Drawing on December 20, 2014.
Thanks for having me here today, R.T. Since we both write series, I thought that would be a good topic.
Have you ever been on a vacation and didn’t want to leave the people and/or the location? Or have you ever gotten to the end of a book and wished it didn’t end there? Did you ever wish you could find out what came next?
That often happens to me. I love epilogues, you know, the “five years later” when you find out how the main characters managed reality. Sometimes, there are secondary characters who are so compelling I hope the writer will give them their own story(s). That often happens when I write. For months (sometimes years), I’m caught up in a world I’ve created with people I’ve grown to know and love and I don’t want to leave. I want to stay and see what happens next.
As I wrote The Pilot, I knew I wanted to write a series about strong women on the frontier of space. I envisioned the wild, wild west where only the strong survived. I wrote mini-plots about the women who would be featured in each book. What I didn’t know were the men. After The Pilot was released, a friend asked (no, she demanded LOL) to know when Laning and Quin would have their stories. While Quin’s story has to wait (sorry, no spoilers), I knew Laning would be a good foil for Jileena, a smart, savvy fem who pretends to be a vacuous twit—the heroine in The Chameleon. You’ll see his conflict in the excerpt below.
In the Outer Rim series, each book is complete within itself. Some characters appear, or are referred to, in each of the books, but the books can be read in any order.
Blurb for The Chameleon (An Outer Rim Novel: Book 2):
Legally Blond meets Mata Hari
Socialite Jileena Winslott has perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s a smart, savvy aide to her father in social situations where she is his eyes and ears. She yearns to be her true self and run the family business. When her father sends her on a covert mission to the Outer Rim, she has the chance to prove herself. Big problem. He insists she take along a fake fiancé—the man she’s secretly loved for years.
Security Officer Laning Servary has better things to do than babysit a spoiled rich girl on a tour of the Frontier. If he refuses, he can kiss his career good-by. Then Jileena’s father sweetens the pot. If Laning keeps her safe, his family will receive the land they share-crop. He can’t refuse.
In the close quarters of her ship, Laning and Jileena discover they aren’t who they seem. Pirates, weather, and her recklessness threaten to derail the mission. As Laning and Jileena revise their impressions of each other, they’ll have to make hard choices about their goals. Can their budding love survive?
Excerpt from The Chameleon:
“Commander Servary, your assignment is to escort Baby Winslott on a sightseeing tour of the Outer Rim.”
Security Officer Laning Servary clenched his teeth so hard his jaw ached. By the Matriarch’s left tit, that was why he’d been recalled from the Rim to Coalition HQ? To be a glorified tour guide? A babysitter? He thanked the Exalted One that he was standing, his feet wide apart with his hands clasped behind his back. Otherwise, he might have wrapped them around Chief Vanutial’s neck and throttled him.
“Baby, sir?” Laning knew full well who Baby was. He’d met her Royal Pain-in-the-Ass at a social function last year.
“Chief Representative Winslott’s daughter wants to visit the Frontier. Her father insists you protect her.” The man’s eyes narrowed. “She has some damn fool notion about having an adventure. Apparently, those damn fool pioneers have been filling her head with damn fool ideas.”
“But, sir, I have an assignment—”
“Servary, your assignment is what I say it is,” Vanutial boomed, shattering the air in the spacious office much the same as his Volpian Cruiser did when shooting through the atmosphere.
Laning cleared his throat and snapped to attention. “Yes, sir.”
“At ease, Commander, at ease. By Lexol’s Fire, I need you out there patrolling Malcor Sector for smugglers and other miscreants. And keeping that gangster Hallart out of your sector. Not escorting some spoiled rich girl who wants a damn fool adventure.” Chief Vanutia’s voice rose.
Although he agreed, Laning knew enough to keep his mouth shut.
“Winslott insisted on you specifically. Although I don’t know why after that fiasco with President—ex-President—Filana’s son. I still can’t believe she was in Hallart’s pocket. The Divine One only knows how far his influence extends.” Chief Vanutial blew out a breath. “Never mind that. Screw this up, Servary, and your next assignment won’t be a cushy sightseeing tour. You’ll be swabbing decks on a garbage scow.”
