Today’s guest blog post is brought to you by Alison E Bruce.
When I started writing ‘A Bodyguard To Remember’, I wanted an escape from the mundane adventures of being a single parent of two active kids. So naturally I wrote a story about a single parent of two active kids who finds a body in her living room. Then I asked myself: What would I do?
I hope I would remember the golden words of Douglas Adams: “DON’T PANIC!” Prudence Hartley does. She backs out of the door, stops her children from entering and calls 9-1-1… right after calling her ex to pick up the kids. I would have called 9-1-1 first, but Pru calling her ex seemed more amusing. And that was my touchstone for Pru’s actions. Do what I would do but funnier and maybe braver.
Or maybe not.
I gave Pru more opportunity to be funny and brave than I generally get, but when the sh*t hits the fan, I get through it with humour. When you can quip with your paramedic, you come across as being courageous. Putting on a brave face for the kids can fool you as much as the rest of the world. Another saying to remember: “Fake it ‘til you make it.”
There may be a few skeletons in my closet (left over from Hallowe’en) but no dead bodies in my living room. My children aren’t twins or that much like Grace and Boone (although my son would have been named Grace Evelyn if he had been a girl). Nevertheless, there is a lot of me in Prudence Hartley. Neither of us are superwomen, but we’re not that mundane either. We don’t laugh at danger, but we will crack jokes afterward.
‘A Bodyguard To Remember’ Book 1 Men in Uniform by Alison Bruce, Lachesis Publishing Inc
“Classic romantic suspense spiced with warmth and humour”
Prudence Hartley has the same problems of every other single mom: getting her kids to school on time; juggling a gazillion errands while trying to get a full day’s work done; oh, don’t forget about dinner. But everything is about to change for Pru when she finds a dead man in her house. Or a dead spy to be exact.
Suddenly Pru’s problems become a tad more complicated and a lot more dangerous. When a federal agent named David Merrick shows up and whisks her and her kids into protective custody, Pru has so many questions running through her brain she doesn’t know where to begin.
How is she going to keep her kids safe? What was the dead spy looking for in her house? Why are they after her now? Oh and there’s one more question . . . just a pesky, minor thing. Why does Merrick have to be so damn sexy and protective?
- Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bodyguard-Remember-Book-Men-Uniform-ebook/dp/B00RWGVF7C
- Lachesis Publishing Inc http://lachesispublishing.com/?product=a-bodyguard-to-remember-by-alison-bruce
- Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/Bodyguard-Remember-Book-Men-Uniform-ebook/dp/B00RWGVF7C
Thank you, Alison. Your book sounds great!
Alison Bruce has had many careers and writing has always been one of them. Copywriter, editor and graphic designer since 1992, Alison has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher, webmaster and arithmetically challenged bookkeeper. She is the author of mystery, suspense and historical western romance novels. You can find out more about Alison and her writing from:
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