I’ve got to tell you, it’s been a busy few years for me. Back in May, 2005, when To The Edge, my first Body Guard book, was released, I had no idea that a mere 4 years later, the 6 Body Guard books would be behind me and I’d be anxiously awaiting the release of the 4th book in my Black Ops, Inc. series, FEEL THE HEAT. Yikes. Time, she does fly. :o)
It’s all good though. When I look back, the release of 10 books (and a novella in the Rescue Me anthology with Cherry Adair and Lora Leigh) in 4 years seems like a blurr. That 4 of those books made New York Times best-seller appearances and one of them won a RITA – well, let’s just say, I’m still pinching myself.
I’m not a fast writer so producing this much material in this limited time frame has been a real stretch for me. Notice, I didn’t say it was a grind. Oh, no. Far from it. The Garretts and their buddies and now the Black Ops crew have taken me for some of the wildest rides of my life! And aside from sweating blood over each and every deadline, I’ve enjoyed learning about the lives of each and every one of these guys. That’s not to say, though, that sometimes I wish they’d find a line of work that’s not so dicey. I for one, would sleep better at night, not worrying about them.
Take Raphael – Choirboy – Mendoza, the hero of FEEL THE HEAT (on sale 9-29-09 – Woo Woo!) for instance. We’ve seen a lot of Rafe in the previous 3 BOI books. He’s taken part in almost every mission whether it’s in the capacity of wheel man, interpreter, guy with the ‘big gun’ – you name it. Colombian born Rafe can do it and he can do it better than most. What we haven’t known about Rafe is what really makes him tick. What drives him. Trust me, we find out in FEEL THE HEAT. The boy has a past that tortures him – and with good reason. And when he finally meets a woman who gives as good as she gets, she drags him through hell and back because, damn, she’s got a trunk load of baggage of her own and there is no way in hell she’s going to dump it on him. Even if he wants her to. Even if he begs her to. Even if she knows, marrow deep, that this man could be the best thing that ever happened to her.
I had a blast writing Rafe and B.J.’s story that takes us from D.C. to Colombia and back again. These two really know how to play shoot ‘em up bang bang and employ everything from disguises to steam engines (yes, as in trains) to submarines to bring down the bad guys. Not to mention, the romance between them is hot, hot, hot. Check out this link if you’d like to read an excerpt: http://www.cindygerard.com/books.html
So, what makes a relationship work for you? What makes you root for the hero and heroine to not only beat the bad guys but end up together? Is it the push and pull? The give and take? The tough guy who’s vulnerable? The vulnerable girl who’s also tough? And what about action in your romance? Work for you?
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