Harlequin Intrigue

USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Miller returns to The Precinct with a tale of a killer on the loose and a tornado about to hit Kansas City

There was no way Deputy Commissioner George Madigan was going to let his beautiful assistant fall prey to a stalker. Because Elise Brown wasn't just another employee. Her vulnerable blue eyes triggered all of George's protective instincts…and now her life was in jeopardy.

Working together almost 24/7 to bring the perp to justice—and sharing kisses passionate enough to ignite a Kansas City heat wave—George and Elise had forged the kind of partnership that could keep her out of harm's way and potentially lead to happily ever after. 

Until a deadly tornado struck and Elise was taken hostage….

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JULIE MILLER is an award-winning, USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 50 books--with a National Readers Choice Award and two Daphne du Maurier awards among other prizes. She was also honored with a Career Achievement Award in Series Romantic Suspense from Romantic Times Book Reviews. Many of her 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 and other special projects at Harlequin, Ms. Miller has also published military romantic suspense and paranormal romantic suspense books herself. Millions of copies of her books have been sold around the world.

Julie is a teacher who grew up in Missouri and now lives in Nebraska with her husband (a teacher and YA author), son 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 contact her through her website at www.juliemiller.org. Check out Julie's book giveaway contests, monthly newsletter and more on her website.

Hey Julie, You've been writing for several years about THE PRECINCT. The last time you were on GLIAS I asked:
How do you keep the series fresh and what's different about this mini-series?
YOU ANSWERED:  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.

ANGI: Is THE PRECINCT modeled after a real Kansas City precinct?
JULIE: No. The real KC precincts are named after areas of the city, such as Metro, Central, North, etc. I’ve given them numerical titles to emphasize that I’m writing fiction, not true crime stories. Most of my Precinct stories take place in the fictional Fourth Precinct. I’ve based the building designs I use in my books on the real KCPD headquarters in downtown Kansas City. Historic limestone and granite. Marble floors. Elevators. Cubicles. Layers of security. The different departments housed there (admin, dispatch, investigations, SWAT, etc.). The details are real. Some of my characters are even inspired by real officers/staff I’ve met and seen there. But my Precinct is a conglomeration of research and observations I’ve had with different KCPD members at different sites in different parts of the city.

ANGI: How did you get the idea for a tornado in KCPD Protector?
JULIE: KC is in the heart of tornado alley. I’ve always wanted to do a “natural disaster” story, but I knew I had to keep the romantic suspense elements going, too. I knew this book was going to come out in the heat of summer—and summers in KC can be pretty hot and humid, with all the water in the area. Prime magnets for severe weather. I’ve hidden in the basement many times during tornado warnings, and I’ve even been in a situation where the weather hit before a “watch” turned into a “warning” and the sirens went off--so I could write realistically about the weather in this book. The weather became a secondary character as I wrote—a villain of sorts that mirrored the villain stalking the heroine. The weather worsened each time his terror campaign escalated.

ANGI: What's your favorite thing about George in KCPD Protector?
JULIE: His name? My late father’s name was George, as is my “baby” brother (soon to be a Lt. Colonel in the Army!). George tends to be a name that gets made fun of or used in cartoons—but to me, it has always been an heroic name. So I’m glad to give the name some positive press and do justice to the Georges in my family. I like, too, that George Madigan is a mature hero. He figures love has passed him by, so falling in love surprises him. But because he is that seasoned veteran of life and love, he takes things seriously. He’s a rock of dependability. A true leader. He commands the respect of the entire department because he’s earned it. He’s a man who uses his brain, authority and life experience as much as his gun and brawn. I loved writing him!

ANGI: What are who inspired the hero for KCPD Protector?
JULIE: My dad. He used to say, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” I figured the same applied to the leader of cops as well as the military. “Once a cop, always a cop.” In fact, that was the original title of KCPD PROTECTOR, Once a Cop…

ANGI: Your favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. Is BEAUTY AND THE BADGE anything like the fairy tale?
JULIE: It’s my favorite romantic storyline. So yes, I created a “beast” of a hero in Det. Kevin Grove. He’s big and strong, definitely not handsome, and not real smooth in the romance department. It takes a woman with a “beautiful” personality to find the heart inside him.

ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading KCPD Protector?
JULIE: My instinct is to say some mellow jazz to suit George’s maturity. But I think he’s probably got some 80’s rock secretly blasting inside him. And for some reason, I keep hearing the music from The Wizard of Oz. Must be the cyclone in the story. And you know it and the bad guy are coming. So yeah, I hear that pulsing Wicked Witch theme in my head.

ANGI: Your favorite villain is the Wicked Witch of the West. Did you like what ONCE UPON A TIME did with her story line?
JULIE: I am a HUGE fan of that show. But I will confess, that that wasn’t my favorite storyline. Although, I loved that Regina got to be “good” for a change—I loved her romance with Robin Hood (knew it was too good to last!) and that it was her true love for Henry, her adopted son, that broke the spell. I know they tried to do a riff on WICKED, but as a big fan of that show, as well as the Oz stories, it just didn’t quite work for me. But I’m stoked to see the Snow Queen stepping through the time portal at the end of the season finale!

ANGI: If you could portray the Wicked Witch…what would you like best?
JULIE: I love playing a good villain! The wicked laugh (a la Margaret Hamilton) would be a lot of fun. Say something pithy or threatening, then laugh like that? Love it. And transporting from place to place on a puff of smoke would be pretty cool, too.

ANGI: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?
JULIE: It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. ;) I love my heroes. So falling in love every day and living a grand adventure (there’s usually some part of me in every heroine, so that’s where I fit into the story) is pretty exciting stuff.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: I know that you are a star in your local theater company. What do you like best about being on stage?
JULIE'S GOTTA ANSWER: I love inhabiting another person. There’s an intellectual challenge and a creative fun involved in discovering that character’s motivations and goals, and in experiencing their joys and fears. It’s a chance to be somebody different in a totally safe way. Despite being so shy, I’ve never had stage fright—because it’s that character onstage, not Julie Miller. That has always been an emotional freedom I’ve loved. Plus, I’ve made some wonderful friends in our community theater, so it’s a lot of fun to hang out with them and work together to entertain, educate and enlighten our audiences. Some people knit or make scrapbooks or run for a hobby—I do theater (onstage, backstage, directing). It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun!

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Previous GLIAS interviews

Harlequin Intrigue 
Oct 21st

Intrigue Noir
November '14

Catch up on all the PRECINCT series






JULIE is giving away  a copy of KCPD PROTECTOR (winner's choice in print or digital). International giveaway

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 ANGI'S back next Wednesday with
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JULIE WANTS TO KNOW: What's your favorite hero name? Or tell me about scary weather where you live.


  1. Hello Julie and welcome back to GLIAS.
    Love Love Love all the covers this fall !
    Great interview ! Thanks for hanging out with us. ~Angi

    1. Thanks for inviting me, Angi. The blog looks great! And your interviews are always fun. I'm glad you got a copy of my CROSSFIRE CHRISTMAS cover to share, too! That cover was released just last week while we were at the RWA conference. That, and KCPD PROTECTOR, are two of my best covers ever!

  2. Hi Julie, love your books.

    I've lived through a lot of tropical cyclones here in QLD, but came through OK.

    The worst I have seen was the period in early 2011 when 78% of QLD was underwater. The rains just kept on coming. An ark would not have been out of the question. The flood waters swept through towns, sometimes twice, with one town literally swept off the map at the time.

    When a massive storm cell sat over the town for an hour dumping rain on already saturated ground, the creek at the bottom of my street rose from a few centimetres to 8 metres in just 7 minutes. It roared through town.

    Many lives were lost during the flood period.

