Being the Monday Deb means I am the very lucky person who gets to kick off our Launch Week parties and although it’s bittersweet that here I am, kicking off our last one of our year, I’m still so very excited to be the one to introduce you all to Deb Linda’s IN A FIX (and the first one to host our daily giveaways–see below).
I loved this book. And not just because I love Linda who you already know to be whip-smart and very funny, but because the book is also whip-smart and very funny. IN A FIX is everything you’d expect from our Linda and more.
From my Goodreads review: This book was SO MUCH FUN. I expected a kickass character-I mean, just look at that cover-with the viking helmet and the redhead standing over it? You know you’re going to get something hard core. But what I wasn’t expecting were the hard core laughs. This book, about Ciel, an aura adapter with a serious need to prove herself to the overprotective men in her life, is funny, witty and sexy, with not one, but two (maybe even three) hot guys that vie for her attention. But what I especially loved about Ciel was that she wasn’t a bombshell that you would expect men to drool over-the men in her life were attracted to her, the quirky and tenacious woman who can definitely hold her own in the company of strong men. Several laugh-out-loud moments pepper this action-filled page turner. My only complaint was I know there’s a book two and it can’t come soon enough.
But enough gushing, because we’ve got a whole week to do that. After I read the book, I posed the following question to Linda:
One of the things I loved best about IN A FIX was the great banter between Ciel and her guys AND between the guys themselves. There’s just something so fun about banter between characters and you absolutely nailed the voices and the humor. Did you have to work on the dialogue in these snappy scenes, or do you think it comes naturally to you? Do you think your growing up with brothers helped form your male characters and how they interact with each other?
And Linda’s answer: I’m so glad you enjoyed the smart-assery … er, I mean banter … between my characters. Dialogue is my favorite thing to write, and usually the part of a scene I “hear” first. It’s almost like I’m eavesdropping when they really start going at it. Sometimes I have to type really fast to keep up with them, and then go back and fill in the stage business — what the characters are doing, where they are, what Ciel is thinking, etc.
Growing up with three brothers most definitely helped me with writing my male characters. Between my brothers themselves, and all their friends who liked to hang out at our house, there was no shortage of guys to study. The way they talked and acted infiltrated my brain, almost by osmosis. I became fluent in teasing as a second language at an early age.
But as much as my brothers enjoyed tormenting me, I always knew they loved me. How? Because they beat up anybody else who looked at me cross-eyed. It was okay for them to bring me to tears with remarks about my flat chest, or how I had to run around in the shower to get wet, or how if I swallowed an olive I’d be rushed to the maternity ward (um, yeah, I was super skinny … ah, those were the days!), but if anybody else tried it, watch out, because there would be hell to pay. I think that dynamic–the vacillating between teasing and over-protectiveness–informs Ciel’s relationships with the men in her life.
Thanks so much, Linda! As you know, Deb Mom Marcia blessed me with three brothers, too, so I’m so used to being around boys, that I love books with so much male camaraderie! Thanks again for such a fun book and raising a glass in the first of many toasts to you and IN A FIX!
And now, because it’s launch week (although IN A FIX isn’t officially out until September 4-we’re celebrating a bit early!) and we want to spread some of the IN A FIX love – we’re giving away a signed ARC every day this week (U.S. and Canada. Winners to be announced in this Sunday’s News Flash)! For today, please tell us about a book in which you really enjoyed the male characters.