Jeri Lynn Stone
About the Author:
Jerlyn Stone lives in a small Arkansas town with her dear husband of thirty- five years. She is a Quality System Coordinator for a large manufacturing plant. She owns a Candle company called Hot –N- Waxy Candle Co. She hand pours each candle out of a shop behind her home.
She and her husband love to camp. They live in the center of four beautiful lakes and each are within twenty-five miles of their home. There’s nothing more peaceful than watching a beautiful sunset’s reflection glimmer off the lake’s water.
She loves writing Romance Novels. She has been writing for about twelve years and is currently working on her fourth novel. She writes Romantic Suspense under the name Jeri Lynn Stone.
MF: You call yourself a Romantic Suspense Author. What made you choose to write in that genre?
JLS: I grew up reading the Harlequin Suspense/Intrigue and always loved it. Shadow’s Justice is my first novel in that genre.
MF: Do you work with an outline, or by the seat of your pants?
JLS: Other than an outline on my characters, a very general plotline to get me from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ and my crisis point, I write by the seat of my pants. I have to know my characters inside out, though. I do a thorough character interview and character analysis to keep them acting in their true character.
MF: If you could jump into a book, and live in that world … which would it be?
JLS: That’s a hard one. It would have to be one of the Stephanie Plum novels. She has a fun job. I would want to be Stephanie who gets to chase bad guys, watch her cars blow up and be hands on with Ranger. Especially, the last part. Hey, I’m married, not dead. A woman can fantasize.
MF: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
JLS: Two of my favorite authors are Nora Roberts and Janet Evanovich. The Stephanie Plum series is my all time favorite. Both authors bring their characters to life which is my goal to accomplish in my novels, . . . someday.
MF: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
JLS: My toughest, but most helpful criticism was when I wrote another genre other than Romantic Suspense and that was from my critique partners who thinks my writing is more intense and flows more naturally when I write suspense. Which, in its self is a huge
MF: What do you read? What do you re-read?
JLS: I read and love all genres. If it’s entertaining and pulls me into the story, I’ll read it.
MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
JLS: Show not tell. I have to keep reminding myself of this when I’m doing my first draft and then it’s part of my revision process, later.
MF: Are you currently working on another novel or writing project?
JLS: Yes. I have written two short stories in the “Tara” series, TANGLE WITH TARA and TERRORIZING TARA. Now, I’m working on the novel, TORMENTING TARA. Both of the short stories can be purchased on Smashwords and the novel should be out sometime late 2013.
MF: Do you have any advice for other writers?
JLS: Don’t ever give up your dream no matter how long it takes and always write what’s true to your heart.
Two days after the State of Louisiana executes her father for the murder of a prominent banker, Shadow McClane buys a gun and vows revenge against the real murderer and on the same day, her stepbrother’s best friend and mercenary Raven Deveroux pisses her off. He flat out refuses to help her in her dangerous quest. The murderer still roams the streets a free man and the law considers the case officially closed. He calls her a fool for putting herself and her family in further danger.
Embittered, Shadow will prove to every last one of the arbitrators that her father is not a murderer, but a falsely accused man of honor. She renews her vow to find the real killer and shove him and the town’s corrupt court system right smack into their self-righteous faces.
When Shadow probes her father’s case she discovers her gun is useless against car bombs and she welcomes Raven’s reluctant help after he realizes that she’s determined to continue her risky probing.
Shadow and Raven’s decision to question the banker’s son turns into a nightmare when they arrive at his home and find the police on the scene. The son is found murdered in his home and later that night his house becomes a raging inferno.
Bomb explosions at the McClane’s Construction Company’s new building site sends Shadow’s youngest step-brother and several employees to the hospital. Realizing the explosions are not an accident, but a scare tactic puts Shadow and Raven on the defensive.
A long-standing attraction reaches new heights between Shadow and Raven, but who in the heck has time to fan the sheets when cars and bulldozers blow up around you, bullets fly over your head and family members and friends interrupt every intimate moment between you? But, they try.