Thursday, August 21, 2014

Character Interview: Jennifer Lowery's Maximum Risk

Hiya, readers! I'm so excited to have Jennifer Lowery back on my blog today - Jennifer writes about hot military men and women ... and she's interviewing her new characters today just for us. Take it away, Jennifer!

Hi Kristina and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! My romantic suspense, Maximum Risk (Book #1, Wolff Securities) released this month so I’m very excited to be here! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!! 
In honor of my release I am giving away an e-book copy of any one of my books (go to my WEBSITE to choose) to one lucky commenter so please leave me a comment with your EMAIL so I can contact you if you win!!
Quinn and Avery have agreed to do a character interview for you today! Yes, it took some doing, but I managed to get them to answer a few questions for me. So, without further ado, here are the hero and heroine of Maximum Risk, Quinn Wolff and Avery Marks! 

How did you first meet your writer?
Quinn: When she decided to pull me on a rescue mission in the Middle East.
Avery: I was the rescue mission.

Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Quinn: Hell, no. I run a private security firm, our business shouldn’t be in a book.
Avery: I’ve been written about in brochures and magazines with my charity work, but never a book.

Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
Quinn: More like she convinced us. I’m still not happy with what you did, Jennifer.
Jennifer: I know, and I’m sorry, but I had to go where the story took me.
Avery: *sadly* I don’t like that part of the story. Let’s just move on.

Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
Avery: That’s a loaded question. Romantic Suspense is great and all, but it means hell for Jen’s characters. I like the romance, not so much the suspense. Too nerve-wracking.
Quinn: I prefer to keep my wife out of the suspense part.
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
Jennifer: I can’t let them answer that because it will give away the book. They don’t like to talk about it anyway.
*Quinn and Avery nod in unison*

Do you like the way the book ended?
Avery: Despite what we had to go through to get there, yes. *laces her fingers through Quinn’s*

What do you do for a living?
Avery: You already know Quinn runs a private sector security firm. I’m founder of Books for Change. A non-profit organization that helps teach women and girls to read in deprived areas of the world.

What are you proudest of?
Quinn: My family.
*Avery nods, squeezing his hand*
What do you like most about where you live?
Avery: Quinn’s family lives on a private lake in Michigan. It’s the most peaceful place I’ve ever been. I love it there. Although it took some time to get used to not having the city outside my window.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
Quinn smiles: Mom cooks a big family dinner and afterwards we play our traditional football game.
Avery: Translated into five alpha male brothers kicking the crap out of each other *she smiles*
If you knew a zombie apocalypse was coming in one week, what would you do?
Avery: I have the Wolff brothers surrounding me. I would have no worries. Not that I believe in zombies.
I hope you enjoyed talking with Quinn and Avery! Thank you for stopping by!

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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, 

About Maximum Risk:

It should have been a simple rescue mission…

Retired Pararescueman, Quinn Wolff, wrote the book on how to stay alive during a mission when he founded Wolff Securities, an elite private sector security firm. When he fast-ropes down to save missing humanitarian aid worker, Avery Marks, in the remote mountains of Azbakastan he isn’t prepared for the brave, stubborn woman who challenges the rules he wrote in order to protect her.
But when it comes to matters of the heart nothing is simple…

Avery Marks learned a long time ago to take care of herself, but when her convoy is attacked, her friends and coworkers murdered, she has to rely on the aid of intensely capable and handsome, Quinn Wolff to get her safely out of the country. His skills keep her alive, but his kisses put her in danger. In danger of losing her heart. That’s a risk she can’t take ever again.

Content Warning: Sexual content

Author Bio:

NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, 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 two children.  When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.  

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

3 On Thursday: Summer Must-Haves!

Okay, so I know it's August and summer is drawing to a close. But I'm holding on to these last rays of sunshine with a vengence this year. I'm still scarred from the very long winter we had on the NorthCoast, the shortened summer (because bebe was in school through the middle of June) and the absolutely beautiful weather we've had for the past month. Holding. On. Seriously! So, without further ado, here are my three summer must-haves (and, yes, I'll be wearing them/carrying them around until the first snowflakes fall):

First, Nike Comfort Bed flip-flops. I love them because the bottom is similar to a tennis shoe (although much lighter) so you can actually walk and not worry about a sharp object impaling you if you step on it. Also, the color selection. This year mine are black and hot-pink. In years past I've chosen brown/peach, electric blue/yellow...depends on my mood. There is a pair at the mall now that is a white/coral/electric blue combo. I'm thinking about buying early for next summer!

Second, Jordan Essentials lotion bar. It's perfect for cracked/chapped heels and hands. I buy vanilla because I don't like heavy scents in the summer time. I rub the bar over my heels/hands whenever they feel a bit rough and - poof! - all better!

Third, a great scented candle. I picked up a couple of red velvet cake and jelly bean scented candles at Yankee Candle in April. They're all burned down practically to the bottom. Which is good, because I'll do a winter stock-up in a couple weeks. I burn candles year round, but in the summer the scents have to be light and airy. These were perfect!

Okay, your turn: what are a couple of your summer must-haves?

Don't forget, I'm running a giveaway through the end of August:  I came home from the RWA conference with books and more books...and a few duplicates (seriously have no clue how that happened!), so comment below, for a chance to win 1 of 2 packs of books: 1 pack will be Nora Roberts (shadow spell and the collector), 1 pack will be Sylvia Day (spellbound and bared to you). And keep coming back, there are more books to be given away over the next few weeks.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Do You Know What You Want?

Yesterday, I googled for 'hot shoes'. A million and one pictures of trendy stillettos popped up...and one pair of shoes that would melt an eskimo's igloo. They were really, really hot shoes. Had I not known I was actually looking for the trendy shoes, I could've soooo gotten lost in those ugly, warm-toes shoes. But I knew what I wanted.

You know that old saying, 'those who want can't all have'? No? I'd never heard it until a few years ago when I started dating my now-husband. It was a phrase his grandmother said. A lot. It went along with whatever whining was going on in her house that day. Whine too much? You didn't get a kind shoulder and a little got a 'those who want can't all have'.

But I found it funny, in a ha-ha mixed with huh kind of way. Because my own grandmother listened to us whine and gave us hugs...and, you know, grandmothered us. Not so, the DH's grandma. She was more of the 'buck up' grandma, the you got knocked down? Well, do something about it. She kind of scared me.

I'm a goal setting kind of girl - even before I was published I would set goals: finish the first half of the WIP by XX date, sent X queries to X editors/agents by X date. I had one year plans and five year plans and pie-in-the-sky goals...And thinking about that phrase helped me become more focused on the goals I was setting. Did I really know what I wanted? And was I willing to put in the work to get it done? That is when I started really developing my plans for what I wanted out of life - not just a murky image of a girl at a typewriter, but my face on a book jacket.

It's the same with search engines. Someone, somewhere is googling for 'hot shoes' and failing miserably because they haven't looked past that first page of trendy shoe results...

Here's my goal-setting list: First, visualize where you are when you're 'successful' - get detailed. Are you sitting in an office, surrounded by family, madly writing with so many deadlines your calendar is full of markings? Second, take a hard look at where you are now...and what needs to change to get to your visualization area. Third, make a list of things you need to do (finish the book, polish the book, query the book, etc. Again, get detailed), a list of things you're willing to do to accomplish this (getting up earlier, staying up later, skipping 'girls night' a few times, etc). Fourth, tell your loved one. Demand their attention and respect and start moving forward.

Do you know what you want?