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Guest Author: PM Kavanaugh

Today my I’m delighted to introduce my good friend and fellow MVRWA member, PM Kavanaugh, author of Die Run Hide, published by Crimson Romance. Welcome, PM!

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Susana.

While many people think “paranormal” means vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, fairies, or a combination thereof, the paranormal aspect of my novel, Die Run Hide, is that it is set in the future—2055, to be precise—and the only non-humans in it are droids and ‘bots (short for robots!)

I really liked the idea of writing a story that takes place in the “near future,” far enough from today to let my imagination run free in speculating what might be new and different from our present day world, but close enough to include familiar objects and foods and settings and physical traits. I didn’t want to have to invent an entirely new world, where everything my characters saw, tasted, smelled and spoke was unlike anything we know today. I made myself crazy enough over questions such as, “Will people still drink coffee in 2055?” (Yes! Whew!) “Will T-shirts still be around?” (Yes again!) “Will cars fly?” (No, though auto-navigation or hands-free driving will be an option.) “Will people still fall in love?” (Of course….falling in love is a time-tested human characteristic and my book is a romance!)

Still, for me, a big part of the fun of writing a story that take place 50 years from now is exploring the question, “What will the world be like then?”

Here are some of my thoughts and imaginings for the year 2055:

  • Cuba is the last remaining communist nation on Earth. All other nations have gone the way of capitalism.
  • In the post-September 11 era, a group of countries agree to fund a super-secret network of agencies that take on counterterrorist missions too politically sensitive or geographically dispersed to be handled by any one country. This network is called U.N.I.T., short for United Nations Intelligence Trust. Sort of like a United Nations of counterterrorist activity.
  • The United States government runs a collection of federal orphanages, in which promising U.N.I.T. recruits are screened. The other recruiting ground for U.N.I.T. candidates are prisons, where carefully selected inmates sentenced to life are given the chance to leave prison and join the agency.
  • Handheld lasers have replaced bullet-firing guns as the preferred form of firearm for terrorists, counterterrorists, cops and criminals.
  • Chicago Midway is a defunct, boarded-up complex of buildings owned by a super-wealthy businessman who uses one of the former terminals as a secret bomb-making factory.
  • California is split into two independent states, called California North and California South. Kind of like North Dakota and South Dakota or Virginia and West Virginia. Only neither of the “Californias” wanted to give up starting the name of their state with the word, California. Hence, the geographic designation comes at the end.
  • A special gel known as “Numb It” instantly soothes away aches and pains on contact with skin. (Don’t you want some?)
  • Energy pellets are the new energy bars…and the food of necessity for operatives on the run.

Do you ever wonder what the world will be like in the future? What does your imaginary future world look, smell, taste and sound like? Do people still fall in love and get their happily ever after?

Die Run Hide_cvr.inddDie Run Hide

Follow orders or die. Anika Washington knows the rules laid down by the counterterrorist agency that owns her. When she aborts a mission in order to spare a young girl, she’s given an ultimatum: take on a new mission that requires betraying her fellow operative, and lover, or forfeit her own life.

After discovering that her lover, Gianni, has chosen another, Anika accepts the mission. In the aftermath, she learns that Gianni was faithful to her and she’d been tricked into thinking otherwise. The knowledge comes too late and she’s almost killed in an agency double-cross.

Now she must run—battling time, former enemies and the agency itself to stay alive and save the man she loves.

Die Run Hide Excerpt

The diamond stud vibrated in Anika’s ear. She slid her fingers through her hair in a rhythmic move and touched the comm device. Over the thumping bass of the band, she heard the go-ahead to leave the party and ascend to the rooftop. With a well-aimed thrust of one hip, she knocked her dance partner into a gyrating mix of arms and legs. Then she strode off the floor, filled an oversized glass from the champagne fountain and slipped out of the room.

In the dim stairwell, she hiked up her glittering dress, snagged her painful four-inch heels in one hand and sprinted up the steps. The heavy bass receded into the background. She held the glass away from her, careful not to spill the liquid. She wished she could drink some of it. Hell, she wished she could drink all of it and go back for more.

Instead, she told herself to stay focused on the mission as she had dozens of times before. The rest would take care of itself.

So why did her insides feel like balled up razor wire?

On the roof, she hurried over to the utilities closet. Her eyes swept the area before she keyed in the code and removed the parts of the P-16. Another sweep, then she bent to her task assembling the old-style rifle. She tested the balance, the feel of the trigger, the scope. Everything was in order. Everything was as it should be.

Except that once she sighted the target and fired, the life she had known for the past three years would be over. She would have crossed the line. No going back. Even though she had agreed to do it, she wondered now if she had made the right decision.

