WELCOME Jane Godman, a first-time guest and multi-published author! Jane's heart-stopping new miniseries is Sons of Stillwater, where no one is who they seem…
Coincidence? The beauty who washes up on Mayor Cameron Delaney's private beach eerily resembles his dead girlfriend, Carla. But Laurie Carter, Carla's lookalike cousin, is actually an undercover detective. She's on the job, investigating Cameron's connection to a human-trafficking ring. Laurie knows she must keep her cover—but she's struggling to deceive the man she finds irresistible…
When Cameron discovers why Laurie is in town, he's furious to realize he's being framed—and stunned at his sudden feelings for the lovely agent. But as they uncover the traffickers, a savage serial killer targets Laurie. Can Cameron save the life of the woman he's come to care for…and unmask the threat haunting his family and Stillwater?
Jane Godman writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Swerve, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and self publishes gothic and historical romances.
Jane also writes erotic romance as Amanda Stewart.
Jan Schliesman: Do you ever get lost in your own stories?
Jane Godman: All the time! I often wonder if the people around me in the grocery store know I’m not really deciding on what brand of cereal to buy. If they knew I was deciding whether stabbing or shooting would be the best way to take out a six-foot, musclebound stalker, they might just take a detour around me!
Jan: Name three things on your desk right now.
Jane: My laptop. I couldn’t survive without it. It’s slowing down a bit now and I should really think about getting a new one, but I can’t face the headache of transferring everything across. My cup of tea. I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but, being English, I’ll fight you like a tiger if you try and take my cuppa away. Finally, at the moment, the third thing is my grandson! He’s sixteen months old and he’ll climb anything. I guess I’m not going to get much work done right now…
Jan: Do you struggle to find fresh ideas or do they come naturally?
Jane: My problem is trying to stop the ideas! I need to slow down and focus. I have so many things I want to work on at once, but I really have to discipline myself to make sure I meet the deadlines I’ve set. I try and set myself a word count goal each day. If I meet it, my reward is to be able to spend time on something new.
Jan: What do you love most about your latest release?
Jane: Can I say everything? I love the setting. Stillwater, Wyoming is a fictional town. It’s the sort of place where everyone knows everyone else’s business. Or do they? But when a stranger comes to town who is the mirror image of the mayor’s dead girlfriend…well, that gives the gossips plenty to talk about. That’s another thing I love about the story. Because Laurie, the heroine isn’t there by accident. She’s using her likeness to Cameron’s dead girlfriend for a reason. And that breakdown in trust between them right at the start was something I really enjoyed exploring and bring to life on the page.
Jan: What are you currently reading?
Jane: The Moth Catcher by Anne Cleeves. I love her books. She has a way with words and sets the scene so beautifully, plus the stories are so well crafted.
Jan: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Jane: I really do, and not just in my books. It’s never happened to me, but I think love comes in many forms. It can grow out of friendship and build over time, or it really can be that hit-you-between-the-eyes feeling that comes out of nowhere. I don’t believe one is better than the other, or lasts longer. All love stories are unique and comparing them is like trying to compare snowflakes.
Jan: If you had the skills to be in any other profession, what would it be?
Jane: Well, I was a teacher for most of my adult life and now I’m a writer. I’d have loved the chance to have been an artist. Aside from the fact that I have no talent, I’m not really sure what’s stopping me!
Jane: A cruise around the Mediterranean and the Adriatic. It was wonderfully laid back but we also visited some wonderful places, including Venice, Athens and Santorini.
Jan’s GOTTA ASK: My hubby works for Tombstone/DiGiorno. What do you like on your pizza?
Jane’s GOTTA ANSWER: LOTS of pepperoni.
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UP NEXT: The second Sons of Stillwater book, The Soldier’s Seduction, will be published in July 2017.
THANKS SO MUCH, Jane, for sharing your writing world with us!
Jane is giving away FIVE autographed copies of Covert Kisses! (Open to International readers) Please leave a reply to this question in the comments:
In the story, Laurie is from a big city and Cameron comes from a small town. What's your preference, and why?