AS LOST AS I GET
by Lisa Nicholas
AS LOST AS I GET by Lisa Nicholas is the perfect mix of hot romance and thrilling adventure. A doctor working in rural Colombia is shocked to run into the CIA agent who saved her life two years before. After an impetuous night of passion, she vows to stay away from him. But when her job takes her deeper into the jungle, he may be the only one who can save her from a new threat… If readers liked STRIKING DISTANCE by Pamela Clare they’ll be thrilled by this romantic suspense.
Title: As Lost as I Get
Author: Lisa Nicholas
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Berkley Intermix
Print Length: 72k
Format: Digital ONLY
Digital ISBN: 9780698191464
From the author of The Farther I Fall comes an action-filled romance in which two lovers discover that the best thing about being lost is having someone find you…
CIA operative Lee Wheeler is glad to be back in the field, even if the assignment is at a backwater station in Colombia—what he considers punishment for crossing lines in an attempt to save his brother’s life. Either way, he’s ready for action. But he never could have predicted the action he’s about to get…
Doctor Zoe Rodriguez is in charge of a clinic in a tiny town on the edge of the rain forest. She’s still dealing with a traumatic experience she had in Mexico—a trauma she wouldn’t have survived if it weren’t for Lee. So when they unexpectedly cross paths again, unresolved wounds rise to the surface, and their mutual passion flares to life.
But when a new threat reveals itself, Lee and Zoe’s reunion takes on echoes of the past that may ruin their chance for a future.
Excerpt from As Lost as I Get:
As soon as the guards left the room, the man rose to his knees and leaned over, shaking the hood off. He was definitely a tourist. His dark hair was cropped close and gleaming; she couldn’t tell if it was dark brown or black. He had the same expensive look as his jeans. His fair skin was clear and clean shaven with just a hint of shadow, and he had the sort of profile she’d only ever seen on a movie or television screen. He wouldn’t be here long. Either he had a family with money or he worked for a company that would want him back.
She realized he was giving her the same level of scrutiny, and felt a small rush of fear. They were both bound, so surely he couldn’t hurt her, but there was something dangerous in his eyes. Which is why she didn’t expect them to soften the way they did. “Zoe Rodriguez?”
She was too startled to answer, but just nodded.
He glanced toward the locked door and pushed himself to a crouch, the movement oddly graceful. She fought not to flinch when he came over to her. “My name’s Lee Wheeler. I’m with the CIA. I’m going to get you out of here.”
The sudden lump in her throat caught her by surprise. She tried to keep her face schooled as she studied him. There was no trace of anything but sincerity in his blue eyes. “How do I know you’re telling the truth?”
“You don’t.” He flashed a quick, humorless grin. “I’m not precisely carrying my credentials at the moment.” Another careful look over his shoulder. “Trust me until we’re out of here, and I promise I’ll show you all the proof you need.”
Zoe’s throat ached and her eyes were stinging. She would not cry in front of a stranger, but the relief was threatening to overwhelm her. “Why?” she said. “I mean, I’m nobody.”
“Médecins International doctor, working as an emergency surgeon in a refugee camp in Oaxaca—that doesn’t sound like nobody to me.” He started to say something else but froze, then threw himself over to where the guards had initially pushed him.
Talks With Fists came in with the filthy bucket that served as a toilet, then dropped it, cursing and yelling at Lee to close his eyes. Lee did, but the guard cuffed him across the cheek before pulling the hood over his head again.
Other Books from Lisa Nicholas:
THE FARTHER I FALL
Sometimes when you fall, you land just where you need to be…
Gwen Tennison got out of Afghanistan alive but scarred–and then got stuck on her sister’s couch. When she’s offered a job managing the U.S. tour for rock music’s hottest, most troubled star, it seems like just the thing to snap her out of her post-injury funk. Her instructions are simple: start the shows on time, and keep him clean.
But Lucas Wheeler may be more than she can handle. Though he’s drug-free, he still feels the need, and his gorgeous, capable new tour manager is a challenge he can’t ignore. Fame and infamy have forced Lucas to protect his heart, but soon he finds himself craving Gwen’s touch, and yearning to give her control. And Gwen might feel the same way.
But it’s not just the mutual heat between them that is keeping Gwen on her toes. Someone is following Lucas from city to city. With more than just her job on the line Gwen must decide how much she’s willing to risk to keep Lucas safe.
About Lisa Nicholas:
Lisa Nicholas is the author of The Farther I Fall. If she’s not writing, she’s feeding her story addiction any way she can: raiding Netflix, pillaging her local bookstore and library, and (most recently) tearing her way through the comics archive at Marvel.
I’m honored to have Lisa with me on the blog today. Welcome Lisa:
Do you outline your books or wing it? Describe your process.
I used to say I was a total pantser. I wrote everything by instinct and as ideas came to me for future scenes, I’d make a note of them. It worked pretty well—at least during the first draft. Anybody who’s a lifelong reader (and aren’t we all?) knows how story works on a subconscious level. The closest I came to outlining was to brainstorm a series of questions as I was doing my initial planning. Questions like, “What if Main Character did this? How would Other Main Character react?”
I still do that for shorter works, for the most part. The problem I ran into came after the first draft was finished. I have three completed first-draft novels sitting on my shelf that no one’s ever going to see because I don’t have the faintest idea how to go about fixing what’s wrong with them. I was getting comments back from critique partners (and an editor or two) that my pacing was off. They may as well have been telling me that my furblequach settings were wrong, because that’s about how much I understood the problem! When I had a very trusted mentor point out that there was an emotional connection missing in one of my books, I knew that writing on instinct wasn’t working for me anymore.
