The Novel Approach welcomes author M.J. O’Shea today on her Family Jewels blog tour. Enjoy M.J.’s guest post, then be sure to enter for the chance to win the Grand Prize of a PRINT copy of the book, or be one of FIVE runners-up for the chance to win an e-copy of a book from M.J.’s backlist.
So, obviously, when you’re writing a book about a thief it’s only right to binge heist movies beforehand…right? Well, I did anyway! And I have to admit, it’s one of my favorite genres. Always has been.
Tower Heist — I love Ben Stiller, so let’s start there. I just thought this was hilarious, slapstick, and still really clever! I love
The Italian Job — I have to admit I’ve never seen the original of this, but I loved the remake. My favorite was the beginning with the boat chase in Venice. I know film buffs call this one “awful” sometimes but…hey. I liked it.
Ocean’s Eleven — I haven’t seen this one in years but every time I go through vegas I stop and stare at the fountain for a little while. Loved it.
I think my favorite element of all three of these was the whole “stick it to the man” part. Where they weren’t hurting people who weren’t already hurting others. I tried to put that into all of my books. My con artists stay away from people who don’t have anything to lose, my thief goes after jewels from the excessively wealthy. They probably don’t deserve to be stolen from any more than anyone else, but it gives my characters a bit of morality:)
Family Jewels isn’t about an elaborate heist, although I’d love to write one of those one day! One of my main characters, Corbin, could rival any of the crews in those films. He’s more of a loner type, he works alone, flies under the radar, and rarely connects even with his family, who do the same thing he does. His weakness comes when he falls in love and starts to think that maybe love is more important than the hunt. And then he gets distracted… which is never a good idea.
I’ll leave you with a blurb for Family Jewels and some links to my social media accounts. :) I’m always available for questions or just to say hi!
Blurb: Corbin Ford, aka the Nightwatchman, named for the antique pocket watches he leaves behind at jobs, has been in the cat-burgling business for years. His father was. His grandfather was. His mother is still one of the most renowned thieves. Corbin likes his high-profile heists, priceless paintings from private collections, artifacts from museums, but his favorite? Jewels. Sparkly, beautiful jewels. If they’re famous, better yet.
Interpol agent Luke Eldridge has one goal and one goal only: to catch the Nightwatchman. Luke’s been after him for months, but getting the slip time and again is getting embarrassing. Luke has never even laid eyes on the bastard, but he’d happily strangle him. And then arrest him.
When Luke meets Corbin, the man of his dreams, he falls hard and fast… only to catch Corbin red-handed with his hand in a jewelry case at the scene of the highest-profile murder that’s rocked the international world in years.
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I spent my childhood writing stories. Sometime in my early teens, the stories turned to romance. Most of those were about me, my friends, and our favorite movie and pop stars. Hopefully, I’ve come a long way since then.
When I’m not writing, I love to play the piano, dance, cook, paint pictures, and of course read! I like sparkly girly girl things, own at least twenty different colored headbands, and I have two little dogs who sit with me when I write. Sometimes they comes up with ideas for me too…when they’re not busy napping.