Bad to the Bone by Wendy Byrne
Genre: Romance, Adventure
Publication: September 7th, 2015 by Entangled Publishing
When her Uncle Jack is arrested on drug charges, Sammie Murphy hops the first plane to Key West. Being rescued isn’t on her uncle’s to-do list, though. When he admits guilt and instructs her to go home, Sammie knows with 100% certainty something is seriously wrong.
Veteran DEA agent Enrique Santos knows when a bust is solid. So why is he allowing Jack Murphy’s niece to mess with his head? He’s been set-up and nearly killed by a woman like her before, and he’s not about to make that mistake again.
But then things at Murphy’s bar take a turn for the dangerous, leaving Sammie entangled in Enrique’s dark past. Forced to second-guess his convictions, Enrique has no choice but to kidnap the one woman who could destroy everything...including his heart.
Wendy Byrne Guilty Pleasures:
My first guilt pleasure: Just sitting in the morning, alone, drinking my chai in the dark and surfing the internet. Of course I love chocolate as well—but it’s got to be the good kind—I’m not wasting calories on Nestle’s. And not in the morning!
My next guilty pleasure: Just when I was just about ready to give up on regular TV, I stumbled upon three shows that have made my got-to-watch-list. This season I’ve been totally obsessed with Empire, How to Get Away with Murder and Wayward Pines. It’s the story line that surprises me every week; the twists and turns that suck me in. And with Empire, it’s the music as well. Cookie on Empire is an amazing character played by an amazing actress. Viola Davis on HTGAWM is likewise an amazing actress. For Wayward Pines it’s a story that I wouldn’t normally watch, but tuned in and was hooked. The story line keeps you guessing about a whole lot of things. But it’s the characters, the depth and layers they bring to the performance and to the writing that shines. With all three shows, you think have them figured and then they do something surprising—and seemingly out of character.
Giving depth to characters is more difficult to do in writing as the reader doesn’t have the visual context. Instead the writer has to convey character through description, word choice, inflection, body language, inner dialogue, etc. All these things a writer struggles with, is taken for granted when you watch a film and the actor/actress does a bang up job nailing the character. For those of you who read The Help and then saw the movie, it was an easy transition for those characters that danced about your head as they came to life in film.
Here’s how Enrique describes Sammie the first time he sees her. Even through his eyes, you get a good sense of who she is:
From the tip of the blond braid trailing down her back to the long curvaceous line of her legs, nothing was logical about her. Especially those Doc Marten boots she wore with tan athletic socks. Most women this far south wore sandals or maybe gym shoes. No woman he knew wore brown leather high-top boots.
Green eyes, a little upturned nose, and a firm set to her jawline let him know she had a stubborn streak a mile long.
About the Author
Wendy lives in the Chicago area. She has a Masters in Social Work and worked in the child welfare field for twelve years before she decided to pursue her dream of writing.
Between teaching college classes, trying to get her morbidly obese cat to slim down and tempering the will of her five-year-old granddaughter, who's determined to become a witch when she turns six so she can fly on her broom to see the Eiffel Tower and put hexes on people--not necessarily in that order--somehow Wendy still manages to fit in writing. She spends the remainder of her days inflicting mayhem on her hero and heroine until they beg for mercy.