About Deep Down
Sex, drugs, and spicy tuna rolls?
Resilient and disciplined, tsunami survivor Eve Ono moves to California from Japan looking for a position as a sushi chef. When she’s suddenly fired from her restaurant job, desperation drives her to find work on a fishing boat despite her fears of the ocean. To make matters worse, she’s stuck in close quarters with her new captain—a man whose raw physicality drives her out of her mind with lust.
Free-spirited and roguish, Sam Lamont is a commercial fisherman aboard his own dive boat, the Bravado. When he makes a bad deal with a deadly loan shark who threatens to take his boat, Sam is in danger of losing both his business and his way of life. On top of that, he’s got to train his new deckhand—a beautiful hard-ass who just so happens to be sexy as hell.
A female sushi chef with mad knife skills. A deep-sea diver who’s pissed off a Mexican drug cartel. Together, they’re in trouble, and the only way out is down.
Meet the Pirate Crew: The Supporting Cast of Deep Down
Hi, everyone! Thank you for having me as a guest today.
The poet Eustache Deschamps once wrote, “Friends are relatives you make for yourself.” The other day, my husband and I were in the car chatting about the concept of a “chosen family.” Over the years, our friends have become our family, the ones we go to first in times of loss or celebration. They’re the ones we spend the most time with, talking and laughing during road trips, dinner parties, BBQs, weddings, funerals, and quiet days at home when there’s nothing else to do but kick it with our favorite people.
In my first full-length novel, Deep Down, the concept of a “chosen family” is important. Deep Down is a red-hot contemporary romance about a female sushi chef and a commercial fisherman who must team up to outsmart a deadly loan shark. It’s got food porn galore. It’s got a shark attack. And it’s got a lot of sex—Sam and Eve are a smokin’ hot couple who play as hard as they work.
But Sam and Eve are also surrounded by a motley cast of friends and allies. I see their “chosen family” as their pirate crew, the salty group who helps see them through rough waters and who celebrates with them at the end of a long day.
Here are Sam and Eve’s closest friends, along with a few snippets from Deep Down. Meet the pirate crew!
Charlie de Winter
Tall and potbellied, Charlie de Winter had a full head of white hair and a neatly trimmed beard. He almost always wore faded Hawaiian shirts and khaki shorts.
Charlie is Sam’s salty old mentor, the retired boat captain who took Sam under his wing and showed him how to dive for sea urchin. Charlie looks a lot like Kenny Rogers. He walks with a cane and runs the local dive bar, The Compass Rose.
Judith Carrillo, Sam’s landlady and a Compass Rose regular, sat down at the bar. Charlie poured her usual: two fingers of blueberry vodka, straight up. In her late fifties, she wore leopard print leggings and an off-shoulder sweatshirt bedazzled with rhinestones.
Judith is one of my favorite characters in Deep Down. She’s got a wicked sense of humor. She was a legendary hair band groupie in the 80’s and dresses a lot like Peggy Bundy from Married with Children.
The door of Sam’s hospital room swung open. In walked a rangy man wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. He was handsome in an unconventional way, with golden-brown dreadlocks and deep set dark eyes.
Kyle is Sam’s co-diver at the start of the book. An injury sidelines him and forces Sam to hire Eve as his new deckhand. Kyle is one of Sam’s closest friends, but his blithe fatalism and tendency to party too hard make him an obstacle to Sam’s ambition and a detriment to the business. He and Eve don’t trust each other.
A tall Japanese kid dressed in chef’s whites came jogging down the dock. His dark hair was pulled back in a ponytail and he had sharp cheekbones and quick, dark eyes. He came up to Eve right away.
“Hey, sorry I’m late!”
She popped up at once, squealed, and threw her arms around him in a way that made Sam want to hit the kid with a chair.
An apprentice chef at Geisha Sushi, 21-year-old Ken is a young gun in the kitchen. He and Eve are good friends. Ken recognizes Eve’s high level of skill even though her father refuses to see it. He stays in touch with Eve after she’s fired from the restaurant.
Impeccably tanned and fit, Tiffani had a mane of chocolate brown hair she tossed back and forth like a pro. She was not tall, but she was built like a firecracker, with a tiny waist and beautiful dancer’s legs. It was hard to tell how old she was.
Tiffani is a professional exotic dancer. An astute businesswoman, she is in the process of opening her own business in Santa Barbara, an adult toy store called Eros Junction. As Eve’s new roommate, wise-cracking Southern belle Tiffani helps Eve cut loose and embrace her sexuality.
About Deep Down (The Wild Rose Press; November 2015)
Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She’s a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends. When she’s not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good “teacher voice” and “teacher stare.” She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs. For more books, freebies and fun stuff, please visit her website or connect with her on Twitter
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