Jody Vitek--Back with "Rescue Me"


I’m so happy to bring Jody Vitek back to GLIAS so she can share her second novel, Rescue Me. I’m excited about this story because it’s filled with animals and rescues and dedication and true love and animals! Jody wove a lot of interesting tidbits from her own life into this story, and I think it’ll weave its way around your heart.

Help me welcome back Jody Vitek.

Can Catherine accept the consequences of a great-aunt's dying wish without losing her heart or independence?
Taking in stray, injured or needy animals, veterinarian doctor Catherine Mornelli opens the Four Hooves and Paws Rescue program. But the land where the animals are kept is being sold. She approaches her Great-Aunt Elaine about possibly using her barn. However, visiting her aunt and checking out the barn also means seeing her ex-boyfriend.
Josef Garrison farms land that once belonged to his family for generations but went to his neighbor Elaine after his great-grandfather lost it in a poker game to Catherine’s great-grandfather. When Catherine returns, he sees a way to win back her heart and the land at the same time.
        The swing stopped, and she got off with a heavy sigh. Entering the kitchen, her stomach growled. The radio filled the quiet house with a little noise while she fixed a sandwich. A loud mechanical moaning came from the basement followed by a wet splashing. She jumped at the noise and cautiously walked to the basement stairwell door
She didn’t want to venture to a place she didn’t like, not even to check out a strange noise. Opening the door, she flipped the light switch and peered down the stairs. Splashing. Water ran somewhere in the basement.
“Damn it,” she exclaimed, slamming the door shut.
Her back rested against the closed four-paneled wood door. A battle raged in her mind.
You need to go and see what’s going on.
No, I don’t. Josef owns this now. It’s his responsibility.
Just try to go down the stairs and get a better look.
“Fine, I’ll go take a look.” She turned, grabbed the clear glass doorknob, and slowly opened the door as though a monster were going to jump out and attack. Her stomach knotted. Alone in the house, chances were she wouldn’t find anyone dead down there, but it always came back to haunt her.
Through the open door, she placed a foot onto the first wooden plank. She swallowed the lump in her throat as her breath quickened. The other foot, another step. Her body trembled. Another step and a sickening wave of terror rocked through her body.
Catherine turned, racing back through the basement door and out the back screen door. Walking around the big oak, she breathed in and out until she could breathe through her nose. After the third lap, feeling calmer and more in control, she entered the house and grabbed her phone. She dialed and waited for Josef to answer.
“This is Josef. Leave me a message, and I’ll get back to you.”
“Josef, it’s Catherine. I need your help. I’m sure the water heater went out because there’s water in the basement. Come over ASAP.” She sat at the kitchen table and finished her sandwich.
What was she going to do? No air conditioning was one thing, but no hot water was a different story. It appeared cold showers were in her future.
Gravel crunched from an approaching vehicle twenty minutes later. His truck pulled into the roundabout and parked behind her pickup.
Catherine met him on the steps. “I didn’t expect you here so soon.”
“Well, if there’s water in the basement, ya don’t have time to waste.” Josef walked to the back of the truck and opened the tailgate. “I brought my pump to get the water out. Then we’ll assess the damage.”
Josef wiggled his way into water waders, put a bulky roll of tubing over his shoulder and grabbed the large pumping mechanism. “I’m assuming ya haven’t gone down there yet?” He peered back at her.
“I tried, but I couldn’t do it.”
“What is it with you and that basement?” He set the pump on the ground. “Ever since you were little, you’ve never liked going down there. You afraid of the boogeyman getting you?” He chuckled, but she didn’t find it funny.
“No. Maybe it’s the steep narrow stairs, stone walls, dirt floor and lack of windows down there. I don’t know. I get creeped out.”
“Well, let’s get to work.” Josef walked in and straight for the basement.
“What do you want me to do?” She followed as far as the top of the stairwell.
He turned on the second step and looked at her. “Come stay at my place.” He stated it plain and simple, continuing down the wooden staircase and stepping into water. He turned with a stern face. “Shit, Catherine! Why didn’t you shut the water off?” and disappeared from site.
She winced. It couldn’t be helped. She tried going into the basement but couldn’t. There was mumbling from the basement, but nothing clear could be made out because of the splashing. He probably cursed her with each step.
He came around the corner dropping an end of the black tubing in the water and unwound it up the stairs. In the narrow passageway, his chest brushed against hers, and their eyes held. A connection bore into her soul. Warmth swept over her body, while her nipples perked, exposed through the thin layers of her shirt. Something was there between them. He jogged down the back steps, she trailed behind, and he fired up the pump.
“I tried to go down, Josef. I just couldn’t do it. I’m sorry,” she yelled over the loud humming.
Water from the hose splashed onto the dry soil.
“It’ll be fine.” He stated, irritated as he bent over the machine. Standing, he glanced at her and walked to his truck. “Pack your things and stay at my place.” It was a statement rather than a suggestion.
“You’ll need a place to stay.” His tone softened as he slid the water waders off, an action she found oddly sexy.


