Shadow of Perception
by Kristine Mason
What happens when negligent plastic surgeons receive a taste of their own medicine…?
Chicago investigative reporter, Eden Risk, receives an unmarked envelope containing a postcard ordering her to watch the enclosed DVD…or someone else dies. No Police. After Eden watches the DVD, a gruesome, horrifying surgery, she turns to the private criminal investigation agency, CORE, for help. Only she hadn’t expected that help to come with a catch. Her former lover, Hudson Patterson, has been assigned to the case.
Hudson would rather have another CORE agent handle the investigation. Two years ago, he’d screwed things up with Eden…bad. And as more DVDs arrive, Eden and Hudson find themselves not only knee-deep in a twisted investigation, but forced to deal with their past, and the love they’d tried to deny.
Hudson cleared his throat and eyed Eden’s cat. “I’ve only seen cats that size at the zoo or in the jungle. What the hell is it? Besides big and ugly.”
“Don’t talk like that.” She cupped Fabio’s only ear. “He’s sensitive.”
Eden had to have snapped at some point during the past two years. Literally. Since when did this woman, this no bullshit, headstrong woman, become all sensitive?
“Whatever, Dr. Doolittle,” he said, hiding his irritation. She could let her guard down, shed her hard as nails persona for a frickin’ cat, but she’d never bothered to make the effort with him. During those months they’d been together, she’d come willingly to his bed, or she’d invite him to hers. Their pillow talk had been fun and sexy. They had exchanged stories, but never secrets. And after a while, that had bothered him. For the first time…ever, he’d been intrigued by a woman and he’d begun to trust enough to want to give more of himself than he’d ever been willing to in the past. Unfortunately, despite the intimate moments they’d shared, she had kept herself guarded. Instead of trying to find a way to break through her barriers, he’d gone and screwed everything up with her. He’d regretted that night for over two years. And the mistake she’d promised him she would never forgive.
Topic: If you could be a character in any book, who would it be?
This is such a difficult question to answer. I’ve read books where I thought how cool would it be to be able to do that? Joe Hill’s book, Horns, comes to mind. The hero had the ability to talk people into doing what he wanted by merely offering a suggestion. If I had this ability, my kids would be angels and I’d never scrub another toilet again.
I love historical romances. Big, sweeping novels that keep you engaged from the beginning to the end and have you falling in love with the hero and heroine. But I wouldn’t want to be a character from a historical, especially the heroine (well, maybe if she’s in bed with the hunky hero). I’m quite fond of modern technology and the freedoms women have today.
I also love to read horror and thrillers, but there’s no way I want to be a character from any of those types of books. I love watching and reading this genre, but to actually live through some of the heinous and horrifying things that could happen to these characters…no thank you!
But…if I were being held at gunpoint, and had to choose one character, I would probably go with Liberty Jones, the heroine from the Lisa Kleypas novel Sugar Daddy. I LOVED this book. And while I read it years ago, I can still picture and feel what Liberty had gone through, how she’d overcome the obstacles that stood in her way, and the emotions she’d felt while on her journey.
As a reader, there’s nothing more exciting and fulfilling than being able to feel like you’re part of the story. When the hero does something he shouldn’t have and leaves the heroine torn, angry and grief stricken, I want to feel those emotions. When the bad guy is devising his plans, I want to feel his anger and rage, to understand why he’s up to no good. I hope I achieve this with the characters I write. I hope my readers feel my characters varying ranges of emotions and that the images I create stick with them, affect them.
To be able to create characters and the world they live in is a powerful, beautiful thing.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I didn’t pick up my first romance novel until I was in my late twenties. Immediately hooked, I read a bazillion books before deciding to write one of my own. After the birth of my first son I needed something to keep my mind from turning to mush, and Sesame Street wasn’t cutting it. While that first book will never see the light of day, something good had come from writing it. I realized my passion, and had found a career that I love.
When I’m not writing contemporary romances and dark, romantic suspense novels (or reading them!) I’m chasing after my four kids and two neurotic dogs.
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