The Precinct: Task Force
When his co-investigator was attacked just moments after Detective Nick Fensom left the scene, he swore he'd never let her get hurt again. Thanks to their tense relationship, criminologist Annie Hermann wasn't happy to have Nick as her newly appointed protector. And although Nick couldn't blame her, being together 24/7 caused him to see Annie in a whole new light. Before long, he couldn't stop picturing the beautiful brunette wrapped up in his arms-and in his sheets. But allowing unfamiliar feelings to get in the way of the job was completely unprofessional...especially once Annie discovered the evidence that could kill her.
THE PROFESSIONAL JULIE
Julie Miller is an award-winning, USA TODAY Bestselling author--with a National Readers Choice Award and a Daphne du Maurier among other prizes. In 2009, she was honored to receive a Career Achievement Award in Series Romantic Suspense from Romantic Times Book Reviews. Several of her 50 books have appeared on the USA Today, Amazon and BookScan Top 100 Romances bestseller lists.
Julie joined the Harlequin family when her first Intrigue, ONE GOOD MAN, was published in 2000. Since then, she has crafted the best-selling, award-winning Taylor Clan series for Intrigue, as well as its equally successful spin-off series, THE PRECINCT. While she continues to write about cops and crime scenes for Intrigue, Ms. Miller occasionally writes for Harlequin Blaze and other special projects at Harlequin--where her romantic suspense books get a steamier twist, and her military heroes have been especially popular. In addition, Ms. Miller writes single title romantic suspense with a paranormal twist for Prairie Muse Publishing.
The daughter of a Marine and a speech/language therapist, Julie is a teacher who grew up in Missouri and now lives in Nebraska with her husband (a teacher and YA author), son (a college student majoring in Music Business) and an assortment of spoiled pets. She's been dubbed the resident "Grammar Goddess" of her local writing group, The Prairieland Romance Writers. You may write Julie at P.O. Box 5162, Grand Island, NE 68802-5162 or email her questions or comments at the contact address below.
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JULIE TELLS ALL about Nick & Annie
ANGI: For those readers who may need a heads up, can you tell us where to begin in your series? Or how the "mini" series of TASK FORCE works vs the entire series of THE PRECINCT?
JULIE: The Precinct: Task Force miniseries began with THE MARINE NEXT DOOR, followed by KANSAS CITY COWBOY. TACTICAL ADVANTAGE is the third story. Three more will follow and conclude the miniseries this year: ASSUMED IDENTITY, TASK FORCE BRIDE and YULETIDE PROTECTOR. If you've never read any of my Precinct books (some are part of different miniseries; others are stand-alone titled), they’re basically stories set in my fictional 4th Precinct of Kansas City, Missouri. A lot of my heroes are cops, DA’s, arson investigators, etc.
ANGI: What's your favorite thing about TACTICAL ADVANTAGE hero, Nick Fensom?
JULIE: He’s a natural born protector. Big brother to his 5 siblings. Buddy to his beloved parents, grandparents and uncle. Detective who protects the streets of his city. He’s the self-appointed bodyguard to Annie, a fellow task-force member who has the brains to break their investigation wide open…a woman who is his polar opposite personality-wise. And yes, he’s shorter than the average hero. But he’s Irish, scrappy and tough—don’t think he won’t take you down if you threaten the things he’s sworn to protect.
JULIE: She’s klutzy and quirky and super smart. But once you get past the awkwardness, there’s a heart of gold inside. Sort of BIG BANG nerdish. Not your typical heroine. She was a lot of fun to write.
ANGI: What’s Annie's favorite fairy tale?
JULIE: She doesn't believe in fairy tales. She’s lost the people she’s loved. That, combined with her logical brain, makes her believe in factual proof. She trusts the evidence, not the imagination.
JULIE: Marvin the Martian. (Hmm… maybe that’s why Annie is so appealing?)
ANGI: What do you like about the hero/heroine relationship in TACTICAL ADVANTAGE?
JULIE: Their banter was so much fun to write. Nick and Annie go together like oil and water. Lots of teasing and tension there. But the fact that they are such opposites in personality and background and working styles made them the perfect team—they each complement what the other lacks.
ANGI: Does Annie read more than forensic books or articles?
JULIE: The sports page.
ANGI: What is Nick's biggest vice?
JULIE: His grandmother’s cooking.
ANGI: And Annie's biggest vice--it's only fair to ask?
JULIE: Spoiling her cats. When they let her.
ANGI: What started all the tension between Annie and Nick?
JULIE: She’s brains; he’s brawn. She’s logic; he’s instinct. She thinks things through; he reacts. And so on. About the only thing they have in common is how that tension seems to translate into sexual tension… and a love for baseball.
ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: Hey Julie, You've been writing for several years about THE PRECINCT. How do you keep the series fresh and what's different about this mini-series?
JULIE'S GOTTA ANSWER: I think the Precinct is different because it’s that unique blend of urban cops and that small-town, Midwestern vibe that you find in Kansas City, where the books are set. The characters are what keep it fresh. While I have many recurring characters whom readers seem to love and enjoy revisiting or getting to know, it’s easy to introduce other members of the KCPD police force and all its partners—the crime lab, the M.E.’s office, the D.A.’s office, uniformed officers, detectives, K-9 officers, friendly rivals at the fire department, etc. My readers seem to like the community of characters I've created—it adds a depth to the books and characterization to see characters, settings and issues grow and change. But when you throw someone new into the mix—another family of cops, a visitor from outside of K.C., a new neighbor—or throw a new crime or potential hero/ine at an existing character… it’s magic. And a lot of fun to write!
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JULIE WANTS TO KNOW: What's your favorite department or division of city police?