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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Heist, by Adriana Kraft

Heist

 

The Heist, by Adriana Kraft

Contact: adrianakraft99@yahoo.com

The Heist

July, 2014

B&B Publishing

ASIN: B00LNE7366

Romantic Suspense, 81,000 words

Heat rating: Three Flames (Warnings: explicit sex, m/f; light bdsm; sex toys)

 

BLURB

 

A heist? A murder? It’s villain’s choice.

 

A special-order art theft? Tedious, but seamless – until small town museum director Kara Daniels calls in the experts. Furious her favorite trio of priceless impressionist paintings has been stolen from its traveling exhibit on her watch, Kara is determined to save not only the paintings, but her future in the art world. She’ll stop at nothing to entrap the thief.

 

Ted Springs knows the underbelly of the criminal world a little closer than he might like—but he’s turned it to good advantage, first as a police officer, and now as detective for the Upper Midwest Arts Council. His job? To guarantee the security of the valuable paintings in the Council’s traveling exhibits.

 

Heat sizzles when Ted and Kara collide—can they work together, before it’s too late?

 

 

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EXCERPT

 

“I and my staff have already done fairly thorough background checks on all the museum employees,” Ted said.

“Oh.” Kara scowled. “I’m not sure I like that.”

“But you expected it?”

“Of course. At some point.”

“I believe in being efficient. Even before certain added incentives.”

“I can always change my mind. I don’t know a thing about you.”

“You know enough. I have large hands.” Ted chuckled when she winced. “I’ve worked for the Upper Midwest Arts Council for five years.”

“And before that?”

“I was a Chicago cop.”

“Oh.”

“I went into the army right out of high school and completed my BA degree at U.I.C. while on the force. Funny, isn’t it? While you were working on your MA at the University of Chicago, I was patrolling the streets of Hyde Park and South Chicago.”

“Really?”

“That’s right.”

“Maybe we bumped into each other.”

“I highly doubt that. I wouldn’t forget bumping into you. Remember?”

“Oh, right.” Kara’s flush returned.

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ABOUT ADRIANA KRAFT

 

Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing sizzling romantic suspense and erotic romance. The award-winning pair has published over thirty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.

 

ADRIANA KRAFT ON THE WEB

 

Website: http://adrianakraft.com

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OPTIONAL POST

 

Planning a heist

 

Our latest release, The Heist, got its start on a rainy Monday a while back, when hubs and I attended a behind-the-scenes tour at our small Iowa town’s exquisite art museum. A new exhibit was about to open, and we were treated to detailed descriptions of the process of locating and ordering traveling exhibits, shipping them, storing them, uncrating them, hanging them, insuring their safety, and repacking them.

 

You must know by now that hubs is a criminologist by profession. It didn’t take us long to be looking for vulnerable spots in the museum’s process, and by the end of the day, with a little internet research on the high stakes world of stolen paintings, we had our basic plot sketched out.

 

Our next problem was—what painting should be stolen? Clearly, we couldn’t go with an existing well-known piece of art. We opted to create The Three Maids, an entirely fictional trio of medium sized Impressionist portraits, based on what we knew about Monet, Manet, Renoir, Caillebotte, and the women they painted. We’ve put so much detail into the paintings’ descriptions that I keep expecting to see them when I enter an Impressionist display. If no one has painted them yet, I definitely think someone should!

 

I’ll leave the details of how the actual heist was planned, carried out, and (we hope) foiled for readers to discover—we hope you enjoy reading The Heist as much as we enjoyed creating it!

 

Interview:

Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

 

For starters, there are two of us co-writing under our pen name Adriana Kraft: my husband and myself. He’s from Wisconsin and I’m from the Virginia side of the Washington D. C. suburbs. We met and married in Chicago and have lived too many places to count – including now, living working and traveling full time in our motor home, mostly in the Nevada and Arizona. This summer we’re traveling the Pacific Northwest, keeping out of the Las Vegas temperatures and seeing some places we’ve never been before. And gathering story ideas…

 

Tell us about your book. How did it get started?

 

The Heist got its start on a rainy Monday a while back, when hubs and I attended a behind-the-scenes tour of the exquisite art museum in the small Iowa town where we then lived. A new exhibit was about to open, and we were treated to detailed descriptions of the process of locating and ordering traveling exhibits, shipping them, storing them, uncrating them, hanging them, insuring their safety, and repacking them.

 

You must know by now that hubs is a criminologist by profession. It didn’t take us long to be looking for vulnerable spots in the museum’s process, and by the end of the day, with a little internet research on the high stakes world of stolen paintings, we had our basic plot sketched out.

 

How do you create your characters?

 

Sometimes we’re inspired by photos we find on line. For this book, we wanted to write a curvy woman – fit and strong, kind of Reubenesque. She can take care of herself, so not only is she not looking for a man, she’s somewhat relationship phobic. We gave her a hunk who can match her strength, a no-nonsense detective who’s all business, whether he’s after business or pleasure. It was fun watching them spar.

 

What inspires and what got you started in writing?

 

Hubs and I did a lot of academic writing together, so we already had an M.O. for co-creating. We’ve both always loved fiction, romance especially, so we thought it would be fun to try, and put our first manuscript together over a decade ago. It was a train wreck, but we kept writing, taking workshops, devouring books on craft, and finally received that coveted first offer in 2007, for The Diary. Oh, and by the way, we returned to our first book, completely re-vamped it, and released it last October as Book One in our Riders Up series: Cassie’s Hope.

 

Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

 

You already know home is where we park it – our motor home. Hubs has a desk in the bedroom, and my “office” is the gaucho in the living room. Since my office is in the slide-out, it has windows on three sides, a very inviting space. Both of us work better in silence – electronic silence, that is. With the windows open, bird songs and the wind in the trees provide the perfect ambiance. When the weather’s right and the sun’s not too bright, we work outside, but it can be hard to see the computer screen, so we’re more likely to do our plotting and reading out loud in the outdoors than actual writing.

 

How do you get your ideas for writing?

 

Absolutely anything in our lives can inspire a book. We’ve written two (forthcoming) books based on paintings we saw in an art museum. Two more books took form at a Shakespeare festival. We once lived in the north woods of Minnesota and have set several books there, including our recently released romantic suspense, The Unmasking. A chance observation, something unusual, a random person passing by can all get us started. We’re still polishing The Painter is a Lady based on watching a housepainter unload what we thought was his truck while we waited at a slow traffic light, only to discover he was a she. Boom! Entire plot on the rest of the drive home.

 

What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

 

In a word, never give up. Oh, you wanted more than that? If you want to write, do it. Focus your energy on being the best writer you can be. Learn your craft. Read books on writing. Devour books by authors you enjoy. Go to workshops. And start writing – Julia Cameron’s 1990s book The Artist’s Way is a great place to start: write fifteen minutes every morning, no matter what. Your core will emerge, and you’ll discover what to do with it. Worked for me.

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

 

Just that I can’t imagine a better life than the one we’re living now. Our work travels with us, we can move our “home” to fit the seasons and our travel urges, we work out and stay fit, and with any luck, we’ll stay healthy, keep writing, and enjoy life for a long time to come. I love being a writer.
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