Monday, November 9, 2015

BOOK TOUR: FALL OF HEROS - BOOK THREE OF THE GALILEE FALLS TRILOGY BY JENNIFER HARLOW




Fall of Heroes

The Galilee Falls Trilogy

Book Three

Jennifer Harlow

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Devil on the Left Books
Date of Publication: 10/31/15

ISBN: 9780989394482
ASIN: B015L4D9IE

Number of pages: 253
Word Count: 100,000

Book Description:

"Show me a hero; and I'll write you a tragedy." -F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hero and Villain.

Good and Evil.

Love and Hate.
Would that the world were that simple. Nothing is ever simple in a world filled with superheroes and villains. She may not wear a cape or have superpowers, but no one would say Joanna Fallon isn't a hero. At great personal cost she's saved the city of Galilee Falls from two supervillains, but has finally found a measure of peace. But whatever rises often falls, and even the city's champion may not be able to fight the cataclysm about to befall not only her city but the whole of the world...or even want to.
Read the conclusion to the critically acclaimed Galilee Falls trilogy from the imagination of the IPPY award winning author Jennifer Harlow.




Excerpt: Chapter One-Wedding Bell Blues

I swear to fucking Christ, if he’s late for this wedding, a supervillain won’t kill him, I will.
If your boyfriend is the premier superhero in the city with the highest concentration of the super-powered in the country, you get used to situations like this. Dinners where you find yourself sitting alone in a restaurant, cancelled vacations, missing birthdays. I’ve endured them with a smile and forgiveness, but not today. I’ve stressed to him a thousand times how important this day is to me. Just this morning, before my hair appointment, I told him three times. But no, when I got home to put on my dress, he was nowhere to be found. I had to start up the comms on Doris Jr. to track him down. Sure enough he was out in the field fighting Hexen and more of the villains damn zombies at a war reenactment. Still, he swore he’d be here on time. Trust me, he said. Damn superheroes. Guess it’s partially my fault for falling in love with one. Again. I should have learned the first time around. Damn you for being so amazingly brilliant, Jem Ambrose. Damn you.
What are you still doing out here?” my old partner Cam, Detective Terrence Cameron to you, says behind me. I spin around just as he reaches me on the bottom of the church steps. He looks damn fine today, the white shirt off-setting his dark skin, and he’s even sporting the paisley blue silk tie I bought him two Christmases ago. “You should get inside. It’s freezing.”
I’m not going inside without him.”
You catching pneumonia won’t make him show up any sooner,” Cam points out.
If he shows up at all,” I mutter. “Fucking Hexen.”
He’ll be here,” Cam insists.
Two stragglers hustle toward us from the overflowing parking lot. I recognize the man, former plainclothes now Detective Conover, who worked the Alkaline case with me. He and his date both smile and nod as they pass us up the church steps.
Seriously, Jo, come on. The ceremony’s supposed to start soon. And—”
I can’t go in there without him, okay? This shit’s awkward enough for me already. Just…I’ll give him a few more minutes then I’ll come in. These things never start on time anyway.”
Fine. I’ll just tell everyone…I’ll figure something out.” I nod at my friend who nods back before returning inside the warm church.
Dead. Jem is so fucking dead. And I get he’s saving people’s lives, I do. Most of the time I’m on the comms in our apartment, guiding him, literally watching his back on the surveillance feed. Hell, I’m the one who suggested he become the new Captain Moonlight. I should have kept my damn mouth shut.
It’s not as if we had tons of free time on our hands before. I had to cancel my fair share of dinners too. Being the figurehead of an international billion dollar empire with the board meetings, charity events, and general boring day-to-day business bullshit leaves little time to sleep let alone spend quality time with the man I love. Add to that Jem’s day job at the hospital, his research for his new virus project, and the city constantly being in peril from asshole villains, we’re lucky to spend a few hours a week face to face just being a damn couple. At least we make those few precious hours count. And we do work damn well together. Just last week we stopped an eco-terrorist cell from releasing a toxin in the meat packing district that would poison anyone who consumed the meat. If this were any other day I’d be on Doris Jr. helping him bring down Hexen, but this isn’t any other day. He needs to be here. He has to be here. He will be here. He will. Unless of course he’s…no.
God, why does my mind always go there? I have personally seen him survive multiple gunshots, being impaled by a rod, being beaten to a pulp, and an explosion. He has super-healing, super-intelligence, has a black belt in Judo and Karate, knows Krav Maga, not to mention the suit I commissioned for him is bullet, knife, and flame resistant. But every time I lose contact or he’s a minute late, that is my first damn thought.
I should be used to this by now. I knew what he was before I fell in love with him. Hell, I had a front row seat to that side of his life. I ended up in the hospital twice because of it, well three times if you count the plastic surgery needed to fix the scar on my face left by his brother. Not to mention the horrible minute when I thought he’d died that day. I lost my soul mate, my best friend to a supervillain, I couldn’t handle another man I loved dying for me.
We should have learned our lesson then. Jem killed Lord Nightingale right along with his psycho twin brother, and that should have been it. No more capes and cowls. No more kidnappings, attempted murders, and torture for either of us. Yeah, that lasted all of three months. The crime rate skyrocketed again, there was a supervillain attack every week, and despite his assurances he was content fighting crime behind our supercomputer Doris, I knew he was lying. It was in the way he’d stay glued to the computer and news. The way he’d stare out the window down at the city when he couldn’t sleep. How he spent more and more time in his dojo beating up the punching bag and dummy. He couldn’t help it. He’d fought the good fight for almost a decade. Before me, it was all he had. It was what got him out of bed. Something else we had in common. He couldn’t deny that part of himself, it was literally in his blood, and I know the longer he repressed that for me, the more he’d resent me down the road. So one night I shoved his new black and yellow costume at him, and told him I wanted him back before dawn. That was three months ago. Crime’s gone down twenty-two percent, two new villains are now rotting in Xavier Maximum Security Prison, they’ve just released the new Captain Moonlight action figure, and I’m freezing my ass off worrying about the man I love. Doing the right thing sucks balls.
Shit. He’s not coming. He’s not. I’m going to have to go in there and face all those people alone. All their whispering, their looks, their stares. How am I going to explain his absence? Fuck. Damn it. I need to get in there. Me being out here just looks worse. With a sigh, I start up the steps. Jem Ambrose you are—
Joanna!”
Here. Thank Christ. Never had a doubt.



