The Black Mamba is the fourth book in my Detective Billie McCoy Series. My books do follow in sequence, yet in saying that, The Black Mamba is a standalone novel.
In a quick rundown of the story, Billie’s three best friends, Casey, Jane and Sarah, are like sisters to her, so when Casey’s long lost cousin Jill turns up out of the blue, the girls welcome her into their group with open arms. But Billie’s detective senses are itching when she comes across a police sketch of a robber who looks very much like Jill. Billie can’t help wonder if Jill is everything she seems to be. Was her sudden visit really to reconnect with Casey, or does she have an ulterior motive?
Billie’s investigation leads her down a rabbit hole and into a whirlwind saga that finds her and the girls dealing with ruthless businessmen, criminals and illegal boxing tournaments. In a twist of events, Billie is forced to fight as a contestant in a boxing match. Her friends’ lives are on the line should she refuse, or worse, fail to win. She has to call on her skills and self defense training to conquer her opponent and outsmart the tyrant running the contests.
What inspired you to write the book?
As a big fan of action movies, I was inspired to write about a heroine who could kick arse, outsmart her enemies. Believe it or not, I wrote this book, and all of my others (in note form), back in the eighties. At the time there weren’t any heroines in movies or books so I decided to create my own. I wanted someone who wouldn’t crumble at the first sign of trouble, someone strong in character and genuine in personality, and someone able to look after herself.
The Black Mamba highlights Billie’s skills during the boxing matches when she’s faced with hard-hitting opponents. It also focuses on her protectiveness towards her friends and the camaraderie between them. Together they have to contend with their enemies as well as deal with Jill who has betrayed them in a big way.
What is your target audience for the book?
The Black Mamba is a book suitable for teenagers and upwards, and for anyone who appreciates a heroine who inspires you to back her all the way against the bad guys. I try to create unexpected developments in my books. The Black Mamba is no different and delivers plenty of action with Billie fighting to overthrow her enemies and bring them to justice, on top of keeping her friends safe.
What do you hope readers could get out from your book?
I’m hoping to make a memorable impression with my readers where they’ll take away the pleasure of enjoying the story and building a sense of connection with my main characters – being worried for them through the bad times and sighing relief through the good. I’m foreseeing my readers might become entrenched in Detective Billie McCoy’s world like I am.
What are your future goals/plans for the book?
Just to keep writing. I’m working on more novels in the series so my goal is to finish them and have them all released. I’d love to see my novels become a TV series one day, or maybe even make it to the big screen. Until then, I’m happy to keep putting pen to paper.
A little about myself before I finish up. I live on a property outside Childers in Queensland, Australia. I’m married with three grownup children and have retired from working in a primary school as a Teacher Aide, where I also looked after the library and drove the school bus. Most of my life, I have played bass guitar in a four-piece band with my husband. We have now formed a duo after the band folded. I love to travel, both abroad and in Australia, which I am now discovering more of in our caravan. Fishing, camping and gardening are some of my favourite hobbies.
I’d like to say a big thank you to ReadersMagnet Author’s Lounge for supporting me and giving me this opportunity to present The Black Mamba. Thanks for dropping in.
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