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Special Agent Leo Gale is up a creek. A year and a half of deep cover is about to go up in flames. He needs help – something, someone to salvage the operation and save the lives of untold numbers of trafficked teenagers.
But he wasn’t expecting the partner they sent, or his own gut-punch of a response to the man.
Julian worked hard for that FBI Honors Internship. It was supposed to be a foot in the door. He’d never expected it to catapult him into the middle of a major undercover operation. Yet here he is, sleeping on a filthy mattress and using every trick in the book to avoid torture—and worse. He’s never felt so scared, or so alive, in his entire life, and he’s not sure if it’s the danger, or Leo, that’s making his heart race.
There’s no time to think about it, though. The operation is heating up, and Leo and Julian are running out of time and options. As choices become more difficult, they must find a way to take the traffickers down, or risk becoming just another set of organs for sale.
Inside the bathroom, DeGraff peered behind the door and moved an OUT OF SERVICE FOR CLEANING sign from the back to the front.
Julian was at the sink at the far end of the room, staring into the mirror with water dripping off his face. DeGraff stepped into one of the stalls, and Leo went to wash his hands at one of the other sinks. Julian glanced up at him, then tore off some paper towel and wiped his face dry. He tossed the towel in the overflowing garbage can and slunk past Leo with all the angsty self-consciousness of a hormonal teenager.
Leo wished he had time to appreciate the performance, but he had a job to do. As Julian passed him, Leo spun and grabbed him from behind, pinning Julian’s arms to his side and covering his mouth. Julian made a startled noise, muffled by Leo’s hand, and began to thrash. He kicked Leo painfully in the shin, but by then DeGraff was out of the stall and had jabbed his syringe into Julian’s shoulder. Leo fought the young man down to the floor while DeGraff stood watch by the bathroom door. Five tense minutes later, Julian was completely spaced out, limp as a rag in Leo’s arms.
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We had an opportunity to ask the author a few questions...
Hi Kate, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Do you buy a book because of the cover, the blurb, or something else?
The cover and the title are what catch my attention. I usually read at least the beginning of the blurb, but Amazon’s Look Inside function has been a godsend. I don’t DNF near as many of my purchases as I used to before I had samples to look at.
What does ‘romance’ mean to you?
Romance, to me, is being aware of the other person’s needs, dreams, and desires and, whenever possible, acting in such a way that they can realize at least some of them. Romance is less about the big gestures and the flowers and chocolate, but about the small acts that let someone go back to school, or work on their dream business, or realize some lifelong desire (like writing). Flowers and chocolate and nights in a hotel are easy. Giving up something you’d like for the benefit of your partner—that’s romance.
What are your current projects?
Right now I’m working on two different projects. One is a short piece of silly Christmas fluff, called Have Yourself a Merry Little Sexmas, about a stripper who gets stranded at a client’s apartment during a Christmas Day blizzard. The other is the sequel to Bite Me Tender, which will answer a few more questions about Glyn and Levi’s relationship, and will also let us see where the witches of Glyn’s family live when they’re not out creating mischief.
What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
The middle part is always the most difficult. The freedom of the first chapters is gone—you’ve already made decisions that limit your choices later—but there’s still a ton of choices that need to be made, and you have to be certain that you make the right ones, or your ending doesn’t work. This is the point where my wordcount drops from 1500 a session to 500, or 200, or sometimes 0, while I beg my subconscious to save me.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.
Despite the fact that I’ve always worked in suit and tie type professions, I can also drive farm equipment, and do enough carpentry to replace windows and do minor repairs on my house. Which reminds me, I still have some gaps to fill in the walls of the barn…
About the author:
Kate lives on the east coast of Canada, in an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. She has one horse now, who still has medical issues, and three cats, all of which still have mental issues. She still refuses to get a dog, because who knows what would be wrong with it?
Kate loves to read and write. She also likes playing with computers and is going back to school to do a programming degree, just for giggles. Or the opportunity to take over the world. (Oh, who are we kidding? Think of all the work that would mean.) She also likes pictures of pretty men and keeps many of them on her computer. (The pictures, not the men.) She would dearly love a cabana boy to mow her lawn and maybe rub her shoulders after a long day of making men fall in love with each other, then cackling evilly and raining frustration and danger on them.
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