Saturday, August 3, 2013

Gun Shy by Lori L. Lake

Lori Lake likes to start her Sunday's off lying in bed with her sweetheart, snuggling, reading, having breakfast in bed. She loves to read, play guitar, shoot hoops and watch movies. She mostly loves to write. Lake isn't picky when it comes to genres, "I have written romances, short stories, a historical fiction novel, action/adventure/thrillers, mysteries, and some unpublished speculative fiction. I like to write mysteries and action thrillers a lot. But I love to write about characters’ relationships as well, so there is often a romantic subplot. I’ve been working on a post-apocalyptic book for a few years which contains elements of mystery, action, thriller, and romance. Maybe my favorite genre to write, then, ends up being a mish-mash of more than one!"

Lake wrote The Gun Series thinking of Xena and Gabrielle from XENA: Warrior Princess. She asked Herself, “If Xena and Gab were alive in the 20th Century, who and what would they be? And the answer was Cops. They’d be very good, very committed police officers. Now we’re in the 21st Century, and I’m working on the fifth book in the series!"

Gun Shy is the tale of a Minnesota police officer (Dez Reilly) who saves two women from a brutal attack. One of them, Jaylynn Savage, is immediately attracted to the taciturn cop - so much so that she joins the St. Paul Police Academy. As fate would have it, Dez is eventually assigned as Jaylynn's Field Training Officer.
Having been burned in the past by getting romantically involved with another cop, Dez has a steadfast rule she has abided by for nine years: Cops are off limits. But as Jaylynn and Dez get to know one another, a strong friendship forms. Will Dez break her cardinal rule and take a chance on love with Jaylynn, or will she remain forever gun shy?

Lake's favorite aspect of Gun Shy is the way Dez unfolds and grows throughout the novel. At the beginning of Gun Shy, Dez Reilly is in a world of hurt. She feels isolated and bereft after her work partner is killed in the line of duty. She feels responsible, and she hasn’t been able to sort out all the complex emotions she feels. It’s not until Jaylynn Savage comes into her life that she begins to reconnect with people, to find community, and to start the process of feeling “alive” again. 
Lake Reflects that each of the Gun books has been fun to write; "The latest, Jump the Gun, had the most difficult journey to publication. It’s taken me since 2006 to get it done. That’s a long time, and I appreciate that fans of The Gun Series have been patient about how slow I’ve been to get the next one out there. I’m pretty sure Gun #5 will be out much quicker!"

This writer does have a little writer's block when it comes to naming her fifth Gun series book! Lake would like a few good. Write her at Lori (at) LoriLLake (dot) com or through her website at Don’t forget that extra L in the middle – if you do, your email will go to a realtor in Georgia instead of the author extraordinaire!

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