His Reluctant Bodyguard
Book 2 Adventure Cruise Line Series
Publication Date September 13, 2012
The last person cruise director Avery Knox expected to see aboard her very first trip out on Valiant is former college football star, Rip Pollendene. A decade ago, she had turned down his advances at the University of Miami and lived to regret her decision. Why is she so reluctant to take the second chance she’s been handed?
Rip Pollendene is the heir apparent to a beautiful island nation. But it’s a heritage Rip has ignored and rejected for twenty years. Now his homeland is on the brink of a bloody civil war with outside forces trying to manipulate the outcome. Is that why someone wants him dead?
How much should Rip sacrifice for a country he hardly knows? And is it sheer coincidence that has thrown golden girl Avery Knox back into his life? Can they stay alive long enough to find out if their love really is meant to be?
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About Loucinda (Cindy) McGary
Blessed with the gift of “Irish Blarney” Loucinda McGary (everyone calls her Cindy) became a storyteller shortly after she learned to read. If she didn’t like the way a story ended, she made up her own ending.
A long-time reader of romances, Cindy discovered and joined Romance Writers of America in 2001. But her stressful career as the manager of a multi-million dollar State and Federally funded program prevented her from doing much writing or traveling. She still managed to squeeze in a little of both, but not enough of either to be truly satisfying. Finally, at the end of 2003 she decided to take an early retirement from her career to fully pursue her twin passions of travel and writing.
On Sept. 14, 2007 Cindy received “the call” from an editor that changed her life, and she sold her first book (actually the third book she’d written since she left her job four years earlier). The Wild Sight was released Oct. 2008 and received a rare and coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly magazine. It also went on to win the “Best First Book” category in the More Than Magic contest. In 2010, the electronic version of Wild Sight became an Amazon bestseller in their Top 100 of all books.
In Sept. 2009, her second published novel, The Treasures of Venice was released. This story previously finaled in the prestigious Golden Heart contest in 2006 under the title Jewels of the Madonna. Treasures of Venice went on to win the Judge a Book By Its Cover contest and to final in several other regional contests.
In July 2010 her third traditionally published novel, The Wild Irish Sea was released, and received a four star review from Romantic Times Book Review magazine.
Cindy likes to set her novels of romance and suspense in some of the fascinating places she has visited. To date, she has visited 47 states and 32 foreign countries.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a native Californian (we are getting pretty rare) and have lived in beautiful Northern California for over thirty years. At the end of 2003, I left my Dreaded Day Job (I was a health program manager for the state of California) to follow my twin passions of travel and writing. Almost four years to the day later, I sold my first romantic suspense novel. I went on to sell and traditionally publish two more romantic suspense novels. Then in Oct. 2011, I embraced Indie publishing and since then I have released 3 works as an Indie author.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
His Reluctant Bodyguard is the second book in my Adventure Cruise Line series. It is a reunion story (something I’ve never written before) about two college friends who meet again ten years later under some rather unusual circumstances.
My DH and I really love cruising! We are leaving on #24 in a few days. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to write a series set on a cruise ship. We were on a cruise and started talking about how to sneak aboard. That conversation became the first scene in High Seas Deception, the first book in the series. During the writing of High Seas Deception, the heroine’s roommate, Avery Knox kept trying to take over the story. She was such a fun character to write that I decided she would be my heroine in the next book, which turned out to be His Reluctant Bodyguard.
How do you create your characters?
I know this sounds crazy to anyone who doesn’t write, but my characters start talking to me. They usually arrive with their full names and backstories intact, and I can “hear” them inside my head. Told ya it sounded crazy…
My next step is to find pictures of what these people in my head look like. I usually scour online sites for pictures of celebrities or models and I keep looking until I find one that matches what *I* think my character looks like. I don’t generally share who those celebrities are, because I think every reader develops their own image of what each character looks like. I know I do when I read, and it spoils things a bit for me if I am picturing one person and the author tells me they meant it to be someone entirely different.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
I started writing at a very young age. Basically, if I didn’t like how a story ended, I made up my own ending, or I continued the story beyond the ending. I guess I was writing fan fic long before anyone ever called it that!
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I do have an office, but I don’t always write there. Sometimes I take my laptop into the living room. I’ve also been known to write while on a cruise, alone in my cabin. Basically, I like to be by myself someplace quiet. I admire people who can write in coffee shops or places with a lot of noise and other people. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those.
Music tends to distract me, especially music with lyrics. I find myself focusing on the words to the song instead of the words I need to be writing!
How do you get your ideas for writing?
My ideas literally come from anywhere and everywhere. One of my books was inspired by a piece of music (the incidental music to the opera The Jewels of the Madonna). Another idea came from watching the film The Secret of Roan Inish, while yet another came from a discussion I had with my DH about how a person could sneak aboard a cruise ship. So when I say anywhere and everywhere, I really do mean it.
What do you like to read?
I do love romantic suspense, both contemporary and historical. I grew up reading the traditional “woman in jeopardy” stories by Victoria Holt, Phyllis A. Whitney, and Mary Stewart, and I still love those kinds of stories today. I’m also a real history buff and love the period details in good historicals like those by Diana Gabaldon or Deanna Raybourn.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring writers in regards to writing?
The same as the answer to how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice! Seriously, good writing takes hard work, and like most everything, the more you do it, the better you get at it. You must make a commitment to learning your craft and be willing to spend lots of time and effort perfecting it.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Readers truly make this whole writing gig worthwhile! I write to entertain readers, and nothing pleases me more than hearing I have done that. Fan mail always makes my day, so if you’ve read and enjoyed one of my stories, please let me know! Drop me a note via my website (www.LoucindaMcgary.com) or leave a comment on FaceBook (www.facebook.com/loucinda.mcgary). I’ll be thrilled.
I will give away one free copy (Kindle or Nook) of HRB (or either of my other Indie pubbed books) at each blog stop. Then I will give a $20 Amazon or BN (winner’s choice) gift card at the end of the tour. You must include your email address in your comment to be entered to win.