I am honored to have Elizabeth Janette, author of “Redemption For Liars”, stop in for a visit. Today she is talking about her new book, “Assassin P.I.”
RJS: Elizabeth, welcome, it is nice to have you here. First, let’s talk about your book, okay? So, what is this book about? We also have a great except and new trailer you created to share further into our visit.
EJ: It’s great to be here, thank you. “Assassin P.I.” is a noir-inspired romantic suspense. Here’s my tagline/hook and blurb:
It’s not the corrupt police force that he’s afraid of. Or the Fed hot on his heels. It’s her. She’s the only one with the power to love him, kill him, or bring him to his knees.
For a Private Eye like Jack Gaines, a man with old-fashioned morals and a wicked thirst for justice, being paid to eliminate bad guys has its perks. Nearly getting killed isn’t one of them. It’s enough to make Jack contemplate retirement in the Bahamas. But that’s before his ex-lover graces his doorway. One kiss is all it takes for Jack to postpone retirement and agree to take on her case: find and assassinate her husband’s killer.
It’s not the corrupt police force that he’s afraid of. Or the Fed hot on his heels. It’s her. She’s the only one with the power to bring him to his knees. And Angie’s harboring a deadly vendetta that threatens to destroy him like a bullet to the heart. Getting out of this mess (preferably alive) will take more than just his wits, good looks, and an arsenal of gumshoe novels.
RJS: Wonderful. Very noir indeed. Was there any special inspiration?
EJ: This song really helped me keep the noir feeling as I wrote: https://amzn.com/B004LVYJMY
I also have a pinterest page full of photos for inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/ejanette2082/assassin-pi/
RJS: Neat. Songs inspire me a lot too, though I’ve yet to get into the Pinterest thing. And roughly how long did it take?
EJ: This story has been a long time in the making. As in several years. The beginning came very easily to me, but then I wrote myself into a corner and couldn’t figure out how to save my hero from dying or redeem him in any way. Eventually, after spending long hours plotting and hashing it out with friends and family, I figured out a solution and managed to finish writing the storyline.
RJS: The sounding board of F & F can never be underrated, can it? That being said, how do you beat procrastination?
EJ: I don’t. I use procrastination as a way to let my sub conscience do all the work. My house gets awfully clean when I can’t figure out a storyline issue!
RJS: Ha, love it! Can you describe the path to publication?
EJ:For this book I entered a Pitchfest on twitter called #Pit2Pub. Several publishers showed an interest in Assassin P.I. but ultimately, Soul Mate Publishing offered me a contract. And I love working with SMP, so it was perfect. I did have to agree to tweak my ending though.
RJS: Yes, SMP rocks, and the tweaking happens sometimes. Are you working on anything else right now?
EJ: I am, although since I’m also in the process of buying a new house, my writing time is limited now. I’m working on a contemporary romance called, Charlie’s Angel. Here’s the short blurb:
When a wild-haired newcomer blows into town, claiming to be the little sister the Grainger boys didn’t know they had, only one thing is certain — Charlie “Grainger” is on the run. From what, only Charlie knows and she’s not talking. But she sure is hell-bent on shaking things up and living her life to the fullest, which stirs up all sorts of trouble for the citizens of Hill’s Creek, Texas.
Pharmaceutical Rep Ryder Collins is fed up with his wife’s disappearing act and he’ll stop at nothing to bring her home, even if he has to drag her, kicking and screaming, back to where she belongs: his arms. She needs him, now more than ever. Her life depends on it. She just doesn’t know it yet.
RJS: Sounds cool. Mysterious and fun. Okay, let’s move on to the ice-breaking questions, so we can get to know you beyond the writer. First, how did you meet your spouse/ significant other?
EJ: We were set up. My sister and her hubby are best friends with my husband’s cousin and his wife and they decided we were perfect for each other. Our first two or three dates were family dates, first with my family, and then with his. We were married 8 months later.
RJS: How do you like to spend a rainy day?
EJ: At home reading in front of a fire in the fireplace.
RJS: Do you play any musical instruments?
EJ: I play the piano, but not much anymore. Not enough hours in my day.
RJS: What ‘s a typical day like?
EJ: I’m out the door by 6:50 and at work by 7:00. I teach from 7:30 – 1:50 and then am in meetings until 3:00 or thereabouts. Then I leave work, pick up my daughter, and head home to greet my son. Two days a week I meet my hubby about 15 minutes away so he can get our son to soccer practice. Then I head back home to help my daughter with her homework, toss together something that resembles dinner, and either read, write, lesson plan, or more likely watch T.V. until the boys get home by 7:30ish. Spend some time with the hubby, and it’s lights out by 9:30. Most weekends are spent on the soccer fields.
RJS: What one item would you grab if the house was on fire? (assume no living beings are inside)
EJ: I’d probably grab photographs, especially the one of my parents. Or maybe my laptop, since that’s where most of my photographs are currently living. Only grabbing one item would just about kill me. I’m a very sentimental person, and a lot of furniture and objects in my house have memories attached to them. Watching them burn would devastate me.
