Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Justice by Jennifer Harlow
Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator.
Currently she calls Northern Virginia home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time, she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills.
She is the author of the Amazon Best-Selling F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad and Midnight Magic Series. For the soundtracks to her books visit www.jenniferharlowbooks.com.
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It’s hard being a regular police officer in Galilee Falls, a city with the highest concentration of superheroes and villains in the country. It’s even harder watching your best friend, the man you’re secretly in love with your whole life, planning to marry another woman. Detective Joanna Fallon has to contend with both. When the vilest supervillain in the city’s history, Alkaline, the former crime boss who can shoot acid from his wrists, escapes from the maximum security prison, the whole city is gripped by panic.
Leading the pursuit is Captain Harry O’Hara, Joanna’s boss and secret lover, and the city’s champion superhero Justice, who caught the villain last time, much to Joanna’s chagrin. Before her father was murdered in a mugging twenty years earlier, Joanna worshiped the hero, but when he disappeared and failed to save her father, that adoration turned to contempt for all supers.
After Alkaline attacks too close to home and targets Joanna as his next victim, tough-as-nail Joanna has to contend with her increasing fear while struggling to choose between her life-long crush and her new-found love.
At turns vulnerable and fierce, equally mordant and winsome, Joanna is an earnest yet emotionally damaged heroine, who despite the tough breaks of her childhood sees the good in people and vow to protect her beloved city at all costs. An ass-kicking petite firecracker with no superpowers of her own, she charges after supervillains unflinchingly, never losing her wit even when facing her toughest fight. With a coy blend of whimsy and vivid imagination, she delivers both humor and thrills in an action-packed and edgy blend of comic book cool, fantasy-noir, and bitter-sweet romance.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I can never pinpoint the inception of the idea. Justice came from a lot of places. My childhood obsessed with Batman, my teens obsessed with comic books, my bitchy side needing to come out in the form of a different type of character. And this book is a mash-up of a ton of genres I love to read. Thrillers, comic books, unconventional romances, paranormal, action and adventure. I just put them all together in my subconscious, mixed them up, and out came the book.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
I was working on my F.R.E.A.K.S Squad series at the same time, and working full time, so I wrote this one on and off for about two years. When I got sick of vampires and werewolves I switched to my other love, superheroes just to mix things up.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Besides the commute? Five steps to my desk every morning? No, I’m a total control freak, so I love bossing people around, and with my imaginary friends there isn’t a damn thing they can do about it. Sometimes they rebel, but then I just try to kill them and they stop. It’s good to be God.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I cut my teeth writing screenplays, so dialogue is where I really shine but descriptions, not so much. In the second draft I always have to go back and write several paragraphs and they usually take over an hour to do. Then I have to go back over it again because I tend to over-write them.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Whoever is currently dating Benedict Cumberbatch for obvious reasons. *Growl*
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I just went and checked, and the olives in there are growing mold. They’re still good, right?
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
This year has been nuts. In March the first in my Midnight Magic Mystery Series, What’s A Witch To Do? came out, then I self-published Justice in May, then in early August the third in my F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad series Death Takes A Holiday comes out, and I’m working really hard to get the second Galilee Falls book, Galilee Rising out by the end of the year. I am freaking exhausted.
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