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Congratulations again to the 4 romantic suspense RITA® nominees! We really enjoyed having this chance to meet you individually. And thanks for submitting your first lines, smoking-hot covers and back cover blurbs. We wish you all the best of luck on Awards Night!
And now announcing this week’s lucky winners!
JUSTICE FOR SARA by Erica Spindler goes to: JULIE O
THE KILLING GAME (DIGITAL COPY) by Toni Anderson goes to: CARMEN PACHECO
OFF THE EDGE by Carolyn Crane goes to: DIANE SALLANS
THRILL RIDE by Julie Ann Walker (2 signed copies) go to: DOMINIQUE BROTHERS and ELLEN CULVERWELL
WINNERS: Please click on the CONTACT US link above, and let us know where the nominees can send your books. Remember, you have 10 days to respond and this giveaway is only eligible to readers in the Continental US. (Sorry everyone else!) :(
Thank you to ALL the many, many commenters who stopped by this week! It was so exciting hosting the 4 RITA® RS nominees and we appreciate you joining us.
Be sure to check in next week when we host Laura Griffin and learn about her upcoming release–her hardcover debut–FAR GONE!
Welcome 2014 RITA® romantic suspense nominee Julie Ann Walker!
Her nominated novel is: THRILL RIDE
HER FIRST LINE IS: “They say he’s gone rogue.”
HE’S GONE ROGUE
Ex-navy SEAL Rock Babineaux is as Cajun as they come—spicy, sexy, and more than a bit wicked. But would he actually betray his country? Even his best friends on the special-ops Black Knights team aren’t sure they can trust him. Now the target of a massive manhunt, Rock knows the only way to protect the team—especially his partner, Vanessa—is to run…
SHE WON’T BACK DOWN
Rock might think he can outmaneuver them all, but he hasn’t counted on how stubborn Vanessa Cordero can be. And she refuses to cut him loose. Sure, her partner has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good because she and Rock are about to get very tight…
Julie Ann Walker is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series. She is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She’ll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. You can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.
For more information on Julie Ann Walker: (just go to our Nov 7th blog; she guest-hosted!)
Julie Ann is generously giving away 2 signed copies of THRILL RIDE to 2 lucky commenters.
Check back tomorrow to see if you won!
Welcome 2014 RITA® romantic suspense nominee Carolyn Crane!
Her nominated novel is: OFF THE EDGE
HER FIRST LINE: Laney Lancaster avoided the restaurant host’s patient gaze, trying to think what to say, hyper-aware that he was waiting, one hand on the back of the chair she was to sit in.
SHE MAY BE HIS WORST ENEMY…
For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in a Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past.
HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE…
He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend.
They might be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts.
After spending her youth thoroughly obsessed with Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy and convinced that her suburban neighborhood was awash in dangerous secrets, Carolyn Crane grew up to write romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and other tales of adventure and love; she also writes erotic romance about bank robbers as Annika Martin. Her books have been published by Random House and Samhain, and she indie publishes, too. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two cats and works a straight job as a freelance marketing writer. During rare moments when she’s not at her computer, she can be found reading in bed, running, or helping animals.
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Carolyn is generously giving away a digital or print copy of OFF THE EDGE to one of our commenters.
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Welcome 2014 RITA® romantic suspense nominee Toni Anderson!
Her nominated novel is: THE KILLING GAME
HER FIRST LINE: Dmitri chewed a piece of dried meat, then swallowed a lump of gristle.
Wildlife biologist Axelle Dehn isn’t about to let anyone harm her endangered snow leopards—not the poacher intent on killing them, nor the soldier who wants to use them as bait. But Axelle is unknowingly entangled in a conflict that stretches back three decades, a conflict that could spark a war between two of the world’s great nations.
British SAS soldier, Ty Dempsey, is on a mission to hunt down an infamous Russian terrorist in a remote region of Afghanistan. Dempsey hasn’t failed a mission yet, but when Axelle is kidnapped by the Russian, he is forced to choose between duty and his heart.
He risks everything to save the determined, prickly woman he’s fallen for, but in doing so sparks a deadly series of events that threaten to expose the most successful spy in history. A spy who will destroy anyone who gets in his way.
