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Friday, May 10, 2013

Interview with Author Jo Davis and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome Jo Davis to RFTC. Jo is celebrating the recent release of her book, Sworn to Protect and has stopped by to answer a few questions. Please give Jo a warm welcome.

National Bestselling author Jo Davis is best known for her popular Firefighters of Station Five series written as Jo Davis, and her dark, sexy paranormal series Alpha Pack, written as J.D. Tyler. PRIMAL LAW, the first book in her Alpha Pack series, is the winner of the National Reader's Choice Award in Paranormal. She's also been a multiple finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, a finalist for the Bookseller's Best Award, has captured the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, and has been a two-time nominee for the Australian Romance Readers Award in romantic suspense.

Jo's books regularly appear on the Neilson Bookscan, Barnes and Noble, BooksOnBoard, and Amazon bestseller lists, among others.

Jo is currently at work on a new contemporary romance series titled SUGARLAND BLUE for NAL/Signet Eclipse, a spin-off of her Firefighters of Station Five series scheduled to debut in April 2013 with the kick-off novella ARMED AND DANGEROUS. Book 1, SWORN TO PROTECT, is being released May 7, 2013. She's also publishing a new FBI series, ARMED AND DEADLY, set to debut in April 2013 with ONE LAST KISS. Jo lives in Texas with her two kids and a cute Boston terrier.

Places to find Jo:

First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I'm a multi-published author who currently writes under 2 pen names, and I've been writing for 13 years. I'm a mother of 2 awesome almost-grown kids, and I just bought a new home that we're having fun decorating.

Did you always want to be a writer?
I've always wanted to be a writer since I was a kid. But the moment I knew I *had* to do it was when I turned 35 and I still hadn't followed my dream. It was one of those epiphanies where I told myself, “It's now or never!” I started working hard at it and eventually achieved my dream.

What kind of writer are you? Pantser or Plotter?
I'm a pantser who was forced to become a plotter. A pantser writes “by the seat of his/her pants” and doesn't always know where the book is going or how it's going to get there. A plotter does exactly that—he/she plots out the book so she knows where it's going all the way to the end. I had to become a plotter because I write for a New York publisher. They like to know where the stories are going if they're going to buy them—they're funny like that!

Where do your ideas come from?
The depths of my dark, twisted mind. And the news. Truth is often stranger than fiction.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
The Sugarland Blue series centers on the heroes of the Sugarland Police Department and is about our men in blue, the dangers they face, and the women who love them.

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
For the mainstream, I enjoy Jim Butcher and Stephen King, and John Sandford. I love sci-fi/fantasy and police thrillers. I also enjoy m/m romance.

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
That's a tough question! I guess I'd have to go with my most-read book of all time: WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS by Wilson Rawls. I still have my old copy of the book on my keeper shelf. There's just something about this book that starts with an old man who lets in a stray dog to warm himself by the fire, which causes the old man to launch into the tale of the most special time in his boyhood, that's just awesome. To this day, I can't read the end of that book without bawling.

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
Right now, love scenes are the hardest to write. Action and the thrill of investigation, hunting down the bad guy is my forte, so I have to remember to include the sizzle.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Stephen King, John Sandford, and my dear friend Addison Fox. I've had dinner with Addison many times, but she's a bubbly ball of energy and to see her interact with the other two would be a hoot!

Last question, are you working on anything right now? What's next?
SWORN TO PROTECT is out on May 7th!

I also have a 3-part e-novella series coming out later this year that I can't say much about yet. It's contemporary romance. Stay tuned for more information!

After that is HUNTER'S HEART (Alpha Pack #4) writing as J.D. Tyler, coming in September. This is Ryon Hunter's story, and I'm very excited about this one. It's a “predator” story, if you will. The most chilling danger to the team is the monster they can't see coming…


Question: Who is your favorite TV/movie cop/detective/agent of all time and why? Name their character and the show.