The Dirty Dozen

As an author, I’ve done more than a few interviews for various blogs, something I’ve come to dread. Most of the questions are the same (why did you want to be a writer, who inspired you, yadda yadda yadda!!), and I always struggle to change up my rote answers so I’m not just cutting and pasting. I want each interview to be unique, damn it!
It’s kind of exhausting. In theory, I like the idea of interviews and learning more about various authors, but in practice I find it dreadfully dull.
Which made me wonder, could I come up with interview questions that were fun and entertaining for both readers and authors? And still provide us insight into the mind of the author? (after all, that’s really the point of an interview, isn’t it?)
Thus, the Dirty Dozen were born. I hope you have as much fun answering these questions as I did coming up with them.
Cuisine:
  1. If I came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?
I HATE cooking but apparently I am very, very good at it, or so people say. Since it’s such a rare occurrence I would prepare you roast beef, roasted potatoes, fresh steamed green beans, and Yorkshire pudding to dip into the Anjou (French for blood. It’s so better than it sounds). For desert, my Famous Chocolate Wafer Cake. If I do something I go all out.

  1. If you were a box of cereal, what kind would you be and why?
Frankenberry because I’m not as famous/loved as my friend that fame whore Count Chocula but to most who give me a try, they usually like me better.

  1. What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Orange juice and champagne for mimosas to celebrate the release of FALL OF HEROES.


Entertainment:
  1. What song best describes you and why?
“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears. There are plans…there are plans…

  1. If you could have any two celebrities as your parents, who would they be and why?
I don’t know, My parents are pretty awesome. Uh…Brad and Angelina because I believe in a lot of what they do to improve the planet and I wouldn’t mind being stupid rich.


  1. What is your favorite movie? What is your least favorite and why? (I know, that’s like two questions. Humor me.)
My favorite movie is from the 70s entitled Harold and Maude. It’s quirky, really dark, really funny, and very life affirming. Even the romance, which I normally HATE in movies, is weird but beautiful. My least favorite is Hostel. I am a horror movie connesiour, but that one spawned torture porn, which is just lazy, uncomfortable, and not scary. Give me creepy over gore anytime.

Personality:
  1. Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
Gatherer mostly because I hate leaving my house. But I will go out and cut a bitch if I have to.

  1. Do you believe in Bigfoot? Or the Loch Ness Monster? What about aliens?
Bigfoot and Loch Ness, no. Aliens, yes. The universe is so vast that it’s empirically impossible for there not to be life out there. But do I believe little green men are abducting people just to mess about with their butts? Hell to the no.

  1. What would be a fitting epitaph for your tombstone (presuming you don’t want to be cremated)?
Absolutely Fabulous. My younger brothers have already promised it’ll be on there.

  1. Picking one universe, Star Trek or Star Wars (and knowing that the interviewer leans heavily in the direction of the Star Trek universe), which character do you most relate to and why?
I am so Spock. I used to be highly emotional and had to learn to suppress my emotions or I would have lost my damn mind. Not I always lean toward logic even in emotional circumstances. My family even calls me Spock sometimes.

Random:
  1. What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I was at Halloween Horror Nights and one of the zombies popped out at me, and I just gave him a, “Bitch, please” look and he kind of cringed. It was hilarious to me at least.

