Sunday, August 10, 2014

Q&A with Emmy Curtis - Author of the newly released novella - Dangerous Territory

A huge thank you
to Emmy Curtis for stopping by the blog to chat today
             Please tell us a little about yourself….
I'm a British ex-pat, living in North Carolina at the moment with my military husband and yellow lab. When I say 'at the moment' I really mean it, because we should get orders sometime in the next year to go live somewhere else. So adventure is always beckoning! I love traveling and seeing new places, and I don't get too stressed by the thought of having to uproot our lives to move. Except when I think about having to pack up my collection of shoes.
             What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?
While traveling, I got stuck in Johannesburg, South Africa. All the flights back to London were overbooked and I couldn't find one at all. The prospects for the following week were more of the same full flights. So I sweet-talked a cargo plane's crew into taking me with them to their next stop, which was Nairobi, Kenya. While we were in the air, we were shot at (with small-arms fire) from the mountains in Mozambique, so I spent most of that flight praying in the cargo hold with pallets of mangoes and roses around me. When we got to Nairobi, the crew kindly introduced me to the crew of another cargo plane headed to Cairo, Egypt. They allowed me on board but only if I cleaned the flight deck for them first. Turns out pilots are MESSY when they don't work for a commercial airline! After cleaning out the remnants of their last three meals (and using my perfume to mask that musty bachelor smell), we made it to Cairo and they handed me over to yet another crew. This third cargo flight crew said they'd take me to Gatwick, UK if I helped them get catering on the flight. Luckily the first person I came across on the ramp in the Cairo airport was a man in British Airways uniform! He took me to the catering depot and let me pay in British pounds for some food for the crew. A mere two days after I left Johannesburg, I was back home! My unusual transportation arrangement meant that I never got a South African exit visa (I was sneaked out on to the ramp by the pilot) so I always wonder if the authorities think I'm still there ;) Looking back on that whole escapade always makes me wonder how I made it out of my twenties alive!
             Tell us a little about your latest book
Dangerous Territory is the story of an embedded journalist who loses her patrol in Afghanistan, only to be rescued by a battle-weary, journalist-hating US Air Force Pararescuer—who discovers that he has already met her...
             What’s one thing that you enjoy most about writing? Least?
The best thing about writing is that I get to look into an alternate reality in which my characters actually exist. And who wouldn't want to experience a reality surrounded by hot military men?! The worst thing is that sometimes you can sit at your PC for hours trying to do justice to the characters you've invented. Writing can be a struggle and those paralyzing moments when you can't find the right words are a nightmare.
             One thing (object, not people) you can’t live without?
I'd love to say something stylish like a painting, or a piece of family history, like a photo album, but in reality, it would be my PC. Being so far from home, and with my husband sometimes deployed, my PC is my entire communications portal. I feel lost without it.
             One unusual item in/on/around your workspace?
I have a writing plant on my desk. One Saturday, my husband was going into town for groceries and asked me if I wanted anything. “Something to help me write,” I whined in response, half expecting a bottle of wine. He brought back a plant in a lovely bowl. I asked him what it was, and he put it on the table, looked at it for a second and said, “It's a...(pause) writing plant?” It worked, and there it has stayed ever since. It is, coincidentally, the only plant I haven't killed.

by Emmy Curtis

Flirting with danger is reporter Grace Grainger's modus operandi. But she's learned the hard way not to grow attached to the soldiers she's embedded with in Afghanistan. To escape from her pain and loneliness, she fantasizes about the hot night she spent with a gorgeous stranger three years before in D.C. Grace never thought she'd see him again-let alone need him to rescue her . . .


Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Travers knows journalists are nothing but trouble. So when he has to risk the lives of his team to save some reporter who's been separated from her patrol, he's not happy-until he recognizes her stunning eyes and delicious curves. Josh has never wanted a woman like he wants Grace. Even in an Afghan cave with a sandstorm and enemy troops closing in, he can't deny the desire. This might be the end for both of them-or one hell of a beginning.
Dangerous Territory is available for only $.99

Dangerous Territory is Emmy Curtis' debut novella and it's the first book in the Alpha Ops series. Let me just tell you...plainly...simply...this book was fantastic and I want MORE!
I have read many debut books in the past and lots of those are somewhat choppy, broken up a bit in the storyline, just not quite together....but Dangerous Territory is wonderfully smooth and the story flows perfectly! I cannot believe this is a debut book!
Of course it is just my type of story with sizzling hotness, fast-paced action, and an absolute stud-muffin of a military man who can rescue me anytime! I cannot wait for more in this series and more from Emmy Curtis, If she writes them I will read them...please keep 'em coming!

About Emmy Curtis
Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She's lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in North Carolina. When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab. All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference...well, she already considers you kin.
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