Author: Virginia Brasch
Series: Artemis Series
Number in Series: 1
Release Date: March 3, 2014
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Presented by: Entranced Publishing
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Presented by: Entranced Publishing
Synopsis from Virginia Brasch
An eye for an eye. Bailey Russell is an assassin on an Artemis Agency assignment that is both business and personal: take out Amir Fahad, the arms dealer, who killed her partner. She’s put together an ideal plan that includes using herself as bait. Grieving the loss of her former partner and her team’s faith in her she vows the only way this mission ends is in death: hers or Fahad’s.
A dangerous web they weave. British Intelligence Operative, Ben Ambrose, is married to his job. And for the past three months that has meant living undercover as part of Fahad’s crew. Three month’s work blown when he feels compelled to risk his life to protect Bailey and her friends from Fahad’s men.
The best laid plans. Bailey’s plan ruined. Ben’s cover blown. Their entire professional lives consist of lies and subterfuge, but there’s one thing Bailey and Ben can’t hide from each other, their growing attraction. Still, each wants to complete their mission at all costs: personal and professional.
Payback’s a bitch and this time her name is Bailey.
OBVB: Welcome to Offbeat Vagabond, Virginia! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
VB: Hi, thanks for having me! I’m a new writer, who has never been published before, so I’m trying to catch on quick. In my own time I try to live in flip flops as much as humanly possible, I have a rescued cat who runs the house and destroys the furniture, and I married the boy I fell in love with when I was seventeen.
OBVB: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
VB: I’ve found books that I had made when I was a kid, maybe around ten. I wrote and illustrated them myself very much in the vein of the Goosebumps books by RL Stine. He terrified me and I loved it. So I think even before I “knew” I wanted to write – I always had a drive to create characters and stories of my own.
OBVB: I know you love reading. Who are you reading right now and who is your favorite author?
VB: Right now I’m halfway through The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig. I’m about to start reading Infinite Potential by Barbara Garren. I have a lot of authors I enjoy but I’m not sure I could pick a favorite. I have Dean Koontz and Stieg Larrson next to Sandra Brown, Tami Hoag and Louisa May Alcott. Classics, genre fiction, indie authors – all are welcome on my bookshelves.
OBVB: What first attracted you to Romantic Suspense?
VB: What’s not to love? I find sometimes a straight romantic story can bore me terribly. Their meeting is fate but life gets in the way, they struggle, then Happily Ever After. Snooze. And straight suspense books, I often think, would be so much better with a romantic storyline. I want compelling motivating action, I want to worry about the characters (physically and emotionally) and I want to be made to keep turning pages. Romantic suspense has all that.
OBVB: What was the most challenging thing you had to face when publishing your book?
VB: The fact that other people will read it. I suppose that sounds silly but how terrifying to create something and then lay it out for everyone to see – and yet, that’s the whole point of writing. It’s such a strange journey to take but if you find good people, you won’t be navigating alone. Find good people. For me, that was my editor on this book, Terese Strickland. She’s since gone freelance but I plan on consulting with her for a number of other projects in addition to the ones she and I are currently working on. She’s amazing. She’s explained what a galley copy is, a blog tour, marketing strategies, how to clean up my writing, how to spot and fix “trouble” spots in a manuscript. Publishing can be a strange world. You need good people.
OBVB: Retribution is your debut, correct? Can you tell us what it is about?
VB: Retribution is my debut! The book follows Bailey Russell, an assassin for the Artemis Agency who is setting out on a job that is personal and professional. She’s hunting Amir Fahad, the arms dealer that killed her partner.Ben Ambrose, a British Intelligence Operative, has been working undercover with Fahad’s men for three months when he blows his cover to save the life of a woman in the wrong place at the wrong time.Lies have made up their entire professional lives but Bailey and Ben must learn to trust one another in order to survive the dangerous road head. Payback’s a bitch and this time her name is Bailey.Retribution is the first book in the Artemis Series. I hear there’s a little snippet of book two, Fiery Pursuits, in the back of Retribution. Be careful with that one. Riley will pull you in.
OBVB: Where did the idea for Retribution come from?
VB: I had an idea of these vacationing women on a boat being overtaken by pirates. In my mind, these were no ordinary women and the very last people you’d ever want to rob. That idea led to many questions. Who were these women? Why were they in dangerous waters to begin with? It spawned the Artemis Series. It was a tiny idea, for one little scene, that became an entire book that led to an entire series.
OBVB: If Retribution were to be a movie/tv show, who do you see playing your characters?
VB: I can see Olympic Gold Medalist Hope Solo as Bailey Russell. I picture a British version of Oliver Hudson as Ben Ambrose. I picture Amelia Hammond a bit like Julie Andrews. The gorgeous Taye Diggs as Femi. Emma Stone with her red hair as Riley.
OBVB: Do you have a favorite character? Who are they and why is he/she your favorite?
VB: When I was writing Retribution, Bailey was my favorite. I love that she’s a bit damaged and broken but she pushes through everything. That’s how she deals. Push, push, push. I love Ben too, and Vaughn kept trying to steal the scenes. In Fiery Pursuits, I fell in love with Riley and Marc Chevalier. I love that Marc finds Riley’s genius so sexy and Riley’s genius can be her greatest strength and greatest insecurity. In the book I’m finishing now, Cutting Ties, I fell in love with Eva for everything she’s overcome and Vaughn for his strength. I suppose you love each character as you get to know them better.
OBVB: When you are not writing, what do you do in your free time?
VB: I like to read, watch movies with the Hubs, I sing poorly and loudly whenever I can. If I could I’d be a beach bum permanently. Above all, I like to laugh. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re having a good time.
OBVB: Is there anything you must have or do when you start writing?
VB: I like a cup of coffee and a nice playlist to get me in the mood for whatever I’m writing. Quiet background music helps. At least it drowns out my phone ringing. Sometimes I feel like typing is a kind of commitment, a document I’m going to save forever, so when I’m just trying to get the ball rolling, or plotting, I’ll write long hand. I have many favorite pens. I chose to think it’s adorable and quirky.
OBVB: Last but not least, are there any other projects you are working on right now?
VB: Terese Strickland and I are working on our first ever joint manuscript which is a lot of fun. I’m working on editing book two and polishing up book three of the Artemis Series. In my free time I’m dabbling with a couple YA manuscripts, a fantasy, and a couple historicals. Just for funsies. I like all the genres. Is there a support group for this? I’ll bring the coffee.
OBVB: Thank you so much for visiting Offbeat Vagabond, Virginia. Hope to have you here again.
VB: Thank you for having me! I’ll come back any time!
About Virginia Brasch
Virginia Brasch, author of Retribution, the first book in the Artemis Series is making her writing debut. The married Pennsylvania native has an inherited love of books. Virginia was tired of reading stories about helpless damsels in distress and started writing about her own kind of heroine.
She snorts when she laughs, has an unfortunate fondness for karaoke, a growing collection of books, and is drawn always to the sea. She was also once hit in the head by a small sailboat’s boom and tossed overboard. This taught her the importance of expecting the unexpected. She enjoys dirty jokes and swears like a sailor though claims to be “****ing working on it.”
Virginia is an adventurer who lives a wildly exciting life. Afraid to fly, she travels infrequently. She gets excited to spend a night in reading or snuggle up watching a movie with her husband. She likes hanging out with her mom or tentatively venturing out with girlfriends, lured by promises of wine and laughing until it hurts.
“Life is short. Have fun while you’re here.”
She writes suspense with a romantic kick and fully believes heroines should be a bit brash.
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