TILL DEATH, #1
Logan’s Lonestar Heroes
by Becky McGraw
The first book in a new romantic suspense series
LOGAN’S LONESTAR HEROES, a new western romantic suspense series by Becky McGraw
Dave Logan, former recon marine and ex-cop is a man who lived inside the box of government restrictions and red tape for many years. When he had enough of seeing criminals and corruption continue despite his best efforts because of that red tape, he decided to do something about it. He assembled a group of likeminded men with unique skill sets, cowboys of a different sort, to combat crime in the new wild, wild west.Deep Six Security exists to fill the gap between the right and wrong side of the law. The men of Deep Six operate just beyond the box. They are willing to do what it takes to keep their home state safe. They are patriots, rebels and most importantly renegades. They are as different as night and day, but they have one thing in common, their love of God, country and the great state of Texas.
If the six pack doesn’t work, there’s always a shotgun and a shovel…
TILL DEATH, #1
Logan’s Lonestar Heroes
Dave Logan, owner of Deep Six Security, is stunned when former Dallas FBI head, Susan Whitmore, darkens his doorstep accusing him of being the cause of her losing her job. After hearing her situation, Dave feels something he never expects to feel–sorry for her. But he also knows any problems she had at the agency were all her own fault. The woman has a tongue so sharp it could rip a man to shreds, and had many times. There was a reason her agents dubbed her the Barracuda.
Although Dave needs agents in the worst way, and Susan, with an IQ higher than Einstein, better skills and more experience than any of his men, along with a master’s degree in criminal justice, is more than qualified to be a member of his team, he just doesn’t need the drama she and her mouth would bring to Deep Six . Even as his brain said no way though, his damned white-knight complex forces him to offer her a job as his temporary secretary.
Realizing he’s made a huge mistake hiring her, Dave calls in favors to get her interviews to get her out of his office. Before he can get rid of her though, Dave gets a new case only Susan can help him with. A wealthy Dallas oilman and his trophy wife ordered a designer baby from a local fertility clinic, and the surrogate has gone missing with the baby. The couple wants Deep Six Security to investigate the facility and find the baby, but the only way Dave can do that is to get inside. To get inside his only option is to go undercover with Susan, posing as a wealthy married couple looking for a baby.
What they find when they get to the spa-like compound is frightening. Payoffs, missing surrogates and young women being used as lab rats are just the tip of the iceberg.
Can two alpha personalities, both used to being in charge, work together long enough to figure out what’s going on at the clinic, or will they kill each other before the bad guys at the facility have a chance? If they’re lucky, perhaps the delicious friction between them will turn into something so hot the place spontaneously combusts. Or if they’re luckier, maybe it will turn into something which might just last till death do them part.
TILL DEATH (#1, Logan’s Heroes)
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Dave’s foot slid on the papers under his desk again, and he cleared his throat. This was the worst idea he’d ever had and he knew like hell he was going to regret it, but he couldn’t stop the white knight inside of him from laying his neck into the cradle of the guillotine. “Do you have any secretarial skills?”
Susan laughed loudly. “I’m a former federal agent with a master’s degree in criminal justice, an IQ higher than Einstein, and a black belt in jiu jitsu. ‘You want to offer me a secretarial job?” Her tone indicated she thought he was a moron. That was the problem. Susan Whitmore thought everyone was an idiot except for her.
Well, she wasn’t as smart as she thought she was evidently.
Dave shrugged, as he leaned back in his chair to casually tent his fingers. “You walked out of a federal agency management job with no notice. I suspect that’s all you’ll be able to find immediately considering those circumstances.” And your attitude, he added mentally. “But I understand you’ll be looking for something else while you work here.” Leaning forward again, he propped his arms on his desk and pinned her with his eyes. “As long as you can manage to rein in your mouth and get along with the guys, it could be a mutually beneficial temporary arrangement.”
Very temporary if she couldn’t manage that.
Susan pushed up to her feet to put her hands on her hips to glare down at him. “You’re an arrogant asshole, Dave Logan.”
Dave laughed. “Takes one to know one, sweetheart.”
It is my pleasure to welcome Becky McGraw, author of Till Death, #1, of Logan’s LoneStar Heroes Series, to Room With Books!
Thank you so much for having me, Patricia!
What do you do when you are not writing?
