Book Description for Uneven Exchange:
Like fire and ice, Alexandra Callet’s life runs hot and cold. At the age of thirty-three, Alexandra owns a stunning home and a successful interior design company. But she is in love with her business partner, Jake Taylor, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a woman. She should be on top of the world, but instead she feels dragged down by the void in her heart. Hoping for answers, she decides a trip to Mexico might soothe her soul.
Jake Taylor only pretends to be a confirmed bachelor. Jake has been entranced by Alexandra’s determination and exotic beauty since the moment they met, but she has no idea how he feels. He considers confessing his love, but fears jeopardizing their friendship and business. He’s caught in a web of pretending he doesn’t care, and doesn’t see a way out of it. Alexandra is recruited for a dangerous mission. Following her trip to Mexico, her resemblance to a member of an assassin’s family leads Alexandra to be recruited by the DEA. Her training leaves her distracted, and her business begins to suffer. Jake notices her sudden change, and feels her slipping both personally and professionally beyond his reach.
Should he finally take the chance…before it’s too late? After all, he has nothing to lose. However, when Alexandra returns to Mexico for her mission, things go terribly wrong. Will she be able find the strength to fight and escape the peaceful haven that has now become her prison?
Or will Jake lose Alexandra forever…
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1. In your book you make a reference to taking the water taxi from Cancun to Cozumel. How did you come up with this idea?
There definitely is a water taxi, and we were on it! I remember standing along the rail as the boat docked in Cozumel. I could see a small market with fruits and vegetables on display out front. It was a scene I memorized to use later.
2. There are many books out there about strong women. What makes yours different?
It does not disappoint. Reading Uneven Exchange is like having a satisfying meal, following by a decadent dessert!
3. If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be?
Alexandra, of course. How fun to work undercover! (But, I would not want to be trapped in Mexico. I would have to change the storyline.)
4. Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
Fortunately I have not suffered from writer’s block. I suffer from not having enough time to write. I fear I am beginning to run out of room in my brain for all of my ideas!
5. What is the last great book you’ve read?
Since the last couple of books I read were not as interesting as hoped, I just reread Robert Ludlum’s Bourne Identity. It was better than the first time. He was an amazing writer!
6. Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?
When I write dialogue, I pace and act of the scenes. (Good thing I am usually alone in the house!)
7. Any hobbies? or Name a quirky thing you like to do.
Spending time outdoors is a passion of mine. Spending time outdoors with my family and friends makes it even better! I am blessed to live in San Diego where the weather is near perfect. The hardest thing to decide is if I want to go bike riding, golfing, stand up paddle boarding, or to play tennis!
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, S.K. Derban moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her father, an American citizen, was a decorated veteran of the second world war. Derban’s mother, born and raised in the United Kingdom, was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. Even after returning to the United States, Derban’s life was filled with a love of the theatre and a passion for British murder mysteries. S.K. Derban has always remained passionate about writing, and is thrilled to finally share her work with others.
Her personal travel and missionary adventures also help to transport readers virtually across the globe. When writing, S.K. Derban relies on all aspects of her life, from her faith in the Lord, to her love and knowledge of the arts.
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