Congratulations to "Sherry G.", the winner of Laura and Allison's giveaway. Thank you to all who particpated!
1.) How did you and Allison decide to collaborate?
Laura: I’ve always loved bouncing story ideas around with Allison. She’s great at thinking in new directions. For years we’ve talked about collaborating on a project together and when the idea of this detective duo came up we were both very excited about it. The ideas were flying back and forth and I knew we were going to write these characters.
Allison: What Laura said. And I'll add that my mom was a big supporter of the idea! When I told her that Laura and I were thinking of writing a book together, she said our voices would complement each other. Since she's read all my books, and all Laura's books, she definitely knows best!
2.) What is the inspiration behind the idea of two LAPD cops opening their own detective agency?
Allison: When we started talking, we immediately knew we wanted to write female PIs. There are a lot of buddy books with guys, but few with two strong female leads (Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles is one.) Then it was a matter of figuring out why they were friends, why they trusted each other, what their backstories were.
Laura: We both love to write law enforcement characters. Moreno and Hart start out with LAPD, Scarlet Moreno as a detective and Krista Hart as a rookie cop. A shooting incident derails their careers, and they are forced to re-invent themselves. When they become PIs, they have all that law enforcement experience to draw on, but now they also have much more freedom to bend the rules.
3.) Does this have the potential to become a series?
Allison: Absolutely. The prologue we wrote gives readers the background as to how Scarlet and Krista came to trust each other, which was important to the foundation of each of our stories. But it also opens up questions that I want to answer in future stories. Plus, I really like our characters and want to see what happens with them and their respective love interests!
Laura: Definitely need to see what happens with the love interests! I, for one, want my character Krista to see where things go with rival investigator R.J. Flynn.
CRASH AND BURN kicks off Moreno & Hart’s story, but there is much more to tell.
We would love to give away a free CRASH AND BURN eBook to someone who comments on the blog.
Trial by Fire …
Three years ago LAPD Detective Scarlet Moreno and rookie cop Krista Hart were nearly killed during a botched sting operation. Now, they’re best friends and partners in the Orange County private investigation firm of Moreno & Hart. But their routine assignments are anything but safe …
Scarlet Moreno has her hands full with a cheating spouse case when the bartender at her favorite pub becomes a murder suspect. Worse, the detective in charge of the investigation threatens to arrest Scarlet for obstruction—even when she tries to give him valuable information. Scarlet risks her PI license and her life to find out the truth, absolve her friend, and track down a killer—with or without the help of the arrogant, mysterious Detective Alex Bishop.
And Burn …
Krista Hart is burned out on catching deadbeat dads and philandering husbands when a big-time criminal defense attorney hires her for a choice assignment: find the sole witness to murder the day before the trial. The case could be a boon for Moreno & Hart, but the witness is in hiding, someone is following Krista, and her own client is withholding information. The last person she wants help from is sexy investigator R.J. Flynn, but he claims he’s willing to share intel—for a price. If she can solve this case, it’ll elevate Moreno & Hart above being divorce voyeurs, but first she has to survive, with her life and heart intact.
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