Friday, November 8, 2013

The Really “Big” Character in IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER by Virginia Kelly #GuestPost #Giveaway

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A dangerous man on the run…

Wounded and accused of treason, CIA operative JP Blackmon is on the run from his own agency and desperate to clear his name. When he finds out his old partner is dead, he’ll do anything to get to the truth…including using his partner’s widow.

Finds a vulnerable woman looking for answers…


Abby Price wanted nothing more than a family and a safe home. But her late husband kept big secrets from her—secrets that got him killed and has government agents watching her every move. And she’s started fearing for her life. The only man who can help her is a mysterious stranger who suddenly appears out of nowhere. But can she trust him?


Together they discover a passion worth dying for.

As danger stalks them at every turn, unexpected passion flares between JP and Abby. But the last thing either wants or needs is more complications. Romance? No. Way. That would involve trust—something neither is willing to do. But in the end, sharing their deadly secrets is their only hope for survival…their only hope to hold onto the love they’ve just begun to share…


Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Length: 250 pages 
Release Date: October 2013 
ISBN: 978-1-62266-195-4 



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The Book Excerpt


In the Arms of a Stranger Cover

“Is JP your real name?”

He smiled, and she realized she hadn’t seen one of his real smiles before. This one lit up his face, made his eyes laugh. There was devilment in the smile. “I don’t know you well enough to tell you that yet.”

Yet?

The look of him, the timbre of his voice, as if he really would know her well enough to—

Her breath caught. She couldn’t look away. That well?

She wanted to frown, to be outraged. But his eyes… Good heavens, his eyes. Everything about him, from his short dark hair, to his smile, to his broad shoulders, he was all captivating male.

Instead, she laughed. It was a totally unexpected reaction. She’d never reacted to anyone the way she did to JP. If that was his name…

And what came out of her mouth next was a total surprise. “When do you think you will?”



The Guest Post

The Really “Big” Character in IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER

Since I’m visiting Blogging Across the Back Fence today, I thought I’d talk about a character in my newest release, one that doesn’t like fences at all. Or maybe it’s that fences don’t like him.

In the Arms of a Stranger is a romantic suspense novel that begins when JP Blackmon runs into Abby Price. But before that scene happened, back when I was still trying to “find the story,” the biggest character in the book was…well, a bull. Named Petunia.

When I first moved to the States (from Peru), we lived in a rural part of Alabama. A neighbor had a Black Angus bull named Petunia. I have no idea why he chose that name, but Petunia came in from the pasture when the owner whistled.

My fictional Petunia had a major part in the original opener of In the Arms of a Stranger. JP ran into him in the pasture close to Abby’s home. But as time passed, and Petunia was needed elsewhere in the plot, it didn’t seem like a good idea to have him so heavily involved at the outset. So I began altering his role. First it was a minor thing. He was no longer in the first scene. Instead, he was moved to the second scene. That worked for a while, but really, how much can you do with a character that can’t talk? :-)

I liked the dark menace of a big bull—not that I particularly liked the menace of the real Petunia. Actually, he pretty much scared me. So if Petunia was going to be the dark menace, how best to use him?

As a real, but a manageable, danger, if the person doing the managing knows what they were doing. In stepped Abby Price. She’s the daughter of a large animal veterinarian. She grew up in a rural part of Alabama. She’s not afraid of Petunia, she simply respects the fact that he can cause some harm. Great harm. And she’s smart enough to use what she knows about the big guy, because despite his scars, Abby has him figured. She boards him when he runs through yet another fence to get at his lady loves, the Black Angus cows on his owner’s farm.

Once I understood how Petunia could add to the story, I downgraded his role. Instead of playing a lead in scene one, when JP and Abby meet for the first time, Petunia is nowhere around. Actually, he’s in a pen at the barn. Abby got him in there, but we don’t see that. Petunia’s dialogue was cut, too. Well, it wasn’t dialogue it was bellows. He bellows fewer times.

If Petunia had an agent, I would have heard from him.

Still, he does his menacing thing well, threatening a couple of… Well, I won’t give that away. Luckily, Petunia survives the dangerous story he’s thrust into. But he’s a dangerous sort of guy. He’ll get his “happy for now”—until another fence gets in his way.

Maybe I should give him his own story: dark, wounded hero…never allows anything to stand in his way, even if it’s a barbed wire fence…

What do you think? Would a plot heavy with a bull named Petunia work?
About Virginia Kelly
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Author Picture - Virginia KellyAn RWA Golden Heart® finalist, Virginia Kelly’s first book was published as To the Limit and finaled in several contests such as the Holt Medallion, The Golden Quill and The Aspen Gold.

Virginia has always loved adventure novels, but romance is at the core of her stories—romance with the adrenalin rush of danger. Against the Wind, a full-length novel, and Dancing in the Dark, the prequel novella to In the Arms of a Stranger, are about dangerous men and the adventurous women willing to take a chance on them.

Traveling is a passion that came early in life. Her first airplane ride was a trip over the Andes Mountains in Peru at the ripe old age of two months. Her travels provide the settings for her novels, whether it’s a fictitious Latin American country based on Peru, the country of her birth, or Florida and the American South where she now lives.

A graduate of the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in Library Science, Virginia is an academic librarian. She tries to include a librarian in all of her books as either the heroine or as a minor character. Having taught high school and college, she has a great appreciation for teachers and often uses that as the profession for her heroines.


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