In The Arms of a Stranger
October 28, 2013
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
A dangerous man on the run…
Wounded and accused of treason, CIA operative JP Blackmon is on the run from his own agency and desperate to clear his name. When he finds out his old partner is dead, he’ll do anything to get to the truth…including using his partner’s widow.
Finds a vulnerable woman looking for answers…
Abby Price wanted nothing more than a family and a safe home. But her late husband kept big secrets from her—secrets that got him killed and has government agents watching her every move. And she’s started fearing for her life. The only man who can help her is a mysterious stranger who suddenly appears out of nowhere. But can she trust him?
Together they discover a passion worth dying for.
As danger stalks them at every turn, unexpected passion flares between JP and Abby. But the last thing either wants or needs is more complications. Romance? No. Way. That would involve trust—something neither is willing to do. But in the end, sharing their deadly secrets is their only hope for survival…their only hope to hold onto the love they’ve just begun to share…
Spies and Lies: Movies and In the Arms of a Stranger
Spies lie. There’s no way to get around it, that’s what they do. My latest book, In the Arms of a Stranger, is about CIA operative JP Blackmon. He’s on the run when he meets Abby Price, the last woman he should want, but the one needs. She thinks she knows what he does for the Agency, but when push comes to shove and lives are on the line, she realizes she knew nothing. So, can she trust him? JP is, IMO, crush worthy, which made me remember my favorite spy films. Here’s my top five list:
Bourne Identity (2002 ): the first of the three Matt Damon movies. First surprise, Matt Damon as a killer, but with a conscience, of course. Amnesia, adrenalin, lies. Jason Bourne doesn’t know who he is, but his training keeps him alive. He offers to pay a woman, Marie, to drive him to Paris. When assassins come after them, and her picture is displayed with Bourne’s, she decides to go with him. All through amazing chase and fight scenes, Bourne, as tough an assassin as all of the ones sent after him, is determined to save Marie. When things get particularly bad, he sends Marie away into hiding. The ending is a wonderful surprise. This is the best of the three movies, but the ones that follow are also fabulous.
Casino Royale (2006): This is the first of the Daniel Craig Bond movies and it is excellent. We all know Bond, but Daniel Craig gives him a new edge not found in the other actors who’ve played him, along with vulnerability. The fact that he’s a spy is a given, but his tenderness towards the female lead is, for this romance author, the best. It takes place in a shower and it’s not what you’d expect from Bond in a shower. And the end… Wow! Daniel Craig is my favorite Bond.
Safe House (2012): Ryan Reynolds is a CIA safe house keeper, not a real operative. He has a girl friend who doesn’t know what he does. Denzel Washington is an ex-spy who has turned criminal and is brought to Ryan’s safe house to be interrogated. Killers try to take Denzel, but Ryan saves him and keeps him safe. When Denzel escapes, he tells Ryan he’s not much of a spy. After several twists and turns, one that has Ryan telling his girl friend what he does, he realizes that Denzel has a file that incriminates CIA officials in some serious wrong-doing. I won’t give away any more of the plot because it’s really good. In the end, Ryan wins Denzel’s admirationand Ryan refuses to give up Denzel’s secret. Instead, he … well, again, I won’t give up the plot. I thought this movie deserved a sequel. There’s a little mystery at the very end that begs a sequel. Great spy movie. Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington together…Yes!
Spy Game (2001): Robert Redford and Brad Pitt together. Do I need to say more? Well, a little. Robert Redford is a CIA officer on his last day before retirement. Brad Pitt has been taken by the Chinese and will be executed shortly. We learn a good bit about these two as former co-workers—Redford’s character recruited Pitt’s—but they fell out over an operation gone bad, one that involved a woman. Redford decides to rescue his friend from the Chinese through some subtrefuge. Two fabulous actors (never mind their looks) in a tense drama. Well worth watching.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014): This is a reboot for the Jack Ryan character created by Tom Clancy and played over the years by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. All have been great movies, but I’m anxiously awaiting this one. It stars Chris Pine. Yes, Captain Kirk of the new Star Trek series, the one with the gorgeous blue eyes. His wife is played by Keira Knightly.Can you imagine what their children would look like? :-) In addition to these two actors, Kevin Costner also plays an important role. The film, originally set to be released over theChristmas holidays, has been pushed back for release until January 2014. The trailer is impressive. I’ll be the first in line for this one.
I know, that’s five films, but I have to give you a bonus in case you’ve never seen this one:
No Way Out (1987): This suspenseful Kevin Costner movie has a really complicated plot, but the twist at the end…Wow!
What do you think? Did I miss your favorite spy movie?
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An RWA Golden Heart® finalist, Virginia Kelly’s first book was published as To the Limit and finaled in several contests such as the Holt Medallion, The Golden Quill and The Aspen Gold.
Virginia has always loved adventure novels, but romance is at the core of her stories—romance with the adrenalin rush of danger. Against the Wind, a full-length novel, and Dancing in the Dark, the prequel novella to In the Arms of a Stranger, are about dangerous men and the adventurous women willing to take a chance on them.
Traveling is a passion that came early in life. Her first airplane ride was a trip over the Andes Mountains in Peru at the ripe old age of two months. Her travels provide the settings for her novels, whether it’s a fictitious Latin American country based on Peru, the country of her birth, or Florida and the American South where she now lives.
A graduate of the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in Library Science, Virginia is an academic librarian. She tries to include a librarian in all of her books as either the heroine or as a minor character. Having taught high school and college, she has a great appreciation for teachers and often uses that as the profession for her heroines.
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