Welcome to UTC! We are so happy to have you today! I fell in love with your BOI series but this time you’ve started a new spin-off based on that series. Care to tell us a bit about the One-Eyed Jacks and how the idea of this series came to you?

Hi and thanks so much for having me.  You can blame Mike ‘Primetime’  Brown for the One-Eyed Jacks.  When Mike showed up in With No Remorse then again in Last Man Standing, I just knew he had to have his own book.  And I also knew that behind all that flash and swagger there had to be a story about who this guy REALLY was – as opposed to who he showed the world. Turns out I was right.

 

The One Eyed Jacks (a multi-branch military task force formed in 2002 and disbanded in 2005) got their nick name because of the uniqueness of their experimental unit, their tight camaraderie, their slightly reckless reputation, their favorite downtime/pastime of high stakes poker and because each of them made a pact to always carry a One Eyed Jack playing card (either a Jack of hearts or a Jack of spades) as their lucky charm and a sign of unity.

 

Today, only three men of the original detail are still alive – Mike Brown, Bobby Taggart, Jamie Cooper.  On their last mission in Afghanistan, all three were dealt a losing hand and now share one common bond:  The military that they proudly served had cut them loose eight years ago with a ‘less than honorable’ discharge when their team led a covert operation that went south and the powers that be laid the blame squarely on their shoulders.  To the dismay of the prosecutors of the Navy, Army, and Marines military tribunals, the most serious of charges could not be proven, which negated the possibility of court martial and prison but still ended in their separation from the service.

 

Now Brown, Taggart and Cooper lead separate lives in separate countries, have all dropped out of ‘normal society’ and not only live with the lie that led to their military separation but with the weight of the deaths of both their task force team members and several innocent civilians haunting them.

For these three men, life is now all about getting by, about forgetting the past, dealing with the anger and coping with the hand they’ve been dealt.  None of them intend to break the status quo – until a mysterious woman confronts and forces Brown to ask questions about what really happened in Afghanistan and how those events played into a current national security threat.  She dangles bait Brown can’t resist – the means to clear his name, deliver justice and expose the master mind behind the death of his teammates and his own downfall.

 

 

KILLING TIME is the first book of the series. If you’ve read the last book of the BOI series, then you should already be familiar with the hero, Mike “Primetime” Brown. Ms. Gerard, can you tell us a bit about Mike?

On the surface Mike is charming, irreverent, and a consummate tease.  These are all staples in his bag of tricks that he uses to hid the shame he feels over the loss of his military career, the lost of his friends, and his inability to do a damn thing about it.  Some heroes are born though and like it or not, he can’t hide from his destiny.  I loved creating Mike’s character.  He’s so broken and so determined not to let anyone know that.  And he just can’t help but be a hero.

 

One thing I love about your writing and your Romantic Suspense series in particular is the fact that you seem to delve deep into the character’s mind whenever you write. Can you tell us about your writing habits and how you are able to make readers feel as if they are amidst all the action?

I wish I had good writing habits. LOL.  The truth is, I procrastinate.  A lot.  I LIKE to think that all the pondering I do when I should be writing is part of the creative process and helps me develop my characters, so we’ll just go with that :o).  Thanks for the compliment about making readers feel they are in the midst of the action.  I’m glad it’s working out that way :o)  I merely try to be honest.  Not clutter up the action with a lot of unnecessary ‘filler’ and put myself into the scene and weigh what my reactions might be.  I’m no hero, like the guys and women I write about but I’d like to think I’d act according to a certain set of rules and moral code.

 

How much research went into writing KILLING TIME?

There is always a lot of research involved in any book I write.  I can’t feel comfortable fleshing out my characters if I don’t know who they are, where they’ve been and what’s going to happen to them.  Plausibility is a huge issue for me when I’m reading so I attempt to make every story and every scene plausible.  Do I create ‘fictional’ situations?  Absolutely.  But I want those situations to be as accurate and feasible as possible.  So – LOTS of research, whether it be about weaponry, helicopters, troop placement in Afghanistan, local in Peru and in this book also survivalist compounds in Idaho.

I know some fans are a little sad to be leaving the BOI series, but there is a good amount of cameos in KILLING TIME. Joe Green and my personal favorite, Gabriel Jones (*tries to control squeals*) make an appearance. I know it’s like asking a mother to pick her favorite child, but if you had to pick your favorite hero, who would it be and why?

You’re right.  It’s a tough one.  I’ll always have a soft spot for Gabe but Johnny Reed, Luke Colter and Mike Browne have special places in my heart.  I love a funny hero and those guys just make me laugh.

