Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens and their new book, “Kangaroo Dreaming”! For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.
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by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens
Digby Sloan, Aussie private eye, loves his mum, and is loyal as a Queensland Heeler. Now he’s in London handcuffed to a kangaroo.
Kangaroo Dreaming, a valuable aboriginal totem, must make it safely to a London museum for exhibition, and Digby is the one in charge. But within hours of his arrival, the roo is stolen and the curator is murdered.
His bosses blame Digby for the theft and insist he stay to help London Metropolitan recover Kangaroo Dreaming. That’s all well and good, except the lead cop keeps getting in Digby’s way. The case puts everyone in peril, including Digby Sloan, who might not make it back alive to the Land Down Under to find out if he even still has a job.
Collins handed Sharkfella a couple of lethal- looking darts. “There you go, little Aussie.”
Sharkfela took them and looked at them a long time. He shook his head. “Better if you go first, Sydney.”
“Nah.” I waved him away. “Give her a shot. I’ll go later.”
He squinted and looked at the target. “All right.”
Collins moved over by the board, put his hands on his hips, and turned to face the target. “All right, Sharkfella, let’s see what you gents from Down Under can do. Let her fly.”
Sharkfella aimed, aimed again, then let her fly he did.
The dart sailed straight, fast and sure—right into one of the fleshy cheeks of Collins’s enormous bum, where it stuck, quivering.
Collins shrieked and grabbed at the mini missile impaling his backside.
Sharkfella’s eyes were huge. A look of pained disbelief spread across his face, the same look I figured was on mine.
“Oops,” Sharkfella said. There was genuine regret in his voice, but that didn’t make it any more of an understatement. “Sorry.”
Collins rounded. His big face was all scrunched up and red as Ayers Rock. “You meant to do that, you scraggy little wanker. I’m gonna freaking kill you.”
While Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens had fun writing Kangaroo Dreaming, it was also one of our more challenging projects. He's Aussie through and through, and harder yet, he's male! First person androgyny from a studly male point of view isn't the easiest thing for two moms to write. But we imagined who our perfect man would be: fun-loving and not too serious, gentle and cuddly, kind and empathetic, ethical and loyal, strong and manly, brilliant and good at his job, honest and sincere. Voila! Digby Sloan. Perfect, but then we had to give the man a few shortcomings. So, Digby tends to fly by the seat of his pants when it comes to his job—and that doesn't always work out. He also has a real soft spot for the ladies, and God knows that doesn't always work out so great either.
So we sent him to London to keep an eye on a treasured aboriginal artifact—Kangaroo Dreaming. Nice place, London—well, we like it anyway. And once we knew Digby, we threw a slew of slightly off-center characters in his path to make sure solving the crime didn't come too easily for him. Oh, yes, and what's at stake? Just his job back in Sydney, that's all.
Some of you might wonder how two writers can manage one cohesive piece of work. Sally & Jean have been working together for many years. We outline in detail and move along quickly, trying to get first draft on at least one chapter per session. At quitting time we go over what's going on the page for the next workday. And of course, the whole time, we're drinking lots of coffee—which we're convinced is the secret to our success.
Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens, are partners in crime—crime writing, that is. They live in the Valley of the Sun in Arizona, awesome for eight months out of the year, an inferno the other four. They write bloody murder, flirty romance, and wicked humor all in one package.
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