Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Gennita Low

Hey there Book Monsters and Literal Addicts!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome author Gennita Low to our sites today.

Gennita Low roofs during the day and knows how to kill 600 different ways with tools.  It's no surprise then that she writes romantic suspense as an outlet for her daily frustrations with male workers.  Navy SEALs and spies are her favorite personal choice for mayhem and assassins.

Gennita is also a three-time RWA Golden Heart finalist and Into Danger, her first book, was winner of RT’s Reviewer Choice Award for Romantic Suspense. She loves reader emails and chatters daily on Facebook (www.facebook.com/gennita) about roofs, spies, and her mutant poms and pet squirrel. AND, if your roof  leaks, she can probably give you some advice!

Gennita is the creator of some amazing romantic suspense series, the SUPER SOLDIER SPY, SHADOWY ASSASSINS (S.A.S.S.), and CROSSFIRE , as well as some great standalone titles like "Big Bad Wolf", and anthologies "SEAL of my Dreams" and the upcoming "Dangerously Hot".

Here's a look at the CROSSFIRE series, which is currently being re-released and Gennita's recent anthology "SEAL of my Dreams" as well as her upcoming "Dangerously Hot".


"Protector" - Book 1

The start of a thrilling new trilogy featuring Jazz, a Navy SEAL who must trust a mysterious agent sent to rescue him.

Navy SEAL Jazz Zeringue was taken into custody after a covert mission went awry. He had no doubts he'd be rescued, but he was certainly surprised when his saviour turns out to be the mysterious and beautiful agent Vivi Verreau. It's obvious Vivi doesn't like him, doesn't trust him, but they'll have to work together if they're to escape from enemy territory alive.

EXCERPT: http://www.gennita-low.com/books/protector.html

"Hunter" - Book 2

Hawk McMillan, SEAL commander, is on a lone mission. To get close to Dragan Dilaver, a Kosovo kingpin involved in drugs and arms–trafficking, Hawk helped him escape from Asia and return to his former country of Yugoslavia. Now Hawk has to discover where certain weapons have been dropped for Dilaver over the diverse regions of Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania –– not an easy task for someone unfamiliar with the territory. In order for the operation to succeed, he needs a tracker and the only available person is CIA contact agent Amber Hutchens.

Beautiful and smart, Amber has made a life for herself in Velesta, Macedonia and she is more than capable of assisting Hawk in finding the cache of hidden weapons. Despite the danger of exposure and torture, they risk everything in their mission to strike down Dilaver and his ruthless gang –– even their love.

"Sleeper" - Book 3

When trusting each other could be deadly....

Lily Noretski, a beautiful young woman in possession of a devastating weapon, is targeted for seduction by Navy SEAL Reed Vicenzio. An activated "sleeper" on the run, she's in possession of a devastating weapon.

Reed is the sharpshooter--solid, dependable, unflappable--assigned the task of winning Lily's confidence to find the secret weapon...and eliminate her, if necessary. But this extraordinary woman's fire and courage makes his assignment harder than any he has ever undertaken.

Lily knows that someone is pulling her string, but if she is to survive, she must put her trust in the hands of this charming but lethal man of mystery. Her head tells her she's in grave peril, but her heart dares her to put everything on the line. Which should she follow?


"SEAL of my Dreams" - Anthology

Honor, duty, courage, passion . . . the men of the Navy SEALs are a special breed of hero, and in these novellas by eighteen top romance authors the SEALs are celebrated not only as symbols of devoted service to their country but as the kind of men every woman wants to love. They’ll rescue a damsel in distress and her lap dog, too. They’ll battle hometown dramas and international bad guys. When it comes to giving away their hearts, they’ll risk everything.

All proceeds from sales of SEAL of My Dreams go to the Veterans Research Corporation, a non-profit fundraiser for veterans’ medical research.

Between them, the authors of SEAL of My Dreams have won dozens of writing awards including multiple RITAs from Romance Writers of America. Their nearly 600 published novels have sold at least 35 million copies worldwide. The SEAL of My Dreams roster includes many of the best-known authors in modern romance fiction. In addition, many have strong family connections to the servicemen and women of our nation’s military, and many specialize in novels featuring heroes and heroines from all branches of service.

Stories by authors Jamie Alden, Stephanie Bond, Kylie Bryant, Helen Brenna, Helen Kay Dimon, Cindy Gerard, Tara Janzen, Leslie Kelly, Elle Kennedy, Alison Kent, Jo Leigh, Gennita Low, Marliss Melton, Christie Ridgway, Barbara Samuel, Roxanne St. Claire, Stephanie Tyler and  Loreth AnneWhite
My contribution in this anthology is titled A Secret Pirate (A Crossfire SEAL story). Zodenko “Zone” Zonovich is assigned to protect the Ambassador who is in danger, the tension is thick as he realizes the woman has been secretly dating is pulled into the newest threat.

