I am excited to welcome author Linda Grimes, who will be celebrating the release of her first book, In a Fix, on September 4th.
Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she’s able to take on her clients’ appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don’t want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.
This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable… that is, until Ciel’s island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client’s about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.
Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she’s been crushing on for years — both skilled adaptors — step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client’s intended.
Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away an ARC of In a Fix to a lucky reader.
One of the best things about being a writer is that you don’t have to spend every darn moment of your life being one person. You get to try on different personas, and trot around as them as much as you want. You can have multiple personalities, and not even have to go into treatment for it! How cool is that?
Remember how much fun it was to dig into your mom’s (or your dad’s) closet when you were a kid, donning adulthood along with the grownup clothes, parading around in front of the mirror, sure that you could fool anyone who saw you? Or maybe just tying an old towel around your neck so you could be the superhero of your dreams? Writing is kind of like that for me. Only the virtual closet in my head is way bigger—and better stocked—than Mom’s ever was. Plus, I don’t flop around in the shoes as much.
I guess I’ve always been into pretending. When I was in high school and college, and even when I was teaching high school English for a living, I satisfied the itch through acting. School productions at first, and later local theater. Just being one person somehow never felt like enough to me, and acting was a fun and socially acceptable (well, mostly) way to branch out.
But after a while even the stage didn’t seem to do the trick entirely. I was limited by the characters I played, and the vision of the various directors. Sure, it allowed me to pretend to be other people—and the dress-up aspect was way cool—but I wanted the people to be of my own making.
(Control freak? Moi? Um…maybe just a tad.)
Since I’d always been a voracious reader, and loved diving into books even more than diving into other people’s closets, it finally occurred to me try writing my own characters.
*Cue the trumpets* Hallelujah!
I’d found the perfect outlet for my crazy pretending addiction. I could finally be whoever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I could fiddle and fuss, and change not only looks but personalities, too. And when I put down the pen (er, metaphorically speaking, of course; I compose my books on a laptop), I could go back to being myself without having to change clothes or wash off the stage make-up.
It should probably come as no great surprise that the main character of In a Fix (and the future books in the series) can change her aura to take on the appearance of anyone she chooses. She’s made a career out of being other people.
Huh. Wonder where she gets that from …
Meet Linda Grimes!
Linda grew up in Texas, where she rode horses, embarrassed herself onstage a lot, and taught teenagers they’d have to learn the rules of English before they could get away with breaking them for creativity’s sake. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband, whom she snagged after he saw her in a musical number at the now defunct Melodrama Theater in San Antonio. (There’s nothing like a rousing chorus of “If You Wanna Catch a Fish You Gotta Wiggle Your Bait” to hook a man for a lifetime.)
Like her globetrotting main character, Linda has spent her fair share of time overseas, though fortunately under less stressful circumstances. Kidnapping and daring rescues are all well and good in fiction, but she prefers sanity in her real life.
Thank you Linda for taking the time to stop by Literary Escapism!
Linda is giving away an ARC of In a Fix. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Do you like to try on the different personas of the various characters you read? Which character is your favorite to escape into? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
The contest will stay open until August 31st at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.