Jo Davis and Sugarland Blue

JD1colorHey everyone, pull up a chair and a drink because Lair favorite, Jo Davis is back with more sexy cops from her Sugarland Blue Series!! Please help me welcome Jo and hear about her newest book, IN HIS SIGHTS.

Suz: So Jo, you’re taking your readers back to the police force of Sugarland, Tennessee, with IN HIS SIGHTS. Can you tell our readers a little bit about it?

Jo: First of all, thank you so much for having me back! I see all has been wonderful in the Bandits’ lair while I’ve been writing. I’d be glad to tell you about my newest release! IN HIS SIGHTS is book 3 of my Sugarland Blue series, and it’s Detective Chris Ford’s story. Chris has been battling a mysterious illness, and little does he know he could be next in a string of fatalities if the cause isn’t found soon. Here’s the blurb:

Chris is one the best and brightest at the Sugarland PD, but lately a mysterious illness has him struggling to get through the day. When his symptoms land him in the care of brilliant and sexy Dr. Robyn Lassiter, Chris realizes that he is the latest victim in a rash of mysterious poisonings in the area—most of them fatal. Figuring out who’s causing the fatal outbreak has become a very personal—and deadly—race against time.

Despite battling her own personal demons and painful past, Dr. Robyn Lassiter can’t fight her attraction to her new patient. But as she struggles to help Chris track down the sick mind behind the deaths, she’s not only at risk of losing her heart but of falling headlong into a lethal plot that could take her life.…

Suz: Chris has been ill for some time, hasn’t he? Did you know early in the series what his story would be about?

Jo: Chris has been sick for months. He was having debilitating symptoms back in HOT PURSUIT, but only confided in fellow detective Taylor Kayne. I knew Chris’s story would involved him being sick, but it wasn’t until after HOT PURSUIT was released that I realized he was being poisoned. Originally I thought perhaps his illness would be a natural one, but that didn’t play well into the story.

Suz: Tell us a little bit about Dr. Robyn Lassiter and her part in IN HIS SIGHTS.

Jo: Robyn is a very independent woman who’s had a rough go of it. She’s widowed with a young daughter, Maddy, who’s the center of her universe. She’s very protective of her child, especially after what they’ve been through. Meeting and falling in love is the last thing on her mind, but fate has other plans. Here’s a sneak peek of when Chris meets Maddy and Robyn. Chris is out jogging in his neighborhood and starts to feel sick…

Dragging himself out of bed the next morning before sunrise, Chris ignored the aches and pains he shouldn’t have and slipped on his warm-up pants and a T-shirt.

Today he decided to forgo working out at the gym in favor of going for a walk through his neighborhood. He felt fine, he told himself. He could do something more strenuous if he wanted to, but walking was just as good. And he liked his peaceful neighborhood of modest homes with their trim lawns. Taylor lived a few streets over, so maybe he’d even walk that far and bum a cup of coffee.

As he went along, he set the peace and quiet seep into his bones. He’d like to get a dog. But while he loved animals and a dog would make a great companion, he worked too much and his hours sometimes ran long. It wasn’t fair to a pup to leave it alone so often. The knowledge made him a little sad.

The sun began to peek over the horizon, and the streetlamps shut off. He hadn’t been out all that long, but his limbs were starting to feel heavy and sweat trickled down his back. The headache returned as a low, ominous throb and his stomach lurched.

“Shit.” Disappointed, he cut his walk short and turned down a random street.

But with every step, the symptoms got worse. This didn’t bode well for the rest of his day. Damn, he couldn’t afford to miss any more work. His body didn’t get the message, however, and halfway down the street he was forced to stop. Thrusting out a hand, he braced himself against a light pole and stood with his head down, panting, desperately trying to stave off being sick. Or passing out.

“Hey, mister! You okay?”IN HIS SIGHTS cover

Straightening, he looked for the owner of that sweet little voice and turned. His gaze drifted downward to the cutest kid, a girl who appeared to be about seven or so. She had her brunette hair in a ponytail held on top of her head with a pink scrunchie thing, and wore a matching pink top, a backpack that was way too big, and jeans. Her small face was frowning at him, her concern clear.

“I’m all right, sweetheart,” he said, mustering a smile. “Just got a bit winded.”

“Oh.” She seemed to consider this very seriously. “You want my mommy to take your temp-ra-ture? She’s a doctor!”

