Deadly Destinations: Linda Grimes’s deciphered excerpt from Ciel’s diary from QUICK FIX & win the In A Fix series

July 31, 2013 Deadly Destinations, Giveaways, Guests 78

Today’s Deadly Destination is from Linda Grimes‘s Ciel Halligan on Ciel’s diary from QUICK FIX, In A Fix #2 (published on August 20, 2013 by Tor (Macmillan)). Want to win a copy IN A FIX and QUICK FIX? Enter via the widget below.

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Deciphered Excerpt From the Previously Stolen Green Suede Diary of Ciel Halligan, Aura Adaptor:

Diary! First of all, let me just say how happy—and relieved—I am to have you back. I honestly thought I’d never see you again after those crazy Vikings took you. I was afraid all my feverishly recorded hopes and dreams (and, all right, fantasies) would be lost forever. Which would be a real shame because, damn, you hold some astounding descriptions of…um, never mind that. Thank God I wrote them in a code only I can decipher.

So, to catch up:

The facilitating business is going okay. Still not netting enough to qualify as a living wage, but what’s family for if not to support a poor, struggling entrepreneur?

It’s not that I don’t charge my clients enough—I do. Sometimes I even think I make them pay too much. Then again, can you really put too high a price on being able to solve people’s problems for them as them, and allowing them to take credit for the whole thing? That’s got to be worth some bucks, right? And if my fees weren’t so high, I’d never be able to keep my clients comfortable while providing the services I do. Overhead gobbles humongous chunks out of my potential profits. Operating three deluxe client hideaways isn’t cheap. And they have to be deluxe because, let’s face it, the clients who can afford to pay what I charge are accustomed to primo accommodations. If I ever expect to rack up any repeat business, I have to keep them happy.

Quick Fix (In a Fix, #2)As for my personal life…well, that’s as big a mess as ever. You already know every little detail about my ridiculous crush on Mark the Super Spy, so I won’t bore you by rehashing all of that. Suffice it to say, he’s as hunky as he ever was. But (and this is the big news) it does seem like he’s finally starting to realize I’m a girl. He kissed me! And not just on the top of my head like he usually does, either. Right on the lips. He might be starting to see me as more than a substitute kid sister.

Which would be utterly fantastic news if Billy hadn’t complicated everything by suddenly deciding he wants to be more than just a pseudo-cousin. It would be easier if he weren’t so damned good looking…and smart…and funny…and…well, sexy. He knows all about my forever crush on Mark, and is suddenly determined to push the spook out of my head.

Gaaah. The whole situation has me totally confused. I’m about ready to say screw ’em both!

(No, not like that. Though it could be one solution, I suppose… Nah, that would never work for me. I’m too inept at this romance BS to take a chance on juggling.)

So forget them. My love life will just have to sort itself out.

In the meantime, I’m going to stick to the important things. I have a business to run: Ciel Halligan, Facilitator. Places to go and people to be!

P.S. Billy, if you found where I hid this—again—and have been able to decipher it, I will know it. And I will kill you. Twice.

 Linda is a former English teacher and ex-actress who now channels her love of words and drama into writing. She grew up in Texas, where she rode horses, embarrassed herself onstage a lot, and taught teenagers they’d have to learn the rules of English before they could get away with breaking them for creativity’s sake. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband, whom she snagged after he saw her in a musical number at the now defunct Melodrama Theater in San Antonio. (There’s nothing like a rousing chorus of “If You Wanna Catch a Fish You Gotta Wiggle Your Bait” to hook a man for a lifetime.)

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In a Fix (In a Fix, #1)


Available on August 20, 2013 by Tor (Macmillan)


QUICK FIX—the second installment of the original urban fantasy series by LINDA GRIMES.

Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them—as them—is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It’s supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it’s wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she’s crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.

Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She’s young for it, but she’s always been precocious, so it’s not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches—adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can’t change herself back.

Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for New York City and the only person they know can help: Ciel’s brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who’s determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly’s unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who’s been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?

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78 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Linda Grimes’s deciphered excerpt from Ciel’s diary from QUICK FIX & win the In A Fix series”

  1. Kt.

    Something is wrong with the rafflecopter. Its says it’s over, but this post just went live today.

    • Kt.

      Okay, a real comment now. 😉 loved the first book! It was original, funny , and action packed. Perfect combination!

  2. Nora-Adrienne

    I agree with Kt. The rafflecopter is messed up. It announces “And the winner is…” and that the contest is OVER.

  3. Eva Millien

    Yep, the rafflecopter is broken. Thanks for sharing this series. I am looking forward to reading them. evamillien at gmail dot com

  4. Abigail

    Sorry about that everyone. Rafflecopter screwed up. The new widget is good to go. Enter away!

  5. Bill Buehler

    I can’t wait to start this series. It’s slowly making it’s way to the top of my TBR pile! Thank you for the chance to win both books!!

