It is my joy to welcome Charlee Allden to the blog today. Charlee and I have had a critique partnership since way back. Her voice is unique and fresh. It thrills me to no end to have her here today to talk about her current release, “Deadly Lover”. Show her some love.
From the Author:
I’m Charlee and I love books and the people who write and read them. Books are a special safe-place where I can play and find myself and invite others to join me. I’ve been writing forever and studying the craft of writing intensely for the last ten years.
I’ve won a few awards and sold a few books, but what I really care about is sharing stories that connect with readers like you. If you’ve read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. That’s the only way I’ll know if I’m reaching that all important goal. And maybe you can share with me a little about your world.
Author Website: www.charleeallden
Deadly Lover By Charlee Allden
Love can get you killed.
Security contractor Lily Rowan is clawing her way back to normalcy after a training mission gone horrifically wrong left her physically and emotionally broken. She’s returned to the city she grew up in, but not to hide from her nightmares, to face them. Living alongside the Ormney—genetically altered refugees who’ve settled in The Zone—is a daily reminder of the Ormney trainee who nearly took her life. Lily knew it would be tough, but she couldn’t have known coming home would drop her straight into a madman’s deadly game.
Someone is drugging Ormney men and turning them into mindless killers, reenacting the attack Lily barely survived. To stop the killing spree and put her own demons behind her, Lily must overcome her fear and work with Jolaj, a refugee Law Keeper with dangerous secrets and hidden motives of his own.
Jolaj long ago dedicated his life to his people, risking everything to find them a new home. But working with Lily could prove to be the most difficult task he’s ever faced. Despite the Council’s decree making relationships with the outsiders forbidden, he’s finding it hard to keep the courageous Lily at a distance.
With the fragile peace between their people on the line, Lily and Jolaj must stop the horrific crimes before their growing attraction makes them the killer’s next targets.
In the near future, the world is forever altered when the existence of the Ormney is made known. But two things remain the same—serial killers still walk among us and murder is still as ugly and terrifying as ever.
I love her cover, don’t you?
“He crouched in front of her chair, so she no longer had to look up to meet his eyes. His big, clawed hands pressed against his thighs as he found his balance and settled there like an immovable boulder. “I didn’t know you were the one involved until tonight. When Detective O’Leary told me you’d alerted him to the toxin in the claw wounds as well as the possibility that Lanyak had been drugged, I knew of only one way you could have such knowledge.” His eyes searched her face. The pupils had gone a wider, making his eyes look more human. “You still carry the scars.”
He hovered on the razor-thin line between threatening and soothing. His stance wasn’t overtly aggressive. His expression seemed almost tender and protective. In a lesser man his position might even be vulnerable, balanced on the balls of his feet. Thighs slightly apart, leaving his body open. She still had the blade in one hand.
But he was anything but defenseless. He was solid, agile, confident, and very male. His stance conveyed that maleness in a potent way and reminded her she was female. That his masculine strength was there, available, calling her to move closer and be sheltered.
God, she was losing it.”
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I can’t say enough good things about this story, it has it all! Love, dynamic hero/heroine chemistry, excitement, adventure, serial killer. It is a must read!
I asked Charlee three questions to get to know her better. I think we can all relate to her answers.
1 Tell us briefly about your writing journey. What led you to writing?
Like most kids, I loved nursery rhymes. I loved the rhythm and the humor. When I learned that my Granny wrote the poems she liked to recite, I was fascinated. An ordinary person could actually “write” their own poems! By the time I got to high school my poetry was earning me awards, but I strongly believed I would never write anything longer than a short story. I just couldn’t conceive of it. I mean, how can you keep track of all of that in your head? LOL. Now I happily write 100,000 word novels. Never say never!
2 Tell us something people don’t know about you.
People are always stunned when I tell them that in 4th grade I read so slowly that I couldn’t pass the reading comprehension placement tests at my school. I was put in a remedial class. It’s true! And, surprisingly, it was a fun class. Don’t hate me, but I think diagramming sentences is super fun!
3 How do you build your fictional world?
I love playing the what if game. I like to pick something simple, the idea that people might know their world was dying, and start asking questions. How would that knowledge change people? What would become important to them? What sort of religion or culture would develop? In Deadly Lover I came to the conclusion that the Ormney would be so focused on survival that their culture would change from one that honored elders and their ancestors to one that valued children and descendants. Of course, answering a questions always leads t more questions.