Join me in welcoming Julie James to the Explosive contest! Julie has generously offered to give away a copy of her latest, Something About You to one commenter here today. I’m a big fan of Julie’s books, and SAY is a personal favorite.
JJ: Thanks for having me here! I’m happy to be a part of the Explosive contest—and I can’t wait to read the book!
Thanks. 🙂 Tell us what you’ve been working on, writing-wise.
JJ: I just finished the final edits of my next release, A Lot Like Love, which will be out March 1st. In addition, I’ve started writing my next book, but then a month ago I had a baby girl so I’ve been a little busy taking care of her. 🙂 My plan is to pick back up with the book and be writing full-time in January.
How are you and your books alike?
JJ: Oh, I’d say my books have a dry, semi-sarcastic tone to them, and I suppose that’s a little like my own sense of humor… And my first three books all feature a lawyer heroine, and I’m a lawyer myself. The heroine in A Lot Like Love is not a lawyer—a first for me—but she owns a wine store and (naturally) is into wine. That’s something I could identify with as well.
Your writing career thus far has been filled with contracts, impressive sales, accolades and awards. What stands out for you as being one of the most rewarding experiences?
JJ: Well, when you put it that way, it sounds kind of impressive. : ) I’m certainly very appreciative of the good reviews my books have received, and for all the bloggers/reviewers who have spread the word about my books. In addition to that, one of the most rewarding experiences is when I hear from a reader that she was having a bad day, or was feeling down, but was cheered up by one of my books. If I can make someone smile, or help them escape and relax for a few hours, then I feel that I’ve done my job.
Here’s an excerpt from my current release, Something About You. I’m giving away a copy of the book to one person who comments below. And for those who have read Something About You and enjoyed it, I think they’ll be happy to hear that Jack and Cameron (the hero and heroine) make appearances in A Lot Like Love.
“And then I heard the door open, so I ran and looked out the peephole,” Cameron said.
“Just being nosy?”
The sarcasm seemed to reinvigorate her. “And thank goodness for that,” she said. “Otherwise you wouldn’t have whatever information I know that I don’t yet realize I know.” She smiled ever so sweetly. “Besides, if I hadn’t been so nosy, Agent Pallas, you and I never would’ve had this lovely chance to reconnect.”
Wilkins coughed while taking a sip of his coffee. It sounded suspiciously like a chuckle.
Jack found her sarcasm laughable. Back when he was in Special Forces, before he’d joined the FBI, he’d interrogated foreign operatives, suspected terrorists, and members of various guerilla militias. He could certainly handle one cheeky assistant U.S. attorney. “I’m glad to see the coffee’s put a little ï¬re back in you,” he said dryly. “Now why don’t you tell me what you saw when you were doing your civic duty and spying though the peephole?”
Wilkins held up his hand. “Um, I’m thinking maybe I should pick back up with this.”
Cameron and Jack answered simultaneously. “We’re ï¬ne.”
“I saw a man leave the room, which I’m sure you know,” she told Jack.
“I already described him to Slonsky.”
“Do it again.”
Jack saw her eyes ï¬‚ash. She didn’t like being told what to do. Too bad.
“Five foot eleven, maybe six feet tall,” she said. “Medium build. He wore jeans, a black blazer, and a gray hooded T-shirt pulled over his head. He had his back to me the entire time, so I never saw his face.”
“Didn’t you think the hooded T-shirt was a little odd?” Jack asked.
“I heard butt cheeks being slapped and walls that were banged so hard my teeth nearly rattled. Frankly, I’ve found this whole evening to be a little odd, Agent Pallas.”
Out of the corner of his eye, Jack could see Wilkins glance up at the ceiling while ï¬ghting off another smile.
“Are you certain about the man’s height?” Jack continued.
Cameron paused, thinking. “Yes.”
“How about his weight?”
She sighed. “I’m really bad at guessing that kind of thing.”
“Make an effort. Pretend this is something important.”
Cameron glanced over at Wilkins. “How much do you weigh?”
“Wait—how come Jack doesn’t have to answer that?”
“The man I saw seems closer to your build.”
“Oh, so he’s a smaller guy, then?” Jack suggested helpfully.
Wilkins turned around. “A smaller guy? I’m an inch above the national average. Besides, I’m spry.”
“Let’s try to narrow this down,” Jack regrouped. “I weigh one-eighty-ï¬ve, Agent Wilkins is about one-sixty. Given that, where would you say this guy falls?”
She looked between the two men, considering this. “About one-seventy.”
Jack and Wilkins exchanged looks.
“What?” Cameron asked. “What does that tell you?”
Find out more about Julie and her books here.
Also, Julie is having a fun Thanksgiving contest going on over at her blog. To enter for a $50 gift certificate, all you have to do is tell Julie what’s in your oven!
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