The end of a series is always a little bittersweet for me. It’s hard to say goodbye to characters I’ve grown to love, a setting that’s gotten familiar and research I still find intriguing. Even knowing that my attention span is waaaay too short to extend a series of closely connected books beyond three without a break, it’s difficult to let go and put it behind me. The characters are very real to me and it’s a lot like saying goodbye to friends.
That’s not to say that I won’t write any more Alpha Squad books, but I don’t have any contracted right now, so I feel a bit like the proud mama wiping a tear from her eye as she sends her youngest off to kindergarten.
We writers are an odd lot that way!
TERMS OF ATTRACTION is the third of my Alpha Squad books, all set (at least partially) in a fictional California town and all featuring members of the same SWAT team. The heroine in this one, Ava Carter, is perhaps my favorite of the three because she’s a study in contrasts. She’s a sniper, for one thing. It would be rare indeed to find a female sniper on a unit, but I didn’t want to make her one dimensional. As I was developing her character I thought about what sort of woman might be found in that field. What might have shaped her? Where did she get her experience with weapons? And to throw a wrench into things, what if she had to balance what she does for a living with a family life?
The answer to all of the above is a kick ass heroine with secret in her past she’d do about anything to keep, and a son she’ll go to any lengths to protect. Match her with a man bent on revenge, who tries to use his discovery of her secret to force her in a deadly game of retribution and you have a rollicking emotional action adventure with two steel wills battling all the way. The heat between Ava and Cael is as sultry as the South American jungle they find themselves in!
As always, it’s the heroine I most closely identify with, although I’ve never done anything as remotely cool-headed and brave as some of the acts she engages in throughout the book. I mean, I’d like to think I’d respond courageously if the stakes were high, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I might have hidden behind some of those palm fronds on the cover when things got deadly, LOL.
Of course, the definition of bravery is as individual as the fears and situations we find ourselves in. I know someone with a fear of public speaking. When she gets up to address a crowd of people, it’s tantamount to someone else putting their head in a lion’s mouth! Courage is facing a fear. Or acknowledging it, and proceeding anyway.
What about you? What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? Do you have any tips for facing down your fears? I’ll be sending an autographed copy of TERMS OF ATTRACTION to one lucky commenter today!