 

What do you hope devoted readers will take away from this new series?

I hope they love it every bit as much if not more than The Body Guard and The Black Ops, Inc. series.  Where as the BG and BOI teams were heroes all around, these guys are more like the A-team of romance LOL.  They’ve had a less than stellar past – through no fault of their own – and have some huge grudges and some big anger to overcome to bring them back to who they were meant to be.

 

If given the chance to work with another author on a project, who would you pick and why?

Easy answer.  Glenna McReynolds aka Tara Janzen.   Glenna and I were fans of each other’s work long before we became friends.  I LOVE her intellect, her creativity and her amazing voice.  We’ve often talked about doing a project together but we can never coordinate a time that works for both of us.  So we keep hoping …. Someday

 

What are you currently working on right now?

I’m really excited to tell you that my publisher has asked me to write a bonus One-Eyed Jacks novel that features Mike’s little brother, Ty Brown.  Ty’s story – THE WAY HOME – will be released just in time for Christmas 2013 and will initially come out in a specially priced hardcover edition.  I’m so excited about this book.  Wish I could tell you more but for now all I can say is that, wow, it’s turning into a very special story.  When I finish THE WAY HOME, I’ll start work on RUNNING BLIND  – Jamie Hondo Cooper’s story –  then finish up the series with TAKING FIRE – Bobby BoomBoom Taggart’s story.

Thanks so much for having me today.  Hugs, Cindy

killing time

One Eyed Jacks Series Blurbs & Links

Killing Time
(One Eyed Jacks #1)
Publisher:  Pocket Books
Publication date: 
January 22, 2013

An exciting new series featuring Mike “Primetown” Brown, a character from her popular

“Black Ops, Inc.” series.

For the seven years after Operation Slam Dunk went south, Mike Brown got drunk on each anniversary. The eighth year was no different–until he was drugged by a woman and woke up to her questions about what had happened eight years ago in Afghanistan. CIA attorney Eva Salinas has her own theory behind what happened to Mike’s team–which included her husband–in Afghanistan eight years ago, and she’s determined to prove foul play. Though she doesn’t trust him, Mike is the only person she can turn to for help. Under an assumed name, Eva convinces Mike to assemble a new team and go after the traitor who screwed up both their lives. As they track down the rogue who started it all, Eva and Mike discover they can’t live without each other. But can they stay alive while an enemy is still on the loose?

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KILLING TIME Blog Tour Schedule

1/14 – Books-n-Kisses

1/15 –  Under the Covers

1/16 –  Just Romantic Suspense

1/17 –  United by Books

1/18  – Reading Between the Wines

1/19 –  – Book Monster Reviews / Literal Addiction

1/20 –  Book Lovin Mamas

1/21 – The Reading Café

1/22 – Cocktails and Books

1/23 – Romancing the Book

1/24 – Ramblings From This Chick

1/25 – Sizzling Hot Books

1/26 – Bookworm 2 Bookworm (Review)

1/27 – Bookworm 2 Bookworm (Interview)

1/28 – All Things Books

1/29 – RR@H Novel Thoughts

1/30 – Romance Crush Junkies

1/31 –  Pimpin’ Reads

2/01 –  The Book Nympho

 

About the Author:

The only thing Cindy had in mind when she started writing her first book was finishing it. The issue of actually selling it came much later. Only after she made that life-altering first sale did she realize that one book would never be enough. Now, over 20 books and numerous awards later, Cindy laughingly admits that she can barely remember life before…well, was there life before writing?

Actually, yes there was, and still is. A professional career woman, Cindy is a trainer for the Iowa Department of Human Services, a position she states is both challenging and rewarding. “Human Services is a front-line, real-life event. Everything about the job is immediate, from serving families in crisis, to assisting staff with difficult situations, to meeting tension-fraught deadlines.”

Cindy’s writing has netted her spots on bestseller lists, numerous RT nominations and awards, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, a National Reader’s Choice Award and two RITA nominations.

Between writing and working full time you wouldn’t think Cindy would have much time for anything else. And while she does find her work and her writing rewarding, there does have to be more. Cindy has more. Much more. She is happily married to the perfect man. Tom’s a cowboy, ladies!

Both Tom and Cindy enjoy gardening and have recently expanded their annual beds into a perennial garden. Cindy says she can hardly wait for spring and the promise of all that reawakening and the colorful blooms.

In addition to the horses, the Gerards have two dogs, Ellie and Boomer, who pretty much get anything they want. Tom and Cindy have one son, Kyle, who, after years of keeping them in suspense, found Eileen, the perfect woman.

