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Honorary Blogger KJ Charles: The Reluctant Action Heroine + Giveaway

Heather C: The wonderful KJ Charles is here on the blog talking about her new M/F romantic suspense thriller Non-Stop Till Tokyo and her breakdown of the action heroine.  Plus, there’s a giveaway!  Take a minute to tell us your favorite action heroine, book, TV or movie and get a chance at winning a free ebook copy of Non-Stop Till Tokyo.

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The Reluctant Action Heroine
by KJ Charles

For a romance writer, I watch an awful lot of action movies. I like action adventure. I’ll watch anything – anything – with Vin Diesel or Jason Statham in it. I like things that go bang.

As an aficionado of these movies, I have noticed that women tend to divide into three groups. 

Deathtastic. Whacking through the body count as happily as the men. Best ever: Helen Mirren in RED, aged 65, whipping round a machine gun like other ladies of a certain age have a handbag.

Useless. At best, hiding under the bed crying. At worst, manifests as: ‘Oh, we’re running for our lives from the mob? Let me put on stilettos and insist we go back for my pet chihuahua!’ 

Useless becoming deathtastic. Rachel McAdam in Red Eye starts off as a mild mannered hotel manager, and scales the dizzy heights of action till she stabs Cillian Murphy in the throat with a pen. Possibly all hotel managers fantasise about stabbing someone in the throat with a pen. Best to keep it nice at reception.

I’m sure we’ve all vaguely wondered what we’d do if caught up in an action adventure plot. Would you hide under the bed crying? Run away? Hand over the secret formula right away because, yeah, stuff this for a game of tin soldiers? Use your Girl Scout expertise to construct a range of booby-traps and improvised explosive devices? (If you’d insist on going back for the chihuahua and wearing heels, please get help.)

I thought about it a lot writing my romantic suspense thriller Non-Stop Till Tokyo. In this, our heroine Kerry is in no way equipped for action. She works at a hostess bar. She has never held a gun, has no fighting skills, and demonstrates as little physical courage as any normal person. When she finds herself the target of a yakuza gang, for reasons she doesn’t understand, she is quite unashamed to run like hell. Being an action adventure is just about the last thing in the world she wants to happen. 

Unfortunately, she’s stuck in Japan, with the yakuza on her tail, and the two people she loves most under threat. And now she has to try and keep them all alive, which may well mean doing exactly what the bad guys tell her. Because Kerry’s afraid, really afraid, just like I’d be (I fall very firmly in the ‘useless’ category), and she stays afraid because she has no secret ass-kicking skills to call on. 

She has some advantages, of course. A way with languages; some very odd friends; and, eventually, a 6’7 Samoan American ex-sumo wrestler with a foul temper as her bodyguard. (She’s not sure at first how much of an advantage this is. I think it’s fair to say he grows on her.)

But in the end, if Kerry’s going to find a way out for all the people she cares for, it’s not going to be by using her fists and feet, let alone guns. It’s going to require brains, fast talking, and, most importantly, a bit of heart.

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About Non-Stop Till Tokyo

10335775_1505447299678427_48886844_nA man with a past is her only hope for the future.

Kerry Ekdahl’s mixed heritage and linguistics skills could have made her a corporate star. Instead, she’s a hostess in a high-end Tokyo bar, catering to businessmen who want conversation, translation and flirtation. Easy money, no stress. Life is good—until she’s framed for the murder of a yakuza boss.

Trapped in rural Japan with the gangsters closing in, Kerry doesn’t stand a chance. Then help arrives in the menacing form of Chanko, a Samoan-American ex-sumo wrestler with a bad attitude, a lot of secrets, and a mission she doesn’t understand.

Kerry doesn’t get involved with dangerous men. Then again, she’s never had one on her side before. And the big, taciturn fighter seems determined to save her life, even if they rub each other the wrong way.

Then her friends are threatened, and Kerry has no choice but to return to Tokyo and face the yakuza. Where she learns, too late, that the muscle man who’s got her back could be poised to stab it.

Product Warnings
Contains graphic violence, swearing, and implied sexual abuse.

Non-Stop Till Tokyo is out now from Samhain Publishing

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KJ has generously offered up a free ebook copy of Non-Stop Till Tokyo to one lucky winner!

The giveaway starts now and will end next Saturday, May 10th, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked.

All you have to do is tell us your favorite action heroine, book, TV or movie to be entered into the drawing for a free copy.

Be sure to give us your email address or we won’t know how to contact you.

Make sure to follow the blog for the winner’s announcement post or check back next Sunday, May 11th, 2014, to see if you’ve won.

Don’t forget to check out Heather C’s review of Non-Stop Till Tokyo to see what she thought of it!  You can also buy your own copy at Samhain Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks or Barnes & Noble.

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Book Review: Non-Stop Till Tokyo by KJ Charles

Reviewed by Heather C

10335775_1505447299678427_48886844_nTitle: Non-Stop Till Tokyo
Author: KJ Charles
Heroine & Hero: Kerry Ekdahl & Chanko
Genre: M/F Romantic Suspense Thriller
Length: 105,000 words
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: A man with a past is her only hope for the future.

Kerry Ekdahl’s mixed heritage and linguistics skills could have made her a corporate star. Instead, she’s a hostess in a high-end Tokyo bar, catering to businessmen who want conversation, translation and flirtation. Easy money, no stress. Life is good—until she’s framed for the murder of a yakuza boss.

Trapped in rural Japan with the gangsters closing in, Kerry doesn’t stand a chance. Then help arrives in the menacing form of Chanko, a Samoan-American ex-sumo wrestler with a bad attitude, a lot of secrets, and a mission she doesn’t understand.

Kerry doesn’t get involved with dangerous men. Then again, she’s never had one on her side before. And the big, taciturn fighter seems determined to save her life, even if they rub each other the wrong way.

Then her friends are threatened, and Kerry has no choice but to return to Tokyo and face the yakuza. Where she learns, too late, that the muscle man who’s got her back could be poised to stab it.

Product Warnings:
Contains graphic violence, swearing, and implied sexual abuse. Continue reading

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