Thursday, December 20, 2012

An awesome guest post from Nancy S. Thompson

BLURB: Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco’s Russian mafia.  Ty intervenes to secure Nick’s freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath.  With no choice but to accept Nick’s new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife—pregnant with their first child—is killed, the victim of a reckless crime. Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol.  From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance.  His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death.  He doesn't know her, but he’ll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick’s Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage.  But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim and now all his plans have gone straight to hell. With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed.  He vows to keep her safe and out of the Russians’ hands, but they’re holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl.  Once again, he must fight to free his brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy.  But Ty can’t do it all:  Save the girl, his brother and his own soul.  One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.
The Guest post:  A Difficult Choice

Most novels include a difficult choice the protagonist has to make.  That’s what keeps the reader reading, to find out how he makes that choice, what happens when he does, and how he lives with the consequences.  My novel, The Mistaken, is no different.  In fact, the entire story is driven by poor choices and the ensuing search for redemption.  

Choice #1:  In the beginning, the protagonist, Tyler Karras, insists his brother, Nick, live up to his promises and pick their visiting parents and younger sister up at the airport, even though Nick complains he’s too tired and hungover.  The result:  his parents and sister are killed in a car accident, and Nick is badly injured.  This injury leads to drug dependency, a robbery to support his addiction, and Nick’s coerced affiliation with the Russian Mafia.

Choice #2:  When Tyler’s pregnant wife, Jillian, becomes mired in a criminal case of identity theft, Tyler—always a stickler for the rules—insists they wait for the police to conclude their investigation.  When nothing comes of it, Jill seeks help from Nick and his Russian associates in forcing the woman responsible to turn herself in.  But when Tyler finds out, he warns Nick off.  The result:  Jillian takes matters into her own ill-prepared hands and dies.  

Choice #3:  Unable to live with the fact that his actions have led to such devastating results, Tyler plunges into alcoholism.  During a bender, Tyler, under advice from Nick, decides to avenge his wife and unborn child.  He makes a deal with Nick’s Russian boss, ringleader of a group of sex-traffickers.  In exchange for the woman who killed his wife, they’ll let Nick leave the business for good, with his debt wiped clean and his heart still beating.  But in a drunken haze, Tyler mistakenly targets the wrong woman.  The result:  he’s bound by an agreement he can no longer abide.

The Ultimate Choice:  With the Russians holding Nick as leverage to force Tyler to complete to their deal, he must decide whether to turn over the wrong woman and free his brother, or protect his innocent victim and risk losing Nick, and perhaps all their lives, to the very enemy he’s unleashed.  
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BIO:
Nancy Thompson makes her fiction debut with The Mistaken.  She is an interior designer and California transplant, currently living with her husband near Seattle, WA.  
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