Sunday, November 4, 2012

He takes lives. She saves them. Jennifer Lowery's Hard Core

Today I have a guest...Yes, someone foolishly asked. But I really am going to try and behave today. I'm kind of scared that Cristian might come after me if I don't. (That's the gorgeous hero below.)

So let's all give a big hello to Jennifer Lowery and
 stop staring at Cristian's abs.
You weren't? Well, I was.
I suspect you were too.

Liza: Jennifer, can we just stare at Cristian's abs for the rest of the day?

Jen: No. You need to focus.

Liza: I am focusing...on Cristian's abs.

Jen: On the interview, Liza. You need to focus on the interview.

Liza: Okay. Everyone say hi to Jennifer for bringing us Cristian's abs...I mean coming to see us today.

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

Liza: Can we share Cristian?

Jen: Focus...
Liza: I am. I truly am. (...on Cristian's abs.)

Jen: In honor of my release I am offering a copy of my debut contemporary 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!
Liza: Good luck with getting my followers to adhere to instructions. It's like herding cats!  Listen up cat people. If you want to stare at Cristian's abs all day and read about him you will need to stop salivating (it'll mess up your laptop) and leave a comment...and here's the part you always miss... LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS. If you don't want robo-snoopers snatching your email, then just turn @ to AT. They aren't very smart robots.

And any new people showing up to either give Jennifer support or you just want another gander at those beautiful abs, feel free to follow me. I like to be liked and followed (in non-stalkerish ways).

Now before we begin my take no prisoner, hard hitting interview. Let's gather some facts about Cristian and the heroine. Like...what's the book is about?

Jen: Would you like my blurb?

Liza: I'd rather have...

Jen: Don't say it!

Liza: *sighs so heavily she creates a small breeze*  Okay, let's have the blurb.


A 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.

Liza: I certainly hope there's sexual content, since I plan to out Alana O'Grady and insert myself into my reading of this novel!

Jen: Would you like an excerpt?

Liza: Can we compromise. Cristian's abs AND an excerpt?

Jen: *heavy sigh*  You really can't behave, can you?

Liza: Not really. So here's the excerpt. With some closeups of Cristian tossed in for me.


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.”
“I won’t.”
She doubted that, but didn’t comment. Instead, wiped her forehead with her forearm, and picked up gauze pads to clean the wound.
“Here goes,” she warned and dabbed his skin.
Her patient didn’t move or even wince as she cleaned the angry wound. Either he had a will of steel or he’d passed out again. Hopefully, the latter. Sweat rolled down her back as she finished cleansing the area around the bullet entry. Red flesh puckered with the first signs of infection. In this environment infection was guaranteed.
With a steady hand that would have made her father proud, she picked up her instruments and took a deep breath.
“You still with me?”
He murmured a response, turning his head slightly so he could see her. The stark beauty of his profile, despite the bruises, struck her again. The lines of his face were chiseled, unforgiving. The kind of man she’d glance at twice if she passed him on the street.
A man associated with a criminal.
“Still here, Doc. What are you waiting for?” Husky with pain, his deep voice brought her out of her thoughts.
She gave herself a mental shake. “Want something to bite down on?”
A small, wry smile touched his lips and his lids closed. “You won’t hear a peep out of me. Just fix me, Doc.”
“I can hit you so you’ll sleep through it,” she muttered.
That drew a low chuckle from him. She didn’t expect him to have a sense of humor. He seemed too…hard. His chuckle turned into a grunt of pain. “You probably hit like a girl.”
Alana grinned. “Yes, I do. Rest assured it won’t feel like it.”
“Appreciate the offer, but, no.” His words slurred together, his muscles tense as he fought his body’s demands.
“You got a name, Superman?”
His head rolled to the side, his chest rose and fell slowly. She thought he was out but he murmured, “Cristian.”
“Nice to meet you, Cristian.”
Then she dug into the wound for the bullet.

Liza: That was a really nice excerpt. I especially like the pictures.

Jen: The pictures were not originally in my excerpt and I'm a bit disturbed that you cut up my hero.

Liza: It was only done in love. And now it's time for my hard-hitting interview.

Jen: To be honest, I have to admit, I'm a little worried...

Liza: That means you have good instincts.  First, let's discuss your psychopathic tendencies...

Jen: My what? That wasn't one of the questions I chose!

Liza: Ah, so you're admitting --

Jen: No, I'm not. I'm perfectly sane, which makes ONE OF US. Why are you making stuff up?

Liza: I'm not. You wrote, and I quote: "Digging into my characters is awesome." And when coupled with the excerpt you provided about digging into Cristian's wound without anethesia--

Jen: Liza, this isn't funny. You know very well that response was to your question about what length books I like to write. And my response was:
I love writing full length novels. Digging into my characters is awesome. Learning them, discovering them, going on their journey with them is incredible! It’s hard for me to write short stories, although I have one coming out soon!
Liza: So you're saying I have taken your comment out context for undue titillation?

Jen: Yes.

Liza: My Bad.

 Jen: Are we done?

