Interview with CJ Miller, Author of Shielding the Suspect

CJ Miller dropped by the virtual offices this morning to chat about her latest release.  Shielding the Suspect is published under Harlequin’s Romantic Suspense line, so you can expect lots of pulse pounding danger and excitement! 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[CJ Miller] Full-time mom, part-time IT professional, and a full-time writer. Coffee’s an essential part of my day. Busy, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Shielding the Suspect?

[CJ Miller] Shielding the Suspect is a reunion romance about a former air force pararescueman and his ex-girlfriend, an artist who is accused of murdering her fiancé. They are on the run from mysterious hit men who don’t want them finding out the truth about the murder. As if murder accusations and killers gunning for them aren’t enough, there’s the matter of their still-simmering attraction to deal with…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[CJ Miller] Before I wrote my first book, HIDING HIS WITNESS, I knew each of the Truman brothers would have their own book. In SHIELDING THE SUSPECT, the hero’s personality is based loosely on my middle brother Brian’s and the concept for the book sprang from a few scenes I had in mind. When I write, I usually know how a book starts and I know how it ends and the middle grows from those.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Susan?

[CJ Miller] Creative, caring and strong.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Brady had a theme song, what would it be?

[CJ Miller] For his relationship with Susan, Nickelback’s Far Away.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Susan is never without.

[CJ Miller] As an artist, Susan is never without her work. She keeps digital copies of important pictures and files on a USB drive that is always on her person.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Brady’s bathroom?

[CJ Miller] Wallpaper (too fancy), mildew (as a military man, he’s very clean), or adult diapers.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Susan’s greatest regret?

[CJ Miller] Jumping into a relationship on the rebound. I don’t want to spoil the plot, but a few pages into Shielding the Suspect, it’s obvious why.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[CJ Miller] The people in my life. I sometimes realize after I’ve written a book that a person or situation that happened months ago has shown up on the pages in some dramatized form.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[CJ Miller] My computer, coffee and time.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Shielding the Suspect?

[CJ Miller] I have a two adorable children. They keep me busy and their antics can be quite distracting.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[CJ Miller] Maid for Love by Marie Force. I recently discovered her and have been working my way through her backlist. She’s amazing!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[CJ Miller] The Bride by Julie Garwood. I remember reading her books at a young age and loving them. When I reread them as an adult, I loved them even more.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[CJ Miller] I love spending time with my family and I love reading. My children love when I read to them, so that’s the best of both worlds.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[CJ Miller] I love hearing from readers. I can be reached through my website (the contact tab has all my info) : or through my facebook page .

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

C. J. Miller weaves a story of deception and framing that will keep you guessing…. She woke up on her ex-fiancé’s boat with his blood on her hands. Is it possible that Susan Prescott killed Justin and didn’t remember it? When the artist is accused of murder, the only one who will believe and protect her is Brady Truman. Brady, her former lover. Brady, who must dispel his agonizing self-doubts if he hopes to help anyone else…. 
To find the real killer—and the hitmen gunning for them—Susan and Brady have to deal with their still-simmering desire. It all hinges on Susan’s memory. Will returning to the boat trigger her recall…or plunge her deeper into danger?

About the author:

Short bio: A 3rd generation Harlequin reader and the 1st in her family to write professionally, C.J. published her first book with Harlequin Romantic Suspense in 2012. She lives in Maryland with her family. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and reading. C.J. believes in first loves, second chances, and happily ever after.

Entangled’s Surprise Release: Wicked Heat by Nicola Marsh

Who doesn’t love surprises? The people behind Brazen Books sure do – and they just couldn’t wait a whole month before putting out another book for their readers. Surprise! If you need something to read today, Entangled’s newest book combines steamy island romance and high personal stakes. What a combination!




About the book:

Competitors by day, lovers by night…

Allegra Wilks has had the worst month of her personal and professional life. To save her company, she must go on her would-be honeymoon and land the luxury eco-island resort’s lucrative advertising account. But when a lingerie mishap leads her into the arms of a wickedly distracting Australian, Allegra’s tempted to skip the trip and explore the most sensual kiss she’s ever experienced. Too bad their chance encounter at the airport is just that.

Having recently lost his company to his former best friend’s shady business tactics, Jett Halcott is headed to a South Pacific resort to secure an advertising account that will resurrect his reputation and career. Realizing the tantalizing Allegra Wilks is on his flight, Jett envisions a week filled with business and pleasure. But Jett doesn’t know Allegra’s fighting for the same account, or that there’s more at stake than his heart.

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“You should do that more often,” he said, reaching out to trace her bottom lip with his fingertip. “You’re beautiful, but when you smile? Wow.”

Uncomfortable with his overt compliments, Allegra sat there and let a guy she’d just met touch her lips with a slow, sensual caress. His fingertip traced her bottom lip in a butterfly-soft sweep that left her breathless.

Their eyes locked as he lowered his hand, and what she saw made her wish she could ditch Palm Bay and travel to Australia.

Blatant lust. Strong. Sexy. Seductive. His eyes deepened to an incredible green that matched a favorite jade pendant she wore often. He wanted her, and in this crazy moment, the feeling was entirely mutual.

He raised his beer to his lips and took a long swig, his heat-filled stare never leaving hers.

Damn, she had no idea what to do in this situation. Make a joke to diffuse the tension? Acknowledge it? Flirt?

She hated feeling out of control, had instigated steps her entire life to avoid it. Yet in a loaded thirty seconds, Jett had made her damp with just one look and made her flounder.

“Is the blatant charm an Aussie thing or is it just you?”

Thankfully, he blinked, and broke the scorching stare that made her want to grab a napkin off the bar and fan herself. “It’s me.” He leaned in close. “Time you fessed up.”

Yikes. Was her reaction to him that easy to read?

“To what?”

His lips almost brushed her ear. “You’re battling an incredible urge to drag me into the nearest janitor’s closet and ravish me.”

She laughed at his outrageousness. “Sorry. I don’t do sex in cleaning closets. Too many hazardous chemicals.”

“Yeah, those pheromones can be killer.”

She loved his quick wit and for the second time in as many minutes, wished she’d met him at a different place, different time.

“Pity.” He reverted to a smoldering stare that had her wishing she’d ordered a vodka shot chaser. “Sex in confined spaces can be fun.”

“I’ll take your word for it.” Heat crept into her cheeks and she signaled the waiter for a glass of water. To douse herself with.

“Not the answer I was hoping for,” he said, shifting his barstool closer so their thighs brushed. “Would’ve been better if you’d said, ‘Sounds good, Jett, let’s go try.’”

She cleared her throat and gratefully accepted the water from the waiter, drinking it all and wishing she could run the cool beaded exterior across her forehead. “How did we get onto this crazy topic?”

“Started with you wanting to ravish me.” He clinked his beer bottle to her empty glass. “Seriously. There’s no need to hold back. I can take whatever you want to dish out.”