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Today I’m on the ‘Agent Zero’ blogtour, organized by Psst… Promotions & Let’s Talk Promos.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Janet Walden-West lives in the Southeast with a pack of show dogs, a couple of kids, and a husband who didn’t read the fine print. A member of the East Tennessee Creative Writers Alliance, she is also a founding member of The Million Words craft blog. She pens inclusive Contemporary Romance and Urban Fantasy. As a two-time Pitch Wars alum turned Pitch Wars 2019 Mentor, Sherrilyn Kenyon scholarship recipient, and Golden Heart® finalist, she believes in paying it forward by supporting burgeoning Southern writers.
She is represented by Eva Scalzo of Speilburg Literary Agency.
Find more about her at janetwaldenwest.weebly.com or on social media.
Print Length: 282 pages
Publication date: June 1, 2021
He owns the spotlight, she lives in the shadows.
VEE: My only purpose? Keep lethal cryptids in check, and our Company existence secret.
Sometimes a girl needs a night of karaoke and tequila though. Instead, after a vicious new cryptid species crashes the party, I end up saving and carting home a way arrogant, way hot chef. With Bruce Kantor now a temporary roommate it seems like the perfect time to indulge my forbidden civilian fascination—especially the friends-with-benefits part. But the feelings he ignites threaten my oath and mission.
BRUCE: Damn right I’m the bad boy of the culinary world.
I live for the limelight, and the legions of #BruceTheBastard fans love my temper as much as my food. After stomping out of one high-profile gig, all I’m looking for are directions to my next. What I get is a giant Komodo Dragon-wannabe, and Vee Ramirez, the most infuriatingly irresistible woman to ever hit my radar.
Even if we survive the relentless monster on my trail, our future is toast unless I can convince Vee there’s more to life than the Company.
Welcome to Region Two.
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Stefanie, thank you for inviting me over!
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I write Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal, Suspense and Contemporary Romance. Strong heroines and found families show up, no matter what genre I’ writing in. I owe the greater writing community and Pitch Wars for finding my voice as a writer.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I was one of those horse and dog obsessed girls growing up, and inhaled stories like the Black Stallion series.I also found fantasy when I picked up a copy of The Prydian Chronicles and Jane Yolans Pit Dragon series.
I have added Science Fiction like Gideon the Ninth and Romance, but still have a ton of animal cozy mysteries on my eReader.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I have been really lucky in having multiple authors generously offer their time and teaching skills over the years.
Sitting down with Arthur Conan Doyle and hearing his process when coming up with intricate mysteries for Sherlock to solve would be amazing.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
My characters tend to be trouble makers, so maybe someone a little more civilized. Although Bruce, the hero of Agent Zero, is an excellent, if temperamental chef.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I need coffee and a laptop, and I’m good. Purely by chance, I do tend to end up with playlists for each story since I usually have Spotify playing in the background.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Although my sister is positive I use her, ideas and characters usually pop into my head, fully formed. I think all authors have some part of their lived experiences find its way into stories.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Hard core plotter. I learned that I need scenes laid out to glance at instead of wasting time on a plot or character that two chapters later, slowed the story pace, or acted out of character.
Both methods or a combo are all ,legitimate. The right way is the way that works for you.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
I always suggest reading craft blogs, like KM Weilands and Fiction University. Then finding critique groups or partners you click with, and not shy away from critiques and revisions.
What are your futureplans as an author?
I just launched a new Urban Fantasy Romance June 1st, and have books two and three coming in August and October.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Aside from using the wall for balance, he seemed fine. Adrenaline often masked pain though.
“Are you injured? Does anything hurt?” Despite knowing it hadn’t been a ghoul or vampire, I caught his thick right arm, rolling it to check the light skin for bites, then the same for his left. The tattoos I’d glimpsed when he walked into the bar like he owned it formed colorful sleeves, starting at his wrists and disappearing under his shirt. I caught his chin, his short blondish beard scratchy, and turned his head to check his throat.
He blinked and some of the intensity and intelligence I’d seen while he watched us sing eclipsed his bleary-eyed stupor. He hadn’t seemed drunk earlier, but he definitely was now.
“Are you hurt?” He let me turn his head from side to side, the skin unblemished except for a hint of green ink curling up at the neck of his tee. I ran my hands down his sides, then knelt and repeated the search along his legs.
“No, you’re not hurt?”
“I’m sorry, but I need to confirm. There. All done.” I rose and faced him. “All good except for the drunk off your butt part.”
He scowled and straightened, the strong jaw I’d felt under the facial hair setting into a stubborn line. “I’m not drunk.” His tone was fierce and for a moment, his words sharp and clear.
“Then what did you take? How long ago was it?” Crap. If he’d taken something after he came out here, it worked fast, meaning the drug was possibly as dangerous as the escaped cryptid. I caught his wrist again, pressing two fingers against the underside and monitoring his pulse.
“I’m not high and I sure as hell don’t abuse drugs,” he snapped, his frown lopsided. “Something must have been slipped into my drink.”
Maybe, maybe not, but his pulse was strong and only as elevated as confronting a large predator would account for. “Any friends inside waiting for you?”
“No. Told that shithead Lewis to piss off.” His gaze lost focus.
“Sounds like you’ve had an eventful day—ahh, here we go.” I opened the wallet I’d palmed during his exam. “Mister Kantor.”
I flipped through the rest of its contents. The Colorado address on his license didn’t help me out, nor was there a keycard to a local hotel inside. His phone was equally unhelpful, password protected, and the code wasn’t 1234. Kimi, my other sister and teammate, could crack it in under sixty seconds, but since she was occupied searching for our mystery cryptid, I was on my own.
“Hey! Put that fucking back.”
I complied, tucking it into his pocket, but kept the key fob I discovered. “I hope this serves as a life lesson about not getting wasted and following sketchy women into alleys to make out.” I glossed over the part about it not being a woman he’d followed.
“I wasn’t fucking following her, damn it. And I told you I’m not drunk.”
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Janet Walden-West.
$5 Amazon Gift Card and An e-Copy of Agent Zero by Janet Walden-West
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