Complicated Creatures by Alexi Lawless
Tell us about your new book:
Complicated Creatures is a romantic suspense thriller. It is the first book in the series.
“It’s normal to love a dangerous woman. They know how to wield their power, and they are not afraid of yours.”
What happens when curiosity becomes obsession?
Luck is Jack Roman’s middle name— and Chicago is his Empire. He lives to work, loves to play, and makes no commitments. But when the mysterious S. Wyatt moves into the adjoining penthouse, he’s immediately drawn to her, a striking, elusive woman who transitions seamlessly from wood-paneled board rooms to high-stakes, high-risk rescue operations in the most dangerous parts of the world.
Intrigued by her self-possession, aroused by her incredible passion, and disarmed by a vulnerability she cannot hide, Jack pursues her into the nexus of her dangerous present and her enigmatic past. An entire world is revealed to Jack, where living for pleasure becomes fighting for survival. And the only woman he wants may be the one he cannot have…
Complicated Creatures is a mesmerizing, labyrinthine romantic suspense that will leave you wondering: Do you really want to know everything about the one you love?
What genre is it?
What inspired you to write Complicated Creatures?
Ever wondered what a female James Bond would be like? Yeah, so did I.
The book industry is estimated at $28 billion dollars today, and the Romance genre is currently the largest selling category with more sub-categories than you could ever imagine.
But something’s still highly underrepresented… And I believe that’s powerful female characters. My goal is to portray women who are smart, savvy, experienced and more than capable of running the table. Quite simply, we want female characters who represent modern Pallas Athenas.
Samantha Wyatt is a start, and you can expect to see more characters of her ilk out of future stories.
Give us an interesting fun fact about your book:
I have a character rule: If I don’t find a character interesting enough to invite to a dinner party, then that character is either going to get deleted or rewritten until we do. So many characters are beige, underdeveloped or lackluster. I insist my characters engage you. I want you to feel like you’re picking up the thread of a conversation you wanted to last all night, because you were that caught up in it.
Dialogue is key. I don’t invite mutes or monosyllabic strong silent types to dinner parties, I don’t care how good-looking they are.
You’ll also notice an emphasis on “show v. tell”. I want the characters to speak for themselves. I want you to see them put their money whether their mouths are through decisions and physical action.
What types of readers will enjoy this book?
Any man or woman who enjoys fast dialogue, relatable characters, fantastic action sequences with a little spicy romance. This is a great book for anyone who loves Bond. Because I wrote a woman who could give Ian Fleming a run for his money.
Where can we buy it?
Complicated Creatures was published by VIVRANT Press Publications in April 2014. It is available for sale on Amazon in eBook and paperback.
Please share an excerpt from the book with us:
“Jack’s unexpected, all right?” she continued. “I thought he’d be this charming, seductive bastard. You know his reputation. And I’ve made an honest career out of taking on men like that, so I know how they think, how they operate. But Jack—” She shrugged again, feeling uncomfortable. “Jack’s not fitting into the box so neatly.” She didn’t add that she was ninety-five percent certain a fling with him would move from a passing distraction to a full-blown addiction if she picked up the habit.
“Well, damn, girl,” Willa murmured. “Sounds like you saw him without all the veneer and you like his brand of human.”
Sam blinked. “What?”
“It’s simple really,” Willa began. “Guys like Jack Roman—they’ve got it all. Cash, power, purpose, pussy. They’re like gods. And they act like gods. But every now and then, you get to see past that version of reality. And you either like what they’re made of or you’re disappointed by them,” Willa explained, chewing on her cocktail straw. “You, my friend—you’re beyond turned on by him. Seems like he downright does it for you.” Willa winked, pointing at her with her straw. “And I’m willing to bet my pathetic paycheck that he feels exactly the same.”
“And you’re so confident—why?”
Willa rolled her eyes. “Because you, my dear, are a goddess. You’ve also got cash, power, purpose, and what I’m sure is a dynamite pussy. Which means you’ve got the whip. And powerful, wealthy men might like to act like they rule the world, but we all know they ain’t a match for the likes of you,” Willa nodded wisely. “You also have a legion of trained killers who would do damn near anything for you, and yet, surprise surprise—” Willa waved her hand casually. “You’re self-contained, girlfriend. You don’t need anybody—much less a damn man. If that doesn’t make you catnip for guys like Jack Roman, professional athletes, and well, rulers and shit—then, diva, I don’t know what does!”