First up, the book:
Laying Down The Law
Lawyer Olivia Brannigan has faced down some cool customers in her time. But latest client Blake Clayton takes emotional control to a whole new level. The man didn't even bat an eyelid when he discovered he'd inherited a fortune from his estranged father!
Blake doesn't want guilt money - the only thing piquing his interest is the tough-talking, sweet-looking lawyer that comes with his new property portfolio.
Dating on the job isn't in Olivia's 'Guide to Good Client-Lawyer Relationships' and it certainly doesn't sit easily with her 'no strings' attitude... But aren't rules always made to be broken?
When I went looking through the archives to discover when I first mentioned this story, I was embarrassed to discover it was in February 2009. Yes, it has been that long! With a working title of 'The Reluctant Billionaire' I had cast my hero Blake as Christian Bale and outlined a character profile for him. As I blogged almost a year later in January 2010, the picture I had wasn't working for me any more than the title (something to do with the word 'reluctant', I surmised) so I changed both. I would now like to take this opportunity to say how very glad I am that I did!
Which brings us to the lovely Michael Trucco. I first discovered Michael in the TV series Battlestar Galactica, but to my great delight as I was working on this story he not only made a guest appearance in Castle but took on a bigger role in a new series called Fairly Legal. One of the things I do when I cast a hero is watch them in action; how they talk, how they move, the kind of attitude I can draw from to help form my character, and I have to say his role as Justin was ideal. I LOVED his interaction with Sarah Shahi's character, Kate (am looking forward to season 2!) and it inspired a lot of Blake's personality until he became real to me. In the finished version my hero couldn't be more different and now I look at the pictures I see Blake but without Michael's help I doubt I'd have got there. At least not in the same way. You can see his introduction as Justin in Fairly Legal here:
Although I knew way back when I started working on this story that several things would change along the way (they usually do!), what I hadn't foreseen was how much of an effect the secondary characters would have on my next story and the one after that (which I'm working on now) and the one after that (planned for later in 2012). The first seeds of a new mini-series came from my heroine Liv and her family of NYPD brothers. But we'll talk about that next time...
In the meantime watch out for a few book give-a-ways on the guest blogs I'll be doing over the next couple of weeks; starting with The Minxes Of Romance on Wednesday 7th. See you there!