Born and raised in Minnesota, Jody remains close to home, living with her husband of more than twenty years as well as three children and a cat named Holly. Growing up, she enjoyed reading V.C. Andrews' Dollanganger series, S.E. Hinton and Stephen King to name a few.
She’s traveled throughout the United States, to the Bahamas and Cancun, Mexico. Between watching soccer games, scrapbooking and being the COO of the Vitek household, she writes contemporary romances.

LIZ: How often do you get lost in a story?
JODY: Every time I read. That’s the reason I read, to escape. I don’t read as much as I’d like and my TBR pile is enormous.

LIZ: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
JODY: To pick one is very difficult. I love cartoons. Growing up I loved the Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, along with the Warner Bros. characters. Today’s cartoons are great on Disney and Nickelodeon. I love Johnny Test, Phineas and Ferb, and Spongebob Squarepants. I’m a kid at heart and if I have to pick one, then I guess Scooby-Doo. He’s a big dorky loveable dog who is there to solve the mystery.
LIZ: Oh, my gosh, I LOVE Phineas and Ferb—I want them as my best friends.

LIZ: Can you write us a haiku about your book or one of your characters?
JODY: This is pretty bad if you ask me. But I tried and this is what I came up with.
Cat helps animals.
Josef and Cat need each other.
Josef rescues Cat.

LIZ: Name three things that are, at this moment, in your heroine’s purse, satchel, reticule, weapons belt or amulet bag (or whatever she carries)?
JODY: Black hair binders, small bandages and Four Hooves and Paws business cards.

LIZ: What sound or noise do you love?
JODY: Nature. The peace and quiet of the great outdoors. You hear the birds, crickets, frogs, fish flopping and turtles plopping. The wind rustling the leaves of the trees. Maybe a waterfall in the distance. The crackle of a fire.

LIZ: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?
JODY: The 1920’s. The era of The Great Gatsby. I remember reading that book and being taken away. I’m a girly girl and would love to have worn the dresses and jewelry. Not to mention the hats.

LIZ: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
JODY: “The Sound of Music.” The love story is fantastic as is the music. It pains my family when I watch the movie, which I own on DVD, or listen to the music. The good thing about listening to the soundtrack, it’s now on my iPhone and I listen whenever I want.

LIZ: Who’s your favorite villain?
JODY: One of the only villain’s that comes to mind is Sean Connery in the movie “The Rock.” I find Sean extremely sexy and he doesn’t let me down in “The Rock.” He’s a villain who’s not a villain. If I have to pick a true villain, then Hannibal Lecter it is from the movies “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Hannibal.” He’s so disturbing yet his love for Clarice is intriguing.

LIZ: What is your biggest vice?
JODY: Coffee. I have to have my coffee in the morning. I can’t function without it. I usually drink a pot throughout the day. I could live without my laptop or iPhone, but I can’t live without my coffee. It kills me when I have to fast for surgeries or lab tests.

LIZ HAS GOTTA ASK: What’s the most personal thing you’ve ever put in one of your books?
JODY HAS TO ANSWER: Actually, Rescue Me has the most revealing bits about me. I hate some basements, but not for the same main reason as Cat. I hate unfinished basements and I struggled sometimes to go down to my childhood basement.

Cat, like me, loves old time candy. Boston Baked Beans and Necco Wafers are just a couple. What is your childhood favorite candy? Do you still eat it now and then?
Jody is offering a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky commenter today, so join in the fun!

Contact e-mail: info@jodyvitek.com
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WHAT IS UP NEXT FOR YOU? Currently I’m working on a follow up to my debut release Florida Heat. The working title is Texas Two Step, and it’s Chloe and Chad’s story.

               Florida Heat

    Love in the Land of Lakes 


  1. Like jolly ranchers , I do th thamks

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting today Kimh. Jolly Ranchers are good too. I remember buying those as a kid in the sticks at Tom Thumb.

