Jan 24, 2014

Ringing in the New Year with Kennedy Layne!


First and foremost, I love life. I love that I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister...and a writer.

I am one of the lucky women in this world who gets to do what makes them happy. As long as I have a cup of coffee (maybe two or three) and my laptop, the stories evolve themselves and I try to do them justice. I draw my inspiration from a retired Marine Master Sergeant that swept me off of my feet and has drawn me into a world that fulfills all of my deepest and darkest desires. Erotic romance, military men, intrigue, with a little bit of kinky chili pepper (his recipe), fill my head and there is nothing more satisfying than making the hero and heroine fulfill their destinies.


Thank you for having joined me on their journeys...

Sinful Resurrection
CSA Case Files, Book 2
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Sins of the past have been resurrected, predetermining their path to love. Can they overcome the treacherous obstacles set before them?

Jax Christensen likes his life just the way it is. He has his work, his club, and the occasional naked submissive to take his mind off everything else. He doesn’t talk about the past, as there is no point in reminiscing about things that cannot be altered. His chest has an empty hole where his heart used to be, but he’s grown accustomed to the constant pain. It’s become the only thing that reminds Jax that he’s alive.

Emily Weiss has never forgotten the one and only man she’s ever loved. She’s hidden for two long years in an attempt to protect Jax and herself, desperate to try and stay one step ahead of those who want her dead. She has information that could destroy the United Nations. Unfortunately, they want to eliminate her first. Emily’s exhausted and wants more than anything to feel safe once more. That was how she felt in Jax’s strong arms and she longs to be there again.

When Jax sees that Emily has risen from the grave, his heart and soul are full of anger and regret. He’ll never forgive her lies and deception. He will, however, keep her safe. He hates her for what she’s done, but he doesn’t want her death on his conscience. He’ll protect her and then walk away.

Secrets are revealed and the danger is more sinister and deadly than anyone could have guessed. Jax and Emily are forced on the run and the passion they once felt for one another burns even hotter and brighter the second time around. Jax doesn’t know how he’ll walk away this time or if he even wants to. Emily is determined to expose a high-level official within the United Nations and walk away unscathed. She wants a second chance with her first love — even if it kills her.


EXCERPT

He’d cataloged three people in the room.  Crest was behind his desk, Emily was standing in front of him, and one other person was to his right.  Jax didn’t give the man a second glance.  He didn’t give a shit who the tight ass suit was.  He only cared about the woman standing in front of him.  Emily slowly turned and faced him, her blue eyes filled with regret and something else he couldn’t name.  Whatever it was couldn’t hold a candle to the rage that was simmering in his veins.  He changed his mind.  There was no reason fucking good enough for what she’d put him through, only to turn up two years later as if nothing had happened.

“Jax, you need to listen to me,” Crest said, coming into his line of vision.

Jax turned and within seconds had Crest shoved up against the wall with his forearm against his boss’s throat.  He was breathing hard, waiting for an excuse to be able to physically take out his frustration on another human being.  Finally clearing the haze from his eyes, it dawned on him that Crest had known all along who Emily was and what her connection was to Jax.  What else did Crest know?  He pulled his arm back, with every intention of getting retribution.

“Jax, please don’t.”

Emily’s voice cut through the miasma that had surrounded him.  He was trained better and knew that the slightest hesitation gave the other person the advantage, but it was too late.  Before Jax could blink Crest brought up his hands, breaking the hold.  Jax found himself up against the wall, Crest in total control.

“I’m going to release you and you’re going to listen, because Emily’s life depends on it.”  Crest’s voice never wavered, instead remaining calm and cool like his demeanor.  That caused Jax to feel even more rage, but he bottled it quickly, knowing Crest had the upper hand at the moment.  Jax relaxed his muscles, leaning his weight on the wall.  He could play this game with the best of them.  Crest continued to speak.  “I know this looks bad, Jax, but she had good reason for what she did.”

“Just like you had good reason to keep it from me?” Jax asked, unable to keep all of his fury contained.  He remained as still as Crest, relaxed in his hold, and waited until the man took a step back.  Jax wiped the back of his hand over his mouth, unable to believe this was really happening.  Disloyalty was something he couldn’t tolerate.  He thought Crest held the same morals, but apparently not.  “Nothing will ever make that right, Top.”

