Hunters & Seekers Book 1
by Joanne Jaytanie Genre: Romantic Suspense, Action, Adventure
"A sprightly plotted thriller and dynamic characters should leave readers eager for the sequel."
The world could be transformed if Riley can only stay alive long enough.
Most parents leave you a house, a car, or money when they die. Riley's mom left her a treasure hunt with a mysterious payoff. Now everyone seems to want a piece of Riley and her inheritance: the university, the military, mega corporations, and Russian spies.
Riley needs help to solve her mother's murder, and Dagger Easton's salvage and investigation company comes to her rescue. Retired SEAL, private eye, and leader of a diving and salvage team, Dagger promises to protect Riley with his life. But as the value of her mother's research becomes clear, Riley begins to believe there's no one she can trust--not with her life, her heart, or her mother's legacy.
The man looked up, his magnetic topaz-colored eyes skimming over Samuels and locking onto Riley’s. “Hope you don’t mind. My day started at the crack of dawn. I finished my prior work early and decided to come straight here rather than return to my office.” His gaze never wavered. “You look like your mother.”
“Dagger Eastin, this is Riley Rawlings,” Samuels said as he walked to his desk and sat in his chair. “We’re planning on hiring Mr. Eastin’s company as our investigators for our missing research vessel.”
“Are you referring to the sunken vessel the Coast Guard is currently involved with?” Dagger asked.
“Yes,” Samuels said.
“Then I’m afraid my company will have to pass on your offer.”
Joanne was born and raised in Sherburne, New York, a quaint village surrounded by dairy farms and rolling hills. From the moment she could read she wanted to explore the world. During her college years, she slowly crept across the country, stopping along the way in Oklahoma, California, and finally Washington State, which she now proudly calls home. She lives with her husband and Dobermans, in their home located on the Olympic Peninsula with a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains.
Joanne writes romantic suspense, paranormal, mystery-thriller, supernatural suspense, and contemporary romance. She loves to submerge herself in the world of her characters, to live and breathe their lives and marvel at their decisions and predicaments. She enjoys a wide variety of books including paranormal, suspense, thriller, and of course romance.
Joanne is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America, (RWA), Kiss of Death, (KOD), Greater Seattle Romance Writers Chapter, (GSRWA), Sisters In Crime (SIC), and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal, (FFPRWA). She served as President of Peninsula Romance Writers, which was Debbie Macomber’s home chapter.
What is your writing process? For instance, do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
Much to my editor’s dismay, I’m a pantser at heart. For those who wonder what the heck I mean by a pantser, it means I write by the seat of my pants. My process for every story is to write at least half of the first chapter. During my writing and editing process, the first words I put on the page might change five times over. Even so, they serve as an anchor for my plot.
I’m currently working on a couple of novellas. And I’ve ‘attempted’ to succumb to my editor’s instructions and write an outline. I just want to say, I. Hate. Writing. Outlines! Don’t get me wrong. My editor is spot on with her reasons why I need to do outlines for these books – deadlines. And she’s right. When I finally had the outline worked out, I write quicker. Although I still tend to color outside the lines.
I’ve learned a great deal about myself during this process. I don’t immerse myself into the story the way I do when I - just write. I love when a reader says, “wow, I didn’t see that coming…I couldn’t put the book down.” I’ll tell you a secret…I believe it’s because…I didn’t see that coming. Not until I put it on the page.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I don’t believe in chasing the wave. You’ll always be behind it. I write the story I want to write. The story I enjoy writing. The story that I get so wrapped up in that I’m plotting what comes next, even when I’m in the shower, cooking dinner, or out with the dog. If I don’t love my story, what makes me think the readers will?
Do you believe in writer’s block?
No, I don’t. I do believe in lack of focus, being distracted, not liking what you’re writing, and avoiding it. I’ve done all of these things at one time or another.
Advice you would give new authors?
Don’t give up.
Keep writing what you love. The more books you get published, the more readers you’ll have.
Edit. Edit. Edit!!! Find a couple of good editors and use them.
Join writers’ groups. Go to conferences. Take online courses. Never stop learning.
Whether you’re indie or traditional, you’re still going to be responsible for promoting yourself.
Don’t give up!
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
My debut novel was Chasing Victory. I love the name Victory. I remember lists after lists of ideas on title combinations. Chasing just stuck. I based it on one of the primary threads in the story. I still use the same process. I want a title that resonates with the story.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Later this year I will be working on The Winters Sisters, Book Five. I have six books planned for this series. I love my time in the Sister’s world. And I hope readers keep enjoying it. I’m toying with the idea of a spin-off and writing a related series.
Hunters & Seekers is on the horizon for next year. It started as a trilogy. But before publishing Salvaging Truth, I decided I didn’t want to limit myself to only three books if the readers like it.
I have a P.I. Series: Miss Demeanor, P.I. And, Book 2 – Twice As Bad will be releasing within the next few weeks. I’m planning on doing a book a year in this series.
I’ve written two stories in my Christmas collection – Forever Christmas in Glenville. I haven’t been able to get back to writing another book, but I’m planning on at least one more novella.
Suspense, supernatural, paranormal, military, and romance, these are my favorite genres and what I plan to continue writing.
Are your characters based off real people, or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
My characters are a combination of real people and my imagination. I’m a people watcher. I find it interesting to uncover the habits and expressions people use. I use these characteristics and mix them with my imagination to create the perfect characters for my story.
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