Welcome Billie! It's a special treat to have you visit. I look forward to finding out more about you. So let's get started.....Who is your favorite author?
Natalie S. Ellis because she wrote about me. Ha ha! Just kidding. I love Chelsea Cain. She writes really intense, scary novels. I love her new “One Kick” series the best! Kick Lannigan has been through even scarier stuff than I have, but she didn’t fall apart. She’s just tougher for it. But she also has a great capacity to love.
What do you think makes a good story?
It has to have a lot of sex! I’m kidding again. I like to read hot sex, but I want an intense story with it. The hero has to be someone whose world is shaken up by the heroine. The heroine has to be strong, and although she’d love to lean on the hero, is proud that she doesn’t give in to that urge. Most importantly, I want the book to keep me guessing constantly. If I can figure out what’s going to happen, why would I read the book?
Tell us about your family.
My brother Ryan is a video genius, but he gets so lost in his projects that he forgets he has a five-year-old daughter, Savannah, to take care of. And when the projects are finished, he’s not good at collecting money from his clients. If he hadn’t gotten fired from his job at WVOX, the TV station where I still work, he’d at least have a steady income. He got fired because he threw a monitor at the evil, scheming Trish. Trish used to work at the same station Molly Rhoades worked at. Have you heard of Molly? She was mistakenly kidnapped by this hunky ex-cop, Jack, who thought she’d hired him to scare away her fear of abduction. He ended up being her hero because someone really crazy was after her. Sorry, I guess I got off track a little. Anyway, good thing my brother Ryan is a handsome sucker, so he can find a wife to take care of him and Savvy someday. Then I won’t be the one who has to keep that child out of trouble. Savvy looks like an angel with her big blue eyes and red, curly hair, but she’s not the type you should leave alone for long. She gets wild ideas.
Here’s an example of what I mean:
Savannah was in the tub, fully clothed in a black velour sweat suit. There was so much wet dog hair all over the outfit that she could have passed for a baby bear.
“Did you take a bath with Linus?” Billie asked.
Savannah grinned. “He was dirty.” She held up Linus’s dog brush. “I did his hair too.”
What was the scariest moment of your life?
The scariest moment in my life was when I found out my mom had run off with another man because I knew my dad would make me suffer for her sins.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to have the freedom to do whatever Ryan did. My dad didn’t let me be a regular teenager. I had to clean the house, do laundry, feed him and Ryan. I didn’t get to play sports or even hang out with my girlfriends after school. Forget about dating. So, after he died, I got a job at WVOX because Ryan worked there. I had no idea what I was capable of doing. And all I could focus on was finally getting what Ryan had. Ryan had a job at WVOX and he could teach me how to be a field photographer, so that’s what I did. I’m actually kinda good at it. But there’s got to be something more out there for me. Something I’m excellent at—something I can be passionate about.
Revenge for Hire
by Natalie S. Ellis
GENRE: Contemporary Fiction
North West Side Chicago. A man's phone rings at 3am, and it's every father's worst nightmare - his little girl is in danger.
Fort Wayne, Indiana. Belinda 'Billie' Chapman is working the overnight shift at WVOX-TV when she's called away to photograph a car that's crashed into the second story of a house. But when a little girl is spotted in the house across the street, the aggressive behaviour of her guardian piques Billie's curiosity.
Nolan Voss has come to Fort Wayne to check on WVOX-TV, the station he owns. Rich, uptight and deliciously hot, he can't keep away from the fiery Billie, and that means being dragged into her plan to help the young girl.
Each step closer to finding the truth leads them to a dangerous plot that has come all the way from Chicago. Will the danger only fuel their irresistible attraction to one another? Or will one of them get burned?
Billie sent an email to Elliott, letting him know she’d upload a creative piece about the Porsche later on. He’d assume she was going to do the work, although he wouldn’t care if Ryan edited, as long as he had material for his news block. But she couldn’t take the chance that he’d slip and tell Rob. Once management wasn’t so pissed at Ryan, and they were genuinely impressed with all the imaginative stories Billie brought them, she’d tell them the truth and make her case for rehiring Ryan. Hopefully, she wouldn’t manage to get herself fired for her dishonesty.
Once Ryan was bringing in a steady income again, Billie could work on her own life.
She’d naively thought she could do whatever she wanted once she was out of the house her father ruled. But, so unused to making her own decisions, she’d automatically followed Ryan and took a job at WVOX. She hadn’t needed a college degree and the money was decent.
Then, when Billie finally decided to enroll in the community university to pursue a degree in social work, Ryan got Trish pregnant. And when Trish couldn’t handle being a mother,
Ryan needed Billie to take care of Savannah when he wasn’t home. If Ryan could get his job back and afford a sitter, Billie could get her life back. And do something with it.
Her brother knew she was trying to help him, but he didn’t want her kind of help. He wanted to be a freelance videographer. If he didn’t have a daughter to support, Billie would back him one hundred percent. But kids needed food, a warm house and medical insurance. Ryan just didn’t get that.
Worrying about Ryan and Savannah gave her a different kind of headache, so she pulled up her Photog Billie account on Facebook and posted a teaser about the car-in-the-house story, then moved onto Twitter to do the same.
Ryan was taking forever to get back from dropping Savannah off at school. He’d probably stopped at the Friendly Fox, his favorite coffee house, for some caffeine and a muffin.
Billie didn’t think she could stay awake much longer, so she wrote him a note explaining her ideas for a tongue-in-cheek story about a spaceship disguised as a car crashing into the house.
The missing driver was obviously an alien trying to find his way home. Satisfied that Ryan could work his magic, she emailed Elliott to let him know she’d have an eighty-second package for his show, and stumbled into bed.
As she drifted into the warm fuzziness of sleep, a round, pale face with big glasses and pigtails floated behind her eyelids. Is she his daughter? Why deny being that cute little girl’s dad? And why so defensive about putting her on the news?
Billie yawned and rolled over. There was a story there. There had to be.
She lifted her head to see the clock on her nightstand. Nine thirty. She’d sleep six hours, then go back to the scene of the crash before dark and nose around a little. Maybe she could find a neighbor outside who knew the little girl. More importantly, maybe she could uncover why the big guy kept changing his story, and why he didn’t want that girl’s face on television. If he wasn’t her dad, who was he?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Natalie S. Ellis worked behind the scenes in TV news for sixteen years and will always miss the rush of a breaking story. But the seduction of writing a fiery romance with twisty suspense is even harder to resist, especially when she has a new curveball for the plot. Natalie enjoys living in her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and attributes her cheerful attitude to empty nesting, a supportive family, and way too many lattés.
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