An Introduction to Akash Robinson.

(My visual inspiration for Akash is Raza Jaffrey)

In book four of The Sin Bin, The Royal Marine, which comes out in October, Akash Robinson gets his chance at love. He finds himself in the midst of an awkward love triangle. The baker has shown up a few times in the series thus far, but only as brief mentions.  This is the first real chance readers get to meet him.

I thought I’d give a brief introduction to him with a few random facts.

  1. He’s biracial (or mixed race, depending on what term you prefer). His mother is Indian, and his father is Caucasian.
  2. Akash is completely obsessed with cooking reality TV shows. His personal favourite is The Great British Bake Off.
  3. He always wanted to be a baker.
  4. Until recently, Akash lived at home with his parents.
  5. His hands and arms are covered by tiny scars from getting burned while baking.
  6. Ganesh is the cat that his sisters gave him. Akash has a love/hate relationship with his cat.
  7. Akash played cricket at school–badly. He doesn’t like talking about it. His dad loves to tease him about it.
  8. As a youngster, Akash learned self-defense and has picked up several martial arts.
  9. One of his greatest joys in life is creating spice combination that represents both of his heritages.
  10. Of the three Robinson siblings, Akash has the worst memory.
  11. He and his two sisters were all given Sanskrit names.
  12. Akash’s name means sky or open space. His mother wanted him to feel free to grow into a great man.

Anyway, so there’s a bit about Akash Robinson. The strong-willed, sassy baker who tries to run away with the heart of a certain retired Royal Marine.

Losing Tastes Like Taco Bell.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll likely have noticed one of my new obsessions is a show on CBS called Hunted. It’s basically hide & seek for adults with a massive prize if you don’t get found. The fugitives are regular people and the hunters are a mixture of mostly law enforcement and military experts.  As the finale is on Wednesday, today seemed a good day to blog about ten random things I’ve seen or learned from the show.

In no particular order:

– Always be wary of Black SUVs with tinted windows. Sneaky people use them to spy on you.

– The internet never forgets anything ever. Deleting your history doesn’t mean it’s actually erased.

– Taco Bell nachos taste like money floating away on the wind.


– People frequently miss what’s right in front of their noses–like 6-foot tall men hiding in their back yards.

– If you’re ever one the run, leave all your mobile devices behind. Also, never drive a new vehicle. Telematics. Google it.

– Butt dials can be either dangerous mistakes or subversive mind games.


– When ‘cute boys’ ask to sleep on your porch, the correct answer is NO. #strangerdanger

– Rises in blood pressure can lead to being punked.

– Lying can be good or bad–depending on which side of the fugitive/hunter fence you’re on. Also, if you’re going to lie about your name, practice saying the name a few times. #robles

If you’re not watching the show, you should definitely check it out for sheer entertainment value–and also because you learn a hell of a lot about how easy it can be to track someone in the digital age.

Also, you’ll find the entire cast is incredibly active (and hilarious) on twitter.

What are the shows you obsess over? Have you learned anything from watching them?