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Happy Valentine’s Day, Cate Willoughby (From Jillian Stone)

Hi friends! And Happy VDay to you all. 😀 We’ve got author Jillian Stone visiting us today, and she’s a newbie to ALBTALBS so give her a warm welcome! And whee she’s pretty much got it all covered!

An Interview with the mysterious and talented heroine of A Private Duel with Agent Gunn.

One of the best things about being an author is I get to create characters like my newest heroine, Cate Willoughby. Cate was born Catriona de Dovia Willoughby of a Spanish mother and British father.  Drawn to dance from the time she could walk, Cate has become a featured dancer for the Paris Opera ballet––she is also suspected of being a jewel thief as well as a covert operative. When her ballet company arrives in London, a number of interested gentlemen are in the audience, including Agent Gunn.

When I was developing the character of Cate, I knew I wanted her to be an independent and ambitious young woman. By the end of chapter one, it quickly becomes apparent that Cate was also on a mission––an intriguing, irresistible combination for Agent Phineas Gunn, who has more than a passing interest in the lovely dancer. He and Cate had a brief love affair in Barcelona that has haunted him for well over a year.

Cate has graciously greed to let me interview her about how she and Agent Gunn met and what exactly happened to estrange them––and what might have to happen to get them back together again.

Jillian: “I’d love for you to tell the readers something about how you and Agent Gunn first met.”
Cate: “I was in Barcelona visiting my aunt and uncle. One afternoon, as I strolled along the Passeig de Gràcia, a handsome stranger rode up on a magnificent red horse. He stopped to ask directions, and introduced himself as Hugh Curzon. While we talked a child in a runaway pony cart careened down the wide boulevard, and Hugh––or should I say Agent Gunn––chased down the pony cart and rescued the young girl.”

Jillian: “So you first new Finn as Hugh.”
Cate: “Apparently he uses Hugh Curzon on the Continent. But I found that out later––when the dance company played the Alhambra Theatre in London.”

Jillian: “So was it love at first sight?”
Cate: I have to confess, I was attracted.” The prettiest blush colored her cheeks.
“He walked me home and asked me if I would have dinner with him. At first I told him no–– but I met him after dance class.”

Quite suddenly a tall, attractive man joins the interview––and he was every bit as handsome as I wrote him!

Cate: “Finn! Where––when––how did you get here?”
Jillian: “Hello Agent Gunn. My word you are impressive in person.”
Finn: “Hello, love.” He leans over to kiss Cate. “You’ll have to ask Jillian how I got here––she writes every scene I’m in as well as my dialogue.”

Jillian: “And what do I have in mind for you here, Finn?”

He produces a small red leather box with the word Cartier in gold leaf lettering.

Finn: “Happy Valentine’s day, darling.” He winked at me, as Cate opened the small box.

Cate: “Oh, Finn!”

To find out exactly what sort of gem makes Cate’s heart race, be sure to read A Private Duel with Agent Gunn. Here’s a short blurb:

Prima ballerina Catriona de Dovia lives the glamorous life of a starlet, filled with glittering jewels, sumptuous dinners, and admiring suitors. She’s grown up considerably since losing her heart to Hugh Curzon once upon a time, no longer wasting her emotions on the empty promises of charming gentlemen. On her own since the untimely death of her parents, she will do anything for the only family she has left: her brother, a notorious anarchist.

Scotland Yard Agent Phineas Gunn–sometimes known as Hugh Curzon–receives his new assignment reluctantly. He’s up for something a little more strenuous than playing nanny to a ballerina, until he sees who his charge is. Then, it’s a completely different story, because he’d been unable to forget the trusting, beautiful Cate since he had to leave her behind in Barcelona. And he suspects Cate is more than a ballet girl––in fact, she just might be a jewel thief, or even more arousing––a clever undercover operative.

Finn is determined to find out as the two race across the Continent–by land, by sea, even through the air by zephyr–it becomes uncertain who is keeping tabs on whom, and Finn and Cate must battle the sexual tension that snaps and sizzles between them every step of the way.

