Book Title: Moving Target (Tactical Solutions International) by Maggie Clare
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 225 pages
Genre: Romance / Romantic Suspense / Thriller
Publisher: Wave Equation Media, LLC
Release date: June 2022
Content Rating: R for explicit sex scenes, some violence, language.
Teagan Tate has everything he’s ever wanted, but despite his wild success as a musician and his wild popularity with the ladies, he’s lonely. Meaningless hook-ups are getting old. There is one woman he’s interested in, but she won’t give him the time of day.
Maria Ruiz has no time for men like Teag – men with a revolving bedroom door who are too cocky for their own good. Sure, he has the body of a Greek god and a sexy Aussie accent, but as head of security for his band, Maria won’t risk her professional reputation. And as a woman who’s been there and done that, she won’t risk her heart.
Things take a deadly turn when Teag is the sole surviving witness to a cartel murder. Still recovering from his injuries, he’s forced into hiding with his sexy bodyguard. As their feelings grow into something unexpected and wonderful, a ruthless killer continues to hunt Teag.
Maria and Teag must rely on each other to stay out of his crosshairs, or they risk losing each other and their chance at love.
Maggie Clare is the pen name of award-winning speculative fiction author Tabitha Lord. When channeling Maggie, she writes all the naughty things! A lover of tea, chocolate, and yoga, she lives in Rhode Island with her husband and menagerie of fur babies.
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When a Minor Character Demands a Story…
I’d originally planned only five books for the Tactical Solutions International romantic suspense series. Before I put pen to paper, I’d identified the main cast of characters for each story, had a feel for their personalities and histories, and outlined the major ‘suspense’ arc for all of the plot lines. Then, shockingly, while in the midst of writing, a few of the minor characters demanded their own story. What’s a writer to do when this happens? Well, write that story of course!
This was the case with Teagan Tate, the male lead in Moving Target. We first meet Teag in Sing for Me, book one in the TSI series. He’s the crass, funny, Aussie drummer in the rock band Madison Grace and a good friend to Fiona Flynn, lead singer of the band and star of book one. Teag was such of fun character to write that I definitely wanted to spend more time with him, and when I started to receive reader requests for his story, I took it as a sign.
Since he wasn’t part of the original line-up, I had to find him a leading lady, create a separate, interesting plot arc, and really think through his background. I’d shown his softer side through his friendship and support of Fiona in Sing for Me, and strongly suggested there was more to him than his womanizing ways in book one, but I hadn’t really dug deeply into his background.
To do this, I had to build on what I’d already established about Teag while filling in the blanks of his past. What motivated him to become a musician? What was his childhood like? Why did he move to the US? Was his heart ever broken? Once I asked, and answered, these kinds of questions, Teag’s full character developed and took shape. After getting to know him better, it was truly satisfying to watch him fall in love, all while maintaining his larger-than-life personality.
When a member of the supporting cast generates a significant reader interest, and when I feel attached to them beyond their first appearance, I take that as my cue to give them some more attention. So far, reader feedback for Teag and Moving Target has been positive!
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