Character Bio of Alejandro Ramos by Colleen Helme
Alejandro Ramos is the bodyguard and hit-man to mob-boss Joe “The Knife” Manetto. He is Cuban-American and grew up in Miami, Florida. He’s 6’3” and 220 pounds of solid muscle. He spent most of his life on the run from the law, and ended up working as a security guard for the club owned by Manetto. One night he saved Manetto’s life and, seeing great potential; Manetto took Ramos under his wing, grooming him with martial arts training and combat techniques.
As Manetto’s number one man, Ramos is involved in the everyday workings of the organization. Because of his reputation, most people who know him stay out of his way. Although he’s had a few brushes with the law, nothing has ever come of it. He’s also been charged with keeping co-worker, Shelby Nichols, alive, which has made his life more complicated, especially since he has grown to respect, trust, and admire her. Because of that, he’s put his life on the line for her several times and, so far, he’s managed to keep her from getting killed.
When he’s not working, his favorite past-times are riding his motorcycle, driving fast cars, and playing poker.
Shelby Nichols #8
by Colleen Helme
It’s been almost a year since a near-fatal gunshot wound left Shelby Nichols with the ability to read minds. In that time she’s faced one problem after another. She’s been shot at, framed for murder, and targeted by a serial killer, just to name a few. Now she’s trying to help her lawyer husband win a murder trial that will enable him to become a partner in his law firm. Sounds easy, right? But nothing ever goes as planned when it comes to Shelby Nichols.
When special agent, Blake Beauchaine, shows up to collect a debt from Shelby, things get even more complicated, and Shelby is soon on her way to Paris. A routine meeting with a rogue agent reveals a sinister plot, putting Shelby into the cross-hairs of a known terrorist. Even worse, she doesn’t speak French, so it seems her mind-reading abilities won’t help her this time.
Things go from bad to downright dangerous for Shelby, especially since her usual guardians, Uncle Joey, and his hit-man, Ramos, are back in the states. Lost and on her own in the streets of Paris, can Shelby escape the cold-blooded killer in time to stop his devious plans, or will this be the end of the line for Shelby Nichols?
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As the author of the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, Colleen is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter-ego. “Definitely,” she says. “Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. “I love getting Shelby into trouble… I just don’t always know how to get her out of it!” Colleen lives in the Rocky Mountains with her family. Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.
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