With: Jacki Delecki
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My contemporary romantic mystery series featuring Grayce Walters includes a colorful cast of characters. I carefully developed each one so they would bring something unique to the series. James, Grayce’s cross-dressing best friend, is her faith sidekick, but he also adds a bit of comic relief to contrast the darker elements of the stories. By-the-book hunky arson investigator Ewan Davis is Grayce’s love interest, but his straight-laced logical nature contradicts Grayce’s intuitive approach to life.
Included in the lineup, and just as important as any human character, is Seattle, Washington. In both An Inner Fire and Women Under Fire, I used specific elements of the city when I was plotting the story and composing scenes. And as I travel through my Pacific Northwest hometown, I continue to find inspiration for the next book in the series.
What makes Seattle a great backdrop for a romantic mystery series? I’m happy to share my top five reasons.
1. Seattle’s proximity to Mt. Rainier–58 miles—offers potential for natural disaster scenarios.
2. As a port city on the border of Canada, Seattle is a logical location for stories that include international intrigue such as smuggling or terrorism.
3. There are numerous naval bases on the islands surround Seattle. Think military action, submarine subterfuge and heroic service men and women.
4. Seattle’s weather is notoriously dark and gray and rainy, which is equally good for setting up a cozy romantic interlude or bad guy skulking around.
5. Seattle is home to several high-tech icons, such as Microsoft and Amazon, which translates into corporate espionage, telecommunications disruptions or worse!
Seattle is my favorite destination for romantic suspense. What’s yours? Comment for a chance to win a digital copy of Women Under Fire, Book 2 in the Grayce Walters series. Good luck!
Women Under Fire
Life has heated up for animal acupuncturist Grayce Walters: thrust into the public eye and hounded by the media after solving an arson case with a critical clue from a French Poodle. When Ewan Davis, the sexy arson investigator Grayce has been steaming things up with, starts talking commitment, she definitely feels the burn.
Then a desperate mother begs Grayce to help find her missing daughter—an Afghanistan war veteran suffering from PTSD, and Grayce reluctantly takes on the case, following a disturbing clue provided by the missing young woman’s cat. Calling once again on the aid of her cross-dressing best friend and her shrewd assistant, Grayce uncovers a terrorist plot with chilling international implications.
Grayce races to rescue the young veteran before the escalating danger explodes. But if she manages to escape the threat, will she find the courage to commit to the fiery passion that awaits her wrapped in Davis’s arms?
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Jacki Delecki is the author of two romantic mystery series, the Regency-era Code Breakers series and contemporary Grayce Walters series. She lives and writes in Seattle, Wash. Learn more about Jacki Delecki at www.JackiDelecki.com.
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