Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Q & A with Franny Armstrong!





1.  Tell us about your newest release.



Minx Juliette is book 2 in the Toxic Tango Troop series. It's a wonderful tale about a female soldier who was shot in the chest and nearly drowned in a Mexican rainforest while trying to save her team from capture. Their mission was to take down a drug lord and his cohorts, but someone gave them away, and there is a traitor in their midst.



Julie is saved by a handsome, moody Latino who doesn't want anything to do with her for fear of losing his heart. He's on the look out for his young son who was kidnapped by the drug lord because of his powerful psychic abilities. Julie also shares a psychic link with her identical twin sister, Jinn who is looking for her, but someone is blocking their telepathic thought.s



Together they search for his son and her troop, while trying not to lose their hearts to each other.



2.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?



I did a lot of research about Mexico and found that there are a lot of crooked people in power due to the low pay they make in their jobs. Bribery is not frowned upon down there. Also, drugs and weapons dealers tend to abound.



3.  Do you have any interesting or quirks or rituals?



My rituals are to get up in the morning, head to the computer first, and then do my morning chores, and eat. The rest of the day is spent alternating between writing and a number of breaks in between to keep my circulation moving. I tend to stay in my chair with my laptop for extended periods of time and have to make myself take breaks. The last thing I do at night is turn off the computer around eleven p.m. and head for bed. It's a full day, but one I love.



4.  What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?



I really like reading Christine Feehan's works. She writes paranormal as well, and her characters are rich with intriguing personalities and awesome psychic gifts. My daughter's friend suggested that I write a book because I was always immersed in reading romance novels. That was all it took to get me hooked on being the writer I've wanted to be since I was a ten year old child.



5.  What does your family think about your career as a published author?



LOL. Though they are all supportive, only my mother will read them. My kids say they don't want to know what goes on in my brain. They are thrilled that I am a published author and do brag about it to their friends. The only thing is that they say I write 'dirty books'. What can I say? It's a gift.



6.  Besides writing, what other interests do you have?



I love to do stained glass, knit, sew, and paint artwork. I'm alway busy with my hands. When I'm not doing those things, I'm babysitting or visiting with my children and grandchildren. Never is there a dull moment in my day.



7.  Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?



I am just beginning to write book three of the Toxic Tango Troop. It's called Blaque Russian. (Yes, the books are named after alcohol drinks) The story continues with the troop scattered all about the Mexican rainforest while they battle against the odds to save the day and take down a drug lord and his cohorts. The stories are rich with intrigue and lots of fun. I hope you get a chance to read them all. Look for Blaque Russian by the end of 2014.



8.  How can readers connect with you online?



Feel free to email me or find me at the following links:

Connect with Franny Armstrong








http://youtu.be/bpCQWLDhl8I  Jinn & Toxic video.





Blurb:


Shot and nearly drowned, psychic Sergeant Julie Dennison is saved by a handsome rebel leader who's searching for his kidnapped son.

 When Sergeant Julie Dennison is shot and nearly drowned, she's saved by a handsome Latino stranger who can't wait to get rid of her. Wolf is a leader of a group of rebels, working together to take down crooked cops in Mexico. He searches for his kidnapped son, and the man who killed his wife. The problem is that he doesn't want to give his heart away, and Julie refuses to fall in love. Together they conquer the rainforest on a search for the Toxic Tango Troop, and Julie's twin sister, Jinn.


Excerpt:


Heat burned along Julie's side, and a hard lump pressed into her hip. One of her lovers, she couldn't remember who, must have fallen asleep after they'd had sex. That was one rule she refused to allow to be broken. At ten years old, she'd been separated from her family. She'd promised herself never to become attached to anyone, to protect her heart.
It hurt to stretch, but she wanted to, like a cat. As she opened her eyes to find darkness, Julie wondered where she was. Her bed-partner breathed deeply, and evenly on her neck, sending delicious shivers up her spine. His arm rested on her waist. When she moved, pain radiated from her chest, and reality came crashing back.
Jinn?
Julie, I...
The man beside her moved, lifting his head. He pressed his palm on her forehead, and sighed.
"Still have the fever. Damn."
"Lope?"
"Yes. Stay put. I'll get you something to drink. We have to cool you down, and get you well enough to move out of here."
"You seem to be in a real hurry to get rid of me."
"You are a danger to us all."
"Who?"
His expression shuttered suddenly, as though he'd given something away. "I'll be right back."
He lit some candles and left the bed, barely able to stand erect due to the low ceiling. Julie estimated he stood well over six-feet tall when not ducking, and his shoulders took up much of the space in the small room. His narrow, muscular waist drew her gaze, as did the bulge in his denims that pressed against her while he lay beside her. She bit back a grin when he adjusted his jeans and turned to leave. From the look on his face, he didn't appear to be thrilled with her effect on him.
A few moments later he came back, carrying a tray laden with a drink of juice, a bowl of stew, and some bread. He avoided her eyes and focused on feeding her, staring at her lips as they accepted the spoon. When he frowned, she smirked.
"What's so funny?"
"If I weren't weak as a kitten, I imagine you'd have other things on your mind than feeding me."
Startled, he looked at her this time. "Eat your food," he said, growling.
Julie gave a low, throaty laugh, and took another mouthful. His hand shook a bit, and he spilled some of the gravy on her chest. This time, she said, "Would you care to lick it off?"
To her surprise, Lope leapt to his feet, banging his head on the ceiling. She snickered and then bit her lip to stop it.
"What's wrong?" she asked with an innocent look on her face.
"You obviously can feed yourself." He turned and climbed the stairs, leaving her.
Hey, nice ass.
Lope stopped in his tracks, his back to her. Her chest hurt like crazy, yet she laughed aloud. He heard my thoughts. She watched as he disappeared upstairs. Once he'd slammed the trap door shut, she lay down and closed her eyes, exhausted, the dinner forgotten.



Bio:

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Franny Armstrong has written creatively since she was a child. Her mother always told her to write down her feelings and she did. When she was ten, she started writing and acting out plays in her garage for the neighborhood kids.
When she became ill in her forties, she used her writing skills to create stories that took her away. Living in the country with her husband and mother, three dogs, and two cats, she loves the silence when working on her books, when she can get it. With three full grown children and four grandchildren, she has a full life. Previously, Franny had ten published paranormal romance books, but took them off the market when the contracts ran out to fine-tune her career as an author. She hopes to find new homes for them.
Writing is her life now. Her main goal is to be a #1 Best Selling author and tour with book signings.



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