Author Name: Catherine L Byrne
Book Name: The Minder
Release Date: July 15, 2015
When down-on-his-luck minder Chase takes on a job for a fading gangster, the job and his charge both turn out to be very different to what he expected. Someone is trying to sabotage the mobster’s business and doesn’t care who they hurt in the process. Soon Chase finds himself on the run with his charge, trying to carry out a friend’s last wishes before their pursuers catch up with them.
Pages or Words: 92 pages
Categories: Gay fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, Thriller
They sneaked down the stairs and along the corridor like ghosts, the voices of the killers shouting in the distance. Chase went first and they reached the long, white kitchen. The spare sets of car keys were in a box by the back door so people could take or return them on the way out. He had just grabbed one when Jody clutched his arm.
“I have to go back for my phone,” he hissed.
“Really? You little—” But Jody had a point. They needed phones to communicate. “I’ll come with you. Just a sec.” He pointed the key through the window blinds at the parked cars lining the driveway by the garage and the red Ferrari 458 flashed its lights. “Nice.”
“Come on.” Jody pulled his arm again and they crept out of the kitchen towards the stairs and Jody’s bedroom.
They reached Jody’s room and it only took him a few minutes to locate the phone and shove it in his pocket. Then Chase remembered something.
“Quick, come with me.” He steered Jody into Tony’s office, unlocked the safe, took out stacks of notes and put them in his rucksack.
“What are you doing?” Jody glared at him. “Stealing?”
Chase pushed him against the wall—no time for pleasantries. “Listen, we’ve got to go or they’ll kill us too,” he snarled in Jody’s face. “Understand? Come with me or I’ll leave you to them.”
Jody gulped and nodded, his brown eyes wide.
“Good.” Chase let him go and dragged him out of the office and down the stairs.
About the author:
Catherine L Byrne writes stories about relationships which push buttons and provoke reactions from readers. She writes about both gay and straight relationships, depending on which characters in her books shout the loudest to have their stories told.
An inquisitive author, she prefers writing about different situations in each book rather than writing a series about the same one—her stories range from 10th century Viking Britain, to modern educational settings and from mystery to romance.
As she was born and bred in England and lives there with her family, this infuses her books with a distinctly English tone. She has been writing since as long as she can remember and Extasy Books have published her novels since 2014.
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Q: When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
A: I have the general idea but I don’t write in order from page 1 to The End. I start at the beginning but get lots of ideas in the meantime and write the odd scene here and there, then fit them all in to where they should go, like a jigsaw. I use Scrivener and that has really helped get them in order, I love the corkboard!
Q: Do you pay attention to literary criticism?
A: Yes and no. if lots of people make the same comment about an aspect of my book, such as the realism or non-realism of a certain scene, I look at it and think if I could improve it. But if it’s just criticism of random aspects that an individual reviewer didn’t like, I don’t take much notice. The story is what the story is, I can’t please everyone.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catherines-Creations-and-Concerns/235748973239333?ref=hl
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25734866-the-minder?ac=1
Publisher: Extasy Books
Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters
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