Publication date: September 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Jennifer M. Eaton
When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.
But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met?
Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can’t get caught.
Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can’t really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here.
As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she’s to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.
What gave you the idea to have a boy fall out of the sky?
Well, he doesn’t fall out of the sky in the literal sense. He is on a spaceship that crash lands on Earth. If he fell from the sky, he would have gone splat, and that would have been messy. And it’s a little hard to write a chase novel if your main character is in traction. [grins]
How do you make time for writing with three boys?
It’s certainly not easy! I try very hard to balance writing and family… especially with soccer practice nearly every night and most of Saturday taken up at games. I just had to re-prioritize. For instance, I do not watch TV anymore unless I am on the treadmill. (This gives me the incentive to exercise.) I do most of my conceptualizing and plotting in my head during my one hour up and back drive to work. I do most of my actual typing on my lunch break. Evenings are usually spent with marketing and social networking.
Did you have any input into your covers?
Yes and no. I really had no idea what I wanted for the FIRE IN THE WOODS cover. My comment to my publisher was that I didn’t want stock imagery that looked like everyone else’s cover, and I also wanted something that could carry the branding of the book. Wow, was I excited when I saw what the artist came up with!
What was your favorite scene or character to write?
I really love writing David’s character. There is a sweet innocence to him that I think is very refreshing. My favorite scenes with him are where he misinterprets Jess’s words or actions. It makes for some really enduring interchanges that I hope people will warm up to.
If you could have any talent/job in the world besides writing. What would it be?
I would love to be an archeologist. How cool would it be to dig something up and discover part of the past? That would definitely be cool.
How do you read? Audiobook, Ereader, Physical Book?
It is mostly Ebooks these days simply because books are easier to store and carry in an eEeader. I do prefer paperbacks when I am reading outdoors though.
What would you consider your favorite genre to read?
Bring on the dragons! I love an epic fantasy tale. If I am in a bookstore, and I see a great dragon cover, I will almost always pick it up and read the blurb. There are not too many dragons I’ve met that I didn’t like.
Describe your book in 5 words.
Romantic high octane thrill ride.
Oh! Look at that. I actually did it.
Or I could have used:
Explosive alien romance chase novel.
I think both of those are good descriptions.
Thank you for having me. This has been fun, and I hope everyone enjoys FIRE IN THE WOODS!
Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be.
Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally.
Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.
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