October 10, 2013

E-Book Giveaway, by Author Janis Lane

Welcome to Cheryl’s place! I’m thrilled to have you here.  Thanks for having me! I’ll try to behave myself and mind my manners. 
Please tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in the South but have lived for many years in Western NY where we have velvet Summers and spectacular Falls. I frequently head south in the winter and spend weeks in Fla, where some of my stories are set. My patient hubby and I have two adult children and two precious grands. 

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?  I halve my time between my son’s nursery where he allows me to work (play) with the seedlings and perennials.  I have a love of wildflowers as well. I have a small business arranging formal bouquets.

When did you first get the writing bug? Not sure. Reading was my first love and I wrote when required. Eventually I read less and wrote more.

Any advice for new writers just starting out? Write because you love writing. Everything else is just gravy. Publishing is just the first step and promoting is next, but don’t stop writing. Keep reading.

What genre or genres do you write? I write Sweet Regency Romance as Emma Lane and Cozy Mystery as Janis Lane.

Tell us about your latest release(s)   
As I answer this Q@A my book’s release with SOUL MATE PUBLISHING is still pending, but coming soon. It’s a “Detective Kevin Fowler Book” called MURDER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD about an upsetting episode in the lives of people who live in small-town America. It’s also a sweet romance.

Please share an excerpt of your book!
Hubbard was, by and large, a town with mannerly citizens and good sidewalks. People walked out safely and often and it was unusual to see the scenery totally devoid of human activity…
A young woman competently filling a pair of gray slacks and a blue sweater was backing out of a bedroom with her hand still on the door. She was slightly built but of medium height with a thick mop of curly brown hair cut just at jaw line. A tiny waist and the snug slacks accented a firm, rounded bottom that strained and rippled the material as she stepped backwards from the room.
He thought he had seen those hips someplace before, but he waited patiently for the intruder to turn around. Would she recognize him outlined against the light? She finally did and gave a visible start and squeak of surprise.
“Miss Hampton,” he greeted keeping his voice quiet and noncommittal. He nodded with raised eyebrows, as he leaned against the doorjamb with his arms crossed in front of him waiting for her explanation. Her cheeks reddened slightly as she came toward him. He had never known such a rounded woman before. Everything about her made him think of succulent apples. She wasn’t fat. Just curvy round. He tried not to look down at her chest, which he knew would bring thoughts of Delicious to mind. He was slightly acquainted with Beverly Louise Hampton and more than a little wary. His attraction to her had his automatic defense mechanisms clicking, one by one, firmly into place.
“Hey, Detective Fowler,” she said warily by way of greeting. “I came in the back door from behind. I parked my car over on the next street because I knew the short cut through the yards. Used to ride my bike through here to get to school,” she babbled. “I guessed you would have all the official vehicles out front. I said hello to the police earlier,” she added, winding down and giving him a slightly apprehensive look. He knew she knew she shouldn’t be here. 
She clutched a notebook to her chest nervously but tilted her chin up slightly. So, she wasn’t sorry she’d intruded herself into a crime scene. Just as he knew she’d monitored the calls to the police. 
“Just because your daddy, a mannerly gentleman, by the way . . .” He gave her a hard stare. “. . . owns the newspaper does not give you the right to contaminate a crime scene, Miss Hampton, and you are perfectly aware of this fact,” he said between clenched teeth. He strode past her and walked through the house.

      And finally, where can we stalk you? 
You can contact me @ emmajlane@gmail.com
I have two new websites:  www.ejanislane.com (mysteries)     and   www.emmajlane.com (Regency Romances).  At both sites, I have guest posts and once a week a Gardening Q@A.   I do have a pinterest and twitter account but I never seem to make my way there.  You can usually find me on FaceBook, pen name emmajlane. 

 Bonus - Character Interview:
 Tell us about the first time you saw the h/h.
Hero: Detective Fowler:  Lane thinks every small town should have a detective who loves his job. She knows I do.
Heroine: Beverly Hampton: You know every story needs a home town princess. That’s what Detective Fowler thinks of me. <grin 

What drew you to him/her?
Hero: Fowler: I guess I’m not easily rattled. My job is to investigate and to keep the citizens in this town safe. I try my best.
Heroine: Beverly: I came home from the big city and went to work for my father at the newspaper office. I’m not a bit certain I will stay here. Fowler is sexy, okay, I get that, but, you know, he carries a gun.

Care to share future plans?
Hero:  Fowler: My younger brother and I are partners in a small side business. He has his eye on a friend of Beverly’s.  They might have a story to tell soon and I’ll probably get drawn into their adventures.
Heroine: Beverly: My friend, Brenda, is an artist and is very independent. She believes strongly in recycling and is very good at it. Fowler’s brother has his eye on her, but I don’t know…They may have a story soon called MURDER IN THE JUNKYARD.  


  1. Thank you muchly for allowing me to guest on your lovely site, Cheryl. I'll be happy to return the favor. I'm looking forward to the release of MURDER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. It's an exciting time.

  2. It's lovely to have you visiting today, Janis.


  3. Janis, Your book sounds like an entertaining read and your characters sound like people I'd like to meet in the neighborhood. Nice interview! Best Regards, Brenda

  4. Excellent interview, Janis. Your book sounds intriguing.

  5. Terrific interview. Murder in the Neighborhood sounds interesting. I look forward to reading it.

  6. Thanks, you all. I appreciate Cheryl letting me hang out here. I'm excited my story is finally going to be released. I think the date is the 30th of Oct. Just in time for Halloween. <> <s

  7. Congratulations, Janna and Tina!

    Enjoy the read.