Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Lowdown with Janie Crouch

PRIMAL INSTINCT'S release!

For this life-long reader, the release of my first book was a dream come true


Hello Romantic Suspense Readers!

Primal Instinct, my debut novel with Harlequin Intrigue released this month in stores and online everywhere. Although Primal Instinct will continue to be available online, due to the nature of category romance, it will only be available in stores for a couple more weeks. So if you see one at Walmart, or Barnes & Noble, or any number of misc. stores across the country -- pick one up for a friend or snap a picture with it and send it to me. I'm making a collection! Soon it will be time for the May Intrigue books to take it's place.

Of course, you can always buy it at my website, a great option especially if you're looking for an autographed copy. :-)

On April 3, we had a fabulous book release party in Virginia Beach, VA -- my hometown. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with my family and friends! I am so thankful to my parents and hubby for realizing that a first book only ever happens once and going through the trouble and expense to put together this wonderful event.

             

Primal Instinct continues to get rave reviews -- including a TOP PICK from Romantic Times magazine. Harlequin Junkie gave it the coveted "HJ Recommends" banner. Cataromance.com called it a "fantastic story".  All in all, I've been thrilled with the reviews.

The question I'm most commonly asked? Will I be writing the stories of Adrienne's sisters mentioned in Primal Instinct, (each with special abilities of their own)? The answer: YES! I am working with Intrigue to see when we can fit that into the publication schedule.

But I do know the Primal Instinct follow-ups will be after the release of my four-book Intrigue series about siblings who work at OMEGA Sector -- a covert, interagency taskforce, made up of the most elite agents our country has to offer. Those will release in December 2014, and January, May and June 2015. I'm deep in the writing cave working on them. Two stories down, two left to go!

I was featured as Harlequin's DEBUT AUTHOR OF THE MONTH on their website. Check it out here. I answered questions about how long it took my first book to sell and when I knew I wanted to become a writer.

I so appreciate your enthusiasm and support as I've entered this whirlwind journey into publication. Thank you for signing up for this newsletter and for liking my facebook page. Your encouragement means so much and I am grateful.

Next newsletter this fall when I have solid release dates and more to report!

Remember, only you can prevent forest fires :-),
Janie

Some fun pics of Primal Instinct readers/friends sent to me from Indiana, Georgia, Nevada, and Florida, respectively. (None staged, of course, lol):






Feel free to send me yours: janiecrouch007@gmail.com


Monday, April 7, 2014

The Scoop from Julie Miller (April)



Dear Readers,

First of all, Happy Birthday to my mom!  And to any other April celebrants out there!

April 1 marks the release of my very first all-me anthology!  MAKE MINE A MARINE is officially out, in ebook only for now, but in several different formats.  So whether you’re Kindle or NOOK, you read on your phone or computer, etc.—if you can read digital books, you can download
Available now! Ebook only.

MAKE MINE A MARINE.  The anthology features 3 full-length romantic suspense novels featuring military heroes.  For those readers who often ask when I’m going to write a single-title length romantic suspense novel, I have!  These aren’t Precinct stories, but feature a group of former Marine Corps operatives who are now in the bodyguard business.  I hope to write a brand new story featuring one of their friends as the hero later this year.








Coming this summer!
In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about on the Intrigue front.  KCPD PROTECTOR, the lead title for August 2014, is going to have a prequel novella available online at www.Harlequin.com all through the month of June.  I’m writing that story now.  The novella, tentatively titled THE BRIDESMAID’S BODYGUARD, will have 30 short-short chapters, with a new one published each day throughout June.  Readers can get KCPD PROTECTOR July 1st at the Harlequin website.  (August 1 through other outlets)





My next project is something brand new.  Harlequin Intrigue NOIR is the new digital-first line that Harlequin will launch this fall, and I’ve been asked to write one of the stories for their first anthology.  Intrigue NOIR is a darker, grittier, sexier version of the Intrigue romantic suspense stories readers love.  While many readers love the traditional Intrigue (and those will certainly continue!), many readers have also asked for a little more steam, a little more atmosphere in their books.  These NOIR books are for them…and anyone who’s as big a fan of romantic suspense as I am.  My story is tentatively called THE PRECINCT: AFTER DARK.  Readers will recognize familiar Kansas City settings from my fictional Fourth Precinct.  But there will be a few more curse words, a little more sex (think Blaze-ish) and some grittier themes.  I hope my readers will give the new spin-off line of Intrigue NOIR a try.