I started studying structure. I read books on three-act structure, story beats, anything I could get my hands on. As Lost as I Get is the first book where I actually started with a bare-bones outline: this is what happens in Act I, this is what happens in Act II, this is what happens in Act III. I fleshed it out as I went, breaking things down to chapter and scenes.
The difference in writing the first draft wasn’t enormous, but having a road map definitely made it easier. I often deviated from the map as the story grew organically, but it gave me a place to start. And when it came time to edit? What a difference! I could see where the story was flabby, and how to rearrange/rewrite/delete/replace scenes. It was much easier to keep the entire book “in my head” at once.
So that’s my process now. Once I have a pair of main characters and a general story idea, I start breaking it down into acts, and a few crucial events that must happen, and where they should fall. It’s made it much easier to stop worrying as much about “what happens next” when I’m writing, so I can pay more attention to “how do my characters feel about what’s happening?”
How do you decide on setting?
I try to figure out where the characters “belong”, so to speak. With As Lost as I Get, one of the visuals that came to me early in the planning process was that I wanted to have my hero and heroine (who turned out to be Lee and Zoe) lost in a rain forest/jungle and traveling on foot. (I owe that entirely to Romancing the Stone, which I saw in the theater at an impressionable age.) So I had to find somewhere with a rain forest, to start with. I knew by this time that Zoe was a doctor with a non-governmental organization, so I needed a place where such an organization might work. I also knew I wanted to avoid some of the “troubled locations” that get used a lot in books, so nothing in the Middle East (no rain forests there, anyway!) or the continent of Africa. That narrowed me down to basically South America, and I just narrowed it further from there, reading up on various countries and regions until I found a place that seemed to offer the most interesting set of potential conflicts for my characters.
In my current WIP, it’s simpler. One of my main characters is a lot like me in some ways (the hero, actually), so I started him out in my home state of Michigan, in an area I lived in for a time. If I could learn to set all of my books in places I’ve lived, I would save so much research time! 🙂
What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I write romantic suspense for the most part. I like to describe my books as action movies from a woman’s perspective, with a big romance at the heart of it and plenty of sex. My tagline is “romance with plenty of action”—and the pun is deliberate.
Honestly, I think I started writing romantic suspense for two reasons. The first is that I didn’t trust my ability to write an interpersonal, internal conflict between my main characters that could carry an entire book. I wanted to include external conflict that would work to keep them apart as well. External conflict, to me, sounded most interesting when it involved danger and guns and intrigue. Of course, it turned out to be irrelevant, as I quickly learned that without that internal conflict, a good romance doesn’t work anyway—so I had to learn how to write them!
Second reason: I love action movies. I’m a Marvel movie fangirl, but my love of all things epic and explode-y goes way back to seeing Star Wars at a drive-in when I was five years old.
Once I started writing this genre, everything clicked. It gives me a reason to write about all the story elements I love.
What is your favorite part of writing?
Much like reading, I love being able to mentally go places and do things I would never ever do in my real life. People are endlessly fascinating to me, and I like playing around with how they tick. Plus, the actual physical act of writing, of putting together words and creating something new in front of my very eyes, is a rush.
What is your least favorite part of writing?
The Valley of Despair. Sometimes called the Dreaded Middle. I think every writer hits it at some point while writing a story. For me, it comes about 10,000 – 20,000 words into a book. It’s the point at which the initial rush of excitement of a new story has worn off, I’ve finished all my introductory stuff, and I’m left to make sense of everything I’ve introduced. Potential plot holes loom large, characters seem stale and flat, and I basically wind up wondering what the hell I’m doing with my life.
When I was a baby writer, I thought that meant I had started writing a book that just wasn’t going to work, and that I should give up and move on to the next book. Then when it started happening over and over again, I thought it meant that I was the problem, that I was a terrible writer who couldn’t come up with a decent idea to save her life.
Eventually I realized, after hearing other writers talk about similar problems, that this was just part of my process. That every book I write is going to have this point, and it doesn’t mean a darn thing about my ability as a writer or the worth of my story. It just means I’ve reached the Valley of Despair. Fortunately, the solution to winding up in the Valley of Despair is simple (not easy, but simple): keep going. As long as I keep writing, I’ll eventually get past it and the book will start looking worthwhile to me again.
Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?
I try to wait until I’m finished before I do any extensive editing, especially fidgety rewording of things. I can get lost doing that for ages and never write new words. The exception is if I realize that I took a major wrong turn on a big scale, then I’ll go back and rewrite. As Lost as I Get had three very different Act Is until I finally figured out the right beginning and went on to finish the darn thing.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?
Nothing that strange yet, sadly, although I’m sure my Google search history has me on a watch list somewhere. 😉
E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?
I have both, and I’m sure I will always have both, but right now I’m much more likely to buy e-books. I am at a point in my life when I’m trying to reduce the amount of physical clutter around me, and there’s something super appealing about carrying around most of my library in my bag. Plus, there’s the instant gratification factor, which is hard to beat!
Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?
I am a social media junkie. Working from home, it’s my only social outlet when I’m busy. I love the sense of community and connection. My least favorite thing is that sometimes it’s really hard to disconnect when it’s time to focus on work. I end up using blocking software a lot of the time so I don’t lose a whole day.
What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?
Everything. I’ve been a voracious reader all of my life, no matter what genre. I love genre fiction in general: romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, but I’ve read my share of mainstream and literary novels too. I read more nonfiction now than I did when I was a kid. In fact, when I’m writing, I’m much more likely to be reading nonfiction than fiction, and if it is fiction, it’s probably not the same genre that I’m writing!
Thank you for the candid interview, Lisa. It’s a great way to get to know our favorite authors!
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