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Hi Jerri!! I’m so glad you’re here and even happier to learn about your newest release. I love your cover and the premise of this story. But before we get to talking about Her Man Flint, I’d like my readers to learn a few things about you. Tell us five random things about you the author.
Let’s see, I love to write humor, even in suspense. The first book I ever wrote was an ode to a boy band member, and no, I’m not saying who. I’m a panster writer, in other words, I just write with no idea of where the story is going. I think I write a bit farcical as well, at least in some of my stories. If you’re looking for something dark and gritty, yeah, don’t read my books. Lastly, I think I take bad reviews too hard. I wish I didn’t.
I love your writing…your humor comes through so naturally and makes your characters come to life 🙂 And now 5 random things about you the person.
I’m a farmer’s daughter and learned work ethic growing up. I met my husband in a ditch. Yeah, not going to go into that further. Okay, maybe just that I’m from Minnesota and the night we met the roads were icy. I have four children ranging in age from 14 to 31. Yeah, not sure why I did that. I love, love, love yard sales and I have one granddaughter, who I adore.
I love yard sales too…great treasures to be found! I know it’s close to Christmas, but don’t feel obligated to give that as your answer…lol. What is your favorite holiday and why?
No, no, no, on the Christmas thing. You can call me Grinch since I get seasonal depression around this time. I really enjoy Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is my fav holiday too! What are 4 things you never leave home without?
My purse, my phone unless my 14-year-old won’t give it to me..you think I jest?? My shoes and my insecurities.
Have you always wanted to be an author or what made you become an author?
Not in my younger years, or at least I didn’t think so, though I did love to tell stories and read all the time. What made me become one was the need to keep my sanity while raising my children.
Describe your writing space.
Corner of my living room, desk, large cluttered bookshelf and a window I stare out to keep me from writing.
Do you have a writing ritual….a certain song playing in the background, a pair of lucky socks, a particular spot where you’re most creative, an indulgence you only allow when writing (thinking chocolate here…lol)
Not really, I write when the muse hits me. That hasn’t been often lately.
I feel your pain. What genre or genres do you write? Also, do you see yourself trying another one in the future and if so which one?
I’ve written a lot of different genres but my love is romantic suspense. I’d like to try historical one day. But I’m afraid it might be too much work for me.
Tell us about your newest release?
That would be my first foray into self-publishing, Her Man Flint, which was previously published with the now defunct Triskelion Publishing. The story is about an ex-couple that are partners at the Department of National Security agency. The two are forced to work together to exonerate Flint of murder when a woman is found dead in his apartment, shot in the head with his gun.
How did you choose your title?
Well, his name is Flint and he’s her(Adriana’s) man.
Can’t get any easier than that. Lol Pick six words that describe your hero.
Arrogant, egotistical, prideful, stubborn, mouthy and jealous.
Now your heroine.
Smart, kick-ass, hardworking, honorable, trusting and flirtatious.
Is their a particular author who may have influenced you?
T.L.Schaefer hooked me on writing romantic suspense.
What comes first, plot or character?
Please share an excerpt of your book!
Excerpt for Her Man Flint
“Are you going to lie there all day, or are we going to get the hell out of Dodge?”
The voice was unmistakable. “Adriana,” he growled.
“What? Were you expecting Lindsey ‘Silicone’ Warren, perhaps?” Adriana popped her head out from behind the huge rock in front of him for a brief second, glared, then ducked behind the boulder again. “Sorry to disappoint you, but that woman wouldn’t break a fake nail to save your arrogant ass.”
“Cute.” Flint eased up and clutched his side, putting pressure on the wound in hopes of easing the flow of blood between his fingers.
“You think she’d care one way or the other if you made it out of here alive?” Adriana continued. “Who do you think set you up anyway?”
“You did,” Flint tossed her way.
She jumped up again, her eyes spitting fire. “The hell I did. I stopped by Billy’s this morning. He asked me what I wanted when I called you yesterday.” With a seriousness Flint had never seen before, she shook her blonde head, her glare boring into him. “I never called you. He told me you were headed out here, and I knew you were in big trouble. Did you know your precious Lindsey dated Hartford?”
