Welcome MJ to the blog. Now, you have a book that is about a whole lot of stuff with an awesome cover. We have werewolves, sisters, dangerous cults, secret agents and of course love! Can you tell us more about “And Jericho Burned’. I love that title, by the way.
MJ: Sure. Lucy Callahan will do anything to save her sister, even if that means marrying a stranger. Even if that stranger is an undercover government agent out to destroy the cult holding her sister hostage. Even if that stranger is a… werewolf.
Oh, fascinating. Just so much good stuff in a book. It promises to be exciting. Tell us more about Lucy.
MJ: Lucy is the older sister. She is the responsible one. She and Michelle had a really bad childhood–their father was an alcoholic who used to beat on their mother. Lucy tries to protect Michelle, but Michelle is headstrong and always getting into trouble. As I state in Chapter 1, Scene 1: Michelle had a talent for trouble. New Sinai was merely her worse mess to date.
Now that is a killer opening scene. I have to know all about New Sinai based on that alone. But back to Lucy; what was she doing before all this started? What did she step away from? Lucy is a caterer specializing in vegetarian cuisine in Boulder, Colorado. She was engaged to someone–Charles the Fink–but she caught him cheating on her and broke it off.
Good for her! Now, how did Operation Jericho get started?
MJ: Stoker is the keyboardist for the country band Toke Lobo & the Pack. The band members are all werewolves, although that is not common knowledge. They sometimes are called upon by the US Government for special tasks–their pack as a treaty exchanging service for sanctuary. The task force and Lucy were sitting around one night trying to figure out how to infiltrate New Sinai, which is a paramilitary/ religious compound. Lucy tells the guys about the story of Jericho in the Old Testament. Instead of blowing rams’ horns, Lucy suggests the werewolves surround the stockade fence and howl at dawn as a form of psychological warfare against the people living inside the fence– which includes Lucy’s sister.
Very clever. And tricky. I love it. Now, what about Stoker? What’s his stake in this?
MJ: Stoker is Lucy’s mate. He just wants to take her home, write and perform his music and make babies. He has no aspirations to greatness. He’s a middle-of-the-pack kind of guy. He is annoyed when Lucy comes up with ideas, because he knows his place in the pack and is comfortable there, but she tends to think like a leader. He is also very literal. When Lucy tells him she’s a butterfly, he believes she can shift into a butterfly.
Yes, I can be quite a literal thinker too sometimes, though probably not to the butterfly extreme. They sound like the perfect opposites. How did they meet?
MJ: She was trying to escape from her crazy brother-in-law (“General” of the paramilitary/ religious group, New Sinai). She was in the bar listening to the band, accompanied by two of the General’s henchmen, and was trying to run away when Stoker essentially abducted her. As a werewolf, he knew right away she was his mate. He smelled her fear and that was it for him.
Oh boy, I’m not sure if that isn’t a case of falling from the frying pan into the fire. What were her initial thoughts when she learned he was a werewolf?
MJ: She thought it was the coolest thing– and she was a little jealous.
Okay, probably a good reaction to have. Now isn’t Stoker an old friend (of sorts) of yours?
MJ: Stoker is a character from my first novel, Moonlight Serenade,. He’s always scowling, wears a big black hat, but inside he’s a marshmallow. A really gentle guy. My ‘line’ while writing the book was: “she says he’s lemonade, be he wants to be the best thing that ever happened to her”. (Lemonade, as in ‘when life hands you lemons, make lemonade’ He found that insulting)
That is too funny. I like hearing about characters who refuse to be second fiddle and demand their own stories. In this case, Stoker got both his story and the girl. Now, what can you tell us about you?
MJ: I grew up near Cardiff, New York, a place best known for its giant, which turned out to be a fiction so incredible, PT Barnum himself borrowed it. That’s a tough act to follow, but I tried—by composing my own stories.
Although my 30-year career in local television included such highlights as being bitten by a lion, preempting a US President for a college basketball game, giving a three-time world champion boxer a few black eyes, a mention in the Drudge Report, and meeting my husband, my urge to create my own stories never went away.
I still live in upstate New York with my husband and two children. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and Central New York Romance Writers. Music and cooking are two of my passions, and I enjoy baseball and college basketball, but I’m primarily focused on wine . . . and writing.
That is just awesome. Where can readers find you?
By emailing me at email@example.com
And at my official website: http://www.comptonplations.com where they can see excerpts of my books, read all about my take on werewolves, meet the band members of Take Lobo & the Bank and much more.
Great. As we wind this down, can you share the cover blurb for ‘And Jericho Burned’?
Awesome. Which one will she choose? And can we get some buy links for both ‘Moonlight Serenade’ and for ‘And Jericho Burned’?
‘Moonlight Serenade’ — http://tinyurl.com/lpsradw
‘And Jericho Burned’ — http://tinyurl.com/ml9wzc4
And now, let’s take one more look at that absolutely beautiful cover…. and the stunning ‘Moonlight Serenade’… the one that started it all…