    1. Yikes, Mary! 78% is huge! Glad you came through it okay. I've seen some big-time flooding here, too, in the Midwest, USA. 1993 was devastating, then a couple years back, the Army Corps of Engineers (I think) released the pressure from several dams farther north on the Missouri River, flooding a lot of land along the way. It washed out the ground beneath highways and they collapsed, bridges washed out, and flying over the "river" was more like flying over one of the Great Lakes.

  3. Julie I live in Springfield, Mo right up tornado alley we haven't had any this year yet and My favorite names are Elijah(ELI) Dalton Damien Hunter for guys. Girls Claire Grace Trinity

    1. Did you guys have that really bad hail storm this past spring, Misty? I know my family in central Missouri and the KC area got hit pretty hard. You mentioned some of my favorite names, too! I've even used some of them . Eli/Claire/Grace

    2. we didn't get Hailed on to bad here it hit all around us but have had a really wet year ( the rain really affect Kayla my daughters breathing) the allergens have been bad in the air since at least October and we had a lot of snow and ice

  4. Hi Julie, I live in College Station, TX and we don't get too much bad weather here. Every once in a while a hurricane or tropical storm will hit the upper Texas coast and we'll get the high winds and rain that come when a storm of that magnitude comes ashore. We can get some pretty fierce thunderstorms here--real toad stranglers as they say!!

    Favorite hero name?? I see the name Aiden show up in romance novels a lot more than it used to. That is my grandson's name and I love it!

    1. Hey, Kathy--Didn't I see you at RWA? ;) And, ooh, I love the name Aiden, too. Might show up in a book of mine some day.

    2. Julie, yes you did. It was a thrill to finally meet you. I always enjoy your books.

  5. Tornadoes are scary! I've seen the devastation caused by them. When an entire town is blown away, lives are changed forever. Thanks for a great interview. I look forward to reading your latest book.

    1. Thanks, Ruby! And yes, they are terribly scary. The sound when you're up close to one is unreal. We had a town in Nebraska hit by two tornadoes earlier this summer. Basically, the town was leveled. Some deaths, too. So sad.

  6. Oops! I forgot to leave a favorite hero's name. I can't decide on one. Two that stand out in my mind are Ridge and Thorne.

    1. You aren't a fan of The Bold & the Beautiful by any chance, are you?

  7. Love the name slade.

    1. Cool! There's a character named Slade in my Intrigue NOIR that comes out in November. (BAD GIRL)

  8. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read RomanceJuly 30, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I grew up in Ohio but moved to Southeast Texas about 8 years ago. I was here during Hurricane Ike but thankfully it just brushed us and didn't do a lot of damage.
    So we have typical tornadoes & hurricanes at times.

    Favorite Hero name I really can't just choose one. I like the name George it reminds me of George Bailey from It's a Wonderful Life and he was such a great character!

    Say Hi to Maggie for me!!


    1. That's another great George character, Laura! I love IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.

  9. Earthquake

    Bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. I've been through a lot of types of weather, but never and earthquake. Yikes!

  10. Hi Julie! So nice to meet you here on GLIAS! Thanks for spending the day with us. I live in Minnesota where we have floods and tornadoes--oh so much fun in storm season! I really do like natural disaster stories, so I can't wait to read the latest Precinct book! As for names: I love classic but often with a slight twist of the not-so-common: my latest hero is strictly classic: David. It, like your George, is a family name and means a lot to us!

    1. Thanks for having me here today. David is a good, solid hero name, I think, Lizbeth. Those are my faves, too.

  11. Hey, gang--I'm on the road today, but I'll be back sometime tomorrow or the next to answer any other questions/comments and post the winner. So keep posting! Thanks, everyone, for stopping by.

  12. Congrats on your book!

    I live in Toronto so I am relatively lucky. But last December was really cold. We were out of power for almost 1 week due to the cold weather.

    1. And the winner is... Kathy! Maggie is currently being boarded, poor thing, but I asked my son to pick a winner, and he chose your name out of the hat. So, if you send me an email, I'll be happy to send you either a print copy or digital copy of KCPD PROTECTOR, or any of my books if you already have that one. ;)

      Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and chatting with me! Keep reading those books!