Today I am happy to welcome author Nikki Navarre to RFTC. Nikki is celebrating the recent release of her book The Russian Seduction and has stopped by to share what inspired to write it. Before I give the floor over to Nikki, let's get to know her a bit.
Subject: Nikki Navarre
Assignment: Double Agent
Cover: Diplomat. Playgirl. Author of The Russian Seduction.
Nikki Navarre is the sinister twin of unsuspecting historical romance author Laura Navarre. In her other life, Nikki is a diplomat who’s lived in Russia and works on weapons of mass destruction issues. In the line of duty, she’s been trapped in an elevator in a nuclear power plant and has stalked the corridors of facilities churning out nerve agent and other apoca- lyptic weapons. In this capacity, she meets many of the world’s most dangerous men.
Inspired by the perilous realities of her real life, Nikki writes romantic suspense set in glamorous international locales and laced with political intrigue. Her literary credentials are suspiciously similar to those of her innocent twin. A member of Romance Writers of America’s Published Author Network (PAN), winner of the 2012 Pacific Northwest Writers Associa- tion award for romance and a 2009 Golden Heart finalist, she has won the Emily Award for Excellence, the First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Award, the Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award, the Golden Pen, Hearts through History’s Romance through the Ages, and other awards.
Nikki holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine, an M.A. in National Security Policy from The George Washington University, and other alarming credentials. Based in Seattle with her screenwriter ac- complice and two Siberian cats, she divides her time between her writing career and other adventures for U.S. government clients. Her notorious adventures in the world of diplomacy will get her in trouble one of these days.
The Russian Seduction (October 2012) may be the last mistake she ever makes.
Places to find Nikki:
State Secrets, Champagne & Seduction: My Inspiration for The Russian Seduction
by Nikki Navarre
I remember clearly the first time I saw Captain First Rank Victor Kostenko. I was at a posh hotel in Atlanta, attending an awards ceremony at the Moonlight & Magnolias conference sponsored by the Georgia Romance Writers. I didn’t win, so I treated myself to one of my signature cocktails—a vodka martini, straight up and very dirty—then went to bed despondent. I must have had very vivid dreams, because when I woke up, this renegade Russian submarine captain was standing over my bed. Think golden hair like melted butter…glacial blue eyes…a hard jaw glittering with gold-dust stubble…and broad shoulders encased in the black jacket and epaulets of a Russian submarine captain.
So began my obsession with maverick captain Victor Kostenko, who was the golden boy of the Russian navy until he lost his command for an act of treason he didn’t commit. Now it’s rumored he’ll do anything to get back in his government’s good graces. Until that happens, this competitive, aggressive, ex-Olympic athlete is trapped in a desk job at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as punishment for someone else’s crime. He’s a bomb waiting to go off, which makes him very exciting and very dangerous. Victor is also the hero in my debut book for River Valley Publishing.
Set in the edgy cosmopolitan world of contemporary Moscow, The Russian Seduction is smart, sensual romantic suspense with lots of glamour and international intrigue. State secrets have never been this sexy! The book offers an inside peek at the hidden world of diplomacy. How do I know? I know because for five years I worked in a diplomatic assignment in Russia, in a setting similar to my heroine, rising-star American diplomat Alexis Castle. She’s clawed her way up the male-dominated diplomatic ladder by working twice as hard as her male colleagues and being twice as good. Yet it’s whispered her impressive achievements are due solely to her male connections: the legendary diplomat who was her father, and the ruthless, amoral ex-husband who just became her boss. Alexis is itching to prove herself, and the only obstacle standing in her way is her dangerously uncooperative new counterpart at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs—bad-boy Russian Victor Kostenko.
The Russian Seduction is the first book in my Foreign Affairs series, and a departure from the award-winning medieval and Renaissance romances I write under a pseudonym for a major press. Given my unusual background, I had lots of fun writing these Russia books. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do. Why not stop by for a free peek here: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-therussianseduction-927681-149.html
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State secrets have never been this sexy.
Victor Kostenko was the golden boy of the Russian Navy, a submarine captain with a maverick image, until he lost his command for an act of treason he didn’t commit. Arrogant, aggressive, and super-smart, the captain pairs his daunting reputation with an appetite for adventure. And he’s never met a rule he won’t break. Now it’s rumored he’ll do any- thing to get back in his government’s good graces.
Political Counselor Alexis Castle is one of the highest-ranked diplomats at the U.S. Embassy, a rising star who yearns to live up to her father’s legacy as a legendary ambassador. Brilliant and driven, she’s always played by the rules. She’ll torpedo her career for sure if she falls for one of the world’s most dangerous men – a bad-boy Russian sub captain who breaks every rule in the book.
When a hard-line Russian leader invades a country the U.S. promised to protect, war can only be avoided by a risky undercover liaison between one man who has everything to gain…and a woman who has every- thing to lose.
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