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Friday, October 19, 2012

Interview with Cristian from Hard Core

Hi! Welcome to Books Amour! This is the official first post and I'm excited to be able to share and explore new and not-so-new romance books and their authors with you.Today I have the wonderful Jennifer Lowery  with me and she brought her sexy hero from her debut novels, Hard Core, with her. I've read this one and HIGHLY recommend it. Hard Core is on my re-read list. LOL.

Welcome, Jennifer!

Hi Books Amour and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! My debut book, Hard Core, 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 offering a copy of my debut romantic suspense, Hard Core, in either ebook format or signed print copy to one lucky commenter so please leave me a comment with your EMAIL and gift choice to be entered to win!!

I was able to convince Cristian to do an interview today. Let me introduce you to the hero of Hard Core, mercenary, Cristian Slade.

Jennifer: *sits in an armchair in front of the fireplace in a beautiful 1920s Victorian home* “Thank you for agreeing to an interview on such short notice, Cristian.”

Cristian: *sits across from Jennifer* “You aren’t going to ask me more questions like the last time, are you?

Jennifer: “Only a couple.”

Cristian: *scowls*

Jennifer: “Humor me. We’ll start with an easy one. What do you like most about where you live?”

Cristian: “Alana.”

Jennifer: *smiles* “Is she working?”

Cristian: “She’s asleep.”

Jennifer: “Long shift at the hospital?”

Cristian: “No.”

Jennifer: *glances at the door where a black duffle bag sits* “Ah. I see. You’re leaving.”

Cristian: “I have a job.”

Jennifer: “Tell me your greatest fear.”

Cristian: *glances at the staircase* “I’d rather answer the underwear question.”

Jennifer: “Okay, boxers or briefs?”

Cristian: *scowls* “Neither.”

Jennifer: *grins* “You offered. Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?”

Cristian: “Hell, no. Once is enough.”

Jennifer: “But you could fall in love with Alana all over again, go on another adventure.”

Cristian: “I was beaten, shot, practically blown up and scared out of my mind for Alana’s welfare throughout the entire book, Jen. I sure as hell won’t let you put Alana through that again.”

Jennifer: “Okay, okay. I guess I’ll pick on Mercer next. I have just the woman for him. One more question and I’ll let you go. One for my readers. Fast or slow?”

Cristian: *rises from his chair to whisper in my ear* “Both.”

Thank you for having me today, Books Amour!! 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, 

Hard Core/Romantic Suspense

Tag: He takes lives. She saves them.

A supposedly hassle-free job for mercenary Cristian Slade becomes a mission of mercy when he saves a life instead of taking one. Slade's new mission might be his most dangerous yet, because the danger is to his heart.

Tragedy has sent esteemed surgeon Alana O'Grady to a remote a remote Nicaraguan island where she immerses herself in the lives of a native American tribe, using her talents for goodwill instead of wealth and prestige. But life turns upside down when her work requires she protect a rugged mercenary who commands her attention when she's awake and dominates her dreams while she sleeps.

Doctoring Cristian puts her entire tribe in danger from the man who's hunting him. Is it her professional oath or her unprofessional attraction to him keeping her from sending him away to heal on his own? Alana's fire warms Cristian's heart, but he's a hardened assassin and has no business falling for someone like her. Can they fight hard enough to keep what they might have together?

Content Warning: Sexual content.


Prepared to start an IV, she picked up a needle. She had it in position when his other arm shot out and he clamped her wrist in a bone-crushing grip. Startled, she met his panicked gaze.

“I said no needles.”

Her heart banged against her ribcage as she let the needle slip out of her hand. It hit the floor with a small ting. Alana opened her hands in surrender, her patient’s fingers digging into her flesh. For a man half-dead, he had amazing strength.

“Okay,” she said to placate him. “Relax, I don’t have it anymore. It’s your choice, but I recommend you let me start an IV for meds.”

“No. Just fix me.”

Alana pinned him with a no nonsense stare. “I’m not impressed with Superman heroics.”

Face pale and drawn, he said gruffly, “I’m not Superman. Learned not to trust people with needles.”

Her fingers were going numb. “If I remove the bullet without pain medication or anesthetic, you’re going to be sorry.”

He studied her. “You’re really a doctor?”

Alana bristled. “Technically, yes.”


She didn’t have time to explain herself with the amount of blood seeping from his gunshot wound. “I went to med school. You can let go of my arm now. I won’t use any needles.”

He looked down and immediately released his grip. She rubbed her wrist to soothe away the ache. “Can I get to work now, or do you want to question me more about my credentials while you bleed to death? I don’t have a blood bank, so you’re screwed if you lose too much.”

