Book Tour & Giveaway: Come chat about EMPs and naughty toys with Jennifer James!
Please help me welcome back GraveTells alumni, author Jennifer James!
Hi and thanks for hosting me today! I’m Jennifer James. Today I want to introduce you to my newest release, COVERT CRAVING. It’s book one in a series I’m calling Project Genesis. Unlike my other series books, this series I’m actually planning on containing to a trilogy. (Although I’m holding on to the right to change my mind about that.) This book follows Chloe Saunders and Jacob Greiff, two people who are a little . . . different. *grin* Check out the blurb and excerpt to learn more about these two characters…
The glow-in-the-dark water at Camp Sunny Woods left Chloe Sanders with the ability to disappear from sight.
Thirteen years later, she uses her “gift” to take out criminals when she can. If she’s got to be part of a freak show, she’s going to do some good while in the buff.
And he’s enjoying studying every luscious curve…
Color blind detective Jacob Greiff smokes to weaken the overwhelming messages his nose sends him. One summer camp trip was enough for him. His priority right now is busting the vigilante leaving burglars tied up with panty hose and women’s scarves.
He thinks he’s hallucinating when he sees a petite, bare foot brunette in an enormous trench coat at his crime scenes because for the first time in years, he’s seeing someone in full color.
He’s not sure he’s buying it, but Chloe sure looks great when she’s “invisible.”
Despite his own supernatural abilities and the raging lust between them, Greiff wonders if Chloe isn’t some kind of nut who gets off on public nudity. She insists she can disappear from view when naked, that he’s the only one who can see her when she’s in the buff.
Their shared past comes to a treacherous intersection when a man shows up at Chloe’s apartment and informs them at gun point it’s time to report for duty—or else.
Read an excerpt
Chloe looked the detective over and rolled her eyes. She paused at her apartment long enough to chuck her purse inside. He followed her back to the elevator and she wished she’d put on a different outfit. One with underwear and a bra. The man was so hot most of her thoughts were consumed with taking clothes off, not keeping them on. And he kept looking down her top at her boobs. Part of her, the perverse part, wanted to yank up the tank top and flash him to see his reaction. She’d been naked loads of times in front of people, but they didn’t know she was there. It made the whole nudity thing seem mundane.
Except for where he was concerned. Every time she felt his gaze moving over her butt or breasts, hell, even the back of her neck, arousal curled in her belly and set goose bumps marching over her skin.
“So, what else do you have to get for your neighbor?”
“A pigeon and a cheesecake.” She glanced at him from beneath her eyelashes and caught him staring. He chuckled and shrugged. “You can buy the cheesecake as well, since I’m providing you with a peep show.”
“Can’t help myself.”
“Right. Look, if you keep doing that I’m going to have to insist on tit for tat.” They continued down the hallway, he with both hands shoved in his pockets, Chloe with her arms swinging freely.
“And what would that imply?” His voice dropped an octave, bringing the damned goose bumps out in force.
“Simple. I show you mine, you show me yours. Although, you’re in the red right now, since the subway incident.” The words thrilled her. She’d never had the opportunity to engage in this kind of banter. She should be on the road and headed for a new town and existence. Instead she was here, defying protocol, flirting with a hot-ass cop, and outright challenging him to a sex game.
“I disagree. If I accept your challenge, it starts now. We’d have to start over again, so technically I haven’t seen any naked body parts.” He pressed the button on the wall to call the elevator.
She glared down her nose at him and crossed her arms over her breasts. The effect didn’t work too well, since he was much taller, but she gave it her best impervious-haughty-queen bee try. His lips twitched and he stepped closer. She narrowed her eyes, fighting the jumble of excitement and nerves in her belly before taking a step of her own forward. The front of her flip flops bumped into his dress shoes.
“I think you’re trying to work the system here.” The heat of his body and the tingle of sexual arousal had brought her closer than she realized, and their chests collided.
“Maybe. I’m attracted to you.” He put his left hand on the wall next to her head. “I want to kiss you.”
“Yeah?” She ran one finger down his tie, tracing the pattern. The elevator bell chimed and the door slid open. A few steps to the right and she could be inside. The intensity in his eyes held her still.
“Yeah.” He brought his right hand out as well and stroked the exposed skin at her waist between tank top and pants with his thumb. “May I?”
That’s not my B.O.B. It’s an EMP device!
That’s right y’all. You can make your very own EMP generator. And it can even be made to look like a vibrator. While doing research for Covert Craving I looked up more weird stuff than you can imagine. NSA geeks are probably giggling to themselves and speculating about what a weirdo I am. Or they’re adding me to a scary ass watch list.
Or maybe they’re reading my books . . . . herm.
Anyway. So, if you don’t know what EMP stands for I’m revoking your nerd card. (It’s Electromagnetic Pulse.) And I was all stuck on a plot point. You see, I had my peeps running away from the scaries, and I had to have the scaries chase them. I mean, for reals, the bad people had already done a whole crap ton of stuff to my H/h….implants, gunshots, drugs, sewer— Err..sorry, getting into spoilerville. But anyway, if wouldn’t make any damn sense for the bad guys to NOT chase after them.
So I had to then figure out what exactly the bad guys would have to chase them with. Helicopters? Boats? What kind of weapons would they have? The bad guys are pretty high tech. And I thought, well, how to Chloe and Greiff fight back? They hooked up with this guy named Lucky who is super obsessed with his man parts and all the women he wants to introduce to said parts, but he’s also sorta a techie genius guy. Would he have something to fight back with besides a gun?
And then I learned all about EMP. And how to have a really big one, you have to set off a nuclear bomb. Uh, no. That’s not flying in my book. But in the course of that whole search I found a website for Preppers called Survivor Mom and then discovered Faraday Cages..which you need to protect your stuff in case of a nuclear bomb.
Which, um, after reading the survivor website, I’m toast. I predict that if something crazy happens to knock out all the great stuff I like, you know, grocery stores, electricity, plumbing, fresh water from the tap, garbage pick-up, I’m so toast. I am not equipped for the 18th century.
Maybe I’ll be adopted and just have to sit around and tell entertaining stories. I’ll be like, the village fertility lady who gets people revved up when they’re not feeling smexy. Heh.
So, that’s a little bit about how research for a book can take you in crazy places. The EMP did not make it into the book. One that would be large enough to do anything wasn’t plausible. But you can make your own, hide it inside a vibrator casing, and have fun overloading the circuits of people’s phones and stuff. Just Google search. There’s schematics and everything!
About the author
Jennifer James hates to talk about herself in the third person and has now started so many series books she’s wondering if she has a mental illness. A traditionally published author who recently dipped her toes into the oceans of Indie land; she’s finding the water quite nice and plans on sticking around. She loves Dirty Palmers in the summer, Spiked Cocoas in the winter, and Jack and Honey with Pepsi any time at all. Recent college grad, wife, mother, cat wrangler, and dog belly scratcher, Jenn spends a lot of time at her computer, frowning at the shenanigans of people only she can hear.
Giveaway time! I love a giveaway, don’t you? Leave a comment on this post then fill out the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a Covert Craving book thong, pen, tote, and some other assorted swag from my bin of deliciousness. The book thong is super pretty…. don’t you want to pet it and squeeze it and call it your precious?