Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Author Guest Post - Allyson Roy

Readers, please join me welcoming Allyson Roy who will be guest blogging here today!
Allyson Roy translates into Alice & Roy, husband and wife collaborating authors. They both have backgrounds in the arts -- Alice in dance and Roy in theater and stand-up comedy. Their first Saylor Oz novel won a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. The second in the series, Babydoll, was just released.

Madcap Noir

In music it’s called a fusion genre -- the blending of two or more genres and not fitting squarely into any. Having spent years crossing over several areas of the arts, we like the idea of inclusion, of not being bound to rigid ideas of what a particular kind of book has to be. Of course this creates the risk factor of not meeting the expectations of certain readers -- and the challenge of branding our series without a traditional label.

So in trying to come up with a way to define our Saylor Oz crime adventures, we chose to name our style Madcap Noir.

Madcap because of the over-the-top comedy that dominates our storylines. Yes we push the envelope. We like to. Our goal is to offer a fun ride, even if it means giving a little ground in the hard realism department. Madcap also conjures up images of reckless mishaps. And it seems to suit our protagonist, whose name, Oz, was chosen for its connection to the bizarre.

Saylor is a warmhearted, game bumbler who is loyal to her BFF and sometimes gets a bit distracted by men with muscled torsos. What would a classic noir movie like Gilda be without the sexy elements? Into the soup of gritty, urban crime and hip characters we mix a healthy dose of heat and a fun female perspective.

DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), where our protagonist lives, has a beautiful noir atmosphere that makes it an ideal setting for a crime novel. Subway trains rumbling overhead along the underbelly of the bridge. The lights reflecting off the East River at night. The canyon-like feel of narrow, Belgian brick cobbled streets surrounded by giant, industrial-era warehouses.

Yet this vintage waterfront setting is also a hybrid, where upscale art galleries and boutiques co-exist with one of the toughest boxing gyms in the world and housing projects only blocks away. You can check out a few photos on our Behind the Series page.

I'm almost done reading this book and I could NOT put it down! With lots of male eye candy and a sex-therapist heroine on a crusade to free someone wrongly imprisoned and who just doesn't know when to quit (or keep her mouth shut about sex toys!) the novel is a fun, fast-paced suspense with a comic edge that keeps the reader mesmerized. To be honest, I thought seeing practically every episode of Law & Order had made me immune to all things dark and dangerous in NYC, but as it turns out, I wasn't. Through Saylor' eyes I was introduced to a new area of New York - DUMBO. It's as much a part of this novel as the heroine is and I so wish there had been a map or something in the book, so I could look it up and follow Oz in her adventures. And perhaps even visit it myself one day! Another thing this book made me crave (apart from the obvious, lol) was fragrance. Saylor loves perfumes and she has one for practically every occasion and they're as much a part of her diverse personality as her passion for porn - oh yeah, did I forget to mention that one?

If I've piqued your curiosity enough, then go read an excerpt here. And the authors' website is - http://www.allysonroy.com

Thank you for stopping by here, Allyson Roy. I'd love to host you again, perhaps when the next book in the series comes out? Can't wait for it!
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  1. Well, you certainly have piqued my curiosity! I went over to Allyson Roy's website and signed up for the newsletter. Wow, this series sounds great and must buy it.

    Thanks for introducing a new set of writers to me.

    booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

  2. They were unknown to me as well, until I read about them in one of the innumerable newsletters I receive :) I'm so glad I read that one which had their news in it!

  3. Just stopped by to thank you, Rashmi, for inviting us to be guests on your blog! We'd be happy to answer any questions you or your readers might have for us.
    Happy reading!
    Alice & Roy/Allyson Roy

  4. A husband & wife Law & Order watching/writing team is cute. In a conundrum during the writing process, I wonder who gets the final say: Alice or Roy?

  5. It depends on the subject, with each of us giving in to the other's expertise in certain areas. But usually we'll work on a scene until we both approve it. And of course, our editor at Berkley is really the one with final

  6. Shawna L

    I just love the cover of this book Very Sexy & how cute are they in this photo!!! Thanks for the review I have been wanting to read this but wasn't sure it was for me but after your review I know now I really do need & want to read this amazing book ~!!!!