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UK Author Tricia Jones Talks Bull

Thank you, Suzanne, for having me as a guest on your blog.

The idea for my latest contemporary romance simmered around in my head for a couple of years before I actually decided to write Dee and Alex’s story. Fascinated by a snippet in the UK press about a housing development that would centre around an ancient stone and the controversy it generated, I let the idea for my own take on such a concept stew until I had exactly the right characters to make it work.

While Dee is a modern woman, with her own business and her feet planted firmly on the ground, she is driven by love for the grandmother who raised her and a respect for the traditions of the village she grew up in. So when Alex McKinley arrives and threatens to destroy an old fairy gate which is central to the village’s rituals and beliefs, Dee steps in to fight him all the way.

His rigid and uncompromising attitude soon earns Alex the nickname “Bull” but only he knows the demons he must fight to adequately provide for his young daughter. As a single parent, he plans to give his child the best money can buy and that means throwing his weight behind the prestigious, and lucrative, new development in what he considers an antiquated English village.

While I love Dee’s fiery passion, and her equally “bullish” attitude toward protecting the intangible things she holds dear to her heart, I also feel for Alex, who thinks the only way to protect his child is through more practical means. These two people and their differing desires certainly make an explosive mix and, of course, neither considers the influencing power of the old fairy gate.

Here’s the blurb and an excerpt from Bull at the Gate. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Alexander “Bull” McKinley’s reputation as a hard-nosed businessman is tested when an old Fairy Gate and local superstition stand in the way of a lucrative development contract. Alex has his hands full trying to convince the villagers to play ball, without the unexpected—and definitely unwanted—attraction to the feisty redhead leading the revolt.

Dee Ashman detests those who put profit before people, and she’s damned if an arrogant, insensitive and, okay, wildly attractive capitalist is going to destroy the symbolic heart of the village and break her beloved grandmother’s heart.

But they cannot deny the desire that burns between them nor the unleashed passion neither can resist.

Extract from Bull at the Gate:

He walked a few steps forward and peered up at the ironwork arch. “The only thing I got when I touched the bloody thing, was an electric shock.”

Dee moved to join him. “That’s because it knows you mean it harm.”

“It? The thing’s got a life of its own?”

“‘Course. It’s got a few hundred years worth of energy gathered in its structure. Think of all the people who’ve touched it hoping for their wishes to come true.”

He turned and looked down at her. “What about you? Have you ever made a wish here?”

“A couple actually.”

“And?”

“And, what?”

“Did they come true?”

No, they hadn’t. Neither one. Her mother had never come back for her, and she’d never discovered the identity of her father.

Alex stood, awaiting her answer.

“I think I made the mistake of telling someone what my wishes were. Apparently, if you tell, they don’t come true.”

“Convenient. Maybe you should try again. How about tapping it twice and wishing I’ll disappear.”

“It’s tempting.” So were his eyes with the moonlight shining in them, and the curve of his lips as they slid into a smile. “But if I gave it another shot, you’d know what I was wishing for, which means it wouldn’t happen.”

His expression turned serious. “I’m not here to cause trouble, Dee. I just want to build a few houses.”

“Hardly a few. Plus there’s the commercial buildings, bet they’re going to turn a nice tidy profit.”

“Can’t deny it. Making profit is why I’m in business.” Reaching out, he touched her arm and slid his fingers from elbow to wrist. “Doesn’t mean we can’t reach some amicable conclusion in all this. No reason we can’t all win.”

“How will that happen exactly?” Hmm. Maybe he could stop running his hand down her arm like that. “You won’t re-route the pipes and the villagers won’t agree to having the Gate removed.”

“Re-sited.”

“Whatever. Err, do you think you could stop doing that? We’re having this important conversation. It’s distracting.”

He moved in, taking both her arms and easing her closer. “See there? Something we agree on. I’ve been distracted ever since you yelled at me in the village hall.”

http://www.tricia-jones.com

Bull at the Gate available from The Wild Rose Press: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=175_133&products_id=4648

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bull-at-the-Gate-ebook/dp/B005VS6JMO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1321191987&sr=1-1

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Thanks, Tricia, for being my guest.  I love the idea of a Fairy Gate!

– S.G. Rogers

The Creation of a Character – Author Lindsay Downs

I’m so pleased to welcome author Lindsay Downs to the pages of Child of Yden.  She’s a writer with a very unique voice and a very big heart.  100% of the proceeds of her novel, Emily Dahill CID, Part One (dedicated to the brave women and men in the US Armed Forces) is donated to victims of the Japanese tsunami.  Thank you, Lindsay, for being my guest. – S.G. Rogers

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The Creation of a Character

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How Did Emily Dahill, CID Come to Be

How do you come up with your main characters? A question authors are asked all the time.

When I came up with the idea/concept of doing a series of books, featuring a special agent with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, more commonly referred to as CID, I knew what I didn’t want.

A special agent who was: arrogant, egotistical, self-centered, had a fault, but wouldn’t let others know it, coffee swilling (fine Emily does drink coffee, but she’s not walking around all the time with a cup). I also didn’t want someone, when wrong, who wouldn’t apologize. Or make someone else they a job they could.

I also didn’t want someone who let the others, working in the team, harass, debase, demean, or pick on fellow members.

I also didn’t want a leader who thought they were so special they could just take over the investigation at the most critical moment thereby winning the day.

Or the sexiest person alive.

That left the question-What did I want from my main character?

Actually, I decided not on one, but two main characters.

Since I write strong female characters, actually that’s the only kind I do, that was a no-brainer. A woman. So I came up with Emily Dahill. The last name, Dahill, was a very minor character in Target Identified, currently off the market and in major rewrites. And Emily, I just picked out of thin air.

The other main character was also easy to decide on. Since I’d enjoyed writing Kebi, a collie, into Target Identified, I knew a collie was the logical choice. Read Final Mission in Emily Dahill, CID Part 1 to find out what I mean and also how they met.

I wanted Emily to be determined, driven, but more so, self-assured. Confident, so to speak, in her own skin. If someone got in her way, she’d tell them to move, walk right over, or through them. A leader who also listened to those around her, even if that individual is a collie.

She has to look out for the people who work with, not for, her. If they make a mistake, she corrects, through teaching, them without raising her voice. That was something she’d learned from her father. And when she’s wrong promptly admits it to the person, not storm out leaving the wronged party in limbo.

All work and no play make Emily a dull girl. To that end I have stories, and even scenes where she kicks back, and relaxes. For a laugh read Right Place, Wrong Day, and Dog on Fishing.

In short, between work and play, I am trying to create a real person. One that you, my readers, will and can relate to. Not someone so full of themselves, and their self-persevered importance that they aren’t real.

As far as any romantic interests in her life, personal, not professional, I haven’t decided how I will address that particular question. To begin with, anyone she might get involved with will have to have Dakota’s lick of approval.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, she does have one individual out to destroy her. This person, only known as ‘the brown-haired man’, will periodically pop up in stories, but at the last moment, will escape, frustrating her to no end.

All the stories I’ve mentioned here, except for Target Identified, a romantic thriller, are in my current release, Emily Dahill, CID Part 1, where you will get a little insight into what makes her tick.

LINKS FOR EMILY DAHILL, CID PART 1

To request an autograph on your kindle (Linday’s author page)

http://kindlegraph.com/authors/ldowns2966

Buy links for Emily Dahill, CID Part 1-

Astraea Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookstrand

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