Friday, 8 February 2013

Interview/Review: The Treasure by Jennifer Lowery

Hi Melissa and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! My debut book, The Treasure, 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 a $5.00 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter so please leave me a comment with your EMAIL to be entered to win!!

1.     Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a wife of 20 (soon to be 21) years to a wonderful man. We have two children together. A 19 year old son and 13 year old daughter. And one adopted 18 year old daughter. I’ve always wanted to be a writer! Although I detoured along the way and became a Respiratory Therapist first, then began following my dream 11 years ago. Yep, it took me that long to publish my first book! So to all my readers I say follow your dreams! It can happen!

2.     Tell us a little about the book you are here to promote?
The best way to do that is to give you the blurb:
Amelia Sawyer is looking for adventure outside her ordinary life. She hires bush pilot Brody Kern to fly her into the South American jungle, expecting a dashing, debonair version of Indiana Jones, but Amelia butts heads with the brooding, gruff man.
Brody Kern, former Air Force fighter pilot, doesn’t need another Sawyer determined to find the elusive Paraíso.  People had been hurt or killed trying to find the mysterious place, including Amelia’s aunt, but Brody’s business partner has cleaned out their account and taken off with the money. Now Jeremy’s bookie is breathing down Brody’s neck, threatening to break his kneecaps, or worse, if he doesn’t pay his friend’s gambling debts.   
As Brody and Amelia hunt down the treasure with every criminal in the area wanting a piece, will it be the adventure of a lifetime—or will it result in heartbreaking betrayal?  

3.     What was your main inspiration for this story?
The Treasure actually came to me in the form of the aunt instead of the hero or heroine. I just knew I had to write Aunt Pandora’s story. She was such a strong presence and her story needed to be told. Telling her story from the grave was another story all together, lol.

4.     If your book was made into a movie, which stars would you want to play your Hero and Heroine?
I think Amy Adams would be the perfect Amelia and Ryan Gosling to play Brody.

5.     Describe your Hero/Heroine in five words?
Brody: Brooding. Gruff. Protector. Alpha. Loner.
Amelia: Courageous. Trusting. Determined. Zealous. Loyal.

6.     If you could go back and give your-struggling-author-self one piece of advice now that you are published what would it be?
Write the story the way you want to write it, the way it wants to be written. Don’t worry about what genre it fits into. That is your writer’s voice.

7.     Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
I can’t write if my house is dirty, lol. With three teenagers that’s a tough one sometimes!

8.     How do you stay motivated when the Muse is being temperamental?
I tend to give my Muse a swift kick in the butt when she’s being temperamental. I don’t have time for it, lol. I have to write no matter if my Muse cooperates or not. That’s why they created the ‘delete’ button, I think!

9.     What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing?
Read and spend time with my family.

10. Fast Five:
a.      Tea or Coffee?
Tea.
b.     Kindle or Nook?
Kindle.
c.      Beer or Wine or Spirits?
Red wine.
d.     All-time favourite book?
The Bible.
e.      All-time favourite Movie?
I’m not sure I have a favourite! Yeah, I know!

Thank you for having me today, Melissa!! 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 Treasure/Romantic Suspense

Blurb:
Amelia Sawyer is looking for adventure outside her ordinary life. She hires bush pilot Brody Kern to fly her into the South American jungle, expecting a dashing, debonair version of Indiana Jones, but Amelia butts heads with the brooding, gruff man.

Brody Kern, former Air Force fighter pilot, doesn’t need another Sawyer determined to find the elusive Paraíso.  People had been hurt or killed trying to find the mysterious place, including Amelia’s aunt, but Brody’s business partner has cleaned out their account and taken off with the money. Now Jeremy’s bookie is breathing down Brody’s neck, threatening to break his kneecaps, or worse, if he doesn’t pay his friend’s gambling debts.   

As Brody and Amelia hunt down the treasure with every criminal in the area wanting a piece, will it be the adventure of a lifetime—or will it result in heartbreaking betrayal?  

Sensuality Level: Sensual


Excerpt

The door to the hangar flew open. Brody popped his head out. “Miss Sawyer, we have to go. Right now. Move it.”

