Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Elite Ops

With: Kay Thomas

Congratulations to "Willa", the winner in Kay's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

It’s great to be here today at Just Romantic Suspense to tell you a little about my new release in the Elite Ops series. At its core, my new book is about a case of mistaken identity and a very personal vendetta. PERSONAL TARGET takes a former SEAL/CIA operative from Dallas to Mexico, across the African Savanna, to the shores of the Mediterranean in a race against time to save the woman he loves. 

Did you ever realize that you’re about to make a mistake as it happens? Yet, even knowing you’re about to screw up, you go forward anyway because not going forward exposes you in some way—either emotionally or physically—that’s just too scary to handle? The scene I’m sharing is about that kind of experience. I knew as I wrote it that the heroine, Jennifer, was making a mistake. She knows she’s making a mistake as well. She’s just survived a harrowing experience. She knows she should stay put in order to stay safe. Yet her fear of staying with Nick—the man who broke her heart years ago—that fear of exposing herself to being hurt by him again overrides everything. 

While I didn’t want Jennifer to look like the dreaded “too stupid to live heroine,” I also knew that none of us sign up to willingly have our hearts stomped on. Most of us will go to any extreme to avoid it, even making unwise choices in the process. Jennifer is no different from us in that regard. So she argues for going forward to protect herself emotionally, and in doing so, dives headlong into danger physically before she realizes what she’s done.

“You’re just trying to scare me,” Jennifer said. “The area of Niger I’m travelling to is perfectly safe. I’ll be fine. We’ve hired Tuareg guards for the digs. They’re excellent at security. I’ve gotten all the approvals from the Niger authorities.” 

“Which means you’ll be fine unless someone tries to take over the government, which seems to be happening in that country every other month.” 

Arguing with him was pointless, and the only other option—not going—was unthinkable. She didn’t answer as he pulled into the driveway of her small rent house. The pansies she’d planted out front by the porch steps as therapy a week ago were wilting in the unusual Texas December heat, a visual aid for how she felt herself. 

Nick turned off the ignition. “I’m not trying to scare you. I’m just trying to show you this situation in a realistic light. The cartels control anything and everything they want over there.” 

He was out of the car and opening her door before she realized it. How could he argue and display those impeccable manners that melted her at the same time? She grabbed her keys and slung her trashed purse over her shoulder, cross-body style.

“Why in the world would they care about me?” She walked away from him, climbing the porch steps and moving to open the front door. “I’m not anyone important.”

He sighed. “A person’s influence, whether great or small, doesn’t matter. You’re an American. That makes you newsworthy and a target for robbery, kidnapping, or publicity for their ‘cause.’”

She crossed her arms and stood at the front door, glaring at him. She couldn’t back down, not now, even if everything he said was true. She’d just be extremely careful. Paleo-Niger and the Foundation had excellent safety protocols in place. She’d be fine.

“I don’t want to talk about this anymore. I just want to get inside my house and put on my own clothes. I appreciate your getting me out of Mexico. Really, I do. But your work is done. Go spend the holiday with your family. I don’t want you in my life.” That seemed harsh. And yes, it was a bald-faced lie, but she was going with it.

“I’m back, I’m home. I’m safe. I’m fine. And I’m leaving, so I won’t be any more trouble to you. I’m starting a new life, just like you did when you joined the Navy. We have nothing to do with each other anymore. Can’t you let me go?” She hadn’t meant to say that last part. Hadn’t meant to reveal quite so much. 

“No, I can’t. I never wanted—” He stopped talking abruptly, as if to keep himself from saying more. 

“I still think you’re just trying to scare me,” she muttered under her breath. She was not having this conversation. She couldn’t. Not now when she was so close to a clean getaway. Talking about this would lead to her telling him everything, when she was moments from never having to tell him anything. 

She put her key in the lock, determined to go inside and shut the door behind her. But a key wasn’t necessary. The door swung open of its own accord.

Copyright © 2014 by Kay Thomas. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions

Back Cover Book Blurb:  
A former SEAL and Black Ops specialist who left the CIA, Nick Donovan gave up a life on the edge to work in the private sector. But that didn’t stop his enemies from coming after him, or his family. In a case of mistaken identity, a drug cartel kidnaps his sister-in-law’s best friend…a woman from Nick’s past.

One minute Jennifer Grayson is housesitting and the next she is abducted to a foreign brothel. Jennifer is planning her escape when her first “customer” arrives. Nick, the man who broke her heart years ago, has come to her rescue. Now as they race for their lives, passion reignites as old secrets resurface. Can Nick keep the woman he loves safe against an enemy with a personal vendetta?

PERSONAL TARGET is now on sale at online retailers for $1.99. On September 2 it will be available in print. 

Buy Links:
Amazon  | Barnes and Noble | iBooks  | Harper Collins  

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  1. I find new authors using multiple sources. First, my friends on Goodreads and Shelfari provide most of the recommendations that lead to good books for me. I also have author's contact me directly. I've had GREAT experiences with many of them. I've also taken advantage of giveaways to discover new authors. But a major resource are blogs like this one. Just Romantic Suspense has fattened my shelves and introduced me to some wonderful new authors.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

  2. All the ways you have listed. I to have found a few new authors on JRS along with many of my favorites being spotlighted..

    So I have to ask - after reading the first book and the tie in with the Vega and Rivera families I was a little surprised at that continuing story line in the 2nd book (but not disappointed) as I didnt think all that "mess" was finished at the end of the first book. At the end of the 2nd book you took "care" of some of the problems but also added a ton more to the mix. I dont feel this way - but I've seen a few reviews mention they think this is a serial series. As authors dont always get to explain there thoughts about their books can you tell us what you think this series is about - story arc's across mulitple books, etc??

  3. I find new-to-authors on Facebook & Goodreads giveaway. A wonderful way, is to enter contest, check reviews and books suggestions on blogs, like this one. Sometimes, I discover littles gems! Once, I find an author that I love her style of writing, I follow her on her website, Facebook and Goodreads.
    I read your 1st book in this series and loved the suspense! Congrats Kay!

  4. Hi Cindy O
    Thanks for your comment and your question. The original proposal for Elite Ops was a three-book series with a different member of AEGIS featured in each book. Each team member was to have their own story per book with an overarching mystery running throughout all three books. You’re right, I’m not done with the Vegas or Riveras yet. I’m working on Book 3 of the series right now and pulling all the threads from that original mystery together to what I hope readers will find a satisfactory conclusion. While I’m planning to finish that original mystery arc in Book 3, the Elite Ops series will continue as there are other characters I've met in the process of writing the first three books whose stories I’d like to tell. There are definitely more adventures to be had with the men of AEGIS.

  5. I find new authors in all the ways you have listed. Recommendations from friends comes first, if we have the same reading tastes. I also follow reading blogs, - and get to know the reviewers taste and if it coincides with mine :D Then there are sites like JRS - I like to have an excerpt of a new authors work so that I can get the flavour of their voice ☺ An updated website is always welcome - if it is neglected and unused it can be offputting.

  6. jennifer schultheisAugust 15, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    I find new authors through Facebook book parties and Amazon recommendations.

  7. love to find new author s to read and visit in the FB parties
    Morse Dawn

  8. I find new authors by subscribing to certain blogs via e-mail. I'm particular about the blogs because I'm particular about the books I read. All are romance, some suspense, some historical, some contemporary. I found you, Kay, through Just Romantic Suspense! :-) Thanks for the post and for your writing.


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