Wednesday 18 July 2012

Interview and contest: Jeanette Murray - The officer says I do

Interview with Jeanette Murray
Help me welcome Jeanette Murray to my blog today :) She is here to talk about her new book The officer says "I do." And at the end of the interview you can win a copy.

1. Tell me 3 fun things about yourself…
I used to play rugby in college. I have watched Downton Abbey season 1 about a dozen times. And my favorite Disney princess is Sleeping Beauty.

2. Could you tell me about your new book The Officer says "I do"?
The Officer Says “I Do” is my first paperback release! Tim is a super-strict Marine who plays by the rules, always. But one night, he lets his friends convince him to let loose on a pre-deployment trip. He happens to runs into Skye, who has a much more loose view on life. After some smoking hot scenes behind a potted fern (What? It’s Vegas…) he proposes, and she agrees. It’s fate, right? But the next morning he’s left with zero memory, and thinks it was just a one-night stand. Skye has to track him down and remind him about the little technicality of their marriage…and convince him to give them a chance.

3. The free spirit and the man of duty. Do you like writing about opposites that attract?
I think opposites are fun! Conflict is important in every book, or else why read? And with opposites, you get instant conflict. The fun is in watching what people compromise on, what people stand firm on, and how they make the puzzle pieces that are their lives fit together and form the big picture.

4. What made you write about a Marine (a very sexy one ;) ?
Because Marines are sexy? Haha Kidding. I mean, not in that they’re sexy, because they are! But that’s not the only reason. I’m married to a Marine, so the connection was quite simple to me. And I’ve met some of the most amazing guys through my husband, his co-workers and friends. Their sense of honor and duty and their belief in what’s really right is astounding in this day and age.

5.  Which character in this book was the hardest to write?
The villains! (Such as they are…) I always worry about writing villains in that I want them to be believable, and “evil” enough to cause conflict but not so over the top they appear cartoonish. I write contemporary, after all. It’s a balancing act. And I never wanted anyone reading the book to think I believed all COs and their wives were that way. Not true at all. But just like with other jobs, you’ll have great bosses and not so great ones. These just happened to be fictional bad bosses.

6. Are you more like Skye or Timothy?
Oh good question! I’ll say I’m more like Tim. I’m a planner, a list-maker, and I want to know the rules so I can follow along easily.

7. What’s coming next from you?
So glad you asked! In December I have a Christmas novella coming out from Carina Press. Then in January, book #2 of the Semper Fi series comes out, titled The Officer Breaks The Rules. (This is Madison and Jeremy’s story, for those keeping track.) And in February, I start a brand new series with a new pen name (Kat Murray) that’s based around cowboys. Yee haw!

Thanks for having me! Great interview!

(B: Ohhh cowboys! I love cowboys)

1 copy of The officer says "I do"

1. Open to US and Canada
2. Ends Aug 1
3. Just go ahead and enter :)
Or you know the drill, ask a question, comment on..Las vegas weddings ;)

Out Now
He's a Marine...she grew up on a commune.

He always puts duty first...she's a free spirit with an unshakable belief in Fate.

He loves routine and order...she brings chaos and creativity wherever she goes.

They're going to balance each other perfectly--or drive each other completely, utterly insane...
On a wild pre-deployment celebration in Las Vegas, Captain Timothy O'Shay encounters free-spirited beauty Skye McDermott, and for once lets down his guard. Now his life is about to take off in directions he never could have imagined..


  1. I picked up this book and can't wait to read it :)

    Great Interview!

  2. Thanks for the great interview. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. I have to say, I, too, am a list maker. I want to make sure I do everything I'm supposed to by the end of the day and it's much easier for me to follow a list.

  3. haha..this sounds awesome. Great interview, and Military men are an honorable breed.

  4. Sounds like they'll make an interesting couple, totally different from each other but I'm sure they get a happy ending.

  5. :) I love a man in uniform.

    1. My mother always tells me to just elope to Las Vegas instead of spending a "crap load of money".

    2. LOL! Really? I like your mum

    3. I'd take Vegas too, save money for the important things, a new life

  6. I love a story about opposites! There's just something fun about watching them try to deal with one another, and like Jeanette said, see what they compromise on and what they don't:)

    1. It's sure fun to read about opposites :D

  7. A Marine and a free spirit - sounds like an adventurous combination! Isn't great that you can mine your real life for a romance novel.

  8. Yes, Marines are SEXY! And stories about opposites are my absolute favorite.

    Congrats on the release of your first paperback! Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

    Please enter me!

  9. I can't enter, but it sounds like fun with two such different lovebirds!

  10. Oh this sounds interesting and smexy! Btw, another person into Downtown Abby. I really need to check that out. Oh enter me!

    1. Do check it out :D The last season, what a cliffie

  11. Wonderful interview! Thanks for sharing a new book with me. :)

  12. I love the cover of your book.

  13. Sounds good and a great interview!

  14. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read this book.

  15. Thanks for the comments everyone! I enjoyed the interview and I hope you like the book if you pick it up or win a copy!


  16. you're right opposites are often really fun to real as well. thanks for the interview.

  17. I wish my daUghter had eloped to Vegas...

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  18. Looks and sounds completely fun!

  19. Not entering, but this sure sounds like fun.

  20. Hello Jeanette,

    I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway of a copy of "The Officer says I do".

    I just LOVE a Man in Uniform, that's why I married one ;) LOL He did 2 Tours in Vietnam as a Marine, Special Forces Ground Unit & is stil a Police Officer after after 31 years & still going strong.
    But I get to play with the Cuffs when he's off-duty. ;) I'm soooo Bad!!!!

    We live in PA, if I didn't have such a fear of flying, we would have gotten Married in Las Vegas...maybe someday I'll get there, Hmmm I wonder if they can give me a sleeping pill & when I wake up I'll be there. :)

    Take Care & Stay Naughty,
    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

  21. Shared some love and twitted about your giveaway:

    Goodluck to everybody entering!! :)

    Cherry Mischievous

  22. I think a Las Vegas wedding sounds like fun, I wish I could have had mine there. This book sounds really good, and I'd love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!

  23. This sounds great. Ive only been to one Vegas wedding. Wasnt mine, but it was family.

    Looking forward to reading it.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com



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