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stealing justice

Justice ”Grey” Greystone is obsessed with tracking down the serial killer known as ‘The Lion’, who has been strangling escorts at the Panthera, a high powered Washington DC gentleman’s club.  Kicked out of the FBI for being too obsessed with The Lion, Grey scores a job as security at the Panthera but needs a way to get closer to his target.  Then he meets Sydney.  Sydney fights for battered women, running a shelter and helping some disappear and live under new identities. Her boss at the shelter also runs an escort agency that supplies girls for parties at the Panthera.  When Grey informs her some have been killed by the Lion, Sydney offers to go undercover to find evidence to stop him.

This has a really exciting plot with some mystery, hot romance, and a lot of action.  Sydney was a strong heroine who could take care of herself and Grey was likeable, an alpha male without the jerkiness (most of the time)!  I liked both of their back stories, they gave both characters depth and we saw what drives them.  I really enjoyed this book and am really looking forward to the next story from Team Justice.

Misty Evans & Adrienne Giordano

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Reviewed by Jan

MistyEvans1I was lucky enough to have the chance to ask Misty Evans some questions about her new novel, Deadly Pursuit, and her life as a writer.

You’re a talented writer, having published stories in the romantic suspense, paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres, and winning tons of awards, including the Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.  Where do you get your inspiration for stories from?

ME: Inspiration comes from music, TV, movies, even people walking down the street. I read a lot of nonfiction, and I have a vivid imagination. Those two ingredients combine to give me more story ideas than I could ever write down.

 How did you come up with the concept of the SCVC Taskforce series?

ME: I’d landed my first agent but she was having trouble selling the first book in my Super Agent series, and asked me to write a different type of romantic suspense. Something grittier, she said. I watched a bunch of Miami Vice reruns, some Bad Boys movies, and NCIS shows. What emerged was this idea of a violent crimes taskforce of DEA, FBI, Immigration, and other undercover agents pulling off sting operations and falling in love at the same time. Unfortunately after I wrote about 80% of Deadly Pursuit and ran it by my agent, she felt there was too much action and the characters were too dark. The story went into a drawer until recently when I saw the new TNT series Graceland, and decided the time was right to pull Cooper and Celina out of the drawer and publish their story.

 Celina doesn’t sit back and wait for rescue, she kicks ass.  What inspires you to write strong heroines?

ME: I’ve always gravitated to strong heroines, growing up on shows like Wonder Woman and Charlie’s Angels. When I began writing, every female was strong and not afraid to what they believe is right, even if it means sacrificing their careers or even their lives. They may be scared on the inside, but they don’t show it.

 Which characters were particularly fun to write?

ME: What a tough question! I love writing ALL my characters, whether they’re super agents or witches or demons or just the girl next door. They’re flawed and damaged, and oh so fun to dig into. Male or female, every one of them has a good heart and wants to see justice done in the world. I think Amy and Luc are particularly fun, and the hero and heroine of my first Super Agent book, Operation Sheba, are still fun to write in the follow-up books of that series.

You self publish some of your books.  Why did you decide to do this and was it an easy journey?

ME: I’m published with Entangled Publishing, Samhain Publishing, and Carina Press (digital imprint of Harlequin), and I’m also self-published. I love self-publishing because I control the content, cover art, and marketing. My fans are voracious readers who read faster than I can turn out books, so it works to have some stories with publishers and some that I publish on my timeline to keep readers happy. There are pros and cons to both.

 What is a typical day for you?

ME: Coffee, take the dogs out, more coffee, write, get the kids up/off to school, exercise, write some more. Promo and emails in the afternoon, and family time/dinner/sports games in the evening. I have less and less time to write these days, but I still make the effort to get that in first. My fans are counting on me. I also offer a coaching service for writers, so I often have deadlines to meet for my clients.

Do you have any advice for writers?

ME: Believe in yourself and the story you have to tell. You know what it is and you’re the only who can do it justice. But…take workshops, set up a critique group, and keep improving your craft. Be patient with yourself and your books. You can’t hit a homerun the first time up to the plate if you haven’t swung the bat thousands of times and grown as a player. Same thing with stories. Write, write, and rewrite.

Describe the feeling in 25 words or less of how it feels seeing your name on your book.

ME: Awesome! There is a lot of emotion in seeing your hard work turned into something tangible. That feeling never goes away.

 Plug the book in twitter form (140 characters or less)

ME: Action, adventure, and hot romance in Southern California

Any plans to come to New Zealand one day?

ME: I’d love to take a trip to New Zealand some day! It looks beautiful and adventurous!

 

Thank you very much to Misty for taking the time to answer my questions in detail.  You can find out more about Misty on Facebook, Twitter, or visit her website.

 

Misty has kindly donated three ebooks of Deadly Pursuit to give away.  Leave a comment with your email address on this post by 15 August to be in the draw to win.

Deadly Pursuit – Misty Evans

Posted: August 9, 2013 in Review, romance
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deadly pursuitCelina Davenport is an FBI agent who took down the leader of the San Diego Mafia – Emilio Londano – and destroyed the organization.  Then Time magazine made her famous and she was removed from the Southern California Violent Crime (SCVC) Taskforce and transferred to ADes Moines.  A year later Emilio escapes from prison and comes after Celina for revenge.

Assigned to be Celina’s bodyguard is DEA agent Cooper Harris, leader f the SCVC Taskforce.  He crushed Celina’s heart once, now they have to depend on each other to stay alive.  As Londano targets Celina’s friends and co-workers, she and Cooper battle to outwit him and stay alive.

A love-child of NCIS: LA and Miami Vice, the plot is fast-paced with lots of action, bullets, and fast cars.  There are a few surprises, a heart-breaking loss, and a wild ride to bring a fugitive to justice.  The good guys win of course and the HEA is romantic.  I loved that Celina was a take-no-prisoners heroine and clever in the way she manipulates Londano.

If you’re looking for a romantic suspense with plenty of action, read this book.  I’m looking forward to the next Taskforce book, which will feature Thomas and Ronni from Deadly Pursuit.  It will be released next year if all goes according to plan!

Misty Evans

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Reviewed by Jan