"Dangerously Hot" - COMING - 2012

Two hot spy romances by Gennita Low and Sylvia Day. My story is about a “fixer,” Luke St. James, looking for his missing brother in Estonia. He has to decide whether the beautiful Naya, who could be the last person to have seen his brother, is friend or enemy. Fixers work in the information market and questioning her in public was not an option. So he kidnaps her.

“Danger Spells T.R.O.U.B.L.E.” – COMING – 2012

(This is Jed McNeil’s daughter’s story)

Grace McNeil has a new internship as a translator in DC. The new job isn’t quite what it seems. This doesn’t phase our heroine because after all, one of the world’s best spy’s blood runs in her veins. And she isn’t nicknamed Trouble for nothing. Soon she’s embroiled in the world of espionage and tangled in the arms of a millionaire entrepreneur named Joseph Lance Mercy. Of course, he isn’t what he seems either. That’s not surprising to a spy’s daughter and if it’s spy games Mr. Mercy wants, then she got plenty to amuse (and frustrate) him with.

Sounds great right?  Now, let's get to the interview so we can learn more about Gennita and what she has in store for the new year...

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Gennita!  Welcome to Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us!  We’re happy to have you with us today!

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We always like to start out by getting to know you a little bit better.

Q1):   Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?

Gennita: 1) I hate my toes. 2) I don’t like vegetables. 3) I’m the only female roofer with Philosophy and English degrees.

2)  What are some hobbies and interests you like to do when you're not writing?

Gennita: I collect vintage jewelry and gardening. Eating can’t be considered a hobby, right? Because I love to hunt down foreign restaurants and eat, eat, eat.

3)  Do you have any writing quirks or things that you can't go without to start the writing process?

Gennita: I have to play a game of mahjong after every scene. LOL. I know, it’s not really a quirk but I can’t stop myself.

4)  How long have you been writing and what genre did you start out in? 

I’ve been writing seriously since the 90s and my first manuscript was a “histerical.” I was in love with Vikings back then but somehow my Vikings sounded like Navy SEALs on horses. I guess my love for Navy SEALs can be traced back to those Viking sea marauders!

5)  Who are some of the authors that have inspired you to start writing?

Gennita: Linda Howard, Anne Stuart, Debra Dixon, just to name a few. Howard taught me humor and alpha males make crazy chemistry, Stuart taught me to love and not to be afraid of writing bad boys and Dixon taught me sexual tension.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Now we'd like to ask you some questions about the CROSSFIRE series.

6)  You are now rereleasing your CROSSFIRE series.  Can you please tell us about the series?

Gennita: The Crossfire series is about a special team of Navy SEALs. I didn’t feel like being too restricted with Team Numbers, so I researched online and found certain lines spec. operatives like to use as mottos, etc. So I named the my Standing and Ready (STAR) SEAL team which is the kind of male joke men love. This SEAL team is sent out for specific operation and in the series, they’re in a joint venture with an independent team of covert operatives. The SEALs are seeking missing weapons that could be used against the US army and the other team is looking at female trafficking in various parts of the world. The bad guys involved have their fingers in both these criminal activities, so the joint venture made sense.

The first book, PROTECTOR, looks at how the traffickers travel internationally and how women and weapons are mixed. The SEAL team and GEM (their partners) work out a plan to stop a “special” delivery in S.E. Asia. The hero and heroine have certain backgrounds that make them very protective of women and children.

The second book, HUNTER, seeks out to trap one particular kingpin in Eastern Europe who has a deadly weapon. The theme of women trafficking is given a closer look when the team has to send one of their own inside to pose as the kingpin’s friend. Hawk has to deal with what he witnesses while he hunts for the weapon’s whereabouts. He’s in contact with another insider, a woman brought in by his joint venture partner, who will help him track the different weapon caches around the area. However, he soon finds that his new partner, Amber, has a lot more going on; she’s also helping women who have been kidnapped escape. The hero and heroine challenge and keep each other on their toes while navigating through the minefield of truth and facades.

The third book, SLEEPER, makes both the themes of stolen weapon, friendship and women-trafficking even more personal when it’s discovered that the heroine is a victim herself. Her whole identity is erased overnight when she finds out how she’s been used through the years. She’s trying to redeem herself by saving one last group of victims. But she’s also in possession of a stolen weapon. The SEAL team sends in a sharpshooter to find her secrets and eliminate her. The hero and heroine have to deal with what and who they are before accepting each other.

*Note* When Protector was published, the publisher cut out 60 pages (long story) and so there are many missing sentences and passages in that story. I’ve been told, through the years, about missing clues and elements so I’m determined to get it right again. In those days, the edits were done on paper, not disk, so it’s taking me a lot of time to fix the story. Thus Protector will be the last of the books to be reissued.

