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Of all the women in my life, the ones that fascinate me the most are the quiet, talented ones. You see, I’d never be accused of being quiet. If I think it, you hear it. This is great for book characters.
But how does a woman (or man) who is not loud, not sound invasive, get their way without raising a raucous? Now that is talent and that talent I needed for the heroine of my new release Lost in Shadow.
Hi. I’m Anita DeVito and I write romantic thrillers that are fast-paced, smoking hot and laced with humor. Lost in Shadows is a stand-alone in my Lost In series and picks up the story of Jebediah McCormick, ex-military turned security entrepreneur that struggles, like too many service members do, with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Now Jeb is a complicated man and ran off every woman I found for him.
His ideal partner had to be his intellectual equal as he wouldn’t have the patience for anything less. She had to be insightful enough to know what he needed…without letting on she knew what he needed. She had to stand on her own two feet when he tried to orchestrate the world.
Meet Carolina Walker. Carolina was a top investigative reporter who chose to leave the big stage and set up her own business as a researcher and fact checker. Underestimated and overlooked by family and friends, she quietly defies them, carving a life for herself that lets her see the world without taking off her pajamas. Her quiet life was running nicely along until her home was ransacked. Enter Jebediah McCormick.
Carolina was one of the most challenging characters I have created because she couldn’t rail against injustices, she couldn’t order people and she wouldn’t draw attention to herself. All the things extroverted characters thrive on. You don’t realize how much “talking” a character does in a book until you have one that doesn’t like to talk. With introverted characters, actions became more important as they had to show what the character doesn’t say. To do this authentically, I drew heavily from two real women, Mary Kay and Anna, to understand how Carolina would act and re-act in situations. Nearly every scene challenged me as I had to find new and more creative ways to reach the needed outcome. The more I got to know Carolina, the easier it became. A large part of Carolina’s character comes from accepting others as they are and acting in their best interest. It was hard to watch her repeatedly put others first when her own needs were so great. Jeb was a good compliment for her. As he noted, her strength was like a spider’s web…deceptively thin but easily ensnared her prey. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 4 after Jeb has talked our reclusive Carolina into a shopping spree to replace her damaged wardrobe.
Private security entrepreneur Jeb McCormick is in over his head with his latest client. Not only is the painfully shy woman he’s meant to be protecting a total knock-out, she’s also his former Army buddy’s sister. Helping her find the reason why anyone would ransack her house is demanding enough, but keeping his hands off her is proving to be the real challenge.
Carolina Walker wants a quiet life, thank you very much. She left intrigue and deception behind in Washington D.C., never expecting it to follow her home to Bowling Green, Kentucky. When events happen that can’t be explained away, help arrives in the form of the very attractive and muscular Jebediah McCormick. But as the tension escalates between Jeb and Carolina, so does the danger facing them...
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Less than an hour later, Carolina practically skipped through the large department store, laughing as she held Jeb’s hand. True to his word, he wore his game face, and what crowds there were parted to let them pass. No one paid attention to her. One look at his hard face and eyes stayed riveted there until he had passed. For the first time in her life, she made it through the cosmetic area without being mobbed by pushy saleswomen.
Being burdened with packages like a pack mule didn’t lessen the effect of his game face. Although she noticed he earned more than a few sympathetic looks from husbands and boyfriends who were themselves weighted down by frilly bags. She grinned at him, carefree and happy.
“Enjoying yourself?” he growled.
“Immensely. I never understood why people enjoyed going to the mall. This is totally surreal.” She laughed softly. “You know, all these people think you are my boyfriend and that I have you…what’s the expression?”
“Pussy-whipped. And you knew the expression. I’m sure you read it in a book. I thought you said you were just picking up a few things. Why did we have to go to that store twice?”
“I wasn’t sure the dress was the right one the first time. I had to be sure, didn’t I?”
“No,” he muttered.
She dismissed him with a wave of her hand. “I’ll order the rest online, but shipping takes a few days. I need enough to get by.”
“How much more could you need? A guy would buy five pairs of underwear, two pair of jeans and three shirts. Good for a month.”
She stopped outside a store selling bras and panties. “I, uh, think I’ll go in this one alone.”
He raised an eyebrow and looked in the window. “I don’t know. I do have some expertise in this area.”
She blushed and pointed to a set of metal benches guaranteed to be as uncomfortable as they were ugly. “Go.”
“Fine. But in case you were wondering, I’m partial to push-up bras, thongs, and that little thing in the corner of the window over there.”
About Anita DeVito:
Anita has been writing fast-paced, sexy thrillers since 2006. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio and lives and works around the Great Lakes. Anita is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.
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