7/6/10

Carina Guest Author: VK Sykes

Next up among my fellow Carina Press authors is VK Sykes, whose contemporary romantic suspense CADDY GIRLS was released yesterday. So it's available now! Here's the blurb:

Torrey Green once had a promising golf career, but now she's stuck caddying for butt-pinching businessmen. She doesn't mind playing dumb while hauling clubs if it means she can get her golf career back on track, and she's going to need an influx of cash to focus on the pro circuit. A booking from video game mogul Julian Grant could be Torrey's cash-flow solution.

In town for a business deal, Julian's partners plan for a little action on the greens. They're looking for some fun with their rent-a-caddy girls, and have a lot riding on who can score, on the course and off. This type of gamble isn't Julian's style, but he'll do whatever it takes to keep his partners happy--even if that includes breaking a few hearts along the way.

Julian soon discovers that Torrey is more than just a caddy girl and they spark an intriguing attraction--but if Torrey discovers the truth behind his idiotic wager, all bets are off...
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The first thing to 'fess up to, is that VK Sykes isn't one person but two. And one of us is a guy. In real life, we're Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a wife/husband writing team who started writing romance together as a bit of a lark. That lark turned into something pretty serious, something our neighbours could probably attest to when we get into fairly vocal, er, discussions about plot twists and character motivations. Oddly enough, that's probably when it's the most fun, when we're thrashing out details and brainstorming to create a story that we hope readers will fall in love with.

But what does this kind of partnership mean for the work itself? What is different or unusual about our stories? Well, we think the fact that our books are co-written, and one of the authors is male, does help make them stand out. We were able to draw on the strengths of both authors, getting inside the heads of the female and male characters with equal facility. In CADDY GIRLS, for example, four male friends have a number of interesting scenes as a group, doing and saying the kinds of things a bunch of guys do when they're out for a good time in a place like Las Vegas. In order to create fully developed, dynamic characters, it sure helps if the author has "been there."

And, yes. Sometimes our male characters come off as bad boys--even a little politically incorrect. But put your average, hunky alpha males together in a group, especially in Vegas, and all kinds of crazy things can happen. For a taste of what our hero and his friends are up to--and what our heroine thinks about it--drop by our website to read an excerpt.

And don't forget: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes write contemporary romance for Carina Press. Vanessa also writes Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra. Please stop by her website.

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