Another one from Leslie North (for some of her other stories, here’s the link to her latest), and this one is the first in a new Series! Because of that, Leslie came by to talk with us about her Hero.
Everly Knight is the baddest bad girl in town. As the daughter of a mobster and a name in the auto industry for hot cars, she could rest on her laurels and let her reputation proceed her. However, Everly has a deep dark secret: she wants nothing more than a shiny, new, legal garage all of her own. She’s just a few thousand away from cashing in and figures that one last illegal car theft could finance her legal dreams. That is until the geek from her past shows up as a hunky hero; letting Everly see that it’s possible to become more than just a tough girl.
Camden may be all muscle, but it’s Everly who can stall the entire operation. She holds him hostage and offers an ultimatum: Take her on the ride or find himself a sitting duck for the mob. It’s not a hard choice when the bombshell revs his engine. But with warring goals and secret missions, they’ll find themselves fighting for their futures and racing toward a love they never saw coming.
For Ride with the Seal, Camden is an American, who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. He was close to being on the wrong side of the law until he was recruited for the Navy and became a SEAL. Now, out of the military, Camden has joined Kevin “Loki” Low’s security company, specializing in the types of black ops missions they’d been trained for. As his first mission with Norse Security he wants to prove to his new teammates that he can do more than just crack code, he’s worried if he doesn’t break out of the “nerd” box on his first mission he’ll always be relegated to technology missions and not be given the opportunity to protect.
Camden’s need to break out of the “nerd” box is driven by a specific trauma in his childhood when his favorite teacher was pushing him to take self-defense classes because the crime rate, already bad, was skyrocketing around their downtrodden neighborhood in DC. Camden was naturally reserved and preferred to keep his nose in a book. He wanted to stick to what he was good at and the only thing he was good at was science. He was walking home with his best friend after a science fair when they were attacked. Street thugs thought the copper clad volcano was worth money and Camden was attached to the blue-ribbon project, refusing to let go. With no defense training, the two boys fell to the teenage thugs and Camden’s best friend was killed. Ever since, Camden had wished that he’d stepped outside of his box and taken the self-defense class. If he hadn’t been so scared to try something new, he could have saved his friend.
This type of background story even if it’s never prominently articulated in the novel can really help shape the character and give a sense of what drives them. By researching an area and then giving specific thoughts to what a character’s background is, I can better craft a real, three-dimensional hero.
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The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.
Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.
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