Today the spotlight shines on Mark Sanders & Emily Lawson
Irene Hannon has me hook, line and sinker! Her Heroes of Quantico series is brilliant and I can't recommend it more highly. The latest instalment, An Eye for An Eye, is now available and you don't want to miss it.
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Over to you, Irene:~
Mark is 38, 6’2”, with medium brown hair and brown eyes. As a member of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, he’s in excellent physical condition. Although more outgoing, communicative and laid-back than his partner, Coop, he’s intense on the job.
As I’ve mentioned in past Spotlights, I never picture celebrities when envisioning my characters. They always take on their own unique personalities and looks. So this is a tough question for me. Maybe David Duchovny in his X-Files days?
Mark is committed to seeing that justice is done and has a well-developed conscience. He’s smart, determined and loyal. Although he presents a strong face to the world, he has a tender heart. And unlike Coop, he’s not afraid to let the right woman peek into it!
He sometimes pushes himself too hard—and expects too much of himself.
No real quirks
Inspiration for the Character
Since this is a reunion story as well as a suspense novel, I wanted Mark to be a guy who was still searching for the right woman—even if he didn’t know it! And I wanted him to be in the midst of both a personal and professional crisis that had thrown his life off balance. I thought it would be interesting to watch a strong male character deal with both a trauma that has temporarily pushed him off the Hostage Rescue Team—the center of his world—and a situation that makes him reevaluate the loneliness of his life. Reintroducing him to his high school sweetheart in the context of high drama and life-threatening risk was a great way to accomplish the latter!
Emily is 36, 5’7”, with shoulder-length blonde hair and green eyes. She’s a psychologist in private practice, and she also hosts a weekly call-in teen radio show. In addition, she handles EAP cases for companies and is an expert in workplace violence. Her husband, a fireman, died five years ago in the line of duty—less than six months after they were married.
Think Cheryl Ladd in her Charlie’s Angels days comes closest—but with a little shorter hair!
Emily is smart, intuitive and empathetic.
After losing her husband tragically, she’s afraid to get too close to anyone again. She fills up the emptiness in her personal life with way too many work-related commitments. Even though she’s a psychologist and knows this isn’t healthy, she hasn’t been able to get past the fear of letting someone new claim her heart—and then losing him again.
She’s addicted to vanilla lattes and double chocolate chip frappuccinos.
Inspiration for the Character
Because Emily has been devastated by loss and is reluctant to risk being hurt again, I needed to give her a good incentive to rethink her position. So I brought in Mark, her first love. Then I put her in a volatile situation that throws the predictable life she’s created into turmoil and forces her to acknowledge that no matter how hard she tries to shape her own world and insulate herself from loss, it’s just not possible.
Background to the Story
Although An Eye For An Eye is Book 2 in my Heroes of Quantico series, it was actually written first—and I never intended it to be part of a series. Since it was my inaugural foray into suspense, I didn’t want to over commit. But then along came Coop, who intrigued me enough that I wanted to write his story. So An Eye For An Eye became Book 2 and Against All Odds became Book 1. Fortunately, Nick showed up with his own very compelling story, giving me my third book for the series, In Harm’s Way (April 2010).
One of the things I like about the Heroes of Quantico series is that each of the stories is very different. Against All Odds featured a two-continent setting and a terrorist element. An Eye For An Eye focuses on a more personal threat when a determined killer shatters Mark and Emily’s unexpected reunion. But who is the target? And why? As they search for answers, the peril escalates. Will they find the killer before he can complete his mission? Or is this new chapter in their long-ago summertime romance destined to have an unhappy ending? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
One last note: Although these books mark my suspense debut, I’ve also written 26 contemporary romances. But I felt strongly called to dip my toes into suspense. And I’m happy to say it paid off. Against All Odds went on to hit both the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists for multiple months and is now in its third printing. I’m crossing my fingers that the same happens with An Eye For An Eye! It’s already gotten a 4 ½ star Top Pick rating from RT BOOKreviews and has been called “superbly written” by Booklist, so it’s off to a great start!
Thanks so much, Irene ~ I adored An Eye for An Eye and can't wait for Nick's story, In Harm's Way, releasing next year :)
I am thrilled to have a copy of An Eye for An Eye to give away! To enter:!
1. You must have an Australian postal address
2. Post a comment by Sunday 20th September, 2009 telling me what qualities make a great romantic suspense novel for you.