Toxic Game: Life or Death Love Affair

What would you do if you knew you only had a handful of days to live? How would that affect how you act and what you say?

This question intrigued me as I began to write Toxic Game, knowing already that the danger the hero and heroine would face had to do with bio-warfare and having to stop the threat of a pandemic.

While Draden and Shylah are determined to complete their mission they face the fact that they may be infected with a deadly hemorrhagic virus that has no known cure.

Since they’ve become a unit in this mission they’re thrown together in a way that forces trust, but it also extends a level of intimacy. With only one person to share your feelings with, to share your fears with how would that affect you?


Neither Draden or Shylah would waste a lot of time feeling sorry for themselves. They were trained soldiers and that just wasn’t an option to them. But, to get through what they saw as their final days I knew they’d both want to take care of the other person. And when you know you don’t have to face the consequences of your actions then why not be totally honest and ask for the things you want before you die?


Time wasn’t going to be their friend in many ways, but recognizing there wasn’t going to be a lot of time made each minute count. It would make them realize that “now” was the best time to say or do what they wanted or needed. People think they have all the time in the world, but the fact is, you don’t. That’s just an illusion. We are faced with mortality and we really don’t know when our number is up. Knowing you’re last days are upon you could be freeing in a way. I wanted to convey that with this couple.


It was important to me that readers realize that, no matter what, this couple was meant to be. There’s something about being put into a life or death situation that can cause people to have intense feelings for one another that can fade once that danger is over. It made me up my own game writing the romance between them and I believe the result is that Draden and Shylah have become one of the most romantic couples I’ve ever written.


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Published on March 13, 2019 15:39 • 561 views • Tags: christine-feehan, ghostwalkers, military-romance, pandemic, toxic-game
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message 1: by Carol L (new)

Carol L Cridge Death jogs along side of us or one step behind us constantly--eventually we will bleed into one and no longer be earthbound. I think it's important to leave something of ourselves behind, something good. Hopefully, someone will remember you warmly....I think that's the only way you can live on. No one is immortal but your memory can be. Having a great love keeps all that worry at peace, but when you lose it through death, divorce, whatever the circumstances the reality becomes real again. You hear those footsteps getting closer. Keeping yourself going for yourself, is one of the hardest things we learn. Romance is an added bonus to life and we are blessed to experience it at all. I can't wait to read this.

message 2: by Maureen (last edited Mar 14, 2019 08:12AM) (new)

Maureen Gianinio Can i just say, after reading this blog and the book, you hit the target in this book...accomplished everything you set out to do with Draden and Shylah!

message 3: by Diane (new)

Diane Mason You nailed this one, Christine. This book pulled me in and affected me in ways that haven't happened in awhile.

message 4: by Donna (new)

Donna Takayama Great great book i cried at the wedding. Went on the emotional rollercoaster with draden and shylah.

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