Harlequin Intrigue

A killer stalks the city streets, and one FBI agent is determined to bring him down in Janie Crouch's Primal Instinct.

On the crowded streets of San Francisco, a serial killer watches and waits. Known only as "Simon Says," he lures his next victim while the FBI grasps for answers. Desperate, they turn to Adrienne Jeffries. Adrienne has an uncanny talent for getting inside the city's most dangerous minds. But first she'll have to get past FBI agent Conner Perigo. Skeptical of Adrienne's abilities, Conner begrudgingly enlists her help…unprepared for the powerful attraction that could jeopardize their focus. With little time, and everything to lose, they must work to find Simon's next victim—before he does.

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JANIE CROUCH loves to read – almost exclusively romance – and has been doing so since middle school. She learned to love Harlequin (Mills & Boon) Romances when she lived in Wales, UK as a preteen, then moved on to a passion for romantic suspense as an adult. Her favorite authors include: Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, and Elizabeth Lowell.

Janie lives with her husband and four children in Virginia. Her “day job” is teaching public speaking and communication courses at a community college. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head (and even when she is), she enjoys traveling, long-distance running, movie-watching, knitting and adventure (obstacle) racing. She is currently training for an Ironman Triathlon (Ironman Florida, November 2014).

ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
JANIE: In terms of other people’s? These days, not as often as I would like! I’ve had some pretty heavy deadlines over the past few months, so unfortunately, haven’t had a tremendous amount of time for reading. My TBR pile keeps growing and growing! But I will get to them. I look forward to that.

But I get lost in my own stories all the time! It’s perhaps the most wondrous thing about being a writer.

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
JANIE: The Monster at the End of this Book (starring loveable furry old Grover). It was one of those “Little Golden Books.” I read that book over and over, and even read it to my kids twenty five years later. I love Grover at the end… “I’m so embarrassed.” 

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
JANIE: As a mother of four kids you would think I would’ve made peace with cartoon characters. But the truth is, I really don’t like animated films or cartoons. The exception is Disney’s The Incredibles. What a great movie that was! I loved their interaction as a family.
ANGI: "Don't make me come back there."

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
JANIE: I like his confidence and his willingness to follow his gut instincts – even when he doesn’t necessarily understand where that’s leading him. Plus the fact that he’s tall, dark and ridiculously sexy, of course.

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
JANIE:  I love the sound of my children laughing and having fun. With four school-aged children, our house is rarely a quiet place, but that’s fine. Kids are meant to be run and be rowdy and squeal and laugh. Happy-kid noise is beautiful! But it can also get pretty loud, so you can often find me using my noise-reducing headphones when writing.

ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
JANIE: Action Adventure – always. The thought of being a princess passively waiting for my prince never appealed to me. I once read a book (how I wish I could remember which one it was!) where the author described the heroine: “she wasn’t a damsel in distress, she was a damsel doing damage.” That.  I love everything about that.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
JANIE:  I’m a huge sci-fi fan. The original Star Wars movies are what I’m known for loving. But The Matrix is my favorite movie of all time. The Mummy with Brendan Frasier and Rachel Weisz also gets an honorable mention – I love the romance and chemistry between the two of them. The Avenger’s ranks really high up there too. I should probably stop now or we might be here all day. Although I will say that every book I’ve written so far (even the ones that are coming out next year) has mentioned a movie somewhere in it.  

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
JANIE: My favorite villain of all time is Sherlock’s Jim Moriarty (played by Andrew Scott). He’s the perfect villain: intelligent, confident, deliberate, mysterious. And just the right amount of crazy.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: I know that you travel a lot, Janie. What's your favorite place you've been, why, and do you have a picture of you there to share?
JANIE'S GOTTA ANSWER:  You are so right, I have blessed to have travelled all over the world. I have dipped my toes in the Dead Sea in Israel, marveled from the top of the Eiffel Tower, stood on the edge of the harbor of the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and walked along the Great Wall of China. I’ve also visited such wonderful places as: London, New York, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Curacao, San Francisco, Alaska, Jamaica, Germany, Niagara Falls, Las Vegas (too many times to count), Key West, Scotland, Washington DC, Chicago, Vancouver, and Mexico. 
But my favorite place I’ve ever been to was Hong Kong. I would love to return there again someday. I’ve included a picture from my 2005 trip, my husband and I visited for just two days on our way into mainland China to adopt our youngest daughter. 

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UP NEXT for JANIE: Next release will be in December 2014. I am currently writing a four-book series for Harlequin Intrigue about the Branson siblings (three brothers and a sister) all who have ties to Omega Sector – a covert, law-enforcement group.  These siblings have some tragedy in their pasts, but are willing to put their hearts, and lives, on the line.

JANIE is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card (to purchase PRIMAL INSTINCT, or whatever the reader enjoys!) Be sure to leave your email address in the comments or send it to GetLostInAStory@gmail.com 
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JANIE WANTS TO KNOW: If you could travel to any one city in the world, where would you choose? OR… where is the most interesting place you have travelled?