What an angel. “Oh, no, that won’t be necessary—”

“Madeleine Jane, wait for me! And you forgot your lunchbox again!” a woman’s voice called. “I swear—oh. Who are you talking to, honey?”

Chris raised his eyes to peer over the child—and forgot to breathe.

Staring back at him, holding a pink lunch box, was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. She was an average height, about five foot seven, and had straight, silky auburn hair that fell to her shoulders. A fitted black shirt hugged her curves, emphasizing a mouth-watering busty figure that tapered to a small waist. Gray dress pants showed off long legs with just a hint of the strong thighs underneath.

As she approached, locking gazes with him, he took in the wariness in her vivid blue eyes. “Maddy, who’s this?” she asked mildly, but with an unmistakable hint of warning directed at him.

“I don’t know, Mommy. But he doesn’t feel good,” Maddy informed her mom. “You should take his temp-ra-ture.”

“Maybe so.” The woman stopped, handed over the lunch box, and wrapped her arms around her child, pulling Maddy’s back against her front. A clearly protective stance. “But what have I told you about talking to strangers?”

Maddy dipped her head. “Sorry.”

“We’ll talk about it more, later.” She hugged her daughter in reassurance, then addressed Chris, holding out a hand. “Hello, I’m Robyn.”

He took shook it, a bit disappointed that she didn’t share her last name. He decided to share more in his introduction. As he let go of her hand, he reached into the pocket of his warm-ups, removed his badge, and held it up. “Chris Ford. I’m a detective with the Sugarland PD.” He smiled. “You and Maddy are both perfectly safe in my presence, honest.”

With that, the steel in her expression softened some. “Nice to meet you, detective.”

“Chris, please.”

She nodded, but made no commitment either way. “So, you’re not feeling well? Would you like to sit down on my steps? I can take a look at you, or call someone to come get you.”

He shook his head. “No, thanks. I just needed to catch my breath. I’ve been out of commission and this is only my fourth day back at work. Guess I’ve got to build up my strength again.”

Her eyes narrowed, and she seemed to see right through him. “You don’t look well. You’re pale, and you’re holding on to that light pole as though it’s the only thing keeping you upright.”

Abruptly, he pushed away from it as though it had burned him. “No, really I’m fine. But I’d better be on my way if I don’t want to be late.”

“Well, if you’re sure . . . ” She wasn’t convinced. “I was just about to take Maddy to school. Would you like a ride home?”

He opened his mouth to refuse—and then thought better of it. One, he wasn’t sure he’d make it. And two, he really wanted more time in Robyn’s presence. “Sure, that would be great. Thanks.”

“No problem.” To Maddy, she said, “Would you run in and get my purse and keys? They’re on the table.”

“Sure!”

The girl ran inside, and Chris took the opportunity to speak privately. “I’m sorry if I scared you when you saw her talking to me. I was just resting for a minute and she surprised me.”

“It’s all right. No matter how I caution her, Maddy is a social butterfly.” The woman gave him a real smile, and almost blinded him. “I’m Doctor Robyn Lassiter, by the way.”

 

By God, she was gorgeous.

His mouth stretched into a wide, answering smile. “Nice to meet you, Mrs. Lassiter.”

“Just Robyn.”

He was getting the feeling there was no Mr. Lassiter in the picture, from the vibe he was getting. But he couldn’t be sure.

All too fast, the little girl returned, swinging the purse and keys, and handed them to her mother.

“Ready, sweet pea?”

“Yep!”

Something about these two made him feel warm inside. Better than he had in a long time. Maddy scrambled into the back of the car as though she was used to riding there, which was safer given her size and the air bags in the front. Chris climbed into the passenger’s seat and buckled up. Once they were on their way, he gave directions to his house.

 

“You live pretty close by,” Robyn commented.

“Yeah. I feel stupid catching a ride when I live five streets away.”

“That’s not what I meant. I don’t mind at all.”

When she pulled up in front of his house a few moments later, he turned. “Speaking of strangers, my partner and I are giving the Stranger Danger program to each of the first grade classes starting next week. Maybe I’ll see you and Maddy there.” To Maddy, he turned and said in a conspiratorial voice, “I’m bringing Valor the Crime Dog.”

“Yay! Can you come, Mommy?”

Put on the spot, Robyn bit her lip. “I can’t promise, but I’ll try.”

Thank Jesus for that shitty assignment and even the smelly suit.

