Today I have the pleasure of interviewing two delightful characters from ARMED WITH STEELE the new release by Kyra Jacobs. Welcome!
Jessica: Thanks so much for having us on today. I had to drag Nate into the studio kicking and screaming, but he finally saw the light.
Nate: More like she threatened me with no se–(Jessica elbows him in side hard)—oof!
Jessica: On with the interview!
Kylie: I can see you two are going to be fun to interview. (smiles) Why don’t we start out with you telling me a little about your story.
Jessica: ARMED WITH STEELE was supposed to be a story about me and my best friend, Grace. She was in a horrific car accident, and I felt so awful because…well, I won’t go into all that. Too hard to talk about. But I knew as soon as Nate described the accident scene that something was amiss.
Nate: Meaning, she didn’t think I did a thorough enough investigation.
Jessica: No, I just didn’t think you, uh, explored all the avenues. (Nate rolls his eyes) Anyway, I was all determined to figure out what happened, and then Kyra drops this gorgeous hunk of a cop into my life. Needless to say, the story took a hard turn at the intersection of Suspense Street and Romance Road.
Kylie: I have to admit that Kyra certainly knew what she was doing when she introduced you to Nate – whew.
Nate: (broad smile on his face as he waggles his eyebrows) Thank you, Kyra…
Kylie: (turning to Nate) Jessica did a lovely job of summing up her view of things, but now it is your turn for a question. How would you describe Jessica? Let’s see if you can do it in one sentence.
Jessica: Hey, that’s not a sentence!
Nate: Okay, how’s this: Jessica is a twenty-five year-old beauty living in Fort Wayne, Indiana who possesses the snark of Stephanie Plum, the ingenuity of MacGyver, and the compassion of, um….
Jessica: You can stop now before you go and embarrass me any further. (she plants a quick kiss along his chiseled jaw line)
Kylie: So, Jessica, what attracted you to Nate?
Jessica: Ooo, my turn. Hmm, that’d be his uncanny sense of timing.
Nate: It wasn’t my fault you were speeding in chapter one.
Jessica: And that time you just happened to be jogging by my house?
Nate: Hey, that visit nearly got my head cracked open with your softball bat!
Jessica: I rest my case.
Kylie: Ahem…remember me? You know, the one doing the interview? Let’s get back on track here. Did Kyra listen to music while she wrote? If so, what songs were playing?
Jessica: I don’t really remember Kyra ever playing music for us. Do you, Nate?
Nate: Nope. Though, she did have Boston’s “Peace of Mind” listed in an early draft. It’s one of her favorite songs.
Jessica: (giving Nate a flat look) And how do you know so much about what music Kyra likes?
Nate: Uh, next question, please? (Puts hand up to hide his face from Jessica and adds in a whisper) Did I mention Jessica’s also a bit on the jealous side?
Jessica: I heard that!
Kylie: Moving right along… What do you do when you are not writing?
Jessica: Most of my writing is just copy edits for what my clients ask to have put on their websites. Oh—that reminds me! Wait until you hear about Kyra’s next romantic suspense: FLIRTING WITH FIRE! It’s going to be awesome! And yours truly will get some page time as well!
Nate: Oh, come on, Jess—you know they’ll all watch for the second book because I’ll be in it, not you. Everyone loves a man in uniform.
Jessica: Actually, Nate, they’ll all watch for the next book because of a certain smokin’ hot fireman named Torrunn MacKay.
Nate: (scowling as he crosses his arms) Looks like I need to have a little talk with T after we’re done here. Set some boundaries.
Jessica: Now who’s the jealous one?
Kylie: I’ll definitely be watching for the new book. Torrunn MacKay, you say? Sounds intriguing. But, let’s not get too sidetracked, okay? Jessica, do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert? Why?
Jessica: Oh, I’m definitely an introvert. Grace is the extrovert, as is Nate. I just lurk in the shadows. Oh wait, no, that’s Nate, too.
Nate: One time. I surprise you in the shadows one time…
Jessica: (mumbling) …and it better be the last… (she clears her throat and flashes a brilliant smile at her host) Kylie, thank you so very much for having us on today. Truthfully, we get kind of tired being restricted to the pages of an e-book. It’s nice to get out and stretch from time to time, isn’t it babe?
Nate: That depends—do these “stretches” involve Torrunn MacKay?
Jessica: Okay, looks like I’d better get back to ARMED WITH STEELE before Officer Steele trumps up another imaginary traffic violation on me.
Nate: The light was red, Jess.
Jessica: Orange. Burnt sienna at most.
Nate: *sigh* See you around, Kylie. And do me a favor—don’t run any reds in my city, alright? I’ll be watching.
Kylie: No red light running. Got it. Although, I have to admit the temptation is a little hard to resist. 🙂 Just kidding, Jess. Seriously. You can stop frowning at me.
What happens undercover, stays under covers.
Jessica Hartley is looking for answers surrounding the mysterious car accident that nearly claimed the life of her best friend. She’s willing to risk it all, even her fledgling business, to find the person responsible and bring them to justice.
Nate Steele is more than willing to help Jessica, but for reasons all his own. He’s been watching the infamous Maxwell Office Solutions for some time now, convinced there’s more going on than meets the eye. When his chief issues a cease and desist order yet again, Nate has no choice but to accept inexperienced Jessica as an undercover partner outside the letter of the law.
Will Jessica and Nate be able to flush out Maxwell’s elusive villain, or will their growing attraction for each other sabotage their undercover ploy? Motives aren’t always what they seem when Jessica finds herself armed with Steele.
CONTENT WARNING: Beware drool-worthy men in uniform, touchy-feely coworkers, and vindictive ex-girlfriends.
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