Thursday, May 2, 2013

Today's Special - - Jo Davis

Jo Davis is back with a brand new book and that makes me a very happy reader!  I fell in love with Jo's characters during her Firefighters of Station Five series and have been lobbying for a story for police officer Shane Ford since the moment he walked onto the page.  I'm very happy to say that SWORN TO PROTECT,  Jo's new book (out May 7 ) is Shane's story and wow, is it good!  Jo recently answered some questions for me about Shane's book and her new Sugarland Blue series.  ~PJ

Hi Jo!  Welcome back to The Romance Dish!  It’s been too long since we’ve seen your smiling face around here.  Congratulations on the upcoming release of SWORN TO PROTECT, the first book in your new Sugarland Blue series.  Will you please tell our readers what to expect from this book and the new series?

Hi PJ! Yes, it has been much too long since I’ve visited, and I’m thrilled to be back!
The Sugarland Blue series is a spinoff of my Firefighters of Station Five series, and is centered on the Sugarland Police Department. It’s the stories of our brave men in blue, the dangers they face, and the women who love them. Each book is romance laced with plenty of suspense as our heroes fight to put away the bad guys.

It was wonderful to return to Sugarland and catch up with a few of our favorite characters from your Firefighters of Station Five series while also meeting new ones who will feature prominently in the Sugarland Blue series.  Will you continue to interweave characters from the two series in future books? 

Yes. I love to keep old favorites in view of the readers. Sugarland is a fully rounded community, firemen and police often meeting at calls or off the job, and as such, it would be odd for me not to include them working together.

I appreciated that their inclusion was so organic and not an obvious "Oh look!  Here's a previous character update for your reading pleasure!"  

Faithful Firefighters of Station Five readers (like me!) have been waiting a long time for Shane Ford’s story (it was well worth the wait!).   What one thing would you like our readers to know about Shane?

I’ve been getting requests for years for Shane’s story, and I’m excited to finally bring it to readers! RT Book Reviews calls Shane a “superhero without a cape” and that’s exactly what he is. Shane is the epitome of what a man should be. He’s loyal, loves hard and plays harder. He loves his godson Drew, and Daisy, and will move heaven and earth to keep them safe.

Daisy is a terrific heroine – one of my favorites this year.  What would you like readers to understand about Daisy?

Daisy loves kids, and troubled teens in particular. Her job with the Sugarland PD is working as a juvenile officer, helping those kids who are at risk to stay out of trouble. This woman has a heart of gold, but she’s been hurt by Shane in the novella ARMED AND DANGEROUS. When book 1 begins, SWORN TO PROTECT, she’s not willing to let him hurt her again. Shane’s got his work cut out for him to earn her trust.

I’ve never had a close relationship with a police officer but your depiction of them, from the squad room to the pool room to a midnight stake-out is exactly as I imagined it would be.  What kind of research did you do for this book? 

Not too many people know that my first husband was a police officer. I spent lots of weekends hanging out with him and his cop friends, listening to their stories and learning the lingo. I also spent a lot of time picking things up from him at home, and learned a ton about laws, police procedure, and how their jobs really work. This was long before I was an author, so who knew those life lessons would come in handy one day?

I also have a personal friend, a police detective, who helps me specifically with scenes or problems with my series if I have questions. He’s invaluable, and it’s essential I get things correct. (Hi, Jerry!) Any mistakes I make, though, are my own.

If writing these books puts you on the edge of your seat as much as reading them does for me (I was up half the night finishing SWORN TO PROTECT) then you must be flat worn out by the time you finish.  How do you relax when you’re not holed up in your writing cave?  Hobbies?  Favorite activities?

Selfishly, I’m not sorry I kept you up half the night! LoL! But yes, I’m worn out when I finish a book. To relax, my guilty pleasure is going to get a massage. There’s nothing like getting those tired muscles worked for an hour or so to relieve the tension and help me unwind. I also catch up on my reading, walking, shopping, and lunching with the girlfriends.

Oh, massages!  I so need one right about now!

You’ve recently moved into a new home.  Congratulations!  I’ve recently moved too and, though I’m making progress, I’m still living in a sea of boxes.  Any tips on settling in and making a new house a home? 

Thanks so much! I’ve enjoyed every second of being in the new house, even unpacking. I’ve loved “nesting”, or making it my own. My tip is start new with everything. Toss out the old junk, right down to stuff like that half-used bottle of shampoo that’s starting to form a crust. (Eww!) I stripped the old appliances in the kitchen and had them replaced because they were damned near as old as me! It’s therapeutic, and so much fun. Next stop is Bed, Bath, and Beyond for household pretties.

