I mean, with a title like that, what can possibly go wrong in this book?
Love, Lies, and Bad Guys by Bill Blodgett released in February in the romantic suspense genre.
When US Marshal Jay Stonewalker sees a possible terrorist comment in a chatroom frequented by anti-government radicals suggesting a nuclear threat to New York City, specifically the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, he can’t get it out of his mind. Against his boss’s orders he heads off to NYC to investigate on his own time. While there he follows a suspicious character into a secluded recess of the New York Subway system and foils what he believes is the terrorist event. In a shoot-out with his suspect he’s wounded and calls the NYC PD for backup. When he sees NYPD Detective KC Daviau and other uniformed officers slipping into the darkness from the subway platform he’s relieved, but to his surprise he’s met with resistance and disrespect by Detective Daviau. Against his objections, KC takes custody of the evidence and leaves the scene. When Jay asks an officer if she is always that way he’s told that, “Since her parents died, she’s been… let’s say… a little cold.” When they are assigned to work the case together, KC’s icy exterior soon begins to melt away as they begin to fall for each other, but KC has to hold back. She has a dark secret and knows he can’t ever know her truths because if he did he would hate her just as she hates herself for what she’s about to do.
Because the Waldorf Astoria in New York is their flagship and it’s the symbol of everything that is America. They tried to bring the towers and the World Trade Center down in an unsuccessful attempt in nineteen ninety-three, but managed on September eleventh, two thousand one. What makes you think they won’t try something again? Their hate runs deep.”
“Jay, let it go. Maybe it’s just a disgruntled guest that had a bad experience after spending oodles of money there. Please let it go for your own sanity.” She pleaded and hated herself at the same time. How can I make such beautiful love with this man yet still lie to him? There must be something drastically wrong with me, but it’s too late to turn back now. She knew it wasn’t a terrorist’s threat. It was just her and her merry band of anti-nuclear activists making the world safe. She began to lather up his chest with a loofa body puff and watched as he closed his eyes.
“Just let it go, Jay,” she repeated.
He opened his eyes slowly. “I can’t just let it go. Maybe Gary wasn’t involved with the original chatter I found, but maybe he was. Maybe it’s a whole other source of crazies wanting to take a shot at the Big Apple. Maybe it’s the Russians….” Her heart skipped a beat while she tried to rationalize that Sergei and what Jay was alluding to was just a coincidence. Sergei was fighting the good fight. She was sure of that.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I still live in the community where I met and married my lovely wife, Janice. Actually, she lived around the corner from me and we both ignored each other until our teen years when the hormone thing kicked in and we suddenly realized that the cute little girl skipping rope and that goofy boy riding a bike had both grown up.
We are the proud parents of April and Lindsay; both of whom are now married. April married Darren and they have two beautiful boys, Brian and Owen. Lindsay married Tim and they have two beautiful children: Kailyn and Evan.
I enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping with my family, golfing, making candles, and restoring my antique European sports car, a 1972 MGB.
They say to write from what you know, so I do. I write of love, life and relationships. In addition to the romantic plot we all expect from a Romance novel all of my books deal with a real-world issue as a sub-plot that we all have had to deal in some manner in life, but not in a preachy way. I find that including this sort of theme helps me identify with my characters on a personal level. My hope is that the reader will also feel that connection with my characters.
I have four other published novels. Dead Or A Lie and Saint’s Sword are vampire Romances. Unrequited is a contemporary novel with romantic elements and received 4 stars from Romantic Times Book Review magazine. The Last Prejudice is a family saga that deals with the issues a family must address when a family member comes out.
I have been a member of the RWA and the Central New York Romance Writers since 2004 and have held various posts in my local group. By day I am a construction inspector for an engineering company. Please visit my website: www.billblodgett.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also find me on Facebook at @authorbillblodgett and Twitter @bill_blodgett
I asked Bill what are the characters learning from one another, and here’s what he told me.
Jay Stonewalker, a US Marshal and Native American descendent of a Downwinder, and KC Daviau, the daughter of two nuclear scientists, are both struggling with the reality that radiation has poisoned and killed a family member. Despite this similarity they are definitely not cut from the same cloth.
Jay’s Native American heritage has taught him to love and respect Mother Earth and has ignited his passion to protect Mother Earth at all costs which in turn has isolated him from living a full life. His father was a Downwinder. Downwinders is a generic term use to describe anyone, but especially Native Americans, who were exposed to radiation from atomic bomb testing in Nevada during the 1940’s through the early 1960’s. As the bombs threw radiation up into the atmosphere it drifted downwind and settled on many Native American reservations. Hence the term Downwinders. Anyone suffering from the many types of cancers the radiation caused have been and are still being treated and compensated by the US Government. Because of his upbringing, Jay has dedicated his life to fighting and investigating any sign of a nuclear terrorist threat. His goal is protecting the people and Mother Earth.
KC, on the other hand, has chosen a different path. She has also dedicated her life to protecting people from radiation exposure, but has decided on another totally different and radical course of action. Her dedication and anger is fueled by the loss of her mother and father due to nuclear radiation exposure at the Indian Point Energy Center only 36 miles north of New York City. She fights a very secret and dangerous battle. Since the death of her parents she has decided to take an active role in educating the public about the dangers looming so close to where millions of people live and play, ignorant of the danger that exists so close. She wants to scare the hell out of them to promote a political uprising that will limit or eliminate any nuclear power plants in this country and hopefully the world.
KC must learn from Jay that not crossing the line between right and wrong is essential to being able to truly appreciate attaining your final goal and, that even though she has experienced a terrible loss, it’s okay to let someone in and begin to trust, love and live again.
Jay must learn that sometimes good people get caught up and get involved in bad things. That the line between right and wrong, or good and bad, isn’t quite as clear as he was taught in the service and by the US Marshal’s office. That sometimes the heart must define reality.
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