COUNTERMEASURE–Book 1 in the Countermeasure Series–is The TBR Pile’s 2012 Book of the Year.
COUNTERMEASURE is a recipient of the indiePENdents’s Seal of Good Writing.
WARNING: Contains scenes of mature subject matter, graphic situations and language. Reader discretion is advised.
In the first novel of the COUNTERMEASURE SERIES, tenacious ex-CIA agent Cassandra James is in hot water. A cyber thief stole sensitive information from her father’s top client – information she was supposed to keep secure – and now she could lose her job, even if she is the boss’ daughter. The only person who can help her recover the stolen data is sexy NSA analyst Trevor Bauer – a computer mastermind who’s broken through her personal security and might break her heart as well.
Trevor is on the hunt for answers to the mystery surrounding his parents’ disappearance. Following a promising lead into the missing Bristol files, he accidentally gets on the radar of a woman too hot to handle…and a mercenary willing to do anything to keep both of them from recovering those files.
To track down the thief, Trevor and Cassandra must embark on a harrowing adventure that leads them across the ocean and into a world of intrigue, danger, and passion. But as they close in on their target, their relationship begins to boil, jeopardizing their mission as well as their very lives. Will they learn to trust their instincts – and each other – in order to survive?
The suspense driven COUNTERMEASURE SERIES combines full-length novels and Bytes of Life short stories about sexy, technologically inclined men and women. The series is filled with heart-stopping danger and enough twists and turns to make a hair-raising rollercoaster seem tame. In the series, Trevor Bauer, a tough as nails NSA geek, and his even more tenacious love interest, Cassandra James, are on a quest for clues in the mysterious disappearance of Trevor’s parents. Joined by fate, their search drops them into the mysterious and violent world of data espionage, one that tests their love as they sweep the world with romance, sex, and ingenuity to find answers that will have the power to change their lives forever.
COUNTERMEASURE (with bonus short story UNCHARTED)
COUNTERMEASURE is now available in audio format from Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE
TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE is now available in audio format from Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
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LOST TO RAPTURE
COUNTERMEASURE: Bytes of Life Volume I (Anthology with three Bytes of Life – Books 2, 3, and 4)
ECSTASY BY THE SEA
ECSTASY BY THE SEA is now available in audio format from Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
CUFFED AT MIDNIGHT
CUFFED AT MIDNIGHT is now available in audio format from Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
PASSION AT DAWN
PASSION AT DAWN is now available in audio format from Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
UNCHARTED is now available in audio format from Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
How to Make Your Characters Believable
Authors have very personal processes to make their characters pop from the pages and into people’s minds as if they were real people. Cecilia and I tend to draw from our own personal experiences to imbue our characters with life. We harvest emotions from events we’ve experienced in our own lives and inject them into our characters.
Sometimes the personal experiences are of happiness and laughter such as the happiness at succeeding at something banal, the drive to achieve a goal, but others are of disillusionment and hurt like the loss of a loved one. Nobody lives a full life without experiencing all of those. No character should either. We grant our characters the happiness, the energy, and the determination to succeed but also the failures and the heartbreaks. We make them experience highs and lows, live difficult lives and overcome adversity. We shove them down bumpy roads to achieve their dreams through struggle and pain but also give them moments of bliss to be remembered in the future.
As readers we want to be able to experience emotions when we read books. Be it hatred or love, anxiety or excitement, we want to be able to identify with the characters we read. As writers we want our characters do the same to those who read our stories. We give each character a unique personality, not only positive but also negative human traits because nobody is one hundred percent good or bad. We make them fallible and weak like any human but also strong and brave in the face of adversity.
We know that by doing so, we’ll be making our stories as unique as each person’s life story is; making them resonate with each reader in a special way once that connection is established. By the end of the day, our hope is that our dedication and drive to explore the entire emotional spectrum will pay off and so far we’ve only had the best feedback to prove we are on the right track.
We hope you too can enjoy our stories and join us in discussing the emotional depth of our characters.
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