Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Day Makes: cover things, mob things, and love

So...I have a new book out, A Day Makes, on the 19th of April about a mob enforcer and it was pointed out to me that this is the second one I've written. First, in Acrobat, there was Dreo Fiore who was also in the mob. Here's the difference; Dreo was muscle, meaning he stood around, looking big and scary and keeping his boss safe. In the end, he wasn't so great at it, since his boss was killed in a hail of gunfire. Ceaton Mercer, the main character in A Day Makes, is a mob enforcer. Not muscle. Enforcer. Dreo never shot anyone while he was guarding his boss and only drew his weapon to scare people off. Normally, just having the gun in the holster, under his topcoat, was enough to keep people away. Ceaton, not so much. Ceaton  kills people.

I will confess that I find mob guys terribly romantic. It's ridiculous but I can't help it. And I know in real life, they're not but my views on organized crime members are grounded in the ideal of what they are and not who they are. The nightly news has no bearing on my fantasy. Dreo, in Acrobat, is the classic gorgeous Italian man. Ceaton is more a regular guy. He was a Marine, he's had to make choices that were not great and he's doing the best he can to be ethical in a situation where one would normally not find even a drop of such. He's a killer where Dreo was a guardian. I think there can be lots of debate about what we do vs. who we are. In a small way, it's the same question with Ian in my marshal series. The things that Ian has to do when he's in the field as a Green Beret, yes they weigh on his soul, but do they make him good or bad? I think arguments can be made on both sides. What I loved about writing Ceaton is that he goes out, tries to do the best for everyone, even his boss' enemies, and works to be fair and sometimes, if the situation calls for it, he has to kill people. And of course bad people, predators, get extra special attention.

For the cover, I didn't want another book with a guy and a gun and a city backdrop. I've had those. I also didn't want a drawn one because, in my opinion, the mold was broken with Warrior's Cross. It doesn't get any better than that so why try? I wanted the cover to focus on Ceaton's humanity, his beauty, and not as much on what he does for a living. The cover is basically in his love interest's POV so we see what Brinley sees in the man he loves. When Reese Dante sent me the art, I just loved it so much. You get the beautiful man at rest but once you read the book, you know he can gut you like a fish too.

I was really excited to write a one day scenario. Where you wake up in the morning feeling one way, thinking one way, and by the end of it, you are forever changed. That's what happens to Ceaton. And there is a lot of his past that needs to be in there, the why and how that make him who he is, but it's also in the love that finds him. It was funny but when I sent in my forms that you fill out after you get a contract, one of the questions is about the feel of the book, the tone. I said, bloody and fluffy. I would argue that these things are not always mutually exclusive.

9 comments:

  1. So can not wait!! I have been keeping watch for the blurb and release date, so thank you for sharing

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  2. I'm seriously looking forward to this, similar to how i feel about all your books. It is truly amazing how you bring them to life and also the relationships that surround them gives you a look into who they are and why. Even your short stories have such depth it just shows how truly talented you are. Going to go fangrl for a moment lmao anyways sending you much love your way

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  3. Hi Mary! I'm definitely looking forward to this. I've always appreciated the morally ambiguous or downright morally dark because they make me think. It's fiction so there is a degree removed and I am able to put myself outside of my life and try to see the world through a different lens. And you did such a great job of morally off-center with Arman in Fightin Instinct. It's why I've been so looking forward to Conrad's book (update on that ?!!? Please :) ). So yeah I really look forward to reading this book. I preordered it last week when DSP did a sale on preorders. Fluffy and bloody? I'll be downloading and reading at midnight! Btw- I love the name Ceaton.

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  4. I just finished it and I LOVE IT! Thank you for another great story.

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  5. But when do we get Conrad's book? I'm dying for that book!

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  6. Please, please tell me there will be a sequel. This was so good. I loved it so much and I'm not ready to say good bye to these guys!

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