Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Cristian Slade's abs on Erotic Notions

Pause and drool.

Ahem. I mean talented author Jennifer Lowery is visiting.

A few weeks ago I reviewed Jennifer's book, Hard Core, and today I have the pleasure of her visiting. If you wish to read the review, it is in the archives under October. I don't review every book I read, but I did for this one - short version, I loved the book.

So enough about me, let's meet Jennifer. Come on  in, pull up a chair and say hi.

  Hi Erotic Notions 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!! 

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!!

Tell us 6 things about yourself. 
 1. I’m a wife of 20 years to a wonderful man!
2. I have 3 teenagers.
3. I love dark chocolate.
4. I love to read and spend time with my family.
5. I’m really shy!
6. I’m terrified of heights and small spaces.

(OMG - on number 2)
(Totally with you on numbers 3 and 5!)

What genre(s) do you write in?
I write action/adventure romance and military romance and I love it!

Have many books have you written? List names of published books?
Not counting the ones under my bed, lol, I’ve written eight books, three of which are contracted. My debut novel, Hard Core, came out October of this year! Yay! My second, The Treasure, is scheduled for January, 2013, and my third, Murphy’s Law, for March, 2013. I also have a short story, Taking Chances on Amazon that I self-published. 

(note note note - more exciting reads hiding under her bed)

Plotter or a pantster?  Why does this work best for you?
Complete pantster! Much to my OCD side’s distress, lol. In life I am organized, efficient, orderly. But when it comes to my writing I’m the total opposite. I’ve tried outlining, writing out timelines, planning, and every time lost my story. Yep, by time I finished I felt like I’d already written the story and lost all interest. Besides, once I started writing, my characters didn’t stick to the plan anyway so I ended up throwing the notes out! So I’ve learned to trust my process, but it is really hard for me to let my creative side take over.  

(Putting Jennifer on the pantster list)

Personally I have trouble coming up with book titles, is this easy for you? How do you do it?
Book titles are very hard for me usually. Hard Core came to me through my hero, Slade, because he was a Hard Core mercenary and I just knew that was the title. That doesn’t usually happen, lol. Murphy’s Law came out of my hero’s name, actually my husband came up with that title. And The Treasure I thought for sure they would change, but it fit the story so my publisher kept it. I still don’t think I’m very good with titles.

Chocolate ice cream or chocolate gelato?
Chocolate ice cream.

Baseball or hockey?

(if there actually was a hockey season to watch!)

Hot red finger nail polish or bare nails?
Bare nails.

Spaghetti or steak?

Laying on a beach or skiing down a mountain?
Can I take the mountain without the skiing, lol?

 (Heck yes. I never could understand the concept of throwing myself off the side of the mountain with wood strapped to my feet and trees put up at road blocks.)

White roses or red roses?

Thank you for having me today, Erotic Notions!! 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, 

 Hard Core/Romantic Suspense

Tag: He takes lives. She saves them.

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.


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.

Author Bio: 
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.  


  1. Wonderful interview. I actually love skiing down mountains. Jennifer, congratulations on the book.

  2. Thanks, Ella!! I would love to try skiing one day. I'm just not that fond of heights, lol. Maybe the bunny hill :)

  3. Great interview! I love spaghetti. Yum! And, you may have to bring out one of those stories from under the bed....Show and tell, come on! :)

    1. Thanks, Nikki!! Not sure those stories should ever see the light of day, lol! But, maybe...

  4. Ohh, the cover says it all. Yum. I'm with you on the hockey, Jennifer. Those men slamming into one another on the ice like they're made of steel. It's a awesome sport.

    Hard Core sounds fantastic. Best of luck!

    1. I'm with you, Mary!! Hockey rules! Thanks so much!!

  5. Thanks for that enlightening (but chuckling still) interview.
    I have 2 hormonal teenager and one preteen (oh & can't forget the 3 year old too), ALL girls yea me..
    As for closed in spaces, claustrophic here so I sympathize with ya...

    As for the book, cover art has grabbed my attention and the blurb make the book seem like an amazing read...



    1. Three girls, Beckey! I have two sisters so I feel for ya! Yep, no closed spaces for me :) Thanks so much!

  6. Wow, Jennifer. You and I sound very similar. I'm a total pantser. In my regular life, I'm total OCD about everything. But I can't outline, plot to save my life.

    1. LOL, Brenda! Me either! I'm much happier writing by the seat of my pants :)

  7. I just stopped by to lick those abs.
    I love those abs
    Can I marry his abs?
    Liza the clearly demented.

    1. LOL, Liza!! You are such a hoot!! So glad you stopped by!

  8. I'm so proud of you, Jenn. Abs aside, this is such a great book!
    Great interview, you two!

  9. Thanks to everyone for dropping by and supporting Jennifer.

    1. Thanks for having me, Daryl!! Your interview questions were lots of fun!! I had a great time!

  10. Great interview, ladies! I really enjoyed Hard Core. Can't wait for Mercer's book. :)

  11. Sounds like a great book. Congratulations!!! I love autographed books.

  12. I can't believe I've never been to this blog before. I laughed so much reading the interview. The quips just made my day.

    I already have HARD CORE in my sights - so to speak.


    1. Daryl's blog is awesome, isn't it, Mary!! Her interview was so much fun to fill out! I'm so glad you stopped by!

  13. Great interview, Jennifer and Daryl! So many of us romance writers are painfully shy--I wonder if we ever met, would we actually speak to each other? LOL I hope so! I'm in the midst of reading my signed copy of Hard Core, so no need to enter me. :) And yes, I look at Cristian's abs each night before going to sleep and drool. LOL

    1. Thanks, Jenna! I hope we get to meet one day! How cool would it be to get us all in the same room? It could happen :) I hope it does!

  14. I stopped and drooled! ;) Great interview, ladies! I, too, pick hockey!

  15. This books sounds great! I would love to win a signed print copy!

  16. I stopped and drooled! ;) Great interview, ladies! this books sounds great! I would love to win a signed print copy!

  17. Nice interview.