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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Character Interivew/Giveaway: Covert Craving by Jennifer James

Covert Craving
Jennifer James

She just stripped in front of an NYPD detective...

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.

Jennifer James is one of the most awesome people I've met since becoming a book blogger.  She is hilarious, kind, and extremely talented when it comes to the written word.  So today I am very excited to tell you I have her here on the blog, interviewing her character, Jacob.  Check it out, and check out the giveaway at the end.  Thanks!


An Interview with Jacob Greiff from COVERT CRAVING.
-Jennifer James
(In which I will attempt to peel back the many layers of a hot detective with supernatural abilities.)

I have to meet Greiff online via Skype, because he and Chloe are in hiding. Earlier this week I found a note stuck under my windshield wiper with some funky instructions on it, and a command to burn the note when I was finished with it. There was also a scrawled sentence at the bottom advising me to seek out a salon and get my eyebrows waxed. Which is just plain rude. They’re not that bad. So I ignored that part.

At the appointed time, I follow all the directions and establish a connection with a secret satellite or something and the computer makes that fake phone ringing sound. Greiff comes into view and I can’t help but grin at him. His hair is overgrown, he’s got some sexy stubble happening, and he’s wearing an old hoodie. In short, he looks like a guy who’s very happy and settled down with a lady he loves.

He smiles back at me and I get a little flushed and squirmy. Having Greiff’s full attention is like being in ninth grade and having the most popular senior in school (who is also hot, nice, and does volunteer work and annoys you a little with how *good* he is) stop and talk to you. I take a gulp of my coffee to try and cover my awkward nerdy authorness.

Jacob Greiff: Hey Jenn. How you doing sweetheart?

JJ: *OMG he called me sweetheart* Good. How are you? How’s Chloe? You guys cool?
JG: We’re good. She’s been tired and sleepy. But things are quiet.
JJ: Oh. Is she sleeping right now?
JG: Yeah. She’s taking a nap. *He leans back in the chair and looks to his left.*

JJ: Are you sneaking this call? Jake. Seriously. She’ll be pissed at you. Mondo pissed if she finds out you’re not telling her—
JG: *He leans forward and rests his forearms on the desk* Jenn, you and I both know that it’s not over yet. I’m keeping her safe.

JJ: *Can’t help but frown about this and feel kinda small* Well, yeah, but . . . she’s an adult and you can’t hide stuff from her.
JG: I’ll do what I have to do to protect her. *He taps a pen on the desk in a fast staccato and then throws it at the wall.*

JJ: I’m sorry Greiff. I didn’t mean to poke a sore spot. *I drink more coffee and sneak peeks at him. The dark blue of his eyes is almost black and his nostrils flare. He gets up and paces in a small circle a few times before sitting down again.* You still feeling the effects of the, ah, stuff?
JG: Here and there. So, we have about three minutes left. What did you want to talk about?

JJ: Um . . . hmm. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
JG: Rocky Road.

JJ: Favorite movie?
JG: Don’t watch much TV. I read more. Usually history books.
JJ: History books?
JG: *smirks* Don’t look so surprised. I graduated with a 3.8 cumulative.
JJ: Wow. But what about that whole thing about your junior year?
JG: I joined a frat and spent some time dicking around. I was a stupid kid. *He shrugs* But man, that year was a blast.
JJ: Uh huh. I’ll bet. How many girls you run through that year?
JG: Me? Aww come on Jenn. Do I strike you as that kind of guy?
JJ: Yes. In college, absolutely. But you’re damned adorable so I forgive you.
JG: *He turns on his thousand mega watt panty droppa smile and I freeze like a squirrel on the road* Thanks.

JJ: You’re welcome. *clears throat* So . . . ah . . . celebrity crush.
JG: Jessica Alba. She’s sexy, but has a girl next door thing happening. Plus, I have a thing for girls with dark hair. Reese Witherspoon is pretty hot too.

JJ: Huh. Your answers didn’t surprise me that time. *laughs* Okay, um . . . favorite ethnic food.
JG: Greek.

JJ: Favorite classic rock song.
JG: “Thunder Road.” I like Springsteen. Seger. Meatloaf. Pretty much all that stuff is great.

JJ: Favorite sexual position.
JG: *Doesn’t miss a beat* All of them. How about you?

JJ: Uh . . . *turns bright red.* I’m asking the questions here, sir.
JG: *Clucks like a chicken at me and laughs.*
JJ: Hush you. Naughty man.
JG: You started it.

JJ: So.
JG: *Looks to the left, cocks his head, and appears to sniff.* I gotta go Jenn. I’ll talk to you later.
JJ: Okay. See you *The video feed goes dead* later.

Well, that was interesting. Greiff likes Rocky Road and is a history buff. I hope you enjoyed getting to know him and that you enjoy his and Chloe’s story when it releases! COVERT CRAVING is 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*


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?”

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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.


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