Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Virtual Tour - Man of Mystery by Lorelei Moone

Man of Mystery
by Lorelei Moone
Publication Date: July 6th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, BBW

From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Man of Mystery . . .
A BBW with some mystery, intrigue and fun. I found that this Tess was a sweet little kitten by day and then with a little push she would be more. She left the boring behind and took on an adventure that was sure to make her life more entertaining. Liam for me was just a man that provided a change in pace for Tess's life. 

Quirky, witty adventure with some moments of 'really' and 'wtf'. I found it to be fun and entertaining. Like one of those comedic action adventure. 
**This ARC was provided via IndieSage PR in exchange for an honest review.**

Man of Mystery Cover

What would you do if on your way home from your boring work, all of a sudden a handsome stranger leaps into the back of your car and asks you to drive him to the airport? Be terrified? Threaten him and hope he gets out and leaves you alone? Those were my first instincts as well. There was something in his eyes, something in the words he said that made me pause though. What if this beautiful man really did need my help? What if my refusal meant not only that his safety hung in the balance, but that of the entire country? So I drove him to Heathrow Airport, and my adventure began…

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MAN OF MYSTERY by Lorelei Moone
 “Happy now?” I complain, while steering the car through the tight zig-zagging roads, heading for the other side of the housing estate. “Heathrow it is. What terminal?”
“Don’t tell me you don’t know? Do you have any idea how huge Heathrow is?” I exclaim.
“Give me a moment.”
I turn to find the stranger looking at a phone-type device, just fatter, like a handheld satnav thing for hikers. My ex had something similar he took on treks.
“Four. Terminal 4.”
“Great.” I put my foot down as I join the A30, all the while keeping an eye on my speedo which is close to touching fifty miles an hour. “How much time do we have?”
“Not much. Do your best,” he says, while giving me a quick pat on the shoulder. I don’t know whether it’s the adrenaline coursing through my body, or the fact that actually he’s pretty hot for a crazy person, but his touch has an instant effect on me. I must be losing my mind to let this guy affect me at all.
“Fine. But if I get a ticket, I’m telling them you drove. I’ve got six points on my licence already and the insurance company will have me over a barrel if I get more,” I ramble, my voice trembling slightly.
He lets out a chuckle and pats my shoulder again. “Deal. Now go.”
He was right, once I put my mind to it, our progress towards Heathrow has greatly improved. I know these roads like the back of my hand, even if I still compulsively slow down at the speed camera leading up to the Terminal 4 ramp. I’m in this now, whether I want to be or not, but still I’m not willing to blatantly speed through a speed trap.
“We’ll reach it soon, then what? Do I park up, or what?”
I check my mirror, seeing that he’s sitting upright now, staring out the rear window.
“Actually, let me out just there.” He points at the mini roundabout ahead of us. “The cargo is headed for flight SV118 departing for Riyadh at eighteen-fifty. I’m going to try and intercept it. Pull over.”
I slam on the brakes and turn to face him properly. His face is tense yet determined, as he gazes ahead through the metal fence surrounding the cargo area ahead of us.
“What’s your name?” he asks, leaning forward and making eye contact again.
“Tess…” I mumble, severely distracted by the green depths in front of me again. Shit, why do I have a knack for attracting crazies? He’s handsome though, the strong jawline, dark brown hair and symmetrical features are practically perfect. He could be a model, or an actor. Could all this just be an act?
“Tess. I know I’m asking a lot of you, but your country needs you.” He pauses, his eyes lingering on my lips for a moment. “We can’t let the plane leave. Give me your phone.”
I hand it to him without protest. How is it that his eyes can hypnotise me like this? Shit, I must be desperate to be so easily distracted by a handsome guy in a suit. Once all this is over, I’m going to get Maggie to set me up with someone. She’s been offering for weeks.
The stranger types a number into my phone and hits ‘dial’, then gives it back to me.
“I need you to go into the terminal and keep an eye on the departures board. If I’m successful, it will show up as delayed. If not, then you’ll see its status change to ‘boarding’ at around eighteen-twenty. If that’s the case, I need you to call in a bomb threat to shut down the terminal. Do you understand?” He reaches out for my cheek, caressing it with the back of his finger and causing even more upheaval inside my stomach. This has got to be a dream, even if it feels totally real.
I nod though. If the plane boards, I call the airport with a bomb threat. Sounds easy.
“Wait, why don’t you just report a bomb threat anyway? Why go through all this nonsense?” I ask.
He smiles briefly, pulling his hand back. “If I go in by myself, I may be able to detain some of the people involved. They may have intel. If I call it in now and the airport gets shut down, they’ll run and we may never know who was behind it.”
That makes sense, I guess.
I nod. “Fine. I’ll go in.”
“I’ll be in touch if it went well.”
“And if not?” I ask.
“Chances are, then I’ll be dead.”Man of Mystery Teaser 1