That was the best he was going to get, so it was time to bow out gracefully. “Thank you for the ride. Hopefully, I’ll see you two soon.”

17707534Suz: Okay, you write pretty good creepy bad guys. Do they walk in and tell you their story or do you have to seduce it out of them? And if so, I’m kind of glad I don’t live in your nightmares! 🙂

Jo: Thanks! Writing bad guys has always been so much fun for me, and they arrive at my keyboard pretty much fully fleshed out. I just think to myself, “What’s the worst thing my villain can do to my hero and heroine?” Then I triple that, sit back, and watch the fireworks.  🙂

Suz: What’s next for the Sugarland series?

Jo: Next up is Detective Tonio Salvatore’s story, ON THE RUN. I’m writing that one now, and it’s a bit different from the first three because Tonio goes undercover with a gang of real bad dudes. While posing as one of them, he does the unthinkable—falls in love with the leader’s sister. It may just be his last mistake…

Suz: As many of our readers know, you also write sexy paranormal shape-shifter series as JD Tyler. What’s up next with your Alpha Pack?

Jo: Next up for the Alpha Pack is Nick Westfall’s story, WOLF’S FALL, which releases December 2! I can’t wait for readers to get their hands on Nick’s story. It’s been a long time coming, and Nick deserves his happy ending with a certain vampire princess… Next in the series will be Micah Chase’s story, CHASE THE DARKNESS, coming in spring of 2015. I’ll start writing that book this fall. I’m also planning to write a short novel for Phoenix and Noah, for those who’re waiting on their story! It’s going to be explosive…

Thank you again for having me here today! I always love visiting the Bandits’ Lair!

Jo is giving away a signed print copy of IN HIS SIGHTS to one commenter today. So, here’s the question. You know Jo’s had two hot series set in Sugarland, fire fighters and cops. Which do you find sexier and why? Fireman or Cops?

Comments

76 Comments

  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Jo. So hard to choose. If I’m watching a show or reading a book featuring a firefighter then I find them super sexy and if later I’m reading about a cop hero then they go to the top of the list.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Well, you’ve got to dance with the one who brought you, right? It’s good to be flexible!

      Congrats on snagging the GR, Jane! He’s not a huge fan of cops, given his wily ways, but definitely appreciates a good fire fighter. He likes to play with fire, you know…

    • Morning, Jane!

      I like a woman who is strong in her fickleness! You are loyal to the hero of the book you’re in. I don’t blame you…I’m the same way!

    • Jo Davis says:

      Thanks, Jane! That goes for me too. Love those firemen and cops. 🙂

  • Deanna says:

    Wow! You mean I have to choose between the cops and the firefighters? Good grief! The lady does not ask easy questions. Can I choose both?

  • flchen1 says:

    Oh wow, Jo!!! I recently raced through books one and two in the Sugarland Blue series and am thrilled to hear that book three will be out shortly!!! You really know how to keep us readers turning the pages! Do you have more planned for this series? If so, do you have a set number of stories in mind?

    As for cops or firefighters, I can’t say that I have a preference–they are equally noble professions, and in the hands of the right author, they make equally compelling characters! Please write on, Jo!

    • Susan Sey says:

      I’m with you, Fedora–I love it when I fall in love with a series only to discover that more is on the way!

      Being a terribly slow writer myself, I appreciate it all the more. I was in total awe when Jo mentioned all the upcoming releases. She’s amazing!

    • Morning, Fedora!

      That’s the way I feel when I read Jo’s books…BRING ON THE NEXT ONE! And it’s not like the woman is slow in getting them written and published, either. Sort of like being on a chocolate binge and the cook isn’t quite getting me the cake fast enough. 🙂

      I think FF and Cops are both compelling because they are willing to put themselves in danger to protect others…for the most part.

    • Jo Davis says:

      Hi Fedora, thanks so much! I’m so happy you’re enjoying the series. 🙂 I have one more book planned for the Sugarland cops, Tonio’s story, which I’m writing now. After that, I plan to focus on my JD Tyler stuff for a while. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mary Preston says:

    Both my kind of heroes I must say, but there is something rather special about a fire-fighter.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Jo and Suz

    I so love your stories and I am way behind in this series I really need more time and do I have to chose just one I love them both they are strong and yes they just are LOL

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Susan Sey says:

      I think you’re onto something there, Helen. We all just need a little more time with our TBR piles. I think a mandatory week’s vacation to catch up on our reading is on order.

