Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Justice (Galilee Falls Trilogy #1) by Jennifer Harlow: Interview + Giveaway

Justice (Galilee Falls Trilogy #1)
by Jennifer Harlow
It’s hard being a regular police officer in Galilee Falls, a city with the highest concentration of superheroes and villains in the country. It’s even harder watching your best friend, the man you’re secretly in love with your whole life, planning to marry another woman. Detective Joanna Fallon has to contend with both. When the vilest supervillain in the city’s history, Alkaline, the former crime boss who can shoot acid from his wrists, escapes from the maximum security prison, the whole city is gripped by panic. Leading the pursuit is Captain Harry O’Hara, Joanna’s boss and secret lover, and the city’s champion superhero Justice, who caught the villain last time, much to Joanna’s chagrin. Before her father was murdered in a mugging twenty years earlier, Joanna worshiped the hero, but when he disappeared and failed to save her father, that adoration turned to contempt for all supers. After Alkaline attacks too close to home and targets Joanna as his next victim, tough-as-nail Joanna has to contend with her increasing fear while struggling to choose between her life-long crush and her new-found love.
At turns vulnerable and fierce, equally mordant and winsome, Joanna is an earnest yet emotionally damaged heroine, who despite the tough breaks of her childhood sees the good in people and vow to protect her beloved city at all costs. An ass-kicking petite firecracker with no superpowers of her own, she charges after supervillains unflinchingly, never losing her wit even when facing her toughest fight. With a coy blend of whimsy and vivid imagination, she delivers both humor and thrills in an action-packed and edgy blend of comic book cool, fantasy-noir, and bitter-sweet romance.
Paperback, 284 pages
Published May 18th 2013 by Devil on the Left Books

Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virginia home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time, she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills. She is the author of the Amazon best-selling F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad, Midnight Magic Mystery series along with The Galilee Falls Trilogy and the steampunk serial Verity Hart Vs The Vampyres. For the soundtrack to her books and other goodies visit her at Tales From the Darkside Blog






Q & A with Jennifer Harlow

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
A:  I have two sides, like anyone else. Joanna is my b**ch side. Beatrice in my F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Series and Mona in What’s A Witch To Do? are the most like me in that they take a lot on for other people and do their best to keep a smile on their faces (and quip on their lips). Joanna is how I wish I could be. Not caring what people think. Being a tough broad when the chips are down. She’s hard drinking, hard loving, and strives to be the best person she can be. I personally am sick of nice, perfect heroines. Give me Anita Blake over Bella Swan any day of the week. 
Q:  In your opinion, what makes a good, strong female character? 
A:  I think being a strong woman has precious little to do with physicality. It has to do with character. Katniss isn’t strong because she can fight and is good with a bow, it’s because she takes care of her family and stands up for others. A good, strong woman knows who she is and what she wants and isn’t ashamed to admit and go for it, be that staying at home with your children or becoming a police officer. I try to infuse that in everyone of my female characters.

Q:  How long have you been writing, and when did you first consider yourself an author?
I’ve been storytelling in some manner ever since I was a child. Barbies just morphed into pen and paper. So I’ve always been a writer, but I didn’t consider myself an author until I got published.

Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
That on occasion it’s okay to say f**k it. It’s okay to fail, it’s okay to take a day off, it’s okay not to always listen to people and their opinions. As long as you don’t hurt anyone else, it’s okay to march to the beat of your own drum.

 Q:  Hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
 A:  I still love the feel of a book. My ratio is 20:1 in favor of print. I’m only thirty and I’m already old school. Ugh.

Q:  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to direct movies. I’m very bossy, I have a clear vision, and I adore the cinema. Never going to happen but I fell in love with writing more. 

  Q:  If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Time travel, well time/space travel. I’d love to go to other eras, maybe pick up a Picasso or two, chill with Dorothy Parker and Oscar Wilde and have a one-liner fight. That’d be so cool.

 Q:  What book are you reading now?
I’m back into the Star Wars extended universe. I just finished the Thrawn Trilogy and want to get back into the Young Jedi Order. Yes, as if the fact I wrote a book about superheroes wasn’t an indication, I am a total geeky nerd. And damn proud of it.


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