We must be on the same wave-length.  Bed, Bath and Beyond is on my list of stops for today.  Last week was Macy's for new towels and sheets.  Got them on sale at a great price but the comfort of brand new sheets and towels is worth three times the price I paid!

What authors do you enjoy reading when you’re not busy writing your own books?

I enjoy Jim Butcher, Stephen King, John Sandford for the more mainstream escape. I also enjoy m/m romances by many different authors.

What’s next?

SWORN TO PROTECT is out on May 7th! Here’s the blurb:

Detective Shane Ford, Sugarland’s favorite cop, has been blindsided by the sudden death of his best friend, NFL star Brad Cooper, and becoming the legal guardian of Brad’s son, Drew—a bitter, angry sixteen-year-old with a dangerous secret. Shane is determined to pry the truth from Drew, but only manages to alienate him—and winds up going head to head with Juvenile Detective Daisy Callahan, whose job is to protect the teen’s best interests.

Shane has always been drawn to Daisy’s beauty and strength, but he’s determined not to allow their intense attraction to interfere with his duty ever again. It’s a vow that will prove difficult to keep, as the realities of Shane and Daisy’s blossoming love and their growing bond with the grieving teen propel Shane headlong into danger for the new family he’s sworn to protect.

I also have a 3-part e-novella series coming out later this year that I can’t say much about yet. It’s contemporary romance. Stay tuned for more information!

After that is HUNTER’S HEART (Alpha Pack #4) writing as J.D. Tyler, coming in September. This is Ryon Hunter’s story, and I’m very excited about this one. It’s a “predator” story, if you will. The most chilling danger to the team is the monster they can’t see coming…

Thanks, Jo!  It’s been a pleasure hosting you today.  I wish you all the best with your new series.  It’s off to a great start with SWORN TO PROTECT.  I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Thank you for having me here today! It’s been great to be back!

Do you have a question for our readers today?

Question: Who is your favorite movie or TV cop/detective/FBI agent of all time? What was the name of their character and the show?

Jo is giving a signed copy of SWORN TO PROTECT to one randomly chosen person who leaves a comment on today's blog.  (U.S. addresses only please)

Visit Jo's website for more information on this bestselling author as well as the books she writes, both as Jo Davis and as J.D. Tyler.  You can also like her Facebook page here and follow her on Twitter here.  

 SWORN TO PROTECT Excerpt from Chapter 1
Copyright Jo Davis, 2013
All Rights Reserved, Penguin Group, USA

