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Friday, March 7, 2014

Taking tea with... Jennifer Lowery and some very handsome Navy Seals...

So far this year I have entertained highlanders and cowboys and today its the turn of the Navy Seals.  Being ex military myself  I am right at home. Atten...shun!  (yes, boys... I am a Major... oh I do like it when men salute me!). Make way for my guest, contemporary action romance author, JENNIFER LOWERY

Welcome to my tea table (guys, just move those weapons along so Jennifer can sit down). Now, Jennifer, I can make a good strong military tea, but if you have another preference?

Hi Ms. Stuart and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! And, tea is my favorite. I drink it every day so I would love a cup, thank you. The stronger the better.

Jennifer, it’s not just Seals, its mercenaries, navy pilots, CIA agents… what is the attraction of men in uniform for you?

Great question. It took a few years of writing in many genres and getting my feet wet before I finally found my niche with military heroes (AS I am a sucker for a man in uniform...!). I found myself writing all my stories with one thing in common: strong, alpha heroes who were protectors. Men in uniform put their lives on the line to protect and I think that is what draws me to them. They will do whatever it takes to keep whatever they are protecting safe. I find that incredibly sexy.

Like me, you are something of a “hybrid” author, having moved from a small press publisher into indie publishing. What prompted the move and how have you found the experience?

When the small press I was published with became a digital-first imprint of a bigger publisher I had a choice to make: sign new contracts or go on my own-something I had been considering already. I decided to go Indie because it was the best for my career for now.

I do love being an Indie author. I’ve met so many fabulous authors who have helped me learn the ropes. And the covers!! I just love being in control of my own covers. (AS... I agree. The degree of artistic control, particularly over the cover art is a winner for me!)

What occupies your time when you’re not writing? Are you still tied to the dreaded “day job”?

I’m a mom of two, but they are 14 and 20. My son is in college and my daughter a freshman in High School. They keep me pretty busy though J  I’ve been married to my hubby for 22 years.

I quit my job as a Respiratory Therapist four years ago to write full-time (AS:  Lucky you!). Writing has always been my dream and the time to do it was calling me so I took the plunge. I’m so glad I did!

Your latest re-release is Murphy’s Law, what was the inspiration behind this story?  

Murphy. He wouldn’t leave me alone, lol. I’m a pantser so all I saw in my head was this scarred hero who pushed away everyone he loved because of what he’d done in a Middle Eastern country. Then I saw this woman on the run. Her daughter, Abby, she was a surprise. I knew Sara would have a daughter, but I never knew she would be…sorry, you’ll have to read the book :-)

Murphy’s Law is the story of my heart. The second manuscript I ever wrote and one I just couldn’t let go. I love the characters so much. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

In honor of my re-release I am giving away an e-book copy of Murphy’s Law to one lucky commenter so please leave a comment with your EMAIL so I can contact you if you win!!

Thank you for having me today, Ms. Stuart!! I truly enjoyed your tea. 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! 

And thanks for being a fabulous guest, Jennifer. OK, boys, by the left... quick march!

He lost his family. She gave them back to him.

Home is the last place Jon Murphy can go. After being held captive in Azbakastan, he returns to the States only to find he can’t face his mom and sisters with what he did while he was a prisoner, so he retreats to the mountains.

Widow Sara Sheldon has made a lifetime of mistakes and is now running scared from her husband’s powerful family, who are determined to take her daughter away from her. When her little girl goes missing in the Rockies, Sara enlists the only help she can find: a gruff recluse with tracking skills to admire and a body to covet.

A storm strands Sara and her daughter at Murphy’s cabin, leaving her no choice but to hope her in-laws don’t catch up while she plans where to run next. Murphy resents the invasion of his privacy, but can’t seem to keep his mind--or his hands--off Sara. How can she stand to look at him, with all his scars? He’s not nearly as honorable as she might think…only enough to make sure she’s safe, and then he’ll go back to being alone, the way he should be.

(CONTENT WARNING: Sexual content)      

Available on Amazon


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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