Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Troy Lambert: One Night in Boise

A hearty welcome back to Troy Lambert!

Troy visited with us in March on the release of his first novel with Tirgearr Publishing, Stray Ally*. Today, he introduces us to the first book in a new series from Tirgearr. First, let's meet Troy again.

A man with a long and interesting past, Troy found his niche in fiction a few years ago with the publication of Broken Bones, a collection of his own short stories. That was quickly followed up by his first novel, Redemption, book one in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series. In relatively quick succession, there was book two in the series, Temptation (book three later this year), and then collaborations in Satanarium, Dragonthology, and the wildly successful, Happily Ever Afterlife. And of course, Stray Ally just this past March.

Not only is Troy a successful author, he's also one of the Senior Editors with Tirgearr Publishing, and Managing Editor for the new series in which his release today debuts.

Busy, busy man. But that's just the tip of the 'berg, as the saying goes. Needless to say, Troy is one of those lucky authors making a living out of what he loves doing best -- writing!

Okay, okay. I know you're anxious to learn more about Troy's latest book. And you should be curious. It's . . . {whispers} . . . erotic romance. {gasp} :-) Well, technically, it's an erotic thriller. And it launches a new series at Tirgearr Publishing called the City Nights Series.

City Nights, as the name suggests, takes place over a 24 hour period in a city somewhere in the world . . . hence each of the book titles starting with One Night in . . . and Troy has chosen Boise, as it's a city he knows well. Until you read One Night in Boise, you'll never have guessed so much excitement could be found in this small city.

As the blurb states, 'Detective Derek Marshek and his wife, Cheri, like to play games.' Pointedly, sex games. And why not? When you've been married as long as Derek and Cheri have, you have to find ways of spicing things up to keep it interesting, right? And the Seven Bells Motel is the perfect location for their latest tryst. Or so they thought. As these nights usually go, Derek closes his eyes for just a moment to rest for round two. A gunshot has him on his feet in a blink. Going into cop mode, he reaches for his weapon but it's gone. And so is Cheri.

Derek is emotionally thrown sideways when he sees the victim's body. He's sure his life has just taken a left turn, and not down a good road. How can he tell his son the news when he doesn't believe it himself?

Alex Marshek and his father had shared some harsh words before Alex walked out. That was weeks ago. When his plans for the evening with Susie, quite possibly 'the one', get interrupted by cops casing local make-out spots around Boise, the only place the couple can find peace for their own union is in his old room back home. He knows his parents are on date night. When he hears someone in the house, he goes on the defensive, expecting his father will have him over the coals again.

To say anymore will give away too much. Needless to say, One Night in Boise is full of twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Troy leads us down an erotic path that quickly turns dangerous and tragic. He pulls out all the stops here as we follow Derek from an erotic tryst with his wife to the tragic crime scene. Readers will witness how quickly Derek's life changes and falls apart before him. How quickly one night in his city can change a man. This is a fabulous story in which Troy's storytelling excels. Anyone who likes erotic romance and romantic suspense will want to read this book.

Before we get to an excerpt, be sure to drop Troy a note in the comments below **with your email address** to enter the draw for a copy of this book.

* Regarding Stray Ally, as above, Tirgearr Publishing has marked down this book to just 99c/77p through June to celebrate the release of One Night in Boise. Be sure to grab your copy at this fabulous price.

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Detective Derek Marshek and his wife, Cheri, like to play games. It’s not that they don’t have a great sex life, but Cheri came up with the idea to keep things even spicier. Suddenly, events at the Seven Bells Motel reveal she may have had other motives.

Their son Alex, now in college and seeking to escape the shadow of his father has a new girlfriend. In their efforts to find privacy, he is drawn back into his parents’ lives, and sees a new side of Susie. Could she be the one?

On this night in Boise, will lives be ruined, hearts be broken? One thing is certain. It’s a dangerous game they all play.

Seven Bells Motel. 7:05 pm

It’s a dangerous game we play.

We like to play year round, but the snow, the cold has us turning to other games to pass the time in the winter. Tonight, though it is not yet spring, it is warm for early April, and we are both ready.

The yellow streetlights emit tight yellow pools of light that she avoids carefully. I circle the block, seeing if I can spot her in the shadows. When she spies the old Caprice, she steps to the curb.

She wears red leather. My favorite. A tight mini skirt, thigh high boots, and a laced corset envelop her curves. Her scarlet lipstick matches a bow wrapped in her brunette hair, completing the look.

