Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author Mallory Crowe and her latest release,
TRUSTING THE BOSS!
STAND ALONE CONTEMPORARY BILLIONAIRE ROMANCE
Billionaire heiress Emma Devaroux has been living a safe-yet-mundane existence in Georgia for too long, but when she learns her sister, Joslyn, has been arrested, she heads to New York City to find out what really happened. Unfortunately, as an unemployed debutante, she’s not exactly qualified to be leading an investigation. But help is at hand in the form of the handsome, former military man Jace Lance who happens to be the one who got her sister arrested in the first place.
Jace thinks Emma is crazy for even considering working with him since he’s the one who stopped Joslyn from killing his former client. However, he can’t deny that the sexy southerner is in over her head when her tycoon cousins try to hire him to make sure Emma doesn’t find out the truth about what really caused her sister’s murderous actions.
As they begin to uncover the truth together –and get to know each other intimately – it becomes clear that the more answers they get, the more danger Emma is in. Jace is determined to protect her, but how can he keep her safe when her whole family is in on the conspiracy?
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“Here’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to turn around and go up those stairs. Once you’re out of here, you’re going to forget you ever met me and pretend that there’s nothing Victoria Green can tell you that you don’t already know.”
A deep anger settled in her gut at the idea of this virtual stranger telling her what to do. “And if I don’t?”
Jace leaned in, until his face was inches from hers. “Well, for starters, I will throw you over my damn shoulder and carry you out of here until you’re far enough away I’m sure you’ll leave me alone. Think I’m bluffing?”
For a long moment, Emma debated the merits of slapping Jace right in his smug face. Screw slapping—punching would be much more effective.
“What’s it gonna be, Georgia? Are you walking out on your own or do you need assistance?”
Emma shook her head. Jace wasn’t worth the bruised knuckles. “I’d rather avoid being touched by a Neanderthal, thank you very much,” she said in her sweetest voice, laying her natural accent on a bit thicker than normal.
If he wanted to get rid of her, fine. She’d leave gracefully. Her anger simmered just beneath the surface as she walked up the stairs. Let him win the battle. But she sure as hell wasn’t going to give up and when all was said and done, she’d win the war.
Please tell us about your novel.
TRUSTING THE BOSS is the 4th book in the Billionaires in the City series, but it’s also the start of a new chapter. It introduces the Devereaux family. Emma Deveraux comes to town to find out why her sister’s in jail but quickly realizes she’s in over her head, so she hires former military man Jace Lance to help her navigate the less than savory people her sister had been hanging around with.
Except her cousins have also hired Jace to make sure Emma doesn’t discover a few family secrets. Before long, Jace realizes that the conspiracy they’re uncovering could put her life at risk. If he’s open with her about it, she’ll want nothing to do with him and if he keeps it secret, she won’t even know her life is in danger. So he has to choose between keeping her alive or breaking her heart.
How did you research your novel, if applicable?
There wasn’t much research required for this one. I tend to use a bit (but not a lot) of business jargon, but that comes from my years of working as a CPA and my business degree
Where can readers find you online?
Website (with free book offer): Mallorycrowe.com
When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?
The best way to get myself back into the game is to put on some good music and take a long walk. Most of my best ideas come to me while I’m out walking.
Do you have a real life hero? If so, can you tell us who and why?
I have a bunch of real life heroes, but I’m going to go with the most cliché answer. My mother. She raised two kids as a single mother, had a steady, well-paying job her entire career which is fantastic considering she grew up rather poor on a farm and she instilled me with a love of animals that I wouldn’t have without her.
Who is your favorite literary hero and heroine?
I have way too many favorites in modern romance to really pick one preferred pair, but one of my favorite literature pairings, I have to pick Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Lizzy is just a fantastic strong woman and Mr. Darcy was the perfect alpha hero for her to pair with.
Are you character or plot driven? Why?
I’m for sure character driven. Especially because I write in series, so half the time I’m writing a supporting character for one book and then have to think up what story would do that character justice. Actually the entire Devereaux family was created because I was thinking of a good plot for Jace (who is introduced in the 3rd Billionaires in the City series, TEMPTING THE BOSS) and from there Emma came to me and her family.
How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?
I think social media is one of the best things to ever happen to writers. It’s such an isolating profession. You work at home and usually there aren’t any other writers in your town that write your genre or that you can get along with. Thanks to social media, I’m in daily contact with other likeminded, ambitious romance writers and we work together and motivate each other to do better.
What are the first five titles on your kindle?
Hehe…I love how the Enron book snuck in there. The whole Enron story is truly fascinating though…
The Billionaire’s Kisses by Julie Farrell
Whiskey and Gumdrops by Jean Oram
Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron by Mimi Swartz and Sherron Watkins
Business for Authors by Joanna Penn
Fashioned for Power by Kathleen Brooks
Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?
My writing group and I joke that we’re planning to take over the world, but it really feels like that sometimes. I want to get as many products out to the widest possible audience. In five years, I’d like to have audio books out, at least a few of my books translated to German, a LOT more of my contemporary romances released and I’m also planning on releasing a few paranormal romances I wrote in my early years and am currently cleaning up.
How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?
I can’t even count how many physical books I own. I have a separate room in my home devoted to bookshelves. I have 3 six foot shelves and each shelf has two rows of paperbacks. I also have two smaller bookshelves in a spare bedroom closet packed with books and more in a container under my bed. So…lots. I have lots of books.
What advice do you have for people that are trying indie publishing right out of the gate?
The best advice I have is to stick with it. Don’t expect your first book to make enough to quit your day job. You need product for readers to find you. Based off the advice of some writers much smarter than me, I published my first five books at one time (within a two week period) and that was instrumental in building a reader base.
What do you find inspiring?
I’m a relatively optimistic person and I find a lot of things inspire me. Music for sure, my other writing friends who follow their dreams and kick ass while doing it, television (which I watch way too much of probably) and even my dogs who have been through some pretty rough patches, but are still happy go lucky and silly.
Do you have a favorite charity?
I foster dogs for The Buster Foundation animal rescue and I do a lot of work with them including adoption screening, organizing fundraisers, and helping with general care of the dogs. It’s a big part of my life but it’s very rewarding.
Your family is safe and sound. You have 24 hours to live and have been given the ability to do anything in the world, what do you do?
Hmmm….I’d probably eat a lot of ice cream, have sex and basically just relax. I am always so busy and trying to make deadlines (which I give to myself). If it was my last day, I wouldn’t want to stress at all. Just relax and enjoy myself.
Mallory Crowe has lived in Michigan her whole life and has been in love with romance ever since she’d skip to the end of every novel, just to make sure the hero and heroine survived and ended up together. She lives with her husband and three dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s spending too much time in front of the TV, hiking, or working with various animal rescues.