As always, be sure to check out my Contests & Fun Page http://www.juliemiller.org/contests_&_fun.htm to read an excerpt from MAKE MINE A MARINE.  And enter for a chance to win one of my backlist titles!

So, I've chatted about a variety of different types of stories I'm working on, or have written for release.  Which one are you most looking forward to, and why?  Or share about any author's book you're looking forward to reading.  I'll give away a copy of a title from my backlist (print, if I have it, or ebook--winner's choice) to one lucky poster.

Happy Reading!
Julie

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WE ASKED INTRIGUE AUTHORS

...is there an object on or near your desk that you see while writing?

THE BODYGUARD, Harlequin Intrigue, May 2014  

When I'm writing, the main thing I see is my "ego wall" directly in front of me. Don't get the wrong idea. I, like most authors I know, suffer horribly from lack of confidence and extreme self-doubt. That's exactly why I put my book covers, my books, and awards on that wall. When I'm stuck and thinking everything I write is horrible, I can see that wall and be reminded that I have succeeded in the past and if I work hard and keep going I can do it again. That wall is my confidence booster. Plus, it's just plain fun to look at my book covers. :)  
 
HUNTED, Harlequin MIRA, January 2014 


This is what I see from my desk while I'm working...the gorgeous poster MIRA created for HUNTED, my debut suspense novel.  It definitely keeps me motivated!! 


THE WITCH'S DESIRE, Harlequin Nocturn, May 2014


On my desk is my passport. I'm leaving it there to remind me I have to renew it soon or it'll expire. Inside it is all the stamps from the countries I've visited over the past 10 years. Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Canada, England, Ireland, Italy and the Virgin Islands. I love visiting other countries and want to incorporate some of those locales in my writing so that others can experience, albeit vicariously, some of those wonderful places. While reading you don't have to leave the comfort of your own home to visit places you've always wanted to see. Your mind fills in the blanks and you escape, no matter where.


I find that my bucket list is comprised primarily of places I want to see before I die. What about you?

MALLORY KANE
SANCTUARY IN CHEF VOLEUR, Harlequin Intrigue, July 2014

Actually, the 'object' I see while I'm writing is this lovely warming cushion that follows me wherever I go. 

His name is Smoke Monster. I thought, a year ago, when I got him at 3 weeks old, that I'd name him Smoke Monster and call him Smokie. Um, no. He's Monster. The name fits. Trust me. 

DEAD BY WEDNESDAY, Harlequin Intrigue, Feb 2014

I do most of my writing on my sun porch, in an ergonomically incorrect chair with my laptop computer resting on my folded legs. While this plays havoc with my lower back, I do have a lovely view outside of my window. Most of the time, that is. Right now the garden that I overlook is brown and damp and the tree that anchors that garden is bare to the bones. But in just a matter of weeks, the flowering crab tree will be amazing, with delicate pink buds. When that happens, I will spend entirely too much time tree-gazing and not nearly enough time writing. I promise I'll share a picture when it's in full bloom!   

ANGI MORGAN
NAVY SEAL SURRENDER, Texas Family Reckoning Book 1, Harlequin Intrigue, May 2014

Most of the time that I'm writing, I'm on the couch looking out the window and watching our two pups: Texas & Roxie along with a foster. But occasionally I sit at my desk to work. I have a poster of the ocean that says: BREATHE. There are lots of writing incentives, copies of my books and covers to remind me that dreams come true. Wind chimes hang from the ceiling, there are pictures I've taken from traveling and lots of priceless objects that friends have given me. 