She’s not as young as she used to be, but then neither am I. When I look at her though, I still see the girl I married over 20 years ago. Other guys try to pick her up whenever we play, and once she even had to explain the game to a passing undercover officer, one of my colleagues. It cost me a $150 bottle of scotch to sweep that one under the rug, but it was worth it.

I pull alongside and roll down the passenger window. “Hey there.”

“Looking for a date?” She blows little bubbles with the gum she chews, popping them with her teeth. Oh, God those teeth, those lips, that mouth.

“Yeah baby, how much?”

Her gaze crawls over me, evaluating, craving. “For you, $20 for a blow, half and half for $40, and all the way for $80.”

“It’s a deal. Get in.”

Opening the door, she drops into the passenger seat. The skirt rides up, and her lace panties peek out at me. She tugs the skirt down seductively, but not before I spot the wetness at her crotch. I can hardly sit still, and wonder how my erection is not interfering with the steering wheel. Jesus, she turns me on.

She puts her gloved hands on my arm, and the hairs there stand to attention. “You have someplace we can go?”

“Sure do,” I say. She shuts the door, and I drive to the Seven Bells Motel at the end of the block.

• • •

Troy began his writing life at a very young age, penning the as yet unpublished George and the Giant Castle at age six. He grew up in Southern Idaho, and after many adventures including a short stint in the US Army and a diverse education, Troy returned to Idaho, and currently resides in Boise.

Troy works as a freelance writer, researcher, and editor. He writes historical site characterization reports for those performing remediation on former resource extraction sites, software instruction and help guides, and edits the research of others as well. His true passion is writing dark, psychological thrillers. His work includes Broken Bones, a collection of his short stories, Redemption the first in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series, Temptation the sequel to Redemption, along with the horror Satanarium, co-authored with Poppet, a brilliant author from South Africa and published by Wild Wolf Publishing. He has stories in several anthologies including the partially for charity Happily Ever Afterlife published by Untold Press.

Troy lives with his wife of twelve years, two of his five children and two very talented dogs. He is a skier, cyclist, hiker, fisherman, hunter, and a terrible beginning golfer.

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  1. Welcome back to Heart of Fiction, Troy, and congrats on your new publication.

    The City Nights Series will be a fabulous collection of stories, and you're managing editor on the series. As well as the author launching the series with the first book, One Night in Boise. In with both feet! :-)

    Perhaps you'll tell our readers a little about what inspired this story. Technically an erotic thriller rather than straight forward erotic romance, what was it that inspired you to put such a dramatic twist into the story?

  2. Well, what I have discovered in the last few years especially is my writer voice. And my writer happy place is suspense thriller. So even though I have written in other genres, they always seem to be suspense thriller at heart. Fantasy suspense thriller, Dystopian suspense thriller. The list goes on.

    So when challenged to write for this series, the idea came that something else had to be going on in the relationships of those in the story. Sex is good, but the romance, the relationship, and the drama of their lives serves as the trigger. So I went to my happy place, discovered a detective and his son, and wrote about their relationship in a small city I call home.

    1. Awesome!

      You said 'challenged to write for this series' . . . can you expand on that? How was this challenging for you? And did you find yourself growing as a writer because of the challenge, and how so?

    2. I had written "sex" before in my other work, but not as 'hot and heavy' as this series required. When I first looked at it, I was frankly a little nervous. But I realized that writing sex was not all that different from writing other scenes. I just had to lose my inhibitions, and write sex in more detail.

      As a thriller writer, it kind of came naturally. Sex is, if you are doing it right, quite thrilling.

    3. I like that last quote ;-)

      Now that you've crossed into the traditional erotic romance realm, do you see yourself writing more erotic romance in the future?

    4. A good question. I have quite a few thrillers mapped out now, so we will see. But I certainly won't rule it out, and it sure won't harm the sex scenes in my future work. :)

  3. Boisie must be a lot different than it looked when I passed through.

    1. It is. A very eclectic place, becoming more like the Portland of Idaho all the time. Fantastic place to call home.

  4. Congrats Troy ! This is a very hard genre to write !!

    1. Hi Troy- nice to see you on Heart of Fiction again. What an opening excerpt! You certainly know how to draw in your readers. And this mysterious gunshot! Want to know more.
      Enjoyed reading and learning more about you here.