  6. Nora-Adrienne

    I’m sorry to admit that I’ve read neither of the books so far. They aren’t available in either the Brooklyn or Queens County libraries. I’d like to win so that when I’m done reading them I could donate them to the Queens library who WILL put them into circulation so that other can enjoy them also.

    • Linda Grimes

      Hi, Nora-Adrienne!

      That would be great. Sometimes if you call the library and request a book, they’ll order it–that’s a possibility, too. 🙂

  7. Casey

    Words cannot express how much I loved In A Fix. It is by far one of my favorite books ever! I’m dying to get my hands on Quick Fix!

  8. Denise Z

    I am really loving UF reads right now and am so excited to have found a new one (to me) today. I am hopping over to check out more and have my fingers crossed because I really would love to win these books. LOL Thank you so much for sharing with us today, I can’t wait to read about Ciel’s journey 🙂

    • Linda Grimes

      Hi, Jessica!

      Bumpy. *grin* But I stuck with it, because I’m stubborn. I think persistence is the key to eventually being published…as long as you keep improving your craft as you go along, of course. To quote the movie Galaxy Quest: “Never give up, never surrender!”

  9. Michele A

    The series sounds good. It now has a spot in my TBR stack.

    thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Kirsten L

    This series sounds just fantastic! I’ve added both books to my ever-growing TBR pile. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to enter.

  11. Jenn W

    I loved reading In a Fix, and can not wait to read Quick Fix. Definitely on my must buy list.

  12. Vivien

    Do you prefer writing from a male or female point of view?

    • Linda Grimes

      I enjoy both, actually. The Ciel Halligan books are all from Ciel’s POV, but I’ve written other things from a male POV, and I find it’s an interesting perspective.

  13. Nicole E

    I love love love the concept for this series! I hope I have a chance to read this soon! =]

  14. Caty Rahm

    i have never read a book with this concept before and i am interested to see how it turns out. i like that the covers in the series are similar so you know that they are part of the same series and great bio Linda!

  15. Barrie

    How many more books do you plan for this awesome-sounding series?

    • Linda Grimes

      Hi, Barrie!

      Well, Tor recently bought the next two (THE BIG FIX and the as-yet untitled–not to mention, unwritten *grin*–Book 4), so we know there’ll be at least that many. After that…well, I suppose it depends on if Ciel survives the dangerous (yet somehow hilarious) situations bound to befall her in Book 4. She’s kind of a trouble magnet, you know. 😉

  16. Jolene A

    Sounds like such a great read! Thanks for the chance to win

  17. Natasha

    Sounds like a great series!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Kai W.

    I love the covers on both book and I love that FIX titles. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Barbara Elness

    I’ve been waiting for Quick Fix ever since I finished reading In a Fix. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more of Ciel’s story.

    • Linda Grimes

      Thank you, Barbara! If you enjoyed In a Fix, I’m pretty sure you’ll like Quick Fix, too. Ciel is still…very Ciel-ish. 😉

  20. Chelsea B.

    This series sounds A-mazing. Can’t wait to start it!
    I really enjoyed the post 🙂

  21. Maureen

    I enjoyed In a Fix and I’m glad for the reminder about the next book in the series. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Jasmyn

    I love the diary entry in your post – it was a great way to get my attention and get my interested.

    • Linda Grimes

      Hi, Jasmyn!

      Glad you like it. I thought it might be a good way to give readers a taste of Ciel’s personality. 🙂

  23. Debbie Haupt

    I loved both books but unfortunately because I review them way before the release date I never get to see a final copy and would love to win both. I hope they’ll be signed by the wonderful author Linda
    thanks for the contest

  24. Linda Grimes

    Hi, Debbie!

    I think these copies are coming straight from my publisher, but I’m sure I’ll be having more contest giveaways over on my blog before too much longer. Well, after Tor sends me my author copies, that is. I’ll be able to sign those. 🙂

  25. Angela Fitzgerald

    I guess my question is for Linda. Linda, did it take long for you to figure out what you wanted to write about when you started the first book in the series? How long did it take you to write the first book? Iknow tthere’s always editing that needs to be done but I’m just asking how long it took you to write the book before book back over it.
    Thank you,

    • Linda Grimes

      Hi, Angela!

      Oh, about six to eight months, I’d say. I’m not a terribly fast writer, and I was working on other projects at the same time. For me, a book usually starts pretty quickly, and then slows down a bit in the middle while I’m mulling over where it should go. Once I know that, it reaches a tipping point and it’s full steam ahead until I’m done.

  26. Sandy

    I loved IN A FIX so much that I’m dying to read the next part of Ciel’s story! I was wondering if there were any characters that surprised Linda when she first started writing the story. Were there any characters that ended up having a bigger role than even she expected?

    Also, thanks so much to the both of you for having this fun giveaway!

    • Linda Grimes

      Hi, Sandy!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed In a Fix! Actually, Billy was a complete surprise to me. I wasn’t expecting him at all–he just showed up at the resort and decided to stick around. Now I can’t imagine the books without him.

  27. Erika

    Excited to read this series! I wonder if there will be others in the series. Thanks!