Inside the Book:
Title: Viral Justice
Author: Julie Rowe
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Romantic Suspense
With Alicia at his side, Max must lead the team into northern Iraq to investigate a virus—or is it a weapon—killing the area's population. Charged with guarding his body, she can't help wanting his hands on her body. Max would be the perfect fling. But he demands more.
The heat builds between them, but danger quickly follows. As the two get closer to the source of the virus, they'll have to risk their future to outsmart a scientist with nothing to lose.
Why did you choose to write novels in the romantic suspense genre?
I love to write and read about a thrilling plot unfolding while two strong people fall in love. The drama, the action, the self-sacrifice—I love it all!
Where is your book set and why did you choose that location?
The majority of Viral Justice is set in northern Iraq in a remote village that has been overrun by terrorist extremists. An outbreak of some kind is happening, killing a lot of people, and a doctor with a French international aid agency has called for help. My hero, Colonel Maximillian the head of the Biological Response Team, responds by arriving with a small team to identify the pathogen. Unfortunately, things don’t go so well.
I’d like to know more about Viral Justice. Can you give us a little background into why you wrote the novel?
Throughout our history disease, plagues and pandemics have occurred. Some of these diseases killed off millions of people in just a few short years. The Plague, or Black Death, killed somewhere between 25 and 100 million people. Thanks to modern medicine the last great plague was the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919 – which took at least 50 million lives world-wide. Most infectious disease specialists agree we’re overdue for the next one. We’ve had contenders. SARS, the Bird Flu and Ebola are just a few. Biological weapons aren’t fiction, they’re fact. They’ve been used. That prospect is what compelled me to write Viral Justice.
I’d like to know more about the main character. Can you tell us more about him/her?
Colonel Maximillian is a doctor who is driven to care for and protect people. He just can’t do it with a gun. He’s a soldier who goes into combat with his brain as his primary weapon. Alicia Stone is a combat trainer for the Special Forces and is assigned to keep Max alive. Max is an alpha male through and through, so figuring out why he can’t seem to hit what he aims at is one of her goals. The other is to get him naked in bed.
Can you tell us a little about the supporting characters?
Most of the supporting characters are military, with the exception of the villain. He’s a chemist whose family was killed in a friendly fire incident. His rage and grief have driven him to target the American military with his biological weapons.
They say all fiction books have pivotal points in the book where the reader just can’t put the book down. What’s one pivotal point in Viral Justice?
There comes a moment when Max must make the choice to fight, to attempt to kill the villain, to save other lives. Until that point, he’d never been in the position where he HAD to use force. Either he does now or his people will die.
What’s next on your agenda?
I’m working on a spinoff biological terrorism series that takes place inside the continental United States involving the Center for Disease Control and veteran military soldiers.
Meet the Author
Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!”.
In addition to writing contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Carina Press, Julie has short stories in Fool’s Gold, the Mammoth Book of ER Romance, Timeless Keepsakes and Timeless Escapes anthologies. Her book SAVING THE RIFLEMAN (book #1 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. AIDING THE ENEMY (book #3 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2014 Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today’s Parent, and Canadian Living.
You can reach Julie at www.julieroweauthor.com , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor