The Protectors Book 1, Diplomat’s Daughter.
31st October 2012
A covert operative. A life filled with secrets.
Jared Knight works with an elite group of agents trained to track down the worst criminals humanity has to offer. His career leaves no room for relationships.
On a dangerous assignment in Monaco he is captivated by a woman in a crowded ballroom. Disturbed by the uncharacteristic lapse, he is determined to forget her...
Five years later Jared offers Cecilia Benedict his protection when she becomes the object of an overzealous secret admirer. Unbeknown to Cecilia she is the woman who has haunted Jared’s thoughts. He can stay away no longer now her life is in danger.
Cecilia is intrigued by Jared’s serious manner and deep grey eyes. In the close confines they share she finds herself emotionally and physically drawn to him. An attraction grows...
But danger lurks in the shadows, threatening to destroy their relationship before it can even begin.
1. How long have you been an author?
I started writing 3 years ago almost to the day of this interview. I wrote my very first page of fiction on the 5th November 2009 and sent it to friends to read. That one page still features in The Diplomat’s Daughter.
2. What is your favourite genre?
I enjoy all genres. But I have a particular fondness for Romantic Suspense and not just because I write it. I think the danger and excitement in this genre can add an interesting edge to the romance in the book.
3. If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?
Book 4 in The Protectors series, to be released in June 2013 is called The Hostage. Although technically the 4th book, it was written as a standalone and has a really dark and thrilling storyline. I was fortunate enough to win the 2012 RWA Emerald contest and get into the finals of the Daphne Du Maurier excellence in Mystery/Suspense contest with this book so I am very proud of it. Characters’ from previous books in the series are mentioned and it will hopefully give the readers a real desire to go back to the rest of the books and discover their story.
4. What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
I had never experienced editing and did not know how I would handle having my words critiqued and changed. But instead of feeling threatened, I discovered the process to be wonderfully constructive and helpful.
5. Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
I am working on the final book in a paranormal trilogy called The Stolen Ones about a woman who was kidnapped and her mission to find other victims of the same nasty vampire villain. This series is much longer and more complex than The Protector’s and it has been a real challenge to write. Book 3 called Broken has four major characters and numerous intersecting storylines. It represents a big leap forward in my style of writing and strangely it started as a birthday present for a friend who asked me to please write her a vampire story! The current word count is over 550,000, so I think I got a little carried away.
6. Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
I have something called Synesthesia, which means my brain operates in an interesting way and sees numbers and words as colors. For example when I see the number 3 it flashes in my mind as pink. The number 6 is orange and the number 7 is green. It makes remembering phone numbers very easy as they come to me as a particular color pallet. It also means I am particularly good at mathematics.
7. Name your top three writing goals?
Finish The Stolen Ones trilogy, preferably before it hits one million words.
Hold a print book with my name on it in my hands (and probably stare at it for a very long time)
See one of my stories turned into a movie.
Fun Questions -
1. If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Small but dangerous.
2. If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?
The Stolen Ones Book 1-Memory features a famous couture fashion designer called Dashiell. I would ask him to design me a fabulous wardrobe.
3. What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
When I was 14, my eldest sister was teasing me about something, and refused to stop even though she could see I was getting very annoyed. She was all dressed up for a party and when she stepped out of the house to go to her car I turned the garden hose on her, drenching her from head to toe.
4. Finally, can you give us your contact links?
Cecilia walked back from the nursery, breathing in and enjoying the smell of the newborn in her arms. A mixture of powder and milk and something just primarily baby. And, she thought with a smile, this one smelled sweet at both ends, which Cecilia considered a bonus.
She realized she couldn't feel Jared’s presence behind her. When had she become so used to that calm strength standing at her shoulder? When had she started to feel odd without it?
She glanced around the room and saw him with a child in his arms. He held the girl securely, one hand firmly at her back and the other supporting the wriggling legs. The child had her hands on his face, her chubby fingers touching his cheeks as she laughed in obvious delight at something only she could see.
The subtle tie had twisted sideways, the immaculate white shirt was creased from grabbing, sticky fists, and there was a smear of—was that chocolate on his collar? Little hands grabbed his hair, leaving another smear of—she really hoped for his sake that was chocolate.
As if sensing her attention, he glanced up, his grey eyes capturing hers. He held her gaze for a long moment, and they remained like that, everything else temporarily fading away.
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~Author Jennifer Labelle~