“It’s way too damned quiet around here.”
Several other cops groaned and a couple of them shot Taylor Kane the death glare. Shane Ford just smirked, getting more comfortable with his booted feet propped on his desk and crossed at the ankles.
His cousin, Christian Ford, a recent transplant from the Dallas, Texas PD, wadded up a sheet of paper and launched it at Taylor’s face. “Thanks a lot for jinxin’ us, dipshit,” he drawled. “Even the dumbest rookie knows better than to let the Q word pass his lips.”     
Taylor slapped a file onto his desk with a grimace of disgust. “I’m just sayin’ I’m sick of investigating vandalism and stolen bicycles, that’s all. It’s a waste of my rather large and brilliant brain—shut up, Chris.” At the other man’s snort, he threw the paper wad back, missing his target.
“Hey, there’s a lot of money to be had fencing bikes,” Shane said, crossing his arms over his chest. “And a crime is a crime.”
“I know, but it’s boring. Since Jesse Rose and his bunch got shut down last year, nothing exciting has happened around here,” their friend griped. “I’m about to lose my frickin’ mind.”
Shane suppressed a shudder. Jesse Rose was a homeland terrorist that had planned to blow up their fine city of Sugarland, Tennessee, and had damned near succeeded. A Sugarland Fire Dept. captain by the name of Sean Tanner, along with Shane and the entire police force, had been instrumental in stopping the bastard just in time. Tanner had since been promoted to battalion chief, and it was a well-deserved honor as far as Shane was concerned.
Another new hire, Tonio Salvatore, spoke up. “That case Shane and Daisy solved last month was pretty exciting . . .” An uncomfortable silence fell over the room. “What? What’d I say?”
Shane’s good mood did a belly flop and curdled in his stomach. It always did whenever someone mentioned Daisy Callahan’s name and the case that had almost gotten them both killed. Or worse, when he was forced to exchange polite, professional conversation with the stunning blond juvenile officer. Especially when all he wanted to do was bend her over the nearest flat surface and fuck her until she screamed his name.
Yeah, their passionate affair hadn’t been such a great idea before, and that fact hadn’t changed.
Easing his legs off the desk, he studied the other officers’ faces. Most reflected curiosity, the barely disguised desire to pry. So, they didn’t really know, just likely suspected. Chris was the only one who knew, and it seemed he’d kept his promise not to say anything to the others. Their friends were merely attuned to the sudden tension that snapped like a rubber band whenever Shane and Daisy were mentioned in the same sentence, or the two of them were in a room together.
Shane wasn’t about to satisfy their avid curiosity.
“Our lack of excitement means nobody has been murdered,” Shane said dryly, sidestepping the reference to him and Daisy. “Let’s not borrow trouble.”
“Too late for that.” Their captain, Austin Rainey, swiped a trickle of sweat from his rugged face with one hand as he approached. “Goddamn, this heat is already bad enough to poach an egg and it’s not even spring yet.”
Shane studied the man’s grayish pallor. Austin wasn’t just his supervisor, he was a good friend who’d been through a rough time in the last couple of years. The man’s bitch of a wife was really putting him through the ringer lately. Shane feared for his health, as did the men and women who respected and loved him.
“You okay, Cap?” Shane asked him. “It’s February and it’s not that hot in here. You’re not looking so good.”
Austin waved off his concern as usual and addressed his detectives. “We’ve got a body in the gulley out on 49. White male, no ID, shot once in the back of the head, execution-style.” He shot Taylor a baleful glare. “Since you’re so fucking bored, you can take this one with Shane. Oh, and you can do all the reports, too.”
Taylor grimaced as a few others snickered. “Thanks a million, Cap.”
“Don’t mention it. Get the lead out, Eden and the FU are already on their way.”
Shane had to smile a little at that—Eden and the FU, as though they were a rock group. But it was appropriate since Nashville’s taciturn medical examiner and the Sugarland PD’s forensic investigations unit sort of went together, like a guitar and strings. Though they were employed by separate entities, they worked toward the common goal of finding and analyzing clues that would help the police locate and apprehend the bad guys.
And then there was the shortening of FIU to FU, which one of the uniformed officers had jokingly said stood for “Fuck U” because the science geeks thought they were smarter than a bunch of cops.
“On it.” Taylor grabbed a set of keys off his desk and jingled them, looking at Shane. “I’ll drive.”
As they headed out, Shane fell into step beside him. “Happy now? You got the murder you wanted, and a messy one, too.”
The other man shrugged. “I’m not happy someone bought it, but it happens.”
“You like solving the puzzle. A lot of us do.” That might seem strange or morbid to some, but to them, the need to make the pieces fit, the satisfaction they felt when they were successful, was normal.
“For me, the seemingly random pieces are more like snippets of a story, and aren’t usually random at all,” Taylor said thoughtfully. “The body is the last chapter, and I have to read the story backwards to find out what led up to it.”
“Never thought of it like that before, like reading a book in reverse.”
He pondered that as they pushed outside and the humidity hit them, shrouding them like a steaming, wet bed sheet. But that wasn’t the only reason he suddenly felt as though he was suffocating.
Daisy Callahan was striding purposefully up the steps to the precinct, and all the spit dried up in Shane’s mouth at the sight of her. Like the other detectives, himself included, she wore street clothes consisting of dark pants and a casual shirt, a holstered gun and badge at her hip, but there the similarities ended. Blond hair was pulled back into a ponytail, emphasizing an angular face adorned with little makeup, large blue eyes and a wide mouth. The woman was a long, tall drink of water on a scorching day, five feet, ten inches of lean muscle and confident stride that should have made her seem mannish except she was anything but.
Her breasts were full, and he knew from experience how they spilled over a man’s hands, ripe and tasty. He knew how smooth her skin was, how small her waist just above the slight flare and curve of womanly hips. How toned those long thighs were, just how fantastic they looked wrapped around his waist as he—
“Earth to Shane?”
He blinked, becoming aware that he and Taylor had stopped in front of Daisy. Taylor had greeted her and they’d exchanged a few words, and now they were both regarding him with two completely different expressions—Taylor with amusement and Daisy with a polite detachment he’d grown to hate.
Completely my fault. I’m a first class jerk.
“I’m sorry, what?” He hoped his smile gave no indication of just how desolate he felt inside. Given the unnatural tightness of his face, he suspected he’d failed.
“You guys caught the body out on I-49?” Her look was cool, appraising.
“Word travels fast as always,” he said, striving to keep his tone even. “Yeah, we’re headed out there now.”
She made a face. “You and half the county, no doubt. Good luck, once the news people decipher the dispatch that went out on the scanner. I figure you’ve got an hour, tops, before the real madness hits.”
“Shit, we’d better make tracks.” But he couldn’t get his feet to move. Daisy turned to go, and on impulse, he called after her. “Wait!”
She blinked at him, surprise causing the mask to slip. “What is it?”
“Can I . . . have a word with you?” He sent a pointed look at Taylor, who nodded and walked toward the parking lot. Thankfully without comment.
Once he was out of earshot, his former lover gazed at Shane coolly. “Is there something about the case that you couldn’t say in front of Taylor?”
“Of course not.” He ran a hand through his hair. Never had he felt more awkward around a woman, and it was his own fault. “Dammit, I hate this weird distance between us.”
“Really?” She gave an incredulous laugh. “That’s funny, considering distance is exactly what you wanted. And lots of it. Which I gave you.” Her last words were clipped. Angry.
“We were friends before and I ruined that. You’ll never know how sorry I am,” he said quietly.
The blunt edge of growing hostility disappeared as quickly as it had begun to form, and her face softened. “Me, too. But I guess I can’t blame our failure solely on you. I’m the dumbass who slept with a friend—a fellow cop—and I should’ve damned well known better. So, lesson learned.”
A raw lump formed in his throat and he spoke with difficulty. “I’d like to think we’re still friends. Or can be again.” He waited, but she didn’t let him off the hook. “Want to grab a beer after work sometime? Or coffee? I’m free Sunday—”
“Stop.” Looking away, she regained tight control of the abject misery that had flashed across her beautiful features. “Just stop, okay? I’m not there yet. Maybe I won’t be, either. And if not, that’s a loss we’ll both have to own, and move on.”
Oh, God. The stab to his gut was sharp. Powerful. Had he honestly thought she’d forgive him, and they’d simply go back to the place they had been? Somehow, he mastered the unexpected pain and managed a sad, lopsided smile.
“I suppose we will at that.” He glanced toward where Taylor stood by the car, studying them with undisguised interest. “Better go.”                       
“Let me know what you find,” she said, all business again. “I doubt it’ll overlap with any of my cases, but you never know.”
“You bet.”
Before Shane could say anything more, she turned and walked into the building without a backward glance. As though they’d never been anything to each other at all.
Which was how he’d wanted it. Right?


