Today, I welcome Guy Worthey, a fellow Wyoming Native. He’s talking about his Ace Carroway series and he has a Giveaway!
Greetings one and all, and a hearty thank-you to my kind host and 4 Wills Publishing!
In this second blog tour stop we meet our protagonist, the complex and potent Cecilia “Ace” Carroway. We are joined once again by our stalwart but fictitious interviewer, Mr. Bigg Faquir. Good day, FAQ.
FAQ: Greetings. Is that a jelly stain on your shirt?
GW: I don’t know. Maybe. But ask me about Ace Carroway.
FAQ: If I can stop staring at that stain. Go ahead. Who is Ace Carroway?
GW: Born at sea in 1901, mixed-race Cecilia Carroway is everywoman, transcending boundaries of nation and class. Growing up, her natural intelligence blossomed under a veritable army of tutors. She also developed physical strength and skill, testing the boundaries of human potential.
FAQ: All right, but can she cook?
GW: I find that question offensive. I utterly reject stereotypical gender roles.
FAQ: So, she can’t.
GW: No, she can’t cook. But she can fix your car or unclog your sink.
FAQ: What else can she do?
GW: She can fly a plane. That’s how we meet her in ACE CARROWAY AND THE GREAT WAR. She is sixteen but tells the air force she is eighteen, and flies a SPAD biplane in France.
FAQ: Did female pilots fly in WW I?
GW: No. This is where writing fiction is fun. My fictional world differs from actual history. At the beginning of our World War I, planes were used exclusively for spying. But enterprising pilots began taking handguns into the air, and so the arms race escalated.
FAQ: Are you a pilot?
GW: Not so far, no.
FAQ: How did you think of this character?
GW: Now, that really is my most frequently asked question. The answer, alas, is that I’m not sure. As I remember it, I went to bed one night wondering what Doc Savage would be like if he were female. When I woke up, Ace was in my head, pretty much as she is in the books. Well, she’s a few inches shorter in the books.
FAQ: What does she look like?
GW: She’s tall and has actual shoulders like a swimmer. She’s Indian-American, so she has darker skin tones. I generally describe her skin, hair, and eyes as golden.
FAQ: She’s monochrome.
GW: Yes, if you like. Here’s artist Mikey Brooks’s take.
FAQ: Nice. Is that mis-applied makeup on her cheek?
GW: No, those are scars that she got between books two and three. She’s too busy for makeup and other time-wasting mating rituals. She exercises every day and whacks off her hair when it grows too long.
FAQ: Time-wasting mating rituals? I think you just offended every reader of romance novels.
GW: I doubt that, but one insider tip on the Ace books is this: Once per book, in some fashion, a character falls in love with Ace, with “falls in love” in heavy quotes.
FAQ: Wait, there is romance?
GW: I didn’t say that. There are stirrings of chemistry, there are pretenses, there are unhealthy desires, there are lots of things, including genuine love. But Ace has wrongs to right and mysteries to solve. She doesn’t have time to waste on mush.
FAQ: Does she have super powers?
GW: She might come off that way at first because of her skills, but no. Definitely no superpowers. She is merely the result of natural talent combined with excellent education.
FAQ: Is it time for a limerick?
GW: Almost. Some quotes from the book come first.
A few Ace quotes:
On being imprisoned: “Looks like Ace is in a hole.”
On being tortured: “They questioned me.”
On performing sabotage: “Why escape with a whisper when you can escape with a bang?”
On monologs by the evil villain: “If there is a point, please get to it.”
On a certain medical matter: “That bullet’s got to come out.”
On her associates: “You fellas are terrific.”
Well after the bullets have started flying: “I’m starting to think they’re onto us.”
On airship design: “Why are there eight separate throttles? That’s ghastly engineering.”
When doom is certain: “I’m starting to get irritated.”
Protesting her exit from the Great War: “I wanted to help the war end. People killing people isn’t right.”
A signature line: “There’s nothing like flying.”
And a limerick to end with:
Ace Carroway says, “I am the cat.”
A corollary: “I’m no doormat.”
By land, sea, or air
She shows savoir faire
Ace ain’t the ball – she’s the bat.
About Ace Carroway
Join Ace Carroway and her motley gang of associates as they travel the world, solving mysteries and fighting crime.
In ACE CARROWAY and the GREAT WAR, sixteen-year-old Cecilia Carroway lies about her age and joins the war effort as a pilot. She earns her Ace nickname over France, but is forced down behind enemy lines. Escape plans are imperiled when Ace catches the attention of imperial minister Darko Dor.
Three years later, in ACE CARROWAY AROUND THE WORLD, Ace’s father dies in a hail of bullets in quiet Hyannis, Cape Cod. Lieutenant Drew Lucy is on the case, but it’s Ace Carroway at the top of his list of suspects.
In ACE CARROWAY and the HANDSOME DEVIL, Ace barely survives an assassination attempt at the hands of her old nemesis Darko Dor. Figuring the best defense is offense, she starts a detective agency in New York. Before the paint on the door dries, a new web of deception ensnares the rookie sleuths. Sudden romantic attention from a pair of handsome strangers is good, right?
The Adventures of Ace Carroway are available at many fine stores around the world.
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About Guy Worthey
Wyoming native Guy Worthey traded spurs and lassos for telescopes and computers when he decided on astrophysics for a day job. Whenever he temporarily escapes the gravitational pull of stars and galaxies, he writes fiction. He lives in Washington state with his violinist wife Diane. He likes cats and dogs and plays keyboards and bass guitar. His favorite food is called creamed eggs on toast, but once in a while he heeds the siren song of chocolate.