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Wanted and Wired
Vivien Jackson




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April 2017
On Sale: April 4, 2017
384 pages
ISBN: 1492648167
EAN: 9781492648161
Kindle: B01N2JSTF4
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Also by Vivien Jackson:
Perfect Gravity, November 2017
Wanted and Wired, April 2017


I love gadgets, bonus for futuristic technomagical ones. If a given gizmo could conceivably appear in both a James Bond film and a Bruce Sterling story, it is sure to twitterpate my fangirl heart. So of course my hero for WANTED AND WIRED had to be plugged in. But this is a romance, right, so less gore and more hotness.

Which of made me think of cars. My first car was a 1966 Mustang (4-barrel 289), and I loved the way that girl roared when she topped out. So, keeping that feeling in mind, the manuscript and I played a bit of what-if.

  • What if Heron, the hero of WANTED AND WIRED, had a really, really fast car?
  • A supercar, in fact?
  • And he could switch between wireless and manual control of that car?
  • What if the car was both armored and armed?
  • What if the control mechanism for the weapon was disguised as a gearshift?
  • But also, because Heron is integrated with the machine, what if that gearshift served other sensory functions for my control-freak, technologically modified dude?

Well, then it might be the hottest car in the history of hot cars.

And heroine Mari? Gets to ride shotgun.


After a while, Mari shrugged and settled down into the leather seat, facing forward. “Well, I’ll work on the bloodthirsty, but it’d be a damn shame if I reformed completely, ’specially before I get to test out your cannon here.” She nodded to the gearshift, still unwilling to let it go.

Out the wing-shaped windows, the desert stretched endless and black with no feds in sight, but she knew they were out there, looking for her. Hunting her. Being prey didn’t feel so stark as long as she had a weapon in her hands.

Especially this weapon. She cricked her index finger, and the emplacement shifted, responding perfectly to her touch. The barrel was way too short for a conventional load at this caliber. Might be electromagnetic. Whatever its inner workings, she was pretty sure it was fully integrated with the car.

And so, she suspected, was Heron.

Mari firmed her fist on the gearshift, slipping her palm down to the base. A corresponding twitch fluttered over his jaw.

Holy crapfire. He felt it.

Felt her grip on the stick, felt her shifting the cannon. Felt her palm tracing in metal the shapes she would like to be making over his body. The certainty bloomed simultaneously in her mind and between her legs.

“You’ll have your chance in about seven minutes.” His voice was tight, clipped.

No way could they be thinking about the same thing. She bit her lip to keep from smiling. “Eh?”

“We don’t have any live targets right now, but we will shortly. My inputs are showing a roadblock up ahead. Their lasers are hot, but our shielding will hold. We will be in range within six minutes.”

She panned her gaze across the desert. She couldn’t see anything yet, which wasn’t surprising considering how fast they were going. But she did discern a shift in the pattern of the black sand horizon, a shudder of shapes. She leaned forward until her forehead mashed against the windshield and turned her head to look up.

She had to let loose of the gearshift when she moved, and she thought she heard Heron sigh. Regret or relief?

But she didn’t have much time to ponder, because right up there, smack-dab in front of them but up in the air, the sky looked a whole lot darker than it had any right to be. No stars, just black, a giant black, and headed right for them.

“Um, Heron? Remember when you said that we were safe from everything but the hand of God?”


“Don’t look up.”

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WANTED AND WIRED by Vivien Jackson


and Wired

A rip-roarin' new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heat, and heart. Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiraling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love sprouts in the most inconvenient places...

Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractive

Heron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what's left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas-sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.

Gun for hire • Texan rebel • always hits her mark

Mari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run, they must trust each other to survive, while hiding devastating secrets. As their explosive chemistry heats up, it's the perfect storm...

Romance Science Fiction [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: April 4, 2017, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492648161 / eISBN: 9781492648178]

About Vivien Jackson

Vivien Jackson

VIVIEN JACKSON is still waiting for her Hogwarts letter. In the mean time, she writes, mostly fantastical or futuristic or kissing-related stories. When she isn’t writing, she’s performing a sacred duty nurturing the next generation of Whovian Browncoat Sindarin Jedi gamers, and their little dogs too. With her similarly geeky partner, she lives in Austin, Texas, and watches a lot of football.






17 comments posted.

Re: Vivien Jackson | A Love of Gadgets makes for...

Wowsers. Thanks for the introduction and excerpt! Love it.
(Kathleen Bylsma 9:14pm April 11, 2017)

Interesting... caught my attention... I am a big superhero fan... my fav Batgirl
(Colleen Conklin 9:36pm April 11, 2017)

My favorite is Iron Man! This sounds like a great read
(Shakeia Rieux 12:05pm April 12, 2017)

Love the excerpt. This sounds very different from most
romance novels that I read. Thanks for the chance.
(Tanja Dancy 12:35pm April 12, 2017)

My favorite is Thor. Sounds interesting. Thank you for the introduction.
(Valerie Miller 8:26am April 12, 2017)

I've always loved the Batman cars! They are sooo sleek and sexy too! I
love that there is something new that always pops up and it has
technology everywhere! Pretty intense intro.
(Tracey Concannon 9:28am April 12, 2017)

Captain America. The GTO.
(Sharon Berger 11:04am April 12, 2017)

My favorite hero is Thor. For enhanced vehicles, I would
have to say that Batman has the best. Look forward to
reading this!!
(Kelly Donovan 3:15pm April 12, 2017)

I really like this premise and am looking forward to reading
this. Thanks.
(Kathleen Bylsma 5:39pm April 12, 2017)

Favorite car(s) are muscle cars.
(Kathleen Bylsma 5:40pm April 12, 2017)

Looks like my kind of book.
(Patricia Zashkoff 8:57am April 13, 2017)

Sounds good. I hope I win.
(Gloria Zimmer 9:27am April 13, 2017)

I've always wanted a James Bond car, with all the cool spy
(Linda Knowles 2:03pm April 13, 2017)

I've always liked KITT from Knight Rider. Always useful and
a fun sense of humor.
(Irene Menge 6:53pm April 13, 2017)

Batman and the Batmobile are my favorites.
(Mary Smith 6:22am April 14, 2017)

I'd forgotten James Bond car as well as Kitt. :)
(Kathleen Bylsma 7:32pm April 14, 2017)

I would love that car!! can't wait to read sounds like a great book
(Jennifer Beck 7:37am April 16, 2017)

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