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:~: Thursday, December 31, 2009 :~:

30 Days of Treasure Hunting! - DAY 15 -MJ Fredrick!

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My guest today is author MJ Fredrick!

A four-time Golden Heart finalist, MJ has been writing since elementary school. She has three novels from Samhain: Hot Shot, Beneath the Surface and Breaking Daylight, and two from The Wild Rose Press: Where There's Smoke and Don't Look Back. She loves helping her characters find their happily ever after!

MJ's newest release is BREAKING DAYLIGHT:

Sergeant Alex Shepard is all about getting the job done. That single-minded purpose helps him forget the fact he hates the jungle as he leads his Special Forces team in search of Honduran drug lord Santiago Saldana. His quarry eludes him, but the woman left behind in the compound is the next best thing. Saldana’s mistress—an American woman who clearly puts her own pleasure over right and wrong.

Isabella Canales has been Saldana’s prisoner for four long years. Worse, he’s taken away her most precious possession. Except Alex doesn’t believe a word of it. The clock is ticking, and she’s frantic to do anything to convince him to take her home. Even agree to serve as bait to draw Saldana out.

As they push through the tangled jungle dodging bullets and ambushes, Alex fights his growing respect for Isabella’s determination—and an attraction that’s impossible to resist, whatever she’s done. But Saldana never lets go of what’s his. And betrayal is his deadliest weapon…

MJ is giving away a copy of HOT SHOT to the person who can answer this question: Which of MJ's books won an Eppie?

Welcome, MJ!!


The dh likes Rescue Me. I watch with him, but it makes me uncomfortable. I told the dh it's because the characters aren't heroic. He countered with, "They save lives, don't they?"

Well, sure.

He continued by saying I just don't like to think of men who do heroic jobs as not having other heroic qualities. I went to bed thinking about this and realized that wasn't it.

The thing that bothers me is that the characters in Rescue Me don't do the right thing. Ever. If they have two choices, they make the wrong one. Every. Time.

Yes, heroes make wrong choices sometimes. But they correct it, or they make up for it, and maybe they had a compelling reason to make that choice in the first place. Those are the characters I find sympathetic, that I can root for.

In Breaking Daylight, my January 5 release, Alex can be an ass. He has a reason for his reaction to Bella, but he’s not a nice guy.

BUT, he does the right thing. He could make the wrong choices, or even make the right choices for the wrong reasons, but he makes the right choices for the right reasons, most of the time, and the more he’s around Bella, the more human he becomes.

What are heroic qualities for you?



Blogger MJFredrick said...

Thanks for having me, Elisabeth!

You can go here to find the answer to the question:

I'll choose from all correct answers at the end of the day!

2:58 AM  
Blogger *ina* said...

Hi MJ!
It's nice to see you here - you are a new author to me, but your books sound great... I like your homepage - can't decide which book I should read first...
Especially the cover of Breaking Daylight is gorgeous *sigh* and the warning made me laugh ;)
the answer to your question is Hot Shot (it won the Eppie Award in March 2009) - congrats on that!
Happy New Year to you and yours!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Leanne109 said...

Hey there! Hot Shot won the Eppie Award in March 2009.


9:02 AM  
Blogger sherry said...

I don't think I've read any of your books but they sound really good. I really like your blogspot.

answer is Hot Shot

9:04 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

Hey MJ...I just had to comment because I LOVE Rescue Me!!

I never thought about the guys being non-heroic. Tommy has serious problems, but he is heroic in ways...there was an episode last season where they visited kids in a cancer ward and when everyone else wanted to turn around and run, he went in and spent time with the kids. There are little nuances to the show I find very heroic, and others where I wonder, "Oh, man. What was he thinking?!"

I do love the show because it gives you great insight into how men think and act and talk. And I just love Denis Leary. ;)

9:06 AM  
Blogger MJFredrick said...

Thanks for all the comments! :)

E, I think I like my heroes more white-washed. We're still at the beginning of Season 3, I think. We stopped at a really hard place for both of us to watch. I think Tommy WANTS to do the right thing, and he knows what the right thing is, but he gives into his baser instincts too much. I remember first season when the one firefighter found out he had a daughter and promptly gave her to his mother! No, no, no! That may be more real, but I prefer more fantasy.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Mary G said...

Hot Shot won. A hero to me is someone who can be strong and gentle at the same time. Someone who is not afraid to apologize if he's wrong. Happy New Year

9:43 AM  
Blogger joder said...

The answer is.....Hot Shot won the Eppie Award in March 2009.

For me, heroic qualities are standing by someone and being supportive no matter what. To be willing to sacrifice your happiness for someone else's. And to admit when you're wrong.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Eva S said...

Hot Shot won the Eppie.

My heroes can be bad boys, but they always end up doing the right thing.

10:36 AM  
Blogger robynl said...

Hot Shot won the Eppie Award in March 2009.
you are a new to me author also; enjoying some excerpts.

2:13 PM  
Blogger booklover0226 said...

Hello, MJ.

Hot Shot won the Eppie Award in March 2009

I look forward in reading your works.

Tracey D

3:44 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Hi, MJ!! Hot Shot's your '09 Eppie winner! Woot!

As for heroic qualities, I think that sometimes heroes do things that don't seem terribly heroic; then there's a chance for them to ultimately redeem themselves by doing the right thing later. So I guess heroism is doing the right thing even when it's hard; it's being willing to work hard for something or someone worthwhile. :)

4:22 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Oops, that's me, flchen1, posting using my husband's account. Sorry!

4:23 PM  
Blogger SiNn said...

congrats and welcome to Elisabeth's blog

ur books sound awesome!

and the answer is


4:29 PM  
Anonymous librarypat said...

Hot Shot won the Eppie.
They all sound like good books.
Have a Great 2010!
librarypat AT comcast DOT net

4:37 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Congrats on the new release MJ. I would want a hero to be level headed under pressure. "Hot Shot" won the Eppie Award.

4:56 PM  
Blogger SiNn said...

and to answer ur question for me the heroic qualitie si think are totally selflesness and willingness to help when no one else will the whole bad boy persona while willing to be soft too

11:51 PM  
Blogger tetewa said...

Glad you could be here and the answer is Hot Shot!

7:34 AM  
Blogger PeggyC said...

"Hot Shot" won the Eppie Award!


A good hero is one who loves you beyond everyone else. You always know you are #1!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Linda Henderson said...

That would be Hot Shot.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Spav said...

Hot shot won the award.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Hot Shot won the Eppie! :)

A hero loves you, faults and all.

12:42 AM  
Blogger Razlover's Book Blog said...

The book that won the Eppie award is "Hot Shot".

My favorite heroes are bad asses who do the right thing(s)at the end are redeemed by love.

12:14 AM  

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