Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome Author Abigail Roux. The latest book in her Cut & Run series, Ball & Chain was released earlier this month. Jen and Angela are huge fans of the series and they did a joint review here at Fiction Vixen.
Welcome to the Ball & Chain virtual tour! If you’re following along, you’ll be able to win yourself some goodies that might just save your life! I’ve got five Survival Kits in a Sardine Can, perfect for traveling and hiking or taking with you to remote island weddings where people might be dying. And I’ve got five sets of trading cards with original artwork and character work-ups for the less adventurous readers!
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing to win one of five Survival Kits in a Sardine Can or one of five sets of trading cards with original artwork. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on April 1 , and winners will be announced on April 3rd. Contest is valid worldwide.
(Fiction Vixen will not be choosing or announcing winners. The giveaway is sponsored by Abigail Roux)
We got to ask Abi a few questions:
I’ve asked the question before (in another interview) about the main story arc still lasting through nine books, but since the whole Nick and Kelly thing was kind of a surprise to everyone (including you) has that changed how the Cut & Run series finale will play out?
The advent of Nick and Kelly as a couple, and the creation of the Sidewinder Series, has changed the way the Cut & Run series will end, but it’s still only going 9 books. The plan for the end was always a bit nebulous to allow me some flexibility, but now it might even surprise me with how it turns out.
Ball & Chain is the eighth book in the Cut & Run series. Next to last according to your original story arc. How much are you going to miss the boys when their story is finally finished being told? Will they be popping up repeatedly in the Sidewinder series? Say yes. Please say yes. 🙂
Yes! Sidewinder has played a huge part in Ty and Zane’s arc, and Ty and Zane will be playing just as big a part in their stories. Book 9 won’t be goodbye.
I think I read on your Tumblr page that you are already working on book three of the Sidewinder series, or at least I saw a quote from a book three. How has writing that series been different from writing the original Cut & Run series. Is it easier or harder?
Writing the Sidewinder Series has been easier so far, for a couple reasons. One being that all the characters are mine. It took me some time to get a handle on Zane, but Sidewinder I’ve known inside and out from the beginning. Another reason they’re easier is because, while Cut & Run is an arc that focuses on Ty and Zane and their epic romance, Nick and Kelly aren’t epic. Their romance is basically, ‘I licked it, so it’s mine’ and that’s that. The Sidewinder books are more episodic, one contained adventure after another.
Touch & Geaux was a gut-wrenching, emotional read for me. I was a total, slobbering mess while reading. How difficult was it for you to write those scenes?
I can guarantee it wasn’t as hard for me to write as it was for you to read. There were a couple scenes that were difficult, but mostly because I kept thinking ‘oh son, readers are going to hate you for this.’ It was more me feeling sorry for my creations than anything. I sobbed like a baby writing the scene where Kelly almost died, but other than that it was pretty easy on me!
You are the queen of foreshadowing. I don’t think I will ever get all the hints you’ve left in previous books. Is Ball & Chain full of “aha” moments?
Thank you! It’s awesome coming into the home stretch and seeing readers putting together a lot of the foreshadowing I’ve laced through the books. It’s so much fun, because that is a long-term payoff. Ball & Chain will have its share of moments, for sure.
This isn’t a question, just a big THANK YOU for bringing such wonderful characters to life. And another big thank you for taking the time to answer questions from your FV fan-girls.
I’m the one who should be thanking everyone. I wouldn’t be able to create these characters without the people who love them!
Home from their unexpected deployment, the former members of Marine Force Recon team Sidewinder rejoin their loved ones and try to pick up the pieces of the lives they were forced to leave behind. Ty Grady comes home to Zane Garrett, only to find that everything around him has changed—even the men he went to war with. He barely has time to adjust before his brother, Deuce, asks Ty to be his best man. But that isn’t all Deuce asks Ty to do, and Ty must call for backup to deal with the business issues of Deuce’s future father-in-law.
Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott join Ty and Zane at the wedding on an island in Scotland, thinking they’re there to assuage Deuce’s paranoia. But when bodies start dropping and boats start sinking, the four men get more involved with the festivities than they’d ever planned to.
With the clock ticking and the killer just as stuck on the isolated island as they are, Ty and Zane must navigate a veritable minefield of family, friends, and foes to stop the whole island from being destroyed.