  1. Congrats on your debut, Janie! I liked your FB page. ;)

    If I could travel to any one city in the world, I'd pick London. I've never been and I'd love to go. But if the question were any one country...I'd pick Scotland...the land of the kilted man. ;)

    Marcy Shuler

    1. I don't think you could go wrong with either of these, Marcy! London or Scotland (or both, they're only a short train ride away from each other). Kilts = yummy :-)

      Thanks for the FB page like!

  2. PRIMAL INSTINCT sounds fantastic.

    I'm pretty sure that Grover book is on our bookcase.

    My first thought was London too. I think it's the history that beckons.


    FB: Mary Preston

    1. Thanks Mary! I love that Grover book so much. :)

  3. I would love to travel to Paris and see the sights!

    Congrats on your release, Janie! I'm a FB liker as well. Cheers!

    thebigbluewall77 (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Paris would be beautiful! Thanks for the FB like, Anita!

  4. HELLO JANIE and welcome to GLIAS !
    I am so happy that your book is out and I can download to my kindle soon. Best of luck !!

    As to the city? Wow...I think I'd choose Paris or London --of course for the history. Right? That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

    1. Thanks so much for having me, Angi! This is so great!!

      Paris or London... can't go wrong with either!

  5. Thanks for the chance. Can't wait to read this one sounds fantastic. Found and liked you on facebook. Email is Spring_adams@yahoo.com

  6. Congratulations on your release Janie. Can't wait to download and read. Liked your FB page

    I have always wanted to travel to Australia - any town would be great.

    grannymama@ymail.com Cynthia

    1. Australia -- you're my kind of lady! :) I hope you enjoy Primal Instinct, Cynthia. Thanks so much for the FB like!

  7. Hi, Janie, welcome to Get Lost in a Story, and thanks for being our guest. FB page liked with pleasure Your debut sounds sensational!

    1. Thanks so much for having me here! This has been so much fun!

  8. Congrats on your new release! I love reading Intrigues and this looks like another good one. The most beautiful place I've visited is Paradise Island in the Bahamas when I won an all expense paid trip there, but I also enjoyed going to the Diamond Mine Field in Arkansas and digging for gems. Always wanted to go to Hawaii. I "liked your FB page so I can keep up with your books.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

    1. The Diamond Mine Field sounds like a great experience! I'll have to look into that more.

      Thanks so much for the FB like!

  9. CONGRATS Janie!!!!

    I've been to London, though I didn't get to do much sight seeing. Nashville was AWESOME, but I'd really love to tramp around Washing DC for several days and really soak up our own history.

    1. Thanks Jen!!!!! If you're ever in DC, let me know. That's only about 3 hours from my house!

  10. Congratulations, Janie!! It's so exciting to see the success of a debut author:)

    My hubby knows that a trip to Barbados would cement his title of Mr. Wonderful;) I also think its fun to travel with another couple.

    Wishing you nothing but success with Intrigue!

    luvwriter40 at hotmail dot com

    1. Thanks Jan! Let's home Mr. Wonderful cements his title soon. :)

  11. Congratulations on your debut Janie!
    What a great cover and the plot sounds good, too!

    Great interview. I feel like I know you. Loved the pictures. I will tweet about this right away.
    Nice to meet you!

    1. Thanks so much Kat! I do love the cover. I was so thrilled when I saw it for the first time. Thanks for all your support!

  12. Congratulations on your book debut...it sounds like a winner.
    I would love to visit Munich or Berlin, Germany. All of my friends who have visited Germany absolutely LOVED it!! And Germany just looks so beautiful. I never considered Hong Kong, but after reading about how much you loved it I may one day consider it.
    I LIKED your Facebook page, and my email address is:

    Liglesias3 [at] gmail [dot] com.

    1. We almost moved to Germany a couple of years ago, but my husband's transfer fell through. I was so sad!! Would've loved to live in Europe.

      Thanks for the FB like!

  13. Happy release! Maybe visit Rio

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  14. Happy release day. I have always wanted to go to Scotland

    yenastone at aol dot com

  15. I love Japan. I love the clash of history and modernism.

    maybe31 at yahoo.com

    1. I would love to go to Japan also! What a fascinating culture.

  16. I would love to visit London or Scotland. I've read so many historical romances, I feel like it would be visiting a second home :) Congrats on your release, Janie! And I like your FB too!!

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

    1. Thanks! London and Scotland are both great choices. :D

  17. I would love to go to Scotland...so much history there and so many relatives I've never met!! I'm looking forward to reading this book, I see it's in the bookstore here so I can pick up a copy! suerpeace@gmail.com

    1. It's a beautiful place! I would love to take my family there.

  18. Happy release day! Your book sounds fabulous! Love the Intrigue line of books. I have always wanted to go to Scotland and I may make it one day.

    quiltlady110 AT gmail DOT com

    1. Glad you like the Intrigue books. I happen to be quite fond of them myself. :-) Scotland is wonderful. I hope you make it there someday.

  19. First, thanks so much to Angi Morgan for inviting me to be a part of Get Lost In A Story! I had so much fun!! And thanks everyone for participating by telling us a place you'd like to travel.

    Perhaps we need to get a group trip together bound for England and Scotland, since those were most popular. A romance tour!

    The winner of the $10 Amazon gift card is Jen FitzGerald. I'll be in touch later today, Jen. Congratulations!