This week we’re continuing our interview with Jack, Emily’s love interest in the upcoming Hell to Pay (What Doesn’t Kill You, #7). Normally these interviews are one-on-one, but Jack proved to be as hard to get an answer from as I’d been warned, so this week Emily is coming to encourage him a little.

Before we get started, if you haven’t read their first adventure yet—Heaven to Betsy (What Doesn’t Kill You, #5): An Emily Romantic Mystery—you’d better hurry, because their final novel is coming March 26th!! Here’s a chance to win Heaven to Betsy before then. I’m giving away 50, so your odds are good!


Pamela: Hello, you two. Great seeing you.

Emily: It’s nice being back. And I’m so sorry that last week Jack wasn’t more—

Jack: Comfortable.

Emily: I was going to say cooperative.

(Jack reaches for Emily’s hand and kisses the knuckles, then holds it on his leg.)

Pamela: So how would you describe Jack, Emily? The strong, silent type?

Emily: In the beginning I would have called him eccentric, mute, and obtuse.

Jack: (left eyebrow lifts) Hey now.

Emily: I said in the beginning. Now he talks around me more. He still doesn’t answer a question straight on, but he can be pretty funny.

Jack: (nods) I’m very funny.

Emily: (shakes her head) I wouldn’t go that far, babe.

Pamela: Which is of you is the cover hog?

Simultaneously, Jack and Emily: Her/him.

Pamela: The neat freak?

They both point to Jack.

Pamela: The spark plug?

They point to Emily.

Pamela: What do your parents think of Jack?

Emily: He has my mother completely bamboozled. Dad’s the bigger surprise, though. He respects Jack and he’s grateful to him.

Pamela: No lingering resentment over Jack prosecuting him and sending him to prison?

Emily: Dad knows he got a fair shake.

Jack: John did the wrong thing for the right reasons. He’s solid.

They smile at each other, the eye contact prolonged, and the air crackling with electricity.

Pamela: I must say, you two do seem to, um, like each other.

Jack: Yep.

Emily: (laughs)

Pamela: Okay, last few questions and then I’ll let Jack pick a book club question for this month. Emily, what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen Jack do?

Emily: Jack is Mr. Conservative. I think the wildest I’ve seen him get is driving five miles over the speed limit.

Jack: (mumbles) I thought it was a 45-mile per hour zone.

Pamela: And the craziest thing you’ve ever seen Emily do?

Jack: Maybe it was crawling after an armed man into a pitch black mine shaft.

Emily: It was to rescue two teenage runaways who’d witnessed a murder and are very dear to me!

Jack: (shakes his head) Yeah, but still crazy. But that craziest thing she’s done is take a chance on me.

Emily: (turns to him): Ahhh, that’s so sweet. (leans in and kisses him)

Pamela: Whoa, whoa, whoa, you guys, before you start that I need a book club question from Jack.

Jack: (straightens up) From Earth to Emily: Can you forgive Jack for keeping secrets? (he nods, a serious look on his face but his amber eyes twinkling)

Emily: (snorts)

Pamela: Has Jack struck a nerve with that question, Emily?

Emily: Ask me again after people read Hell to Pay.

Pamela: Will do. Thanks you two. Now go get a room.



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