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1. If I were to cast the hero of Mad Dog and the Archangel, I would want Lou Diamond Phillips. He's the only one who could play Rafe Archangeli, the Scourge of Summerville.
2. People I meet or know run a high risk of ending up in my books. In my first full length novel, Captain Marvelous, I needed a head nurse in the ER and wanted a male nurse. He needed to be big all over with huge hands and a heart of mush. I used a cop I once worked with and adored; he later became the hero in Those Who Wait [a novella I wrote for Decadent Publishing, w/a Veronica Lynch]. I needed someone with a whippy sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye; Joe Murphy was perfect to play Keenan Rossi. On the negative side of the fence, a former boss became the heroine's snarky supervisor in Those Who Wait. I laughed my way through the two scenes that featured that bird. The former chief of police of the city where I've lived for the past 40 years became the COP for the three stories I wrote for the Class of 85 series, including Mad Dog and the Archangel.
3. Currently my two favorite actors are LievSchreiber and Daniel Craig. Total yummy both of them. Did you them in Defiance? Wonderful. Toe crunch time.
4. I celebrated the release of my first book [Captain Marvelous] by getting rip roaring drunk. It was 2004, I was in Dallas at the RWA conference. My first book; my first time at RWA.
5. The music I'm currently listening to is governed by mood. If I'm having trouble in my love life, no one but Johnny Mathis does it for me. If I want to rock, it's Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. If I want to kick some ass it's the Eagles. If I'm feeling romantic, it's George Gershwin all the way. I'm trying to memorize the lyrics to “Come a Little Bit Closer” by Jay and the Americans for my current WIP. My grandchildren sing it with me, particularly the trumpet refrains of bump-bump-bump. I love the sound of their laughter and this song always does the trick.
I absolutely believe in love at first sight―but lust is a whole lot more fun, particularly in a book
7. If I could trade places with any of my characters it would be Maggie McShane, the heroine in my second novel, Try Just Once More. I admire and respect her for the changes she's made in her life, including the summoning the courage to try just once more with hero Mike Brandt who is so sexy he makes my toenails curl.
Rafael Archangeli returns home to Summerville to bury an old friend, collect his inheritance, and then return to the only life he knows—conning wealthy women out of their money. In Rafe's world, money not only equals success, it goes a long way to obliterate the stigma of his past.
Grace Dunavan, former nun turned community activist, gave up worldly goods a long time ago with no regrets. But she's never known a man with the raw appeal of the Scourge of Summerville: Rafael Archangeli.
Their first meeting is like an errant strike of lightning, fierce and stunning in intensity, and takes both by surprise. Has Grace turned Rafe into a changed man? Or is he using his inheritance to pull off the biggest scam of his life?
“The terms of the will demand the heirs be notified in person of the gifts, and stipulations pertaining to them, within one year of Mr. Thurgood's passing. You, Mr. Archangeli, are the first of the heirs to be found and notified.”
After the night with Grace, topped off by the morning's revelation of her previous occupation, Rafe figured he'd best get his ass back to New York and put this stroll down memory lane behind him. “What is the inheritance?”
Attorney Burke slid the file across the the desk at him. “The Thurgood Trust.”
Rafe stared at the folder. A couple pieces of paper were worth getting his sister all nervous and jerky? “I don't understand.”
“According to an audit completed just two days ago, it's worth nine hundred million dollars.”
“Congratulations.” Burke's stony features belied the single word. “The Trust is yours.”
If Rafe had been forced to come up with a last minute scam, this would top the list. “This isn't my first trip to the prom, Mr. Burke. In that I have better things to do with my time, thanks but no thanks.”
The attorney's sigh was full and dramatic. Rafe had often used the same ploy. Easiest way to bring a mark over to the dark side is to act put upon. “When he learned his diagnosis was terminal, Mr. Thurgood decided to establish a charitable trust with the goal of meeting the needs of under-served populations in our community. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to manage the Trust.”
Nine hundred million dollars.