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My guest today is romance author, Dee Davis. She writes the series called A-Tac and Deadly Dance is the latest release and featured in Cosmo as a HOT READ FOR MAY. Dee is a full time writer juggling family and writing and has been published since 1998. Some of her hobbies are cooking, traveling, finding new restaurants, and exploring Manhattan. As for writing, she says the hardest part of the story is the middle and by that time she just wants to blow everything up and "have done with it."
Today Dee talks about using animals in her writing.
Animals play all kinds of roles in novels. From lead characters, like Old Yeller or Black Beauty, to antagonists like the whale in Moby Dick or giant squid in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. They can guide the protagonist like the unicorn in A Swiftly Tilting Planet or Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Sometimes they’re used to establish the character of their master, like Hagrid’s dog Fang in the Harry Potter books. And sometimes they simply have a cameo—as in Asha, the cat featured in my latest book, Deadly Dance.
But like most characters, they often start out to be one thing and wind up being something else altogether. Initially, I intended for Asha to have only a bit part, appearing in a video that Harrison Blake and Hannah Marshall discover. But once I’d met him, I really liked the little guy and wanted to make sure he was taken care of. So he wound up not only getting two additional scenes, but having his own happy ending.
I suspect that Asha will not be the last. But he is certainly the first to have helped solve a crime.
- How about you? Do you pets play interesting roles in your life? In others lives? Got a great pet story to share? Spill!
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DEADLY DANCE Dee Davis
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As the intelligence officer for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Hannah Marshall is used to working behind the scenes. But when a brutal murder hits too close to home, Hannah finds herself in the middle of the action, falling in love while racing to outwit a sadistic mastermind.
A KILLER CLOSES IN
A KILLER CLOSES IN
After the death of her A-Tac partner, Hannah doubts everything she thought she knew about love and loyalty. When handsome Harrison Blake joins the team, she's reluctant to trust him - or to act on her intense attraction to him. Then Hannah receives a podcast of a gruesome murder, and the only person who can help her find the killer is Harrison.
Harrison has spent years trying to hunt down the cunning monster who killed his sister. Now investigating with Hannah, he faces a shocking possibility - his sister's murderer has resurfaced. As the danger escalates, Hannah and Harrison grow closer; the desire simmering between them ignites. And when Hannah disappears, Harrison has only one chance to save the woman he loves. Excerpt