  2. Does chocolate count? It has sugar :)& yes I definitely still love chocolate!

    1. Of course chocolate counts! Thanks for coming by today Linda. Chocolate is one of my weaknesses, along with coffee.

  3. Hi Jody!
    Welcome back to GLIAS--so happy to have you. Can't wait to read "Rescue Me"! I remember goofy things from my childhood since we grew up with, literally, a corner grocery on our block, and penny candy was the coolest treat! I loved malted milk balls that came in little cellophane packs of two; Bonomo's Turkish Taffy (you were supposed to put it in the fridge for a while and then slam it on a table or the sidewalk to break it into little pieces for eating! I loved candy necklaces and those ribbons of paper with little candy dots on them. Of course, I pretty much still love anything with sugar in it, so I'll never not love my candy!!

    1. Thank you Liz and the ladies here at GLIAS, for having me again. I forgot about the paper with candy dots on them. And who didn't love the candy necklaces? My husband loves malted milk balls but I prefer Milk Duds. You know it's good when it sticks to your teeth. ;^)

    2. Ooh, I almost put down Milk Duds--along with Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies! Yes, sticking is good!

  4. Those gooey boston baked bean candies. Yum. Except now I think they would give me the sugar shivers. Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. Thank you for having me here, Clover. You definitely can't eat too many.

  6. OMG Jody, Necco Wafers! I hadn't thought about those in years. When I was very young and my sister was a toddler, we used to visit our next door neighbor for a couple of hours every Sunday morning after Sunday School. He let us eat as many Necco Wafers as we wanted. I loved them!

    1. Alison, thanks for coming by. I'm happy to have brought the memory back about Necco Wafers. ;^) I went out and bought some to refresh my memory about the feel and taste of them for the book. You'll need to treat yourself to some wafers.

  7. Ohh - candy from my childhood? Licorice Allsorts. (Not the Australian kind which is all over this summer. My Mom was British - so the English variety.) My family would all fight over who got the 100 thousands. (The one with all the little dots of candy on it.) I used to be the one who ate the coconut variety.
    Whenever my sisters and I get together - someone always brings the Allsorts. Love them.

    1. Thanks for coming by Nan. It was a lot of fun writing this story. I've never had Allsorts licorice. But I do like black licorice and I'm lucky because no one else in my immediate family cares for it.

  8. Welcome to GLIAS Jody. And best of luck with RESCUE ME.
    My favorite candy is Sugar Babies. It is sooooo hard to see them in a store and not pick them up.

    1. Angi, you need to treat yourself to Sugar Babies sometime. It's like the old saying of stopping to smell the roses. Stop and have a taste of your past. Thanks for having me here today, too.

  9. Wonderful chat....congrats on RESCUE ME, it's one I would love to read. Like you Jodi, I love nature...watching it, taking pictures of it, just soaking it all in.
    As for candy, my favorite from the past is Chicken Stix...loved the crunch and flavor. And I'm telling my age, but when I was a child they had what was called a "Pig-in-a-Poke". It was a small bag of mixed candy and small toys. When my parents would buy me one, it just made my day.

    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting Brenda. I've never heard of Chicken Stix. If I had to guess, it must have a chicken flavor. Not sure I'd like it in a candy, but never say never for this sweet tooth.

  10. Hershey bars; still eat them

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  11. Thanks for stopping bn100! Hershey's are a classic and will never go away. A must have for S'mores. ;^)

  12. Squirrels use to be my favorite candy as a child they were nutty goodness but you can't find them anymore. Also we use to buy the Big Time candy bars because they were bigger but they don't make those anymore either. Also love the sugar babies and sugar daddys. I bought a box of sugar babies last week just glad it was a small box, but they were very good.

    1. Good for you, for buying a box of Sugar Babies. Even if it was a small box. I've never heard of Squirrels but they sound yummy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  13. I found an online site that sells old time candies, along with the new, when writing Rescue Me. Here's the site address: http://www.oldtimecandy.com/
    I think you'll be surprised at what they carry.

  14. Congratulations to Jody on her new book, Rescue Me. I remember buying penny candy when I was a kid. One of my favorites was pixie sticks which has lost it's appeal so I haven't had any in many years.
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    1. Thank you Maureen! Thank you for stopping by tonight. I never got excited over pixie sticks, but that didn't stop me from eating them.

  15. Gummy Bears and I still eat it now!

  16. Thank you for stopping by, May. I love gummy bears! The clear white are my favorite.

  17. The Sound of Music? That is something new I learned about you. And Sean Connery as a bad guy in the Rock. Of course! Why didn't I think of that? This just goes to show you, there is so much you don't know about a another person. And aren't the surprises delightful?

    1. Joyce, thanks for stopping by. I used to sing the soundtrack, playing on a player piano, with my girlfriend. Fun times. Mmm, Sean Connery is one of my favorite actors.