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Lacey Goes to Tokyo by C.H. Lyn released on January 22 in the Suspense/Thriller genre.
International travel means international danger. Lacey Devaine is a four-year veteran of a spy ring which fronts as an exclusive escort service, Miss Belle’s Travel Guides. Maintaining her cover is Lacey’s number one priority to protect the integrity of the operation she works for.
While on assignment in Tokyo, a nosy newspaper reporter threatens to blow the lid off a scandal that will put dozens of innocent lives at risk. To protect her cover, Miss Belle is called in to act on intelligence Lacey has uncovered.
Can these beautiful, intelligent, and deadly women complete this assignment in time and emerge unscathed? Or will this mission be their last?
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The blade I planted in his shoulder now dangles from his left hand. Fresh blood—my blood—coats the metal. His right arm hangs, useless, at his side.
He snarls at me with yellow teeth. He lunges forward again. The blade swings toward me, and I parry with my machete. The effort sends a burst of pain down my arm and into the left side of my back.
He swings again, and I step to the side, leaning my upper body to the right. We dance now. Circling each other. My left arm will not land a functional blow. Not with blood still dripping down from my shoulder. His right arm continues to swing. More blood pours from him than me.
I reach up my right hand and tug down my handkerchief. I breathe deep, easing the pain in my shoulder and preparing myself for the next attack. I switch my machete back to the right hand.
He shouts something. My grasp of the language is bad—at best—but I know what a cry for help sounds like.
“No one can hear you.” I spit blood at him, laughing.
Laughing during a fight knocks people off their guard, especially if blood is leaking from between your teeth at the same time.
His eyes widen. He says a few words and his gaze darts around in frantic movements. It lands on me. I catch his eyes with mine and don’t blink.
“The rest of your friends? They’re dead.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I was born and raised in a small town in Northern California. Growing up in a college town meant I experienced a wide variety of people and opinions. I like to think my stories reflect the vast differences in the people I’ve met. I love to travel. I want to explore the world around me while writing about the worlds in my mind.
I grew up with a steady diet of wonderful stories set in amazing worlds. I’ve read almost every series Tamora Pierce has written, and I am a crazy fan of the Hunger Games series. My nerdiness also encompasses the Harry Potter series, LOTR, and (to an extent) the worlds of superheros. Though, my husband is really head of DC knowledge in the household. He is also the most amazing source of support I could hope for.
I’m 26 now. My daughter just turned one. She is already so smart, curious, and beautiful. I want the female characters in my writing to be inspiring, not just for her, but for all the little girls who grow up reading.
Any particular reason why the story is set in Tokyo?
I’ve got to be honest here, I have no recollection of what made me pick Tokyo. I’ve never been there, I have no plans to visit anytime soon (unless I win the lottery or nab an Oprah sticker), and I don’t personally know anyone who has been to Tokyo recently. However, I am exceedingly glad I did choose Tokyo for the first book.
Doing the research this book required was insanely fun. I know more about certain aspects of the city of Tokyo than I do of places I’ve spent weeks in. Google Maps has been a close friend on this journey. The routes Lacey takes, the parks she visits, the restaurants she eats at, were all researched to within an inch of their (and my) lives.
The city of Tokyo is gorgeous. It’s clean, quiet (relatively compared to metropolitan areas in the States), and beautiful. Learning about the city itself involved reading blogs, news articles, tourist pamphlets, and essentially diving into the culture of Tokyo. There aren’t a lot of public garbage cans, because people generally pocket their trash and take it home to throw it away. Cars don’t honk, and what they call traffic wouldn’t be enough to make a New Yorker curse.
The character, Lacey, has been to Tokyo before. It’s one of the reasons she was chosen for this particular mission. She speaks fluent Japanese and has a lot of experience in Japan. Writing the story from her perspective gave me the unique opportunity of showing the city from the eyes of an outsider, but someone who understands and respects the differences in culture. As opposed to Nathan, for example, who needs Lacey to politely remind him not to tip or get offended when people on the subway stand very close.
I have never been to Tokyo but, after writing this book, when I do I will have a ton of places on my list to visit.
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