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Why you must read Astrid ‘Artistikem’ Cruz’s The Caregiver


Scarlett Lang is a hit woman turned undercover agent for Interpol. She’s tough and driven and doesn’t need anyone telling her what to do or who to get involved with. Bad combo when you happen to be working under a supervisor, if you ask me.

Tell us more.
I’ll tell you as much as I can about my new book because I don’t want to have to kill you.

Kidding! The Caregiver is the first book in The Caregiver Series and is immediately followed by Torn and The Beast. There will be a fourth book, which is already in the works.

What genre is the series?
I like mixing up genres whenever I can but could describe this book as a crime thriller peppered with some romance (what is a story without a bit of love, right?).

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
This book (the whole series really) has a bit for everyone. However, it will appeal mostly to crime fans.

Have you written any other books that we should read next?
There’s this short story I wrote titled At the Corner of Mars and Neptune and it’s pretty sweet. It’s noir written in a punk-styled prose. It was fun writing it and readers have liked it so I’m not complaining.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Astrid but the Internet knows me by Artistikem. Born and raised in Puerto Rico. I’ve been writing since forever and it doesn’t seem to go away, so I just keep doing it and sharing it with the world.

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?

How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?
Twitter: @artistikem
Facebook Page:

How easily do new storylines come to you? If we give you four random words – Man, Woman, Airport, Darkness – can you give us a brief storyline?
Stories tend to come to me out of nowhere and grab me by the throat until I’ve released the through writing. It’s that traumatic.

About that storyline…

Miranda may look like your normal business woman awaiting yet another red-eye flight. Talking on her mobile, tossing her briefcase, and sipping one coffee after another while pacing around the airport waiting area. Brian, on the other hand, is sitting all cool and comfortable. Although his eyes never leave her. Because the moment his guys kill the lights Mrs. Miranda Torres will become one more kidnapping victim in his long list of said crimes. Her husband is paying him a lot to “disappear” her. What neither Brian nor Mr. Torres know is that Miranda won’t come down without a fight.

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