Today’s exclusive interview is with romantic thriller novelist Ronnie Allen, an MTW2017 participant who hails from Ocala, Florida and whose latest offering is Aries: The Sign Behind The Crime, Book 2. It’s available as an e-book and paperback.
Here’s a blurb to whet your appetite:
Lying. Deception. Cover-ups. Anger. Revenge. Death. That’s what happens when an Aries-obsessed killer combines black magick rituals, knives…and murder. Samantha Wright, a rookie NYPD detective, gets her first case, a big one, by stumbling over the body while jogging in the park. Sam has a lot to prove, both to herself and to her new precinct, on this serial murder case involving fashion icons in NYC. Together with a rough around the edges BJJ fighter, forensic psychiatrist, Frank Khaos, Sam chases down leads through the five boroughs of NYC. As the bodies pile up, sparks fly and Sam and Frank, polar opposites, go from their dislike for each other to setting the sheets on fire. But their main suspect is hooked up to an IV in a hospital bed, so how has she pulled off five murders in seven days? And can Sam and Frank stop her before even more innocent lives are lost?
Tell us something(s) about the book that the blurb doesn’t reveal:
Rookie detective Samantha Wright is first coming to terms with her psychic abilities. She's not trusting her intuition and with it being spot on, she's still in doubt of herself.
What was your favorite or most surprising comment/review about the book?
It wasn't a review, but a comment. My titles are the astrological signs, Gemini and Aries. So, some people feel they have to be under that sign to read the books which is so not true. The symbolism of The Sign helps to solve the crime. A woman at a fair wanted to argue with me about it. I don't get into that. So I merely responded, 'If you say so.'
If given a chance, which author (living or dead) would you like to meet (have met)?
James Patterson bccause I'd love to chat about writing so many books in a series and how he keeps them fresh. I try not to make my books predictable and I'm changing each one. In Gemini, it's a female serial killer. In Aries, a group of women. In Scorpio that's coming out in September, it's a male killer. In Libra, which I'm writing now. it's the system that's the antagonist.
If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast as which characters?
This is my goal actually. Gemini and Aries would work for TV episodics. There are so many blonde, physically fit women in Hollywood, the choices are endless. For forensic psychiatrist Dr. Frank Khaos, who's former special forces, a BJJ fighter, tatted and rough around the edges as he works with NYC gang members who've left the hood in his MMA training gym in Harlem, Dave Bautista would fit him perfectly. He's the polar opposite to the forensic psychiatrist Dr. John Trenton in Gemini who's the Armani suit kind of guy. Michael Weatherly would fit him.
What other jobs have you held (even what you’re doing currently):
I'm a retired NYC teacher with 33 years in the Dept. of Education with a state license as School Psychologist. Actually, I had the career of the killer in Gemini. The school psychologist part, not the stripper. I'm also a board certified holistic health practitioner specializing in the alternative therapies that are also featured in my novels.
What gave you the idea to write this book?
I was in conflict to write the main character of Gemini, Dr. John Trenton, as the main character in Aries. That was bccause I started Aries before I received my contract on Gemini by 6 months. So I decided to select a hero who was the opposite of John's personality though both of them are very physical men and alpha males. I fell in love with both characters and they're both in the upcoming Scorpio and Libra.
What is the main conflict in your book?
Det. Samantha Wright and Dr. Frank Khaos are on the same NYPD team to catch the killers of fashion industry icons in NYC. Though the ring leader is in custody, so to speak, the murders keep happening.
I always write multi plot novels. Up until Frank meets Sam, the murder of his pregnant wife was unsolved, leaving him a single dad to a 7-year-old boy. Sam reopens the case which is considered cold, and finds the killer, the reasons behind the murder, and basically turns her department upside down.
Are you traditionally published or self-published and why?
I'm traditionally published and for me, this is the only route I'd consider right now. I know I have the professional editing, covers, formatting, uploading to the retailers, and I don't have the skills necessary for self-publishing.
Ronnie was kind enough to share a Never Before Shared excerpt with us below. Please be aware that this clip contains MATURE LANGUAGE AND THEMES.
“I never said you were a suspect, AriellaRose.” But you sure as hell confirmed that you are one. “Okay, we can move on. What do you know about the club Whiplash?”
“From spells to a sex club. You’re sure organized, aren’t you? But at least you stayed the same place in the alphabet. Okay. Okay. My dad liked it. He went a lot. So does Adam. Why?”
“What about you?”
AriellaRose shuddered. “Me never. Hate the pain part. Ugh.”
“Well, I’m going there tonight with Tattoo—Doctor Khaos—to follow up a lead Calinda gave us.”
AriellaRose paid attention as if relieved the focus was off her. “What lead?”
“Calinda said your dad’s killer might have come from there.”
“Hope so. That would mean you’d solve his murder quicker, right?”
“Possibly. Anything I should be aware of in preparation to go?”
“Set up of the place. Rules. Things like that.”
“So you’ve never been in a club like this?”
Sam shook her head. “No.” She could lie, too. But unlike AriellaRose, she had been trained.
“Okay. You’ve got to be dressed for it. Can’t wear street clothes. And you can’t go in there smelling of cop. Which you do. And no sex. Save that for when you get Tattooman back to your place, or wherever.”
“If you’ve never been there, how do you know?”
AriellaRose rolled her eyes. “Okay, you caught me. I’ve been there lots of times, but I just watch. I don’t like them doing those things to me.”
“Okay, good. Then I can be more specific. Who’s the owner or the person we should ask to see?”
“Oh yeah. Dominic. Dominic what’s his last name? Yeah Trevino. He’s totally hands on.”
“Hands on? Such as?”
“He teaches first timers how to do everything. Spankings, the bondage. He’ll show Tattooman how to do all that to you. And from what you look like, I bet Dominick will take his time with the lessons. He’s into long spankings. He’ll go for an hour. He’s in and out of the rooms to make sure no one gets carried away. Oh, and this is important. You need a fake name. No one uses their real ones. No phones or cameras allowed inside, either.”
“Do you know your father’s and Adam’s aliases?’
“Yeah. I do. But I can’t laugh. It hurts.”
“Okay. I won’t laugh.”
“Dad’s is Dudley. And Adam is Fido.”
“Fido, like the dog?”
“Yeah. Adam is always a sub, but my dad does both. Uh, did both.”
“Thanks for the heads up. One more thing.”
“Calinda says you’ve been seeing Leonardo for three years and you’re close with his family.”
“Yeah. Remind me to thank her for telling you my life.”
“Well, is he your street pharmacist?”
“He isn’t no more, now, is he?”
“What do you know about his suppliers?”
AriellaRose turned away. “I’m getting tired.”
“I can see that, but we may need to protect you. How open was your relationship? Your mother didn’t seem to know. She thinks you’re still a virgin.”
“People know. My mother is in denial. But he never did business in front of me, so I really don’t know his clients. And every transfer was in private, so no one else saw anyone, either. He never did any parties.”
“Thanks, AriellaRose. This has been helpful.”
“Can’t imagine how. It was all bullshit to me.”
Sam nodded and left the room, knowing she had to initiate a warrant for AriellaRose’s apartment. First, however, she envisioned herself over Frank’s muscular lap with his large, warm hands toying with her naked bottom, patting her first to warm her up, then increasing in firmness as she spread her legs, so he could reward her with his fingers sliding over her clit, intermittently with the spanks.
Oh my God. Her thong just stuck to her crotch.
Copyright 2016 Ronnie Allen. Reprinted with Permission.