Gayle Cranfield - Author
|Posted on January 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM|
Michael Reynolds, ex Royal Marine and SBS (special forces) has been deep undercover in the Russian Mafia for two years. He hates his assignment, but because his mother was Russian, he was called upon to infiltrate the organisation by MI5. Now called Mikel, he has been tasked by his mafia bosses with finding girls in Eastern Europe who are to be put to work in the sex industry in New Orleans with the empty promise of a better life in the USA.
Mikel meets Lilly Summers in a Mafia owned club and starts a relationship with her, but soon backs away when he realises he is getting in too deep and doesn't want Lilly to get involved in his current life or to be dragged into the organisation he works in. But Lilly starts working for Mikel's Mafia boss and his love for Lilly grows.
When Mikel is encouraged to go further undercover by his MI5 boss than he is comfortable with, putting his relationship on the line, he finds himself in a battle between reality and the counterfeit life he has created for himself, but when he finds out Lilly is not all she is supposed to be, that is where his troubles really start.
But Michael is troubled in other ways....what's in his nightmares and what is the significance of the large tattoo that covers his back?
interview with an author
"The Jasmine Tree is my favourite book so far. I have grown as an author over the past year and although I love The Right Turn and The New Dawn, The Jasmine Tree is a much harder story with Michael and Lilly being strong people in their own right, but together they make the story come alive.
I got the idea for The Jasmine Tree when I was in New Orleans in 2014. We went on a scandal tour where the tour guide explained to us about the Russian Mafia taking over the seedier side of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and how they import girls from Eastern Europe with the promise of a better life in the USA, but realistically they are drugged and put to work in the strip clubs in Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. When they are hooked on heroin and are burnt out, the girls go 'missing'.
It intrigued me and I couldn't wait to get home and put pen to paper (or fingers to ipad). Ten weeks later The Jasmine Tree was ready to go to my Beta readers and the feed back I got from my four strong team was that this was the best book yet. I hope you like it as much as us.
I found the image of Michael when I was searching through thousands of images for the couple for the front cover of The New Dawn. As soon as I saw him I knew he was to be my half Russian main man and with Lilly in the background of the image I think it gives the moody atmosphere of the complex storyline that takes place on the streets of London, through Europe, into New Orleans and a little of the Caribbean thrown in too."
Other books by Gayle Cranfield www.bookstrand.com/gayle-cranfield
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