“What?” Flint’s mouth slacked in astonishment.
“Yeah, they were a hot item last summer.” Her gaze turned ice cold. “Apparently the relationship never ended. Why would you think I’d set you up anyway? Believe it or not, I did care for you at one time.”
Adriana abruptly looked up and aimed her rifle, firing at a man who’d popped his head over the ledge, then cursed like a sailor when she missed the mark. “Move your ass. I’m not going to be your back forever.”
She fired again, this time smiling with satisfaction when the man clutched at his shoulder.
Flint scrambled over to the boulder she used as a shield and pulled himself behind it, moving in close to her. Instantly, her womanly scent filled the air around him, a perfume he remembered all too well—a sweet, flowery fragrance with just a hint of musk. The stuff had always done strange things to his libido. Today was no exception. Even in danger and wounded, he found it difficult to ignore her wonderful essence. Hell, her in general.
“Why’d you come, Dray?” He slid to the ground, his back against the rock while he wiped sweat from his brow onto his shirtsleeve.
He glanced back at her with curiosity. Today, her long, ash-blonde hair was pulled away from her face, her perfect ivory complexion smudged with dirt that no way detracted from her beauty. Her attention was on their surroundings—no doubt trying to figure the best way to get them out of the mess he’d gotten them into.
He watched her intently, shocked to realize he’d missed her. “Why’d you save me?”
She turned to face him. “We’re partners. Isn’t that what partners do?”
“But what about—”
“Forget it. So our personal relationship didn’t work out—that doesn’t mean our professional association at the department can’t continue.”
Adriana turned away and fired again, this time at a man who’d started down the ravine after them. Her shot was off again.
Intense pain cut through Flint’s side as he shifted his body. “I owe you one.”
She returned her attention to him and grinned. “Do I get to choose payment?”
Before he could answer, she turned to the leather-clad man who was moving again. Taking aim, she fired, hitting the goon in the leg. The blast sent the assailant firing wildly in the air before tumbling down into the gorge.
“That’s two.” Her triumphant smile said she was pleased with herself.
“We were discussing payment. What’d you have in mind?” Flint’s grin turned to a grimace when another wave of pain sliced through him.
Adriana’s frown deepened as she studied the area. “Let’s get out of this alive, and then we’ll talk.” She pointed to his side. “How bad is it? You think you can run?”
Despite the blood soaking his shirt, he knew he could scramble if need be. “It’s nothing. I’ll be right behind you.”
“Let’s go.” Adriana raced for the next boulder about twenty feet away, Flint hot on her heels. On the way, she tried to sidestep sagebrush in her path, but instead hit it head-on and stumbled, rolling to the rocky ground and landed hard on her back.
Flint dove on top her as a barrage of bullets flew over them.
“Man, they really want you dead. Could you get off me?” She scowled and tried to push him away, her breath coming in quick, uneven gasps.
Flint stared at her flushed face, painfully aware of the soft yet firm breasts beneath him. Emotions he’d thought long dead stirred him to distraction.
“I’m sure the same thought crossed your mind a time or two.” He studied her face for a reaction, then lifted himself from her.
A hint of amusement danced in her eyes. “No, not dead. Castrated maybe.”
As she rose in preparation to run again, her meaning sunk in and caused Flint’s groin to twitch. “Oh, that hurt.”
He grabbed her arm and pulled her back to the ground as another bullet buzzed past them.
“Yes, I imagine it would for someone who thought with his dick instead of his brain.”
Flint couldn’t help but smile. She had such a foul, sexy mouth. He reached over and laced his fingers through a loose strand of hair, caressing its soft, silky texture. “Have I ever told you, Dray, that you have the prettiest blonde hair?”
“Yes, as a matter of fact you have. It was right around the time you were trying to get in my pants.” She glanced around. “We don’t have time for reminiscing, Flint. If you hadn’t noticed, people are trying to kill us.”
“Right. Well, it is nice,” he mumbled under his breath.
Adriana wiggled away and sat up. “Flatter me later.”
He chuckled, then grimaced when his amusement garnered him a kick in the shin.
