Recently, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Young, the author of the erotic memoir series A Harem Boy’s Saga. I profiled him a couple of weeks ago right here on Luke & Bella.
This article was copied and pasted from In The Harem, his author website on Typepad with my apologies. Due to my limited technical ability, I was unable to figure out how to reblog it from there to WP. Be sure to check out the original here.
Rannigan’s Redemption Part 2: Running Rogue by Pandora Spocks
Release Date: Feb. 9, 2016
Genres: Erotic Romance
Heat Level: Erotic
Available at: Amazon: http://amzn.to/1SbO4I5
Michael Rannigan is running rogue. Since Maggie’s abrupt departure from the law firm of Murphy, Rannigan, & Metheny, he’s been in a tailspin. As he limps along in the new normal, he misses her more than he ever imagined.
Maggie misses Michael as well. But she makes the best of her new job at the District Attorney’s office. Occasionally they cross paths in court, each assessing the other. Like Michael, she finds herself making questionable personal choices.
When opportunity knocks for Michael he leaps at it, maybe as much to avoid Maggie’s absence as anything else. The fact that his decision impacts everyone else at the firm doesn’t slow him down at all.
Then comes news that shakes him to his core. Now that he’s burned all his bridges, who will be there to help him pick up the pieces?
Young: Greeting Pandora
Pandora Spocks (P.S.): Hi! Thanks so much for inviting me today! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to talk about my latest release, Rannigan’s Redemption Part 2: Running Rogue.
Young: How long have you been a writer and how did you come to writing?
P.S.: I’ve only been writing for others for a couple of years. But I think I’ve been entertaining myself with stories all my life. As a kid, I spent a lot of time daydreaming rather than paying attention in school. I wrote stories down from time to time. I started a blog a couple of years ago and began writing a story and posting it chapter by chapter. As I did, quite a bit of interest was generated and I began to consider publishing it. That story turned into my first book, Luke & Bella: Two Streets Over.
Young: How did you come up with your stories?
P.S.: They usually start with a little snippet of an idea, part of a dream or something I see happening, and they grow from there. I gather little ideas from all over: news items, pages torn out of a magazine, even once from a song I heard. I squirrel them away until they seem to fit into what I’m writing.
Young: What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
P.S.: For me, the best aspect is watching a story develop. I always start out knowing the beginning and where it will end up, but how we all get there often is surprising. Characters have unexpected conversations and move the plot along in ways I didn’t see coming. Which sounds weird, I suppose, since I’m the one doing the writing, but even so, I love seeing the way it all comes together.
The worst aspect? I’m finding that promoting my books takes a great deal of time away from writing. I’m not a fan of that part.
Young: What inspires you to write?
P.S.: I’m stealing from Toni Morrison here, but it’s true. I write the stories I want to read.
Young: How did you conduct your research for Rannigan’s Redemption Part 2: Running Rogue?
P.S.: When it comes to research, I have to say that Google is my friend. The main characters in Rannigan are attorneys and much of the first book is set in a law firm in Manhattan. I spent a lot of time researching lawyers, how law firms run, and various legal technicalities. I also thoroughly researched Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Many of the restaurants and bars mentioned in Rannigan are actual places.
In terms of the cases tried in the story, one of them is very loosely based on a case from where I live. In the book, a professional hockey player is accused of vehicular homicide when, while driving drunk, he drives his car into a river and his passenger drowns while he gets himself to safety. In real life, a local wealthy ‘polo mogul’, as he was described in the media, was driving drunk when he plowed his Bentley into a recent college grad, pushing the guy’s car into a canal where he drowned. Meanwhile, Polo Mogul left the scene on foot, went to the home of an acquaintance, and proceeded to drink more. Being extremely wealthy, he was able to hire the best attorneys and clog up the case for years on all sorts of ridiculous issues.
Young: What are 3 of your favorite lines/quotes from your newest release? (include title)
P.S.: Three of my favorite lines from Rannigan’s Redemption Part 2: Running Rogue are:
1) “I’m going to miss you.”
“Yes. You are.”
2) “Food on our tables and shoes on our kids?” Maggie looked up to find Michael standing beside her.
She grinned. “Did you like that?”
3) He looked down uncomfortably. “I wanted to say that you did a good job. You’re a great lawyer.”
“I learned from the best,” she said quietly.
