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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Catch Blog Tour - Interview + Excerpt + $20 Gift Card Giveaway: Catch (Assassins #1) by Solange Poirier





Author: Solange Poirier
Series: Assassins
Number in Series: 1
Release Date: September 12, 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Presented by: Grapevine Book Tours


Synopsis from Solange Poirier

Sometimes, being in the wrong place at the wrong time is where you need to be for the good things in life to fall into place.

Max Brady is a 25 year old, fresh out of college, ambitious woman that doesn't take crap from anyone, and often uses men before tiring and disposing of them. She’s landed her dream job at the internet search engine company Fiddle. Unfortunately, she is stuck working as an assistant to the company’s CEO, but she’s hopeful that if she plays nice, one day she’ll be promoted.

Catch is an assassin. He’s been working this job for twelve years and now with his family taken care of he is ready to retire. All he wants to do is complete his last assignment, collect his large sum of cash, and then disappear to a nice, quiet place in another country.

When Max makes the huge mistake of sleeping with her boss, she decides to copy some files from his computer to hold as leverage in the event that he may try to fire her. Little does she know, the files hold secrets that can take down her boss and the entire Fiddle company.

That decision changes the course of both of their lives.

Catch is hired to kidnap and kill Max, but instead he chooses to save her life. They go on the run as he tries to formulate a plan to remove the hit on Max, because he believes that she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. As they spend more time together, Catch’s motivation for saving her life changes with his realization that if anything happens to Max he may be unable to live without her.

This book is HEA.

***Due to sexual content and language it's not suitable for young readers.***


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Interview



OBVB: Hello Solange, welcome to Offbeat Vagabond! To get the ball rolling, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
SP: Well, I’ll be 32 in December. I’ve been married for 9 years and I have two children. My daughter is 6 and my son is 2. I love animals. I have three dogs, a cat, and a corn snake named Venus. I like rock music, sushi dates with friends, martini’s, dark chocolate, and warm weather. I hate cold weather. I was born and raised in southern Louisiana, and still live here today. I’m terrified of very bad weather and flying. But despite my fear of flying I have a very strong desire to travel.

OBVB:When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
SP: I think I’ve known since I was young. I always loved writing poetry. Yes, I still have the notebook full of poetry from my middle and high school days. No, I will never share it. That bad boy is coming to the grave with me. Anyway, the first novel I ever read was Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I checked it out of my middle school library, and ever since then I’ve always played with the idea of writing. It wasn’t until about 7 years ago that I finally just decided that I was going to do it.

OBVB: What first attracted you to Contemporary Romance? Who is your favorite Contemporary Romance author and why?
SP: I read my first Contemporary Romance novel because it was the book pulled from the hat in a book club I’m a part of. Ever since then I’ve been hooked. Picking a favorite is very difficult, so I’ll name the first few that pop into my head. Jennifer Armentrout, Madeline Sheehan, and M. Leighton.

OBVB: Can you tell us what your latest release, Catch, is all about?
SP: Catch is about a girl named Max that gets into trouble causing a hit to be taken out on her. The assassin, Catch, instead of killing her he saves her life. They go on the run together while Catch tries to find a way to have the hit removed. During that time they have a very tense relationship as they are both trying to survive.

OBVB: What was the most challenging thing you had to face when writing Catch?

SP: Sex scenes. I’m not going to lie, I’m a perv, but I’m still bashful when I take the images in my head and put them down on paper. Also I stressed over trying to get the emotions of my characters through. It’s very important to me that the readers feel the emotions of my characters. I hope I was able to accomplish that.

OBVB: How did you celebrate once you completed the book?
SP: I had sushi and martini’s with my friend Shana. I dedicated the book to her because she really was the driving force behind me writing Catch.

OBVB: Were there any characters more challenging to write than others?
SP: Catch was probably the most difficult character for me to write simply because I wrote from his POV. He’s a man, I’m a woman. So, I had to put a little more effort into writing his parts. I wanted to be sure that when he spoke he sounded like a man.

OBVB: Do you have any muses for your characters?
SP: I actually don’t really have any muses for my characters. That wasn’t something I really thought of. I have this idea in my head of what I think they look like. Honestly, I would love to see what the readers think Catch and Max look like.

OBVB: I read that you love horror films. What is your favorite horror film and why?
SP: Oh, that’s a difficult one. Again I don’t think I can pick just one, so I’ll name a few. John Carpenter’s Halloween, The Shining (1980), Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), and The Exorcist. I’m going to stop there because I could just keep going.


I enjoy older horror films because I find that the small budgets the film industry had to work with back then required them to be more creative. I think that they had to work harder at really scaring us, and I enjoy the little things that sometimes others might tend to overlook.