  1. Tell us your favorite joke.
Women make 78% of what men do at the same job. That is the biggest f-ing joke I can think of.
Bonus questions (you don’t have to answer these, since they don’t fit within the “dozen,” but it would be awesome if you did!):
  1. Can you fit your whole fist in your mouth?
Just tried. Not even close.

  1. Rate these interview questions on a scale of 1 to 10 and explain your rating.
8, because they were different and funny but no room to mention the book. Maybe just put in one.

  1. Again, on a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself on how weird you are.
7


About the Author:

Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virginia home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time, she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills. She is the author of the Amazon best-selling F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad, Midnight Magic Mystery series, The Galilee Falls Trilogy, and the steampunk romance Verity Hart Vs The Vampyres.

For the soundtrack to her books and other goodies visit her at www.jenniferharlowbooks.com






Deal Sharing Aunt Interview
Where are you from?
I’m from all over. I consider myself a military brat minus the military part. We moved around a lot when I was a kid—Dad got bored every three years—and I inherited his restless spirit. Right now I live in Atlanta but who knows for how long.
Tell us your latest news?
Fall of Heroes is the final installment in The Galilee Falls Trilogy, my superhero series. It’s got romance, intrigue, and action galore. It’s told from the perspective of a “normal” woman surrounded by superheroes and villains waging war in her city. I adore this series. It’s my labor of love. I adore superheroes and especially supervillains. I read comics all through my childhood and still do sometimes. Really, in my other series I write vampires and werewolves and the difference is so slim. Both superheroes and supernatural creatures are tortured, often have double lives, and have to acclimate to a world where they’re freaks. If you like vampires and werewolves that make up the glut of urban fantasy, you’ll like superheroes and villains as well. I know I do.

When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always been a storyteller, but I fought against being an author. The pay sucks and you’re rejected constantly by both publishers and readers. It’s beyond soul crushing. If I could be anything else, I would. But I can’t not write. I love it so much. It’s in my blood, my heart, my soul. I wrote books for ten years before I ever even got an agent let alone saw my book in print. Being an author is not for the faint of heart.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
About halfway through my first book when I was nineteen. I railed against that label because I knew being a writer isn’t an easy thing to be. The storytelling part is fun, on good days at least, but everything else is a nightmare. Editing, marketing, and the constant, constant rejection. Like I said before, I just can’t stop myself.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Really? I wanted to see if I could write a book. I was nineteen, in college and working in retail, and needed to challenge myself even more. I was into thrillers and mystery novels so I cut my teeth on that genre. It hasn’t been published yet, but was quite the learning experience. I wanted to see if I could do it, and I did. Haven’t stopped since.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Fast paced, fun, and tinged with humor. I’m a wise-ass so my characters tend to have the same trait. I put my characters through the ringer where they can either cry or laugh. I make them laugh.
How did you come up with the title?
Titles usually come to me about halfway through the book. It just sort of comes to me.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
All my books tend to have an underlying message I don’t even know about until I’m editing it. My subconscious is a MENSA member compared to my conscious mind. The whole of The Galilee Falls Trilogy is about how each and every person is responsible for making the world a better place. How you don’t have to be rich/powerful/have a special gift to help other people. The only way the world gets better is to act. Compliment someone. Make someone having a bad day laugh. Donate whatever you can to charity. It’s that easy.
How much of the book is realistic?
The book takes place in a world with superheroes and villain, most with powers, but beyond that this book could take place here and now. It deals with real world problems and has realistic characters. I try to go out of my way to make sure everything and every character is true to logic and reality. It can be a pain in the butt at times to keep to that tenant but I do.
What authors have most influenced your life most?
Without question Janet Evanovitch, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Stan Lee. From Evanovitch I learned how to incorporate humor, mystery, and sexual tension while keeping a quick pace in the story. Hamilton showed the perfect was to combine two genres effectively, thriller and paranormal, and that a heroine doesn’t have to always be a sweet, perfect woman. She can have a hard edge and still be likable. From Stan Lee’s comics, especially X-Men, hidden in the action scenes and love triangles was a parable on prejudice and acceptance of self no matter how different you are from the crowd. I can only pray I do my idols justice with my own work.
What books are you reading now?
I’ve finally gotten around to reading straight sci-fi. I don’t know why I never did before, but I’m loving it. Space operas are my favorite right now. There are so many possibilities out in the vastness of space. You can really let your imagination run wild.

What are your current projects?
Right now I’m writing away at the next in my F.R.E.A.K.S. series. It’ll be out sometime next year.

What would you like my readers to know?
Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little.






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***I received a ARC for this book in exchange for a honest review***

This book had me on the edge of my seat, literally. As the romance built up and the tension of what will happen, I couldn't wait. The characters developed along the way at a steady pace, along with some twists and turns. I give this book five stars.