      Somebody pass a law, quick!

    • Morning, Helen…well it’s morning here.

      Why is everyone asking me if they HAVE to choose. Geesh, you’d think I asked an impossible question like which came first? hehehe

      Okay, you can have one of both, if you must. See how generous I am?!

    • Jo Davis says:

      Hi Helen! I have the same problem with my favorite series in my TBR pile–too many of them and not enough time! There are a couple I’ve been wanting to read for month, and I don’t know when I’m going to to between work and the family. But I’ll manage eventually! Happy Reading!

  • Shannon says:

    Congrats on the release. I haven’t heard about this series before.

    Hmm. Cops or Firefighters. I was so thankful for the firefighters and EMTs when I got sick and had to go to the hospital. (In the end all was good). They were caring and professional.

    I would have said that my experience with cops is that they’re stern and no-nonsense. But the cop who took the missing persons report was comfortingly professional. And he looked fine in his uniform. And he took it very well when I screamed. A spider had been hiding out under my purse. I beat it to death with my wallet. He kindly didn’t laugh at the crazy lady.

    • Susan Sey says:

      I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t laugh but…you beat it to death with your wallet? I’m picturing credit cards & quarters a-flying, while a stone-faced cop sits across the desk thinking, “This day will never end.”

      Ha.

      But I’m glad all ended well. I could never do a cop’s job but I’m so glad they can.

    • LOL Shannon!!! I’m dying here! All sorts of images are flying in my head right now and I can see the cop trying not to laugh, but knowing he’s going to later….too funny.

    • Jo Davis says:

      Shannon, I stuck my reply to you in the wrong place! See comment #13. Arg. 🙂

  • Maureen says:

    Congratulations to Jo on her new book! I enjoy reading about both types of heroes though I think firefighters are my favorite.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Truly, what’s not to love? Why not be flexible & open minded? Love the one you’re with, that’s what I say!

    • Morning Maureen. Can’t say I blame you. There’s just something about firefighters!

      A few years back one of my daughters needed a ride twice a week up to a local community college for one class. Being the good mom I happily took her…uhm…the training center for the firefighters was RIGHT NEXT TO THE COLLEGE. Yeah…no ulterior motive here!

    • Jo Davis says:

      Maureen, thanks so much! I agree, firemen hold a special place in my heart. 🙂

  • Cindy Overton says:

    All the male characters Jo writes are sexy, the firefighters, the cops, the shifters 🙂

    Jo, did One Last Kiss get permanently axed??

  • Laurie G says:

    My first thought, firefighters are sexier because of all of the titillating calendars I’ve seen featuring them over the years.

    However in books, they can be equally sexy!
    I’ve enjoyed Kathryn Shay’s and Jill Shalvis’ cops and firefighters.

    I just finished reading BENDING THE RULES by Susan Anderson and her police detective Jason de Sanges was handsome and sexy with lots of attitude!

    I’m looking forward to reading your SUGARLAND BLUE series!

  • Susan Sey says:

    Good morning, Jo & Suz!

    Jo, I have to say, I stand in awe of your ability to keep up with multiple worlds & series! To write so well & release so often is amazing! Congrats on the new release!

    As for the question of the day….I have to admit to a preference for firefighters. The law can be so murky–right, wrong, shades of grey?–but fighting a fire is just sweaty, courageous & heroic. And life is grey enough. In my fiction, I like a straightforward good guy.

    Unless I want that complicated maybe-good-enough guy? Or struggling-to-be-good guy?

    Oh, hell, do I have to choose?

    • Morning, Susan!

      I know, it was a devilishly hard question for me to answer, too! Right now I’m in love with firefighters, but that’s because Deke Reynolds in my newest book is a fire fighter. But when I jump back to the Edgars books…well they’re all law enforcement of some kind or other.

      Sigh! 😀

    • Jo Davis says:

      Well, damn I did it again! I’ll never get used to this system! Your comment is #14, lol.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I love both but I have to admit to being a little more partial to cops. Maybe it’s because I’ve read more books about cops. Plus I love romantic suspense and there is more suspense involved where cops are involved. A fireman might rescue a woman from a burning building but a lot of times the cop continues to be involved by protecting the heroine. At any rate, I read both and enjoy them. I am really looking forward to Suzanne’s new book with its handsome firefighter!

    • Morning, Debbie!

