Five behind the scenes facts about Between Ghosts
Nat’s tattoo: Connor is never specific about the “menacing ink” he sees on Nat’s body, and it took a few thousand words for me to see it too. At first, I’d imagined something intricate and arty…almost delicate, and then I remembered the kind of bloke I was dealing with. Nat is highly intelligent and sharp, but he’s academically uneducated, and has little interest in the arts. He doesn’t read or watch TV, and rarely listens to music. His tattoo is military themed and larger than he intended it to be when he started it ten years before he met Connor. Over the years, he’s added to it, enjoying the addictive pain of the needle. Beats therapy, right? For Nat, at least.
Basra Palace: The setting in Between Ghosts is based on the accounts of real life British Soldiers who were based there during the war and after. The palace was eventually handed back to the Iraqis in September 2007.
Wedge: Is so known because his surname is Richie. Wedge is British slang for a lot of money, ie: “That cost a wedge.” “He’s wedged.”
Connor has a pierced nipple: he took it out to travel to the middle east and it took Nat a good few days to notice it when it finally reappeared. Alas, this scene didn’t make it through the final edit, but I may release it some time as a bonus chapter.
Nat is a bit of an obsessive gardener when he’s at home: It started when Pogo bought him an apple tree in a pot as a joke, but he nurtured the tree, and planted more shrubs etc around it, and then herbs, and fruit and veg. He misses the garden when he’s away, and the calming effect it has on him. Coming home has meant little to him since Pogo died, and entrusting his precious plants to his neighbour and her unruly chickens is tough, but even on the darkest winter day, it’s the first place he can be found when the debriefs are done.
In 2003, journalist Connor Regan marched through London to add his voice to a million others, decrying the imminent invasion of Iraq. Eight months later, his brother, James, was killed in action in Mosul.
Three years on, Connor finds himself bound for Iraq to embed with an elite SAS team. He sets his boots on the ground looking for closure and solace—anything to ease the pain of his brother’s death. Instead he finds Sergeant Nathan Thompson.
Nat Thompson is a veteran commander, hardened by years of combat and haunted by the loss of his best friend. Being lumbered with a civilian is a hassle Nat doesn’t need, and he vows to do nothing more than keep the hapless hack from harm’s way.
But Connor proves far from hapless, and too compelling to ignore for long. He walks straight through the steel wall Nat’s built around his heart, and when their mission puts him in mortal danger, Nat must lay old ghosts to rest and fight to the death for the only man he’s ever truly loved.
About Garret Leigh
Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.
Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com.
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