Ex-Chicago detective LILLY D’ANGELO has a secret she doesn’t share with anyone. A master of the one night stand, she’s given up ever finding a soul mate and thrown herself head first into her career. That is, until she captures the wrong alien. Kidnapped and sold into the sex slave trade, she’s shipped into deep space. Barely escaping with her life, Lilly now travels the galaxy working as a bounty hunter using her secret talents to bring down criminals and seeking revenge on the one male who ruined her life.
Agent DALLAS SAWYER works for deep space’s version of the FBI. After a disastrous mission that left several of his team members murdered, a president executed, and Dallas near death, he’s determined to take down the assassin targeting government officials. When a sexy human female gets between him and his goal, Dallas and his alien partner find themselves on the receiving end of a passionate night they won’t soon forget and a proposition that may very well blow up in their faces.
Because in deep space … true love can happen with just a touch.
Lilly D’Angelo wasn’t expecting a trip down memory lane when she sauntered into the dingy tavern, but the acrid stench and gruff hum of the Friday night crowd carried her back to one of the seedier establishments on Chicago’s south side nonetheless. Except for the clientele, the owner had managed to replicate nearly every detail right down to the blue haze of cigarette smoke and the soft crooning of a jazz band on the corner stage.
Pushing the sour thoughts of home from her mind and focusing on the job at hand, Lilly morphed her features into her sexiest vixen pout and moved gracefully toward the long bar on the other side of the room. Her voluptuous breasts, spilling temptingly from her silk blouse, led the way. The eyes watching her leather-clad ass sashay around the battered tables were clustered on various life forms—none of them human.
Yeah, definitely not Chicago. Hell, this wasn’t even Earth for goodness sake.
“Regent’s ale, straight up, hold the brenic.” Lilly ordered the local brew in English, hoping the two-headed alien behind the bar had a cochlear translator in one of those eight holes that passed for ears. Satisfied when one head nodded, she settled on a stool, making sure her fur jacket and blouse parted just enough to offer a seductive view of her cleavage. She shifted, allowing the black leather skirt to ride up her thigh and expose a little more silky real estate. The reflection she saw in the mirror behind the liquor bottles was every inch a working woman on the prowl. She wasn’t trying to attract anyone in particular, just hoping to mislead the locals into thinking she was some female making a living with her body—which was true—just not as the human streetwalker she impersonated.
Where did you get the idea for the novel?
I’ve always loved science fiction stories. There is just something about the idea that we are not alone in space that completely intrigues me. Throw in a dash of murder and suspense … welllll, I’ll burn dinner and stay up late just to follow the characters’ journeys to save the world. So it didn’t surprise me one morning when my muse woke me with this great story of two humans (and a very sexy humanoid-alien) chasing the same bad guy across the galaxy. Throw in some action, sprinkle with mystery and wrap it all in a sexy romance and A TOUCH OF LILLY was born!
Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
I come up with all of my titles. Since Lilly D’Angelo has the ability to affect males by touching them the title was just sort of … there. And no—since I loved it from the moment it came to me—it never changed.
Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
Besides actually having my books published for people to read (which is such a hoot)? I’d have to say it’s the people I’ve met on my journey, both readers and writers. I’ve made some wonderful friends that I never would have had the privilege of getting to know if I hadn’t dipped my toes in the publishing world. The other (and this just happened last month) is that one of my books made it onto the USA Today Bestsellers list. Wow (thank you readers)! That was a real kick in the pants, I gotta tell you. Of course I cried and my wonderful family celebrated with me by taking me out to dinner and gushing over that milestone!
What book are you currently reading?
I’m reading the 9th book in the JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series, LOVER MINE. (Of course it’s paranormal romance … my favorite genre.) When I grow up I want to be just like her, she’s such and amazing writer! No one, and I mean no one, has ever held my attention in a series, like JR has. I force myself to read other books in between just so I don’t finish the series too quickly!
What is your writing process?
Hmmm, this is a hard question to answer because it’s changing and morphing as my writing develops. But basically, I’m a by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer. I only have a loose idea of where the story is going when I start, especially when I’m writing a mystery/suspense. With A TOUCH OF LILLY I didn’t consciously know who the killer was until midway through the book. I hope if it takes me by surprise as I’m writing, that it will also surprise my readers.
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 always try to write a note when I sign a book. I love to have some twist on the title. I’m still working on what to write when I sign print versions of TOUCH. But like a title, I smile happily when I find the little quip that’s perfect!
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
There are many readers who don’t know I have multiple sclerosis. I have a dual degree in marine biology and education. I worked in an outreach facility teaching science to all levels of school children for many years. When the ugly disease brought my body to the point where I could no longer stand in front of a classroom, I gave up whiteboards and animal specimens for a keyboard and printer … and I’ve never looked back! I feel blessed to have found another career that allows my science brain free creative license!
USA Today Bestselling author, Nina Pierce, grew up in a house full of readers. Nina's discovered the passionate side of romance with her sexy stories. For her, it's all about the sweet scent of seduction mixed with the heartwarming aroma of romance.
Nina resides in New England with her high school sweetheart and soul mate of twenty-eight years and several very spoiled cats who consider her "staff". When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her three grown children, one love-sick son-in-law and a heart-melting grandson.
You can keep up with her new books at her website (http://www.NinaPierce.com) or by following her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nina.pierce)or Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ninapierce)
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