Sunday, July 24, 2016

Shining the spotlight on my hero, Noah . . .

From RIGHT THROUGH ME, the first book in The Obsidian Files, a brand new series by Shannon McKenna!

Shining the spotlight on my hero, Noah . . . 

Iron self-control is what brooding, taciturn biotech tycoon Noah Gallagher is all about. The amber flash of reflective light in his eyes is hidden behind dark contact lenses. His steely, enhanced muscles and his many scars are covered by a perfectly cut business suit. No one, not even those closest to him, know the secrets of his soul. But all of that is about to change . . .

I love tales of reluctant superheroes whose mad skills and fabulous powers set them apart and doom them to secrecy and solitude. Those guys just make me tingle all over. Those of us who have ever felt like a loner or an outcast, any of us who’ve been the bullied bookworm in the schoolyard—we’re  the ones who thrill to the archetypal fantasy of the secret superhero who has to pretend to be a mild-mannered wimp when he’s actually the man of steel, or whatever flavor your favorite superhero might be. 

I go for that. As a kid in elementary school, I used to fantasize that I had secret powers. If I was being tormented by mean girls or bonehead boys I’d think, “One searing glance from my ray-gun eyes and you would be toast. But I won’t, because I’m classy and I won’t sink to your subhuman level. Loser.”

My latest hero Noah Gallagher speaks to all those secret fantasies. As a teenager he was swept up into a secret research project to create supersoldiers. Noah was the one who organized the other kids to rebel and escape from that living hell. So ever since, he’s found himself the captain of a motley band genetically modified fugitives. 

Noah feels compelled to protect and defend his freaky tribe, and he uses every means at his disposal to do so. He’s been modified for speed and strength and toughness, he has cutting edge biotech implanted all over his body. Enhanced muscles, super-dense bones, augmented visual abilities, speeded-up cognition, these are the tools he uses to keep them safe and navigate them through a world of hidden dangers. For that he needs every last bit of his hard-won self control.

Then Caro Bishop makes him lose it.

Noah is enthralled by the mysterious Caro. She can’t resist Noah’s seductive charisma, and she goes so far as to offer him one wild night of passion, but no more. No names, no questions, no phone numbers, no future, because Caro is on the run from a deadly enemy herself, and fears exposing yet another innocent person to the toxic danger in her life. The last time she did, it did not end well. 

What Caro doesn’t know is that Noah is far from innocent—and uniquely suited to being exposed  to danger. It’s what he was made for.  

Noah can’t admit this to her, but he can’t seem to leave her alone, either, or to control his innate instinct to protect her. In fact, he can’t keep his hands off her at all. She drives him to distraction. She makes him lose his cool. The only solution is to keep her as close to him as possible.

Caro and Noah are honor-bound to secrecy and solitude, but they can see each other’s true essence, and they can’t resist the pull. And even though the violent upheaval both inside and outside them feels like utter doom, when all hell breaks loose, it’s the only thing that can save them and lead them home . . . 

I hope you enjoy RIGHT THROUGH ME!  Happy reading, and infinite thanks to Just Romantic Suspense for having me!


Stranger, speak softly...

Biotech tycoon Noah Gallagher has a deadly secret: his clandestine training as a super-soldier gives him abilities that go far beyond human. Yet he's very much a man. When Caro Bishop shows up at his Seattle headquarters with a dangerous secret agenda, his ordered life is thrown into chaos. Caro is a woman like no other—and her luminously sensual beauty cloaks a mystery he must solve.

Caro's lying low, evading a false charge of murder. She means to clear her name, and she'll do whatever it takes to survive—but seducing a man like Noah is more than she bargained for. His amber eyes have the strangest glow when he looks at her—she could swear he sees the secrets of her heart. The desire smoldering in Noah's eyes awakens her own secret hunger, but Caro has to resist his magnetic pull. Anyone close to her becomes a target. The only right thing to do is run, far and fast, but Caro can't outrun Noah's ferocious intensity—or deny the searing passion that explodes between them.

Nothing else matters—until a vicious enemy bent on the ultimate revenge puts his murderous plan into play. Noah and Caro must battle for their lives...and their love...

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