08 April 2010

Guestblog & Giveaway: Dee Davis introduces her A-TAC characters

Leontine: Through web-hopping I found the website of Dee Davis and her new and sizzling A-TAC series. When I read about a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty who included; covert operations expert Nash Brennon, the extractions expert for A-Tac, Drake Flynn and As the demolitions expert for A-Tac, Tyler Hanson I was so sold :)

As I always have a weakspot for doing something fun with the characters I asked if Ms. Davis was ready, willing and able to introduce us to these highly intriguing men. I was psyched when she said yes and without further ado...here is Dee Davis introduction to her characters...

My newest romantic suspense series, starting with Dark Deceptions, features the American Tactical Intelligence Command (A-Tac), an off the books blacks ops division of the CIA. Hiring only the best and the brightest, A-Tac is made up of academicians with a talent for espionage. Working under the cover of one of the United States’ most renowned think tanks as a part of Sunderland College– A-Tac uses its collegiate status to keep its activities ‘eyes only’.

In developing any book, but particularly a series, the characters are crucial elements. And characters can come from anywhere. They can be an amalgamation of people a writer knows. They can spring fully formed from the imagination. Or at times, they have to be coaxed into existence tidbit by tidbit. Like real life people, some characters will tell you anything about themselves, while others have no interest in indulging your curiosity about there past. But most importantly, every character in a novel firmly believes that the book is about him.

The characters that inhabit the world of A-Tac have already become some of my favorites. So if you’ll indulge me—I’d like to introduce you.

A-Tac’s Key Players:

Avery Solomon: A native of Baltimore, MD, Avery Solomon is an ex-marine with pentagon experience and the close friend of three presidents. Currently the Dean of students at Sunderland College, Avery serves as A-Tac’s commander. He’s highly intelligent, fiercely loyal and highly selective when it comes to personal relationships.

Nash Brennon: A-Tac’s second in command, Nash Brennon is independent almost to the point of being a loner. He hates technology and often questions authority. Hailing from Austin, Texas, he is an expert in covert operations and a recognized political historian. His one attempt at love was shot down in flames when his lover left him to die in the middle of a crucial operation.

Drake Flynn: Originally from Redlands, CA, Drake Flynn is a noted archeologist with a penchant for extracting people from difficult situations. Recruited by the CIA after thwarting a terrorist attack, Drake doesn’t tolerate fools and uses humor to hide emotion. Fiercely protective of the people he cares about, he’s not a man you want to cross.

Tyler Hanson: Tyler Hanson loves things that go ‘boom’. A senior member of A-Tac, she graduated from Sarah Lawrence and joined the Army and later the CIA. A ordnance and demolitions expert, she is also a tenured professor of literature at Sunderland. A firm believer in calculated risk, she’s thrown for a loop when a one-night stand suddenly seems to turn into something more.

A-Tac’s Persons of Interest:

Annie Gallagher: Annie Gallagher is ex-CIA, a loner who doesn’t trust easily and forgives even more rarely. A trained sharp-shooter, she fell off the grid after a mission gone bad, cutting off everyone she knew from before. Settled now in Colorado with a new life and son, she has no interest in resurfacing to face the only man she ever loved. But when her son is kidnapped, she is forced to face her past in an effort to preserve her future.

Madeline Reynard: Born in Cypress Bluff, LA, Madeline Reynard followed her sister to Colombia where she murdered a man to save her sister’s life and wound up incarcerated in a Colombian prison. When her release is arranged by a local drug lord, she is forced to work for him to secure her sister’s safety. Angry and afraid, she reaches out for help only to find that the solution may be worse than the problem.

Owen Wakefield: The son of a fisherman, Owen Wakefield was born in Cornwall. After studying physics at university, he joins MI-5. But after his wife and child are killed in an explosion, he goes off the reservation, finding work wherever it surfaces. Keeping secrets for whomever asks. And when his new CIA partner turns out to be the woman from a steamy one-night stand, his secrets become more than just a liability.

To find out more, you’ll have to read Nash and Annie’s story in Dark Deceptions, Drake and Madeline’s adventure in Dangerous Desires, and Tyler and Owen’s tale in Desperate Deeds. And along the way you’ll also get to know Hannah Marshall, Jason Lawton, Emmett Walsh, Lara Prescott and Harrison Blake (who will be familiar to those who read my Last Chance series). Characters who’ve all come to hold a special place in my heart.