Her blunt statement received a curt nod. She normally didn’t talk to her patients like that. Her patients didn’t normally countermand her either.

“Do it,” he said.

“Without anesthetics?”

“I don’t need them. Just get it over with.”

Stubborn, stupid, or both? Insane, yes, but there wasn’t time to argue with him.

“Okay. The offer stands if you change your mind.”

“I won’t.”

She doubted that, but didn’t comment. Instead, wiped her forehead with her forearm, and picked up gauze pads to clean the wound.

“Here goes,” she warned and dabbed his skin.

Her patient didn’t move or even wince as she cleaned the angry wound. Either he had a will of steel or he’d passed out again. Hopefully, the latter. Sweat rolled down her back as she finished cleansing the area around the bullet entry. Red flesh puckered with the first signs of infection. In this environment infection was guaranteed.

With a steady hand that would have made her father proud, she picked up her instruments and took a deep breath.

“You still with me?”

He murmured a response, turning his head slightly so he could see her. The stark beauty of his profile, despite the bruises, struck her again. The lines of his face were chiseled, unforgiving. The kind of man she’d glance at twice if she passed him on the street.

A man associated with a criminal.

“Still here, Doc. What are you waiting for?” Husky with pain, his deep voice brought her out of her thoughts.

She gave herself a mental shake. “Want something to bite down on?”

A small, wry smile touched his lips and his lids closed. “You won’t hear a peep out of me. Just fix me, Doc.”

“I can hit you so you’ll sleep through it,” she muttered.

That drew a low chuckle from him. She didn’t expect him to have a sense of humor. He seemed too…hard. His chuckle turned into a grunt of pain. “You probably hit like a girl.”

Alana grinned. “Yes, I do. Rest assured it won’t feel like it.”

“Appreciate the offer, but, no.” His words slurred together, his muscles tense as he fought his body’s demands.

“You got a name, Superman?”

His head rolled to the side, his chest rose and fell slowly. She thought he was out but he murmured, “Cristian.”

“Nice to meet you, Cristian.”

Then she dug into the wound for the bullet.

 ~~About the 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 three children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Find Jennifer:

Buy Hard Core:


Jennifer is offering a copy of my debut romantic suspense, Hard Core, in either ebook format or signed print copy to one lucky commenter so please leave me a comment with your EMAIL and gift choice to be entered to win!!


  1. Hi Jennifer! *waves*
    Can't wait to read "Hard Core." It sounds awesome & the cover is hot ;)

    signed print copy please!

    1. Hi Melvina!!! Thank you so much!! Lyrical did an awesome job on the cover! I fell in love with it :)

  2. nice interview Christain. i absolutely loved Hard Core in was an exciting read from start to finish, i must say, Christain is a marvellous hero. im excited that Mercer might be next. keep up the good work Jennifer. i wish you all the best

    1. Thanks so much, Julie!! Nice to see you here! I'm so happy to hear you liked Hard Core!! And, yep, Mercer is next! I have just the woman for him...

  3. Hahaha, love him. Great interview.

  4. Congratulations to Lia on her new blog! Hi Jennifer! Love the mini-interviews with Cristian...lol....can't wait to read Hard Core.

    junegirl 63 at gmail dot com

    1. I second that, Maria!! Isn't Lia's site gorgeous? I just love it!! She designed by Hard Core banner and my FB cover and blog header! She's awesome!! Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy Hard Core :)

  5. That interview alone made me want to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway


    1. You're so welcome, Leagh!! I hope you enjoy the book!

  6. Oh, sigh, love that excerpt, Jennifer! Good luck with your book - can't wait to read it!!

  7. I would love a print copy of this one. That interview is fabulous and no complaints with the cover either. :D

    Jyl22075 at gmail dot com

  8. Great interview! Cristian is definitely a character that will be fun to read. :)

  9. Love the interview, Christian! Can't wait to read more about you!


  10. Your book sounds amazing and the interview was hot! :) The cover isn't too shabby either. :) If I won I would definitely want a signed print copy so I could put on the bookshelf to drool over as I pass.

    1. Thanks, Scott!! Lyrical did an awesome job on the cover :)

  11. I love character interviews. They are so much more rowdy. I would love to have a hard body.

    1. LOL, Liza!! I hope you win a hard body!! They sure are!! Thanks so much!!

  12. Super cute interview and a super yummy cover. Looking foward to reading Hard Core.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  13. I loved the interview and the excerpt - especially this line: “I can hit you so you’ll sleep through it,” she muttered.

    This sounds like a great read, I can't wait to get to it!

    Thanks for having the giveaway!

    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

  14. Fun interview.