Monday, June 30, 2014

The Heist by RT Lucas and LJ Halkett‏

Both Scottish Authors are best friends and for years they have been developing these amazing and complex characters. Having both suffered strokes at a young age, within months of each other they decided that life was too short and now was the time for Xavier and Alicia to be unleashed onto the waiting public! That was when the world of Tainted Blood and #XAli was born!

L J Halkett is 35 years of age, Mother, Wife and Housing Officer for Local Government. She is a smart, sassy and superbly imaginative woman who devours books - especially in the paranormal genre! She is the master at multi-tasking and she is always thinking ten steps ahead. With her passion for creativity, she brings to life her imagination with vivid detail. Family is the cornerstone of LJ’s life, and her greatest achievement is her wonderful son.

Left Partially sighted after her Stroke, LJ has to write in what the Authors call ‘Nasa’ font and can only detect the colour red, which can be difficult when reading print on a daily basis - her determination is testament to her personality - as she says.... "Where's there's a will? There's a way!"

RT Lucas is 41 years of age, soon to be Divorced [Hurrah!] and had a very successful career in Recruitment and Business Development until it was cut short through illness. Having worked in the Health Sector, Human Resources and Military of Defence, she has a myriad of experiences to draw from - and says that sometimes life can be stranger than Fiction! RT is an avid reader of the paranormal/romance genres but her first love will always be Science Fiction. She says that she has far superior music taste to that of her Best Friend and Co-Author - and uses every available opportunity to tell her so! RT lives alone with her #XavCat who faithfully lies by her computer whenever she wanders into the world of Tainted Blood.


Commander Xavier Raige, ex-Special Forces and now a leader of an elite team of mercenaries. At 6’7” he is as lethal as he is handsome. Xavier doesn’t have time to sugar the pill - he is abrupt, direct and demanding. He accepts a new mission - to stop a skilled thief that has been plaguing the notorious Belcastro mafia family. Xavier is unaware that this job will change the course of his life forever and threatens to awaken the wolf he has kept at bay all his life.

Alicia Carberletti is a small woman with a BIG attitude! She is feisty, sexy, independent and smart - she also admires people who know their manners! Alicia has been all alone ever since her beloved family were brutally murdered. Trying to find peace, she embarks on a holiday of a lifetime which takes a sinister turn.

Tainted blood, wicked lies, deception and cruel fate: when Alicia and Xavier collide with one another, will events spiral out of control - or can they hold onto one another and face the dark consequences of their actions?

Together they will entice you into their world - and this new book series comes with a WARNING - once you enter, you won't want to leave!

In a world of humans; vampires; werewolves and set in murky mafia underworld, is it so easy to tell who are the real monsters and who still holds their humanity?

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Rhonda: Well, LJ had approached me about a character that she needed for a project she was developing and asked me if I would write a male bodyguard character. I had a character that I had been working on for a couple of years who suited the spec, and Xavier was born. The inspiration for the story came from long, late night chats about storylines and eventually (two years later) we got the push to actually put our ideas down on paper. From then on, the stories pretty much wrote themselves.

LJ: Alicia Carberletti entered my mind over two and half years ago. It was Boxing Day and my husband was working. I saw her clear as day in my head. The cherry lolly in her mouth, her big brown eyes and a very intricate life. I was telling Dolly (Rhonda) about her and that I saw her needing a body guard! Xali were born. But the push we needed to put pen to paper properly was the clairvoyant I visited last October whom told me my friend and I had a dream… and it was time to put the manuscript (her words) to good use!.

Rhonda: I suppose you could say that it took both of us to have strokes within months of each other to really give us the incentive to do something about the stories we had been so carefully crafting in our heads.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
LJ: The Heist was written two times before we settled on the Manuscript that we have now, I think (correct me if I’m wrong Dolly) it took five months?

Rhonda: -laughs- It was four being a rather coy message from me in hospital saying I had another idea and asking you not to hit me! And I think five months sounds about right...

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Rhonda: For me, my favourite thing about writing is writing with LJ. She is beyond genius and every day that we write is sheer joy. The world that we create, the characters that spring to life and the scenarios they find themselves in absolutely submerge and overtake us. I can’t think of a happier time than sitting down at the laptop, having a laugh with LJ and letting this world come to life.

LJ: Not wanting to sound corny or anything but I love watching Xavier come to life in the drive we write in. From the moment Rhonda brought him to life I fell in love! Our writing style is that the characters control us and it really is a case of you never know what is going to happen next. That right there is a epic thing to watch.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Rhonda: The fact that I have a pre-historic laptop.

LJ: My day job requires 8 hours of my attention Mon-Friday

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
LJ: Tinkerbelle! Because I want wings and fairy dust (Nickname is Pixie)

Rhonda: -shakes my head and hides my face- Seriously, LJ! I would like to be Iman Bowie...for obvious reasons -toothy grin-

LJ: -smirks as I tap my wand-

Rhonda: -blushes- Wrong wand, pixie!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
LJ: Nothing is out of date in my fridge! -Runs for my cloth and bleach spray-

Rhonda: Again, we have exceptionally well stocked and clean fridges!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Rhonda: Much more from the Tainted Blood series - laughter; gasps; heartbreak; love and revenge!, I don’t think I want to give any spoilers!

LJ: -Makes a muhahahaha sound- Evil lurks

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