Thursday, December 12, 2013


I was harassing my poor father the other day on facebook. Evidently, a friend of his asked him what type of books I write. My dad -- bless him -- couldn't remember the term "romance novels" so how did he respond?

"She writes sex books."

Oh, boy.

It's not totally my father's fault, I guess. He hasn't read Primal Instinct yet, doesn't really understand that it's a romantic suspense book, complete with a serial killer and everything. And, I have to admit, when I first told him I had sold the novel to Harlequin Intrigue, all I told him was that it was about an FBI agent.

Oh, and I told him that this would be the cover:
My dad's response: "But, I thought he was an FBI agent. Where does he keep his weapon and his badge?" Maybe this picture explains a little of the sex-book talk. :-)

But today I got THE REAL COVER of Primal Instinct! Hot off the virtual presses from Harlequin HQ, here is the official cover for Primal Instinct that will be available March 18, 2014:

The back cover copy got changed a bit too. I like it:
A killer stalks the city streets, and one FBI agent is determined to bring him down in Janie Crouch's Primal Instinct. 

On the crowded streets of San Francisco, a serial killer watches and waits. Known only as "Simon Says," he lures his next victim while the FBI grasps for answers. Desperate, they turn to Adrienne Jeffries. Adrienne has an uncanny talent for getting inside the city's most dangerous minds. But first she'll have to get past FBI agent Conner Perigo. Skeptical of Adrienne's abilities, Conner begrudgingly enlists her help…unprepared for the powerful attraction that could jeopardize their focus. With little time, and everything to lose, they must work to find Simon's next victim—before he does.
(Back cover copy I originally submitted was:
Ten years ago Adrienne Jeffries was a profiler for the FBI with a talent so remarkable she became known as the bloodhound -- someone who could sense and track evil. But the price she paid for her abilities was too high, costing her almost everything. So she left the Bureau with no intention of ever returning.
FBI Agent Conner Perigo is trying to catch a killer who has eluded his team at every turn. He will use any means available -- including an unwilling ex-profiler with some sort of hocus-pocus abilities -- if it means finally getting ahead of the killer. What he doesn't expect is his attraction to Adrienne or his desire to protect this vulnerable beauty.

And she needs his protection, especially now that it seems the killer has targeted Adrienne as his next victim.
I think the new copy is better, tighter.)
My first book, my first cover  -- I must admit I was quite nervous, but I love it. I can't help but hope that everyone will be as thrilled with it as I am.


  1. Janie! I love your cover :) you must be so excited!

  2. Congrats Janie!!
    Way to write "sex books"! :) Proud of you! (where do you find the time????)

  3. This cover is awesomesauce! I'll be the first one buying the book. :-)