When Penny’s boyfriend, El Paso County Sheriff Leo Tellez, comes to rescue Penny from the clutches of the law, he brings Adriana, the beautiful twin sister of Leo’s dead wife. Penny is desperate to get out of jail to defend her relationship with Leo, but when she finally clears her name, she has to keep her word to the Marshal, and find Juan Rico first. While Penny is gone, Adriana lures Leo into a romantic encounter.
On the trail of Rico, Penny is kidnapped and dragged into Mexico by gun traffickers, along with their guns. This means certain death for Penny in a country where thousands of women have gone missing. It will be up to Penny to find a way to escape the gun runners and get back to the U.S., because no one knows she’s missing.
Does Penny escape the clutches of the gun traffickers? Read the Devil Eye and find out!
* from Rebecca Jean Downey
What is your book’s genre? When I pitched my first novel, The Middle Eye to a New York agent, she told me she liked my plot, but that my book was a thriller and not a mystery, and that she did not represent thrillers. I was so new to publishing, I didn’t realize the difference, but she was kind enough to explain it to me.
The protagonist in a thriller has a short window of time, usually 24 to 48 hours to solve a crime or something bad will happen. In a mystery, a detective can be more methodical. In a thriller, the reader often knows what is going to happen next before the character. In a mystery, the reader is kept in the dark, so to speak.
Thus, Devil Eye, the second in the series of Penny Larkin novels is also a thriller, because she must track down and arrest a gun trafficker before a huge sale of guns goes to Mexico.
What was the hardest thing about writing a book? The hardest thing in today’s instant-on world is finding time and refuge to write. Last summer I was writing a lot of speeches for the president of the university where I work, and I lost touch with my readers for a couple of months through social media. It has taken some effort to reconnect, and I won’t make that mistake again because I enjoy having reader feedback. They influence what my characters do.
What were some of the challenges of bringing the book to life? Using true crime along the U.S.-Mexico border has its risks. My husband wanted me to use a pen name to write the Penny Larkin series, but it is difficult enough to get your name out there without being two people. I take events right out of today’s headlines to inspire my work, but of course, I rename the characters and change-up the places where these events occur.
What are your expectations for the book? I do have an underlying message in each of my books. In Devil Eye, I allow Penny to discover her own physical and mental fortitude, which comes in handy when she is kidnapped and dragged into Mexico by gun traffickers. She has to learn to save herself. I am also concerned with the alarming trend in the U.S. of young adults turning to lives of crime because they have no higher education or training to sustain themselves or a family. This is particularly true along the U.S.-Mexico border where gang life is a way-of-life for many uneducated men and even some women.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? My characters often tell me what they are going to do. I wish I understood the mechanics of communication between an author and her characters. There is something mysterious about it, and perhaps it is the one big thing that keeps me writing, besides the encouragement of my readers to keep telling stories.
|Author:||Rebecca Jean Downey|
|Publisher & Date:||Tate Publishing & Enterprises, March 4th 2014|
|Genre:||Suspense | Thriller|
|ISBN:||162994534X (ISBN13: 9781629945347)|
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