Jax had purposefully used the nickname that grunts used in reference to Master Sergeants in the Marines.  He wanted — no, needed — to drill into Crest what an intimate betrayal this was.  He personally had never called Gavin Crest by the nickname that Connor seemed to use like a minion did to a god.  He understood his friend’s need to be grateful to Crest for giving them a chance to live their lives as a normal civilian, but Jax felt like he’d repaid his debt tenfold.  He did his job and he did it well.  No one could ask for more.

Connor had repeatedly said that Jax had changed on their last combat tour.  Emily’s absence from his life had done that to him and made him realize what a person went through when people were ripped away.  Switching his gaze to the woman he would have laid his life down for made him understand that her death would have been easier to accept.  Her perfidy and deceit was just too much.

“Jax, I didn’t know until a month ago,” Crest explained.  He took another step back, as if unsure how Jax would react, before slowly moving to stand in front of his desk.  He loosened his tie and then made sure his cuff links were still in place.  Jax couldn’t bring himself to look Emily in the eye and instead concentrated on Crest.  She disgusted him and the only way he was going to get through this was if he listened to what Crest had to say and then left for his flight out of the country.  He wanted to be anywhere but here.  Crest motioned to the other man.  “This is Schultz Jessalyn, Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor.”

Jax ignored the man who still stood on the other side of the room.  There was no need for introductions, regardless of this man’s position.  He could be the fucking Pope and Jax wouldn’t have cared.  Not wanting to appear anything else but bored with this conversation, Jax stepped forward and crossed his arms.  The faster he dealt with this the sooner he could leave.

“I have a flight to catch,” Jax said, keeping his tone even.  He thought about quitting, handing in his resignation right here and now, but the assignment that would take him around the world and away from the duplicity that was filling up this room sounded even better.  “Don’t worry, Crest.  I’ll do my job.”

“Jessie is on her way in,” Crest said, as if Jax hadn’t spoken.  His dark green eyes zeroed in on Jax. “She’s going to change your flight information over to Lach.  He’s taking the overseas assignment.  I need you here.  Emily needs you here.”

Jax ground his teeth together to prevent himself from saying they could all go fuck themselves, but something held him back.  Even though it felt like he was roasting his entire body over excruciatingly hot flames, he forced himself to really look at Emily.  She’d dyed her dark brown hair to a light blonde, although she had left the length that he used to love to play with and still dreamed about.  She was slightly thinner than he remembered, but he could find no sympathy that she might have stressed over the choices that she’d made.  Her athletic build was still there, although slightly less obvious.  There were shadows underneath her blue eyes and her skin had taken on a pale pallor, yet still he could feel their enduring connection.  A mental barrier shifted into place, blocking out any emotion that may have lingered.  Emily had no idea the hell she was putting him through but he immediately had closure that he hadn’t before.  She was deader to him now more than ever.  That switch was thrown.

“She made her choice.”  Jax turned on the heel of his boot and walked to the door.  He changed his mind on quitting.  “You’ll have my resignation on your desk by the end of the day.”

CODE WORD: Crest

Blog Post


My New Year’s resolutions…to be honest, I’m not sure I have one.  A reader posted on Facebook that she doesn’t make resolutions, but she has goals instead.  I think I will do the same and set goals for myself.  Professionally, I would love to publish a total of 4-6 books within twelve months, as well as attend 2-3 conventions/books signings. Personally, we have a move to Florida in our future.  I have a lot of goals for our endeavor, first and foremost the transfer going smoothly!  I wish you the best in yours…  

Behind the Scenes

Ø How did you come up with the title?

o   The title of a book will slowly emerge as I’m writing the story.  Most of the time, a character says a phrase that will resonate with me.  I will then turn it into a two or three word title.  Sinful Resurrection came when Jax Christensen mentioned that the sins of another had brought Emily Weiss back into his life.

Ø Do you see writing as a career?

o   Is writing a career?  Yes, but it is so much more than that…it is a part of who I am.  I am lucky to do what I love and make a living.  Once my husband is off to work and my son is off to school, I grab my second cup of coffee and get to work.  Writing is not just an eight-to-five job, as my mind is constantly whirling with ideas.

