Guest Author: Darcy Flynn

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This is another week for featuring guests authors and their books. I met Tennessee-based Darcy Flynn through an author support group called Authors Helping Authors. Like me, she writes sweet romances, and I’ve enjoyed reading her books. A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had read and reviewed her soon-to-be-released romance Double Trouble and I decided to ask Darcy some questions about how she came up with the idea. To give you a little background, here’s the blurb and book cover for Double Trouble:

DoubleTrouble_850       From the first moment coffee mogul Will Carrington gazes into the fiery, green eyes of Clare Sullivan, he’s hit with the feeling she does not like him. Not. One. Little. Bit. Used to being the proverbial prize by some gorgeous gold-digging fortune hunter, he’s learned to be careful. But with his hunter instincts now on high alert, he’s determined to find out the why behind her stormy-eyed glances.
Top home designer Clare Sullivan wants absolutely nothing to do with arrogant, self-assured Will Carrington, especially after he called her half-sister a gold digger. When she gets the opportunity to design his multi-million dollar Miami penthouse, she arrives at his office ready to decline his offer, and to tell him exactly what she thinks of his cruel and un-warranted comments.
While there, she overhears his one-sided phone conversation, which seems to further insult her sister. Assuming the worst, Clare makes the rash decision to accept the job and charge him a fortune in the process. Someone needs to teach him a lesson and what better way than with a swift kick in his wallet.
Since she and her sister have different surnames, Clare conveniently hides the connection to her sister. But while she works with Will, she discovers another side to this self-assured, woman-hater. A Jekyll to his Hyde. Charming and professional, he’s nothing like the man she’s heard about. What she doesn’t know is Will Carrington has a few secrets of his own.

And here’s an excerpt from Double Trouble:

“You look like you could use a drink.” Will splashed gold liquid into a glass and handed it to her.
“No, thank you.”
“Suit yourself.” He sat down opposite her and crossed one leg over the other. Sipping his whiskey, he gave her look for look. “You know, I can do this all day and night.”
“So what? Does that mean I’m not allowed to sleep while I’m here?”
“Of course you’ll be allowed to sleep. As many nights here as it takes.” He grinned, knowing full well it would infuriate her even more.
She raised her chin a fraction. “You’re hateful. But with your history, I shouldn’t be surprised.”
“Finally, we seem to be getting somewhere. And we have a history?”
She dropped her gaze from his and stared at his chest.
“Please, enlighten me?” While he waited for a response, he swirled the tumbler in his hand, causing the ice cube to clink against the glass.
Her long lashes fluttered against her cheek, making her appear nervous, which he highly doubted.
“Why don’t you just spit it out?” he said. “While I’m in a listening mood.”
She raised her eyes to his. “I have something to say to you, all right. But I will pick the time and the place to do it.”
“Ah, a woman who takes control. I like that.”
Her sparkling eyes clouded with doubt and uncertainty. She was finding him hard to read. For the moment, that suited him just fine. A woman with her designs needed to be kept on her toes. Poetic justice, as he’d had to learn the art of being unreadable because of women like her.
“Okay,” he said. “I’ll start.” He set his tumbler on the side table, never taking his eyes from her face. “You’ve disliked me from the first day I met you. Like most men, I have the hunter instinct. And you, my dear Miss Sullivan, with your glittering, green, accusatory eyes, tossed me a dare I frankly couldn’t ignore. And whether you believe it or not, what you said to me was ‘come and get me.’”
Her expressive eyes flared.
“I did no such thing. I wanted nothing to do with you. You two-faced, arrogant…” She looked him up and down. “You and your hurtful, callous words.”
Clare puffed up, reminding him of a threatened parrot.
He stared at her, dumbfounded as to what she could be talking about. This was getting more and more interesting. He picked up his glass and eyed it. “To my recollection, I’ve seldom, if ever been the callous type.”
“You know what they say.” She shrugged. “If the shoe fits.”
Her sassy, bravado act came across purely as self-preservation, and there was something poignant in that. What was it about her that could both irritate and tug on his heartstrings all at the same time?
She blinked and glanced toward the door.
“Waiting for reinforcements?”
Her eyes widened a fraction.
“I thought so.” He shook his head. “No one’s coming. It’s just you and me.”

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Last week Darcy and I chatted a bit about the book: 

PK: Are you a twin?
     DF: No, I just know many. twins have been a part of my life since I was little.

PK: Did you ever date one?
     DF: No, but my first kiss was a twin. I’d loved him since second grade! I was 14 when he walked me home and kissed me! The story of my first kiss from this boy is told in my short story, The Kissing Booth! All the years I crushed on this boy and he broke my 8th grade girl heart!

PK: Oh no! Did you ever mistake his brother for him?
     DF: Never, since I’ve known them both since first grade.

PK: So you could tell them apart. Were they identical?
     DF: Yes. His brother used to sit behind me in one of my classes and he’d sing to me and get me in trouble when I laughed.

PK: Do you have plans to write about any of the other brothers?
     DF: Oh yes! Wes (Will’s twin) is next! He’s a real pill! I like his back story.

PK: Hmm. So something happened to him that DIDN’T happen to Will?
     DF: Yes, he distrusts woman because of one in particular from his past.

PK: Ouch. Did you write the story with a series in mind?
     DF: Yes I did. Most of my books are stand alone, but I liked the idea of twins. Telling their stories…

 

My thoughts:
This isn’t my first Darcy Flynn romance. I’ve enjoyed several of her others, and this one doesn’t disappoint! The writing is excellent, and the conflicts, both inner and external, come through clearly without being flaunted. I loved the natural progression of the relationship. If you like sweet romances you’ll love this one – especially since we now know that there’s more to come!