Toni Anderson is a New York Times & USA Today best-selling author of Romantic Suspense. A former marine biologist, Anderson travelled the world with her work. After living in six different countries, she finally settled down in the Canadian prairies with her husband and two children. Combining her love of travel with her love of romantic suspense, Anderson writes stories based in some of the places she has been fortunate enough to visit.
Toni donates 15% of her royalties from Edge of Survival to diabetes research–to find out why, read the book!
She is the author of nine novels including Dark Waters, Dangerous Waters, and The Killing Game. Her latest release is the first book in a new FBI series called A Cold Dark Place.
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Toni is generously giving a digital copy of her book to one lucky commenter.
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Welcome 2014 RITA® romantic suspense nominee, Erica Spindler!
Her nominated novel is: JUSTICE FOR SARA
HER FIRST LINE: Katherine McCall stood at the broken front gate and stared at the words that had been spray-painted in black across the yellow clapboard siding.
When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall arrived home one night to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death…
Now, ten years later, Kat still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder, receives a chilling, anonymous letter that’s impossible to ignore: “What about justice for Sara?” What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, is the only way to move forward–and to catch Sara’s killer.
But the town she’s come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting—and dying—for.
Erica Spindler is the New York Times and International Chart bestselling author of 30 novels and two eNovellas. Published in 25 countries, She has been called the “Queen of the romantic thriller,” her work lauded as “terrific twisted tales” and “must-reads for suspense fans.”
A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, she received a Kiss of Death Award for her novels FORBIDDEN FRUIT and SEE JANE DIE, won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence for her novel BONE COLD and is a four-time RITA® Award finalist. In 1999, Publishers Weekly awarded the audio version of her novel SHOCKING PINK a Listen-Up Award, naming it one of the best audio mystery books of 1998. Her newest novel, the RITA® Award finalist JUSTICE FOR SARA, is in bookstores now.
Erica lives just outside of New Orleans with her husband and two sons, where she is working on her next romantic thriller, FINDING TRUE.
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Erica is generously giving away a copy of JUSTICE FOR SARA to one lucky commenter!
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Meet Avery Flynn, a petite fashionista with a larger-than-life attitude. Everywhere I’ve encountered her (workshops, Facebook, online writing chapters) she owns the venue with audacious fearlessness. Naturally, when I heard she had a new release out I jumped at the chance to interview her! Because basically I want to be her. (Too fan-girl-stalkerish? OK. Then let’s get to the interview.)
Welcome, Avery! Tell us how you got started writing?
There was a horrible industrial accident when I was stung by an irradiated spider. Wait. Oh you meant in real life? I got a baby blue typewriter as a totally-inappropriate-for-a-six-year-old gift in first grade. I couldn’t spell let alone write much of a sentence, but I wrote stories about my stuffed animals anyway. It turned out to be one of the best gifts ever.
This story is chalk-full of couture names and designer shoes (most of which, I’m ashamed to admit, were lost on me.) Are you a fashionista?
I have fashionista tastes on a Target budget … so yes and no. :) I do love my shoes though. And purses. And dresses. And ….OK, I’m beginning to see why the Fab Mr. Flynn gives me the side-eye whenever I come home from the mall. Really? Mine gives me the stink-eye.
Are you a lingering window-shopper or do you shop for something specific and go home?
Oh my God. My mom is one of those lingerers. She does a whole slow sweep of a store and then goes around again to start her deliberations. It is mind numbing. I am more of a power shopper. Go in, grab it and beat feet. Meeee too! (My husband calls my focused trek through stores “Mall Walking.” I cannot power-walk that fast in any other part of my life–I’ve tried.)
In researching the back-stabbing, power-hungry and drug infested world of high fashion did you watch reality shows like “Project Runway” or “Americas Next Top Model”?
I love both of those shows (don’t judge). I’m not! ;) I also interviewed fashion bloggers, read as much as possible about the industry and watched a ton of documentaries. Then there was the shopping. It was horrid. Ha! How we writers torture ourselves.
Sylvie is a kick-ass heroine whose childhood was spent in an orphanage before being adopted by her 2 fathers. How did you come up with this fresh premise?
