Welcome to my stop on the tour for The Danger Game by Caitlyn Nicholas, hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions. I've got a guest post, my review and a giveaway for you today!
The Danger Game
Author: Caitlyn Nicholas
Format: E-book (130 pages)
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Publish Date: December 2012
Flick likes computers. She’s good with them, and they do what she tells them, mostly. People, however, are more of a challenge.
But when a terrifyingly dangerous program is stolen, and her mentor killed, Flick finds herself on the run. The police are convinced she’s committed murder, and a sinister weapons developer will stop at nothing to force her to work for him.
In Ben’s line of work being suspicious keeps you alive. So when Flick turns to him, he quickly realises that she’s up to her neck in trouble and hasn’t fully grasped the danger she is in.
First he has to keep her safe, and then, together, they have to figure out how to save the world from an epic meltdown.
'Writing the Spy'
It wasn’t too hard for me to create a hero who was a spy. Spies and me go way back! Brought up on James Bond films, and helplessly addicted to John Le Carre books at an early age, plus a steady influence of spy type stories (Mission Impossible movies, the TV series Spooks…) mean that the whys and wherefores of spies are well and truly embedded in my sub conscious.
In The Danger Game I needed a hero who could help Flick, the heroine, out of a very sticky situation, and keep her under the radar of the local police - they are very keen to arrest her for a murder that she did not commit. So a spy hero made sense for this story.
The characteristics I gave Ben are ones I’d imagine would make a good spy. He’s picked up his life from a horrible start and is doing a job he loves. He’s clever and resourceful, focused on the task at hand, but deep in his heart he’d quite like to be down at Bondi beach catching a few waves. Capable in all situations, he doesn’t take things too seriously unless the chips are down. He admires Flick from the moment he meets her, and is intrigued by her very special skills and abilities rather than being scared away. He’s just lovely.
I really enjoyed writing a spy hero for The Danger Game, I think spies make a great hero in a romantic suspense and I’m sure I’ll be revisiting the spy hero in a novel soon.
My next book, The Bunker, is out in July 2013. It’s a romantic suspense set in a repurposed nuclear bunker deep under the idyllic green hills of England. Geeky Dimity Pond is the only person who can save the world from an epic financial meltdown, but to do it she’s going to need help from the reclusive and terse Lord Richard Summerhayes.
Flick is pretty much a computer genius, and has been working on a program called Bellona with her colleague at the university. When her colleague is murdered, and Bellona is stolen, it's up to Flick to stop the program from being used by the wrong people. She's also being framed for her colleague's murder, so it's not like the police are going to be helping her! She turns to Ben, a campus security guard, who's really a government spy. Together they have to stop Bellona from being used in cyber warfare, whilst also dealing with their intense attraction to each other.
Flick was a feisty and brave character. She could be working anywhere in the world, for any company, but she stays at the university so she can be close to her ill mother. Despite being scared about what might happen, very understandable considering someone has been murdered, she's determined to do whatever it takes to stop Bellona from being used. She starts to fall for Ben, even though it's possibly the worst timing ever.
Ben is also a great character, he's protective of Flick as they get to know each other, but he understands that she needs to do this. He's very laidback, but definitely has a serious side.
The story is very fast-paced as it's fairly short, but there's plenty of suspense to keep you interested. The romance is believable and sweet, although I'd have liked there to be a bit more focus on it, but they had great chemistry. A fab, quick read!
*I received a review copy from the author for my honest opinion.
“Are you going to tell me what’s going on?” Ben asked.
Flick looked at his reflection in the mirror. “I don’t know.”
His face had a closed off look, and at her words a deep frown creased his forehead. He folded his arms across his chest.
“What exactly don’t you know?”
“I don’t know who you are. That’s for certain.”
His eyes narrowed and a muscle jumped in his jaw.
“I think I should talk to the police.” She pushed past him, out of the bathroom, aware that they were alone. “I’ll take them up to Andy’s office, they’ll need to know about it.”
“That sounds sensible.”
She glanced at him, but his face showed nothing but bland impassivity.
“It seems unreal to me. Like a bad dream.”
“Civilians always feel that way at first. Its normal.”
“People.” He shrugged.
About the Author
I began writing in 2005. Exhausted, pregnant (sure I was going to expire from morning-sickness) and coping with a demanding toddler, I decided the time was right to embark on a writing career. (In hindsight I may have been suffering from a scorching case of sleep-deprivation). Still, it kinda worked out. My debut novel - and the first manuscript I'd ever written - Running Scared, was published in January 2007. My next book, Secret Intentions followed. Then I had a short story published in the Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance (MBSOR) in 2010 - my story is called The Grey Man. In 2012 my novel Drive Me To Distraction was published, and my novella The Danger Game came out just before Christmas. My next book, The Bunker, will be published in July 2013.
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