Hi and thanks for hosting me today! I’m Jennifer James. Today I want to introduce you to my newest release, COVERT CRAVING. It’s book one in a series I’m calling Project Genesis. Unlike my other series books, this series I’m actually planning on containing to a trilogy. (Although I’m holding on to the right to change my mind about that.) This book follows Chloe Saunders and Jacob Greiff, two people who are a little . . . different. *grin* Check out the blurb and excerpt to learn more about these two characters.
She just stripped in front of an NYPD detective…
The glow-in-the-dark water at Camp Sunny Woods left Chloe Sanders with the ability to disappear from sight.
Thirteen years later, she uses her “gift” to take out criminals when she can. If she’s got to be part of a freak show, she’s going to do some good while in the buff.
And he’s enjoying studying every luscious curve…
Color blind detective Jacob Greiff smokes to weaken the overwhelming messages his nose sends him. One summer camp trip was enough for him. His priority right now is busting the vigilante leaving burglars tied up with panty hose and women’s scarves.
He thinks he’s hallucinating when he sees a petite, bare foot brunette in an enormous trench coat at his crime scenes because for the first time in years, he’s seeing someone in full color.
He’s not sure he’s buying it, but Chloe sure looks great when she’s “invisible.”
Despite his own supernatural abilities and the raging lust between them, Greiff wonders if Chloe isn’t some kind of nut who gets off on public nudity. She insists she can disappear from view when naked, that he’s the only one who can see her when she’s in the buff.
Their shared past comes to a treacherous intersection when a man shows up at Chloe’s apartment and informs them at gun point it’s time to report for duty—or else.
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An Interview with Jennifer James!
Thank you Jennifer, for taking the time to answer my questions.
Firstly: Can you tell me a bit about your book ?
COVERT CRAVING is a fun romp with suspense, action, conspiracies, government baddies, a sexy detective, a woman who can disappear from sight (but only when she’s naked) a sewer monster named Dyson, genetic manipulation, and some hot sexy sex.
Where do your ideas come from?
Life. Everything, everyday that I find interesting gets stored away in my brain and comes out later somewhere. I like to read about things I find interesting and eventually all that stored stuff mingles together and *poof* It’s a book baby!
Who leads your story direction – do your characters determine the direction, or do you maintain control and give them the lead ?
I’m more of a pantser than a plotter. So I kinda start out with a character and let them do some stuff and that helps me learn who they are. Then I’ll introduce another character and another and invariably they’ll have conflict. That’s usually when I have to do some plotting to get us out of the conflict and move toward resolution, but I like to let the characters reveal themselves to me over the course of a story. Like an onion.
Sometimes things get sticky and the book goes into a ditch, and I cry. Cause of that whole onion business. But we get outta there. Eventually.
The best piece of information you ever received about your writing ?
To do it because I love it. To revise a million times, but realize at some point I have to let go and give it to the readers. Cause it’ll never be perfect enough to suit me.
Who do you like to read on your down time?
Jeaniene Frost, JoAnne Kenrick, Cassandra Carr, Kelley Armstrong, Stacia Kane, Yasmine Galenorn, Ann Mayburn, Nalini Singh, Kim Harrison, Karen Marie Moning, Patricia Briggs, Kevin Hearne, Keri Arthur, Ilona Andrews, Fiona Druce, Milly Taiden, Mina Carter
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Ummmm…I don’t know. If I enjoy something I generally don’t feel guilty about it. It’s not like I shop lift or toilet paper people’s houses.
Coffee or tea? Both. I drink one or the other or both daily.
Socks or slippers? Depends on the weather. I love my slippers, but sometimes they’re too hot. So then it’s a sock day. Plus, socks work better for sliding around on hard wood floors.
Dogs or Cats? I have one of each. I love animals.
Chunky or creamy peanut butter? Creamy for with apples and carrots, chunky for sandwiches.
First book you remember reading more than once? Charlotte’s Web. 101 Dalmations. Little House on the Prarie.
