Monday, 25 July 2011


No Troll Zone!

I’m going to tell you a secret.

I’m no supermodel.  Surprised you, I know, but there you have it. I’m not a supermodel, and neither is my heroine, Maggie Kincaid, from my new romantic suspense novel, Viper’s Kiss, due for release today (yes, today!) from Carina Press (

As I’m not a supermodel, I found it sometimes tiring to read about heroines who are supermodel material. It was difficult to connect with someone so far removed from my own experiences. The last time I stopped traffic was, well, um – never. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a troll, but I wanted to write a heroine that I could relate to, and hopefully others could, too.
Maggie is mistaken for a centrefold model, though – and as she’s so obviously not one, I had a great time writing about it. She’s also mistaken for a notorious spy-for-hire, Viper.  Maggie is a librarian, and is constantly trying to convince others that she’s not who they think she is – even as she wears disguises.

And the funny thing is, every time she shows how smart she is, every time she does something inventive, or says something intelligent, the hero, Luke Fletcher, thinks she’s getting sexier and sexier. So, while Maggie isn’t a centrefold, she’s no troll, either. And not being a centrefold troll can be very, very sexy! So for all you readers out there who think you’re more toward the Troll end of the scale than the Centrefold end – STOP!  You don’t realise how beautiful and sexy you really are!

I hope you enjoy VIPER’S KISS!
No trolls were harmed in the making of this blogpost.
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Here’s a brief excerpt from Viper’s Kiss:
Chapter One

“Maggie? What the hell are you wearing?”
“It’s my disguise,” Maggie Kincaid answered, stuffing the rolled-up knitting she carried into her laptop bag and placing it on her desk. She was working on a scarf to match the knitted cap she had on. She removed her tattered gloves, along with the cap and the curly gray wig she wore beneath it, and patted the honey-blond hair she’d pulled back into a tight bun. Tossing the aviator sunglasses on the desk, she reached into her shirt pocket for her customary red-rimmed spectacles. Oh, thank God. Now she could see much better.
Susan Delaney laughed as Maggie doffed a garish overcoat to reveal the white shirt and tie and pleated, gray, no-nonsense skirt underneath. “That coat is hideous. Why are you wearing that get-up?”
Maggie turned her head and nodded to the crowd of male students clustered outside the front doors of the University of Washington’s undergraduate library. “I had to get past the fans. I borrowed from the costume department over at the School of Performing Arts.” She kept her voice low. “I didn’t want them to notice me coming in.”
Susan handed her a steaming mug of coffee. “Clever.”
“Thanks.” She wrapped her hands around the mug. The weather outside was brisk, the walk from her apartment long, and she relished the opportunity to return circulation to her near frozen fingers.
Susan leaned a hip against Maggie’s desk. “So, what did your mother say about Miss April Hotrod?”
Maggie rolled her eyes as she set up her laptop. “It took me nearly two hours to convince her it wasn’t me in the picture.” She opened the top desk drawer and pulled out the calendar she’d tossed there. The nude woman in the picture, sprawled suggestively over the hood of a car stared up at her. Maggie still wasn’t used to that almost familiar face gazing back at her with lowered eyelids and a seductive pout.
She tossed the calendar into the trashcan underneath her desk. “She’s everywhere, damn it.”
“Um, have you seen the website yet? With our resident librarian centerfold?”
“There’s a website?” The words came out as a whisper and Maggie closed her eyes to try to stop the heat that flooded her cheeks. She’d aced her exams and had attended the University of Washington on a full scholarship. She’d taken pride in her academic achievements. Over the years she’d built a good, solid reputation at the university. Now she was popular for the size of her boobs and a likeness to a nude centerfold. It was frustrating. And possibly career-ending.
“It’s amazing how much the woman looks like you.”
Maggie turned her laptop on. “Ms. Kandy Karamel is making my life hell.” She swiveled in her chair and reached for her mug while she waited for her laptop to boot up. “I’ve got to wear disguises to avoid oversexed students wanting autographs at the front door. The Library Director talks to my chest, and my mother nearly had a heart attack when the delivery boy asked if I was home to sign his calendar.” She looked down at the trash can on the floor next to her desk. “Did you ever have that nightmare where you turned up to work naked? Well, welcome to my life.”

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Thanks Shannon for being my first Monday Magic guest! I love your excerpt!  Are you sure you didn't model Maggie on me? LMAO!

1 comment:

Keziah Hill said...

Congrats on the release Shannon! Can't wait to read it!