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Juanita Kees talks about UNDER THE HOOD!

We have author Juanita Kees to share with us about her UNDER THE HOOD!

When I first wrote FLY AWAY PETA, I hadn’t thought past writing my first novel. A series wasn’t even on the cards. So when the plot developed twists and turns of intrigue, I suddenly found secondary characters developing their own story to tell.

 

Detective Mark Johnson, Peta’s brother, came across as a strong character for his own story but first, I had to develop a plot for him to work with. The ending of FLY AWAY PETA hints at more to come for Mark, who I found readers warmed to for his protective and caring nature. In my latest March release, UNDER THE HOOD, from Escape Publishing (Harlequin Digital First), he makes another appearance as he begins to link Peta’s ex-husband, Paul Price, to the drug ring using a group of teenagers as runners.

 

Cue the delightful and energetic heroine of UNDER THE HOOD, TJ Stevens. TJ heads up an apprenticeship program at the local workshop where troubled teens are given a second chance at rehabilitation. Battling the daily challenges while trying to rebuild a refuge on her semi-rural property, TJ stands to lose everything if her new boss, Scott Devin, decides to drop the rehabilitation program in favour of profit retention.

 

Scott soon finds himself launched headfirst into the cause and in the middle of a plot that includes murder. As fate throws TJ and Scott together, they must find a way to save the teenagers and the refuge. With all that trouble on their hands, there’s no time to fall in love and work relationships are never a good thing – or are they?

 

Suddenly I found the plot thickening again and the gorgeous detective Mark seemed like the perfect man for the job. I’ve left a few unsolved mysteries for him in UNDER THE HOOD. Keep an eye out for Mark’s story in UNDER COVER OF DARK where the nasty gang kingpins, Gino Bennetti and Serena Snow get their just desserts, and Detective Mark Johnson finds love where he least expects to.

 



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Author Blog:    http://juanitakees.com/

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41 comments:

  1. Awesome! I really enjoyed Fly Away Peta and am looking forward to these next 2 books - so glad Mark is getting his own story!

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    1. Hi Jemi!

      Mark was pretty insistent. He's gorgeous, you're going to love him :D

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  2. Nothing like a good mystery, and with an already established character. Sounds like a great read!

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    1. Hi Shelly,

      It's funny how they sneak their way in to the next novel! The beauty is in the diversity of the characters. Each story has its own message and each hero/heroine is different. Love it :D

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  3. Congrats on your newest release! I just love that cover for Under the Hood!

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    1. Thanks Cherie :D

      The cover is awesome. I lover her dress and shoes. Wish I had legs like that!

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  4. thanks for letting us know about this new book. Hope life is treating you well. Cheers

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    1. Hi Carole,

      Thanks for popping in to say hi. Lovely to see everyone here. Nas is a great hostess :D

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  5. How fun. Yeah, my first book had a secondary chaaracter that I almost wrote out, but now he's got his own book.

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    1. Hi Donna,
      That's the thing I love about secondary characters. They always bring their own story with them.
      Thanks for popping in to say hi.

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  6. Sounds fun! I love how characters do that :)

    Hi, Nas!

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    1. LOL, hi Carol.

      Me too! Plenty of scope to stretch the imagine that way :D

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  7. Hi Juanita, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the title and the front cover is delish! Cant wait to read it!

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    1. Hi Tash!

      Really, really cool. Hope you enjoy the story as much as you love the cover. Let me know!

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  8. Sounds like a fun book. Thanks for sharing about it. And love the cover.

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    1. Hi Natalie,

      I had heaps of fun writing it. TJ and Scott were great characters to work with. Love it when the characters 'speak' to me :D

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  9. Love the sound of it!And I agree the cover kicks butt! Great to meet you Juanita! :D

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    1. Hi PK, couldn'y have said it better myself :D

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  10. Sounds great! Lovely to meet Juanita xx

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    1. Hi Michelle, lovely to meet you too!

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  11. Congrats on the release Juanita, wish you all the best and looking forward to reading this.

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    1. Hi Maria

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy TJ and Scott's story. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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  12. I wish I'd look that good in a dress while my legs are sticking out from under a car. :D

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  13. I love series, where you can follow the character from one book into the next! Can't wait to read this one, its on my TBD list (To be downloaded) ...

    I realllllllly like this cover!

    Congrats on another book-baby!



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    1. Thanks Tina :D

      Now it's onto the next one ...

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  14. Interesting how series can develop over the writing process!

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    1. Yes, those characters keep surprising me :D and I love how they're all so different.

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  15. Thanks S.P. The artists at Harlequin Escape did a marvellous job of the cover. It was worth every moment of the wait to see it :D

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  16. cute cute cute!
    cute concept, cute cover & cute shoes!
    congrats!

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    1. Ahh yes Tara, the shoes and dress are by far my favourites :D

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  17. I love it when characters grow and demand their own story lines - I know that's happened to me! I love the sexy cover (although the girl doesn't really seem to be under the "hood"). Best wishes for your success! :-)

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Lexa!

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    2. Hi Lexa, thank you for those good wishes. I agree, it is a very sexy cover. :D

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  18. Under the Hood sounds like an engaging story. The cover also looks fantastic.

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    1. Thank you Medeia, and thanks for coming by to chat with Jaunita!

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    2. Hi Medeia (what a lovely name!)
      I hope readers will find the story engaging. I had a tough time letting go of this baby!

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  19. Ooh, a mystery romance! I haven't read one of those recently... This one looks intriguing!

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    1. Hi Deniz,

      Hope you enjoy it if you do choose it for your TBR pile :D

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  20. Detective Mark has his hands full with such mysteries going on!! Hope he sorts out TJ and Scott!! Take care
    x

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