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Release date: November 10, 2015
Turn on the spotlight…we’ve got Kate Lowell in the hot seat.
What is the most satisfying thing about being a writer?
I really enjoy solving puzzles, and the biggest puzzle of all (aside from what on earth my boys see in football) is getting all the pieces of a story to come together coherently, with appropriate tension, and in an engaging manner. It seems so terribly easy, but it’s like one of those 5000 piece jigsaw puzzles, based on a winter scene, with one red bird in the corner. So, when you finally get all the bits in place, it’s a really satisfying feeling, and only gets better with time as you get more comfortable with the writing and take the opportunities to challenge yourself.
It will never be boring. J
Do your characters ever take over your writing and make the story go somewhere you hadn’t originally planned?
All the time. Usually it’s because they know better than I do. Leo did that a couple of times in Flesh Market, getting all feisty when I wasn’t expecting it. There was a kiss in there, too, that came out of the blue. Darn kids—you try to raise them right, and what do they do? Run off to get involved in human trafficking rings and get themselves into romantic troubles in the middle of it.
How did you celebrate the release of your book?
With a nice bottle of Scotch, and an evening of Assassin’s Creed. Although, after the scotch, Arno had some serious issues with running into walls and such. And falling off things. And getting caught. He’s kind of a sucky assassin, isn’t he? Arno, I expected better of you.
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
The idea for this book actually came from a call that Loose Id put out. They wanted stories based around secrets, deceptions, and double lives. The obvious connection was an undercover operation, and Leo was born. And then my sadistic muse decided that one double life wasn’t enough, so it threw in a few more in the form of Julian. Then it decided that there weren’t near enough lies, so ASAC Harrow got tweaked. And then the bad guys started adding lies and double lives.
Monkey see, monkey do. Everyone wanted in on the action.
Wait until you meet Mauer. *grins*
Have you ever written naked?
Noooooo! I’m Canadian, eh? All my best bits would freeze off.
Special Agent Leo Gale is up a creek. A year and a half of deep cover is about to go up in flames. He needs help – something, someone to salvage the operation and save the lives of untold numbers of trafficked teenagers.
But he wasn’t expecting the partner they sent, or his own gut-punch of a response to the man.
Julian worked hard for that FBI Honors Internship. It was supposed to be a foot in the door. He’d never expected it to catapult him into the middle of a major undercover operation. Yet here he is, sleeping on a filthy mattress and using every trick in the book to avoid torture—and worse. He’s never felt so scared, or so alive, in his entire life, and he’s not sure if it’s the danger, or Leo, that’s making his heart race.
There’s no time to think about it, though. The operation is heating up, and Leo and Julian are running out of time and options. As choices become more difficult, they must find a way to take the traffickers down, or risk becoming just another set of organs for sale.
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Romance, Thriller
Publisher: Loose ID
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Inside the bathroom, DeGraff peered behind the door and moved an OUT OF SERVICE FOR CLEANING sign from the back to the front.
Julian was at the sink at the far end of the room, staring into the mirror with water dripping off his face. DeGraff stepped into one of the stalls, and Leo went to wash his hands at one of the other sinks. Julian glanced up at him, then tore off some paper towel and wiped his face dry. He tossed the towel in the overflowing garbage can and slunk past Leo with all the angsty self-consciousness of a hormonal teenager.
Leo wished he had time to appreciate the performance, but he had a job to do. As Julian passed him, Leo spun and grabbed him from behind, pinning Julian’s arms to his side and covering his mouth. Julian made a startled noise, muffled by Leo’s hand, and began to thrash. He kicked Leo painfully in the shin, but by then DeGraff was out of the stall and had jabbed his syringe into Julian’s shoulder. Leo fought the young man down to the floor while DeGraff stood watch by the bathroom door. Five tense minutes later, Julian was completely spaced out, limp as a rag in Leo’s arms.
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Let’s talk about Kate Lowell:
Kate lives on the east coast of Canada, in an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. She has one horse now, who still has medical issues, and three cats, all of which still have mental issues. She still refuses to get a dog, because who knows what would be wrong with it?
Kate loves to read and write. She also likes playing with computers and is going back to school to do a programming degree, just for giggles. Or the opportunity to take over the world. (Oh, who are we kidding? Think of all the work that would mean.) She also likes pictures of pretty men and keeps many of them on her computer. (The pictures, not the men.) She would dearly love a cabana boy to mow her lawn and maybe rub her shoulders after a long day of making men fall in love with each other, then cackling evilly and raining frustration and danger on them.
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