RJS: Describe one moment in time when you took a huge leap of faith. How did it turn out?
EJ: Before I became a teacher, my husband and a family friend convinced me to attend a job fair for a local school district. I was petrified. I didn’t have any experience in the classroom, not even as a sub, and hadn’t begun my teaching credential yet. Twenty minutes or so later, I walked out shell-shocked with a signed contract in hand. What in the heck did I know about becoming a teacher? When they called for my first teaching assignment, they placed me in a 7th grade classroom teaching ELD students and AVID students. I didn’t have a clue what either of those acronyms meant but I was expected to figure it out. I panicked but 14 years later, I still love teaching.
RJS: Your favorite town/ city in the world? Why?
EJ: I have two. The first is Holtville, CA, because that’s where my dad’s family is from. It’s so hot in the summertime that the ground cracks. And the other is Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica. Who doesn’t love spending time in the rain forest? My husband and I spent time there when I was getting my Master’s degree. Our professors threw together a weeklong trip to Costa Rica and it was pure heaven.
RJS: If you could invite four people (living or dead) to dinner, who would they be?
EJ: I only need to invite two people. My mom and dad. Both of whom have passed away within the last four years. I miss them something fierce.
RJS: Very nice, Elizabeth. Yes, I’d like to see some loved ones who have passed on too. And the burning house question would be hard for me to answer. Now, let’s move on to our speed Round.
1. Can you dance? Sing? I can do both! Though rarely in public. I have terrible stage fright.
2. Which do you prefer for a second home? Mountain cabin, beach house or big city condo?
Beach house. My hubby and I got married on the beach, so it’s kind of a special spot for us.
3. Favorite vacation spot? Costa Rica
4. Favorite place to visit? San Diego. I always have a ton of fun when we go there.
5. Favorite sport or physical activity? I love watching my kids play soccer, but I’m the one doing it? It’s hula dancing, all the way.
6. Favorite season? Fall.
7. What dessert do you order most often? Cheesecake.
8. Favorite food to cook? Tacos because they’re easy to make. Cooking isn’t my forte.
9. What makes you laugh? My family, especially my sister, husband, and kids.
10. What three adjectives describe you? Creative, determined, and loyal. My students would say I’m strict, too.
RJS: Wonderful, Elizabeth. Now we get to the parting thoughts, where we get see a little more about what makes you…well…you. First, what three items would you take if you knew you were going to be stranded on a tropical island for a year? (enough suntan lotion is a freebie)
EJ: I’m going to assume I’d have enough food and water to survive so I’d only need creature comforts. 1. A journal so I could write. 2. A chef to cook because I can’t. 3. A handy man because I’m not handy. Without them, I’d die within days for sure.
RJS: Do you believe in love at first sight?
EJ: I do. I think it’s possible, but rare.
RJS: One quote you love, that keeps you going in life?
EJ: This quote comes from my mom: Keep your eyes on the stars, a dream in your heart, and your feet planted firmly on the ground.
Throughout the day, Elizabeth Janette wears many hats: soccer mom, teacher, hula dancer, photographer, and romance writer. When she’s not drafting fun lesson plans, she’s dreaming up murder mysteries and love affairs to write about. Elizabeth’s stories have earned her recognition as a finalist in the 2011 Dixie First Chapter contest and a finalist in the Indiana Golden Opportunity contest. Her debut novel, “Redemption For Liars”, was nominated as a finalist in the Romantic Suspense category as well as the Best First Book category for the 2014 National Excellence for Romantic Fiction Award.
Elizabeth has created a book trailer for “Assassin P.I.” and I’m happy to list it below.
Elizabeth’s SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Redemption For Liars
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/redemption-for-liars-elizabeth-janette/1120403194?ean=9781619355750
And here is the promised Excerpt from “Assassin P.I.”:
Angie broke off the kiss and pushed away from him. “What are you doing, Jack?”
He grabbed her by the wrist and brought her back into his arms. “Making up for lost time. Doing what I should have done years ago.”
“You can’t go back and change the past, Jack. You broke my heart once. I won’t let it happen again.”
She was right, but when he was close to her, thinking straight was near impossible. There were a million and one reasons why he should walk away from her, from this case. He headed for the door and yanked it open.
She didn’t budge.
“You’re right. You should leave.” It would kill him to see her walk out his door again, but it was the gentlemanly thing to do. He was giving her an out. One she would take if she were smart.
Angie lifted her chin defiantly. “Not until we talk.”
The tension was palpable. Jack let the door close and engaged the deadbolt. “Suit yourself.”
He strode across the room, pinning Angie to the wall. Tangling his fingers in her hair, he tugged her head back, leaving her silky neck exposed. God, how long had it been since he’d last been with a woman as tantalizing as her? He took a deep breath in. Her perfume beckoned him to take a taste, to throw caution to the wind and give in.
“I warned you. I’m not in the mood to be played with.” Tonight wasn’t about making excuses, or even about making love. It was about sheer lust. Trying to scratch an itch that had lain dormant for too many years. Far too many years.