Giveaway: To have a chance at winning a copy of DARK DECEPTIONS answer Ms. Davis following question:

What are some of the most memorable characters you remember?

(Contest ends at 4/15/2010)


  1. I love Eve from the In Death series!

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  2. I love the brothers from JR Wards Black Dagger series and I love Jonas,Callan,Dash,Kane,Braden okay I love all of her breeds and I know Kane is not a breed but he is awesome. I also love her Nauti me too they sound so sexy.


  3. I love Anita Blake and Edward (at least in the first books of the Anita Blake's series).
    Thank you for this post and giveaway!^O^

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  4. I am always looking for new series to read, and this one sounds great. I am adding it to my list.

    One of the most memorable characters to me is Kinsey Millhone in the Sue Grafton alphabet series because she is so not perfect! In some books and series, the characters are too beautiful and too rich and too smart to relate to. Kinsey is not too perfect. And, I love her for that!

    Anyway, thanks for the opportunity to enter your contest. I look forward to reading your series.

  5. Leontine you know I will talk about my fav characters from m/m. Adrien and Jake from Adrien English series. Adrien is such a beautifully written character that from time to time I still think about. To me, that is what good character development is all about.

    This sounds like a fun series hoo-rah!

  6. Rand al'Thor from Robert Jordans books, Fitz from Robin Hobb (yes I tend to remember fantasy guys ;)

    Sounds like some hot reads

  7. I adore secondary characters and I think Julia Quinn has some of the most memorable. The Smith/Smythe musicale and all the various Smith's and Smyuthe's that are part of that. And Nikki Ferris from The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart. Not to mention any Linda Howard hero.

  8. My favorite character(s)that I can think of to answer this question is Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke from Suzanne Brockmann's Gone to Far. It's been a long time since I read that book, but still remember them. (ps don't enter me in the contest as I already have this book - it's next up on my TBR pile - I actually have 2 since I boo-booed and ordered double from the Book Depository).

  9. Eve and Roarke from the In Death series. Nora Roberts has some great characters in all her books really. Also Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo really stands out.

  10. I've just received DARK DECEPTIONS for review - started it late last night! Loving Annie and Nash so much! I'm already excited for the next books in this series.

    Some of the best characters I've read have been in Pamela Clare's I-Team romantic suspense series.

  11. Haven't read any of this author's work but it looks absolutely fascinating. Love all the Black Ops kind of stuff -- just like suspense and political mysteries and such, especially when they are great romances as well. LOve your blog -- so much to read and see -- I am just getting started but I visit often. Apologize for not commenting sooner. Keep up the great work!!

  12. Charles Dickens comes to mind for memorable characters. I heard that he chose the names of them very carefully in order to make them unique or stand out. I recently read Oliver Twist for the first time, and oh there are so many characters you just wanna hate with a vengeance. Fagin and the Beadle are a definitely top contenders. I think another reason they are memorable is the fact that the story revolves around their personalities. Oliver's life is hell because of these men and their greed and stupidity.

  13. i like sookie from the charlaine harris BOOKS


  14. Gosh all these great characters. Making me want to buy the books. Was writing something else and thought of other fav characters. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and Boo Radley from To Kill A Mockingbird.

  15. Great list of characters so far, I would add Stephanie Plum and Ranger from the Janet Evanovich series.

  16. I love these characters ;
    Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron Weasley in HP. Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in Twilight. Anne in Anne Of Green Gables :)

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  17. I love Kay Scarpetta and Alex Cross! I have to read every book they are in:)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  18. Oh that made me think of Jack Ryan! And do love Alex Cross as well. And Jason Bourne (from Ludlam's books)

  19. I love your books! I can't wait to read this series. My most memorable characters are: Wolf from McKenzies Mountain by Linda Howard, and Jackson Rule (book of the same name) by Dinah McCall.

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  20. My most memorable character is Jonas from the breeds series by Lora Leigh.

    I haven't read any of your books yet but I'll have to add them to the tbb list.

  21. love Alex Cross in James Pattersons Books

  22. This sounds like a great series with a lot of action. Thanks for introducing the key persons!
    For me the most memorable characters are in general the ones who get a voice through a first-person narrative. Josh Lanyon's character Adrien English is the one who first comes to mind. I worried about him while I wasn't reading. :)

  23. oh Leontine, thanks to your web-hopping I've a new series I can't wait to get my hands on *g*

    one of the most memorable character for me is Joanne Baldwin (Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine) - I really love the entire series :)

    wish you all the best,


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