Degrees of Darkness Series #2
By: Winter Austin
Release date: June 10th, 2013
Called to the homicide of a Dallas criminal lawyer, Detective Remy LeBeau stares at a scene that drags him back into his past. To another murdered lawyer in New Orleans. A case that put Remy on a collision course with death.
Cody Lewis struggles with the horrific memories of her kidnapping and the need to numb the pain. The battle she puts up causes her to avoid Remy and their undetermined relationship. But the flashbacks and nightmares are proving more potent than Cody thought and she’s having a harder time resisting the cravings for alcohol.
As the case takes a turn in revealing a professional assassin is behind the death, Remy begins to make decisions that could cost him his job and Cody. Because the deeper he sinks, the closer the enemies of his past come to finding him.
“Relentless is an intensely suspenseful book that will have you turning the pages.” —The Romance Reviews
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
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One of your favorite quotes.
"All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible." ~ William Faulkner
Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?
Robert Crais, he was recommended to me by a fellow author for his wit and particular style of thriller writing. Once I read one of his books, I was hooked. His 2 main characters Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are pretty awesome Heroes.
And then there is Sherrilyn Kenyon and her Dark Hunter series. ’Nuff said.
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
Retribution came about as a means to reveal more of my hero’s, Detective Remy LeBeau, secretive past. It was the stepping stone between book 1, Relentless, and book 3, Revenge, where Remy’s life in New Orleans is fully revealed. I started with a simple what if question: What if a ghost from your past returned and this time more is at stake?
Retribution proved a difficult book and plot to write as I’m such a pantser and I didn’t know all the details of what happened to Remy, who did it, and why. As the story progressed I found all the threads to weave together and it shocked me. But it helped bring two of the secondary characters into the spotlight, who will have stronger roles in upcoming books.
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
My favorite scene was the climatic action scene. I had so much fun working with my husband—of all people—in laying out how and what my characters were doing in order to stop the antagonist. And I truly enjoy writing a good fight scene, though it’s hard to act out how it goes down in my head. J It’s probably the most explosive ending I’ve written to date, but there’s room for more of those kind of scenes.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Oh, Cody Lewis, my heroine. She gets to have all the fun. She owns horses and can ride whenever she wants. She’s surrounded by cowboys—some of them some of the hottest guys you’ll ever meet—and cops. She’s a no holds bar kinda gal who tells it like it is, but she’s got a softer side that smooth’s out those rough edges. And Cody is more levelheaded than I am, makes me wish I was more like her.
Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?
Richard Armitage, I have a thing for Brits, and it helps a lot that he’s the character model for my hero Detective Remy LeBeau, who I’ve had a crush on since the moment of his conception as the hero of my series.
What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex?
Toss up between a man’s hands and his chest. I love the look of a man’s hands—especially one who does hard labor, the way the veins pop out and you can just see the strength in the way their hands are molded. But a nice set of pecs is pretty hot, too!
When was your last kiss?
Just this morning, I get a “off to work” kiss every day.
How did you meet your significant other?
At a high school football game at my school. Hubby stayed for the dance afterward and we danced. A week later I asked him to my homecoming dance, then he came for my volleyball game the night before. After the homecoming dance he asked me out and the rest is history. ;)
If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?
Europe and the Mediterranean countries, now to convince the hubby to go along.
Facial hair or clean shaven? Clean Shaven—though the new scruff/beard look is growing on me
Alpha or Beta? A mix of both—which I have in real life. ;)
Planner or Panster? Panster with a teeny bit of planner.
White wine or red? White
Coffee or tea? Coffee!
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in—if I get up too early kids are soon to be up.
Beach or mountains? Mountains.
Spotlight or In the Shadows? Depends on the situation, but I’m such a showboater--Spotlight
City or Country? Country girl to the core!
Christmas or Halloween? Christmas, I love the music and decorating.
Winter Austin was once asked by her husband if he could meet some of the people who took residence in her head. She warned they weren’t all characters he wanted to meet, as killers walked among them. Needless to say, that conversation ended abruptly.
A lifelong Mid-West gal, Winter swears she should have been born in the South, Texas or Louisiana preferably. But then she’d miss the snowy winters.
Dividing her day between her four children and their various activities, a growing pet population, and her Beta-with-Alpha-tendencies Hero, Winter manages to find time to write chilling thrillers between loads of laundry.
Don’t worry. You won’t find any of her mouthwatering culinary dishes poisoned. Unless you’re one of her fictional creations.