Saturday, June 16, 2012

Romantic Suspense, Finally!!!


Congratulations to Mary C, the winner of Julie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

First off, I am absolutely thrilled to be here and would like to personally thank Maureen for this amazing site. I am so excited to discuss my love of everything Yellowstone and furry, you cannot imagine. DEVIL’S GOLD was originally touted as a thriller by my publisher which meant blog posts that matched the thriller genre and relevant thriller-like discussions. But it’s not a thriller. It’s pure, unfettered, romantic suspense that takes you on a wild Bond-like adventure from the Niger Delta to Yellowstone National Park and back.

                In 2001, I spent seven amazing days in Jackson, Wyoming. I screamed through white-water rapids, white-knuckled it on hot air balloon rides, and became speechless at the beauty that was Yellowstone. Okay, I admit, the speechless part is probably a bit of an exaggeration. My husband can attest that I am never speechless.  In short, I fell in love with a pocket of our great nation that I recommend to everyone. Inspiration struck and the first incarnation of DEVIL’S GOLD was born.

                Considering the fact that growing up my first “doll” was a stuffed lion, that I was an action-adventure movie junkie by day but secretly glued to late night Rogers and Hammerstein musicals, I knew I couldn’t write a great suspense novel without love, angst, and sex. More importantly, I needed a hot man. I then realized it was imperative to save the world while I’m at it – because, well, that’s something that needs doing every once in awhile and shouldn’t always be left to the he-man-woman-haters-club. I found an area in trouble and researched my heart out. I had some amazing help and was very lucky that doctors and scientists returned my emails. I only managed to offend one scientist with my endless “I don’t know what means,” so I think I did pretty well. Wolves are a very debatable subject; however, I take the stand that they are part of the circle of life, and you don’t mess with Mother Nature!

                The devastation in the Niger Delta is as written in my book. I did not invent the Kill-and-Go squads nor did I exaggerate the environmental disaster that has occurred in that region. My research for DEVIL’S GOLD often afforded information I’d rather not know. I’m an optimist by nature and experienced several heart-heavy moments when faced with the inhumane treatment of the indigenous population and the crushing ecological demise of this section of West Africa.

                The intriguing part of my research was CPV-19. This science is currently being experimented with for the positive reasons stated in DEVIL’S GOLD. The little twist of evilness, that’s purely my imagination.

        If you’re curious, here’s a little taste of the book:

Jake turned and stared at her, a cool reserve only half masking the surprise and anger that flared within the depths of his baby-blues. “Don’t fight me on this. There’s a chopper beyond that tree line.” He bent his head and swore when she frowned and glanced over her shoulder. “Cassidy, something’s gone terribly wrong. Turning yourself over to Dudley Do-Right will be the end of your career and perhaps life.”
“I don’t understand.”
“Neither do I, Sunshine. But our best bet at finding answers is about five hundred feet that away.” He pointed toward the pine trees that edged a gravel road to their left.
Hesitation rarely encroached upon Cassidy’s life, and this moment wasn’t a time to allow it in. She nodded, placed her hand in his, and prepared to run. “Let’s do it then.”
Jake tilted his head, closed his eyes, and listened. Cassidy mimicked his actions and heard a faint thump of rotor blades. Before she opened her eyes, Jake yanked on her arm and they raced across the gravel road. Bullets whizzed by, striking stone and grass. Her heart pounded in her chest as she ran as fast as her legs would carry her. Sliding around the edge of a tree, she braced herself with her hand but Jake pulled her onward; the rough bark snagged at her tender skin and scraped the length of her wrist. Swearing, she stumbled forward attempting to match his pace.
They ran.
She heard Ethan’s voice behind her, and fear snatched her breath away. Jake pulled harder on her arm, and she forced her legs to move faster. They broke through a clearing, and the helicopter hovered above ground less than fifty feet away. Jake pushed her toward the chopper and dropped to one knee, firing his gun at the woods. Cassidy tripped, her legs weak and rubbery; she winced as dirt and rocks bit into the bleeding flesh of her palms. She righted herself and raced for safe haven.
Her legs and arms burned from exhaustion, but she used her last burst of energy and threw her body into the interior of the helicopter, curling into a ball as she rolled and slammed against the back wall. She felt the chopper rise and panicked when she realized Jake wasn’t aboard.
Cassidy scrambled to the edge of the chopper, the scene and circumstances all too familiar. This time she’d make a difference. Jake hung suspended from the rung, his legs kicking in the air as Steve lifted them higher above the ground. Bullets flew, striking metal but not penetrating. She reached over the edge and grabbed Jake’s arm.
He glanced up in surprise, then narrowed his eyes in anger. “Let go of me. Get back where it’s safe.”
Cassidy glared right back and pulled with all her strength. She felt his weight shift slightly. His hand gripped her shoulder as he propelled his body through the opening and into the helicopter. Without thinking, she launched herself at him and slammed her fist into his chest. “Don’t do that again. You almost fell.”
He pulled her into a hard embrace, and she smiled as the deep rumble of his laughter warmed her ear. “You’re a piece of work, Goldilocks.”

                I’d love to hear what environmental issues concern you or what places you’ve visited that have left an indelible stamp on your heart. I believe that Maureen will pick someone from the comments section to receive a free book. Thank you, again, Maureen for having me

Julie will be giving away either a digital or print copy of DEVIL'S GOLD to one lucky commenter in the US and CANADA, or a digital copy outside these areas!