Liza: No. I'll be good...well, try to be good. Here's a semi-normal question.
If your main character had been allowed to write the novel rather than you, how would the story have been different?
Jen: Oh boy! If Cristian wrote this story Alana never would have been in any danger and she never would have discovered her inner strength. And he never would have allowed himself to fall in love with her. Sorry, Cristian, just can’t turn the pen over to you!
Liza: Can you turn his abs over to me?

Jen: Next question.

Liza: How would you describe your relationship with your muse?  Have you ever needed intervention? (My muse and I have to go to counseling sessions.)
Jen: I am not in the least bit surprised.
Liza: And your response, not taken out of context, to my question?
Jen: My muse and I don’t always see eye to eye. I show up to work every day. I have to write every day or I’d never get anything done. My muse shows up whenever he feels like it, lol.
Liza: I like that you can still laugh after the hell I've put you through.

Jen: You are a handful.

Liza: *nods happily* I blame it on the feral cats who raised me. Speaking of the past. Want to share your bio for the readers?

Jen: Will you leave it alone?

Liza: I promise.

Author Bio of Jennifer Lowery, in no way modified by Liza: 

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. 

Liza:  Love those abs? Here's where you can buy your own copy so you can lick the screen shot or cover of those abs.

Let's all give a standing ovation to Jennifer for being such a good sport!

Places to Find Jennifer once she runs full speed from my blog:


Besides being a very good book, Jennifer probably needs income to see a shrink over the trauma I've caused. There are lots of places to buy it, so no excuses:


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  2. Awesome interview and wonderful excerpt...and yes, Cristian does have rather amazing abs!! But, most importantly, congrats on your release, Jennifer :) The story sounds incredible. I'd love a digital copy. My e-mail is Chandra (at) chandraryan (dot) com.

  3. Thanks so much, Chandra!! And yes he does :)

  4. Sounds like a titillating read. Happy to connect with another romantic contemporary/suspense writer both on Facebook and now here. Good luck with your writing Jennifer!

    1. So nice to meet you too, Tara!! Thanks so much!!

  5. Ladies i loved the wonderful interview.cant blame you Liza for oogling Christains abs, he is so gorgeous and what a wonderful hero he is to i absolutely loved reading this book. Jennifer has given us such an exciting hero to love. i wish her all the best with this superb book.

    1. Aw, thanks so much, Julie!! So nice to see you here!

  6. Hysterical interview! And it's a great read.

  7. I came across your website somehow, Jennifer, and told myself when I found the time I had to read them. (About to start edits and trying to finish up my WIP before the new year.) And Let's not forget the HOT covers! Good luck with your newest release. (Thanks for telling me about using AT instead of @. I didn't know that.)

    1. So happy you found me, Jennifer! Good luck with your edits! I set a goal to finish my WIP by Christmas too :) Thanks so much and Happy Editing and Writing!!

  8. Hilarious interview! I'm purposely not leaving my email (not one of those readers who don't follow instructions, lol) because I've read this book and loved it. Thanks for the morning fun!

    1. LOL, Toni!! So happy you enjoyed it!!

  9. Hahaha. Very funny. I already have the book.

  10. This was a great interview, it made me laugh outloud, Perfect for a Monday...thank you ladies! But I do agree, I'm having trouble focusing after looking at Christians abs...Wow! I can't wait to read it! Congratulations on your new release and Good Luck...sounds like a best seller to me:) It doesn't matter to me which format, either e-book for nook or print copy, whichever one is easiest! Enjoy your Monday!

    1. Aw, you're so sweet, Allyson!! I hope so!! Thanks so much!!

  11. Lovely interview! And, ohhh those abs! teehee :D Congrats, Jennifer! Loved the excerpt!!


    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  12. You two should go on the road! Hysterical! Ah, Cristian's abs...and other stuff. I wondered why the computer started acting up when I licked the screen.
    I have this book...I love it.

    1. LOL, D'Ann!! Thanks so much!!

  13. OMG, guys kill me. Love the interview. The book sounds awesome. As I'm a day late...too late for the drawing I bet. I'll just have to hop on over and buy it!

    Good job ladies. And yes, Liza, you are very, very bad. lol.


    1. You're not to late, Cheryl!! Not drawing until tomorrow! Isn't Liza fun!! And she tried so hard to be good, lol! Thanks so much!

  14. LOL, it is hard to not drool over abs.

    1. Very, very hard, Karen! Thanks!!

  15. I'd like to thank everyone for stopping by. I noticed not one person was brave enough to follow my blog. Yes, I refer to my followers as cat people, and claim you can't follow instructions, but you never have to be interviewed. You just get to laugh at other people who asked to come on my site.

    Am I making it to hard to follow me? Should I search for a better follow me app? Or do you just think its not a good idea to be associated with a lunatic. We have feelings you know...

    Talk to me. I presently have less followers than I do personalities. (Assuming all charcters I've written are a portion of my personality.)

  16. Oh my.... That was a hoot! I'd love to stare at his abs too.

    Congrats again, Jen.


    1. Thanks Sara!! We can all stare together :)

  17. Congrats to Chandra for winning Cristian' abs to lick. The rest of us are jealous. *Finger to ear* What's that? I stand corrected. Congrats to Chandra for winning the book which comes with a picture of Christian's abs to lick.


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