With: Cindy McDonald
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Sometimes we fall in love with a character—a character who wasn’t a main character, just part of a story line in a series. Such is the case with Jack Haliday from my First Force Series. He was the product—a guest character, if you will (a very sexy yummy guest) from my suspense series, Unbridled.
In the third book of the Unbridled Series, Dangerous Deception, Jack was an ex-Navy SEAL, who was now an undercover cop, who had infiltrated a notorious biker gang. This biker gang had several of the characters from the Unbridled Series trapped in an old abandoned mansion, and Jack was forced to blow his cover to rescue them.
Well, I just fell in love with the ex-Navy SEAL. He spoke to me, and so I invited him to be a guest in book four, Against the Ropes, and again in book five, Shady Deals. By the time I’d finished writing Shady Deals, I had decided to write a black ops series, and you guessed it, Jack Haliday had to be the golden boy of the series.
I set straight to work on the new venture. Jack had made that crossover quite easily from Unbridled to First Force, so why couldn’t several of the characters from Unbridled usher him into his new home at First Force? And so it was. Lieutenant Lugowski, Captain Lutz, and Kate West assisted in his transition—they were guest characters in Book one, Into the Crossfire, and it worked perfectly. It worked so perfectly that I’ve done it again!
I have just finished writing the first installment of my new cozy mystery series, The Fiona Quinn Mysteries, Murder on Pointe. I needed a ballerina for a character. No, I wouldn’t have had a bit of trouble creating one, but hey, I already had ballerina who could use another adventure. That’s when I decided to recruit Silja Ramsay from book two of the First Force Series, To the Breaking Pointe. What a perfectly wonderful idea, and she was more than happy to oblige. Silja worked out beautifully—even if you’re not into cozy mysteries, you might really enjoy this story written under my pen name, C.S. McDonald. The book is slated to release in June.
Will I cross characters from one series to another in the future? Most definitely. Why let them lie around doing nothing? As a matter of fact, Tess McMillian (To the Breaking Pointe) will resurface in To the Brink (Book four of First Force—September release) and I think you’re gonna love the results!
So, do you like the idea of characters visiting other series or make a return appearance in the one they’ve left? By no means is this a new practice, but do you like it? Leave me a comment and your email address to enter the giveaway, a kindle copy of Into the Dark (book 3 First Force) or a kindle of Dangerous Deception—our first glimpse at that delicious Navy SEAL, Jack Haliday.
It had been four years since ex-Navy SEAL, Jack Haliday, had an explosive run-in with a biker gang wounding their leader, Gunner. During those years Jack had acquired everything he ever wanted: a beautiful wife, an adorable daughter, and a lovely home in the suburbs—everything was as perfect as it could get, until Gunner returned to twist Jack’s world inside-out with a vengeance that he could never have prepared for. Critically injured, he found himself surrounded in the security of First Force International and in the care of their head medic, Dr. Rayne Lee, a beautiful and compassionate woman who knows firsthand the sharp slice of loss and grief.
Now Jack has a score to settle and he’s got some new friends to help him, but in the end, can Rayne help to ease his grief and encourage him to start a new life with team First Force?
TO THE BREAKING POINTE...
Five years ago First Force operative, Grant Ketchum, let the ballerina of his dreams dance right of his life. Silja Ramsay returned to her birthplace, Russia, to take the position of the principal dancer for the Novikov Ballet Company. She was living her dreams, and although they had very little contact, Grant was proud of her.
The owner and director of the ballet company, Natalia Novikov, has a dark secret: her beloved ballet company is almost broke. Natalia has become so desperate for funds to keep the company afloat that she's forced her dancers to prostitute themselves to financial contributors at exclusive after-show parties.
As the Prima Ballerina of the troupe, Silja has been exempt and kept in the dark about the parties, until a big-time American financier, who is obsessed with Silja, offers to bail the failing ballet company out and provide Natalia with everything she will ever need. His prerequisite: Silja must become his personal companion, live in his home, and fulfill his every desire.
Against her will, Silja is taken to the American's mansion, but before she goes she manages to send a text to the only man who can save her, Grant: HELP!
Now Grant Ketchum is on a mission to find his lost ballerina and rescue her from this powerful man's subjugation. He will do anything to get her out alive. If they survive, will he let her chasse out of his life again?
INTO THE DARK...
Four years ago, Dr. Rayne Lee lost her husband and her four-year-old daughter, Sierra, to a group of hostile guerrillas in the Amazonian Valley of Peru. It had taken every bit of her constitution to rebuild her life and to join her uncle’s international security firm, First Force, as the team’s head medic. She still desperately missed her husband and her daughter, but all-in-all everything was back on track—until the phone calls started.
A young girl was calling claiming to be Sierra. The tiny trembling voice claimed that the guerrillas were holding her captive, and there was only way for them to be reunited: Rayne must travel to Peru and give them something that she has. Moreover, the guerrillas have another stipulation: Rayne must come alone.
Suddenly the ghosts from Rayne’s past are chasing her down a dark road.
What could they possibly want from her?
Could she return to the place where her family was murdered and she was brutalized for seven horrid months?
Was it really Sierra calling?
Rayne knew that she had to take the risk—she had to find out!
About the Author:
For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things that I have experienced with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack—she muses: they are greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered. Viola! Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born. Currently there are five books in the series.
Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series’, especially with a military ops theme. Although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one. At this time, there are three books in her black ops series, First Force: Into the Crossfire, To the Breaking Pointe and Into the Dark. Book #4, To the Brink, is scheduled to release in September of 2016.
People are always asking Cindy: Do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love writing my books, and I love sharing them with my readers.
Cindy resides on her forty-five acre Thoroughbred farm with her husband, Bill, and her Cocker Spaniel, Allister, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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