Hello and thank you for joining me as I bid a fond farewell to Ty and Zane on the Crash & Burn virtual tour! For the next five days, join me on my virtual stops to help me say goodbye to the Cut & Run series with cut scenes, playlists, behind the scenes looks at the process of writing this last book, and a peek at the original plan for the series and the twists and turns it took on its journey to the end.
Did I mention the prizes? I have incredible prizes for two winners; a go-bag put together by one B. Tyler Grady. Each bag has over $370 worth of goodies in it. For more detail on the contents, you can click the link at the end of this post! Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing to win one of these bags. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on April 4, and winners will be announced on April 6th. Contest is valid worldwide.
Sophia Rose interviewing Abigail Roux
Hi Abigail! Come on in, kick your shoes off, curl up under that throw blanket, and sit a spell as we watch the snow and sleet fall for the opening days of spring in Michigan. No worries, it will probably be shorts and flip-flops weather tomorrow (I refer again to the fact that it’s spring in the Mitten State). I always pity our baseball team and their visiting opponents trying to play a ball game in this stuff. Do you follow any sports?
But how rude of me, may I offer you some refreshments? Maybe something to drink before we dive into our interview (Fair warning, I make lousy coffee)?
Eh, I don’t like coffee anyway! I do follow sports, pretty fanatically. I’m a huge football fan. The Carolina Panthers are my hometown team. And I likely know more about baseball than one person needs to. I’ve been a fan of the Atlanta Braves since I was little. I used to sit up at night with my grandfather, and he taught me everything he knew. I went on to play, and then coach softball for about 5 years. I also played volleyball in the Junior Olympics, toured across several countries in Europe on a team. We played in the World Youth Games that year, and that’s where I tore my shoulder to shreds. I hung on until my early twenties, but then I had to give it up. I was coaching until the injuries made me stop. I guess it’s a good thing I had writing to fall back on.
Thank you for visiting Delighted Reader blog for the occasion of releasing your final Cut and Run series book into the Wild. It is exciting and momentous as you’ve been with this pair of heroes a long time. I imagine- like any relationship- there has been some good and some ugly moments while spending all this time with such a volatile pair of heroes.
While I am a long time fan since you and Madeleine were teaming up and then later, when you successfully went solo, many of our readers aren’t familiar with Ty and Zane’s (or is it Zane and Ty? I suppose it depends on which guy is doing the talking) stories. How would you briefly describe this series to hook new readers?
I’m not sure this is possible for me. I guess . . . FBI agents fall in love and hate it.
And beyond that, what about the characters themselves? What are some descriptive words of what your two heroes are like? I remember that first unforgettable scene setting the tone for what was to follow with these two ‘I don’t play well with others’ types so its perfectly cricket to be brutally honest. Haha!
Ty? Crazy. Brazen. Loyal.
Zane? Pedantic. Intelligent. So freaking done with his partner.
Describing those two was a daunting task. We started with the tough questions and hopefully they’ll get easier. Hopefully.
I have found so many moments in this series riveting for various reasons whether it was to practically pee my pants laughing (usually at Ty), biting my nails with fear over their dangerous escapades, or gulping back emotion when these guys tie me in knots over their relationship. I am curious what scenes you, as the author, found to be momentous. Would you share a couple of pivotal moments in the series that really stuck out for you?
Alrighty, but first I need to put a pig ol’ SOILER ALERT on this answer. I think that first scene in the bathroom in Cut & Run is pretty pivotal. In Sticks & Stones when Ty realizes he’s in love, and then in Fish & Chips when he confesses to Zane that he loves him. Of course, in Divide & Conquer Zane finally comes to terms with his own feelings, Ty comes clean to Sidewinder, and then when Ty bails on him and runs. Armed & Dangerous was pivotal not only as the turning point for Ty and Zane’s relationship, but also with Nick stepping up as Ty’s friend. Stars & Stripes gave us the absolutely necessary information that Ty is terrified of moths, and in then Touch & Geaux Ty finally gives the reader, and Zane, and idea of the truth behind what’s been going on. I think the scene in T&G when he tells Zane he was meant to be watching Zane all this time was perhaps the biggest moment in the series.
What sort of emotions can we expect to feel from this latest book? Got a fun scene you can share about?
I think emotions are going to be all over the board. I know writing it, my main emotion was mourning a lot of the time. Every sentence, it seems like there was a goodbye. This is the last time we’ll see Ty and Zane annoying each other with puns. This is the last time we’ll see Ty doing something that should kill him. This is the last time we’ll see this or that character, it was heartbreaking. But there was also a lot of excitement and joy. This has been a long road, and no matter how enjoyable the road is, it’s always nice to reach the end.
And I have another curiosity question. Who is your favorite secondary character? Was it Ty’s grandpa wielding his deadly shovel? Haha!
Chester Grady is based on my great-grandmother, who sat on her front porch with a shotgun. He’s definitely got a special place in my heart.
This has been a fantastic series to read and I have also enjoyed the spin-off series with Ty’s battle buddies on his Force Recon team. What can readers expect next? More of the guys of Sidewinder or are you tackling something altogether different? Or do you plan a break to maybe go lie on a beach somewhere?
Oh, I take breaks all the time because I’m incredibly lazy. But the next book I’m working on is Sidewinder 3, titled Part & Parcel. It was supposed to come out last year, but my spine surgery and subsequent issues during recovery had a huge impact on my release schedule. It got pushed back, and because of that, the plot has changed a little. After reading Crash & Burn, you can imagine how different the book will be coming after instead of before. That one’s due out this winter from Riptide. I’ve got several books that were half finished when I went down for the count, including a sweet romance about neighbors who hate each other at Christmas, and the sequel to my western, According to Hoyle. I’m also working, very slowly, on a project with Sam McAuley that has us super excited, but I’m not sure when it will come to fruition simply because it’s more for fun than anything else. I’ve got a lot of writing to catch up on since the last year of being out of commission.
Anyhoots! We appreciate you stopping by today to chat about your book, Abigail, and the Cut and Run series. Looking forward to diving into Ty and Zane’s last book. Let me go grab your 20 lbs of outdoor wear and do take this bag of sweets for the road.
Thank you for having me!
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It’s been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together. Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve, while Ty is at sea in a world where he’s no longer the tip of a spear.
There’s just one more hurdle in the way of their happy ever after: a traitor from their inner circle who threatens to burn their world to the ground.
Squeezed between the Vega cartel, an unknown mole, and too many alphabet agencies to count, Ty and Zane must gather all their strength and resources to beat the longest odds they’ve ever faced. To make it out alive, they’ll need help from every friend they’ve got. Even the friends who might betray their trust.
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