"The plot and characters were well developed, ad interesting. The story was full of suspense, a psychopath full of revenge, an alpha male with a soft spot for a little girl and her Mom , and romance. Though it definitely is NOT a cliffhanger, the mystery will continue in the next book, and I am looking forward to finding out what the author has in store for us." - Yvonne, Goodreads
Published: October 17th, 2017
He was a man on a mission, one that included a beautiful woman and a little girl he'd die defending…
What a serious case of mistaken identity. Ashton Fitzgerald is no unassuming handyman but a highly trained sharpshooter intent on protecting Summer Worrall and her baby daughter. The Omega SWAT member has a debt to pay and he isn't about to let Summer out of his sights.
For someone else has set their own sights on the lovely widow. Her unexpected relationship with Ashton has put Summer and her child straight into a madman's line of fire. Suddenly a mission to make amends becomes Ashton's quest to defend this little family with his very life.
What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?
Romance and romantic suspense are my passion (pardon the pun), but I think I will dabble in paranormal and/or fantasy someday. I love the thoughts of other realities and special powers and massive evil forces. It’s not surprising that The Avengers, The Matrix and Guardians of the Galaxy are among my favorite movies of all time.
As a matter of fact, I just finished writing a book entitled PENUMBRA. It’s not really paranormal or fantasy; it’s more of a romance dystopia. This book, and I consider it to be my best work ever, is currently being polished and hopefully sold to a publisher. We’ll see what happens. Here’s the tag line:
In a world where the only people left are the genetically modified, a warrior falls in love with the woman he’s been programmed to kill.
But no matter what other genres I write, my books will always have a love story at the heart of it (pun again! sorry). Two people falling in love – that moment when they realize they can’t live without the other person – that’s almost addictive to me. I love to read it in books. I love to watch it on films. I want to write it in my novels.
How do you come up with your characters’ personalities?
They come from everywhere! Some are my own. For example, in Infiltration (Omega Sector Book 1, which released in 2015), the heroine suffers from an almost crippling case of claustrophobia. That’s me. I don’t suffer from it quite as badly as the heroine, but tight spaces are not pretty for me.
I try to include humor in my characters’ personalities, even if it is wry or dry humor, as much as possible. Because I’m writing romantic suspense, I have very little silly humor, but love clever quips. As a matter of fact, I keep a list of funny/quirky sayings that grab my attention that I hope to use in one of my books someday. Here are a few:
Any zoo is a petting zoo if you're not a coward.
I have neither the time nor the crayons to explain this to you.
How bad is this guy on a scale of 1-Terminator?
My idea of “help from above” is a sniper on the roof.
He’s like Off my lawn! old .
Thinking back to the way beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Don't wait for the *lightning of inspiration* (aka: angels singing, a muse dancing around your computer, etc.) to strike in order to write. Instead, find a routine and stick to it. A lot of what you write in a first draft will be utter junk... that is not only okay, it's healthy. Resist the urge to continuously rewrite the first couple of chapters. Instead, finish what you start. You'll be amazed what you can do in editing. Done is better than perfect. Routine is better than inspiration.
There's a quote I have sitting on my desk that friends gave me for my 40th birthday:
"She believed she could, so she did."
That's so beautiful and I love it. But.... I’m sort of the exact opposite of that. I didn’t wait until I believed I could do something to start. If I did, I would've never started at all. Instead, I just did it. One step at a time, however many it took. Then afterwards I tended to look back and say “oh, I guess I could do that." Definitely true with writing.
About the author:
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: romantic suspense, heavy on the romance.
Janie recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to her husband's job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for nearly 20 years. When she's not listening to the voices in her head (and even when she is), she enjoys traveling, long-distance running, and movies of all kinds.
Her favorite quote: "Life is a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller.
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