Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): JL Crosswhite & Special Assignment

Posted August 2, 2019 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Jennifer Crosswhite, mystery/suspense, romance / 7 Comments

I’m delighted to welcome JL Crosswhite to the blog today to chat about her new book Special Assignment!

SERIES: Hometown Heroes #3
Inspirational Romantic Suspense

RELEASE DATE: August 2, 2019
PAGES: 385

She’s trying to save her company. He’s trying to salvage his reputation. Only one of them can be right.

Vice president of operations Melissa Ellis might have met the first challenge she couldn’t overcome. Her company is hemorrhaging money, and her boss blames her. The deeper she digs, the more trouble she finds. She turns to the one person who can help: the confident and dangerously charming Scott Blake.

Naval aviator Scott “Superman” Blake is recovering from the accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. Driven to salvage his reputation and regain his career, he must prove it wasn’t pilot error. When Melissa asks for his help, he jumps at the chance to spend more time with her and salvage his name. But if he’s right, he’ll take her company down.

When their investigation turns up a bigger problem than software glitches, Melissa is caught in the crosshairs of their unknown enemy. As they work together, their casual flirtation turns to something much deeper. Can they make a relationship work, or will it crash and burn?

As the stakes rise and the clock ticks, can they figure out who’s behind the danger before someone else dies. Or will they lose everything, including each other?

Special Assignment is book 3 in the Hometown Heroes series, but it can be read as a stand alone. If you like Christian romantic suspense and nail-biting page turners, you’ll love this journey of risk and trust. Buy Special Assignment and jump into the adventure today.

Thanks for having me. I’m excited to talk about my latest book, Special Assignment.

I’m a mom to two young adults. In my other life, I run a publishing services company. I love hiking, being outdoors, and fixing things up. I love writing romance because I think there’s something there that appeals to a woman’s heart. And no matter how hard I try, I always throw in some suspense. My mind can’t help but ask, “What if?”

My latest book, Special Assignment, is the final book in the Hometown Heroes series, and it was the hardest to write. Partly because when I conceived the series idea many years ago, I only had about two sentences for this book. So when it came time to write it, I had to come up with a plot out of pretty much nothing. And of course I decided to write about a couple of subjects I knew very little about!

I wanted to explore how doing the right thing can come with a high cost. And how we navigate our futures when everything we’ve dreamed about comes crumbling down. Both the hero, Scott, and the heroine, Melissa, have to make hard choices.

Because the hero, Scott, is a naval aviator, I wanted to give him a big challenge to overcome. So I gave him a traumatic brain injury, a TBI. This has become a big issue in the news lately, and the military has become active in diagnosing and treating TBI in service members. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) TBI Recovery Support Program Network helps service members locate a center for coordinated treatment for them, their family members, and caregivers. You can find out more at

One of the interesting things about giving Scott a TBI, is that the brain heals at its own rate. He’s a go-getter, used to pushing hard and being in control. And you can’t do that with a TBI. So Scott has a lot of challenges, and his life has been turned upside down. As a writer, that gives me a lot of material to work with! And I think as a reader, many of us can identify with having our lives turned upside down and not really knowing which is the way forward.

One of the fun things about writing this book was that I got to have my characters go to a few of my favorite places. One of those places is Holcomb Valley near Big Bear Lake, California. There you can take a self-guided tour of the old mining area. I’ve done it many times, so it was fun to have my characters experience it. Here are a few photos.



Another fun place they went to was the top of Mount San Jacinto via the Palm Spring Tram. The tram takes you two and a half miles above the Coachella Valley floor. For those of us who don’t like heights, it definitely makes your stomach wobbly. But it’s worth it to get to the top and have the amazing views. Here are a few photos of that.



You can get the Hometown Heroes prequel novella, Promise Me, if you sign up for my Insider Updates at And you can follow me on social media if you want to see my latest adventures and where I find inspiration for my books!

Thanks for having me! This was a lot of fun!

thank you so much, Jennifer! what beautiful settings!

JL Crosswhite’s favorite thing is discovering how much there is to love about America the Beautiful and the great outdoors. She’s an Amazon bestselling author, a mom to two navigating the young adult years while battling her daughter’s juvenile arthritis, exploring the delights of her son’s autism, and keeping gluten free. A California native who’s spent significant time in the Midwest, she’s thrilled to be back in the Golden State. Follow her on social media to see all her adventures and how she gets inspired for her books!

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JL Crosswhite is offering an ebook copy of Special Assignment to one of my readers! (Open internationally except where prohibited by law.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What is something from Jennifer’s post that most interested you?

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7 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): JL Crosswhite & Special Assignment

  1. JudyHewitt

    I loved how she came up with the plot. As the title of her blog suggests, reading is her superpower. Reading can help us to connect with parts of our own story. I also loved the photos.

  2. Natalya Lakhno

    The research is fascinating! I live in Cali, haven’t visited Big Bear Lake yet 🙂

  3. Linda Palmer

    The story sounds interesting because it’s curious how people deal with their lives when things seem to fall apart. That’s the difference between Christians and non-Christians. I’d love to read the story.

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