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Before the recovery project was even up and running, its first case exploded on the scene

Agent Holden Price didn’t have to go far to find his next case—it crashed right into his living room! Not only had the beautiful blonde lost control of her car, but if she was telling the truth, someone was also trying to kill her. As a recovery agent, he had an obligation to investigate. And he couldn’t deny that Mia Landers interested him more than she should.

Nothing made sense to Mia—especially not the attempt on her life. All she could do was trust Holden, the tall, dark and devastating agent who discovered that he and Mia had a common enemy…and a fierce attraction. But in order to act on it, they’d first have to come face-to-face with their darkest fears and a deadly revelation that might put their newfound love on the line.

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It’s a little scary to start a miniseries.  Who am I kidding?  It’s really scary to start a new miniseries.  There’s pressure for people to like the first book enough to keep reading through the rest of the releases.  I’ve written related books before, but this Harlequin Intrigue miniseries is an actual miniseries in that the books are connected by an overarching conspiracy in WitSec, the Witness Security Program.  Each book has a separate hero, heroin and villain.  You can read one in the middle and be able to follow along.  Still, they go together and that increases the nail biting for me.
Looking back now, I see consistency in the books in a few ways:

  • The heroes are pretty damaged guys. They lost their cover (they’re undercover agents) in a previous book, UNDER THE GUN (Intrigue, March 2010).  They live to protect and serve and are stuck in this holding pattern while other people decide their fate. And they have individual issues which come up in their individual stories.
  • The heroines are tough.  Maybe not on the surface, but these are not the shrinking violet types who wait around to be saved. They do a little saving of their own.  🙂
  • The villains are nasty fellas.  They have different reasons for doing what they do, but they are definitely the bad guys.
  • But no one is as good or as bad as they seem.
  • All of the books take place in and around Washington, DC, which is fun for me since I lived there for more than a decade.

What you won’t see:

  • Secret babies.
  • Anyone with amnesia
  • Cowboys.
  • Royalty of any kind.

I don’t have a problem with any of those hooks.  In fact, I am dying to write an amnesia book and have an idea for a different kind of secret baby book, and boy do I love cowboy books, but the ideas didn’t work in this series.  Maybe next time.  I’m trying to think if there is any hook that I definitely wouldn’t try.  I can’t think of one.  Anyone have a hook that either really works for you or really doesn’t?

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Many thanks to HelenKay for joining us today!

To learn more about HelenKay Dimon and her books, please visit her website at www.helenkaydimon.com. And for a chance to win GUNS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, leave a comment answering the above question. Good luck! 😀

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