Today I’m pleased to be sharing with you a Guest Post from the author of “Triple Cross Killer”, Rosemarie Aquilina. This was published on 5th December.
About the book:
Have you ever wondered what really happens to Santa Claus letters? In Detroit and Sarasota some children’s letters are diverted and reviewed by Nick Archer, a religiously obsessed, narcissist. Nick responds, leaving a trail of devastation in the two cities.
In Detroit, co-ed partners and wise-cracking lovers, detectives Jaq McSween and David Maxwell, team up with Sarasota detectives Abel Mendoza and his partner, Rabbit, to find this daunting killer.
When Jaq’s friend, the lovely nurse, Rita Rose, takes a chance on love again, she gets caught in Nick’s web. Working with the ME, she joins in, adding her perspective when events take a sinister turn.
Can this diverse team of characters pool their insights, barbs, and taste for bad food to save Rita when she discovers the final clues or will she become the next victim?
Guest Post: “My Favourite Triple Cross Killer Characters”
It is difficult for me to choose a favourite character in Triple Cross Killer because I know them all so well and have formed a quirky friendship with each one as we strolled through the story. Yes, my characters are very real and talk to me, forming a friendship that I hope each reader will feel, too.
I never abandon my friends, but find that as much as I want to trust and believe them, sometimes their behaviour shocks me. Ultimately, in Triple Cross Killer, while I treasure the two oddball detective teams, the characters who intrigue me the most are Nick Archer and Rita Rose.
Nick Archer, the bad boy who knows how to treat a woman and who women want to be noticed by, no matter–the cost–is spectacular at hiding his evil interior with his intelligence, charming and delicious exterior. Nick is the worst kind of man because what lurks in his moral fibre is a wicked, self-gratifying, controlling man, who makes morality decisions he believes only he is entitled to make. Nick is a formidable opponent to the good that embodies Rita Rose.
Rita Rose, the intellectual, beautiful woman, who has lost trust in herself, after her first big love betrays her, discovers that Nick fills a need in her. While Nick rekindles Rita with an awakening of who she is, was and wants to be, she discovers unknown strength.
The push and pull of their relationship intrigues me because there is often one person in a relationship who loves more, who controls the other with greater ease, and who benefits to a greater extent than the other person. How each emerges is interesting and surprising.
I enjoy the drama that unfolds because Nick and Rita each have inner conflicts and personal information they calculatingly keep from the other. While Nick is seemingly confident and in control at all times, it is Rita’s intelligence, compassion, and sheer will to survive that triumphs and allows her to ultimately control her own destiny and see through him. Rita’s discovery of self-preservation allows her to grow and become a much stronger woman than she had ever imagined. The drama between the couple allows me, in the end, to release Nick of my friendship and have a greater and deeper respect for Rita, who I am proud to call my friend.
About the author:
Rosemarie Aquilina is the mother of five children. Elected as a 30th Circuit Court Judge serving in the General Trial Division, after having served as a 55th District Court Judge in Mason, Michigan, she takes pride in public serve.
In 1986, Judge Aquilina became the first female JAG Officer in the history of the Michigan Army National Guard, she retired in 2006 with twenty years Honorable Service. She is an adjunct law professor at both Western Michigan University—Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Michigan State University College of Law and has earned teaching awards at both institutions. Judge Aquilina is the former owner of Aquilina Law Firm, PLC, and former host of a syndicated radio talk show called Ask the Family Lawyer.