Yay! Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me! I am celebrating in no better way possible...sunning myself by a pool in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Heaven... :)
But no fear, I am scheduled and ready to introduce my fellow Class of '85 writer, Keena Kincaid who agreed to happily step in and keep the blog up and running. Take it away, Keena!
Smart is sexy—but skip the pocket protector
I’m not sure anyone will say that Sheldon Cooper is the new sexy, but I have a soft spot for smart, well-educated heroes.
And in the course of writing my latest book, Something Special, I discovered that I have an even bigger soft spot for too-smart-for-her-own-good heroine.
My heroine in Something Special has it all. Beauty. Brains. Social awkwardness.
Jane Grey—named after the ill-fated English queen—is a woman who observes first, weighs her options, and then formulates a plan of action. So naturally the hero, Andrew Morgan, baffles and beguiles her with his tendency to act first, then think about it later if at all.
He’s perfect for her. However, she’s also certain she is not perfect for him.
Jane is the sole survivor of a horrific crime. Her grandfather murdered her mother and grandmother with an ax—an evil she witnessed and managed to survive. She’s broken when it comes to relationships, but she’s still strong, is very successful professionally and is determined not to be pitied.
Given her intelligence—I say Sheldon Cooper-like; she corrects me and says her IQ is same as Stephen Hawkin, plus or minus a point—it seems obvious that she retreat to a place she could understand. Math and science have rules that human relationships don’t have. 2 + 2 always equals 4 but love and promises don’t always equal happily ever after. So she retreats from this contradiction, yet she truly desires to have what others seem to gain so easily, love, family, children.
The results are, in my opinion, one of the strongest yet most vulnerable characters I’ve created.
On the other hand, my hero had a childhood Norman Rockwell couldn’t have made better: Gentle, understanding parents, a stay at-home Mom and a minister father. A fun-loving, loyal younger brother. Living on a farm that had been in the family for generations. While Andy Morgan is not reckless, he doesn’t spend a lot of time weighing outcomes before taking the plunge. A secure childhood gave him the belief that he’d always land on his feet.
And he has—so far.
Jane Grey, a risk analyst at NASA, returns to Summerville to close her uncle's estate. The lone survivor of a domestic murder, she hopes the trip will allow her to finally be at peace with her childhood. But past is prologue in small towns, and someone in Summerville is ready to kill again to get his hands on her inheritance.
Police detective Andy Morgan is a man with a mission: Find the evidence that will put Summerville’s corrupt, drug-addicted chief of police behind bars.
When Jane turns to him for help, their shared past collides with the present, risking his investigation and their lives.
As sparks and bullets fly, Jane is unable to see beyond her scarred past to a future with Andy, but he knows they will have something special—if he lives long enough to convince her to risk her heart.
She tried to dispel the tension between them with a laugh, but almost choked instead. Her body still hummed with a need to touch and be touched. Andy didn’t laugh either. He circled her wrist with his fingers. Heat darkened his eyes, and it wasn’t just lust; she knew what that looked like in a man’s eyes. The want in his suggested he thought her something special.
Misgivings gathered in her chest. She was special, all right; a special case that should be left alone. “I really shouldn’t have come here. I just needed... needed...”
She sucked in a shaky breath. She had no idea what she wanted to say or should say. Ten years of college, three Ph.D.s and she was speechless. Pathetic.
All about Keena
Author Keena Kincaid likes to say she writes romances in which passion, magic and treachery collide to create unforgettable stories. The truth is she’s usually kidnapped by tall, handsome men, who are totally into someone else, and held hostage until she helps them win the woman of their dreams.
Most recently, she’s matched Jane Grey, a risk analyst at NASA, with Andrew Morgan, a small town detective conducting a high-stakes investigation into local corruption. Jane is unable to see beyond her scarred past to a future with Andy, but he knows they will have something special—if he lives long enough to convince her to risk her heart.
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