If I’m not writing, I’m plotting, usually by staring at the end of my fishing pole. I’m an unrepentant fishing addict and love being on the water every chance I get.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
It would be exceptionally difficult to point out just one book I’ve read that’s influenced me. Before I got back to writing again, I read five or six books a week. Every book I’ve read has influenced me in one way or another. Each book and author has something different to offer, a lesson to be learned, if you pay attention.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Well, I’m dating myself, but I started writing seriously back in 1997, in the stone age before Al Gore invented the internet (*snicker*). Back then, it was extremely difficult to get traditionally published, no matter how good you were. The publishing houses told you what was popular back then, so that limited the freedom of creativity for writers, and the types of books available to readers. Authors wrote to what those publishers determined readers wanted to read at any particular moment. I received a promotion and job transfer, life interfered in my creative pursuits, so I put that manuscript which had been in many an editor’s slush pile on the shelf. In 2012 that manuscript was long gone, but I saw an opportunity which didn’t exist before. Self-publishing. I wrote and published my first book, My Kind of Trouble, myself and hoped it would stick. Thanks to the wonderful readers out there, fifteen books later, and my dream is being realized.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
X-Ray vision of course, and if you’ve seen my book cover models you’ll know why.
What was your first job?
My first job was as a cashier at Burger King, which is ironically where I met my husband of thirty-three years, who hired me for that job. He was the night manager, and boy did he do a good job of that. Haha
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite? Why?
Choosing one character would be like choosing a favorite child, and it would be impossible. They’re all different and I love each of them for a different reason.
What does your writing schedule look like?
Well, it usually starts about three-thirty in the morning because I’m a freak, and that seems to be prime time for me for some reason. Two cups of coffee on the back porch with my honey, then seven or so hours of writing/marketing leaves plenty of day left for fishing. It’s 4:45am as I’m answering these questions.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
I use my own experiences and experiences from everyone I meet. You tell me a funny or interesting story and my mind bends it, twists it and kicks it into a book plot. Yes, it’s a sickness. Ha. Ha. Ha.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
I’m not one of those authors who has a hard time choosing titles. Titles are easy for me, my Achilles heel is writing blurbs. I’d rather have teeth extracted without anesthesia than write a synopsis or book blurb.
If you could pick one profession other than author, what would it be? Why does it appeal to you?
Because I’ve done so many things, have had so many occupations in my life before I published my first book, I know without a doubt there is nothing I’d rather be doing than writing. I kick myself in the butt every day for all the time I wasted on those other pursuits. But you know what? If I didn’t have all those other experiences, I wouldn’t have the fodder to put into my books, or the drive to put out so many, so I also know things happen when they’re supposed to.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a fun little novella called Cupid’s Cowboy, a Cowboy Way novella, which will be included in the Cowboy 12-pack boxed set with several fantastic authors. The set will be released on January 13th so be on the look out! I think you’ll like aspiring country singer, Jase Smith, who takes a job as a singing telegram messenger and is asked to deliver a break up tune to a woman on Valentine’s Day.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Dutch Chocolate
Night owl, or early bird? Early bird
Coffee or tea? Definitely coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Water rides. I’m scared of heights.
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Swimming pool.
Walking or fitness club? Walking.
Any last words?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Patricia, and for your continued support. I sure hope your followers will check out my newest release, TILL DEATH (#1, Logan’s Lonestar Heroes). This is a new subgenre for me, romantic suspense without a cowboy in sight, but I think they’ll enjoy it. I know I really enjoyed Dave Logan and Susan Whitmore’s journey to happily-ever-after-land. Those two almost melted my computer keyboard. Ha. Ha. Ha.
Thank you for chatting with our readers and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour! I can’t wait to read Till Death!
5-ALARM HOT 18+ ONLY CUT LOVE SCENE FROM TILL DEATH (Scene is not included in final manuscript)
Becky McGraw is a married mother of three adult children, and a Southern girl by birth and the grace of God, ya’ll. One of several career changes transplanted Becky and her family to Indiana where she lived for sixteen years. Presently, she resides in Corpus Christi, Texas with her husband and dog Abby.
A jack of many trades in her life, Becky has been an optician, a beautician, a legal secretary, a senior project manager for an aviation management consulting firm, which took her all over the United States, a real estate broker, and now a graphic artist, web designer and writer.
She knows just enough about a variety of topics to make her dangerous, and her romance novels interesting and varied. Being a graphic artist is a good thing for her too, because she creates her own cover art, along with writing the novels.
Becky has been an avid reader of romance novels since she was a teenager, and has been known to read up to four novels of that genre a week, much to the dismay of her husband, and the delight of e-book sellers.
She has been writing fictional short stories and novels for fun, as well as technical copy for her jobs for many years. She was a member of the Writer’s Guild on AOL during her last venture into writing romance, as well as a founding member and treasurer of the first online chapter of the Romance Writers of America, From the Heart Romance Writers. She is currently a member of the Romance Writers of America and From the Heart Romance Writers.
My Kind of Trouble is the first book released in a series called Texas Trouble. Other books in the series include THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE, DOUBLE THE TROUBLE, LOOKING FOR TROUBLE, TROUBLE IN DIXIE, and ASKING FOR TROUBLE, CHASING TROUBLE, HERE COMES TROUBLE.
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