From the author of the popular Firefighters of Station Five series comes a sizzling new novella about Sugarland’s favorite cop—and the courageous woman destined to steal his heart...

When Detective Shane Ford, Sugarland’s favorite man in blue, and Juvenile Detective Daisy Callahan work together on a dangerous case, they find themselves ignoring their professional instincts and falling hard. But when their romance gets in the way of their job—and puts both their lives in jeopardy—Shane vows to break things off. But as they’re about to discover, this kind of steamy passion is impossible to deny…

Includes a preview of the first book in Jo Davis’ new Sugarland Blue series, Sworn to Protect.

Purchase: | Amazon | Barnes & NobleKobo |


Sugarland loves their men in blue, especially Detective Shane Ford. But Shane’s mission to protect and to serve has just gotten personal....

Detective Shane Ford, Sugarland’s favorite cop, has been blindsided by the sudden death of his best friend, NFL star Brad Cooper, and by becoming the legal guardian of Brad’s son, Drew—a bitter, angry sixteen-year-old with a dangerous secret. Shane is determined to pry the truth from Drew, but he manages only to alienate him—and winds up going head-to-head with Juvenile Officer Daisy Callahan, whose job is to protect the teen’s best interests.

Shane has always been drawn to Daisy’s beauty and strength, but he’s determined not to allow their intense attraction to interfere with his duty ever again. It’s a vow that will prove difficult to keep, as the realities of Shane and Daisy’s blossoming love and their growing bond with the grieving teen propel Shane headlong into danger for the new family he has sworn to protect.

Purchase: | Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |

Jo Davis' SWORN TO PROTECT Blog Tour Schedule
5/03 - 5/13

5/13 - GraveTells


Check out what's up for grabs.


Up For Grabs Tour Wide:
  • 1 lucky winner will win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card + a signed copy of Sworn to Protect
  • 8 lucky winners will win a signed copy of Sworn to Protect

To Enter: 
  • Please answer the question: Who is your favorite TV/movie cop/detective/agent of all time and why? Name their character and the show.
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49 comments :

  1. Thank you so much for the post and for offering the giveaway! Fingers crossed!


    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.

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    1. Oh, and my favorite TV cop is FBI Agent Seeley Booth from Bones. He is so funny in his cockiness and his funny socks and belt buckles, but he's so sweet, too, when it comes to those he cares about.

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    2. I like Booth, too! Thanks for coming by!

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  2. I always liked the Benjamin Bratt detective on Law and Order!

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  3. I love crime shows. The Stabler - Benson team was my favorite, from Law & Order SVU, but he's gone so it's not the same. I currently love Criminal Minds Dr. Reed & Derek Morgan. Reed is smart, sweet, and cute, and well what is there not to love about Derek. Lol. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Oooh, Morgan and Reed are two of my favorites!! So happy Criminal Minds was picked up for season 9 this week! :)) Thanks for coming by!

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  4. I love Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk. My son has a germ phobia so I totally relate. It is such a humorous crime show.

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    1. I've heard of Monk but haven't watched it. I may have to give it a try. Thanks for coming by!

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  5. Wiseguy is my favorite of all time. Ken Wahl played the role of Vincent Terranova.

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    1. OMG, I LOVED Wiseguy!! Totally forgot about Ken Wahl! Is he still alive? Must Google!! Thanks for coming by. :)

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  6. Thanks for the chance to win! I love agent Seely Booth from Bones! I love how he lets a little bit of his personality show through by wearing his unique belt buckle and different socks. Rather than just being a cookie cutter type of agent!

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    1. Another vote for Booth! He's a cool guy. Thanks for coming by!

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  7. Mmm.. I would have to say it is a toss up between Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS or Police Commissioner Frank Regan on Blue Bloods.
    Great giveaways.. I am new to your books, but not for long.

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    1. Oh, I like the NCIS shows! The Los Angeles one is my fave. I love Deeks! He needs to lay a hot kiss on Kinsey already! :)
      Thanks for coming by!

