Monday, October 22, 2012

Hands on Me: Tramp Stamp Series Book One by Kim Carmichael

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Hands On Me
Tramp Stamp Series Book One
Kim Carmichael

Genre:  Contemporary romance with some suspense elements.

Publisher:  Keith Publications

ISBN: 978-1-936372-46-1

Number of pages: 17
Word Count: 5000

Cover Artist: Elisa Elaine Luevanos

Book Description:

Agent Gwen Fredricks is a living target.  Captured after a failed mission, the code to crack a safe has literally been permanently hidden on her.  To free herself, she must retrieve a final key.  

All Agent Colin Alexander has to do to avoid a desk job is get a code said to be on an enemy agent.   He never dreamed it would actually be on the agent, especially Gwen.

The simple shoot-and-swoop mission takes a turn for these two sometime-lovers and full-time rivals when they call a truce to give into their desire.  Now with the promise to keep both hands on each other at all times, they share a night together.  Loyalties are tested when Gwen manages to swipe the key away, and Colin discovers the code carefully embedded into Gwen's tramp stamp tattoo in a glow of UV light.  When morning comes they must decide if what they feel for each other is worth betraying their agencies.

Hands on Me Excerpt

"Stop!" A man yelled.

The barrel of another gun met her inches from her face. She tensed, not from the gun, but from the familiar inflection in his voice. The position of both their weapons hid the man's face. 

"Get in and lower your gun, or we'll both lose."    
"Back up and lower yours, or you won't have a hand left." No one told her what to do, not ever again. The click of her cocking her weapon echoed around them. 

He stepped back. "Get in and close the door."

With her gun still raised, she stepped and waited for her opponent to flinch first. 

"Now." He moved a fraction of an inch.

She did the same, and with the silent acknowledgement they would both comply, they lowered their guns in unison. She almost shot herself in the foot at the sight of the man who greeted her. Before she made a mistake, she de-cocked her gun and shook her head. "Colin?" Her body betrayed her by trembling. Was this her punishment?

"Gwen." He shoved the gun in his waistband. "You're the one. I would have never guessed."

Think. She screamed at herself to remember her training, and not allow him to best her or distract her. She glanced around the room, giving her time to not look at him. Agents were supposed to be everyday people and blend in, but Colin Alexander stood out. From the moment she quite literally fell into his lap through a two-story ceiling three years ago, she wasn't sure why his agency chose such a standout. She supposed his combed-back black hair and golden eyes were some bizarre form of female torture.

Tears are Good! 
At Least When You're Writing…

"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader." -Robert Frost

This quote was sent to me when I uploaded on Facebook that I was crying during a scene I was writing. 

I am no stranger to crying or even laughing when I write, and I have always noticed that the scenes turn out much better if I am driven to that point of emotion.  I believe that if you are having that emotion it comes out organically in the writer and leads you to reaching that brass ring of "deep point of view."  It has gotten to the point where if my husband sees me crying he will just lean over and ask if I'm writing.  If I nod, he gives me a thumb up and continues on his way.

I seem to cry mostly when my heroes and heroines seem destined to be parted, though they want to stay together.  I must have abandonment issues, but I also use it as a test for my black moment.  If I'm not crying at the black moment, I need to rework the scene or scenes until I have made my characters so miserable that tears are included.   Where I used be afraid of torturing my characters, I am now thrilled when I can take these scenes to the next level and make them a little bit worse.

To most writers, our characters are as real as the person we are sitting next to at Starbucks, and let's face it, probably a lot more interesting.  They become a part of us.  For the time that we are with those characters, we live with them, rejoice at their successes and mourn their losses.  The emotion is heightened, and it should be for it to come out on the page properly.

I am of the belief that every character we create represents a facet of our own personality, maybe someone we want to become, someone we love, someone we are, or someone we wish we weren't.  We love them because we are them.

So tell me, what is the one scene you have written or read that has caused you to cry uncontrollably?

About the Author:

Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her love of happy endings inspired her to create her own.  She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep all her gadgets running.  When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.

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1 comment:

Mila Ramos said...

Thank you so much for dropping by. Good luck on your tour!