by Emmy Curtis
Book #5 – Alpha Ops Series
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life. But when her wedding erupts in gunfire, Sadie Walker realizes this is not the life she wants – her fiancé’s work with Delta Force will always cast a shadow over their relationship. After leaving the hard-muscled hero at the altar, she thinks she’ll never see him again . . . until a chance encounter reveals that he still has a strong grip on her heart.
On a covert assignment overseas, Simon Tennant is shocked when he spots Sadie with another man. Jealousy flares, as does an irresistible urge to keep her protected. Amid a dangerous game of international espionage, he’ll have to convince Sadie just how perfect they’ve always been together. This time, nothing will take precedence over winning her back, no matter the cost to his cover – or his life . . .
“Look, sweetheart, every CIA field officer rookie thinks they have a lead on some terrorist. Every single one. You’re all fresh off the Farm, eager to make a difference, but ninety-nine percent of the time, you’re just plain reaching.” Director Lassiter bit down on the end of an unlit cigar, then made a face and pulled some tobacco from his mouth and grunted. “If these are Cubans, I’m fucking Fidel Castro.”
Sadie Walker took a breath and wished she wasn’t still wearing her Hello Kitty T-shirt. Nothing like a tiny pink T to infer gravitas and trustworthiness. “Sir, I’m not reaching. I’ve been talking to a man who is part of the security team at the hotel where the president will be staying, and—”
“Ms. Walker. You’re here as a favor to your father. Don’t make me regret that. By the way, is he coming over to visit? I have a few things I want to show him.” For the first time that day he looked positively alert and eager.
Damn him. Damn her father, and damn the CIA.
I love books with strong alpha heroes who know how to get the job done, yet also have a gooey center for those that they care about.
Simon Tennant is that kind of man. Special Forces operative, he’s been in love with Sadie form the moment he met her. When she gets an up close and personal description of his job and can’t handle it, ending their relationship on the day of their wedding, he’s devastated.
A year later he comes across a very different Sadie. One who’s confident and independent. When he sees her with another man, jealousy flares, and he has the man investigated. What he finds leads him to following Sadie, determined to protect her-whether she needs him or not.
Sadie has learned a lot in the year since her break-up with the man of her dreams. She’s realized that the rose-colored glasses she used to view the world through were those of a woman sheltered from reality. She’s made steps to correct the past and for the most part, is happy with her life.
Until Simon returns.
This is a good story, filled with real emotion and fast-paced action.
I give Compromised 4 lovely kisses
Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She’s lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in Germany. When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab. All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference…well, she already considers you kin.
Emmy took a moment out of her busy day to answer a few of my nosy questions on her writing process. Thanks Emmy!
How do you approach starting a new book?
Firstly, thank you for having me back! Okay, when approaching a new book mostly I procrastinate! When I have an idea in my head, I tend to nurture it there. And I think that’s a problem for me because sometimes I kind of psych myself out and start believing that there is no way my writing could do justice to the idea in my head. *Sighs* But once that period of paralysing uncertainty passes, I write notes, then I write the query to be sure that the idea has the proper stakes and tension (there’s nothing worse than writing a whole book and then writing the query only to find out that your story has no stakes or tension!), then I write a rough bullet pointed synopsis (because full-on synopses are of the devil), and then, finally, I write the first chapter. That’s usually where I find the voices of my characters, and that sometimes makes me go back to tweak the query and synopsis. Then I write the rest of it and hope it all falls together!
What is your writing process?
I have a day-planner – in common with a lot of writers now – and I have stickers that I give myself when I get so many words a day down (either 2k or 1k). Then once I have a week of stickered pages, I kind of get into the mindset that I don’t want to break the writing spell! Also, lots of coffee, and chocolate. And then wine in the evening! But mostly it’s head-down, in a cafe somewhere I’m not distracted by the internet, and I just try to get as many ‘right’ words down on the page. I take my time, because I don’t like to revise too many times!
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
I read a LOT of books and blogs on craft! I love Blake Snyder’s SAVE THE CAT, and I love Pub(lishing) Crawl. The former is a book that helps you with plotting, and the latter is a website devoted to the craft of writing, and publishing. They also put out awesome podcasts (that I listen to while I’m walking the dog!) that concentrate on the business of publishing. Recent topics have been royalty structures, deciphering contracts, publicity, revisions…really they cover it all! I thoroughly recommend subscribing to their podcast on iTunes. And while we’re on the subject of iTunes…I also subscribe to the NY Times Book Review podcast, which comes out weekly, and has a great section on industry news.
Can you confide something you wish you were better at?
I wish I had more confidence and more speed. I see people publish seven, eight, nine books a year – some even publish 12 a year and it just makes me feel totally inadequate! I wish I had more speed, and just feel like I have a better grasp of what I was doing! Basically I wish I was Nora Roberts (don’t we all!).
Navy SEAL or cowboy?
It depends on how I’m feeling. Right now, I think a cowboy. I’d love to be on horseback and being shown around a beautiful Big Sky ranch by a sexy man!
Coming soon… the conclusion to the Alpha Ops series – May 3, 2016
He is a trained professional—but nothing can prepare him for the hottest mission of his life. Assigned to protect his boss’s daughter, British former SAS operative Malone Garrett breaks the first rule of covert surveillance—don’t make contact. And especially don’t take your mark out to dinner, then agree to a rooftop quickie. But now that Mal has Abby in his arms, he has no intention of ever letting her go.
Abby Baston told herself it was a hit and quit, a one-nighter with a hot, handsome stranger whose hands were trained to take action. Working undercover for the CIA, she can’t risk anything more. But when an international crisis ignites, Abby must make a call: trust Mal with her secret—and her heart—and partner up, or lose everything in a split second . . .
The Alpha Ops Series:
(while books in this series are loosely connected, all function as standalones)
Dangerous Territory- Book 1- novella
Over the Line- Book 2
Pushing the Limit- Book 3
Blowback- Book 4
Compromised- Book 5
Risk of Exposure- Book 6 -Available 05/03/16