  1. Hello! I'm glad to be here today! If anyone has comments or questions, I'll be checking in throughout the day! :)

  2. Welcome back, Jo! I loved Shane and Daisy's story and can't wait to go back for another visit.

    There are so many TV characters that I've loved that I doubt if I could pick just one. There's Tom Selleck's Magnum PI (::sigh::), James Garner's Jim Rockford from The Rockford Files, Pierce Brosnan's Remington Steele, Jimmy Smits' Bobby Simone from NYPD Blue. That's just a few of my many favorites.

  3. Soo excited about the new series.. Loved Armed and Dangerous - looking forward to more Shane and Daisy.. Really looking forward to more Alpha Pack!!! Hope there are many more books to come in both series

    1. Hope there are many more books to come in both series

      Me too, Cindy!

  4. I liked Legan in Veronica Mars

    1. I never watched Veronica Mars but I have a lot of friends who loved that show.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hi PJ! It's truly great to be back! I was looking up the date, and I haven't been here since 2010 when we talked about RIDE THE FIRE. Way too long!

    Ooh, those are great characters! That question stirs up memories of all my favorite movie and TV cops! I'll post my list in a bit... :)

  6. Hi Cindy,
    I'm so happy you enjoyed ARMED! It's just a prologue to what's in store for Shane and Daisy. I was thrilled to finally be able to bring Shane's full story to readers after so long. I hope you love it, and the upcoming Alpha Pack books too!! There's still plenty in store... :)

  7. Jcp,
    I'll have to look up that character. Never heard of him...
    Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Well, crud... Just realized there's a reply button under every post! Sorry folks! I always mess that up. I'll reply under each new post from here on. :/

  9. At the moment it is Mark Harmon of NCIS but I enjoyed Bruce Willis in Moonlighting and there are many more lol.

    1. I enjoy Mark Harmon in anything! ::grin::

    2. I enjoy Mark Harmon, too. Good show. Saw a commercial this week that advertised the last 2 episodes of NCIS... surely they mean of the season?!

      Thanks for stopping by!

    3. PJ, I think I'd like Mark Harmon OUT of anything too!

  10. Hi Jo, I love the sound of this book, thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Timitra. Hope you give SWORN TO PROTECT a try. It's a great story!

