Our words are so powerful, they have the opportunity to build or destroy.
Couple years ago, my college friend, Janie Crouch, mentioned on facebook, that she had written a book, but didn't dare to let anyone read it. You know, you have to face them after, and all that. I contacted Janie and said, sent it to me, I live a world away, and the chance you run into to me on a street is pretty much zero.
As soon as I read Janie's book, I knew my friend had the talent.
I wrote to her, and told her what I thought of the story. That very first book didn't sell to Harlequin, as she had hoped for. I kept telling her to keep going, try self publishing, if nothing else works.
Janie didn't give up (that's just not her style!) and wrote another one. She let me read that one, too. And I fell in love, with the story, characters, the wit, the flow, the suspense -- the tale. I knew it was a pearl, and, well, started a bit pestering and lot of praying... This story just had to sell and be shared.
And it did, and it is shared. Primal Instinct by Janie Crouch was published by Harlequin Intrigue on April 2014. More about it at below.
When Janie sent me the hard copy of the book, and I saw the dedication, I admit I did ugly-cry for awhile. She had dedicated the book to her mother, and to me. What an honor, recognition, and celebration of our friendship and her success!
Now Janie has sold a series of four books to Harlequin Intrigue, that will publish starting at the end of this year. You will hear more about them as time comes near publishing, but I can tell you now -- Janie has the talent, and the stories are tremendous.
A killer stalks the city streets, and one FBI agent is determined to bring him down in Janie Crouch's Primal Instinct.
On the crowded streets of San Francisco, a serial killer watches and waits. Known only as "Simon Says," he lures his next victim while the FBI grasps for answers. Desperate, they turn to Adrienne Jeffries. Adrienne has an uncanny talent for getting inside the city's most dangerous minds. But first she'll have to get past FBI agent Conner Perigo. Skeptical of Adrienne's abilities, Conner begrudgingly enlists her help…unprepared for the powerful attraction that could jeopardize their focus. With little time, and everything to lose, they must work to find Simon's next victim—before he does.
The heart raising and nail biting suspense of the story keeps you guessing, with unexpected twists and turns.
The spooky paranormal abilities of the heroine to sense and hear evil thoughts, while questioned and distrusted by the hero, shows spine-chilling accuracy in the cafe scene.
The romance and attraction in the story is convincing and sweet. The characters are engaging and enjoyable, their chemistry obvious and charming.
The author has a pleasant flow in the story, spiced up with witty, humorous, and entertaining dialog.
Still available on Amazon.
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me