Today we have fellow author Mark Love as a guest. He stopped by to introduce us to one special character from his book, Devious. But first, let’s get to know a little more about the story itself. Scroll down and absorb yourself in the thrilling blurb and interesting excerpt below.
Meet Jamie Richmond. A former reporter turned author, Jamie is a stubborn redhead who knows a good story when she sees one and can’t stop until she gets to the bottom of it. She’s made the transition to author, focusing on mysteries. Wanting to give her audience as much realism as possible, she manages to hitch a ride with a state police trooper as part of her research for an upcoming book.
But the night takes an unexpected turn when she witnesses someone shoot the trooper on a dark and desolate road. Although it’s not a fatal injury, Jamie is intrigued by the events surrounding the incident and the ongoing investigation. She expects answers. If the cops can’t figure it out, maybe she will. Before she can get too far along, Jamie becomes distracted by Malone, another trooper she met that night. Malone has a mystery or two of his own, but it’s Jamie who has caught his eye. Things begin heating up quickly. Suddenly Jamie has more on her mind than she ever bargained for. She’s determined to unravel the mystery of the shooting. Was it a random incident? Or is there some devious plot at work?
I kicked off the heels and squirmed out of the stockings. I opted for a pair of very lacy panties with a matching black bra, and rummaged in the closet for a corduroy skirt and a cotton blouse. I called this my flirt skirt. It was knee length but had functional snaps that ran down the front of it. Depending on how flirtatious I was feeling determined how many snaps were left undone. I grabbed my bag and hurried off to meet him.
O’Leary’s wasn’t crowded when I arrived. Malone was in uniform, sitting at a booth near the back of the restaurant. Malone greeted me with a tender hug and a chaste kiss on the lips then pulled me in beside him on the bench.
“Saving it up for later?” I asked.
“Bank on it.
Malone opened his menu and scanned the page quickly. A waitress approached, wearing a green leotard and skirt with a black apron. He glanced at me and raised his eyebrows. “Want me to order for you?”
“Sure, I’m starving.”
Malone turned to the girl. “We’ll have the roast lamb stew, tossed salads with raspberry vinaigrette, and coffee.” He looked at me and I nodded.
“You eat here often?” I asked as she wiggled away. I’d swear she put a little extra swing in her hips for Malone’s benefit. I didn’t know whether to be angry or jealous. Idly, I undid a couple more snaps on the skirt. It fell open to mid-thigh.
“Couple times a week. The food’s good and the prices are reasonable. A lot of the guys stop in. The service is pretty good too.” He winked at me. It was obvious he’d noticed the extra wiggle.
“You’re a good guy, Malone.”
He leaned over to kiss me. His left hand landed softly on my knee. I watched the expression hit his eyes as he realized this was a smooth bare leg he was feeling. Malone gently slid his hand a little higher. A shiver of excitement ran through me. It took several moments for me to withdraw from that kiss.
“Want to skip dinner?” I asked. I was glad this part of the restaurant was dark, since I was blushing beet red.
“I think we’re going to need that nourishment for later.” Malone reluctantly removed his hand from my leg.
After dinner he walked me out to the parking lot. He stopped beside my car and leaned against the door.
“Did I tell you how much I missed you, Malone?” I put my arms around his neck. His hands went to my waist.
“Would it be improper for a girl to kiss a cop while he’s on duty?”
Malone’s eyes went to his left wrist. “I’ve got two minutes before I check in.”
He tipped his head down to meet my lips and kissed me warmly. If anyone was watching, I didn’t see them. I didn’t care. His left hand remained on my hip. The right had somehow drifted between my legs and undid two more snaps. The skirt was only fastened to the top of my hips now. A shudder ran through my whole body as his fingertips stroked me through the lace panties.
“Welcome home, Jamie.” Gently he pulled away and straightened up.
“Thanks for the flowers.”
“My pleasure. Glad to have you back.”
“How glad are you, Malone?”
“See you later?” he asked.
“Oh yeah. It may take me a while to be able to drive. And I seem to be having this problem with my door. It just won’t stay locked at night.” I pushed his hands away and stepped back before I attacked him in the parking lot.