    2. Hi Timitra,
      I hope you enjoy SWORN if you give it a try! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  11. Hey Jo! Hey PJ!! Y'all know how much I adore Jo's books...and Shane...whoa mama!! Just thought I'd pop in and say how excited I am for you to have this new hot series out there for us to read. Oh...and don't sign me up for the giveaway...I have a copy already!

    1. Hi Suz! Thanks for stopping by and congrats on your new book, CLOSE TO THE EDGE!

    2. Hey Suz!
      You are always so supportive! I've waited a long time to give readers Shane's story and I'm glad you're excited too. :)

      Thanks for coming by, girlfriend!

  12. Hi JO! Hi PJ! I have been wanting this book since I read about it on amazon and I think another blog...hope I can get to the store to get it next week... Just waNted you to know I love your books!


    1. It's well worth the wait, Donna!

    2. Hi Donna,
      I'm so happy you're excited about Shane's story! I am too. Thank you so much for your support, I'm so glad you enjoy my stories. That's what keeps a writer going!! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Congrats to Jo on the upcoming release. I was one of those who kept asking when Shane was going to get his own story. My favorite cop/FBI agent is Fox Mulder from the X-Files. I also loved his partner Scully.

    1. Hi Jane,
      Thanks so much for the congrats! I'm so happy to be able to bring Shane to you! Believe it or not, I missed the whole X-files era. Mind-blowing since I'm such a paranormal buff!! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Hi Jo! My favorite cop was Starksy from Starksy and Hutch. I'm so looking forward to reading Shane's story!
    Allie Burton

    1. Hi Allie!

      Yes!! A Starsky & Hutch fan!! I never missed an episode! Dave Starsky is at the TOP of my list!! :)
      Thanks for stopping by--and congrats on your upcoming release of the Daughters of Atlantis series!!

  15. Great interview, ladies. My favorite officer is Sealey on Bones.

    1. Hi Sandy!
      Bones is a good show. I've been watching it some and really like it.
      Thankls for stopping by! :)

  16. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! Congrats to Jo on the new release! Mulder and Scully!!!!!!

    1. Erin,
      You are welcome! I hope you like SWORN should you give it a try. Another vote for X-files! Maybe I should rent those... :) Thanks for stopping by!

  17. I loved the Rockford Files... yum!

    1. Hi Girly,
      I loved Jim Rockford! Thanks for coming by.

  18. I don't know about a favorite "of all time," because I've had many favorites. I started out with 77 Sunset Strip with Efrem Zimbalist Jr., then there was Hawaii Five-O with Jack Lord and NYPD Blues with Jimmy Smits and David Caruso--and now there is NCIS with Mark Harmon (a real dreamboat). Congrats on your new release BTW, Jo!

    1. Janice,
      Thanks so much for the congrats! Great list. I watched the old Hawaii Five-O and loved it, and now I love the new one with Alex O' Laughlin playing Steve and Scott Caan playing Danny. Great show--and they still have the best TV theme opening ever!! :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  19. I loved your Firefighter series and I have finally acquired the first book( it was the only one missing from my collection) and plan to reread them all again. I also loved when Alex was Bad and wondering if you will be writing anything like that?

    1. Laura,
      I'm so happy you loved the firefighter series!! I hope you love Shane's story too! I haven't written erotica in a while, but I do have the SHADO Agency series that starts with I SPY A WICKED SIN--very erotic, danger, sex and spies! :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

    2. OH I read that series too and Damn it was good and really really loved it. I am looking forward to Shane's story. I have been waiting a longtime for this series. I am hoping you write some more erotic books you write them so well.

  20. Hi Laura-Mae,
    I'm so glad you enjoyed the series and I hope you love Shane's story too! One day I might get back to writing erotica--I never say never! :)
    Thanks for stopping by!

  21. Jo, thanks so much for visiting with us today. Wishing you all the best with SWORN TO PROTECT and the new series!

    1. Thanks so much, PJ!! It was my pleasure, and thank you for having me here! :)

  22. Dongrats whoo, so hot
    I likes monk and suv detective

  23. Remington Steele - Pierce Brosnan!! I'm so glad to see another book in this series, I love it and I love your JD Tyler books, too. Thanks for the chance.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  24. Spies-David McCallum- Illya in the Man From Uncle, Jennifer Gardner as Sydney Briscall in Alias

    Detective- Don Johnson as Sonny Crockett in Miami Heat

    PI's- Tom Selleck as Tom Magnum in Magnum PI

    Your new series soumds like a winner to me!

  25. I have a lot of favorites - Columbo is one of them.

  26. Sledge Hammer from the spoof series of the same name!