OBVB: Is there anything you must have or do when you start writing?
SP: Music. I have to have my music. It helps clear my mind, block out other noises, and tap into my emotions.

OBVB: Last but not least, are there any other projects you are working on?
SP: My book Raw is in the process of being proofread right now. It’s another Contemporary Adult novel, but is slightly different. The main male character is not your typical alpha male. He’s just a genuinely nice guy.


I’m also about to finish a standalone young adult novel called Sunshine and Zombies. That one was a lot of fun to write. When I’m done with that story I will start working on the next book in the Assassin series. That will be June and Snitch’s story.

OBVB: Thank you so much for visiting Offbeat Vagabond, Solange. Hope to have you here again.
SP: And thank you for taking the time to participate in the book blog tour. I do appreciate all the help I’m receiving in the promotion of my book.


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Excerpt
 

Max  

I open my eyes to a dull headache. Blinking a few times it takes me a moment to realize that my mouth is taped shut, and my ankles and wrists are bound. I turn my head and see my kidnapper driving. He is dressed in all black, making him blend in with the black interior of the car. His dark hair is shaved on the sides but long on the top, and he’s wearing a carnival mask.

I rub my wrists together trying desperately to stretch the tape. It pulls on my sprained wrist and a muffled cry pushes through the tape on my mouth. He turns and looks over his shoulder. The sinister smile on the colorful mask sends a cold shiver down my spine.

Going into complete panic mode I bring my knees up and start kicking on the back window. With my feet bare I’m not making any progress. If only my heels would have stayed on I may have been able to break the window. What I would do after I broke the window is still up in the air. This jackass is stupid if he thinks I’m going to go down without a fight.

He turns around and looks at me again. This time our eyes lock long enough for me to see their steel grey color. When he reaches into the backseat I flinch. He doesn’t say anything just reaches over and pulls the tape from my lips.

“Ouch! You stupid fucker!” I yell. He chuckles. “Oh I’m glad you think this is funny.” He still hasn’t said anything. “Say something. Tell me why you kidnapped me.”

The vehicle makes a sharp left turn and I look up out the window trying to see if anything might look familiar, but all I can see is clear blue sky.

“I’m only doing my job,” he says in a gruff voice.

“What job?”

He shrugs. “When I get the assignment I do it. That’s my job.”

“Such bullshit. This has something to do with James Kelly, right?” I pull on the tape again and grit my teeth against the pain shooting through my wrist.

“Like I said, I don’t know the specifics. I just do my job. Would you like to tell me why I was hired to kidnap you?”

“James Kelly is scared shitless because I apparently have information that he doesn’t want me to have,” I reply. “Now are you going to confirm what I just told you? Because seriously I think I have the right to know why you kidnapped me.”

He continues to stay sitting forward in his seat completely silent. It’s clear that I’m not going to get anywhere with him. This mess has to have something to do with James. He knows I was in his office. He knows that I found something. Or he isn’t completely sure and he isn’t taking any chances.

Damn, I always knew there was something fishy about him.

“So you’re not going to beg me to let you go? Offer me money that a rich daddy somewhere in the Caribbean will pay?” he asks.

“Nope. Honestly, I’m not the begging type. What’s the point, it won’t work anyway,” I reply. I’m not the kind of person who begs for anything, but for some reason I don’t think I need to beg him. I have a feeling that whatever is going on doesn’t end with him. It only begins with him, and I should save my questions, and possible begging, for when and if I become desperate.

Before I can grill him for more information I feel the massive vehicle come to a stop. My kidnapper gets out and walks around to the side door near my head. Dammit. I had every intention of kicking him in the face. He’s smart.

I hear the rip of duct tape, and then the door pops open. As he comes down to put the tape over my mouth I shake my head trying to dodge him. Of course, in the end, he has the upper hand.

Tucking his hands under my armpits he pulls me out of the backseat and places me on my bare feet, the gravel pressing into my sensitive skin. I quickly take in my surroundings trying to figure out where I am. There’s an old plane hangar, other decaying buildings, and a body of water. Nothing is familiar. I’m completely lost.

He throws me over his shoulder and pins my legs against his chest. Now not only am I lost. I’m also stuck. June’s words echo in my head. “One day, Max, you’re going to run into someone who will be able to get the better of you.”

Damn me and my ego.



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About Solange Poirier


I'm a married woman who lives in southern Louisiana. (No, I do not have alligators in my backyard.)I have the utmost privilege of being the mom to a 5 year old and a 2 year old. They test my sanity on a daily basis. I love to read and write. I also love dogs, cats, flowers, wine, dirty martinis, chocolate, sushi, family, friends, tattooed men, rock music, rock stars, laughing, video games, horror films, and the list could go on and on.

I write because I love to create characters and make stuff up. I just hope that the readers enjoy my stories as much I as enjoy writing them.  


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