Not the words she wanted to hear, but his tone and the red welt on his cheek got her moving. Clutching her bags like a shield, she hurried toward the hangar, tripping only once in her rush to see what happened.

She stumbled through the door. “What happened?” she asked, staring at the crumpled body of Mr. Newton and another man she didn’t recognize on the floor.

Brody, who was throwing side panels on the plane, barked, “Get in the plane.”

That plane?” Getting in the red and white piece of tin didn’t sound like a good idea. The plane looked even less reliable than his Land Rover. And wasn’t that an engine part lying on the floor beside his toolbox?

“She’ll run fine.” Brody ran around to the other side of the plane, obviously to finish his hasty repair and put his plane back together. “Now, get the hell in.”

Mr. Newton groaned.

“I’m not sure about this,” she said. “What did you do to them?”

“Nothing they didn’t invite.”

In other words, he wasn’t going to tell her.
“If you don’t get in this plane right now, then our friends there are going to wake up and they aren’t going to be happy. They want the map, Miss Sawyer, and I have no intention of giving it to them. Do you?”

Amelia shook her head, looking at the two men who were beginning to stir. “Okay, okay.” She hurried toward the plane. “You’re giving me answers to your change of heart just as soon as we get out of here, Brody Kern.”

He opened the door for her, took her bags and tossed them in the back, then lifted her in the front seat before he slammed the door closed. Once he was in the seat next to her, he brought the plane to life. It choked and sputtered before gaining power.

Reaching over her shoulder, she put on a seatbelt as Brody maneuvered the plane out of the hangar and onto the runway, which was nothing more than a cleared path through the jungle. The plane bounced and shook as they gained speed. It was nothing like the jet she flew in on. Nothing at all.

She had loved the plane ride over. Loved flying the second she set foot on the jet. Maybe because it was the official start of her adventure, but either way, it was more fun than this. Safer, for sure. Brody’s plane sounded like a tank rattling down the road and it rode like one too. And she thought his Land Rover was bad. It felt like riding in a tin can with seats. Very close quarters. Every time they hit a bump, her shoulder hit Brody’s.

“Are we going fast enough?” Amelia asked, worried they would hit the end of the runway before they gained enough speed. “Do you know how to fly this thing?”

Brody didn’t answer, just concentrated on his task. He seemed confident enough with his hands on the oddly shaped steering wheel and his eyes watching the many dials. She had one of the funny shaped wheels on her side too, but she didn’t touch it. It moved with Brody’s so she let him have it.

Nerves pounding, heart pumping, Amelia held on for dear life as they barreled down the runway. Frightened and excited, she watched the runway get shorter. Her life was in Brody’s hands and somehow that exhilarated her. Trees rushed past, her heart raced.
They were almost at the end of the path. Trees loomed ahead, tall and unyielding, creating a barrier. Amelia gripped the seat in anticipation.

They weren’t going to make it.

Review:

So I'm going to admit it took me a little while to get going on this book. I don't exactly know why but for some reason during the first two chapters I kept putting the book down then about half way through chapter two I got hooked and I'm going to confess I might have told my hubby I had a sore back so I could avoid house work and lay in bed and read.

Brody Kern is one of the sexiest heroes I've read in a while. I literally wished I had the ability to climb into the book and cuddle up(please note I mean this as a euphemism for sex) with him. Amelia is one lucky girl and I am totally jealous of her.


Pace of the book is perfect and I didn't expect events to play out the way they did. I however had a goofy grin on my face as I read the conclusion it left me insanely happy.

Overall I give this 4 out of 5 A wonderful read I thoroughly recommend it.

  Author Bio:
Jennifer Lowery lives in Michigan where she spends her time writing stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines. Learn more about her at www.jenniferloweryauthor.com. Check out her blog Romance Recipes at http://romancerecipes.wordpress.com/
Follow her on Twitter @JLoweryauthor and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-LoweryAuthor/302548869788688


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6 comments:

  1. Brody was smoking HOT. I've already read. The story is fantastic. The imagery superb and the adventure grand.

    Truly loved the story.

    Dana

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    1. Thanks so much, Dana!! I'm so happy you liked it!!

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  2. Great interview and a nice review.

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