ASSASSIN BY DAY - A Thriller by Tessa Robertson ***Guest Post: See how the Author came up with the concept of the book - Giveaway***
Assassin By Day
by Tessa Robertson
After years of unanswered questions, Mishka Vald sets out to uncover the skhodka’s involvement in her past. What she doesn’t expect is to join forces with men who push her to become a double-agent and confirm her future. While hunting down leads, the ruthless assassin realizes a life in the shadows is the only way for her to protect those she loves.
For Mishka, forbidden love is worth the pain when it comes to Eddie Harper, a military man turned cop. Her affection waivers when duty comes first and she joins forces with an elite Russian soldier, Alexei Petrovich. With a blackmailer threatening her school love, she seeks refuge with a fellow assassin, Nickolas Volkov. And when pushed too far, she’s ushered to a secure location…and straight into the arms of mysterious handyman, Dylan Kain. As the pieces fall into place, their mangled order reveals each man’s true intention. Whose deceit can she accept and whose will obliterate her?
All roads lead back to the woman she thought dead—her mother. Now, as weddings are crashed and alliances tested, Mishka uncovers a deadly game and the players involved. Her heart, once unable to budge, is thrust into action, but which man can keep her soul intact?
Q&A with the AuthorHow did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
I read a ton of books and watch a lot of shows and movies. I’ve always found mystery/action/psychological thrillers/romance to be my favorite. For these characters, I wanted to explore facets that other people either shy away from or ignore. Not all readers like it, but that’s why it’s a niche market. For example, Mishka has been through a lot in life. She’s done some horrible things and believes she should be punished for those. Unfortunately, the type of punishment isn’t the typical law enforcement type. It’s a psychological and physical punishment that some women believe they deserve because of the wrongdoings they’ve done in their own lives.
As for the concepts, I love a mystery beneath a mystery and a little treason while they’re at it. Mishka decides to act as a double-agent. That gets her into a heap of trouble as her story progresses. I like to see how spies get out of certain circumstances sometimes with their smarts and looks. For me, the concept of espionage and assassins is exciting, unexpectable, and intense.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
Initially, I wanted the title of my book to be Specter. Unfortunately, I wrote it right around the time a certain James Bond movie came out, so I had to find a new title. I came up with Assassin by Day because Mishka isn’t an assassin all the time. Only when called upon.
Too bad for them, as a rivaling mob – the vory – holds Mishka Vald captive. The real kicker? She’s trapped in her mother’s clutches with the two men she loves, with no escape from the devious scheme Alena Vald cooked up to destroy the skhodka.
After spiriting across the globe with one man in tow, Mishka comes face to face with her past. Piecing together the distorted memories would be easy if someone hadn’t tampered with them.
Can Mishka slip through the grips of warring Russian mobs for a chance at a normal life? Find out in Catalyst at Night., the sequel to Assassin by Day.
About the AuthorTessa Robertson has been landlocked in the heart of Iowa, USA for the better portion of her life. She grew up on sci-fi and action movies, but isn't nearly a ninja...yet. Since childhood, writing stories and reading have been a constant. Moonlighting in a law firm, she takes on her favorite cases: criminal. Her stories push the limits of standard characters and explore the thriller facets of romance and action.
In her spare time, Tessa attempts to teach her Australian Shepherd and Golden Retriever new tricks; spends copious time with family; catches up on her favorite shows; and listens to country music.