Young: What would your friends say is your best quality?
P.S.: I think my friends would say that I’m funny. I’m always laughing and making jokes.
Young: Are reader reviews important to you?
P.S.: Reviews are important to me. They provide feedback on what readers liked and what I might do differently next time.
Young: Do you have any blogs/websites?
P.S.: My author blog is called Luke & Bella (https://lukeandbella.wordpress.com/). I post updates on my latest work and I love to promote other writers with my Watch This Space posts.
Young: What do you do when you don’t write?
P.S.: When I’m not writing I’m an avid binge-watcher. I recently finished watching Bloodline on Netflix. I also love to go out. West Palm Beach has the loveliest places to sip a cocktail and watch the world go by. I think writers are inveterate people watchers. We get the best ideas that way.
Young: Tell us about your other books?
P.S.: Luke & Bella: Two Streets Over is about Luke and Bella, a pair of television journalists who are thrown together to create a new television travel program. They travel the world and mine for television gold, inevitably falling in love as they visit exotic locales. The problem is, Luke hasn’t been completely honest with Bella. His dilemma is whether to continue with the status quo, or to tell her he’s a Dominant and that he thinks she’d be the perfect submissive.
My current Work In Progress is called For Sparrow. It’s about a submissive woman whose Dominant husband of many years suddenly dies. The story stems from thinking about some couples I know and wondering what would happen. Would the Dominant husband make contingency plans? The first chapter is posted in the ‘Teasers’ tab of my website.
Young: If you could share one thing about yourself that you would like readers to know what will it be?
P.S.: I consider myself a very lucky girl. I survived a long abusive marriage and came out stronger. Now I live my happily ever after with the man of my dreams. I count my blessings every day and try to never take that for granted.
Rannigan’s Redemption Part 2: Running Rogue
Now that he’s burned all his bridges, who’ll be there to help him pick up the pieces?
Late that afternoon Maggie and Malik joined the rest of the office at Pete’s Tavern for celebratory drinks. Unlike Murphy, Rannigan, Rance’s office rarely had official gatherings after work, but this was an exception. Maggie wasn’t sure she was in the mood to celebrate, but she was pleased that Jean-Luc would be separated from the rest of the world for a long time. Truthfully, she was still a bit shaken from his attack, but she’d have chewed off her own arm rather than admit it to anyone.
Rance was pleased with Maggie’s work and told her more than once that he should have trusted her instincts from the beginning. “I’ll remind you of that next time,” she promised as she sipped her Guinness.
A server approached their table with a single drink on a tray. She set the glass of bourbon in front of Maggie. “From the gentleman at the bar,” she told her. Maggie glanced over. Michael smiled and raised his glass.
She shook her head and suppressed a smile. “Excuse me a moment,” she said, picking up the glass and pushing back from the table.
She crossed the room and took the stool beside Michael. “Thanks for the bourbon.”
“You’re welcome. How’s your neck?”
Maggie shook her head dismissively. “No worries.”
Michael squinted his eyes and watched her skeptically for a moment. “Well, congratulations,” he smiled. “You soundly kicked my ass today.”
Maggie grinned into her glass, sipping slowly. “Your client was guilty. I just pointed out the fact.”
“I’m filing an appeal,” he said softly.
She shrugged. “I expected nothing less.” They sipped companionably.
Michael nodded thoughtfully. “You built your case and you kept it simple. You appealed to the jurors as people.”
He stood. “I don’t want to keep you from your party. I just wanted to say…” He looked down uncomfortably. “I wanted to say that you did a good job. You’re a great lawyer.”
“I learned from the best,” she said quietly.
Michael smiled, eyes crinkling. Then he reached up and squeezed her shoulder gently before he turned and left the bar.
Pandora Spocks lives her happily ever after in South Florida with her loving Sir, one large German shepherd, and two cats. She aspires to own chickens and a giraffe.
Pandora has had stories pinballing around in her head for years. At one point, she spent hours daydreaming in Mrs. Howe’s ninth grade algebra class. She didn’t learn much algebra, but she had some really good ideas. Recently she decided to try her hand at sharing those stories with others.
She enjoys reading and writing literary erotic fiction. She is the author of smart, sexy romance novels Luke & Bella: Two Streets Over and the Rannigan’s Redemption series.
Pandora is currently at work on her next spicy romance.
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