The Chameleon is available at:
Do you like detective/mystery romance? The Nickie Savage Series is one to try.
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April 11: Author Barbara Edwards
April 11: Storm Goddess Reviews
April 14: Swept Away By Romance
April 17: Author Diane Burton
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April 18: Author M.J. Schiller
April 22: Blame it on the Muse
April 23: Musings From an Addicted Reader
April 23: Author Patricia Kiyono
April 24: Full Moon Dreaming
April 26: Author Alicia Dean
April 29: Write Way Cafe’
May 1: Harlie’s Books
Seriously, I’m quite honored. Don’t get me wrong, I wish the reviewer liked the story. We’ve all been there … we read a full-length novel to the end only to realize it isn’t a match for us. Boo! And then, there’s a sequel? The horror!
However, this reviewer compared my Nickie Savage Series to Nora Robert’s alias J.D. Robb. Squeal! Granted, she meant it as an insult. But … Nora? Thank you! The Nickie Savage Series has been compared to James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club. Squeal. Janet Evanovich’s Plum Series (really? I’m not funny — just ask my teenagers). Still … squeal! The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I’m so humbled. And now, Nora? Be still my heart.
Unfortunately, my Nickie Savage and Duncan Reed do not fare the same fate as J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas and Roarke. My characters come face-to-face with their demons, not in memory only. They live in present tense and have close family they rely heavily upon. The series has an overall story arc is predetermined, lasts exactly 5 books, and has a concise conclusion. I think the In Death Series is pushing over 40 books, now. Go, Nora!
So, keep ‘em coming, reviewers. I’m completely honored!
Savage Echoes, Nickie Savage Series Short Story Sequel. Do you read romantic suspense that is heavy on detective mystery? This short story is a great way to try out the series without spending loads of time or money.
New Release: Romance Suspense Novel Savage Deception, Nickie Savage Series Book 1 by Best Selling R.T. Wolfe
Savage Echoes is the short story that links the Black Creek and the Nickie Savage Series. It is live on all retailers and already on sale for .99c at Barnes and Noble. Other retailers will be lowering their prices soon, too.
When an anonymous 9-1-1 caller claims responsibility for a missing college student, Detective Nickie Savage is hot on the case.
But she needs the help of Duncan Reed, an artist with a photographic memory, who’s also determined to cut through her aversion to commitment.
As suspects pile up and time counts down, Nickie faces an even greater challenge: losing the young woman to the same captivity Nickie endured as a child.
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Savage Deception is the first full-length novel in the romance suspense Nickie Savage Series.
Busy juggling loan sharks and Amber Alerts, Detective Nickie Savage makes time when the FBI seeks her expertise with a child trafficking ring. But when Nickie discovers that the men running the ring are the same ones who abducted her as a young teen, the case gets personal.
Risking her badge, Nickie goes rogue. Luckily, she has Duncan Reed, along with his wire tapping and surveillance expertise. But Duncan also wants to take their relationship to the next level.
Now, Nickie must choose: break her own rules and risk her heart or forge ahead alone.
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Recent Blog Visits and Public Book Signing Dates featuring Romantic Suspense Author R.T. Wolfe (Black Creek Series)
The final installment in the romantic suspense Black Creek Series, Dark Vengeance, was released just a few weeks ago. Here are a few of the blogs who offered me a guest appearance. Thank you, Claranne, Joyce and Jessica! You have created lovely blogs!
“Ending a Series” on Blame it on the Muse.
“Research is an Author’s Best Friend” on USA Today’s Happy Ever After Blog.
“What Do My Novels Teach?” on Books with Benefits.
Coming up: Harlie’s Book Blog and Musings from an Addicted Reader.
Tuesday, September 17th:
White Oak Vineyards at 8644 E. 2100 North Road, Carlock, Illinois 61725–This is between Peoria and Bloomington, IL
I’ll be there with five other romance authors from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wine and a book…it sounds just about right.
Thursday, September 19th:
Meg’s Daily Grind at 3885 N. Perryville Road, Rockford, IL 61114
You’ll find me sipping my other vice … coffee! … from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Come join me if you’re in the area!