We are delighted to welcome Angel Martinez to Sinfully today, as she celebrates the release of The Pill Bugs of Time, the second book in the Offbeat Crimes series.
Why Pill Bugs?
I asked my readers for questions for this blog tour, just in case there were any floating out there, and one of them asked, "Why Pill Bugs?"
Someone also asked, "Why time travel?" and oddly enough, or maybe not oddly at all, these disparate things are actually part of the same answer. The short version consists of three words:
I blame Bellora.
For many years, Bellora Quinn (my co-author for the AURA series) and I have been writing friends, and sometimes, as writers do, we bounce strange ideas off each other's brains. One day, we had been talking about time travel, though I don't remember why by now, and she said that she wanted someone to write a story in which the time travel was internal. That it would seem real but the person experiencing the time travel would never physically travel anywhere. I think we talked about it being an illness or maybe caused by an exotic insect bite. She also said, "You should write this."
Now, a lot of people say those words to me, not always in a serious way. But there are a couple of humans who know that if they say those words to me, they've just set off a minor firestorm in some back lot of my imagination. Bellora is one of those people.
So, with the you should write this brushfire going, I had to find some vehicle for this time travel of not the usual kind to happen. The insect bite was a good idea. Mosquitoes? No. Too pedestrian. Too widespread. Weird mutant spiders? No. Too close to horror. It wouldn't be funny. I needed something familiar and yet slightly alien.
Pill bugs. Those little critters in the garden. They're mostly harmless, though they do sometimes eat vegetables, and most people know what they are. Sort of. On the other hand, they're land crustaceans, not bugs, and are strangely alien critters—armor-plated trundling tanks who breathe through land gills and curl up into perfect balls for defense.
Look at them closely enough or long enough? They might as well be something transplanted from prehistory or they might be aliens.
Small enough for my purposes, strange enough that an undiscovered strain sounded plausible, and things ran off from there. Why pill bugs? Because pill bugs are weird. In the best way.
The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes #2) Angel Martinez
Publisher ~ Pride Publishing
Published ~ 20th September 2016
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash struggles silently, terrified of losing Kyle as a lover, partner and friend.
But life in the 77th Precinct doesn’t leave much room for internal reflection. A confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed in Fairmount Park leads to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues and…time travel? If Vikash manages to survive the week and stay in one point in time, he might be able to address normal things like relationship problems. He just needs Kyle to have a little more patience. Maybe a few centuries’ worth.
::: CHERYL’S REVIEW :::
Lime Gelatin & Other Monsters (Off Beat Crimes #1)
Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.
Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.
Meet Angel Martinez
The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.
Published since 2006, Angel's cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You'll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don't expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.
She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.