Monday, April 18, 2011

This Week's Special Guest At The Tiki Hut - Tim Smith

This week's special guest at the AuthorIsland Tiki Hut is Tim Smith as he stops by to talk about his new Vic Fallon Mystery Series.

Tim is the author of five novels, including two contemporary romantic comedies with eXtasy Books. His first three adventure novels starring the one and only Nick Seven have won critical acclaim and several awards. He is also a freelance photographer and works in Dayton, Ohio as a case manager for adults with special needs. When he isn't devoting time to writing, you can find him in The Florida Keys, doing research in between parasailing and seeking out the perfect Pina Colada.

I’m pleased to be back at the Tiki Hut this week. Apparently I didn’t alienate too many visitors last time or I wouldn’t have been asked to return. This week I’m featuring my new novel, a romantic mystery called “The Bundle,” which was recently released by Extasy Books. I returned to my thriller roots with this one, after writing three romantic comedies. “The Bundle” is the first in a series I’m starting, about a former cop named Vic Fallon, who lives in Sandusky, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie.

This is no ordinary series of romance novels, though. Vic Fallon will be the only recurring character but he’ll have a different gal pal in each installment. It’s written in the style of Raymond Chandler and Donald E. Westlake, with a dash of Mickey Spillane thrown in for seasoning. Oh, I should mention that it’s also very erotic and contains some explicit sex.

I’ve been asked why I chose to set this story in northeast Ohio instead of my usual haunt, The Florida Keys. When I was conceiving the story I took a vacation to the Lake Erie islands, near where I grew up. As I looked at the lakefront scenery it hit me that I could set a story there and make it just as atmospheric as Florida. I also wanted to create a different feel for this series, since I already had three books set in The Keys featuring another male character, former CIA spook Nick Seven.

As in most of my romances, this one has a “happy for now” versus a “happily ever after” ending. I wanted to leave the ending of each installment open and have the reader guessing “Do they or don’t they...”

THE BUNDLE - A Vic Fallon Mystery by Tim Smith

Vic Fallon had little use for the rich and famous when he was a police detective and his attitude hasn't changed since he was forced to turn in his badge. When pop singer Kimberly Daniels returns to her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio to promote her latest album, Vic reluctantly agrees to be her bodyguard as a favor for a friend. He isn't told that she has a death threat hanging over her head, with no shortage of suspects.

The set-up takes a bizarre twist when her stalker shows up and Vic uncovers a family secret Kimberly would like to keep hidden. Things get more complex when they develop a strong attraction for each other, in spite of their different lifestyles. Can Vic ensure Kimberly's safety until she returns to LA? Will Kimberly decide to ditch her glitzy celebrity life and stay with the rugged ex-cop she's fallen for?

WIN - Leave Tim a comment this week at the AuthorIsland Tiki Hut and your name goes in the hat for a free download of his erotic romance THE SWEET DISTRACTION. Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are this week's winner - Good Luck! And don't forget to check out his contest over on the contest page!



  1. Hi Tim and welcome back to the Tiki Hut - and you know we love it when you visit!!!

    I'm realy excited about your new Vic Fallon series. And being from Ohio - I love that you set the book in Ohio!

    And who doesn't love a rugged ex-cop? And I like that Vic will have a new adventure/romance in each book - and maybe one day, he'll even find his true love!

    Hope the new series is a huge hit for you and I can't wait for the next one! Enjoy your week here at the Tiki Hut and thanks for offering up a copy of your erotic romance THE SWEET DISTRACTION to one of our lucky readers this week!

  2. I like that you set it in Ohio, too, Tim. Sounds like another great book! :>]

    ~Lindy (from TLR) :>]

  3. Hi, Tim.

    Your a new author for me but not for long. The Vic Fallon Mystery Series sounds really good; I look forward in reading it.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  4. This is actually the third book I've set in Ohio. My first two romantic comedies - "Anywhere the Heart Goes" and "The Sweet Distraction" - took place in Dayton, where I live. I figured if I could make Dayton come across as a romantic backdrop, using the Lake Erie Islands was a slam-dunk LOL.

    I really think you can make any location work, and I wanted to get away from the usual places, like FL, Atlanta, L.A., etc. I recently read a story where the author used a small fishing village in Michigan as the backdrop, and was impressed at how atmospheric it was.

    Tim Smith