Friday, September 26, 2014

When I read romantic suspense...

With: Silvia Ami

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When I read romantic suspense, I look for something different, something that would make the story unforgettable - new methods of investigations, unexplored settings or special heroes and heroines. The main characters of my story sort of walked up and introduced themselves to me as “something different.” Despite conventional backgrounds - Joss is an FBI agent and Ethan an ex-marine security guy – their working relationship takes them beyond stereotypes. They are two smart people, struggling to trust each other while working together. A woman in charge and a man who doesn't mind being her partner, a woman who doesn't secretly dream of picket fences and a man with no commitment issues. In short, Joss and Ethan feel like real people, with complex emotions, deep and complicated friendships, and personal histories to embrace and overcome.

I truly hope you’ll enjoy the suspense as much as the romance and I welcome questions, comments and opinions about Joss and Ethan’s story. Write a comment here or contact me after reading the book, and most of all, thank you for taking a chance on TAKE.


When FBI special agent Joss Dubois discovers that her best friend’s life is being threatened, she volunteers to be the Vegas dancer's official protection. Determined to solve the case before she loses one of the only people she loves, Joss becomes caught up in terrorism, attempted murder, and life behind-the-scenes of the seedy nightlife of Sin City.

Joss is forced to partner with the security manager at the Desert Casino, former Intel Marine, Ethan Gallagher. Despite her resistance to his charm, and her stubborn insistence on controlling the investigation, Ethan finds himself drawn to the smart, beautiful, tempting FBI agent. But Joss isn’t so eager to risk heartbreak after the tragedies of her past and her job has become the only thing she can count on.

When the threats against the people they’re protecting turn deadly, Ethan and Joss have to find a way to trust each other to track the hunter who lies in wait for the Desert’s dancers. But trust is a rare and fragile thing to Joss, and Ethan may not be up to the task despite the mutual attraction they can't deny or fight.

Will their new partnership blow up, or can it survive to take down the predator before it’s too late?
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Ethan leaned his back against the wall and crossed his arms over his chest while he waited for Joss. He checked his wristwatch at least fifty times before she came back with a guard carrying some special detecting devices. One was similar to a hand vacuum, capable of sniffing and recognizing explosive residue better than a dog. The others were a couple of small boxes as big as a walkie-talkie, a more sophisticated and sensitive version of the electronic nose used to analyze the light signatures of chemicals the way astronomers learned the composition of stars.

The officer and Joss were speaking so quietly that Ethan could only catch a glimpse of their conversation by reading their mouths. But when they were near the cart, Joss introduced the two men and stepped beside Ethan. She whispered in his ear, “Officer Basset has just given instructions to his colleagues to check their security tapes immediately. They're looking for the person who could have left the bag on our cart.”

He tilted his head back and glanced at Joss with an arched brow. His mind was working on all of the possible scenarios involving the duffel bag, while his heart craved to know who the hell the woman in front of him was. She'd remained calm and detached under a possible threat, so she couldn't simply be an average Jane.

Ethan reached for a strand of long brown hair that had fallen beside her face and pushed it behind her left shoulder. With his hand still lingering over her smooth pea coat, he leaned forward and spoke quietly next to her ear. “Your move was pure genius. Do you have the slightest idea what you've started? Damn, we'll be stuck here until-”

“Agent Dubois? Please come here,” called the security guard. And she left.

Ethan stood frozen with an arm suspended in the air, the tips of his fingers still feeling her touch, and the last sentence dead in his mouth. The shock hit his temples, a piercing ache that made him close his eyes for a few heartbeats. “What's happening?”

About the Author: 
Silvia Ami has been a project engineer, an executive in a small business, and lately a rocket scientist (Just kidding). She backpacked across Europe by train before the cheap-flight era, lived in Germany for five years, and learned Spanish from her husband. 

She, her husband, and their two boys live in a condo not far from the sea in northwest Italy. They share a huge Hotwheels collection, a kitchen full of cooking gadgets, and a home-office that resembles Doc's lab in Back to the Future.

Silvia wrote TAKE after dreaming about the story and not being able to shoo the characters from her mind. Now that they are finally out, they have been replaced by the rest of the Gallagher clan.

If you want to know more about them, stay tuned for upcoming releases.

Email: silvia.ami.books AT gmail DOT com
Twitter: @SilviaAmiBooks

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  1. Take sounds like a book I would enjoy. I love books with FBI agents and the setting in Las Vegas with threats against dancers there has me really wanting to read this one.

  2. Great excerpt! I love FBI agents in books.

  3. I am so lucky to have edited "Take" and to have worked with such a talented, wonderful author. I love how strong yet vulnerable, funny yet serious Joss is, and she is truly such a memorable MC. The mix of suspense and romantic tension is fantastic, and I cannot wait for more from you, Silvia. Congratulations!

  4. Joss and Ethan’s story sounds very interesting... thanks for a bit about their story with us... liking what I see!

    1. Thank you, pleased to read your comment!

  5. Congratulations Courtney! You are the winner of a copy of TAKE :D