When Sage Valentine discovers that her roommate's shocking suicide might be related to a website that provides edgy, thrill-seeking entertainment, she immediately books her own "abduction" to get some answers. But her "rescuer" isn't really who she thinks he is....Johnny Christiano is dedicated to the Bullet Catchers, who saved him from a wise guy's life of crime and turned him into an elite bodyguard. When he's assigned to stop Sage's kidnapping, he's unexpectedly trapped between deceit and sizzling desire. But the closer Johnny and Sage get to the truth, the closer danger stalks them...until death is only a double-click away.
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Thanks for asking - the series I write, The Bullet Catchers, are romantic suspense novels centered around an elite force of bodyguards, security specialists and investigators. The company is run by a woman, Lucy Sharpe, who is former CIA, and each book features the adventurous assignment of one of the Bullet Catchers, who will be tested by physically and emotionally. There are six novels in the series so far - TAKE ME TONIGHT is the third. Also available are KILL ME TWICE, THRILL ME TO DEATH and a trilogy that just launched a few weeks ago: FIRST YOU RUN, THEN YOU HIDE (out in June) and NOW YOU DIE (out in August). Info and excerpts are on my web site of www.roxannestclaire.com.
The most important thing about the series is that the books all stand alone. They don't have to be read in order (although that's always fun) but each one is a stand-alone story of romance and suspense, with recurring characters from past and future books.
Hope that helps - feel free to ask anything about the series you'd like to know!
I've read one book in this series (Kill Me Twice) and loved it. I haven't been able to find more, so I'm really happy to hear there are more. I just ordered this one. Does Lucy get her own book? She is a really memorable character and I loved the scenes with her. Also, did the other two Bullet Catchers in Kill me Twice get books? I can't remember their names, but they were good. And one more question - is there really a place on the internet where you can get kidnapped?
Thank you for answering, Ms. St. Claire. Great books!
Thank you for commenting, Danni. Yes, Lucy (the woman who owns and runs the Bullet Catchers) *does* get her own book, and very soon. She is the heroine of NOW YOU DIE, which will be coming out on August 24. I've had a lot of mail about that character, so there is something about her that captures reader's imagination. She has a dark and complex past, and there are two men who could have been her match, so it was a challenging book to write, but I'm pleased with it and hope you, and all of Lucy's fans, will like it, too.
Just realized I didn't answer two of Danni's questions. Do the other two Bullet Catchers introduced in KILL ME TWICE get their own books? So far, one has: Former DEA hunting dog Max Roper is the hero in THRILL ME TO DEATH. And you asked if there really is a place to arrange for your own kidnapping on the internet. All I can tell you is this: the story idea came from a throwaway line I heard Quentin Tarantino say in a radio interview. He said, "You know you can do anything on the internet. You can arrange to go to Saigon and be kidnapped for the fun of it." Instantly, the idea of a "thrill site" for adventurous women took shape in my mind.
I wouldn't recommend it to the faint of heart, though!
The first three books in the Bullet Catcher series are 1) KILL ME TWICE; 2) THRILL ME TO DEATH and 3) TAKE ME TONIGHT. They are not a trilogy, but feature some of the same characters, all part of the Bullet Catcher organization. They are all in print and available. The next three books in the series (FIRST YOU RUN, THEN YOU HIDE, NOW YOU DIE) are also stand alone, but do include a story thread that arcs over all three books and ties them together. But my goal as a writer is to ensure that a reader can read any of the books alone and never feel like they've missed something, or read them in order and get a sense of continuity and enjoy recurring characters.
I discovered your books through this bookclub a year or so ago and have read them all. Just wanted to say thank you for writing terrific stories. I love the Bullet catchers, and just finished the newest one - First You Run. (Australian hero.) You are an autobuy author for me. Thanks.
Roxanne I am really enjoying this book club selection. I have previously read "Thrill Me to Death" and loved it. How did you come up with the idea of the "Bullet Catchers"? My favorite books are romantic suspense novels and I plan on reading your other books that I have missed. Keep up the great stories!
Thanks, Judy! I came up with the idea for the Bullet Catchers series when I was researching the first book. I wanted to develop a series, as all my previous romantic suspense books were unconnected and the buzz from readers is that they love connected books. I read an article about bodyguards that referred to them as "bullet catchers" (a slang term for bodyguards) and it was like creative lightning struck. I instantly had a vision of a group of hot, fearless, protective, hot, adventurous, resourceful, did I say hot? guys (and ladies) that would make the perfect "backbone" for sexy suspense novels.
I loved today's excerpt. I'm hooked! I like fun "banter" between the characters, especially when one person is thinking one thing and saying another and the reader is in on it. Good job! The reviews for your books look really interesting, too. Which of the Bullet Catcher books is your favorite? Are any "paranormal"?
Hi Halle, thanks for writing. And thanks to the others who are "hooked." Happy to hear it! Which Bullet Catcher is my favorite? Book or bodyguard? :-) I really love them all - or I do once they are finished and printed and out of my head and heart. TAKE ME TONIGHT was what I call a "gimme" book - very easy to write, very few bald spots resulting from tearing my hair out over plot holes. THRILL ME TO DEATH was a tough book to write, but a fan favorite. I'm crazy about NOW YOU DIE, which is Lucy Sharpe's book, just because she was a wondeful mix of tough and vulnerable. I also think readers will like the Australian hero in FIRST YOU RUN. Hard call.
Paranormal? Only one, and it isn't a full length book, but a novella. The story is called "Reason to Believe" and it is part of a three-novella anthology titled WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE. All three novellas (by three different authors) in the collection are supernatural/paranormal. In my story, the heroine is a TV psychic who sees a murder and the killer wants to shut her up before she figures out who he is. When she hires a Bullet Catcher for protection, he is skeptical, a man of science who doesn't buy her "visions" and they have a grand time proving each other wrong.