[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Wendy! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Wendy L Curtis] Dedicated, funny, supportive, happy, confident
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Above and Beyond?
[Wendy L Curtis] Above and Beyond is the first in my romantic suspense stories based around the Australian Federal Police. Roxy and Rob have met before in a steamy night with her thinking he is the male escort she’d hired for sexual satisfaction with no strings. Rob has been watching her on a small island off Papua New Guinea on his surveillance for 3 months as an investigation on people smuggling becomes critical. It’s only when trouble starts on the island and Roxy hides, with the help of her Papua New Guinean pregnant friend, that Roxy discovers her rescuer is actually the man she has shared a most passionate night with. Rob and Roxy get off the island with the newborn and end up caring for the baby together and trying to find out who wants Roxy dead. As the untangle the mystery they get closer but Rob’s past and where they both see their futures heading is destined to tear them apart.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your favorite scene?
[Wendy L Curtis] Rob placed his pack on the floor and encouraged Madi to lay down and use it for a pillow, holding her baby close to keep her warm. He covered mother and baby with a thermal blanket. Madi closed her eyes
The rain beat down again on the roof and wild winds howled around the hut which stood in staunch defiance. Rob patted Madi’s arm through the blanket and ran his fingertips over the baby’s cheek.
Roxy watched all this unfold through her tears. This was the craziest day of her life. She’d delivered a baby absolutely clueless. Now the baby bore her name, and Rob was here somehow, and men wanted to kill her and…Rob was here. Her body shook. She couldn’t stop, she just shivered even though she didn’t feel cold. Rob was here.
A thermal blanket came around her shoulders and she gathered it up in the front, pulling it tight around her. Rob’s arms stayed around her too, his thighs either side of hers, and she leaned back into him. He said nothing. She had so many questions but not now. Too tired now.
‘You need to eat something.’ Rob whispered into her ear and his warm breath set her heart rate up a notch.
‘Now, that isn’t the Roxy I know. You have a great appetite.’ His voice still low.
‘You don’t know me.’ Roxy whispered also hoping the new mother and baby would get some sleep.
‘I do know you.’
‘After one night — a night when I wasn’t even being myself. It’s not possible.’
‘Roxy. I’m surveillance for the Feds and I’ve been watching you since you’ve been in that village.’
Roxy almost forgot to breathe. Watching her? What the hell…?
‘It’s my job. I’m with the Feds.’
She wanted to scream at him. How much did he see? How much did he know? He’d deliberately intercepted her in Cairns and kept up the ruse about being the prostitute. He’d taken advantage of her. Now he was here to rescue her. It just wouldn’t compute right now. ‘You’re a bastard.’
He smiled a little at the weary words and held her tighter. He couldn’t argue with the truth.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with the story?
[Wendy L Curtis] My greatest problem with the story was being sure that I had the ‘love conquers all’ theme with a good dose of drama and some lighter moments. Making the conflict believable and not bringing any disrespect to the people of Papua New Guinea was also very important to me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Wendy L Curtis] Pretty much my phone. Now that smartphones allow us to do almost everything a computer can do, it’s my link to the online word I spend so much time in. Also, I get to read ebooks anywhere
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Wendy L Curtis] My empty coffee cup. My phone. My Bon Jovi can cooler.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Wendy L Curtis] I’d definitely love to trade places with Hugh Jackman’s wife, Deb.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?
[Wendy L Curtis] Oh the things I could do…I think flying at super speed would be pretty cool. Not only could I be everywhere almost at once it would free up my time for more writing, and saving the world of course.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Wendy L Curtis] I’m currently reading Helene Young’s Half Moon Bay (Awesome) and before that I’d read Mango Kisses by fellow Escape author Elisabeth Rose, and Mad About You by Kate Perry both of which I enjoyed very much.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
My fave social media outlets are Twitter @wendylcurtis and Facebook www.facebook.com/wendylcurtis
Email me wendylcurtis at hotmail dot com
Visit my website and blog at www.wendylcurtis.com
In the sticky, steamy jungles of Papua New Guinea, they fight for the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people. They didn’t expect to have to fight for their own.
All investigative journalist Roxy Williams wanted was a hot one-night stand: quick, dirty, and completely one-off. A business transaction to ease stress, loosen tension, and allow her to get right back to her job — exposing the heart-breaking realities of people smuggling. So when all hell breaks loose in a small village on Papua New Guinea, the last person Roxy expects to see is her one-night-stand and male escort, Rob, with a boat, a beach, and an escape plan!
Rob is supposed to be long-gone from this assignment, but after their one night together, he can’t seem to let Roxy go. Using all his resources, Rob risks his job to keep track of her — and when a huge storm threatens, he goes after the sexy journalist. Now they’re together, in danger, and fighting for their lives. People smuggling is a big money industry, and the smugglers are playing for keeps.