GIVEAWAY NOW ENDED
The winner is: Melissa Woods!
We’re back with four fabulous authors over four days and a book giveaway a day!
What does a house or a home mean to a character in a book?
All my guest authors this week are ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association) 2014 Award finalists for Romantic Suspense fiction - and for good reason.
In today's post there's an international giveaway of an Amazon kindle copy of the featured book:
UNDER COVER OF DARK
plus a choice of one of any of my books (Amazon kindle) for either you or a friend.
Today's guest is Juanita Kees, author of Romantic Suspense and also Rural Romance
Detective Mark Johnson, hero. He's investigating the murder of Tag Raiders gang leader, Gino Benetti, and finds himself falling for the victim’s widow.
Character bio: Detective Mark Johnson has an easy-going personality, a great sense of humour, talks to dogs and enjoys the peacefulness of the Perth hills. He is too busy solving crimes to fall in love—until he meets Lily Bennetti, the widow in his current murder case. Mark being the hero and gentleman he is, will give Lily as much space as she needs to heal, but that won’t stop him loving her or putting himself in danger to protect her and her son Luke.
The newly-established Tiny Watts Teenage Rehabilitation Centre (from my novel, Under the Hood) has become a second home for Mark. He hangs out there as a mentor to the former members of the Tag Raiders gang. The property is set on a 10 acre block of land in the Perth Hills and is as close to rural/small town living as he can get without leaving the city.
The idea for centre came from Australian businessman and politician JJ Simons’ Young Australia League holiday camp established in 1929 deep in the shaded Roleystone valley. Together, League members and volunteers built cottages using local timber and stone. They created pathways, roads, steps and terraces and filled the garden with native and imported plants. The Grove of the Unforgotten still remains today, built in memory of Young Australia League members killed in World War I. Now known as Araluen Botanical Park, many of the cottages have been restored, except for one that burnt down, leaving only the chimney stack standing—and that becomes a pivotal point in my story.
I chose a similar setting because of the history and original purpose. How wonderful would it be if young people could return to this peaceful place while they search for themselves through the trials of growing up?
What makes a house a home for Mark?
A place filled with love and laughter where victims of domestic violence and crime are given the opportunity to turn their lives around, and of course, having Lily there at his side.
Under Cover of Dark book blurb
Excerpt from Under Cover of Dark by Juanita Kees
Mark ran a hand over his face and rubbed at the day’s growth of beard. ‘It could get ugly for both of them.’
‘I guess we need to make sure it doesn’t.’
‘We’re going to try our damndest,’ Mark agreed.
‘Oi,’ called TJ from the veranda. Both men turned to see her with a pile of linen in her arms. She tossed it neatly into Scott’s. ‘Why don’t you boys go and make up the beds in Cabin One while we get the salads ready.’
‘And here I thought we could sit, watch footy and drink beer while the kids did the barbeque,’ grumbled Scott.
‘Not if you want to sleep in a bed tonight.’ TJ turned and went inside.
With a shrug, they set off towards the row of four cabins further up the slope behind the house. Razed during a fire six months earlier, the community had pulled together to help Scott and TJ rebuild the refuge accommodation. Now they stood guard over the garden they’d dedicated to Tiny Watts, the ruins of the chimney where he’d hidden his letter to TJ stood proudly in the middle.
Scott whistled for his Rottweiler, Sarge, who followed happily behind them. ‘On guard,’ he told the dog. Sarge turned towards the view of the driveway and flopped down with his head resting on his gigantic paws. ‘I’ll leave him outside the door of the cabin tonight. He’ll keep an eye on her so she’s not alone.’
‘Can he use a gun?’ Mark laughed.
‘No, but he’s been sharpening his teeth on Marty’s cricket stumps. Chewed the damn things in half.’
Lily watched the two men from the kitchen window and thought about Luke’s diary. She’d burn it herself if it didn’t also hold evidence that would take the drug ring down. Now Mark knew about the diary, dare they use it to cut a deal for Luke?
Other books by Juanita Kees
All Juanita Kees' books can be read as stand-alone novels.
Juanita also writes short, hot sexy romance under the pen name Juanita Chavez.
Home to Bindarra Creek (from the Bindarra Creek rural romance series) is releasing 22 Dec 2015 and up for pre-order very soon… Check in with Juanita on JuanitaKees.com for up to date information on when you can pre-order.
Find out more about Juanita Kees and her books on her website JuanitaKees.com
Say hi to Juanita on her Facebook page JuanitaKeesAuthor
Huge thanks to Juanita for participating in my A house is a home when... series.
I love to share great books with my readers.
LEAVE A COMMENT for Juanita and you’re in the draw to WIN an Amazon kindle copy of
Under Cover of Dark plus your choice of one of any of my books (Amazon kindle) for either you or a friend.
Giveaways drawn Sun 22 Nov, midnight AEST.
GIVEAWAY NOW ENDED
Winner is: Melissa Woods!
Jennie, in the company of Juanita xx
Check out previous giveaways in this series of Romance! Adventure! Suspense! (still ongoing):
Lee Christine & In Safe Arms
Sandy Curtis & Grievous Harm
Cathryn Hein & The French Prize and her new rural romance, Summer and the Groomsman
"We may not have everything in life we want but at least we can have it all in a book." ~ Jennie Jones