Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Welcome Jennifer Lowery!

Update! Winner, winner...Jennifer randomized the giveaway and Sharon Clare's name was drawn! Sharon look for an email from Jennifer to collect your prize!!

Hi Kristina and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! My debut book, Hard Core, released this week so I’m very excited to be here! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!! 

In honor of my release I am offering a copy of my debut romantic suspense, Hard Core, in either ebook format or signed print copy to one lucky commenter so please leave me a comment with your EMAIL and gift choice to be entered to win!!

Hi, Jennifer! So glad you could be here to answer these thought-provoking questions (lol)! On with the interview!

Kristina: What's your favorite non-word (as in word we've bastardized or completely made up) and why?

Jennifer: Oh no! I don’t have any non-words! I’m too OCD, lol! But I’ve read some of your other blogs, Kristina, and there are some good ones!  

Kristina: How do you keep gremlins – like your family – out of your office/writing habitat?

Jennifer: You can do that? LOL. Actually, my kids are all teenagers and they pretty much leave me alone when I’m working. Yes, I have the best kids in the world! It helps my office is on the third floor of our house too!

Kristina: How do your characters talk to you - dreams, daydreams, voices-in-your-head?

Jennifer: Good question! Mostly in my dreams and daydreams. Yeah, I don’t get much sleep, lol. I do figure out many plot issues while I’m sleeping though! 

Kristina: Have you ever taken your frustrations with the Real World out on your characters?

Jennifer: Don’t tell my characters this, but, I’m afraid so! You know the saying where you put your characters in a tree and throw rocks at them? Well, I tend to launch grenades! My poor, poor characters 
Kristina: Don't worry, it's our secret! If you could be one character from this book, who would it be? And why?

Jennifer: I would love to be Alana, the heroine. What an exciting life she lives. And to be rescued by a man like Cristian *sigh* This is why I love my job! I get to live vicariously through my characters! It’s awesome!!

Kristina: That's my favorite part of writing, too, Jennifer! Thanks for being my guest today!

Thank you for having me today, Kristina!! I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to all my readers out there! Without you I wouldn’t be here. My wish is to one day meet each and every one of you so I can personally thank you for your generosity and support! 
All my best, 

All About Hard CoreA supposedly hassle-free job for mercenary Cristian Slade becomes a mission of mercy when he saves a life instead of taking one. Slade's new mission might be his most dangerous yet, because the danger is to his heart.

Tragedy has sent esteemed surgeon Alana O'Grady to a remote a remote Nicaraguan island where she immerses herself in the lives of a native American tribe, using her talents for goodwill instead of wealth and prestige. But life turns upside down when her work requires she protect a rugged mercenary who commands her attention when she's awake and dominates her dreams while she sleeps.

Doctoring Cristian puts her entire tribe in danger from the man who's hunting him. Is it her professional oath or her unprofessional attraction to him keeping her from sending him away to heal on his own? Alana's fire warms Cristian's heart, but he's a hardened assassin and has no business falling for someone like her. Can they fight hard enough to keep what they might have together?

Content Warning: Sexual content.

Excerpt: Prepared to start an IV, she picked up a needle. She had it in position when his other arm shot out and he clamped her wrist in a bone-crushing grip. Startled, she met his panicked gaze.
“I said no needles.”
Her heart banged against her ribcage as she let the needle slip out of her hand. It hit the floor with a small ting. Alana opened her hands in surrender, her patient’s fingers digging into her flesh. For a man half-dead, he had amazing strength.
“Okay,” she said to placate him. “Relax, I don’t have it anymore. It’s your choice, but I recommend you let me start an IV for meds.”
“No. Just fix me.”
Alana pinned him with a no nonsense stare. “I’m not impressed with Superman heroics.”
Face pale and drawn, he said gruffly, “I’m not Superman. Learned not to trust people with needles.”
Her fingers were going numb. “If I remove the bullet without pain medication or anesthetic, you’re going to be sorry.”
He studied her. “You’re really a doctor?”
Alana bristled. “Technically, yes.”
She didn’t have time to explain herself with the amount of blood seeping from his gunshot wound. “I went to med school. You can let go of my arm now. I won’t use any needles.”
He looked down and immediately released his grip. She rubbed her wrist to soothe away the ache. “Can I get to work now, or do you want to question me more about my credentials while you bleed to death? I don’t have a blood bank, so you’re screwed if you lose too much.”
Her blunt statement received a curt nod. She normally didn’t talk to her patients like that. Her patients didn’t normally countermand her either.
“Do it,” he said.
“Without anesthetics?”
“I don’t need them. Just get it over with.”
Stubborn, stupid, or both? Insane, yes, but there wasn’t time to argue with him.
“Okay. The offer stands if you change your mind.”

All About Jennifer: Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer.  Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side. 

Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers.  She loves everything there is about romance.  Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines.  She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.  

Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and three children.  When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. 

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