March 1, 2014

Character Interview: JP Blackmon from In the Arms of a Stranger @virginiagkelly #RLFblog @EntangledSus

In the Arms of a Stranger 

About the Book

In the Arms of a Stranger
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Virginia Kelly
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A dangerous man on the run...
Wounded and accused of treason, CIA operative JP Blackmon is on the run from his own agency and desperate to clear his name. When he finds out his old partner is dead, he'll do anything to get to the truth...including using his partner's widow.
A vulnerable woman looking for answers...
Abby Price wanted nothing more than a family and a safe home. But her late husband kept big secrets from her--secrets that got him killed and have government agents watching her every move. Fearing for her life, it seems the only man who can help her is a mysterious stranger who suddenly appears out of nowhere. But can she trust him?
Together they discover a passion worth dying for.
As danger stalks them at every turn, unexpected passion flares between JP and Abby. But the last thing either wants or needs is more complications. Romance? No. Way. That would involve trust--something neither is willing or able to do. But in the end, sharing their deadly secrets is their only hope for survival...their only hope to hold onto the love they've just begun to share...

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Interview with JP Blackmon from In the Arms of a Stranger

Tell us about yourself, please.
I'm from a small town in the Florida panhandle. I'm 29 years old, joined the army at eighteen looking for some adventure. I met all my challenges while serving. Managed to finish a degree in criminal justice before I left for the Agency. You know? I don't think she wrote about that. Oh, I'm damned good at what I do. And, no, I don't talk about it.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I was accused of treason. What's worse is that my partner, the man I trusted above anyone else, set me up. He did it so well that I had no choice but to run from men like us who were determined to kill me. I'm afraid of endangering innocents. My boss referred to them as collateral damage. I never caused collateral damage. In this case, the one who could be hurt is my partner's wife--widow. I really don't want her to know the truth about me, about what I do.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Abby is...special. She's strong, caring, capable. Determined. More courageous than many men I've worked with, and I've worked with some brave men. She's...I can't explain it. Beyond words. She's (pauses) right here (touching his chest above his heart, then shifting uncomfortably, like he said too much).
What would that person say about you?
(Laughing, relieved not to be talking about Abby) I don't want to guess. You should ask Abby.
What is your family like?
My father, army, died when I was nine, so my mom raised my sisters and me alone. We weren't exactly well-off. We're close, or we were, until I left for the army. I always called when I could, you know, birthdays, holidays. Always went home when on leave. I missed a lot because of the job. Funny thing, turns out my older sister, Janey, and one of my best friends had a little history. That was a surprise. Real shocker, considering that I thought she blamed Matt when I joined the army.
What special skills do you rely on?
Instinct and training.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Yeah, I am. Well, I was by the time she typed 'the end.' But getting to the end wasn't what I wanted for Abby or her family. I didn't want her to know the truth about me. But, like I said, she's strong and caring. Frankly, I'm amazed she took a chance with me. I'm damn lucky.

About the Writer

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
Author of sexy dangerous heroes and the strong, adventurous women willing to risk it all for a happily ever after
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
His tenderness despite the ruthless special skills of his profession.
Why do you write?
This will sound trite, but I write because I have to. I've tried not writing--I couldn't do it. I kept hearing my characters having conversations. Sometimes I even spoke the conversations out loud. Fortunately, that was in the shower. :-)
What do you want to write next?
I want to start on book three of a series set in South American. Book one is in complete first draft, book two is about one third in first draft, but book three keeps calling. I'm finishing up a novel set at a beach wedding. I love weddings, but this one has a twist of danger along with the romance. It should be out in late April or early May.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Not at this time, but there's a prequel: Dancing in the Dark. It's about Janey Blackmon, my hero's sister.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you! I love to hear from readers, so I hope they'll drop me a note.

Author Bio

Virginia's first story involved a mouse that hitched a ride with Paul Revere. She was eleven. A bit later and bit more organized, dreams of romance (with a happily ever after), adventure, and danger mixed together to produce her RWA Golden Heart nominated novel. She writes about dangerous heroes (sexy, gorgeous ones, of course!) and the adventurous women willing to take a chance on them. An academic librarian, Virginia is a native of Peru and lives in Florida with her family.

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  1. JP captured my attention in Dancing in the Dark so it was great to see what really happened to him In the Arms of a Stranger.

    1. Isn't it great when a character shows up and does this kind of thing?


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