If you could choose any character – from your books or someone else’s to be your partner in a dance off – who would you choose and why?
Oh dear lord. I’d be out so quick. I’m not a good dancer. I think I’d take Samuel from Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson books. He’s a delight, and would make it fun. I hate to take one of the boys from one of my books because their lady would be upset.
If I had a girl to dance with I think I’d pick Joey from Long Time Coming. She approaches life with zest and goes full steam ahead.
What one thing would people be surprised to learn about you?
I have to wear a night guard cause I’m continuously stressed out to the max
We know that characters are like children, and you aren’t supposed to have a favorite – but everyone does *even mothers*. Who is your favorite character in this story and why ?In this story? Hmmm…probably Daisy Mae. She’s completely over the top and unpredictable. And has a back story that will shock people when I get around to writing her book.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions
Thanks for having me on Gaele! ((hugs))
About the Author:
Jennifer James hates to talk about herself in the third person and has now started so many series books she’s wondering if she has a mental illness. A traditionally published author who recently dipped her toes into the oceans of Indie land; she’s finding the water quite nice and plans on sticking around. She loves Dirty Palmers in the summer, Spiked Cocoas in the winter, and Jack and Honey with Pepsi any time at all. Recent college grad, wife, mother, cat wrangler, and dog belly scratcher, Jenn spends a lot of time at her computer, frowning at the shenanigans of people only she can hear.
Chloe looked the detective over and rolled her eyes. She paused at her apartment long enough to chuck her purse inside. He followed her back to the elevator and she wished she’d put on a different outfit. One with underwear and a bra. The man was so hot most of her thoughts were consumed with taking clothes off, not keeping them on. And he kept looking down her top at her boobs. Part of her, the perverse part, wanted to yank up the tank top and flash him to see his reaction. She’d been naked loads of times in front of people, but they didn’t know she was there. It made the whole nudity thing seem mundane.
Except for where he was concerned. Every time she felt his gaze moving over her butt or breasts, hell, even the back of her neck, arousal curled in her belly and set goose bumps marching over her skin.
“So, what else do you have to get for your neighbor?”
“A pigeon and a cheesecake.” She glanced at him from beneath her eyelashes and caught him staring. He chuckled and shrugged. “You can buy the cheesecake as well, since I’m providing you with a peep show.”
“Can’t help myself.”
“Right. Look, if you keep doing that I’m going to have to insist on tit for tat.” They continued down the hallway, he with both hands shoved in his pockets, Chloe with her arms swinging freely.
“And what would that imply?” His voice dropped an octave, bringing the damned goose bumps out in force.
“Simple. I show you mine, you show me yours. Although, you’re in the red right now, since the subway incident.” The words thrilled her. She’d never had the opportunity to engage in this kind of banter. She should be on the road and headed for a new town and existence. Instead she was here, defying protocol, flirting with a hot-ass cop, and outright challenging him to a sex game.
“I disagree. If I accept your challenge, it starts now. We’d have to start over again, so technically I haven’t seen any naked body parts.” He pressed the button on the wall to call the elevator.
She glared down her nose at him and crossed her arms over her breasts. The effect didn’t work too well, since he was much taller, but she gave it her best impervious-haughty-queen bee try. His lips twitched and he stepped closer. She narrowed her eyes, fighting the jumble of excitement and nerves in her belly before taking a step of her own forward. The front of her flip flops bumped into his dress shoes.
“I think you’re trying to work the system here.” The heat of his body and the tingle of sexual arousal had brought her closer than she realized, and their chests collided.
“Maybe. I’m attracted to you.” He put his left hand on the wall next to her head. “I want to kiss you.”
“Yeah?” She ran one finger down his tie, tracing the pattern. The elevator bell chimed and the door slid open. A few steps to the right and she could be inside. The intensity in his eyes held her still.
“Yeah.” He brought his right hand out as well and stroked the exposed skin at her waist between tank top and pants with his thumb. “May I?”
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