Monday, June 30, 2014

MaGM #6: Meet Author Jennifer Lowery (with GIVEAWAY!)

See, the trick to being late with a blog post is to do it exactly a week later than you said you would. Then, you can pretend you were never late at all! Promise, though, this one was worth the wait. There's even a giveaway!

So, welcome to another Meet and Greet Monday, where we pull an author or reader of romance out from out of that book they're buried in, drag them in front of everyone and introduce them! Please wave hello to today's featured guest, another MMRWA friend and fantastic author (she's a NYT and USA Today bestseller for a reason), Jennifer Lowery!

This is her. Ain't she purty?
Hi, Kristen, and all you fabulous readers out there! *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! My romantic suspense, The Maze, released this month so I’m very excited to be here! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!! 

In honor of my release I am giving away an e-book copy of any one of my books (go to my website to choose) to one lucky commenter so please leave me a comment with your EMAIL so I can contact you if you win!!

Thank you, generous Miz Jennifer! Are interviewers included in that giveaway invite? Just askin'... Okay, lets get to some questions. Here are the just-because-I'm-nosy ones:

What fairy tale character do you most identify with?

Snow White. Loved the story as a kid and always felt the most like her. I am a romantic suspense writer, after all, lol.  And Snow White’s story is very much a suspense story to me. Especially with the huntsman. :)

I love the Snow White story and all of it's variations, but I could not agree with you more about the huntsman version.

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Whew. *fans self* Okay, on to the next. What historic period would you live in if you could? Or would you rather live in the future?

I would love to go back to medieval times-just for a little while-and live with a Scottish Highlander. The kind you read about in romance books, lol. 

It's a good thing you put that qualifier in there. If fairytales have taught us anything, it's that you have to be very careful what you wish for.

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Scary thought... but that picture lets me segue nicely into my next question. Which of your five (or six!) senses would you say is the strongest?

My sense of smell. Ugh. My family calls it a curse. It is unusually heightened and very sensitive. I’d make a great narcotics dog, lol. 

Oh, man. I think I'd rather have any other sense heightened but that one. The world doesn't always smell like sunshine and roses and fresh-baked cookies! It could be worse, though. You could have a nose that just looks like it's super sensitive.

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Moving on, what's your lucky number?

7. There are three ‘7s’ in my birthdate. And 2 ‘1’s. So maybe 1 is my lucky number. Hmmm…

Seven is my son's favorite number, too, so I'm kind of partial to it. I'm pretty partial to my son, too. Can you tell why? Just look at that shirt. He's my favorite nerd, ever.

Sorry, I'll take any excuse to show pictures of my kids. :)

So, back to you, Jennifer! Are you a good public speaker?

No! Very adamantly no. I would take an F in school if if meant avoiding making a speech. My grades were always pretty good so I could afford the bad grade. Yeah, I hate speaking in front of people. 

Phobias are brutal. I'm that way about spiders. It was even worse when I was was younger--my sister an I had a closet we used as a "fort" when we were kids. I saw a spider in there once the size of a dime, and I kid you not, I never went in to that closet again. And we lived there another three years. I take my phobias very seriously.
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Speaking of scary things, have you ever gone bungee jumping? If not, would you?

Since I’m terrified of heights that would be a no way!

You're in good company, then. Me and Connie Bretes won't do it, either.

What's your favorite holiday?

Christmas. Hands down. I love everything there is about the holiday and we go all out. Christmas in my family is a big event every year. I start baking in November if that’s any indication, lol. And we are lucky if we make it through Thanksgiving before our Christmas tree goes up. :)

I love Christmas, too! My mom has been posting on Facebook that there's only 170-something shopping days left. Not that anyone but us Christmas-lovers are counting.

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You're ordering a pizza just for you. What's on it?

Pineapple and ground beef. 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?


I've always wanted to visit Ireland! And I hear it's a great place for pale people, too.

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One last nosy question for you. Ever gone skinny dipping?

Yep. And I shall say no more! LOL.

We'll just watch for skinny dipping scenes in your books if we want to know the details, right? ;) Okay, on to the writerly stuff. Pick up the book closest to you. Turn to page 12. What's the first full sentence on the page?

“Roger that.” As he exited the garage, the sun flooded the cab of the truck, and he pulled on his mirrored aviator sunglasses.

I always forget to ask for the title of the book, too, with that question, but with my mad detective skills (and Google-assisted copy/paste), I know that the book closest to you was Winter's Heat by Cristin Harber! Does that win me a free book? :)

Who is your favorite author of all time?

Cherry Adair. But there are so many, I can hardly narrow it to just one.

I'm the same way. I've had to cut down on my reading time just to fit in my writing. What are you currently working on?

Book #2 of my SEAL Team Alpha series. 

LOVE those military men! What book have you released most recently?

The Maze.

Can we read a little of it?

I am drooling over this cover.
Trying to explain was out of the question, he knew she wasn’t in a place where she could listen, so he set the lantern on the ground and stepped back. “Come on, Devayne, take what you need from me.”

“You have nothing I need.”

“Oh, I think I do. Let’s work on your fighting skills before we meet up with Santiago.”

It worked. Attie took off her parka and hung it on a tree limb. Then she lunged. Noah simply allowed her to release her pent up emotions on him, parrying her blows, challenging her and offering what she needed. She flew at and around him with skill and agility that impressed him once again. She jabbed with her fists, kicked and danced as if she were weightless.

The ground below them grew muddy from rain and their boots. Anyone watching would no doubt think them crazy to be out in such weather—Noah would have agreed—but this was important. Attie’s state of mind took precedence over the storm.

Dodging a jab to his kidney, he put his hands together in a time-out gesture as lightning flashed overhead. Attie ignored it and trotted toward him. Deflecting the blow, he said loudly to be heard, 

“Enough. You’re going to catch pneumonia.”

Again, she ignored him.

Annoyed, he waited for her to turn just like so…and in one swift move spun her into his arms and trapped her arms at her sides, holding her tight against him.

Green ice met his stare and her beauty struck him again. Anger never looked so good on a woman. Raindrops clung to her lashes and slid over the smooth flesh of her cheeks. Her hair clung like a deep flame to her head and shoulders. She looked hostile and aggressive and sexy as hell with her eyes flashing, cheeks flushed and clothes plastered to her lithe body. Her chin jutted out stubbornly.

Fantastic. I can't wait to read this. Every excerpt I've read has been better than the last! So, where can we buy it?

Any other info links for all of us bookstalkers out there? 

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Yes, and thank you for having me today, Kristen!! I also want to send out a big THANK YOU to all my readers out there! Without you I wouldn't be here. My wish is to one day meet each and every one of you so I can personally thank you for your generosity and support! 


For everyone who signs up for my NEWSLETTER you will receive an e-book copy of my short story, Taking Chances ($.99 value) for FREE!

Sweet! Thank you so much for being on today, Jennifer, and thank you for hanging out with us on MaGM Monday! Best of luck and many booksale wishes for your new release.  

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