Dangerous Code, The Writer Reflects

 

DC-WIX-shit togetherI wrote the first draft of Dangerous Code over four years ago but put it aside. At that time, it would’ve been considered science fiction. Now, not so much.

Detective Colin O’Brien? Let’s just say he’s my dream guy. He can tell what you’re feeling by reading the tiny tics in your expression. An alpha male, he takes charge and is not intimidated by a brilliant woman. However, under that tough exterior, he’s wounded from a really bad first marriage. It’s so rotten he hasn’t wanted to talk about it. Don’t worry. I’ll get it out of him in my next book.

I want it

I love Megan, AKA Jenna Jones. I guess there’s a lot of me in her. I was heavy as a kid, but she’s a lot smarter and richer.

LOL. I also have a tendency to mix metaphors and can be slow at telling what people are really saying.  Under it all, my feelings are hurt easily and more than anything, I want people to like me but I hide it well.

My altar ego has a day job. She writes software and technically manages multi-million dollar projects. My company is on the leading edge of everything to do with speech. It isn’t that much of a reach to know where software is heading.

Jason, the story’s artificial app, is a mere stone’s throw into the future. Because it can code itself, it has unlimited potential. But just like a human, it needs to weigh out the junk from the real when it searches the internet. Sometimes it works and sometimes, well, let’s just say that can be bad.

Are you interested in more stories with this couple? I have so many ideas… What if Jason finds out there’s a plot to kill the president. What if the CIA is involved? Who would believe an AI application?

I think Colin and Jenna have a rocky road ahead of them. Two people so dissimilar are bound to have a lot of fights. Don’t worry though, I’m sure they’ll find their HEA… hee hee, eventually.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dangerous Code… LOL… How to Write a Blurb

LOL! One of my dearest writer friends set me straight yesterday. I was feeling a bit down. I know this latest book is one of my best and the cover is awesome so what was I doing wrong?

She suggested I emphasize the sex. The story is secondary.

Sex sells.

Okay then. Here is my latest attempt at ‘How to write a blurb’

Let me know what you think.

“Great read! I really enjoyed this suspenseful, erotic romance by Stella! I’ve read all her other books and loved each one. Can’t wait to read more contemporary romance by this author. Well done!”

Is it possible that little Meggie’s turned terrorist? I haven’t seen her since I was a lifeguard and she at that awkward age between kid and woman. Now she’s drop dead gorgeous and my suspect. I knew I was in trouble when she glared at me with those big green eyes. And when we kissed? Holy shit, I wasn’t prepared for the hottest sex of my life. Now she’s on the run and it’s my job to find her and keep her safe or maybe even arrest her. Either way I’m screwed because I’ve fallen hard and that just can’t happen, not with the city under attack.

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I want it

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I’d tried to be gentle. Hadn’t I watched her every sweet expression, made her explode and scream out my name? More than once? But then again, there was that one moment, right as I entered, where her body had stiffened.

“Do you want me to go?” I hold my breath, awkwardly leaning against the door frame while she puts our leftovers in the microwave as if we just hadn’t had mind-blowing sex.

“No.” She says it so quietly I can barely make it out.

My gut wrenches. Somehow, I’d made her feel bad.

Escaping my self-made exile, I walk across the room, wrap her into my arms and whisper in her ear, “Did I hurt you?”

She twists around in a flash. “No, no. I just don’t want you to think… Oh, I don’t know what to say. I’ve never ever done something like this before.”

She’s telling the truth and Neanderthal-man is thrilled but there’s a twisting in my gut that I haven’t felt for years. Meggie is obviously one of those good girls. The kind that save themselves for marriage. So why did she come on so strong?

And more importantly, why did I respond?

 

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Just Hi!

I just wanted to say hi and thank GOD last week is over. I won’t go into details but suffice it to say I had enough bad luck piled into one week that I probably will only have good for many weeks to come.

Needless to say it’s nothing like the week that Jenna Jones has in my latest book, Dangerous Code.

First three chapters are on Instafreebie, if you’d like to start now.

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It’s 5:30AM and as always I am up and writing! I had to pause today to send an Amazon gift card to my daughter Sarah, in Italy. Her birthday is March 30th.  Last week we visited my other daughter, in Queens. I love how diverse they are and yet, in ways. very similar.

My husband finished my taxes for last year and woo hoo! I actually made money as a writer!!! My goal is to double my income every year… starting this year (ah.. I don’t want to double a negative number, right?) Anyhow, I have high hopes!

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In April, BookBub has agreed to a promotion of ‘How to Seduce a Queen,’ perhaps one of my favorite books! Soul Mates is asking for me to write another Medieval. I would love to bring back Marcus and Ann. I’m thinking they’ll be quite different when their kids become rebellious teenagers. And as king Edward ages, he becomes more difficult to stay allied with. Surely there’s a tale to be told.

So many stories dancing in my head, so little time.

Dangerous Code is just the beginning of the crime solving trio of Dr. Jones, her AI unit, and Detective O’Brien.

So, bye for now.. I have to get writing!

Fondly,

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Dangerous Code

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I want it

I’ve had so much success with my first three chapters on Instafreebie, (over 100 downloads a day), that I’m releasing my latest book a full week early.

Download for 99 cents! 

This thriller-romance is a rewrite of my very first novel from about four years ago. The original story hasn’t changed much but thank God my writing has improved since then.

What’s truly amazing is how my story might’ve seemed like sci-fi back then but now is not! I also have to say, it’s fun to speak like a New Yorker from Brooklyn. I lived there in my twenties and worked in Manhattan.

I like this crime solving trio so much, you can be sure you will be hearing more from Jones, O’Brien, and JASON.

LOVE YA,

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Happy St. Patty’s Day

OMG!

I can’t believe there’s two feet of snow on the ground and Spring is right around the corner.
I only have a moment to write a few thoughts.

Of course, I’m thinking about my release day for Dangerous Code. Early reviewers are liking it a lot.

And I’m trying to remember my only Irish ancestor.

Unlike those that came in the 1800’s mine was here almost a century earlier. He lived in Vermont, a wealthy landowner.

She was very young French girl, an indentured servant who had come to the new world with nothing but hope. There is no record of the French girl after she leaves Vermont. I suspect she changed her name and started over. A young unmarried woman in the colonies would be unwelcome in all but a brothel.

I feel for her, poor dear.

Her Vermont family must have loved her very much because when she ran off, they treated the resulting babe, my great, great, great, as their own.

Would the Irishman have provided for the child? No one knows because he was found face down in flooded waters the very next spring.

If the bastard raped the young woman, good on him for ending up dead.

I would rewrite history. Our heroine finds another Irishman, a kind man with a gentle smile, who has need of someone to take care of his two children…

Of course they fall in love and have the mandatory HEA.

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