Sunday, June 8, 2014

Jennifer Lowery The Maze


Please help me welcome my very good friend and CP, Jennifer Lowery and one of her hot, hot, hot military men today! Take it away, Jenn!

Hi D’Ann Lindun followers 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!!

I just love visiting D’Ann’s blog, not just because she’s my critique partner and close friend, but because it’s amazing! I mean, look at that background! Doesn’t it make you want to pick up one of her awesome books and read one of her sexy cowboys!

Well, I don’t write hot, sexy cowboys like D’Ann does, but I do write military heroes. I love them, love what they stand for, love how they protect and serve. Love alphas. These men go above and beyond the call of duty and they sacrifice more than we can ever imagine for our freedom. That selflessness, that courage and bravery and steadfastness is why I write military romance. 

D’Ann asked me if any military movies influenced me to write in this genre. And I must say absolutely! A few of my favorites are: Black Hawk Down, Platoon, Zero Dark Thirty, Tears of the Sun. There are many more, but those really stand out for me. These movies moved me, inspired me to write.

So, how about you? Do movies influence you as a writer? How about as a reader-do you feel emotionally moved after a good movie or book?

***BONUS***

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!

Thank you for having me today, D'Ann Lindun !! I just 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! 
All my best, 
Jennifer

 

The Maze/Romantic Suspense



Blurb:

TAG:A game of survival tests their will and their love.

 

A mission she can’t forget…

 

The first female operative for the counterterrorism unit known as ATCOM, Atalanta Devayne is haunted by a former mission gone wrong. That mission led to her imprisonment, torture, and ultimate retirement, along with her loss of faith in the man she’d trusted with her life.

 

Brings his vengeance…

 

Former Navy SEAL, Noah Kincaid, bears the responsibility of Attie’s imprisonment and blames himself for not protecting her from drug lord Carlos Santiago. This time he won’t fail her.

 

In a deadly game of survival.

 

Santiago has resurfaced and set up an elaborate plan to exact his revenge on Attie by taking her brother hostage. The only way to save him is by revisiting the darkness of her past and relying on a man she can’t trust. In a battle of life or death, Noah and Attie are put to the test. They must face challenges to overcome the past and accept their feelings for each other before the danger that tore them apart separates them forever.

Content Warning: Sexual content

 

Short Blurb:

Former Navy SEAL, Noah Kincaid, bears the responsibility of fellow counterterrorist operative, Atalanta Devayne’s, imprisonment, torture and retirement. Now the drug lord has resurfaced and set up an elaborate plan to exact his revenge on Attie. Noah and Attie must face challenges to overcome the past and accept their feelings for each other before the danger that tore them apart separates them forever.

Excerpt #1:

Copyright ©2014, Jennifer Lowery

 

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.

“I’ll tell you when I’m done,” she snapped, struggling against him.

“You’re done.”

Like a wildcat she fought to be released. She managed to slip an elbow free and slammed it into his ribs. The same as she had the night he rescued her from that cell. She’d landed a good blow to his jaw despite her battered state.

“Ouch,” he growled.

Somehow, she managed to wrap her leg around his. He tried to stop their descent, but the ground beneath them was slippery from where they had churned it up with their boots, and they both went down.

Noah managed to take the brunt of the fall, banging his elbow on a rock when they hit. Attie landed on top of him in a tangle of arms and legs and she was more furious than ever.

“Let me go.”

“Not until we finish this.” He clamped an arm around her waist to still her movements. She collapsed against him, her breath heaving in and out of her lungs. Her forehead dropped down on his shoulder and he tightened his arm around her waist. Slim and delicate against him, her curves fitting into his contours like puzzle pieces.

The air changed around them. Attie’s breath hitched. Like it or not, the chemistry was still there. Years of attraction, years of fighting it, broke him. His control snapped and he lifted his head and captured her mouth in his.



Author Bio:

NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer.  Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side. 

Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers.  She loves everything there is about romance.  Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines.  She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.  

Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. 

 

Find Jennifer:


 

Buy The Maze:





 

Other Books by Jennifer Lowery:

A SEAL’s Song (Book #1, SEAL Team Alpha)

Hard To Handle (Book #1, Sawyer Sisters Trilogy)

Hard Core (Book #1, Onyx Group)

Murphy’s Law

Taking Chances (short story)

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me on your awesome blog today, D'Ann!!

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  2. Hi Jennifer, I write historical western and yes movies have influenced me. I've always loved a good western movie, like, Open Range. I confess, I'm a movie goer.

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    1. Me, too, Judy! I love movies! I'll have to check your books out :)

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  3. Congrats on your latest release Jennifer!

    I loved Black Hawk Down and Platoon....they really did move me. As for movies that have moved me to write...I think there are bits and pieces of several movies that make me think of stories that I have to tell. There's nothing better than a good book or a movie to get your own creative juices flowing!

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    1. Me, too, Christine. And I so agree! Thank you!!

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  4. Movies are a huge motivator for me. I love seeing gritty heroes and the women who love them. I try not to take from movies but grab a snippet or feeling for my stories!

    I love Scott on the cover of your book. He's such a nice guy! I shared and tweeted!

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    1. Me, too, Melissa! Scott is awesome-would love to meet him someday and thank him for helping me sell my books :) Thank you!

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  5. Super congratulations on the new release!

    Movies and T.V shows have been massive inspiration pools for me and my stories.

    I love your cover.

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  6. I love your books, Jennifer, and The Maze was aMAZEing. :-) I'd love to win one of your books that I haven't read yet. facebook at susanr dot com.

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    1. LOL. Good one, ButtonsMom! And thank you. I'm so happy you enjoyed the book!

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  7. I tired to drop by earlier but blog wouldn't let me in - but I'm here now. Great book by Jennifer- if you haven't read it - why not?!?!?
    Tweeted.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Daryl! So happy you're here now :)

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  8. Great post! :) Movies are definitely influencial. Everything is! :)

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  9. ah i loved Noah he was a proper gorgeous hero and i really enjoyed the exciting, action packed romantic book

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    1. Aw, thanks, Julie! I had lots of fun writing Noah ;) So happy you liked it!

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  10. Sounds like an exciting read. Great cover too! Tweeted :)

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  11. It does sound a great read. Why is there so little time in the day. I swear I just woke up a few hours ago and it's already 6 pm. When I had a paying job, time never went by so quickly.

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    1. I'm with you, Liza! Where does the time go? I'm late getting here because my daughter started driver's ed today-ah! But, thank you!

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  12. So glad to see this one out, Jennifer! I read the first chapters a while ago and still remember them vividly. Can't wait to read the whole thing! I find I'm not as inspired by movies as I am by music, although movie moments and the intensity of the characters do find their way into my books. Congratulations on your release!

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! Music is a big inspiration for me too.

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  13. Great excerpt...sounds like an intriguing story. I like the cover!

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  14. Wonderful excerpt and post, Jennifer. Love your attitude towards our military! D'Ann, thanks for having Jennifer on.

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  15. Gotta love Jennifer's alpha men! Can't wait to delve into my latest book of yours. Thanks for giving us a sneak peak with this one.

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  16. Thank you all for coming out today! I really appreciate the support! And thank you, D'Ann, for being such a wonderful host.
    It's time to draw the winner of one of my books-yay! (drawn by Random.org):
    And the winner is...drum roll, please...Brenda!!! Congrats!! Look for an email from me so you can choose your gift!
    Thank you again, everyone!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Jennifer

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