We’re so pleased to have author Elizabeth Noble with us today to share a bit about her newest release with Dreamspinner Press, Bait, book five in the Circles series.
Hello, and thank you to Lisa and The Novel Approach for having me as a guest today!
One of the best perks about writing novels is the things you learn during research. In the course of writing a mystery/suspense/thriller there’s the obvious aspects of the plot such as legal details, blood splatter and firearm etiquette. The list goes on and on.
Take snowmobiles for instance.
Yes, snowmobiles. Take a close look at the cover for my latest release, Bait. Now the title of the book might give you some hint as to what at least part of the plot entails. The cover tells us there is at least one snowmobile involved in this story.
When I began researching snowmobiles I had no clue there were so many types, and I’m not talking about brands! There are snowmobiles for racing, and traversing trails for sport, of course. However, there are types that are heavier and designed as utility vehicles. These machines are meant to be used during a day of work. There are even snowmobiles that can haul wood! Specialized snowmobiles are used to travel in very deep snow. The list is pretty extensive and I had to choose the correct type for my story.
In Bait, one of our heroes, Linden, uses a heavier, more powerful utility snowmobile. Because of royalty restrictions the machine featured on the cover is a lighter, faster type one might use for a day of trail riding.
Linden doesn’t simply sit on what he refers to as a beast. Like me, Linden had no idea there were so many types of snowmobiles. Unlike me, who’d never ridden a snowmobile, Linden gets to navigate some fairly tough terrain on one. This is where some creative research came into play for me. I went to the sites of manufactures, and dealers of snowmobiles and found a few forums that offered instruction for those new to riding a snowmobile.
I used that information, combined with my own knowledge of what riding a motorcycle is like to describe some of what Linden experienced. It was his first time and he’s in a very desperate situation. This is where Linden’s courage and creative thinking come into to play. He’s very much out of his element and in the elements! He puts to use the tools he has around him in order to save not only himself but the man he’s trying to protect.
About the Book
Tyler McCall was a teacher once. He made the mistake of falling for a young man who was also a student in the school where he taught. That mistake cost him his job, his freedom and everything he’d worked for. Now he lives in the Black Hills of Wyoming working at the Big Rock Inn. Linden Bourne is a no nonsense FBI agent based out of Arizona. When circumstances take Linden to Wyoming to question Tyler they find themselves trapped in the empty inn near Devils Tower by a blizzard. They’ve met before and their attraction to each other begins to grow.
The problem is they aren’t the only people stranded in the Big Rock Inn by the snow and wind. A killer has targeted Tyler and won’t let a little detail like an unexpected visit by the FBI stop what they’ve planned to do. Linden is completely out of his element but he’s sworn to protect and that’s exactly what he plans to do: protect Tyler at all costs.
Every life is a circle, and sometimes those circles connect and overlap in unexpected ways, even if the patterns they form aren’t obvious at first glance. Past and present, from the wilderness to small towns and cities, the greedy and evil seek to exploit the vulnerable. The brave men of law enforcement fight to protect the innocent and punish the guilty—but they’re not alone. Men from all walks of life are called to stand beside them and solve these mysteries. Along the way, lives intertwine as couples are reminded that one thing makes the struggle worthwhile: love.
As soon as he had Tyler stuffed into the coat and zipped up, the sweat under Linden’s shirt began freezing against his skin. He moved his arms up and down and wiggled side to side to ease how the material stuck to him. Almost at once he began shivering. He straddled the front seat of the snowmobile and reached back, pulling Tyler’s arms around his waist. Taking Tyler’s hands, he got him to hang on to Linden’s belt.
“Ready?” He turned his head, and because of Tyler’s position, Linden’s lips brushed his forehead as he spoke.
Tyler nodded and mumbled, “I’m g-gonna need to w-warm up more before w-we….” His voice trailed off, and despite their desperate situation, Linden chuckled.
“Just hold on tight, Romeo.”
Linden shook his head while he programmed the coordinates Mason had given him for the ranger station into the snowmobile’s GPS and started the machine. Power from the engine surged through the vehicle to Linden. As with other vehicles of this type, it gave him a rush, almost a high, and sent renewed vigor and determination swelling through him.
He put the snowmobile into motion and understood immediately why Mason had stressed this was a utility snowmobile. The fact that there were different types had surprised Linden a bit. The snowmobile wasn’t the sort he was familiar with and had seen on TV racing across the snow. This thing was a beast. With very little effort, it steadily chewed up the distance they needed to cover. Even the rougher terrain poking through the mounding snow didn’t deter it from moving forward at a steady clip.
If Linden ever took up winter sports and moved to an area such as this, he was so getting one of these. He took it slow, even though the chill wind whipped through his shirt. Tyler leaning against his back helped keep him warm. He gritted his teeth and kept the snowmobile going at a stable speed. The machine’s capable pace gave Linden renewed hope and confidence they could and would survive this ordeal.
About the Author
Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess and one tabby cat. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published two of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner up in the 2015 Rainbow awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category.