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Rulebreaker and a Giveaway!
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Hi all! Please welcome author Cathy Pegau to my blog. Cathy and I are both represented by the Bradford Literary Agency. She has an upcoming book, Rulebreaker, and she’s here to tell us about it!

Leave Cathy a meaningful comment, and qualify to win a free e-book of Rulebreaker.

Leading a Double Life

Like most writers, I live a double life. There is my sporadic day job as a substitute at the school, typical mom and wife duties, PTA and Girl Scout meetings, and any number of other people I need to be during the course of the day. And somewhere in there, I am a writer, creator of stories set in other worlds, populated by people who are often less than law abiding. But few of the real people I associate with on a daily basis know WHAT I write, exactly.

I balance these aspects of my personality, keeping in mind who, in my conservative little town, I talk to about my writing. Discuss my latest f/f love scene around the teacher’s lounge? No. Talk about how to write a scene with a violent drug dealer at a Girl Scout meeting, No again. I switch hats, slipping into one persona or another for the duration. Sometimes it feels like I’m playing a game of “Who are we now?”

In Rulebreaker, thief Liv Braxton plays the ultimate game of pretend. She must fool her new boss into believing she’s a competent assistant while trying to steal files from the woman. But what happens when the feelings Liv’s pretending to have become all too real?

From Rulebreaker:

“And you are?” asked a smooth alto on my left.

My head snapped up from the screen to face R. J. Talbot. One slender, dark eyebrow was cocked in query over her steel-green gaze. Her wide mouth pressed into a hard line, she stood with her arms crossed under her breasts. A perfectly tailored winter-white dress buttoned almost to the throat fit her trim form.

Chestnut tendrils had loosened from her upswept hairstyle, softening the angles of her cheekbones, but that was the only thing soft about her. Talbot was more attractive than the pictures and vids on the data stick had shown. Attractive in an intense, “I’m used to getting what I want and no one will stop me” sort of way. Up close and in person, she made my stomach flip and my palms sweat.

“Olivia Baines.” I rose and wiped my palms on my skirt. The VP was only a few centis taller than me, putting us almost eye-to-eye. “Your new assistant.”

I stuck my right hand out and waited while she looked me over. Despite knowing R. J. Talbot liked women, there was nothing sexual in her scrutiny. It was a purely clinical assessment, and I tried not to squirm while I wondered what she thought of me. Once again, I felt like a used air car.

Finally she brought her eyes back up to mine and grasped my hand. Hers was cool and strong with blunt, beautifully manicured, unpainted fingernails. “You’re the third one in as many weeks,” she said as she released me. “I hope HR got it right this time.”

Good thing I’d worn a jacket, because there was a distinct chill in the air.

Determined to do my best—at both jobs expected of me—I nodded once. “You won’t be disappointed, Miss Talbot.”

“Mm-hmm.” Her tone more than implied her doubt as she gave me another quick appraisal. “Get acquainted with what’s on the SI and in the desk. I’ll be back in an hour.”

She was leaving me alone? On my first day, my first minutes on the job? What kind of boss did that to an untried assistant?

Talbot walked to the door, her hips swaying with authority. She wore heels a bit higher than mine, which actually made us about the same height. But somehow, R. J. Talbot seemed taller. Much taller.

She left the office without a backward glance.

I sank down onto my chair. Willem expected me to charm and seduce her? I’d be lucky if I made it through the day without her tossing me out like week-old take-away.

The trill of the comm cut through my wavering confidence.

Unless I did want to get fired before I’d barely started, I’d better get to work. Taking a deep breath, I tapped the flashing icon on the screen. “Miss Talbot’s office. This is Olivia. How can I help you?”

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14 comments to “Rulebreaker and a Giveaway!”

  1. Toni Anderson
      · October 4th, 2011 at 8:14 pm · Link

    It’s hard to explain how we kept those aspects of ourselves separate sometimes! 🙂 Great excerpt, Cathy.

    • Cathy Pegau
        · October 4th, 2011 at 10:58 pm · Link

      It is hard, Toni, but we like a challenge, right? 🙂

  2. Barbara Longley
      · October 5th, 2011 at 6:47 am · Link

    He, con’t enter me in the giveaway, because I already have the book, but just wanted to stop by and say, “hi.” I know what you mean abut wearing a different hat according to where you are and who you’re with. My critique partner is represented by the Bradford agency, too. Small world.

  3. Barbara Longley
      · October 5th, 2011 at 6:48 am · Link

    That’s supposed to say “Hey.” Not he. Geesh.

  4. Barbara Longley
      · October 5th, 2011 at 6:49 am · Link

    And “don’t” not “con’t.” Going for coffee now. It’s an emergency.

    • Cathy Pegau
        · October 5th, 2011 at 10:58 am · Link

      Heh. No worries, Barbara : ) And thanks for reading!

  5. Georgie Lee
      · October 5th, 2011 at 7:51 am · Link

    Congrats on the new release. Love the cover and enjoyed the excerpt!

    • Cathy Pegau
        · October 5th, 2011 at 10:59 am · Link

      Thanks, Georgia : ) In the world of ebooks, though, I’m not sure if an almost two-month-old release is still considered “new” ; )

  6. Shawna Thomas
      · October 5th, 2011 at 10:12 am · Link

    I got that a lot when I was writing more erotic stories. “You write write what?” LOL

    Loved your excerpt!

    And LOL Barbara. We’re in the same boat today. : )

    • Cathy Pegau
        · October 5th, 2011 at 11:01 am · Link

      Thanks, Shawna! Yeah, it’s a heck of a tap dance at times. I will sometimes start on a topic and have to catch myself before delving into topics : )

  7. Jen B.
      · October 5th, 2011 at 6:29 pm · Link

    I always think it is so cool that authors often have two distinct lives. The thing is, it is an intergral part of who you are so ultimately, those who are most important to you have to know the whole you. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Cathy Pegau
        · October 5th, 2011 at 6:45 pm · Link

      It is kind of cool, Jen, but makes me feel skitzie now and again too. It is an integral part of me, so there are times I *wish* I could share and let it all hang out all the time 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Veronica Scott
      · October 5th, 2011 at 8:03 pm · Link

    This book is definitely on my To Read list! Enjoyed the comments on the double life of the author, all very true. The people at my day job would be astounded at the things my characters might do on that big, sturdy conference table (not to say that *I* have ever done them necessarily but don’t need my colleagues speculating one way or the other).

    • Cathy Pegau
        · October 5th, 2011 at 10:11 pm · Link

      I can just imagine what would happen on that table. Yeah, workplace scenarios that pop into my head are NOT for pre- or post-meeting chit-chat with the boss either 😉

      Thanks for coming by, Veronica! I hope you like Rulebreaker when you get to it 🙂

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