Hands On Me by
Tramp Stamp Series Book One
Publisher: Keith Publications
Number of pages: 17
Word Count: 5000
Cover Artist: Elisa Elaine Luevanos
Agent Gwen Fredricks is a living target. Captured after a failed mission, the code to crack a safe has literally been permanently hidden on her. To free herself, she must retrieve a final key.
All Agent Colin Alexander has to do to avoid a desk job is get a code said to be on an enemy agent. He never dreamed it would actually be on the agent, especially Gwen.
The simple shoot-and-swoop mission takes a turn for these two sometime-lovers and full-time rivals when they call a truce to give into their desire. Now with the promise to keep both hands on each other at all times, they share a night together. Loyalties are tested when Gwen manages to swipe the key away, and Colin discovers the code carefully embedded into Gwen's tramp stamp tattoo in a glow of UV light. When morning comes they must decide if what they feel for each other is worth betraying their agencies.
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8VFqFbRFiY&feature=plcp
"Stop!" A man yelled.
The barrel of another gun met her inches from her face. She tensed, not from the gun, but from the familiar inflection in his voice. The position of both their weapons hid the man's face.
"Get in and lower your gun, or we'll both lose."
"Back up and lower yours, or you won't have a hand left." No one told her what to do, not ever again. The click of her cocking her weapon echoed around them.
He stepped back. "Get in and close the door."
With her gun still raised, she stepped and waited for her opponent to flinch first.
"Now." He moved a fraction of an inch.
She did the same, and with the silent acknowledgement they would both comply, they lowered their guns in unison. She almost shot herself in the foot at the sight of the man who greeted her. Before she made a mistake, she de-cocked her gun and shook her head. "Colin?" Her body betrayed her by trembling. Was this her punishment?
"Gwen." He shoved the gun in his waistband. "You're the one. I would have never guessed."
Think. She screamed at herself to remember her training, and not allow him to best her or distract her. She glanced around the room, giving her time to not look at him. Agents were supposed to be everyday people and blend in, but Colin Alexander stood out. From the moment she quite literally fell into his lap through a two-story ceiling three years ago, she wasn't sure why his agency chose such a standout. She supposed his combed-back black hair and golden eyes were some bizarre form of female torture.
1. Where did you get the idea for the novel?
The call for submissions asked for a Tramp Stamp Tattoo to be part of the story. I wanted the tattoo to be a functional part of the story and I love spies, so I put the two together.
2. Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
The title has always been Hands On Me, I came up with it out of the story line.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
The story came first. I always write the story first and then name it.
4. Why did you pick this genre? What do you like about it?
I love romance because I love a happy ending! Everything in life should end like a romance novel.
5. Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
The day my novel, Closure, got picked up by my publisher the day after I sent it, a close second was seeing the cover. It made me cry.
6. What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
The last book I read was Curtain Call by Nathan Squires. I am excited to be beta reading the sequel, its one of the perks when you know the author J.
7. What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)?
Oh, I don't ever talk about that. It is not hiding under my bed; it is in the backyard buried. It was a 300,000 word story that had no plot, it was literally a loose string of scenes that I thought were the best things ever. I broke every rule of writing fiction.
8. What is your writing process?
I write completely out of order. I write the scenes that come out in my head first and then fill in. I have written novels almost backwards. When I get close to finishing I tend to become obsessed with writing the words "the end" and will focus on nothing else. After it’s complete, I have it go through two editors before submitting.
9. Who are your favorite authors of all time?
V.C. Andrews and Johanna Lindsey
10. At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say?
I write something, even if its just a thank you, a heart or a smile. Maybe one day it will be worth something! It is hard to think of what to say so just something so its not only my name makes it good.
11. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I crochet! Not only do I crochet, but I am fast, and come up with my own patterns.
12. How do you react to a bad review?
Cry, then look to see if there was merit to what was said, and then go back to writing.
13. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
A lot of jumping around, dinner and clothes shopping which involved telling everyone within a five mile radius that I was a published author.
About the Author:
Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep all her gadgets running. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.