      I see your point about police officers being more involved with the heroines, except…as writers we get to give the firefighters reasons to be involved after the rescue. 🙂

      And I’m glad you’re looking forward to Close To The Fire. I’m working on the last 1/4 at this point! YEA!!

    • Jo Davis says:

      Hi Debbie, I agree that the cop stories lend themselves more naturally to suspense. The police are heroic in a different way. Thanks for stopping by!

  • sandyg265 says:

    I have to go with cops since my boyfriend was one.

  • Jo Davis says:

    Hi Shannon! LOL, I’m glad the cop remained calm when you screamed. The few dealings I’ve had with cops, they’ve been very professional and respectful. Some of them fill out those uniforms very nicely, too. 🙂

  • Jo Davis says:

    Hi Susan! Thanks so much! I think writing the different series is an outlet for me, so I can express myself creatively and not get bored with one genre. It’s fun to switch things up. 🙂 I agree that firemen are more straightforward as heroes–less politics, just rush in and save the day!

  • teresa says:

    Shallow answer: Firefighters because of their uniforms! I do like reading books with firefighters over cops because there are less politics involved.

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Mornin’ everyone! Hi Jo!!! (Waves madly)

    Well, with all due respect to the officers who protect us each day…I pick firemen.

    I mean yanno, they got axes….yeah…axes….

  • Joye says:

    For me, fitness is sexy so I would have to say a fireman-they seem to be in much better shape than some policemen

  • Karen Hefner says:

    I love all of Jo’s books! I have to choose the firefighters!!!

  • Minna says:

    Fire fighters, since some years ago I lived in a building that was very close to the station. Which turned out to be a very good thing, since someone had managed to set their bed on fire in the 1st floor (he had probably fallen asleep with a burning cigar -and smoking inside wasn’t even allowed in the building). The staircase was like the inside of a chimney.

  • Cassondra says:

    Fantastic excerpt, Jo! You write the best heroes. Swoon worthy, every one.

    I like both, but I’d have to go with firefighters I think. The reason for that is pretty pragmatic. The firefighters tend to get a little less jaded because of their jobs I think. The law enforcement officers have a much harder time remembering to see the good in people, because they so often have to deal with the worst society has to offer. I see them both as heroes though, and a really fit young officer in his gear and his body armor is sexy as hell, too, especially when you see him doing something like helping a blind man across the street, or stopping to save a hurt dog, or blocking traffic, light bar flashing, to allow a momma duck and babies to cross the street. I’ve seen every one of those happen. Two of my neighbors are LEOs, and both of them have had enough of “people” over the years, but show them an old person in need of help, or an animal in trouble, and they turn into great big puddles of mush. :0)
    Okay so maybe I really do like both. *grin*

    • Jo Davis says:

      Cassondra, thank you so much! I love writing my heroes and it makes me happy to know readers love them too. 🙂 Both cops and firemen are so heroic, I agree!

  • bn100 says:

    either

  • catslady says:

    I have to go with fireman. The thoughts of getting burned is just terrible and they face that every day. Their jobs are more cut and dry, save lives and stop burning buildings. And I would assume they have to stay in shape to do those jobs lol.

  • Becke says:

    Congrats on the release. Intriguing setup.

    Cops or firemen? I that’s kind of like asking me my favorite genre. A sexy man is a sexy man regardless of his uniform or lack thereof. ;o)
    b

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Hi Jo! Hi Suz!

    In His Sights is not-so-patiently waiting for me to start reading. I need more hours in the day!

    You know, before you started publishing the Sugarland Blue novels I would have chosen your firefighters as my favorites. Now? Nope. Can’t do it. I love them all equally! 🙂

    • Jo Davis says:

      Hi PJ! I hear you about needing more time! My TBR pile is huge, but alas work comes first! 🙂

      Aww, thanks–I love both my Station Five boys and my cops too! I get my fix on both writing these books when their paths cross in the stories. I hope you enjoy Chris’s story!

  • Cathy P says:

    Congrats on your new release, Jo! Loved the excerpt. I like both policemen and firemen equally because the both risk their lives for people every day, and that makes them sexy.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I am a bit prejudiced, but I have to say cops. Our own deputy police officer has been nicknamed “McDreamy”, thanks to yours truly 🙂 And in less than a week’s time everyone was calling him that.

  • Bube says:

    Congrats on new release 🙂
    Fireman or Cops?
    Hm,can I have both? 😀