Connect with Cindy:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Cindy’s Amazon Page

lastmanstanding

A deadly mission.A thirst for revenge.

One headstrong alpha hero and one daring woman will settle the score.

LAST MAN STANDING

Special operative Joe Green has gone vigilante. His mission: avenge his Black Ops, Inc., brother’s death during a bloody ambush years ago in Sierra Leone. He refuses to drag the BOI team or his lover, Stephanie Tompkins, into the hunt for the man responsible, so when he finds himself beaten, starving, and alone after being falsely imprisoned for the murder of a Freetown priest, he knows he’s as good as dead. Joe meant to protect Stephanie when he walked out on their relationship, but he can’t stop her now from executing his escape. Breaking him out of prison is the easy part. After Joe’s explosive theory pans out and his cunning enemy emerges as the front runner for a high-level presidential appointment, he and Stephanie must race to derail the traitor’s conspiracy if they are to save their loved ones, the nation, and each other.

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Cindy is giving away a signed copy of LAST MAN STANDING.
Open internationally.  To enter?  Just leave a comment below.

There is also a Grand Prize drawing of a $25.00 Gift Card (Amazon or B&N) and an autographed copy of KILLING TIME for one lucky winner that follows the tour and leaves a comment at every stop.

To enter the Grand Prize drawing CLICK HERE!

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70 Comments

  1. If I could just have Cindy Gerard and Tara Janzen books with me on a desert island, my life would be complete. 🙂
    I’ve been looking forward to this one since the cover was released months and months and months ago. So happy that the release date crept up on me and took me by surprise!
    Oh, and all the best people procrastinate. 😉

    1. LOL thanks Sonja! Tara (Glenna McReynolds) is one of my best buddies. We’ve been pals since the days when we wrote Loveswepts for Bantam. She has all of her old lovswepts out on Amazon now and they’re selling like hotcakes!!

  2. December 2013 for “The Way Home” OMG what if I die before then!! Well enough of the dramatics/ hysterics… but I do love your books and have them all and am on pins and needles waiting for Ty’s story.

  3. Rebe – thanks. I love the cover too. The finished product has him wearing dog tags and looks amazing.

    Sheila – The Way Home is promising to be a very special book. I’m writing it now and it’s been just one surprise after another.

    Gi – you’re very welcome :o)

  4. Cindy,

    You have been blessed when it comes to cover art. All of your covers are smokin’ hot! Thank you for continuing to write the best alpha heroes!

  5. OH my goodness. I have just started reading the BOI series. What a great thing to add!! A signed book! 😉 Thanks for a great give away chance and the added hop fun!!

  6. Lori – you don’t need to read the first 2 series to enjoy Killing Time. It’s the first book in a new series so you won’t have any trouble or need to play catch up

    and Sheri -that’s so sweet. Thanks!

  7. Cindy, have you ever served in the military or do you interview people in the military to get a realistic picture ?

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  8. Hi Booksie – to answer your question, no, I’ve never served but I have many military contacts who help me with my research and who I admire greatly. They keep me honest when it comes to portraying all of my military type characters.

    Thanks Lisa! appreciate it.

  9. Thanks for the giveaway!! Haven’t read any of your books before, but they sound really good and I’d love to read this!

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

  10. This new series sounds really good. I love the uncover the cover up type stories with lots of twists. Thanks for the special post and giveaway to introduce it.

    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com

  11. I have gotten more and more excited for this book as time has gone on. As sad it was to see the BOI series ended ( what got me started with your books Cindy), I am really looking forward to another series starting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I can’t wait for the new series. I just love your books. They have been on my “grab as soon as a new one comes out” list for a long time.

    1. Hey Megan! Seeing as Gerard is a fantastic author, I think you’d be OK to read out of order, but keep in mind that the boys work as a team so lots of cameos and set ups for future books are there if you do read in order. I think it only enhances the reading experience if you do read them as released.

      AND ENJOY BECAUSE I LOVE THIS SERIES!

  13. It’s a great book! The interview is very interesting, I loved to hear about the series.

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  14. I always enjoy your books and love romantic suspense. I’ll definitely put this series on my list to read.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  15. I will love to win and read LAST MAN STANDING!!
    Thanks for chance to win 🙂
    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  16. I love Cindy’s works. Any chance we will get to visit the BOI’s and see what a great but crazy and overprotecting dad Reed turned out to be?
    Z

  17. I have read most of your books…love the Dark Ops novels!!! Can’t wait to read this one…hope I win it!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  18. Killer cover….love a mans backside! 😉 This sounds like a series I can totally get into…don’t know how I missed it!! Thx for the giveaway op!!