The more powerful your enemies, the more friends you need. Will Gillian sacrifice her life to keep a promise? Dark Energy, a thrilling romantic suspense story of love and surviving evil by Addison Brae, is dedicated to anyone whose livelihood depends on the bar, service industry, or music scenes.
Addison, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Dark Energy.
Dark Energy by Addison Brae
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Cybercrime doesn’t talk. It creeps in and destroys lives right under Gillian’s nose when a cryptojacking scheme lands her boss, Pinkie, in jail. Gillian had just started over with a new career, boyfriend, and confidence after escaping a vicious murder investigation that shattered her ability to trust. Then Pinkie’s arrest leaves her struggling to run his two bars while also unraveling the conspiracy.
Gillian will not let her mentor and friend go down for something he didn’t do. Neither will Jon, the most talented musician on the bar’s stage and the perfect boyfriend…until his good fortune sends her reeling. Gillian forces herself to trust the cops, people who hurt her, and known criminals. Will it be enough to free Pinkie and save her life?
What’s in your character’s pockets, backpack, or purse?
Does your character carry money and if so, in what form (cash, credit, etc.)?
Gillian was a new college grad in a new city, so money was tight. She lived paycheck to paycheck until she picked up a part time bartending job. She stashed tips in a box in her closet as her emergency fund. Then she started carrying cryptocurrency because, as an accountant, she learned it was safer than the cash she earned from tips or credit cards. As those who have read Dark Energy know, she found out digital money is almost as easy to steal, and criminals can steal more at a time. And those thieves are completely anonymous.
Is there an item your character carries for good luck and if so, what is it?
Gillian always carries her Harvard bottle opener. She’s carried the brushed chrome bar key with the crimson Harvard shield since the day she received it from her best college friend after she got the job as a part-time job as a bartender. It makes her think of Lauren and the incredible times they had during three-and-a-half college years together With the opener, Lauren is with her all those late nights at work. The opener is still in her back pocket or in the pen holder on her desk even though she manages the bar now. It helps her slip right back into bartender mode when needed.
What does your character dislike carrying but has to?
Gillian started carrying a Kel-Tec P-11 subcompact 9mm pistol in her purse soon after her fresh start. She doesn’t like to, but she does out of necessity; so she’s prepared. She’s licensed to carry and trained well to use it.
What else besides pockets does the character use to carry things?
Gillian’s favorite purse is the one her mother gave her for her eleventh birthday, the last birthday before her mother lost her cancer battle. She carried it, with the cash she had to live on until she got paid, her ID and credit card, and proof she took her CPA exam inside, when she finally was brave enough to walk to the neighborhood pub alone. A guy who looked barely old enough to drive yanked it off her shoulder. She chased the kid until a well-dressed man jumped out of a shiny SUV and shoved the thief into the shrubs. The kid bolted. The man handed Gillian her purse, bowed like a nineteenth century prince, and stepped back into his truck. This was the first encounter of a unique relationship that lasted longer than the man’s life.
Has anything in your character’s pockets ever saved the day?
Indeed. Gillian walked into the middle of a Russian mobster ambushing Pinkie, her boss and mentor, in the bar’s kitchen. One of the mobster’s guys shot their security guard and knocked out Pinkie. Gillian was out front so they didn’t know she was there. Gillian showed her badassery to save them. You would definitely want her walking in that dark alley with you.
Questions for the Character to Answer About the Author
What does your author dislike carrying but has to?
These days, it’s her bag-o-masks. I hope she can stop carrying those soon. No masks would mean restaurants and bars will stay open so we can make a living again, and employees and patrons will be safe!
What does your author carry for luck?
Addison carries her car and house keys on a silver metal open heart-shaped keychain that she’s had since she started driving in high school. It’s bent a little, but aren’t we all?
What does your author prefer to use when it comes to items like backpacks / purses?
A messenger-style bag is best. The smaller the better, although she says a wallet is a little too small to carry her favorite lip stain, keys, phone, grocery list, and credit cards.
If your author could buy an item to carry things in and money was no object, what would it be?
She likes any unique and cute purse but doesn’t see the value in spending zillions on them because she doesn’t change out her purses very often. She’d rather spend that money on shoes.
Where to buy Dark Energy
Amazon https://amzn.to/2YSkP6H (99c through December 16)
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-energy-addison-brae/1137002173
Author proceeds go to Hope’s Door New Beginning Center to help fight domestic abuse.
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Addison Brae lives in Dallas, Texas on the edge of downtown. As a child, she was constantly in trouble for hiding under the bed to read when she was supposed to be napping. She has been writing since childhood starting with diaries, letters and short stories. She continues today with articles, video scripts and other content as an independent marketing consultant.
Addison writes new adult and adult romantic suspense and young adult contemporary fiction. When she’s not writing, Addison spends her time traveling the world, collecting interesting cocktail recipes and hosting parties. She’s still addicted to reading and enjoys jogging in her neighborhood park, sipping red wine, binge-watching TV series, vintage clothing and hanging out with her artistic other half and their neurotic cat Lucy.
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