it just doesn't fly for me in the way the Brit accent does. it pushes totally different mental buttons.

      But yes, how lovely that HRH was willing to take the Mickey out of herself in that way.

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  4. Your book sounds awesome (as does Simon!). yeah, I like my Brits. I just got back from London, too, where I got to spend the week working alongside a bevy of Brits. :)
    krisgils33@yahoo.com

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    1. Hooray for a *bevy* of Brits, Kris. I hereby nominate 'bevy' as the new collective noun for British folk.

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  5. It's bloody brilliant he's got an accent and a massive turn on as a reader. I will admit to being a fan of the aussie accent myself.
    Cheers!
    Judi
    boomer21(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. Well, Judi, you'll love my next hero then.... I'm flipping the world upside down for him.

      Every now and again I hear a particular Aussie accent taht is somehow different to all the others and it does make my hair follicles stand up and pay attention.

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  6. Daniel Craig and Sean Connery are my favorite James Bond. I love that skit for the Olympic. I also saw Daniel Craig hosting SNL last night. Another thing that is appealing is that Daniel Craig also accepts other roles beside James Bond. He is a very diverse actor.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. He is diverse - and clearly doesn't take himself or his fame too seriously which is appealing.

      Congrats on winning... 'Wild Encounter' is winging it's way toward you (in a Bond-esque chopper) as we speak.

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  7. The opening skit of the Olympics was so cute. Who knew the Queen had such a sense of humor?? I love Daniel Craig as 007. I think the cover of your book is totally awesome. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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    1. I like that she was prepared to be a little bit irreverent at what was otherwise a very sombre engagement (for her). I think it's healthy for everyone to see the royals as human.

      Thank you (re the cover) - I love it too.

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  8. Loved the opening of the Olympics with the Queen and Daniel Craig.
    Sean Connery,however, is my favorite Bond.

    Congratulations on the release of Wild Encounter - I just purchased it for my reader after reading your post on Fresh Fiction and can't wait to read it!

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    1. Hooray Mary! Thank you so much for the support.

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  9. The book sounds good. I like Daniel Craig.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. We meet again, BN. Thanks for coming by and commenting.

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  10. Thanks for a great post! I know just what you mean. I've had a thing for Clive Owen ever since I saw him in Second Sight before he was famous... a BBC TV movie

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)Com

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    1. Rats... Clive Owen. There's one I forgot all about. Yes, another great example of hot spy-y Brit. He's lovely to watch and listen to, too. Thanks for commenting, Erin.

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  11. Daniel Craig has now become my favorite Bond man. The skit with the Queen was great. Look forward to reading your book.

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    1. Ann - yep, me too. I was a Brosnan girl before that but I could watch Craig all day. Hope you enjoy 'Wild Encounter', Ann.

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  12. You had me at, "the moment my hero, Simon, opened his mouth he was British." I have a thing for men with accents. Southern, Italian, English or Australian, I'll take them all. :)

    Even though Sean Connery is old enough to be my grandfather he is the ultimate James Bond. Sexy, charming, alpha all wrapped up in the perfect Scottish 007. Jude Law (bad boy that he is) is also on my list and has potential to be a great James Bond. Daniel Craig is sexy in a quiet, mysterious way. And if Chris Hemworth was British instead of Australian he would get my vote for the next James Bond. He can rock a tux.

    Heather E
    hregtvedt@aol.com

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    1. *gasp* What an interesting Bond Jude Law would be. A totally different beast, but...yes...I can definitely see it. We should start writing letters :)

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  13. Sean Connery gets my vote for fav Bond! Love men with sexy accents!

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    1. Goes to show, doesn't it, Colleen, that we're not merely seduced by a pretty face and captivating eyes. The accent really sells it. Thanks for commenting.

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  14. Looks exactly like my kind of story :)

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  15. I hope so, Toni. Thanks for coming by.

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