Thursday, August 9, 2018

Federal K-9 Series – How Did I Create My K-9 Heroes & Heroines?


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Since the release of Lock ’N’ Load, the first of my Federal K-9 series, I’ve posted several blogs about how I devised the plot, how badly I tortured my hunkiest hero ever, and created my most interesting heroine yet. But I never discussed how I came up with my K-9 characters. What breed will they be? What will I name them? Will they be male or female? As with human cops, K-9 heroes can be just as strong, whether male or female. In the case of dogs, the female is often more protective.

Years ago, I went to a small dog show in New Jersey, where my boyfriend and I walked the benches to meet the different breeds. We were in the market for a puppy and stopped to visit with a Belgian Malinois. That was one intense dog, and it left quite an impression on me! It’s no wonder this breed is commonly used in law enforcement and the military. So with a few quick keystrokes, my first K-9 hero became a Belgian Malinois. I decided to make the dog female, so as to be the “other woman” in Sgt. Matt Connors’s life. Thus, Sheba—the canine heroine of Lock ’N’ Load—was born.

For my second book in this series, I wanted to shake things up a bit and go with a different breed. For my K-9 research, I spent a day last year with the Massachusetts State Police K-9 Unit, and K-9 officers from several local police departments. Among the noteworthy dogs I met that day was Pako, a stunning black German shepherd. Pako’s handler doesn’t know it yet, but his K-9 is the inspiration for the canine hero of Federal K-9 #2—Saxon. A strong, proud name for a totally action-oriented dog.

Now for Book 3 of my series, which I just began writing. In April of this year, my brother and I attended the Maryland Dog Fest in La Plata, Maryland, and watched an exhibition by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. One of their dogs was a young Dutch shepherd that had recently been paired with his handler. The dog was basically dark brown, but it was a sunny day and when the sun hit the dog at a certain angle, it sure looked to me like he’d been painted with stripes in varying shades of brown. Hence the canine hero of Book 3 was born—a large Dutch shepherd named Tiger.


I hope you love my K-9 books as much as I do. I certainly enjoy writing and researching them!

LOCK ’N’ LOAD

Secrets can be deadly.

Crack CIA analyst Trista Gold is a whiz with the computer, but not so much with people. She hides behind her job, analyzing Top Secret code and making recommendations on national security. She doesn’t need a man in her life. But she will, very soon...

CIA K-9 officer Sgt. Matt Connors suspects that beneath Trista’s uptight appearance, there’s a sexy woman itching to cut loose. But he doesn’t dare act on his attraction. He’s a loner and always will be. Keeping away from Trista is a must-do directive. Until he doesn’t have a choice...

During a routine assignment, Trista stumbles across a cryptic exchange. She doesn’t think much of it...until someone tries to murder her—twice. Both times, Matt had been there to save her. But now she has to hide. And her new bodyguard, Matt, and his K-9 are the only hope she has against the powerful forces that want her dead.

Excerpt
“Are you all right?”
Trista jerked her head around to find Sgt. Connors crouching on the floor beside her, his face only inches from hers, his incredibly broad shoulders blocking out all else. Big brown eyes pinned her and she couldn’t tear her gaze away. No, his eyes were more like cocoa, coffee and caramel all rolled into one. Yummy.
The look he continued to give her was intense. His dark brows drew together as he searched her face, as if looking for injuries.
“Are you all right?” he repeated, frowning. Actually, it was more of a scowl.
Yes, she wanted to say. But her throat was clogged again, and no matter how much she tried, her lips wouldn’t move.
She took a deep breath, praying it would kick her brain into gear. It didn’t. The only thing it did, was send his sexy, way-too-appealing aftershave directly to her lungs and her brain.
Say something, stupid.
“I—” She swallowed. Lord, she’d thought he was good looking before, but this close …OMG. She might not be able to speak to certain men, but that didn’t mean her libido was dead. For a man, he was utterly stunning. In a tough, rugged kind of way.
“Do you think you can get up?” Sgt. Connors held out an enormously large, incredibly strong-looking hand. “Let me help you.”
Now staring stupidly into his eyes, she placed her hand in his, noting several thick scars on his hands and forearms. As he began pulling her to her feet, an inhuman snort ruffled her hair.
A large brown and black muzzle thrust its way into her peripheral vision. Trista gasped and scrambled in the opposite direction—straight into Sgt. Connors’ hard chest.
Her pulse pounded. Her body trembled a she took in quick breaths. The dog stared at her steadily from amber-gold eyes, a shade lighter than Sgt. Connors’.
She tried pushing herself farther from the dog, but not only weren’t her sensible shoes gaining traction on the shiny granite floor, but Sgt. Connors’ body was an immovable mountain of muscle.
Still holding her hand, he hugged her tighter against his body, wrapping his other arm around her waist. “It’s okay...” His deep voice rumbled in her ear. “Sedni.” In response to his command, the dog sat. “Sheba won’t hurt you. She’s here to protect you.”
“I d-doubt that.” Cynophobia—fear of dogs—was something she’d lived with since she was six years old.

Giveaway: 
Tee will be giving away one eBook copy of Lock ’N’ Load. Click here for a chance to enter and win!


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Tee O’Fallon has been a federal agent for twenty-three years and is now a police investigator, giving her hands-on experience in the field of law enforcement that she combines with her love of romantic suspense. Tee’s job affords her the unique opportunity to work with the heroic men and women in law enforcement on a daily basis. For Tee, research is the easy part! Besides reading and writing, Tee loves cooking, gardening, chocolate, lychee martinis, and all creatures canine. Tee is the author of Lock ’N’ Load, Federal K-9 #1, and the NYPD Blue &Gold Series: Burnout, Blood Money, and Disavowed.


2 comments:

  1. New book and author for me to check out. Thanks for the recommendation

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  2. I do love stories with K-9s as the central heroes. I already want to read all three of them.

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