Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Interview and Giveaway - Caitlyn Nicholas - The Danger Game

Please describe your novel twitter style 140 characters or less.

Flick Smith has developed a dangerous cyber-war program, when its stolen and her boss murdered she realises lives are at risk.

What is the one thing you wish you knew before you tried to get published?

Rejection is not an excuse to put on ten pounds! 

What to you is the best part of being a writer and what is the part you wouldnt mind giving up?

I enjoy the whole writing process.  I’m very goal motivated, so I get a real sense of satisfaction from setting goals and reaching them. I also enjoy the editing process, getting someone else’s point of view on your story is painful and fascinating at the same time. 

I think the worst part is the waiting to see how the book is received.  I’m always terrified there’s some huge mistake that every reader will pick up, which we missed in editing.  Yes, pre-release nerves, I could do without them.

What city would you love to set a story in but the right one hasn’t come along yet?

London.  I was born in the UK and have lived there for just under half my life (the other half in Sydney, Australia).  So I love England. London is the most amazing city.  The history is incredible and the place itself is wonderful.

Vampires, Shifters, Zombies, Angels - who wins the final ultimate battle?

Erm. Can Greek Gods win?  My money is on the Greek God contingent.

If you could witness any historical event past, present or future what would it be and why?

Oh goodness.  How can I pick just one…  I’d like to see the jubilation in England when World War 2 ended.  It must have been so bittersweet.  Celebrating that it was all over, but thinking of everyone that they’d lost.

If you were going to cowrite a new book, who would you want to write it with?

Kylie Scott. She’s an Australia writer and writes the most sensational books, including Flesh, and The Colonists Wife.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

There’s a couple of Harlequin Romantic Suspenses and a kindle plugged in to recharge.  The battery went flat right at the end of the book I was reading (Marked by Elizabeth Naughton) had to finish it on my phone!

When writing what is your favorite part of the story?

The beginning. This is when I’m brimming with ideas and so many possibilities lie ahead.  The first chapters are always the most fun.

Anything else you would like to share today?

My next book, The Bunker, is out in July 2013.  It’s a romantic suspense set in an old nuclear shelter in the green hills of England, and if you liked The Danger Game, you’ll love The Bunker. 

When terrorists strike the British financial system Dimity Pond, who is already in a world of trouble, has to face her fears and save the country from total collapse. The man who wants to send her the jail for the rest of her life, Lord Richard Summerhayes, is the only one who can help her.

The Danger Game
by Caitlyn Nicholas



Flick likes computers. She’s good with them, and they do what she tells them, mostly. People, however, are more of a challenge.

But when a terrifyingly dangerous program is stolen, and her mentor killed, Flick finds herself on the run. The police are convinced she’s committed murder, and a sinister weapons developer will stop at nothing to force her to work for him.

In Ben’s line of work being suspicious keeps you alive. So when Flick turns to him, he quickly realises that she’s up to her neck in trouble and hasn’t fully grasped the danger she is in. 

First he has to keep her safe, and then, together, they have to figure out how to save the world from an epic meltdown.


“It’s your last chance with the Vice Chancellor.”

“I said I’d be there.” Flick didn’t bother to hide her irritation. “I just won the man a million dollar grant, what more does he want?”

“Your bubbly and fun personality?” There was amusement beneath Andy’s sarcasm.

Flick snorted. “All right. Okay. I’m leaving now.” She growled the words, and hit the off-button on her phone.

They both knew she lied.

She dropped the phone onto the desk. Then, scowling, she clicked on the icon that’d run the Bellona program.  It crashed instantly, and took the computer with it.

“Awesome.”  She threw herself back into her chair and stared at the ceiling panels, running the changes she’d made to the code through her mind.  Realizing it’d be a waste of time to unpick what she’d done, Flick rebooted her computer and went in search of a clean copy of the program on the backup server. 

There were two versions. Usually they only kept one, but she thought nothing of it, and after saving a copy to her hard drive, she opened it up.

She scanned quickly through the code, looking for the section she’d been working on, so preoccupied with figuring out how to manipulate it into doing what she wanted, she nearly missed the strange command, her eye travelled straight past it. But then she hesitated, and went back to the unusual group of letters.  They hadn’t been there before.

A logic bomb? Some little joke Andy was playing?

She ran the command and it brought up a whole section of Bellona that she’d never seen before.

“Bloody hell -” For a moment she simply stared at the screen. 

It was no joke.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I began writing in 2005. Exhausted, pregnant (sure I was going to expire from morning-
sickness) and coping with a demanding toddler, I decided the time was right to embark on a writing career. (In hindsight I may have been suffering from a scorching case of sleep-deprivation).

Still, it kinda worked out. My debut novel - and the first manuscript I'd ever written - Running Scared, was published in January 2007.  My next book, Secret Intentions followed.  Then I had a short story published in the Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance (MBSOR) in 2010 - my story is called The Grey Man.

In 2012 my novel Drive Me To Distraction was published, and my novella The Danger Game came out just before Christmas.  My next book, The Bunker, will be published in July 2013.

Author Links

You can find me online at: http://www.caitlynnicholas.com

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  1. Fascinating interview! Thanks for sharing :)

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  2. Sounds like a great story, I'm looking forward to reading it.


  3. Excellent interview. Is there a genre you haven't written in yet but would like to?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  4. Loved your interview. When wwII ended, my mother told me that everyone was so happy, they swung on the flag pole and broke it.

  5. Thanks for the great interview. My grandfather in law was in the Netherlands and I know it was a huge deal when the war was finally over

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  6. "Rejection is not an excuse to put on ten pounds! " - I just cracked up. Too funny.