Please join me in giving a huge welcome to friend and award winning author, Julie James. Julie has a much awaited book, Something About You, coming out in March.
Beth: Welcome Julie! Always a pleasure to have you. I’m one of many who are excited about your upcoming release, Something About You.
Julie: Thanks for inviting me! So glad to be a part of the contest for RELEASE (which I’m really looking forward to, by the way. . .)
Beth: How is Something About You different from your previous books?
Julie: Something About You is both similar to, and different from, my previous two books. Similar in the sense that, like Just the Sexiest Man Alive and Practice Makes Perfect, it has a lot of humor, and back-and-forth banter and sexual tension between the heroine and hero. But what’s different is that I’ve added a suspense subplot.
Beth: What was your biggest challenge in writing Something About You?
Julie: Balancing the humor and the suspense. I had to figure out when to pull back and keep a scene light and funny, and when to get serious. You can’t have your heroine cracking jokes when her life is in danger, or people will think she’s a nit-wit. On the other hand, heavy, dramatic scenes didn’t work with this book either, so I had to find the happy medium.
Beth: Your hero and heroine of Something About You—Jack and Cameron: which one would be more fun for you—Julie James—to hang out with?
Julie: Question: am I married in this scenario? If not, then I’ve got to go with Jack.
Beth: What are you most afraid of?
Julie: I’m not the biggest fan of flying. I do it, and get by, but there is a lot of gripping of the armrests involved.
Beth: What would you like people to remember about you as a writer?
Julie: Oh, I guess I’d say that there’s a lot of serious stuff going on in the world, and if people are able to pick up one of my books and escape for awhile—with a smile—then I think I’ve done my job.
Beth: Give us a quick look at your next book. I know it presented some challenges for you.
Julie: Here’s a brief description:
FATE HAS THROWN TWO SWORN ENEMIES. . .
Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career…
. . .INTO EACH OTHER’S ARMS
Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension…
Beth: You are not allowed to bow out of this—I can’t believe how modest authors usually are, refusing to do this part!—please give us a paragraph or two from your writing of which you are particularly proud. Why do you like this portion?
Julie: I really like the moment when the hero and heroine (Jack and Cameron) first encounter each other in this book. They have a bad history related to a former investigation they both worked on, and haven’t seen each other for three years. Needless to say, they’re not pleased to run into each other again.
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“I think I should speak to the agent in charge. Who is it?” As a prosecutor for the Northern District of Illinois, she had worked with many of the FBI agents in Chicago.
“Some special agent—I didn’t catch his name,” Ofï¬cer Man-Boy said. “Although I think he might know you. When he told me to guard this room, he said he felt bad for sticking me with you for this long.”
Cameron tried not to show any reaction, but that stung. True, she wasn’t exactly buddy-buddy with a lot of the FBI agents she worked with—many of them still blamed her for that incident three years ago—but with the exception of one particular agent who, fortunately, was miles away in Nevada or Nebraska or something, she hadn’t thought that anyone in the FBI disliked her enough to openly bad-mouth her.
Ofï¬cer Man-Boy looked apologetic. “For what it’s worth, I don’t think you’re so bad.”
“Thanks. And did this unknown special agent who allegedly thinks he knows me have anything else to say?”
“Only that I should go get him if you start acting fussy.” He looked her over. “You’re going to start acting fussy now, aren’t you?”
Cameron folded her arms across her chest. “Yes, I think I am.” And it wouldn’t be an act. “You go ï¬nd this agent, whoever he is, and tell him that the fussy woman in room 1307 is through being jerked around. And tell him that I would appreciate it very much if he could wrap up his little power trip and condescend to speak to me himself. Because I would like to know how long he expects me to sit here and wait.”
“For as long as I ask you to, Ms. Lynde.”
The voice came from the doorway.
Cameron had her back to the door, but she would’ve recognized that voice anywhere—low and as smooth as velvet.
It couldn’t be.
She turned around and took in the man standing across the room from her. He looked exactly the same as he did the last time she’d seen him three years ago: tall, dark, and scowling.
She didn’t bother to mask the animosity in her voice. “Agent Pallas . . . I didn’t realize you were back in town. How was Nevada?”
From his icy look, Cameron knew that her day, which had already been off to a most inauspicious start, had just gotten about ï¬fty times worse.
The entire except can be found here.
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Beth: LOL. How was Nevada? “Nebraska”. Love it. Thank you for joining me at the Release Contest, Julie!
Julie has generously offered a prize to one random commenter today of either Just the Sexiest Man Alive OR Practice Makes Perfect. Trust me, you can’t go wrong with either of these sophisticated romantic comedies. You can learn more about Julie and her books here.
For those of you in the Chicago area, remember that myself, Julie, Shiloh Walker and Colleen Gleason/Joss Ware will be at Barnes and Noble Lincoln Park on March 13th for a book signing. Visit https://www.bethkery.com/book-signings for details.