Hi Kathy and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! My romantic suspense, Maximum Risk (Book #1, Wolff Securities) released this month so I’m very excited to be here! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!!
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I love music almost as much as I love writing. Probably because my hubby played in a band when I met him and my son has his own band now. Yeah, practice in my basement every weekend, lol. For most of my stories I have playlists. Songs that fit my story and my characters, the mood of the story, the theme. For Maximum Risk I had a pretty short playlist, but it was intense and fit my story perfectly. Want to see it? Maybe you’ll recognize some of the bands. Or maybe it’ll show my age, lol.
Maximum Risk Playlist:
Sully Erna-Avalon album
Adele-Make You Feel My Love
Rihanna – Stay feat. Mikky Ekko
Anew Revolution-Head Against the Wall
Metallica-The Day That Never Comes
See, told you it was short, lol. But, these awesome artists got me through the writing of Maximum Risk and I thank them for it! To this day whenever I hear any of these songs I am taken back to the scenes I was writing when I heard them and the emotions I felt as I wrote them. I fall in love with Quinn and Avery and this story all over again J
Maximum Risk/Romantic Suspense
It should have been a simple rescue mission…
Retired Pararescueman, Quinn Wolff, wrote the book on how to stay alive during a mission when he founded Wolff Securities, an elite private sector security firm. When he fast-ropes down to save missing humanitarian aid worker, Avery Marks, in the remote mountains of Azbakastan he isn’t prepared for the brave, stubborn woman who challenges the rules he wrote in order to protect her.
But when it comes to matters of the heart nothing is simple…
Avery Marks learned a long time ago to take care of herself, but when her convoy is attacked, her friends and coworkers murdered, she has to rely on the aid of intensely capable and handsome, Quinn Wolff to get her safely out of the country. His skills keep her alive, but his kisses put her in danger. In danger of losing her heart. That’s a risk she can’t take ever again.
Copyright © 2014 Jennifer Lowery
Gut-wrenching sobs choked her as she brought the truck to a skidding stop in front of Quinn’s house. She fumbled with the door handle and nearly fell on her face when it opened. Leaving the door wide open, she ran into the house and straight to her bedroom where she slammed the door. Quinn’s borrowed bloody shirt lay on the floor, tainted with Ryan’s blood. Her own blood.
Memories of what they’d done to her flooded in. The pain. Her screams. The times she couldn’t scream. The missile hitting the Land Cruiser. Scott taking a bullet.
Unable to process, Avery pummeled the fabric with her fists. Over and over she swung until the pain in her arms overshadowed the pain in her heart.
A pair of arms wrapped around her from behind, picked her up off the ground and swung her away from the bed. Still aching inside, she kicked and fought to be free. The arms held tight, body taut.
“Let me go.” Her heel landed a blow and sent a jolt of pain up her leg, which only frustrated her more.
Quinn’s gruff command penetrated the emotions pounding inside her. Avery deflated like a balloon and slumped in his arms, chest heaving. Quinn’s chin touched the top of her head, his chest rising and falling in sequence with hers. He still hadn’t put her down; her feet dangled off the ground. The way he held her, tucked against him, made her heart ache even more. Almost as if he couldn’t let her go.
For just a moment she allowed herself to lean on him, letting him hold her close until it felt like they were fused. She didn’t analyze why she did it, or why he let her. Simply let it happen.
Quinn tucked his head into her neck, voice gravelly, his breath hot on her skin. “Goddammit, Avery.”
Mouth dry, she nodded her head in understanding. She didn’t need the words. What was done was done. She couldn’t take it back.
Gently he set her feet on the floor and she winced. They stung like she stood on a bed of glass. Before she could guess his intention, Quinn swung her into his arms and carried her out of the room. She wrapped her arms around his neck, too worn out to fight. Her gaze followed his tanned neck to the strong line of his jaw. His profile was rigid, lines of fatigue bracketing his eyes. So much strength and so much pain. He wore his emotions inside like a warrior. She admired that after the spectacle she made of herself.
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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.
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Thank you for having me today, Kathy! 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
Thanks so much for coming by, Jennifer. I wish you much success with this book. It sounds fabulous. I’ve already bought my copy and signed up for your newsletter.
Happy Reading, everyone!~~Kathy L Wheeler
Thank you all for coming out today! I really appreciate the support! And thank you, Kathy, 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…Liza O’Connor!!! Congrats!! Look for an email from me so you can choose your gift!
Thank you again, everyone!
Have a wonderful day!
Thank you, Melissa!
Awesome, MJ! Thank you!
I, too, loved the excerpt and would like to see how things work out. I love “Stay” and have wanted to karaoke it for awhile and I love singing Adele, too. Thank you for sharing this and best wishes with this and all of your writing endeavors!
Very cool. I don’t have a music playlist for my books but I can see how helpful that would be! I wish you all the best with the book!
Thank you, Jenna!
Thank you, buttonsmom!
It sure is, Susan! Thank you!!
Randomness doesn’t work for me either, Liza! Thank you!!
Making a playlist is very wise. I use to put on an album that would put me in the right mood, but then I switched to digital music and the randomness of the songs did not work with my story, so now I write in silence.
I wish you great sales.
Jennifer: Your book sounds divine! The excerpt is titillating, to say the least! Your “romance” story sounds like it’s full of action as well as love. Thanks for posting.
This is a fantastic book!
Fantastic excerpt! Sounds like another hot, wild read, Jennifer! Tweeted.
Thank you, Judy!!
Hi, Jennifer. Loved the excerpt. Good luck with all your writing endeavors.
Hi Diane! So nice to see you here! I’m not always able to listen to music when I write, but it is inspiring.
Aw, thanks, Carol!
LOL, Alicia! Thank you 🙂
Thanks, Joy! Avery certainly did give Quinn a hard time, lol. And me while I was writing her 🙂
Thank you, Julie!
Hi, Barbara! Thank you :)nn1
Congrats, Jennifer, on your latest book. Even though I work better in silence, I always find it interesting to learn what other writers listen to while writing a certain book. Thanks for sharing.
Maximum Risk is a great read!!! The characters become just like family. Did not want the book to end.
Looking forward to your next book.
Thanks for posting, Jennifer. Looks like a good start this morning. Thank you for stopping by, everyone!
I am not really familiar with the songs on your play list, although I recognize a few names; Adele and Rhianna. Maybe I’m showing MY age. 🙂 Love the excerpt! Sounds like a wonderful read.
Wonderful excerpt, Jennifer but you had me at the first paragraph of your blurb with … ‘he isn’t prepared for the brave, stubborn woman who challenges the rules he wrote in order to protect her.’ Definitely a must read! Congrats!
Not big on music but, i like to know what people listen to. Enjoyed the excerpt. Wish Jennifer all the best with her new release
Love the excerpt and can’t wait to read it…woohooo.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Kathy!