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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Countermeasure Series from Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey



In the first novel of the COUNTERMEASURE SERIES, tenacious ex-CIA agent Cassandra James is in hot water. A cyber thief stole sensitive information from her father's top client - information she was supposed to keep secure - and now she could lose her job, even if she is the boss' daughter. The only person who can help her recover the stolen data is sexy NSA analyst Trevor Bauer - a computer mastermind who's broken through her personal security and might break her heart as well.

Trevor is on the hunt for answers to the mystery surrounding his parents' disappearance. Following a promising lead into the missing Bristol files, he accidentally gets on the radar of a woman too hot to handle...and a mercenary willing to do anything to keep both of them from recovering those files.

To track down the thief, Trevor and Cassandra must embark on a harrowing adventure that leads them across the ocean and into a world of intrigue, danger, and passion. But as they close in on their target, their relationship begins to boil, jeopardizing their mission as well as their very lives. Will they learn to trust their instincts - and each other - in order to survive?

The suspense driven COUNTERMEASURE SERIES combines full-length novels and Bytes of Life short stories about sexy, technologically inclined men and women. The series is filled with heart-stopping danger and enough twists and turns to make a hair-raising rollercoaster seem tame. In the series, Trevor Bauer, a tough as nails NSA geek, and his even more tenacious love interest, Cassandra James, are on a quest for clues in the mysterious disappearance of Trevor's parents. Joined by fate, their search drops them into the mysterious and violent world of data espionage, one that tests their love as they sweep the world with romance, sex, and ingenuity to find answers that will have the power to change their lives forever.
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Some facts about our background, how we met, began writing together, etc.

1.             We have been writing together for almost three and half years.
2.             We met while writing for a role-playing group base on a paranormal novel back in September of 2010.
3.             We view role-play as a creative outlet and breathes life into our own writing. Basically each character has about 5 minutes to come up with a full paragraph that tied to the paragraph posted by the character before which moves the story forward. It's a great exercise.
4.             The Countermeasure Series is the result of a vivid dream that Chris had when we were still role playing our old characters.
5.             To Russia with Love (Book 2) was the first story we developed with the two (minus Stephan's story). We created the characters and played out the story in a role-play environment. It was the bones/foundation for the final novel version of the novel.
6.             Countermeasure (Book 1) came about when we finished the role-play story line for To Russia with Love and realized that it was not the beginning of Trevor and Cassandra’s adventure together. We went back in time and wrote their meeting and HEA incorporating Chris’s dream into the prologue.
7.             We share a brain. We don't have a LOT of differences when it comes to the stories. We develop the scenes as we go and we talk them out until we have something that makes good sense and that works for both of us. When we reach a disagreement point, we argue our points and find something that works for both.
8.             Writing love scene comes easier to us than fight scenes. Those are our kryptonite because we want them to be flawless. Flow, and leave your heart pounding
9.             We use images of the characters help us in writing. So we like to find matches to our character sheets.
10.          We share similar characteristics to the main characters. I am a spreadsheet fiend. Chris is a total geek and proud of it. I like itineraries, Chris loves hitchhiking.
11.          Ireland is the base for our series because of our ties to the isle. I fell in love at first site with the country at the age of 12 while reading about it in an English version full Encyclopedia Britannica. Later in life, I finally visited Ireland. It was like going home. I spent 5 months there. Ireland follows me around and usually, the link to Ireland brings really good things to my life. The fact that Cecilia's father was half-Irish and that she has ties to County Cork was a clue. It was only natural that Trevor came from Ireland. I wouldn't see him from anywhere else.
12.          Music fuels our writing.
13.          We are both a splice of yin and yang. We are both good and totally evil.
14.          We, like most writers, we meld our personal experiences into what we write. We use the emotional feedback from our personal experiences in the stories. They add color to scenes. It's much easier to write a scene (be it a love scene or a sad scene) when we understand and have experienced the pain or pleasure the characters are living. The story lines are feasible, could happen.
15.          It seems that life imitate our stories. For example the Russian piece of TRWL. Something quite similar to the raid on the mansion happened in St. Petersburg about 18 months after we had written TRWL.
16.          We write using pen names. Both Ceci and I use our middle names. Being Brazilian, I was gifted with a VERY FREAKING LONG name.
17.          The genre and characters we write are usually born from an idea. And they grow as we develop the idea. For the our new upcoming series the A.W.E. Crew, we had the plot that involved Special Forces guys but we had none of them drawn in our heads until we began to work on Alternate Connection (Book 3 in the Countermeasure Series).

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3 comments:

  1. Thank you for having us here today and for participating in our tour and scavenger hunt!

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  2. Good and totally evil? That sounds like fun. Congrats in the series! It is a really good one and I can't wait to read more!

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  3. I Love this series! Chris and Ceci rock!

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