Hi the blog of Sara Walter Ellwood 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!!
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When did you start writing?
When I was five, lol. That’s when I was first published. I wrote a 3 sentence poem about where freckles came from. The sun, according to me in kindergarten J My teacher had it published in our local newspaper. My mom clipped it and saved it for me. I have the article in my cedar chest to this day.
What genre/genres do you write?
Military romance/Romantic suspense.
If you are a pantser, how do you handle when you write into a corner?
Ah, the dreaded corner, lol. I often have to backtrack, find out where I went wrong and usually end up deleting a few scenes, or a chapter, then I’m good to go. I’ve been known to delete a 100 pages at a time in the past without blinking, lol. But, I’ve learned to accept my process.
What do you think makes a good story?
Strong characters with strong GMCs (Goals, Motivation, Conflicts).
What can you tell us about The Maze that isn’t in the blurb or excerpt?
Well, I wrote it at the same time I wrote Murphy’s Law, and both stories are the stories of my heart. I just couldn’t write them fast enough, lol. Noah and Attie were such strong characters, I just knew them and had to tell their story. It was an emotional journey for me as well as them.
Is The Maze part of a series? If so, tell us about it.
Yep, it’s Book #1 in my ATCOM series. A counterterrorist organization of my own making. Covert, black ops. My heroine is the first female operative. Oh, yeah, that causes all kinds of conflict!
Who was easier to write–Hero or Heroine? Why?
Noah, by far. Attie was so conflicted, so haunted by what happened that she made writing her very difficult, lol. She didn’t like to show her feelings and she was so stubborn! Just ask Noah *wink* Noah, I understood him. As a former Navy SEAL and ATCOM’s leading man, he was all out there and took charge. I sure did love writing him! His flaws were so fun.
What’s your favorite TV show or movie of all time?
If you could chose a period in history to be born in, what would it be and why?
Now. I love my life.
What is the one place you have never visited but would love to?
If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?
Jensen Ackles from Supernatural. Come on, he’s Dean Winchester!
Cake or Chips Cake
Steak or Veggie Burger Steak
Chocolates or Roses Chocolate
Boxers or Briefs or Nothing at all Commando
And since I write both, I have to know which you prefer… Vampires or Cowboys? Cowboys
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A Romantic Suspense
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Taking Chances (short story)