Another round flew by and ricocheted off a nearby rock, sending them scurrying further behind the boulder protecting them, and reminded Flint that they weren’t forgotten by their attackers.
Hunching over her, he asked, “Where’s your car?”
“Over there.” Adriana pointed to a large formation and almost lost a finger when another slug zipped past.
She gasped and clutched at her hand, her eyes narrowing on him.
“Are you hurt?” Flint reached for her fingers, but she pulled away.
“If I lose even a hair on my head, Flint Morgan, you’ll pay.”
Like a snake, she slithered toward the large rock where her car was hidden. A well-timed storm cloud crossed over the sun and cast a shadow over the ravine, giving them the opportunity to make their move to the larger formation.
Flint crawled behind Adriana. He couldn’t help but admire her perfectly rounded bottom, clad in a pair of tan khakis. She really did have the best looking rear-end he’d ever seen in his life.
“Did I ask you to save my ass?” he asked, his mind now consumed by hers, rather than what he should be worried about—getting them out of this mess alive.
“No, but I couldn’t help but recall yours, and I didn’t want to see it get shot off. Now crawl faster before my ass is the one that ends up with lead in it.”
He smiled again. The women definitely had wit.
They made their way to a pile of enormous boulders, just a few feet from Adriana’s red Porsche when Flint heard the faint thrum of a helicopter in the distance.
Adriana cursed. “Who the hell’s coming now—guerilla fighters? What if they’re not the good guys, Flint? What are we going to do?”
“Just keep moving. We’ll do whatever we have to. You got any guns in your car?”
“Yeah, two. No extra ammo, though. Only what’s loaded in my Glock and .45.”
The chopper flew overhead and circled the compound before fanning out into what was clearly a search maneuver.
“Can you see any markings on the craft?” Flint squinted, trying to make out anything that would give him some idea whether it was friend or foe.
Her green eyes widened and in a soft voice she said, “I don’t think we’re going to make it out of here alive, Flint. I need to tell you something.”
“Oh? What’s that?” he asked, his attention still on the helicopter above them.
“I wanted you to know—”
“I think it’s Billy,” he interrupted, waving his hands to draw the pilot’s attention.
The craft flew over them once, then landed in an open field a short distance away.
“Run.” Flint grasped her arm and pulled her toward the aircraft, using a zigzag pattern to dodge stray bullets, while fighting the rush of intense whirlwind caused by the propeller blades.
When they reached the chopper, he shoved Adriana inside and jumped in behind her.
Instantly, they took off, hovering just long enough for them to see three men aiming their weapons up in the air.
“Get us the hell out of here, Billy. Before they shoot us down.” The ping of a bullet hit the side of the chopper and pounded home the importance of Flint’s words.
“Right away, boss. Glad to see you’re alive. I thought I was going to have to take you out in a body bag.”
The chopper pivoted forward and left the compound.
“You might have had to if Adriana hadn’t come along. Say Dray”…Flint glanced at the blood clotting on his shirt, then looked up to meet her gaze. “What were you trying to tell me back there?”
Adriana shook her head. “Nothing. It wasn’t important.”
She turned to stare out the window, leaving Flint to wonder what seemed so dire just seconds ago, yet now that they were safely on their way home, turned into nothing?
What’s your current WIP?
Abducted Heart, which is based in New Orleans and is about a woman whose soon-to-be-ex-husband is kidnapped and she’s forced to call in the only man she’s ever loved to help save him.
Okay, the excerpt and premise of Her Man Flint was awesome, but Abducted Heart sounds likes it’s going to be another must read. If you could share a pearl of wisdom with any author out there just starting out on their writing journey, what would it be?
How about, don’t expect to sell your first book unless you’re lucky because it rarely happens. Just keep writing to improve your craft.
Great advice! Thank you so much for joining us on What to Read Wednesday. I love your cover and your excerpt…can’t wait to get a copy. Before we sign off Jerri, where can we find you and your books?
Don’t forget everyone! Jerri is giving away a digital copy to one lucky commenter here today. All you have to do to enter is post a comment with your email address. The winner will be announced Thursday morning 12/22/11 on my blog and will also receive an email. Good Luck and Happy Reading!