As we all get ready for Valentine's (and Galentine's!) Day, we welcome authors Meg Napier and Pru Warren for a little romance book chat. Both have recent novels out!
SECOND ACT by Meg Napier
Moments before the final curtsy of her career, prima ballerina Margot Johnson finds herself holding her partner in her arms while he dies, for real, on stage. Has Yuri been murdered, and if so, why? In the terrifying hours and days that follow, Margot sees one tragedy after another befall her beloved Empire Ballet. Fearful for her own life and the lives of her friends and colleagues, Margot joins Detective Frank Sutton to try to find the murderer.
Frank was transfixed by Margot's ethereal beauty as the ill-fated Giselle, but now he must wonder if the ballerina's supposed retirement is a cover for a criminal crusade. Margot seems far too young to retire, and she was the last person on stage with the now dead Russian dancer. Are international conflicts at play, or does the Empire Ballet Company hide dark secrets? As bodies fall and the violence grows bolder, Frank fights to determine if he is falling for a killer, or if a killer is out for the woman he is coming to love.
Meg Napier is a writer who loves books even more than she loves chocolate. No matter what else she was doing in life, she was always engrossed in at least one novel, and her friends in high school were always asking her when she was going to write a book of her own. It took a few years, (okay, maybe a few decades!) but she only puts to paper the stories that demand to be told, trying to make each one the kind of scrumptiously delicious treat she loves to curl up with herself. Each of her titles start with the word "second" because she knows from experience that almost everything works out better the second time around. So go ahead: take a second look at one of her book descriptions. It does sound interesting, doesn't it?"
CYN & THE PEANUT BUTTER CUP by Pru Warren
Love, laughter, and short-term memory loss. When a sweet old lady's mysterious past draws her young caretaker into a wild ride, they drag a hot FBI agent along with them. Cyn didn't know caring for Maddy would require car chases, and Rhys never thought an old lady could steal his gun. Cynthia loves being Maddy's caregiver. Watching over a slightly senile senior is a piece of cake after Cyn's brutal divorce. It's not wrong to hide away from life for a few weeks, er, months. Right? Rhys ("like the peanut butter cup but not spelled the same") is pretty sure he's going to get fired from his job at the FBI. When Maddy steals his gun at the grocery store and shoots at a random stranger, Rhys figures that's it for his career. Everything's gone wrong...
...except for meeting Cyn. How will Rhys and Cyn find love while keeping Maddy safe from the (possibly imaginary) hordes who are (maybe) out to get her?
A laugh-out-loud, sexy romantic comedy that includes a heroine with self-confidence problems, an absolutely delicious screw-up of a hero, and the strong-willed, slightly addled old lady who leads them both astray.
Pru Warren bores easily and thus has been a daydreamer since roughly the Bronze Age. She is addicted to writing because in a novel, you can make things come out the RIGHT way. Life and karma really ought to take note; there are BETTER SOLUTIONS to these pesky daily annoyances! Beside her in-the-laptop God Complex, Pru laughs often and easily, loathes cooking, and plays way too much solitaire. She's plotting world domination even as you read this, as long as she doesn't have to wake up too early to accomplish it.