Author Sharon C. Cooper visits the Via Linden Lounge as we discuss her latest book Rendezvous with Danger, book 2 in the Reunited Series.
Blurb for Rendezvous with Danger –
Alandra Pargas, ex-CIA counter-intelligence officer, plans to wreak vengeance on the people who tried to kill her. A little rendezvous with danger is not what scares her, though. It’s seeing the tall, dark, and dangerously sexy man she vowed to love forever that has her running for cover.
Former U.S. Special Operative, Quinn Hamilton, left the world of covert operations after the love of his life died in his arms during a black op. Three years later, he still loses sleep wondering if maybe he could have done something more to save her – until Alandra shows up on his doorstep. With her lies and betrayal, he wants nothing to do with her, yet, his heart won’t cooperate. It’s not until unknown enemies come after her that he must decide if he can leave the past behind and protect the woman he’ll always love. Will they survive this last mission and rekindle the love and passion they once shared?
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
My intended audience is anyone who enjoys a good story and especially those who enjoy reading romantic suspense.
If your book was made into a TV series or Movie, what actors would you like to see playing your characters? Quinn Hamilton is the hero of Rendezvous with Danger and it is a little hard to find an actor who fits his profile AND has dreadlocks. BUT, I think the Ideal actor would be Idris Elba (though he doesn’t sport dreadlocks) and actress Zoe Saldana would play Alandra Pargas (the heroine).
Nice! Almost just like I pictured!
While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
Great question…but interestingly enough, I didn’t ever feel as if I was one of the characters. Although…during one of Alandra’s fight scene, I did think about taking more self-defense classes.
Which comes first? The character’s story or the idea for the novel?
In this case, the character’s story – specifically Quinn Hamilton’s story came first. He was originally introduced in Blue Roses, book 1 of the Reunited Series and I received many emails from readers asking whether or not he would get a story. Quinn is dangerously sexy and I knew he would need a hot story and an even hotter heroine.
Someday, I want to make the NY Times or USA Today bestsellers list.
Here’s an excerpt from Rendezvous with Danger, book 2 of the Reunited Series
Quinn continued to stare. The intensity in his midnight dark eyes scrutinized every inch of her.
“I don’t even know what to say to you,” he finally spoke just above a whisper, his voice laced with anguish. Alandra looked at him, unsure of how to respond, but didn’t have to say anything when he continued. “A part of me wants to wrap you in my arms and love on you so fierce that you’ll never want to leave me again, but then there’s the other part of me. The part that is mad as hell that my wife has been alive all this time, working in the city that I live in, and has never tried to contact me. That part of me wants nothing more than for you to get your ass out of my house and stay the hell out of my life…for good.”
Alandra reared back, stunned by the bitterness of his words. But what had she expected – to be welcomed with opened arms? Maybe not, but she had hoped they could at least talk. Yet, if she was honest with herself, she knew his unforgiving heart would rear its wicked head. He was the most committed, determined and trusted man to those he loved, but merciless toward his enemies. And right now she wasn’t sure how Quinn saw her.
Quinn released a long ragged sigh and leaned against a nearby wall, his muscular arms folded across his chest. “Do you have any idea what I’ve been through these last few years, thinking you were dead? Thinking I’d never be able to touch you, hold you, or make love to you? Hell, I watched you die, Alandra, in my arms! You have any idea what that feels like? To watch the one woman you loved more than life get gunned down.”
His voice broke, but he held his gaze steady, maintaining his usual tough-guy composure, and Alandra’s heart crumbled. She blinked rapidly to keep tears from falling. He had always been so hard, tough, and strong willed. It had been too easy for her to forget he was just a man. She drew in a deep breath as she walked toward him.
“Quinn, I’m sorry, but I lost too. I’ve missed you so much, and staying away was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. So many times I wanted to call you, but I couldn’t. It wasn’t safe.”
He pushed slowly away from the wall and approached her with concern in his eyes. “What do you mean it wasn’t safe?” He reached out to touch her, but dropped his arm.
Disappointment crept in when he took a step back as if she were toxic, as if touching her would somehow weaken him. Alandra swallowed hard and decided it was probably for the best. Had he pulled her into his arms, there was no telling what would happen. Besides, that wasn’t why she had come. Three years ago someone tried to kill her, and now she was determined to find out who and why, but she needed Quinn’s help.
She sighed, anxious about getting him to understand. “Quinn, I’m in the midst of something big and you’re going to blow my cover if you keep coming to the hospi—”
“Are you kidding me?” he yelled. His angry eyes pierced her soul deeper than any knife ever could. “This three year disappearance is connected to some goddamn op?”
She stepped to him and placed her hands on his chest in hopes of calming him down. “No. No, you don’t understand. It’s just that—”
“I can’t believe this shit!” He jerked away from her and raised his fist as if he were going to punch through the wall.
“Let me explain,” Alandra grabbed his arm.
He turned abruptly. “Explain? Hell, you’ve had three damn years to explain.”
“But I couldn’t. I—”
“Yeah, you could have,” he said in a hoarse whisper. He held her face in his large hands, his lips inches from hers. Her pulse quickened. “Lan, baby, there is nothing I wouldn’t have done for you including give my life. I mean absolutely nothing. And you knew that, so don’t tell me you didn’t have a choice.”
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I’m always trying to improve my writing ability and hope that readers see improvement with every story. As for creativity – I think my story lines are unique and I’m trying to keep it that way. Creatively I’m evolving by stepping out of my comfort zone and writing books about ponzi schemes and even special forces.
If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you? Jesus (although that’s a given), my husband (he’s famous in my world), and Bill Clinton (seems to be good under pressure).
Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
Hmm…I think my hidden talents or uncommon talents center around being able to use almost any tool. I’m very handy when it comes to house repairs. I think the “talent” stems from being a sheet metal worker for ten years (in my past life).
Lol!! What an occupation to have held (in your past life, of course!)
What’s your favorite line from any movie?
“I appreciate this whole seduction thing you’ve got going on here, but let me give you a tip: I’m a sure thing.”
Vivian to Edward in Pretty Woman
Excellent scene 😉
Is there anything else you would like to add before you go?
Right now I’m working on Book 1 of the Jenkins Family Series – Still the Best Woman for the Job. For more information, readers can visit -http://www.sharoncooper.net/Comingsoon.html
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