by Leslie Jones
on Tour February 1 – March 3, 2018
The next action-packed thriller from the author of Night Hush, Bait, and Deep Cover…
When former hacker turned FBI cybersecurity specialist Hadley “Lark” Larkspur is asked to analyze a piece of malware, she never imagines the simple task will put her on the radar of underworld criminals. After armed gunmen try to abduct her outside a nightclub, though, it’s suddenly clear she’s in way over her head.
Delta Force operator Thomas “Mace” Beckett is in Boston awaiting his next assignment when he witnesses an attempted kidnapping. His training forces him to intervene, but then the woman pulls a gun on him. Mace isn’t sure what to make of the spitfire holding him hostage, but he quickly discovers that Lark is an innocent pawn in a dangerous game. Someone has framed her for the theft of millions from the mafia, and they want her to pay… in blood, if necessary.
With only days to find the funds, Lark and Mace scramble to track the real culprit. But their investigation unexpectedly leads straight to the heart of a terrible plot, one that could mean death for thousands. The criminals have stolen something far worse than money… and it’s about to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: January 30th 2018
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 0062499475 (ISBN13: 9780062499479)
Series: Duty & Honor #4 | Each is a Stand-Alone Mystery
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Q&A with Leslie Jones
Thank you Cheryl! I’m thrilled to be here.
Writing and Reading:
Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
I do use my personal experiences in my writing. Eleven years in the Army exposed me to a plethora of sticky situations and entertaining characters. Great grist for the mill! I’m always on the lookout for current events that will inspire a plot twist, but I generally don’t write from the headlines. By the time the book comes out, the events are already dated. I’d rather create my own unique plots.
Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
I’m a plotter by nature. I always start a book by developing my heroes and villains. Then I brainstorm different scenarios, accept or reject plot ideas, and try to go beyond the obvious to something unique and exciting. While my books aren’t inspired by real-world events, I strive to create believable scenarios that will make readers say, “Boy, I hope that never really happens!”
Are any of your characters based on you or people that you know?
Lark, the female protagonist in Framed, was inspired by my best friend. Lark has a vibrant personality all her own, with quirks and mannerisms that are unique and entertaining. I enjoyed writing her the most of any of my characters. My BFF says I nailed it!
Your routine when writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
Now that I’m an empty-nester, I sleep in until 8:00, then stumble to the coffeepot for my caffeine. I check email and Facebook, then play a couple rounds of Candy Crush while I eat breakfast. Eventually I schlep myself through the shower. I write from 10 till 6 weekdays. Sometimes I remember to eat lunch.
Tell us why we should read this book.
Framed has a complex plot that was very challenging to write. It follows the story of Hadley “Lark” Larkspur, who is framed by an unknown entity for the theft of millions of dollars of mafia money. That’s just the beginning, though. With only days to find the funds and return them, Lark and Delta Force special operator Mace Beckett scramble to track the real culprit. But their investigation unexpectedly leads straight to the heart of a terrible plot, one that could mean death for thousands. The criminals have stolen something far worse than money…and it’s about to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I love Suzanne Brockmann, Janet Evanovich, Robert B. Parker, and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series. I also love Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas books. When I want something a little darker, I head for Andrew Vachss.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading One Shot by Lee Child.
Are you working on your next novel? Can you tell us a little about it?
I’m excited to be starting a brand-new series, tentatively called the Hard Chargers. The 1st book, Kill Zone, is about a joint Delta Force/85th Military Police Battalion training mission that takes a deadly turn when convicts bound for the United States Disciplinary Barracks overrun a Fort Huachuca, Arizona prisoner transfer facility. I’m thoroughly enjoying figuring out how to torment my heroes!
Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?
I would be so thrilled to have any of my books made into a movie, I’d love anyone they cast.
Favorite leisure activity/hobby?
I love reading and painting. I’m also heavily involved with my local writing chapter.
Pizza, without a doubt – ham and pineapple with black olives. And double chocolate fudge ice cream for dessert. Yum.
Thank you for stopping by CMash Reads and spending time with us.
Thanks so much for having me!
Leslie Jones was an Army Intelligence officer for many years and she brings her first-hand experience to the pages of her work. She resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is currently hard at work on her next book.
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