BOUND BY SECRETS, Montgomery Justice Series - Gabe’s Story, Montlake Romance, Summer 2014 
I wish I had something amazingly inspirational that I look at while I’m writing…but…the truth is, I’m pretty boring. I have a few fun items above my computer, but actually, I really have to stand up and want to look at them. Below the fun items are my reference books, dictionary, thesaurus, etc. But the MOST important item is the white board to the right. My plotting board. Those little post-its are the scenes of my book…and that’s what I tend to do at the computer…write. No distractions, no window, the occasional music (without words)… and me hunkered down. Unless the internet distracts me, and then I use a fun little program called Freedom that cuts me off from the web. Like I said, pretty boring. 

RAVEN'S HOLLOW, Harlequin Intrigue, February 2014


Through the window in front of my desk, I can see the summit of the Malahat, which is an incredibly beautiful stretch of our up-island highway.  The road was carved through deep rock and spectacular walls of that rock rise up on both sides as you make the climb.  People come from all over the world to take a drive on our truly amazing Hat.



WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Do you have something you look at every day?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

DIAGNOSIS: ATTRACTION

by Rebecca York    

Miniseries: Mindbenders   

Dr. Matt Delano's life is turned upside down by his intense connection to a beautiful amnesiac.

No medical test could ever detect what Dr. Matt Delano experiences while taking the pulse of his beautiful amnesia patient. For a few shocking moments, he feels more deeply connected to Elizabeth Forester than he thought humanly possible. And to his shock, a scorching sexual heat flares between them.

As a professional, the handsome doctor tries to stay away from Elizabeth, but finds it impossible. He'll risk his life to help her regain her memory and discover who's trying to kill her—and why. Only then can he try to solve the more baffling mystery of their powerful bond: What's turned two loners into passionate soul mates?


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Friday, March 28, 2014

PRIMAL INSTINCT

by Janie Crouch    

A killer stalks the city streets, and one FBI agent is determined to bring him down in Janie Crouch's Primal Instinct.

On the crowded streets of San Francisco, a serial killer watches and waits. Known only as "Simon Says," he lures his next victim while the FBI grasps for answers. Desperate, they turn to Adrienne Jeffries. Adrienne has an uncanny talent for getting inside the city's most dangerous minds. But first she'll have to get past FBI agent Conner Perigo. Skeptical of Adrienne's abilities, Conner begrudgingly enlists her help…unprepared for the powerful attraction that could jeopardize their focus. With little time, and everything to lose, they must work to find Simon's next victim—before he does.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

RELENTLESS

by HelenKay Dimon    

Miniseries: Corcoran Team    

The elite Corcoran Team has a new hero in HelenKay Dimon's Relentless!

Branded a traitor for exposing high-level corruption, former NCIS agent Ben Tanner needs to redeem himself. When the hot new operative saves nurse Jocelyn Raine from a brutal attacker, he embarks on his most challenging mission yet: discovering who's after the strong, sexy woman--and trying his best not to fall for her. She has, he learns, something in her past she wants to remain hidden.

But when the attacks on Jocelyn continue, Ben takes her on the run to protect her. Sparks ignite and tension is high as their options dwindle. It's possible Jocelyn's secret has endangered them both. Now it's Ben's job to see they survive the fallout….


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

THE BRIDGE

by Carol Ericson     
Miniseries: Brody Law  

His past is coming back to haunt him, and only one woman can bring this detective the redemption he needs in Carol Ericson's new miniseries, Brody Law.

Under the Golden Gate, Elise Duran refused to be a serial killer's next victim. She was the first of the abducted to survive. And Detective Sean Brody was there to make sure a second chance wouldn't be necessary.

As the elusive murderer sends them messages, both personal and gruesome, the point becomes clear: no one can escape death. But Sean's presence can't be any stronger as he shadows Elise while on the job—and off it—proving she couldn't have asked for a better protector. Though beneath his cool exterior Sean hides a troublesome secret. One that's absolutely to die for…

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