Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos
Book 1 of the Secret Lives Series - 225 pages (print)
Romantic intrigue- the only sex is between the husband and wife and not explicit
Every woman has secrets, and Cyndi Mills is no exception…
Cyndi has a beautiful daughter, and her husband Jason is totally hot for her, but something is missing. As a cop, Jason is extremely vigilant about safety and security, and Cyndi longs for some time to herself, so she takes a Friday night job.
Jason thinks she’s cleaning offices, when she’s actually dancing in a red bustier and six-inch stilettos at a club called Sugar Shakers, something only her three best friends, also police wives, know.
When club employees start disappearing, the truth comes out…
A young runaway, Jade, and a military widow, Lola, vanish, and Lola’s body is later found in the ocean. Cyndi begins investigating—with some help from her friends—but when anonymous threats put her daughter in jeopardy, she has no choice but to confess her lie to Jason, rocking their previously solid marriage.
Jason is furious, but Cyndi has to ask for even more if she hopes to solve the mystery…
Cyndi convinces Jason to sign her up as a confidential informant, and she officially goes undercover at the club, while Jason struggles to control his jealousy. As the evidence mounts and the danger becomes all too real, Jason fights to keep Cyndi safe.
But no amount of security can protect someone when lies are more common
than the truth and no one is who they appear to be.
“When does a secret become a lie?”
Jason leaned against the counter, arms folded across his chest. She recognized that look immediately. He was doing the cop thing, analyzing her, and she could tell he knew something didn't add up. His left eyebrow rose just a tad higher than the right as he studied her. "Why do you have glitter in your hair?"
Cyndi shook her hair and a shower of glitter rained down on her sweatshirt. Damn. Somehow she had missed a boat load of sparkle. Damn, that stuff got everywhere.
"Jody brought her daughter's costume for a dance recital to work so I could help her fix a tear. It was all covered in sparkles. The damn stuff got on everything. Had to go back over the carpets with the sweeper twice and I'm still not sure we got it all."
Jason continued to stare down at her from his full six feet of height. His stare was laser sharp, his presence imposing. It was no wonder he was so good at catching the bad guy. Hardened criminals squirmed under the intensity of that stare. Hopefully he couldn't see through her despite the fact she felt as transparent as the shower curtain hanging in their bathroom.
"You think Harper is going to want to do that stuff?"
"Harper is four. It's a little early to predict if she will be a dancer or a swimmer or...whatever."
"Yeah, well, I just don't want that glittery stuff all over the house. The guys won't ever let me live it down, I show up to work all sparkly like that." He shook his head.
Cyndi stepped closer to her husband and wrapped her arms around him. "I'm exhausted, honey. How about we go to bed?"
Jason hugged her close. "You gonna wear a little French maid's outfit like you do when you clean those offices?"
"Can't fault a guy for trying." Jason's grin was a sharp contrast to his earlier scrutiny. He pulled out the neckline of her top and peered down into it. "Come on. I know you gotta wear some kinda uniform!"
Thank God she had changed in to her old white bra from the discount store and left her bustier at work. Stepping back, Cyndi held her arms out and spun around slowly. "You're looking at it, baby. Doesn't my ratty old sweatshirt turn you on?"
"Not as much as a little maid's outfit would. It's nearly Halloween. Maybe I ought to pick one up for you to wear at work. You know, so you don't mess up your own clothes."
"Ohhh, Jason... you are such a guy!"
"You would rather I be such a girl?"
"Of course, not! Just don't be so obvious about being a man all the time." Cyndi filled a glass of water from the tap, drank it in one gulp, then placed her used cup in the sink before heading toward their bedroom. "Come on, cop man. You play your cards right I might let you frisk me before we go to sleep."
Cyndi heard light switches flip, door chains sliding and the announcement that the house emergency alarm was being set. Jason rushed through his nightly round of safety checks as he yelled to her from various locations around the house.
"Do you have anything on you that might hurt me?" Snap went the deadbolt on the front door. "Needles, knives, or guns?" Click went the security latch on the sliding door to the back yard. "Do I need gloves or cuffs...?"
"Not sure you're gonna need gloves but cuffs might be fun," she called back as she climbed out of her clothes and dropped into the cool sheets.
1. How did you start writing erotic romance?
First, I would like to say thank you for inviting me to visit with your readers today. I am so excited about the debut book in my Secret Lives series. Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos is so ready to be out there for readers who like a good mystery and some great romance. I suppose the reason I write romance is because I love to read it. I have other writing ventures stored in various places but romance is what I most enjoy. When I read, it is for escape. I want happy endings and I am not one for tear jerkers or heartstring tuggers so I suppose I would never write them either.
2. Plotter or pantster?
I am a total pantster. No matter how much planning and outlining I do, it doesn’t matter. The characters do what they want and don’t care one bit what I think about it.
3. What are three things you have on your writing desk?
My writing desk doubles as the dining room table…currently it contains a blown glass pumpkin, a science project for my nine year old and a couple of bags of Halloween candy that the kids aren’t allowed to keep in their rooms.
4. Favorite food?
I pretty much love all comfort foods. Stews, casseroles, dishes with sauce and cheese and anything that even hints at being Mexican. I am not all that picky.
5. Tell us a little about your new release. What character in the book really spoke to you?
Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos is the first book in my Secret Lives series. The books focus on a group of woman that know each other through their husband’s jobs at the local police department. They have a tendency to get caught up in murders and mysteries. There is also a romantic theme in each one. The first book is about Cyndi Mills and her cop husband Jason.
My favorite character in the book is Jason Mills. The inspiration for his personality came from my husband and although I took some poetic license with his characterization, his cautious, protective, prepared for anything personality are traits that I love about my husband. Besides that, who doesn’t love a sexy man in a uniform?
6. I write because ____...
If I go more than a day or two without writing, I start to get antsy. If I’m going to take a week off for whatever reason, I have to mentally prepare for it ahead of time. Writing is my escape and my passion so I suppose I write because I have to.
7. What is your favorite type of character to write about?
I love strong willed, determined women who go after what they want. My heroines also tend to be closer to forty than to twenty because I think those characters can be just as sexy and romantic with their husbands or a new love as someone younger.
8. What is the sexiest scene you ever wrote?
I’m not sure if it’s the sexiest but my favorite is an exchange between Cyndi and Jason where he runs through a list of things he would say to someone he arrests but puts a sexy spin them. Loving a cop has its little quirks- the job tends to seep into every aspect of your lives, including the bedroom. There are lots of jokes about handcuffs and big guns and being under arrest that a non-cop relationship might never bring into a romantic situation. It definitely adds a little spice!
9. What advice would you give new authors in the erotica/romance field?
Do not ever feel embarrassed or ashamed by what you write. Be proud to be a part of a billion dollar industry that empowers women. I made the mistake in the beginning of not wanting to tell people my genre but let me tell you, I am over that. If you write things that people want to read and feel good about it then it doesn’t matter what genre it is. I read an article recently that called out romance writers as one of the last professions in the world that mentors the competition and supports each other’s successes to the very end. I am proud to be a part of that.
10. What is next on your writerly horizon?
I am currently working on the third book in the Secret Lives series. The second installment, In the Shadow of the Shield is in the works with a December release date. I also have the first draft of a book in a new sports romance series sitting on my flash drive waiting for me to get back to it. I’m hoping to have that one ready by early spring.
Carolyn LaRoche grew up in snow country but fled the cold and ice several years ago. She now lives near the beach with her husband, their two boys, two finicky cats and one old dog. When she is not at the baseball field cheering on big hits and home runs, she is busy teaching science to unwilling teenagers.
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