Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Guest Author Jerri Drennen

Its been an interesting week. Some of you may have already heard the news about Joss Whedon's Firefly and if you haven't, have you been living under a rock?! I like to dream that this will result in the resurrection of the series, but I think its probably not very likely.

In other news, the Southern Hemisphere just can't seem to catch a break. First the devastating floods and cyclone here in Australia, and now yesterday, New Zealand was hit by one of the most destructive earthquakes in its history. A lot of people have died already and its likely the death toll will rise in the coming days. Many Australians live in New Zealand, just as many people from NZ live here in Australia. So, my thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragedy.
Alright, let's get into this week's interview.

Welcome! Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about who you are.

I'm Jerri Drennen. I'm a wife, Mother and an Author. I live in Missouri, though I was raised in a tiny little town Minnesota.

Please tell us a bit about your book.

Untouched is about two people who meet in the Amazon and the heat of the jungle only adds to their passion.

What was the motivation/idea behind this book/these characters?

I wanted to write something to do with The Knights Templar and these characters came out to play.

Did you enjoy writing this book, or did you have some tough times with it?

I loved writing the story. It was my first attempt at action-adventure romance. I did need to do a lot of research, but that was fun as well.

When / Where / How do you write?

I usually do my writing early in the morning before anyone else is up. I have an office off my living room where I work. I write on my computer.

Do you have some other qualification/interest/something else you do besides being a writer? I'm a mother of 4. That has kept me pretty busy and I have a number of furbabies as well.

What book/s are you reading at the moment?

Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

Do you have any authors who were your inspiration/hero?

I loved reading Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux and Johanna Lindsey before I started writing.

What are you working on right now?

It's a paranormal romantic suspense titled Trace of Magic. A Wiccan woman moves to a small town and strange things happen. Could it be Salem Witch hunts all over again?

Do you have any other books out you'd like to mention?

I have a number of them. With Samhain, I have Fire & Ice, Inventing the Abbotts, Mauvelous and Caddy-Did. With The Wild Rose Press I have Grace Under Fire.

Thank you for having me.

Thanks for visiting, Jerri, it was a pleasure!


Botanist Madeline Wentworth is relieved to be heading into the Amazon, far from the university and the vicious rumors circulating about her failed love affair. But on arriving in Peru, her team finds their guide dead with a small puncture wound to his neck. Waiting to replace him is Travis Kane, Amazon guide, treasure hunter, and superhunk. Mattie is instantly attracted but uncomfortably suspicious. When a member of her team falls ill and a similar puncture wound is found on his body, her suspicions deepen.

Travis has stuck with being a jungle guide for over ten years despite a run of unsavory clients. The rain forest is full of hidden ruins and undiscovered treasure, and he’s determined to find his share. But when his grandfather dies, leaving a letter boasting of Templar gold, he’s sure it's nothing more than an old man’s delusion. Everything changes when he finds his grandfather’s map. With high hopes, he leads Mattie’s team into the rain forest and finds himself overwhelmed by the beautiful blonde. When the group is attacked and has to fight its way out of the jungle, Travis discovers something more precious than gold--the love of a woman who’s made him want to be a better man.


Travis stripped the clothes from his body and waded into the cool water, determined to lose that picture before his swim was over. He had to get a few hours sleep tonight or he’d have a hard time staying awake tomorrow.
For what seemed like an hour, he swam, gliding fluidly on the surface of the water, hoping it’d tire him out.
A splashing sound from the edge of the pool put him on alert.
He treaded water, his gaze darting around the pool, then coming to land on Mattie, whose barely-clothed body skimmed through the water, the moonlight casting a glow around her as if she were a ghost.
Travis sucked in a breath, caught up in her movement as she closed in on him.
What the hell was she doing? He had only so much control, and it was being seriously diminished by the look in her eyes.
As she neared, he struggled to breathe. “What do you want, Mattie?”
“I couldn’t sleep.” The words came out in a seductive whisper, and his cock throbbed under the cool water.
Christ Almighty. How was he going to fight his desire when everything she did turned him on?
“You’re going to be worn out if you don’t get some rest.” Was he telling her or himself that?
“You haven’t been sleeping either, have you?” She inched closer to him.
If not for the water swirling around him, he‘d have gone up in flames. “I‘m used to not getting much rest in the jungle.“She smiled, then dunked her head under the water and resurfaced.
As if in a trance, Travis watched her hands glide down her long blonde tresses, wringing out the water, the droplets on her face shining in the moonlight. He was lost in her eyes–lost in one particular drop of water on her plump bottom lip. Never in his life had he wanted to kiss a woman so badly. He could almost feel her mouth fused on his–taste the cool water on her lips.
This was insane.
She was on the move again, skimming through the water, her intent clear. She wanted him to kiss her, and more. How could he resist the open seduction, especially with his body screaming to stop thinking and start kissing?
When her toes curled around his beneath the water, an electric current shot up his leg, spreading out to every appendage, causing one in particular to go rigid.
She reached a wet hand out and traced the line of his bottom lip. “You have a beautiful mouth.“ It was said so low he wondered if she‘d meant to say it aloud.
This whole thing was getting out of control fast. He either had to stop her now or kiss her until she passed out.
Her index finger dipped into his mouth.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Untouched sounds like a great read, Jerri. It's on my TBR list. Wonderful interview!

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