As former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for fieldwork, and scuttling an attack gives him his chance. He’s smart, multilingual, and a technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch—a partner, Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name!
Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his family. After drying out, he’s offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates very little and Day bristles at Knight’s heavy-handed need for control.
But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed. Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at the US’s technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the mission. One that might include each other.
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Tams 4.5 star review ...
Dayton Ingram is a talented agent that has been chained to a desk for a while. He is being given the opportunity to go out in the field, but Day is not exactly pleased to find out who his partner is. Known only as Knighton, the former marine is a hard nut to crack. While Day is the brains of their new partnership, Knight is the strength. The job is to portray themselves as a happy couple on a gay cruise that will take them into Mexico, on the border of Belize, while Day attempts to decipher random communications so he and Knight can stop whatever attack is being planned on US soil. The who, the what and the why are all a mystery.
As the story progresses, so does the relationship between Day and Knight. While Day is gay, in his profession he has to stay closeted, but it’s getting harder and harder to avoid his growing feelings for his partner. Knight was married with a child and he loved them both dearly, but he has also been with men in the past. They don’t even have to let their guard down to get closer, in fact, in getting closer they let their guard down and finally begin to make sense of the communications Day is intercepting. When everything comes to a head Day is injured and Knight learns that we really do live in a small world after all.
A technological mystery set aboard a gay cruise with the laws of attraction wreaking havoc. Day is determined to prove himself. To Knight, to his boss, to prove he is as good an agent as any other, not just another pretty guy with a brain. And Knight is wallowing in grief still over the death of his family. When he’s presented with the opportunity for vengeance, but Day is injured, what will his choice be? I really enjoyed the intensity of this story with the constant threat looming overhead. Day and Knight are doing a nice job of keeping up appearances, but is that really all it is? Or could they be, dare I say, actually falling for each other.
There were a couple times while Day and Knight were trying to learn what was happening with the communications Day was translating that drug on just a teensy bit, but aside from that, I was fully engaged and loving this story from start to finish. Greyson has a winner right out of the gate with his intricately detailed plot and three dimensional characters. I especially liked the scenery and how I got to see different scenery through the men’s eyes.
If you are a fan of cozy mysteries then I think you will really like this one. And I’m excited to see what else Dirk Greyson brings us in the future.
~ Let's start with what separates this book from your usual work enough that you chose to write under a pen name? Dirk Greyson is the suspense and paranormal alter ego of Andrew Grey. When I came up with the idea for this story and began writing it, the voice was very different from Andrew’s. The story is grittier, the language courser and snarkier I guess. Dirk was a change for me and I wanted to be able to go in some new directions, so Dirk sort of popped into existence inside my head. Both Andrew and Dirk are pen names and I love being both of them. I think Dirk brings something fresh to Andrew, and Andrew helps ground Dirk... because he be a little crazy.
~ Is this book looking like a series to you? If so, what can we expect in the future? The second Day and Knight story is called Sun and Shadow. Its drafted and getting ready for submission. I hope for a release in the November timeframe. Dirk’s first paranormal, Challenge the Darkness is scheduled for publication in August. (This is forest fire hot)
~ A lot of authors use different pen names for different genres of work, but don't readily tell people "hey, this is me!" why did you chose to forgo anonymity? To me, hiding it felt dishonest. I will say that Dirk is different form Andrew and I wanted it to be that way. It was a branding decision, just like I write YA under Geoff Laughton. Dirk’s work is different from Andrew’s and I didn’t want to force either of their stories to fit any expectations. Actually, talking about the differences between Andrew and Dirk is harder than just waiting a little and letting the readers see for themselves.
~ So, tell me about this story, what was the inspiration for the characters? I love adventure stories and read them when I was younger. They hold a special place in my life, so I really wanted to write one. The idea came to me and I really wanted two men who were both strong and yet both needed something they didn’t know they were missing. I wish I could say that there was a specific inspiration for the characters. but there wasn’t. They came to me as a conglomeration of all the great adventure characters I’d read for years. (I will tell you that I’ve always wanted to be Dirk and part of that comes from Dirk Pitt.)
~ I think I've read fifty or more of your books over the years, how do you keep it fresh and new from one book to the next? I get bored very easily, so I need to keep the stories fresh for me. I know that sounds selfish, but its true. I love experimenting with new ideas and taking on a cause or issue that really pisses me off. (The Good Fight and the upcoming Spirit Without Borders) I also love just playing with characters and how they interact with each other. (Like in Seven Days) Exploring the human condition fascinates me so I wrote the entire Senses series with Love Comes Unheard coming this year. If something captures my interest I write about it.
~ Tell us where we can find Dirk Greyson. Social media, website...
Dirk Greyson can be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/dirkgreyson books
He’s on twitter @dirkgreyson
His brand new web site is www.dirkgreyson.com
His email is email@example.com
~ And finally, where can fans go to meet with you in 2015? Cons and Book fairs you'll be attending. Dirk and Andrew will be at Romantic Times, Euro Pride Con, Rainbowcon. Authors After Dark, Gayromlit. We may do some smaller events as well, but those are the highlights.
Dirk Greyson is very much an outside kind of man. He loves travel and seeing new things. Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than twenty years. He has a masters degree and other accessories that go with a corporate job. But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he's built. Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.
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Thank you Dirk for stopping by today, answering my questions and sharing your hot new release with us. Lets celebrate by doing a giveaway shall we? Up for grabs will be a surprise swag pack for one winner, US only, from TTC Books and more. Just leave a comment below and let Dirk know what you think about his debut, will you be adding it to your TBR pile? One clicking??