Ø Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

o   Gavin Crest is the essential character of the CSA Case Files series.  He is the glue that holds the team together.  A former Marine, he has gathered men and women to form a unique group that makes Crest Security Agency a success.  His backstory still remains a mystery, but it will be told throughout the series until he is ready to tell his tale and see if he’s fated to have his happily ever after…

Ø Why do you write?

o   Ever since I was a little girl, I would take movies or books and change them into something different.  It’s like a movie screen playing in my mind.  Eventually, I started to create my own stories and needed to write them down on paper.  I am lucky that there are people who want to read them!

Ø Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

o   Absolutely! It’s the first thing the reader will see.  I want/need the cover to draw them in and catch their interest.  I have to be able to get the reader to see what the story holds within.




Flash Round

·        What is your most cherished possession?

o   Laptop J

·        What makes you blush?

o   Nothing!

·        What is your worst habit?

o   Coffee…but it’s the best habit to have!

·        Do you have any irrational fears or phobias?

o   Running out of coffee…

·        What are you the most hopeless at?

o   Directions.  My ideas of directions are “left at the white house” and “right at the red barn”.  If they ever change the color of the house or barn, you’d probably find me in another state!


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25 comments:

  1. Well I must say I love your excerpt! Nothing like reading a good book with a little mystery, action and romance rolled all into one! I feel sorry for Jax mourning over the one you love only to find out that the one you loved is not dead I couldn't imagine! I am looking forward to reading the outcome of this story you had me hooked with the excerpt! Good luck on reaching your goals for this year I hope you reach everyone one of them! My goal is to read at least a book every other day. Lucky you on your move to Florida I live on the east coast and it is so cold here right now along with all the snow. I wish I too could move to warmer climate! Thanks for taking the time to share your excerpt and for your interview (always nice to know more about an author)!
    amybowens34@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by today :)

      It is -4 degrees (and that's without windchill!!!!!)….I can't wait for the Florida move! I definitely need some warmer weather.

      I do hope you check out the series!

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  2. Thanks to Kallypso Masters for turning me on to your books. Read both in 48 hours and on the edge of my seat waiting for CSA 3.

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    1. Kally is a sweetheart and has a heart of gold!

      Thank you for reading the series and please be on the lookout for Renewed Faith (CSA Case Files 3) to be released in March...

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  3. Kennedy, I absolutely love, love your CSA books!! I am looking forward to many more stories. I hope your move goes smoothly.

    Lisa Phillips
    phillipsr3sons@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you, Lisa!

      We are putting the house on the market next month…fingers crossed that all goes well :)

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  4. LOVE, LOVE, L. O. V. E your books! Can't wait until the next one. I REALLY can't wait until Crest's book! *le sigh*

    Tammy

    tammyfaris1966@gmail.com

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    1. Crest will definitely get his story told!

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  5. I bought my first books of yours and can't wait to read it!

    Diana
    diamer13@yahoo.com

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  6. Looking forward to buying your first 2 books now I've loaded up my Amazon gift card. Please don't EVER run out of coffee :-)

    Claire
    ppcbowman@gmail.com

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    1. Coffee is the staple of my creativity :)

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  7. Okay I am seriously loving this party! I am learning more about my favorite authors and meeting new ones. I haven't read any of your books Kennedy but with this excerpt you will be added to my to be purchased pile!! :)

    sassytw@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you very much! I hope you enjoy the series :)

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  8. I love the excerpt!! :) I can't wait to read it! :)

    debbie_raddatz@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Deb! Glad you could stop by and visit :)

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  9. Love the excerpt!!!! Just my type of book. lavidabrisco(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Great excerpt!

    goaliemom0049(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Ohhh signed copies. Yay! Thanks once again to Kally for introducing me to your awesome books. :D

    proudarmymom32 at yahoo dot com

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  12. I love to get signed copies! Thanks for a chance to win.
    Sara
    svblix@gmail.com

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  13. The excerpt picked my curiosity, love this type of books, action, intrigue, love.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    seelk67 at gmail dot come

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