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Author photo_PM KavanaughsmAbout the Author

A writer of thrillers spiked with romance, PM Kavanaugh has always loved intrigue, danger and adventure, especially when observed at a safe distance from her own life. She shares her home, dreams and some of her plotting dilemmas with her clever-enough-to-be-a-spy husband and her talkative office cat, Max.

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Guest Author: Téa Cooper

Set on the NSW Central Coast and in Sydney, Téa Cooper’s debut romantic novel is now available as an e-book from Amazon, Kobo, All Romance, Bol.com and Bookstrand.

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About Téa Cooper:

Téa Cooper is an Australian contemporary and historical romance author.

Originally from England Téa came to Australia via India and a few other places in between. She has lived in Sydney, on the NSW Central Coast and now lives in the time-warp village of Wollombi near Cessnock.

To find out more about Téa, or to check out what projects she’s working on right now, you can visit her website http://www.teacooperauthor.com

Biography:

Lurking in the back of Téa’s brain somewhere was the knowledge that one day she would write a novel. It probably started with a rather risqué story in the back of an exercise book at boarding school featuring the long suffering school gardener – not really the stuff romantic heroes were made of but it was before she knew any better.

Life and few heroes of her own showed her the error of her ways and with a baby under one arm, a husband and a half built house she entered a Mills and Boon competition. To her absolute earth shattering amazement she won second place – the prize was a bottle of perfume! Next time she determined she would do better.

But it was still the stuff of fantasy and her family, a herd of alpacas, a protea farm and teaching intervened until one day she decided it was time to do or die. No more procrastination. The characters and plots that had lived in her head for so long were clamoring to escape.

In August 2011 she got serious and joined Romance Writers Australia, entered the Harlequin Mills & Boon New Voices competition and to her horror discovered she hadn’t been – discovered that is. Not even a bottle of perfume this time. But in reality she had won. Procrastination was conquered and determination set in. It was time to get serious.

Tree Change is her first contemporary romance novel and is available now. Her second, a historical novel Lily’s Leap – set in Wollombi, the time-warp village she now calls home – was accepted by Lyrical Press and will be published in mid 2013. She has recently completed her second Australian historical novel Matilda’s Madness – inspired by some of the fascinating characters haunting the local museum.

When Téa is not haunting the Wollombi museum she can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or you can email her at teacooperauthor@gmail.com. 

Tree Change Synopsis:

Despite her success in the Sydney art world Cassia yearns for the idyllic life she once lead with Jake in their shack over looking the Pacific Ocean. Seeking closure she falls, like a recovering addict, straight back into his arms, and out again equally quickly.  Not only has he his taken up with his brother’s wife but it seems they have a child.

Truth is Jake is living a lie, sworn to secrecy and hamstrung by a promise. Cassia’s fey, artistic character and magical body possess his imagination and his heart. Can he convince her to trust him long enough to save the crumbling remains of their relationship?

Tree Change Short Excerpt:

She dismissed his words with a wave of her hand, but her eyes betrayed her. He knew her too well. The burn of hurt behind their velvety depths had nothing to do with the here and now, but everything to do with the past. His fault? Lyle’s fault? No one’s fault? Just circumstance.

“I need answers, and I need them now. I can’t go on like this. Either we are together or we are not. You have to make a choice: Madeleine or me. I can’t be a convenience you can pick up and put down as the mood takes you.”

“My feelings for you, Cass, are a million things but convenience isn’t one of them.” He shook his head in sorrowful disbelief. How could she not recognize the bond they had?

“Madeleine?” Her raised eyebrows challenged him.

“Right now I can’t explain what happened with Madeleine, but her safety is paramount.”

Her body shuddered as if she was trying to lift a great weight. What was he doing to her? Madeleine, Madeleine, always Madeleine. “I can’t do this again, Jake. I need to go home.” Jake slipped her cardigan over her frail shoulders and then stepped back to allow her to lead the way past the bar and up the narrow stairs to street level.

He unlocked the car door and held it open. Her skirt caught on the ribbons of her espadrille. As he leaned down to untangle them, she flinched. Closing her door with exaggerated care he walked around to the driver’s door and let himself in. He clicked his seat belt into its clasp before he twisted the key in the ignition. The engine sprang to life, and he pulled out into the darkened street.

“You have to trust me, Cass. I know it is difficult, but you just have to trust me and wait. Everything will be sorted out soon.”

Her sigh filled the car. “Jake, I can’t. How can I? I’ve tried and look where we’ve ended up. Me in Sydney, and you living with your brother’s girlfriend.”

“Wife,” he corrected, regretting the word the moment it left his lips.