Apologies, I’m running a little late today – but don’t worry it’s worth the wait because I have the lovely Carolyn LaRoche dropping in for a chat, and to tell us all about her new release, Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos. (Trust me, as someone who can barely walk in any heels, I’m impressed already!)
Thank you to Shelli for having me as a guest on her blog today. I am very excited to share my new release, Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos with all of you today.
It’s wonderful to have you here 🙂 So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.
I’m a little bit like Clark Kent/Superman with dual lives- during the day I work as a high school science teacher, a mom to two sons with active baseball schedules and wife to a hard working police officer. At night, on the weekends and every other free waking moment I write.
Hehe, I’m definitely getting a superman/woman vibe if you’re managing to juggle all that! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?
I have always been a writer in that I write all the time. Always have. Now, if you asked me when I thought maybe I stood a chance of getting my work out there for people to read, that would have been maybe five years ago. A friend read one of my stories and her first words were something like you better do something with this.
That’s probably the first time I actually considered writing as a career.
Sounds a like a great friend 🙂 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?
The only real routine I have is procrastinating as much as possible before writing anything! I also like to have music playing while I work. It helps me concentrate because it blocks out everything around me.
I feel you on the procrastination, Facebook and the internet in general tend to be my downfall *sighs* Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.
I write both contemporary romance and mystery/intrigue with a hint of romantic conflict. I love reading about happy endings as much as I love a story that keeps me guessing so it sort of works well that I like to write them also.
Yup, I’m a sucker for a HEA! Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?
I read everything and anything I can from mainstream, commercial fiction to an advance review copy passed to me by an indie author. The inspiration to me is that these people write entire stories that keep me up until the wee hours of the morning because I don’t want to put the book down. That makes me want to write stories that keep people awake at night.
It is one of the nicest compliments you can get as a writer, I think 🙂 What five things could you never do without?
Not counting people, the five things in my life I couldn’t live without are the internet, my laptop, my books, my kindle and my very first smart phone that I am finally learning how to use.
Hehe, yup, I gave in and finally got a smart phone at the end of the last year, and still have no idea what most of the things on it do! So,tell us a bit about your new release.
Cyndi Mills is married to a very overly protective, safety motivated, danger prepared police officer. They are totally hot for each other, have a beautiful daughter and a really good life, despite Jason’s quirks. Cyndi still finds herself looking for a little fun-call it a midlife crisis, maybe? She finds herself wrapped up in a very unexpected job that requires her to keep secrets from her husband. Those same secrets land her in a heap of trouble.
Ooh, sounds interesting! Where did your inspiration for it come from?
Last year I co-wrote a non-fiction book with a friend of mine. We are both married to police officers and wanted to put together a book that would help the wives of officers new to the job adjust to the unusual lifestyle. We turned to a group we belonged to on Facebook for their stories and input and the idea came up for a fiction book that highlighted some of the unique and fun things about being married to a cop. (Believe me, there are many!) That’s how Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos came to be.
Aww, that’s lovely that there was so much real-life inspiration behind it. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?
Most people are afraid of or dislike cops. After all, if one pulls you over or shows up at your door, it’s not usually to say hi. What I enjoyed was being able to show some of the fun that goes along with it. Most people don’t realize it but cops tend to be very funny people. They have to have a good sense of humor to survive. I loved being able to show some of the fun we have through Cyndi and Jason’s relationships. In fact, every book in the series has a hints and bits of our real life that to be honest, you just can’t make that stuff up.
What was the hardest part about writing it?
Of all the books I have written, this one was the easiest. I don’t think I really struggled with any of it. Jason’s character was easy since I live with his muse. Cyndi is nothing like me but she is a perfect complement to Jason. Their banter and interactions just rolled right onto the page.
It’s nice when it just flows like that, isn’t it? Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)
I have to admit, I love Johnny the bartender. You have to read him to appreciate him but when you do, you will love him too. Even as I answer this question, he is making me smile.
To meet Johnny
Hehe, well I think I’m convinced 😉 Let’s have a look at the book details:
Every woman has secrets, and Cyndi Mills is no exception…
Cyndi has a beautiful daughter, and her husband Jason is totally hot for her, but something is missing. As a cop, Jason is extremely vigilant about safety and security, and Cyndi longs for some time to herself, so she takes a Friday night job.
Jason thinks she’s cleaning offices, when she’s actually dancing in a red bustier and six-inch stilettos at a club called Sugar Shakers, something only her three best friends, also police wives, know.
When club employees start disappearing, the truth comes out…
A young runaway, Jade, and a military widow, Lola, vanish, and Lola’s body is later found in the ocean. Cyndi begins investigating—with some help from her friends—but when anonymous threats put her daughter in jeopardy, she has no choice but to confess her lie to Jason, rocking their previously solid marriage.
Jason is furious, but Cyndi has to ask for even more if she hopes to solve the mystery…
Cyndi convinces Jason to sign her up as a confidential informant, and she officially goes undercover at the club, while Jason struggles to control his jealousy. As the evidence mounts and the danger becomes all too real, Jason fights to keep Cyndi safe.
But no amount of security can protect someone when lies are more common than the truth and no one is who they appear to be.
You can buy Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos here:
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Have a great Sunday x