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Author Info
Lorelei Moone
Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance & romantic suspense novels based in London. Her first book, Scottish Werebear: An Unexpected Affair has hit the virtual shelves on Amazon on 25 September 2015, and her second, Scottish Werebear: A Dangerous Business a month later on the 25th of October. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.
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How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work?

I mostly write paranormal romance, though my current release is a romantic suspense. My stories are mainly character-driven, though some do have a bit of a suspense plot line thrown in as well. Then again, they are romances, so the most important thing is the couple. How do they come together and find common ground when often to the casual observer, they might not fit together very well? This is especially true in my current release, Man of Mystery. Tess and Liam couldn’t be more different. And yet they have to find a way to make it work...

What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?

I find it helps me get in the zone to listen to music. Some authors can only focus with music that doesn’t have vocals/lyrics, but I find that it doesn’t matter to me. As long as it’s something I like, music helps me block out the rest of the world so that I am left in my own little bubble with my characters. Then I put my fingers to the keyboard and things start to happen… Oh and I definitely must have a big mug of tea as well before I begin.

Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?

I do not extensively plan my characters. Often I will start with a few details that I know about them. Perhaps their job, their hopes and future plans, or maybe just some interesting thing about them that makes them different from their counterpart so that the evolving relationship will be interesting in some way. The rest of the character reveals itself to me while writing. Closely related: I also don’t create very detailed outlines, just broad strokes for what I know needs to happen for the couple to get their happily ever after. So at times I will gain fresh insights into my characters during the writing process, which will in turn inspire different events than I had initially foreseen. I suppose that makes me a pantser at heart; a writer who prefers to write “by the seat of my pants”.

Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?

In Man of Mystery in particular? Tess would be the obvious choice. She is me. She is everyone who has ever had a job they would rather not do, with colleagues who seem to like nothing better than to induce rage in us. Her days look largely the same, and nothing exciting ever happens to her. Except of course the day she meets Liam Everson, the mysterious government agent who is trying to save the country.

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?

I have a few characters developing in my head at the moment that are quite exciting actually. My more established series, Scottish Werebears is soon going to come to an end and the hero of that story is just begging to be written. I don’t want to give too much away just yet, but he’s got someone in his past who can’t wait to catch up with him.

Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?

Why, the stories! I can’t control them for the life of me. Characters just turn up inside my head, little shreds of ideas develop, and they won’t leave me alone until I get them onto the page. There’s a whole world in there that’s begging to be unleashed, if only I can focus long enough to write it all down.

I got this one from a friend. If you could have dinner with 7 fictional character, who would they be?

That’s a tough one… I’d prefer my dinner party to be a bit exciting, so one guest I’d have to have would be Tyrion Lannister, as well as Captain Jack Sparrow (the latter can bring the rum). Then for some snarky remarks and hopefully intelligent conversation, Dr. Gregory House would be a good one, as well as Tony Stark (Iron Man). Of course, since that movie basically inspired Man of Mystery, I’d have to have Roy Miller there (Tom Cruise’s character from the movie Knight and Day). To add a little paranormal touch, I’d also invite Louis from Interview with the Vampire and Bill Compton from True Blood/The Southern Vampire Mysteries. Although… looking back at everyone I’ve picked I’m now concerned some of them may end up killing each other before dessert is even served...