From Boardwalk With Love
by Nina Bangs
January 7, 2003
Available in: Paperback
The world's richest man, Owen Sitall, was a flop at a certain game. As a child he'd only beaten the dolts his father paid to lose; as an adult he built an enormous board so he could win on his own. And he'd left nothing to chance. His island was a playground for the beautiful and rich, stocked with community chests. But he and his bodyguard Peter Bilt didn't know that L.O.V.E.R. -- the League of Violent Economic Revolutionaries--had come to play in his hotels...and their plans to bankrupt him had already passed Go.
Camryn, novice agent #36-DD of B.L.I.S.S -- the international organization that fought crime anywhere from St. Croix to St. James Place--found her assignment clear: Protect the fanatical Sitall from financial ruin. But she'd have a big shoe to fill. And though she got to ride in the little race car (a pink Cadillac), she had a feeling that being a spy didn't just mean free parking. Before this was over, she'd be rolling the dice with her heart.
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My one regret in life? I wish I'd started writing sooner.
Talk about misspent youth. What did I do during those lazy summer days of childhood when I could've been honing my writing skills? Nothing. Okay, so I spent a lot of time dreaming I was a cowgirl with a trusty black stallion. Oh, and I read every Walter Farley horse novel. I was an only child so I relied on my imagination to supply the excitement in my life.
By high school, I'd decided to trade in my lariat for a trench coat. I was into dark and dangerous. As an intrepid foreign correspondent, I'd stalk the mean streets of the world. Did I actually write anything? No, but I did read all of Agatha Christie's mysteries.
I worked at a department store during college. My short stint in the accounting department taught me a lot about math. Three hundred-dollar shortages plus hysterical tears equaled instant move to gift-wrap. A career in math was not in my future. I didn't care because I'd discovered "real" literature. I plowed through James Joyce's Ulysses and Tolstoy's War and Peace. If it didn't make my eyes cross then it wasn't worth reading. Yes, I admit it, I was a literary snob.
But there's just so much "real" literature one person can take. I graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English Literature and a determination to avoid books that induced eye crossing or had tragic endings. The only things I managed to write during those years were research papers.
I taught second grade for several years then spent two years in Dublin, Ireland. A friend and I supported ourselves by singing folk songs in Irish pubs. We weren't great, but we were young, enthusiastic, and wore short skirts. It was obviously my destiny to be the next Judy Collins. I spent a lot of time pouring through music books.
Returning to New Jersey and reality, I taught elementary school until I grew restless again. My cross-country odyssey included stays in Arizona, California, and Texas. Along the way, I indulged my love of horses. No black stallions, but I did have several beautiful Arabian mares. I read tons of books on breeding and showing.
Somewhere between California and Texas I grew addicted to romance novels and cats. The cat's independent attitude was exactly the quality I admired in my romance heroes. And once I decided to try writing my own romances, I made sure a cat crept into each story.
Texas is my permanent home. I've come full circle. Born in San Antonio, I spent most of my life in New Jersey. Maybe the Texas in my blood accounts for my attachment to strong men, fast horses, and wide-open spaces.
My love of cats? Haven't a clue.