Author: Solange Poirier
Series: Assassins #1
Publication: September 12th, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
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
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.
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.
AUTHOR INTERVIEW :
- Tell us about your favorite one among the characters of your own book? What special qualities make the particular character your favorite?
· My favorite character is Max. I think the reason why I like her so much is because she doesn’t take any crap from anyone. She’s a very independent woman who overcame a lot of hardships as a young child to make something of herself and not just be a victim of the system.
- Your least favorite character from your book and why?
· The middle man. I don’t like him because he’s just a shady guy that seems to take pleasure in seeing Catch squirm.
- If you get a chance of living the life of one of the characters of your book then which one would it be?
· Max! She’s a fun, independent girl that gets the attention of a hot assassin named Catch.
- Genres you like to read? Genres you prefer to write?
· I like to read a lot of different genres. They range from Classics such as Pride and Prejudice, to young adult, adult contemporary romance, mystery, and horror. I like writing both contemporary romance and young adult romance.
- When and how did the thought of this story come up?
· I was sitting at a table in my favorite sushi restaurant with a friend of mine who was doing some proofreading for me on one of my young adult novels. She was saying that I was nothing but a tease with my make out scenes because I would end them before it got to the good smutty parts. She suggested that I write an adult novel. That evening I mentioned it to my husband and he agreed, so I grabbed my notebook and started jotting down the idea of Max. The assassin idea came to me because I wanted to do something different. Something I hadn’t read before.
- How do you plan out your writing?
· I start with character developments and a plot. Then I just take off from there. I don’t really do an outline. I find that my ideas come more naturally when I’m in the process of writing the story.
- Tell us about your inspiration and how it motivated you to become a writer?
· I’ve always liked reading. Bram Stoker’s Dracula was the very first full length novel I ever read. It was an edited version I checked out from the middle school library. Not long after reading that book I started writing poetry. (Yes, I still have my notebook with all my silly poetry in it. No, I will not share it with anyone. I plan on taking that to the grave with me.) I was also that weird kid in school that didn’t mind writing research papers. I always knew I wanted to become a writer. I’m just disappointed that it took me this long to finally do it.
- How do you feel now that you’re a published writer? Are you satisfied with your achievement?
· This book is actually my fourth self-published book. Although I am always thrilled that I’m finally at a point where I want to share my work with anyone who is interested in reading it, I still get very anxious. Publishing my work is a giant step outside of my comfort zone. I am always satisfied with whatever it is I write, whether I publish it or not. When I reach the end of a story it’s a very strong feeling of accomplishment for me.
- Describe yourself in 3 words.
· Sensitive, stubborn, and introvert.
- Any secret or fact about you that will surprise your readers and others as well?
· A lot of people already know this, but I sometimes find that I run across someone that doesn’t. I’m adopted. My dad adopted me when I was 4 years old.
- Three most important things that an amateur writer must keep in mind while writing his first book.
· Read. Read everything that you can get your hands on. Don’t just read for fun. Read to learn.
· Do your research. Even if you are planning to self-publish research the industry through other accomplished authors and literary agents.
· Have fun. Although it can become stressful at times always remember to have fun.
- How do you spend your leisure time except for writing? Are you into sports?
· My children take up most of my time when I’m not writing. I also just found out that I really enjoy walking. Not only is it good for me it also helps me to clear my head. My husband is a musician, so I love the occasional nights that I can get out and see him and the guys play.
· I do love sports. I love football. New Orleans Saints and LSU. I also love baseball, I’m a Braves fan. And I’m ridiculous when it comes to the Olympics.
- Your favorite vacation destination? Had it ever became the place where you based any of yours book? If yes, then which one?
· I love New Orleans. I live about an hour from the city. It’s really one of the most unique, vibrant places anyone can visit in the US. Two of my books (Catch is one of them) does partially take place in the city of New Orleans.
- Are you currently working on a project? If yes, would you like your readers to have a sneak peek into it?
· I just finished Raw. It’s going through the proofreading process right now, and my cover designer is working on the cover. Raw is different from Catch because the main male character isn’t your typical alpha male. He’s a nice guy. I adore him very much, and I’m very excited about hitting the publish button on this one.
· I’m also almost finished writing my next young adult novel, Sunshine and Zombies. That one was a lot of fun to write.
- Your top three favourite authors?
· So difficult to narrow down that list. Um…J. K. Rowling, Jane Austen, and Jennifer Armentrout.
- Your top three favourite books of all time?
· Another tough one to narrow down! Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Pride and Prejudice, and Where the Wild Things Are.
Solange Poirier is married and lives in southern Louisiana. She have the utmost privilege of being the mom to a 6-year-old and a 2-year-old. They test her sanity on a daily basis. She loves to read and write. She also loves 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.
She writes because she loves to create characters and make stuff up. She just hopes that the readers enjoy her stories as much as she enjoys writing them