Interview with Jules Brand from A Kiss for Luck

Hello! And thanks for joining me today. I have a real treat, an interview with the ever elusive conman, Jules Brand. He gets up to some trouble and dances with Lady Luck, so I was pleased to get him to join me here. You can read about some of his adventures in A Kiss for Luck. Let’s get started.

Welcome Jules, to my little hideout. Or would you prefer to go by a different name?

You, my beauty, can call me whatever you like.

Tell me a little about yourself. I know you keep busy with your “jobs” and your rules. What’s with the rules anyway?

When I was young and just starting out, a gorgeous woman named Delia London taught me the Rules of the Game. I’ve expanded them since then, to cover scenarios that Delia couldn’t foresee.

You work in a dangerous “profession,” so tell me why you’re more of a lover than a fighter.

Because blood stains silk, darling. And honey makes a much better trap than vinegar.

What did you really think of Stanzi when you first met her?

That she was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen. Oh, you want the truth? Well, she is beautiful. When I first saw her, I was certain my Luck was about to change. And when we met, I knew I was going to have a lot of fun.

What was special about Stanzi compared to your other marks?

At first, nothing. When I learned she was Delia’s niece, that explained my attraction. It was the way she approached life, with equal parts innocence and ferocity, that made my world spin.

If you could, what’s one thing you would want everyone to know about you?

That I’m completely trustworthy, of course.

Since this is the scoop on you, what’s one secret you can share with me?

With you, darling, I would share the world.

What’s your biggest regret?

*checks Patek Philippe watch* Looks like we’re running short on time. Let’s move ahead, shall we?

I know Luck is everything to you. Can you explain Luck for us?

*fingers pendant* Ah, Lady Luck. As seductive as any lover, and more capricious than a spring day. To lay in the arms of Luck is worth any price she demands.

What’s your favorite drink?

Champagne, of course. Is there anything else?

What would an ideal evening be for you?

Whatever you desire. My only wish is to please you.

Leave us with your parting thoughts before you sneak away to your next job.

I never sneak. But Europe has grown tiresome. It’s time to catch up with some old friends in the States. I hear New York is nice this time of year.

Thanks for joining us. I know you’re used to fancier hide outs, so I’m honored you joined us here. Check out Jules Brand and his adventures in A Kiss for Luck by Isa McLaren. This lighthearted crime story is sure to delight you as Stanzi (more ordinarily called Connie) and Jules find themselves in the crosshairs of Jules’s last mark and it takes all their wits to escape with their lives. Here’s the blurb:

When Connie Munro gets a sudden inheritance, she takes her dream vacation to Italy. On a whim, she kisses a stranger on the famous Ponte Vecchio. When her toes uncurl, she finds herself in a whirlwind fling.

Jules Brand is down on his luck. A con job gone wrong lead to a murder, with him as the prime suspect. He returns to his good luck city, Florence, to turn things around.  When Connie asks him for a kiss, he knows his luck has changed.

But Luck is a capricious mistress and Hagen Geier is bent on revenge. When Brand’s past catches up to him, Connie is caught in the cross-fire. She must rely on the charming con artist to get her out of it. She wouldn’t trust him with her purse, but what about her life?

You can grab this thrilling tale at or in paperback at today!

Isa McLaren enjoys casing museums and luxury condos in her free time. She resides in hot, humid North Carolina with her two burglar cats, John Archibald Dortmunder and Bernie Rhodenbarr. When not trying to ditch a tail, she can be found crafting the perfect cocktail for any occasion. A Kiss for Luck is the first book in her Art of Lying series, starring the charming con artist, Jules Brand.

Here’s where you can find Isa McLaren online


Twitter: @IWMcLaren


Thanks again and happy conning!


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