Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Andrea R. Cooper, and her characters from Stolen Hearts. It’s a fantastic contemporary romantic suspense with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Kade and Crystal.
Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Kade: No way. I’m just a police detective from Houston. Didn’t know I was going to be involved with a thief. I just went to New York for a change since my partner, Sid, died.
Do you like the way the book ended?
Crystal: For me, yes. For Ruby, my sister, no. She needs her own HEA.
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Crystal: Yes! My writer is brainstorming about Captive Hearts Book 2 in the Hearts series that will feature Ruby getting her HEA if nothing screws it up this time. Kade and I will make cameos as well so readers can see how our lives have evolved.
What do you do for a living?
Crystal: I co-own a catering company with my sister that pays the bills and is my cover. But being a thief to prove Westridge’s guilt is payment of a different kind.
What is your most prized possession?
Crystal: My USB name Rogue. It has all the rootkits I created and is disguised as a necklace that I wear everywhere. Never know when I’ll need to hack into a computer.
What do you think your greatest weakness is?
Kade: Crystal. My heart kept me from going with my gut that there was something going on.
What do you think is your strongest attribute?
What is something no one knows about you? Why do you keep it a secret? And what would happen if everyone found out about it?
Crystal: I’m a thief. And if Westridge knew who I really am, he and his company would put a death warrant on mine and my sister’s head. We know our father was framed for their crimes. Westridge tried to kill us once when we were kids and our adopted uncles helped them think they’d succeeded.
Now I have to keep Kade, a police detective, who I’m falling in love with, from finding out before I finish my mission.
What other profession would you like to try?
Crystal: IT Security
Kade: Private Investigator. That way I could pick and choose my cases instead of being assigned.
What’s the worst/weirdest thing you did as a kid?
Kade: I was in a gang and t my best friend was shot. It was the worst moment of my life and also my turning point.
Crystal has spent her entire life training to be a thief in order to find evidence against the man who had her parents murdered. In her pursuit of justice she’s had to give up her identity, her name, and any chance at love. When Crystal is forced on a blind date with the cop who is investigating her, she plays a dangerous game of hearts that could land her in a prison cell.
Kade is in search of a new life, after losing his partner. He’s taken a new job, in a new city, and met a new girl. In order to keep his fresh start, he will have to catch an elusive thief targeting one of the largest corporations in the country. Desperate to forget the failures of his past, Kade has no intention of failing. But secrets can’t be hidden forever.
Crystal shimmied down the drainpipe with her trophies tucked inside her backpack and computer files loaded onto her USB, hung around her neck disguised as a locket. This was too easy. Not like the Warren job where the COO kept changing the menu and supervised their catering to ensure they had followed the strict rules of kashrut.
She landed on the concrete with a thump, then removed her mask. Usually she worked at night when the catering gig didn’t provide the necessary cover, but she had a date this evening.
A blind date.
Her sister’s fiancée had called earlier that day to let them know his cousin from Texas would join them for dinner and would Crystal come along? As far as Crystal was concerned, it was the closest thing she’d come to as a real date in a long time. She’d take it.
Thankfully, her catering appointment with Westridge canceled yesterday. While she enjoyed cooking, it was only a cover for her and her sister’s illegal activities. What she excelled at was computers, but having a career in that field, now, would be too suspicious. Her IT skills far exceeded a Level One Help Desk worker. She despised working for Westridge, the man who had her mother killed and her dad thrown into jail, but catering was the easiest way into her target’s homes without suspicion. And she refused to pose as a cleaning lady and scrub their filth.
Years ago, Dad found what he thought was a series of accounting errors. For his honesty trying to help Westridge correct the problem, he was thrown in jail to rot. Westridge and his company framed her dad for embezzlement and sharing confidential information with preferred suppliers to obtain favors. Now she and her sister were halfway toward exonerating him and exposing Westridge and his corporate crimes. To see the look on Joshua Westridge’s face when he was convicted would make all her and her sister’s sacrifices worth it.
Thunder boomed as she weaved through alleys, stinking of rotting food and urine. She barely made it to her car before thunder rumbled.
Crystal checked the time on the dashboard, almost seven. No time to waste. Paul and his cousin, Kade, were picking up her and her sister at seven-thirty. Her car hummed to life as she stashed her backpack behind her seat. The stolen cash, including a recently purchased blood diamond necklace, lay inside. Hopefully the money and necklace would throw off Westridge’s Sales Manager to the fact that computer information had been the real prize. And hopefully, they wouldn’t discover the truth until it was too late. For now, another piece of the puzzle to exonerate their dad and lock Westridge away lay on her chest inside her locket.
She whipped into traffic and hit the wipers as fat drops of rain slapped against the windshield. Great. Ahead, a red light flickered as taxis and cars lined up behind it. She debated taking Ninth, but decided against it. Construction was still ongoing and traffic would be worse than this.
Maybe squeezing in a job before dinner wasn’t such a great idea.
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Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.
What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).
Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.
She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.
Stolen Hearts Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/6a_S4oBfMk8
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Author Website: www.AndreaRCooper.com
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