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Thursday, July 25, 2013


Our Book Club Friday guest today is Rachel Kall who enjoys writing spicy and suspenseful stories to keep readers guessing. Learn more about her at her website. – AP 

As Americans, I think we are all fascinated by the legal system. Just look at how many highly popular legal TV shows there are for us to choose from on all of the networks. From the traditional shows like Law & Order, to my current personal favorite The Good Wife—we all love our legal dramas.

Why do we love these legal TV shows so much? I think it’s because of the high drama and intense situations. Everyone enjoys unraveling a mystery. Examining the evidence. Determining guilt or innocence. Being inside a courtroom. The search for justice.

I thought long and hard about writing a book with a law firm setting. In some ways, it would be easier to write since I have experience in that world. But on the other hand, the real world practice of law and the fictional world of law are two totally different things. I wanted to be able to give readers a taste of the big law firm world without all the boring baggage that comes from the day to day life of being an attorney.

Writing this book was exciting because I got to push the boundaries, be creative, and step out of the box. That’s the wonderful thing about fiction. I took my experiences as a baseline of knowledge, then departed from that. Often times I veered off greatly from the real world. And to me, that’s what makes it exciting.

My debut romantic suspense, Legally Undercover, delves into the life of Alex Popov. She’s a senior associate struggling to make partner at a high-powered law firm in Washington, DC. Her entire life is consumed with that one goal. Until the day when she meets the mysterious Pedro Martín who makes her question everything she knows about her client, the FBI, and love. Alex is forced to make life-altering choices that could threaten her career and ultimately her life.

When she is approached by her client about a top secret investigation, she immediately sees it as an opportunity to prove herself. But that chance is challenged when the FBI gets involved and reveals the truth. Alex refuses to accept the FBI’s version of events and seeks out her own answers. That decision endangers her life and her heart.

What is your favorite legal TV show or novel? Why do you love it?

Legally Undercover
Attorney Alex Popov’s dream of partnership is put to the test when she’s pulled into a top-secret investigation involving arms dealers and one of her clients, Rodrigues Capital. The only good part about her association with the secretive organization is her client contact, Pedro Martín. She’s drawn to him, but he’s hiding something.

When Jacob shows up as a new attorney at Alex’s firm, it’s clear Pedro isn’t the only one with secrets. As Alex tries to determine Jacob’s true identity, she’s drawn closer to Pedro and deeper into the mystery of Rodrigues Capital and its shadowy networks.

Everyone has an agenda. In a world of lies, where no one is what they seem, Alex puts everything—even her dreams of partnership—on the line for love.


Unknown said...

Fascinating blurb, Rachel. I spent over a decade in an international legal battle and I plan to fictionalize that experience in the not too distant future. TV legal shows don't pull me the way they used to, as you can imagine! Best of luck with book sales!

Pat Brown said...

I also think the reason we like TV law shows is that on the show the law usually works and justice is served, unlike what we so often see in real life. Just like in cop shows the bad guys almost always pay for their crimes.

Rachel said...

Gemma--That sounds quite exciting. I hope your battle ended with a good result!

Rachel said...

Pat--You make a very good point. In real life, justice isn't always found. We have an imperfect system. But it's better than most alternatives.

Mia Marlowe said...

I'm a total sucker for law enforcement dramas and it frustrates me to no end when legal loopholes keep the whole truth from reaching the jury. I'm all for protecting a defendant's rights but who looks out for the victim's?