Click for Excerpt Link and you can buy a copy here.

QUESTION FOR COMMENTERS: What’s your favorite kind of Valentine to receive? A kiss? A card? A dozen red roses? A heart filled with chocolates? Please share!

Bio: Jillian’s first book in The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series, An Affair with Mr. Kennedy, won the 2010 Golden Heart for Romantic Suspense. Her latest novel, fourth in the series for Pocket Books is A Private Duel with Agent Gunn. She also writes the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series for Kensington Brava.

Jillian Stone Contact Info: Website  Facebook  Twitter

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Guest Post: The Ash Serial Killer

I don’t normally read romantic suspense novels. Or, I wouldn’t say it’s my “go to” genre. (Although some of my favorite authors do in fact write it.) I was extremely – insanely – lucky to be able to read the Ash trilogy by Shiloh Walker really early on. Like, 2010 early. And I’ve been pimping them out since. I try not to over sell things, so I might not have mentioned them as much recently. (Also you know, the rest of the world has picked up my slack in lauding these books. As they should.) 😉

You need to read these books. Your life very well may not be complete until you do. I can’t decide which is my favorite. I loved the first. And the second. It might be a tie between the two. Or the second wins. But then the third is where you find out everything…

There were a lot of emails with exclamation marks, and unintelligible gibberish, and me telling Shiloh Walker she’s mean and evil. If you’ve never read her before, this might give you an idea as to why….

An Interview with a Killer…

There will be no spoilers, guys. If you want to know who he is, you have to read the book… 😉
A number of people have expressed an interest in having me ask the killer from the Ash trilogy some questions.  It’s an…interesting idea.  I have him for a few minutes.  Just a few and I’m not talking to him for long.  Just the first few Qs had me a little weirded out.
Cheeky Reads offered this question:
Was there something in childhood that happened that made you this way?  Anything that motivates you to kill?

He says:
My childhood was perfectly normal.  My motivation is simple. I enjoy it.  Tell me, Cheeky…what color is your hair?

Sofia Harper  asks:
What was your first kill?  Your favorite? When was the first time you wanted to kill?

He replies:
Those are terribly intimate questions. I tell all about my first…if you have the desire to know.  You can read all about it.  But my favorite would have to be Joely.  I’m curious to learn if Nia would be like Joely. Joely fought. She fought very hard.

Danielle  wants to know:
Why are you so protective of Hope?

He tells me:
That isn’t terribly easy to answer.  I see this terribly weak creature, a mouse.  But this mouse has teeth.  I thought it might be fun to take her, and break her.  But the more I watched her, the more I realized she’d already been broken.  It was more fun for me to watch her grow.  It was a new thing for me. I do wish she hadn’t cut her hair, though.  I loved her hair…

I had some other questions, but I decided not to take them.  Call me weird, but it’s odd to get inside this guy’s head, even though I made him, meaning he pretty much lives inside my head.  I’ll close with this last little bit that he did want to say.

He’d like to add
People think there is always a reason people become like me.  There must have been abuse, neglect, something horrible or tragic.  Sometimes, maybe, that is the case.  I don’t know because I never had a fascination with learning about others.  I did what I did to please myself.  In short, I did it because it pleased, not because any thing or any person drove me to it.
Some might even think that it’s an innate hatred of women.  I don’t hate women.  I love them.  And I love to break them…I love to hear them scream…

Snippet… (Several asked about his first kill…)

For reasons he couldn’t understand then, he’d started choking her again.  And that time, he hadn’t stopped.  Not when her heels beat on the ground, not when she had torn at his hands with her nails, real fear beginning to flicker in her eyes.

His mind had remained cool, detached throughout all of it, even as his heart had raced at the thrill

His first kill.

Want to read more about the Ash Trilogy?  Check it out here.


Ms. Walker is actually traveling today, and will be out of town for the next few days, so she won’t be able to answer any questions immediately. However, that’s kind of perfect, because you can come and leave all your questions, and she’ll knock ’em out at once, if/when she’s able. (She’s also on deadline for another book… Stolen… another great book that should be out later this year!)