“I’ll have to see what I can do to remedy that. And Jamie…don’t change your clothes.”
Why don’t you start off by telling us something unique about yourself.
For almost ten years I was an investigative newspaper reporter. I’m a novelist now, focusing on mysteries. Early thirties, with red hair that helps me stand out in the crowd. I’m slender, not curvy like a fashion model. I’m a mixture of sass and smartass, with a definite stubborn streak (big surprise with a redhead, right?) but that’s just part of the real me.
What is your favorite pastime?
I like to get together with friends. Sometimes it’s just a couple of us and we’ll have dinner or go to the theater or just hang out.
What do you like to do to relax?
I’m the type of person who will dial up some great music on one of those streaming services and curl up with Malone. He’s been in my life for a little while now and we’re comfortable together. Of course, relaxing together sometimes leads to other things.
Do you like to read? If so, what’s your favorite book?
I’m a bookworm. There, I said it! (Laughs) I’m a mystery junkie. I like the John Sandford series, along with Michael Connolly and Robert Crais. Thrillers by Greg Iles and James Rollins are good too.
Do you have a favorite TV show or movie?
I don’t watch much TV. I could watch The Thomas Crown Affair with Pierce Brosnan and Raiders of the Lost Ark on a weekly basis. The Quiet Man with John Wayne is another favorite.
What’s your favorite color?
Red, of course! Well, I do have green eyes and it’s always tempting to coordinate my wardrobe accordingly.
What past or current events have had the most impact on your life?
I was riding along with a state police trooper, getting background information for a character in one of my projects, when I saw him get shot. Although he didn’t die, I became obsessed with figuring out who was behind the crime. That also started my relationship with Malone, which was definitely a bonus.
What are you most afraid of?
I’ve not had the best of luck when it comes to romantic relationships. So there are times when a little bit of self-doubt creeps in. I’ve been with Malone a little over a year now and things are pretty good. (Sighs) But there are still moments when my stubborn side crops up that makes me wonder if I’ve gone too far and will drive him away.
If you could redo something, what would that be?
To have more time with my biological father. He died when I was only seven years old. I often wonder if things would have turned out differently for me if he was still alive.
What person do you have the most respect for? And why?
Bert. He’s my step-father and a captain with the state police. He’s been a true believer in me and my abilities since I was 13. No matter what craziness I get into or how dangerous it might be, Bert’s always there for me.
What do you value the most about a person’s character?
Honesty and integrity. Knowing how important it is to do the right thing. Actually doing what you say you’re going to do is pretty big for me too.
Where would you say your strengths lay?
Loyalty, determination (okay, you can call it stubbornness!) and the ability to unravel a mystery, like putting together an arcane puzzle.
Have you thought about traveling? If so, where would like to go?
I love to travel. Someday I want to go to Europe and work my way around the continent. Maybe ride a motorcycle along the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Then dip my toes in the Mediterranean. That sounds like fun.
What can you tell us about your story that maybe your author didn’t include?
The latest story is “Your Turn to Die” which is technically a Jefferson Chene mystery. If this were a movie, I’d be a supporting actress. (I’d like to thank the academy!). The author was looking for a good character who would be a nice contrast for Chene. When I realized what he was thinking, it was easy to manipulate him to write me into the story. (laughs again). I’m not very shy with him!
How would you describe your author?
He’s a funny old guy, with a warped sense of humor. There are times when he’ll try to ignore me, but I just use my charms (laughs raucously) and keep nudging him with my elbows. Eventually he relents and works me into the story.
Mark Love lived for many years in the metropolitan Detroit area, where crime and corruption are always prevalent. A former freelance reporter, Love honed his writing skills covering features and hard news. He is the author of the Jamie Richmond romance mysteries, Devious, Vanishing Act and Fleeing Beauty, and the short story Stealing Haven, which is in the collection Once Upon a Summer. His newest mystery series, starring Jefferson Chene includes WHY 319? and the new release Your Turn to Die. Both Chene novels are also available on Audible. Love resides in west Michigan with his wife, Kim. He enjoys a wide variety of music, books, travel, cooking and the great outdoors.
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