Giveaway ends 9pm EST June 17th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

29 comments:

  1. Ooooh, another book to add to my TBR queue... my dissertation is never going to get written, haha.

    I'm a scuba diver (when I'm not in lab working on my doctorate), so for me it's the acidification & warming of oceans that's leading to massive coral bleaching and death. And unlicenced fishing & the introduction of non-native species (e.g. the lionfish in the Atlantic!) that's decimating reef ecosystems.

    As for a place that has left an indelible stamp: watching the sun rise over the Annapurna range whilst sitting in a canoe in Phewa Lake in Nepal. Gorgeous!

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Cris, you never should have mentioned that you're a scientist. What? No, I'm not scribbling down your email address so that I can stalk you. (hides pen and paper behind back) :) I'm in the middle of researching the damage to the oceans caused by plastic tides. It's quite alarming. You've added another element I'll have to take a look at! Love your indelible stamp, btw. I'm certain that was an amazing experience. And, of course, thank you for adding DEVIL'S GOLD to your TBR pile.

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    2. My doctorate is in microbiology (really, regulation of gene expression in bacteria), so I'm not sure it'll ever prove useful to anyone. Unless someone's interested in how to use bacteria as a murder weapon... then I can call on my colleagues who study aspects of pathogenesis. Not really sure dehydration due to shigellosis is exciting enough for RS, though :). I am hoping to move into something more related to marine pharmacology & ecology post-doctorate, which may prove more useful :P

      Nepal was legend, though seeing Mt. Everest isn't as impressive as one would think 'cos it's surrounded by other really big mountains! My parents were/are avid travellers, so I have loads of epic indelible moments.

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  2. JULIE
    THIS SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER GREAT READ THANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE
    tammyjackson75@yahoo.com

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  3. Hi Julie.

    Your book sounds great. The place that left an indelible stamp is my hometown Santa Barbara, CA. It is so pretty there.

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. Santa Barbara is on my list of places to visit. I'm in the process of planning a three week West Coast vacation for 2014 which my entire family is very excited about. Although, I'm probably not going to want to move from the vineyards. :)

      Julie

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    2. Have fun on your trip. I'm going back to SB this summer for my vacation. And I forgot my email

      yenastone at aol dot com

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  4. Hi Julie,
    A thriller! That is good for me! As for a place that impressed me. It has to be Paris, France for the beauty & history.
    Thank you for entering me in your draw.
    Jan

    janet_kerrr(at)msn.com

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    1. Jan,

      You are more than welcome. Paris - such a beautiful and romantic place.

      Julie

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  5. I must read this book! First, it was inspired by beautiful Wyoming. I totally get that. Second, it's suspense, which I enjoy reading. Most of all, it's by Julie Korzenko. 'Nuff said!

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  6. Love, love, love a suspense wrapped around a romance. I guess the place that left me speechless was the grand canyon. Words can't express. But for beautiful serenity ... daylight walking on the beach. Gator_trish at msn dot com

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  7. Trish,

    I'm certain the Grand Canyon was a sight to see. I think I'd have to consume several glasses of wine before venturing down on a mule, though. :) And the beach is one of my favorite places to relax.

    Julie

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  8. Visiting Yosemite was very nice. The book sounds good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you. I've heard Yosemite is quite beautiful!

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  9. My environmental concern is the greenhouse. After seeing the glaciers in Alaska is an awesome sight. It's too bad that one of the Alaskan tourist sight is gone. That famous glacier arch has melted into nothing. Now I just have pictures from tour books of that famous glacier arch.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Kai,

      I agree with you regarding the greenhouse effect. I have never been to Alaska, but it is on my bucket list.

      Julie

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  10. Another book for my list! I keep up to date on environmental concerns via NRDC.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Mary,

      Yes, NRDC is a great resource. Thank you for stopping by.

      Julie

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  11. thanks for a great post and giveaway! Definitely going to go check it out :)

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Erin.

      I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply this morning. I've been feeding a tribe of hungry men. Not only did they want dinner last night, but they also wanted breakfast. Apparently, my muffin suggestion did not go over well.

      Julie

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  12. We have an email entry...

    Dear Julie, many years ago, i visited India. We did a lot of our travels by train, and at the stations were a lot of children by themselves. To this day ,i can see these gaunt children with flies hovering in their eyes. I often wonder if they survived and if so what kind of a life are they having. Every time i am having a whinge about some trivial thing i think about those children and berate myself .i know that we are not able to help everyone, but we can be grateful for the fortunate lives that we are leading. Thanh you for allowing us to have some escapism and allow us to have a little haven of romance and adventure, knowing that all will turn out well in the end. Thank you, Ann.

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    1. Ann,

      What a lovely post. Thank YOU!

      Julie

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  13. Hi Julie,
    Great post!

    This book sound great, looking forward to read it. My environmental concern is about wildlife trade. I am firm believer that you should not made wildlife animal as your pet. I used to participate in releasing animal into their natural habitat. And those wasn't an easy task, because releasing animal is a very long and complicated process.

    It was wonderful of you to put environmental issue into your book

    Thank you

    Adis
    akakage_sora@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Adis,

      Thank you! I've always been a wildlife advocate, and I do believe strongly in the fact that they belong in their natural habitat. It's very rewarding to write about something that I have passion for, and the people that I meet along the way are amazing. Have a wonderful day!

      Julie

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  15. I wanted to take a quick moment and say thank you to all the wonderful readers here who have taken the time to comment. It has truly been a pleasure hearing from each and every one of you!

    Julie

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  16. I'm always concerned when I hear of animals nearing extinction. It makes me sad and think that a few centuries from now (maybe even decades) new generations of people will never have the chance to see these animals. Global warming and how it's affecting polar bears and other animals who need the cold concern me. It seems that the changes are happening in small ways but are quickly adding up.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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