You can Pre-order Double Trouble (to be released May 31): at Amazon.

You can find Darcy Flynn at her website as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.

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About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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40 Responses to Guest Author: Darcy Flynn

  1. nitethyme says:

    Loved the excerpt and inter interview. Nice to “meet” you, Darcy. Linda Nightingale

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  2. Looks like a fun read! I have 14 yo twins who are inseparable 🙂

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  3. Sounds like a fun story, Darcy! Great excerpt. 🙂 I’m not a twin, and there are no twins in our family, but I always thought it would be fun to share so much with another person.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’ve often wondered about that too, Leah. I have two younger brothers, but I always thought it’d be fun to have a sibling the same age, who was going through the same things as I was. Thanks for visiting!

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    • darcyflynn says:

      Is really is fun, Leah. I’ve always been close to a twin or a set of twins somewhere. The first wedding I was in was a twin’s, a twin from another set of twins was in my wedding. A twin from yet another set gave me my baby shower!

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  4. pamelasthibodeaux says:

    Always great to get to know more about AHA members and their books!
    Thanks Darcy & Patricia.
    Good luck and God’s blessings to both of you!

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  5. Oh, this sounds great. Thanks for the interview and excerpt.

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  6. darcyflynn says:

    Patricia, thank you for having me on Four Foxes, One Hound! I’m looking forward to spending the day here!

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  7. Hywela Lyn says:

    Sounds like a great story and the cover is great too!

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  8. jeff7salter says:

    Welcome to 4F1H, Darcy.
    Like you, I grew up with a set of identical twins — two beautiful blonde sisters (Susan and Elizabeth). Though we were in the same grade all those years, I was never — that I recall — in any of their classes, so our association was only on the playground. In the youngest years, I could not tell them apart — not really enough exposure, I suppose. Besides, they were always lumped together, as in “The [ _____ ] twins said a bad word at recess,” or “The [ ______ ] twins got splashed with mud when they got out of the car.” In other words, they were always seen together and never discerned as individuals… unless you were close to them.
    However, as we moved up through the grades, even though we never shared the same classes, it became much easier to tell them apart. By the time we were in the final two years of high school, not only could I easily tell them apart, but we’d begun to associate through the HS drama group, so I had more exposure to them. Got to know them, finally, as individuals, and also formed a crush on one of them.

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    • darcyflynn says:

      I love the abbreviation, Jeff! 4F1H. You guys are so cool! 🙂 Susan and Elizabeth…hmmmm, I wonder which one you crushed on? 🙂 The lumping together thing was also there with the twins I knew, but not from me, since I knew them so well. It’s funny how that happens, though. Thanks for your comment and your “Welcome”.

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      • jeff7salter says:

        I can’t reveal which one seized my heart’s attentions, because either one of them might see this. LOL
        Suffice it to say that, after I got to know them individually, I wondered how it had been possible to lump them together for all those years. And I was also surprised that some people would still say, “I can’t tell them apart.”
        If we’d been in the same class rooms for all those years, however, I’m sure I would’ve grown up knowing them as individuals… and not had to wait to Junior and Senior years in HS.

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      • darcyflynn says:

        Lol, I hear you, Jeff! That’s exactly why I can’t reveal the one who kissed me in 8th grade.

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  9. Joselyn says:

    Nice to meet you, Darcy! I love the blurb for your book, especially the swift kick in the wallet line. Awesome.

    I have a set of 8 year old twins. Some days I think they try to be as opposite as they can.

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  10. Double Trouble sounds like a great read. I’ll be ordering it. 🙂

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  11. There were two sets of twins in my family (cousins) while growing up, there are more now. I remember being asked which is which with the twins who were my age, even family members would ask me who was who. We spent a lot of time together, we’re still close today.

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  12. coryellsusan says:

    Since my brothers are twins (identical) and my husband has a fraternal twin brother, I am surrounded by duplicates. My first book, Doubleheader, was based on my brothers–one a pitcher and one a catcher. It was un-publishable but proved to me I could actually write a novel. Twins never fail to fascinate, eh? Nice post and good luck!

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  13. Welcome to the blog, Darcy! I had aunts that were identical and boy, were they!I lived near one all my life and didn’t often see the other, but when a twin would walk in, I had no idea which one she would be! It is almost impossible to tell which is which in pictures, and they used to love to purposely confuse their teachers.
    I was just thinking last night about how they were both executive secretaries, one in Washington, DC and the other in New York.The one in DC found a business suit which she really thought she looked good in, so knowing her twin would, too, she bought two and sent one to NY.A couple of days later it arrived back at her place.She wondered how the Post Office could have made such a mistake when she realized it was from her twin; they had bought identical suits for each other and they crossed in the mail!
    My sister is older than I am but we were asked if we were twins all the time, and were mistaken for each other.I think that would be a great temptation!
    Thanks for joining us today.

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    • darcyflynn says:

      Thank you, Tonette! It’s so nice to be here. And, I love that story! I have to say, with all the twins I’ve known and been close to, I’ve never heard a story like that! Talk about being “alike” they really were, in every respect. Too cute!

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  14. I love the banter between your characters. That was great. And the life experience you used is too cute! Good luck to you!

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  15. darcyflynn says:

    Thank you again, 4F1H (I love typing that) for having me. I truely appreciate all of the lovely and thoughtful comments I’ve received today. And I loved hearing all the twin stories! I’m sure there will be some little something I’ll be able to use in Wes’s story!

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  16. Alicia Dean says:

    I’m so sorry I’m late! Enjoyed the interview. So funny that your first kiss was with a twin. This book is soooo good. Adorable! Congrats and best wishes.

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