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SMidnightGameshe wears a thousand deadly identities.
He sees through them all.

A master of disguise, Isabel Roma spends her life pretending to be other women.  Normally, her emotions are reined in tight—but sexy mercenary Trevor Callaghan has a knack for getting under her skin. The elite operative’s quiet strength and raw magnetism affect her in ways she’s never felt before, a distraction that can quickly turn deadly in their dangerous line of work.
 
After putting his tragic past behind him, Trevor is ready to focus on his future—and he damn well intends for Isabel to be in it. When their entire operation is thrown into chaos, Trevor enlists Isabel’s talent for deception. And as they attempt to save their team in a world where the stakes are high and the danger is grave, Trevor must convince Isabel that the woman beneath all the disguises is the one worth having…

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Top 3 Challenges when writing Midnight Games

 

1) Research, research, research!

 

When I’m reading a book, I don’t spend much time thinking about all the research the author had to do to make the story come alive. I just soak it all in and get lost in whatever world the author has created for me. But once the book is done, the writer in me realizes just how much work went into creating that believable world for reader me.

 

As a writer, I spend hours and hours researching. Plot points, settings, character backgrounds. Google is my best friend. Travel is my second best friend. And of course, I could never live without the friends and fellow writers who let me IM or call them at all hours with questions about anything and everything. Midnight Games required a ton of research. A lot of it probably landed me on Internet watch lists. And who can forget the look on my pharmacist’s face when I asked, “If I wanted to knock somebody out using a drug that won’t show up on tox reports, what would I use?”

 

 

2) Giving my characters sexy times in the middle of a dangerous mission

 

A lot of readers I know can’t seem to suspend their disbelief when it comes to characters having sex when there is danger all around them. I get it. It’s not crazy realistic—I mean, who has time to get naked when there’s stuff blowing up all around you and people trying to kill you?

 

In Midnight Games, creating those little opportunities for Trevor and Isabel to connect both emotionally and sexually was tough. But definitely necessary. Romantic suspense needs the romance part, even when the suspense is at an all-time high. One of the biggest challenges I faced was finding that balance, and allowing for my hero and heroine to get some action in the middle of so much action 😉

 

 

3) Killing off a character

 

I knew from the moment I started writing this story that a sacrifice would be required. I would need to kill someone off, which would result in hurting one of my characters deeply. I also know that someone else has to die in future books. Killing characters I care about is seriously painful for me. It’s like losing a good friend. Heck, one time I injured a dog in a book and cried about it for hours afterward. So when you’re reading Midnight Games and you reach the part I’m hinting about, trust me when I say that writing that scene was not fun. At all.

 

With that said, I hope you all enjoy the book! The Killer Instincts series holds a soft spot in my heart. The characters are fun, exciting and feel like my friends, and the situations I throw them into are always a blast to write about.

 

I’m giving away a copy of the first two books in the series to one commenter. Midnight Rescue and Midnight Alias feature Trevor and Isabel, the hero and heroine of Midnight Games, so if you haven’t read their journey yet, comment on this post for a chance to see how they got to where they are now!

 

Elle

www.ellekennedy.com

 

Midnight Games buy link:

http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Games-Killer-Instincts-Novel/dp/0451240022/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371440102&sr=8-1&keywords=midnight+games

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Ash, Jace, and Gabe: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Ash, it’s the woman who changes everything he’s ever known about dominance and desire…

When it comes to sex, Ash McIntyre has always explored his wilder side—extreme and uncompromising. He demands control. And he prefers women who want it like that. Even the women he’s shared with his best friend, Jace.

But Jace is involved with a woman he has no intention of sharing. And now even Gabe has settled into a relationship with a woman who gives him everything he needs, leaving Ash feeling restless and unfulfilled.

Then Ash meets Josie, who seems immune to his charms and his wealth. Intrigued, he begins a relentless pursuit, determined she won’t be the one who got away. He never imagined the one woman to tell him no would be the only woman who’d ever drive him to the edge of desire.

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GIVEAWAY

We have ten print copies and 10 digital copies (gifted from Amazon or B&N)  of Burn by Maya Banks to give away! For a chance to win one, just leave a comment telling us which format you prefer. The winners will be drawn on Thursday afternoon. Please make sure your email address is correct when you comment. If we can’t get in touch with you, you will forfeit your prize.

(As these will be gifted from Amazon and B&N, whatever geo restrictions they have will apply)

 

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