Ace in the Hole by Ava Drake – Guest Blog

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Long and Short Reviews welcomes Ava Drake as she celebrates the release of the 13th book in the Dreamspun Desires series.

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Greetings Darlings!

Is it just me, or does it feel like it’s been a hell of a summer already, even though it’s barely in full swing? Sometimes it seems like we can go for months without a blessed thing happening, and then in a few days, months’ worth of stuff happens all at once. Of course, it’s those condensed moments of time that writers usually try to capture in their stories.

However, real life has a way of being heartbreaking and messy, and sometimes horrific and tragic—more so than usual this year. Unless I’m aiming to write deep, unhappy literary fiction that haunts readers’ nightmares, reality isn’t exactly what I’m trying to write these days. In fact, given that I was challenged to write a “fun” book, clearly, I had to stay far, far away from reality.

Instead, I chose to write about two relatively well-adjusted people dealing with an over-the-top plot premise that’s anything but real, and falling in love in the process. Shock! Lemme tell ya, it’s a tall order to stay away from tormented characters with dysfunctional pasts, not to mention away from traditional tropes like coming out, friends to lovers, finding a family, or hearth and home. But for you, I gave it my best shot.

When you pick up Ace in the Hole, please keep in mind that this book is meant as an escape from this summer’s awful realities. Gravitas is not the goal. Rather, a slice of preposterous, silly romance served up with a dollop of marshmallow fluff and a sappy happy-ever-after is the goal.

Truly, what is the purpose of reading a romance novel if not to feel joy, hope, and renewed faith in love to conquer every obstacle thrown into its path? In crafting the emotional journey of Ace in the Hole, I’ve striven for lightness, laughter, a pinch of suspense, a few eye-rolling groaner lines, and big warm fuzzies to wrap it all up. If that’s not your cup of tea, catch up with me sometime, and the drink of your choice is on me. But if that sounds like the kind of summer read you might like, do give it a go, and by all means, let me know what you think of it.

Here’s to better karma for all of us in the last half of 2016. Otherwise, I’m building a blanket fort, assuming a fetal position, and not coming out until well into 2017! Oh, and you’re invited to share my fort.

Smooches,
Ava

7_13 ace in the holeA Wild Cards Novel
Surveillance, seduction, and extra-dirty politics.

Christian Chatsworth-Brandeis has a problem. A huge one. The US senator he works for has run away with his latest mistress on the eve of a make-or-break fund-raising event, and it’s up to him to cover his boss’s irresponsible tracks.

Stone Jackson, the senator’s new bodyguard, looks enough like the senator that, with some extensive grooming, he might pass for Senator Lacey. Christian and Stone hatch a plan to fool everyone by substituting Stone for the senator, but Miami madness and the incendiary heat between them are throwing obstacles in their way. It’s a race to find the senator and pull off the con of the century before the attraction between them spins completely out of control.

About the Author: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Ava Drake, grew up in the heart of the rural Midwest, but beat a hasty retreat to the big city and bright lights as fast as humanly possible. Armed with a pilot’s license, fluency in several languages, and a large dose of daring, she took off to travel the world.

She flew everything from single-seat private airplanes to supersonic jets and the western world’s largest airplane, the mighty C-5 Galaxy. In her adventures, she visited forty-two countries on five continents, was detained by the KGB and East German secret police, got shot at, flew in the first Gulf War, met her dashingly handsome husband, and amassed a lifetime’s worth of war stories. Along the way, she engaged in a little light espionage and met more than her share of dark, dangerous, and good-looking men.

Travel weary at last, she came home and settled down to the business of writing stories of romance and adventure, which may or may not be autobiographical. Winner of a Golden Heart and Holt Medallion for Romantic Suspense, Ava is a five-time finalist and two-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for Romance Fiction. She’s also a two-time winner of RT Book Review’s Best Harlequin Romantic Suspense Novel of the Year, and is a Romantic Times Lifetime Career Achievement nominee.

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