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  8. I have to admit I love the Andy Griffith show and still watch the reruns. I love Andy and Barney :)
    Thanks

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    1. Aww, Andy Griffith.. yes, such a classic about the good old days when things were simpler. RIP Andy! Thanks for coming by!

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  9. I believe it takes a village to raise a child. This story follows that belief fairly well. Can't wait to read it and see how the young boy turns out:)

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    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :) Thanks for coming by!

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  10. Jethro Gibbs, NCIS because no matter what happens, he is always so calm and cool.

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    1. Another vote for Gibbs! I like him, too. :) Thanks for coming by!

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  11. Omg its so hard to just pick one since i love almost all cop programmes going back to the original law and order, csi, ncis etc but since ive to pick one i will go for gibbs from ncis! but its hurts to just pick one lol

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    1. Yes, it's hard to pick just one hero! So why choose? :) Thanks for coming by!

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    2. i had to pick one or my mind would never have stopped coming up with names lol saying that ive picked one and still its working overtime im not sure how i missed putting columbo down he was an amazing cop!

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  12. Okay gals, here's my list (Yes, some of these will date me, but I did say of ALL time, so here goes!):
    1) Dave Starsky, Starsky and Hutch
    2) Thomas Magnum, Magnum PI
    3) Dirty Harry Callahan, Dirty Harry Movies (Clint Eastwood is still The Man)
    4) Steve McGarrett, the new Hawaii Five-0 played by Alex O' Laughlin
    5) Derek Morgan and Spencer Reid, Criminal Minds

    Hmm... there are so many more I could list!

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    1. AND
      6) Tony Berretta, from Berretta
      7) Lt. Columbo, Columbo played by Peter Falk (Thanks for that one, Angela!)
      8) Jim Rockford, The Rockford Files

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  13. In addition to all those everyone has listed, I'd go with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson - old and the new! I love their thought processes.

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    1. Good ones! Love Sherlock, especially played by Robert Downey Jr! :)

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  14. Thank you so much for the post and for offering the giveaway! Fingers crossed!

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    1. Good luck, Laurie! Thanks for coming by. :)

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  15. I've always liked Stabler from Law and Order but I also love Reed on Criminal Minds. Thanks for such a great giveaway.

    miztik_rose@Yahoo.com

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    1. I love Reid! So glad the show was picked up for the 9th season! ;) Thanks for coming by!

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  16. I love Seely from Bones too-- dang; All the guys on the new Hawaii Five-0 are awesome too!

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    1. I love Hawaii Five-0! And that show still has the best theme music opening ever!
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  17. My favorite is Lily Rush from Cold Case. She believe so strongly in solving the cold cases so the victim can truly be laid to rest, giving the family answers.

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    1. I've never watched Cold Case but I've heard it's good.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. oh gosh I been swooning over the blurb to Sworn to Protect, it looks like a lot of fun <3

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    1. Lily,
      Thank you so much! If you give Shane's story a try, I hope you adore him! Thanks for coming by!

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  19. Hi, Jo! You listed the same favorites that I have. I guess I could add Agent 99 in Get Smart.

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    1. Can't forget Get Smart!
      Thanks for coming by!

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  20. My favorite is Friday from the old black and white tv series Dragnet. I remember watching it when I was little (I have a couple dvds now too.) And everytime I watch it it makes me think of my childhood.

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  21. I loved Columbo and Macmillan and Wife. I feel so old, but I loved these shows as a kid.

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  22. The book sounds fantastic! Thanks!

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  23. I don't have favorite, because i almost always open Nat Geo channel. Sometimes i go to axn channel or HBO.

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  24. When I was a kid I enjoyed Columbo which our whole family watched together.

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  25. Benjamin Bratt! My all time favorite vato loco turned detective!! ;)
    I'm also a fan of Cold Case, L&O: SVU, CSI :) i don't watch any of the others, but hear great things! :))

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  26. Benson and Stabler from L&O: SVU are my favorite.

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