Thursday, March 1, 2012

Guest Blogger Keena Kincaid

My guest today is Keena Kincaid, fellow Wild Rose Press author and fellow alumni of the Class of '85. Keena has written the last book in the series. I'm sorry the series is ending, but I'm looking forward to reading Something Special. From the excerpts I've read, it truly sounds like, well, something special. Here's Keena to tell us all about it.

Smart is sexy—even with a pocket protector

The heroine of my new book Something Special could be the love child of Sheldon Cooper and Tara Reid.

Beauty. Brains. Social awkwardness.

Jane Grey—named after the ill-fated English queen—is a woman who observes first, weighs her options, and then formulates a plan of action. So naturally the hero, Andrew Morgan, baffles and beguiles her with his tendency to act first, then think about it later if at all.

He’s perfect for her. However, she’s also certain she is not perfect for him.

Jane is the sole survivor of a horrific crime. Her grandfather murdered her mother and grandmother with an ax—an evil she witnessed and managed to survive. She’s broken when it comes to relationships, but she’s still strong, is very successful professionally and is determined not to be pitied.

Given her Sheldon Cooper-like intelligence, it seemed obvious that she retreat to a place she could understand. Math and science have rules that human relationships don’t have. 2 + 2 always equals 4 but love and promises don’t always equal happily ever after. Sometimes, they lead to death and destruction without reason.

She sees the world as it should be—and as it is. Jane acknowledges this contradiction and yet retreats from it. The results are, in my opinion, one of the strongest yet most vulnerable characters I’ve created.

On the other hand, Andy had a childhood Norman Rockwell couldn’t have made better: Gentle, understanding parents, a stay at-home Mom and a minister father. A fun-loving, loyal younger brother. Living on a farm that had been in the family for generations. While he’s not reckless, he doesn’t spend a lot of time weighing outcomes before taking the plunge. A secure childhood gave him the belief that he’d always land on his feet.

And he has—so far.

Here’s an excerpt showing these very different views:

Flipping on the radio, Jane leaned back as a mellow guitar beat floated out of the speakers, followed by a voice singing of “bad things” and making her think of sultry nights, rough sex and Andy. She turned the dial. “How long before we reach Lyons?”

“It’s the next exit.” He checked the rearview again.

“You act as if we’re being followed or something?”

“And if we were?”

She arched her brows. “That’s what you get for driving this fast.”

“What if they are following you?”

“Me?”

“It’s possible.”

“So is time travel. ‘Is it probable?’ is the better question.”

He grinned at her. “Sounds like math.”

“That’s me. The brainiac who ruined the curve for everyone else, according to Jenny Sanderson.”

“A Barbie Doll would blow the math curve for Jenny.” He checked the rearview mirror again then slid into the exit lane for Lyons. “Besides your research into A.I., do you do anything else at NASA?”

“Analyze data, review photos and determine the risk ratio of exploring a new area and how best to lower that risk.”

Barely slowing down, he turned right toward what looked like the historic part of town. “Why bother? Isn’t just being on Mars risky enough?”

“That’s why I do it. The public hates failure.”

“Failure is part of life.”

She sighed. How often had she heard that? “Failure is inexcusable.”

His mouth twisted in a slight scowl. “Is that what your boss says?”

“No—” My grandfather, she almost said, but stopped herself. “It’s just understood. My team finds the line between cost and risk. We make sure success isn’t too expensive.”

“A nice, moderate, failure-free mission?”

“Precisely.” So why did it suddenly sound so lame?

“I’d go for spectacular failure or spectacular success, not some tepid in-between.”

All about Keena
Author Keena Kincaid likes to say she writes romances in which passion, magic and treachery collide to create unforgettable stories. The truth is she’s usually kidnapped by tall, handsome men, who are totally into someone else, and held hostage until she helps them win the woman of their dreams.

Most recently, she’s matched Jane Grey, a risk analyst at NASA, with Andrew Morgan, a small town detective conducting a high-stakes investigation into local corruption. Jane is unable to see beyond her scarred past to a future with Andy, but he knows they will have something special—if he lives long enough to convince her to risk her heart.


Find her at:
Keena's Facebook Page

Keena's Website

Keena's blog - Typos and All

Buy links
http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=175_140&products_id=4759

13 comments:

  1. Hi, Jana. Thanks so much for having me today. I'm looking forward to meeting your guests and answering questions or just chatting about character development.

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  2. Sounds like a great read. And I definitely think smart is very sexy! Love the Big Bang Theory and Sheldon, too.

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    1. Hi, Karyn. Thanks for coming by. I love Sheldon, too, although I do believe I'd put a pillow over his face if he were really my roommate. LOL!

      I definitely think smart is sexy, too (obviously) but I also think it's a rare guy who can handle his SO being smarter than he is. Fortunately, Andy, while smart, adore Jane's brilliance.

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  3. Hi Keena!
    Great to have you as a guest. I'm really looking forward to reading this book and seeing how the series wraps up. It's going to be great to see old Dickhead get what's coming to him!

    I'm off to work now but I'll be checking in later. All the best!

    Jana

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  4. Lovely excerpt, Keena. I only write about men who like intelligent women. If they don't, we do great battle...and I'm too smart to lose. And, of course, now that I wrote that one of my heroes will beat me into submission. Life as a writer is good. Much success!

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    1. LOL, Vonnie. Yep, you're about to do battle with a hero who has to be the smartest one in the room. Good luck!

      Thanks for the well wishes and for coming by today, too.

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  5. I have to laugh. My daughter told me that when she walked into her Algebra 2 class the first day of the semester, one of the boys looked up and said, "Great, there goes the curve." Let's hope boys really do love smart girls. Terrific excerpt.

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    1. Jannine, tell your daughter to proudly blow those curves to kingdom come. The scholarships and professional success is so worth it--even if high school boys aren't always nice about it.

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  6. Keena Jana et al,

    Great stuff here. Can't wait to read this one. Loved the excerpt.

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  7. Hi Keena,
    I'm home from work and glad to see you've had company today. I wanted to ask you what you're working on now, and whether smart heroines (or heroes) are a recurring them for you.

    Jana

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  8. Hi Keena
    Looks like a great book. I love smart heroines.
    As they say in Sherlock - Clever is the new sexy.

    I'm looking forward to reading it.
    Rhoda

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  9. This sounds like an awesome read! Great interview, guys!

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