Series: The Bang Shift #2
Author: Mandy Harbin
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publish Date: March 24, 2015
Retail Price: $3.99 USD
After finally getting out of her disastrous relationship, Maya Carmichael has sworn off all bad boys. Sure they’re hot. The attitude? No thanks. But when her car is vandalized while on a night out with her roommate, she realizes her ex is truly sadistic. Her friend insists they lay low for a few days while the cops do their thing. Unfortunately her temporary haven will throw her in the path of another bad boy. Oh, she’s heard stories about her roommate’s brother, Hunter, and he’s just the type she wants to avoid. Until she sees him … and all good intentions fly out of her busted windshield.
Hunter Anderson might be the easygoing jokester within the Bang Shift crew—the small Arkansas town’s mechanics and the government’s secret mercenaries—but underneath his lighthearted exterior lurks demons of a past he’d love nothing more than to forget. Working on cars and taking the occasional contracted mission help, but he fears nothing will stop his past from coming back to haunt him. No one has tried penetrating the façade to get to the real person below. No one, until Maya.
The attraction is undeniable, but there’s more to Hunter than he can ever let on, and for Maya, this hot distraction makes it easy to forget the real danger she’s in. It has nothing to do with losing her heart to him.
When really it has everything to do with just that.
I am a visual person. Even when I start a new story, one of the first steps I do is pull out a sheet of paper, draw a line, and draft out a three-act structure of the key events. I need to see it in its simplest form before I flesh it out.
I also know what my main characters look like in my head, but to make them more real, I begin the online search to “cast” images for these characters. Sometimes movie stars, rock stars, etc. will work beautifully. For example, Brody, the hero in the first book, is a Chris Hemsworth as Thor (only without the costume and with car grease on his face). In fact, I think Chris is so pretty that I have a photo of him in my office (which my BF was kind enough to put text on and print it out).
About the Author
Mandy Harbin is an award-winning, bestselling author of several books across multiple romance genres ranging from contemporary to paranormal erotic romance. She is also the number one bestselling author in teen romance under the pen name M.W. Muse with her popular Goddess Series. She is a Superstar Award recipient, Reader's Crown and RWA Passionate Plume finalist, and has received Night Owl Reviews Top Pick distinction many times. She studied writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, earned several degrees, and even pursued an MBA until she realized becoming an author did not have to remain an unfulfilled dream. Mandy is a PAN member of the RWA and lives in a small Arkansas town with her non-traditional family, and although she is a direct descendant of British royalty, they refuse to call her princess. When she's not penning her latest book, you can find her hanging out online where she loves to connect with fellow readers or stalking Mickey Mouse at Disney World.
Connect with the Mandy
Writers are readers first. At least they should be. I know I am! Sometimes I reward myself for beating my word goal by reading. What might be shocking to some is that writers, too, have pet peeves when it comes to books. Here are some of mine:
1. Insta-love. You know what I’m talking about here… and this does not include short stories or even paranormal mattings. But in contemporary novel-length works, I don’t want to see the hero and heroine instantly fall in love. Attraction? Sure. But soul mate stuff? Totally not buying it.
2. The conversation conflict. This is the story where the only conflict in the book could be resolved with a simple conversation. And if it is, then there needs to be a valid reason why person A isn’t telling person B. But even then, give me more than just that.
3. TSTL heroine (that’s “Too Stupid To Live”). If she’s hiding from a serial killer who is stalking her, why is her trusted neighbor walking through her unlocked front door? No. Just no.
4. Perfect characters. This doesn’t work for me either. People have flaws. No one is perfect. Can a hero be hot, sexy, and rich? Sure, but maybe he was abused as a child and doesn’t trust women or maybe he lost one of his balls in a biking accident. It’s those things that give even the “ideal” characters depth.
5. Unbelievable circumstances. An accountant in space. Why? Could there be a valid reason? You bet, but give it to me. Don’t just put an Earthling accountant on a ship with bald, blue aliens without giving me a reason. I’ll believe the bald, blue aliens because they are “supposed” to be there.
I think I’ll stop there and go read another book. ;-)
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