Author Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her scientist husband and three smushed-face dogs. Writing romantic suspense and contemporary romance, she is inspired by and delights in weaving her coast-to-coast experiences into her stories for readers everywhere to enjoy. Layla is a 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist for Romantic Suspense. You can find her online at www.laylareyne.com.
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We’ve all seen those memes about writers and readers being too easily distracted. Get off social media, get off Netflix, get off your e-reader and get back to work or writing, friends and family say. My response… I wouldn’t be here today, about to release my debut novel, Single Malt, a male-male romantic suspense about two FBI agents fighting cybercrimes, if not for those distractions.
As a kid, afternoon distraction was watching soap-operas with my grandparents. Yes, both of them—grandpa had a mad crush on Eden Castillo. In high school, the night before the SATs, I distracted myself by checking out The-X-Files. Maybe not the best night for a first look, but I was immediately hooked on the Mulder-Scully chemistry. Inspired, I came home from that test and started writing my first fanfic, a Mulder-Scully romance. Fast-forward twenty-years, through the creativity-crushing experience of law school and Big Law firm practice, and looking for distraction, I fell into fandom again. About the same time, fandom friends I’d connected with through social media recommended I read Kristen Ashley. At which point, it was all over! I got out of Big Law, opened my own law practice, and used the reclaimed hours of my life to write an original story, a male-female romantic suspense (Mulder-Scully inspired, though no aliens!) that snagged me an RWA Golden Heart nomination and my wonderful agent.
Even as I wrote that first novel, I got distracted watching Outlander, and from there reading Lord John’s side series, which led me into a new genre, male-male romance. While my first novel ran through the contest circuit, query trenches and then submission, I read obsessively and tried my hand at writing a male-male romance. I’d always had an easier time writing male characters, and I love action, explosions and whiskey, so natural transition. Single Malt (I mentioned I liked whiskey, right?) is a May-December, forced proximity romance between two FBI agents, one a seasoned field agent grieving for his deceased husband and the other a young basketball star-turned hacker-turned cyberagent who is running from his past life. Sparks fly, LOTS of things blow up, and a complicated relationship blossoms. And it, my little distraction project, sold first… in a week. Distraction in action! And now I get to pass it on to you, dear readers. So don’t feel guilty for indulging in the distraction—appreciate it for the escape, inspiration and opportunity it can provide. Enjoy!
Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he's not—Jamie is off-limits.
Jamie's lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco's top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie's skills invaluable.
Jamie's talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security biocontainment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They'll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.
SINGLE MALT will be out February 27, 2017
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