7)   Do you plan to add more book to the CROSSFIRE series?

Gennita: Yes. I plan to write WARRIOR next year.

8)  What about the SUPER SOLDIER SPY and SHADOWY ASSASSINS (S.A.S.S.) series?  Do you plan to add more books to those series?

Gennita: I have the third book of SUPER SOLDIER SPY to finish for Samhain. It’s titled Virtually One. Then, if readers are interested, I’d like to get Alex and T’s story written.

9)  What's next for Gennita Low?  What do you have planned in the upcoming months?

Gennita: Currently, I’m in the middle of editing PROTECTOR (headache!) and getting an anthology with Sylvia Day ready to be published beginning of 2012. The anthology is titled Dangerously Hot and both of us will have a sexy spy romantic suspense or as I prefer to call my books, spy-fy in it. It’ll be available as an ebook first.

10)  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Gennita: I want to thank the many, many readers who have been so supportive of me all these years. There were a few years, because of the economy, when I had to put off writing as I traveled around for my roofing job (5am – 7pm of travel and roofing took a big chunk out of my brain) and I’m grateful that my readers have been understanding about my situation when I explained it to them. They’ve consistently emailed me encouraging words, telling me they’d wait for my next books. Thank you so, so much. You don’t know how much your emails mean to me. I put up a fun-loving lifestyle as my Facebook posts but yeah, not being able to write a lot and knowing that people were waiting sat heavily on my heart all the time. I kept at it though, working on a pictorial children’s book about my pet squirrel (she came into my life by falling onto the roof!) titled A SQUIRREL CAME TO STAY. My job situation is better now (in the sense that it’s all local) so yay, the Muse can come out to play again.

Blatant Christmas present promo:

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Thank you so much Gennita for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to us.  We hope to have you back with us again in the future.
Gennita: It’s been a pleasure! Please do come by www.facebook.com/gennita or www.rooferauthor.blogspot.com to visit and chat. I like to post pictures of my mutant poms and chubby squirrel as well as hot men I wish would grace my covers J. Thank you for the opportunity to talk about my writing and my books.

If you would like to find out more about Gennita, you can visit her at any of the sites below.

Gennita's Website: www.Gennita-Low.com

CONTEST:  Gennita is giving away an eBook of "Big Bad Wolf" to one winner and an eBook of "Hunter" to another winner on BOTH Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION.  That's a total of 4 winners, 2 winners per site, 1 book per winner.

To Enter: Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the “JOIN THIS SITE” button at the top left hand corner of blog page), and then post a comment on the interview and make sure you leave a valid email address. Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!



Victoria said...

Your squirrel is so cute :).
I love SEALs. I haven't started SEAL OF MY DREAMS yet. But what a wonderful thing all you authors have done with that one.
Thank you.


Allie said...

Thank you for such a great interview. I love a series with lots of books.

Jary said...

Gennita Low is a new (to me) author. I can't wait to pick up some of her books. Thanks for the great contest.

Bonnie said...

OMG the guys on your covers are so hot! The squirrel is cute too. I love Navy seals and definately want to check out your books.

Gennita said...

I'm excited to introduce my stories to new readers :).

Victoria: MikiSquirrel is a very spoiled princess. And I'm very proud to be part of the SEAL of my Dreams project. Already, the first money has brought in a huge sum of money for the Veteran's Memorial Fund!

Allie and Jary, so nice to meet you! Thank you for dropping by.

Gennita said...


That's the fun part of reissuing one's book :). I get to rewrite certain scenes AND choose my own cover! Loved the new covers myself.

ilona said...

Love the squirrel :D

I also love stories about SEALS so will be trying to get the library to get SEAL Of My Dreams for me :D *Is cash strapped at the moment so no buying books :( )

Gennita said...

Ilona, nice to meet you! And I hope you enjoy SEAL of my Dreams. The cover features a real SEAL! The newspaper photographer kindly gave permission for use for this book when he heard all the proceeds were going to the Veteran's Medical Fund.

Linda said...

The squirrel is adorable!

I'm a vegetarian, I can't sympathize with u that u don't like vegetables. I love my veggies!

I've always been fascinated by the Navy Seals; they sure make great hero material!


Sharon said...

This is a new to me author, but I heard good things about these books ;) such sexy covers! Thanks

Kayla said...

Its good to hear more from a favourite author. Love your writing styles and your characters ... OF COURSE (drool!)

Gennita said...

Kayla, wait till you meet Luke St. James in Dangerously Hot :D.

Thanks for dropping by here, Sharon and Linda!

Nicole said...

Love the squirrel!!
Love these kind of macho men too! Grr! Lol.

SdyLion said...

Love the squirrel and thanks for the interview. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com