That is one of those muse-inspired, middle of the shower ideas when you get so excited you end up with shampoo in your eyes. I wish I could control it better—at least the timing. Then after I got the idea it was so perfect for Sylvie that it really helped to show how she was a real fighter. Parts of her backstory make me tear up even today.
Sylvie Bissette may be one of Harbor City’s youngest glitterati, but only her best friends know her most closely guarded secret. She’s the woman behind The High-Heeled Wonder, a must-read blog for fashionistas everywhere. Gossip, fashion advice, exposés. Too bad some people can’t take a little criticism. When an internet troll discovers her secret identity and escalates from stalking her to threatening her life, Sylvie turns to security expert Tony Falcon for help. The investigator from the other side of the tracks is the olive oil to her Evian water and aggravates her to no end, but it’s not just her temper he’s inciting…
Tony Falcon wouldn’t know a kitten heel from a tabby cat, but since most of the bad guys he tracks down aren’t wearing stilettos, it’s never been a problem…until he meets Sylvie. When a murder investigation leads him to the same place Sylvie works, he realizes the feisty fashionista may be his best chance at catching the criminals who killed his best friend. It all leads back to the cut-throat fashion world.
What is next in the “Killer Style” series and when can we expect it?
THIS YEAR’S BLACK is Ryder’s story and it comes out at the end of May. Ryder goes head-to-head with one of the big wigs at Harbor City’s most luxurious high-end department store and they have to work together to track down an embezzler who has hightailed it to a tropical island off the coast of Chile. It’s not just the climate that’s making things hot between Ryder and Devin.
In non-Killer Style news I have a fun novella coming out April 14, BETTING THE BILLIONAIRE. It’s all sorts of smexy fun with a car-loving heroine and a bad boy billionaire who is way too used to getting his way. :) Car-loving? Bad boy? I’m pre-ordering!
There are so many. Alive I’d have to go with Michael Kors, Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney. Dead I’d have to go with Alexander McQueen and Coco Chanel.
Food you make a pig of yourself for?
Oreos. We can’t have them in the house. I will eat the whole bag.
That’s like asking my favorite book. How do I pick? If you force me, I’ll go with Usual Suspects. I love the twist. Love. It.
What question did I NOT ask that you’d like readers to know about you?
Um …. how I survive when my writing partner is a dog who is trying to kill me with poisonous farts? Seriously. It’s a murder just waiting to happen and you, Kiss and Thrill readers, will be the only ones able to solve the case. Just tell the cops, “Gravy did it.”
Snicker! Thank you SO much for visiting Kiss and Thrill today, Avery! ‘See’ you on your Facebook FRIDAY MAN WARS. (Readers: You don’t want to miss Fridays…go ‘like’ her page immediately.) https://www.facebook.com/avery.flynn.7
TWITTER: @AveryFlynn, WEBSITE: http://www.AveryFlynn.com
Q of the Day: What style, pattern or era of clothing is an eyesore to you?
Comment below for a chance to win a digital copy of HIGH-HEELED WONDER.
(Check back Thursday to see the lucky winner.)
Is this the smoking hot sex scene you submitted to a contest and won?
Ha, what a way to start! I was going to thank you for hosting me today, but…
Just kidding. ;-) Yes, the first big love scene between Mick and Jenna is the one I submitted to the Between the Sheets contest back in 2011. I received perfect scores from two of three editors/agents, but the competition must have been fierce because I took 2nd place.
2nd Place?! I find that hard to believe. :(
Oh, hello K&T readers. Sorry to start the interview without formally introducing you to today’s author. You see, she’s one of our own and we are SO PROUD OF HER! Scroll down a couple of inches and Gwen Hernandez’s picture is on the left…there she is! Today is her debut of BLIND FURY. I had the honor (i.e., beat out everyone else pictured on the left) to read it in advance and host her today. I can assure you BLIND FURY is a fast-paced, can’t-put-down read. Ask my husband…his dinner was burned; a sure sign that this is an author headed for the best-seller lists.
So let’s get back to the interview: Tell us how you were able to make Mick so authentic? Specifically: suppressing the daily horror he faced fighting terrorists, the ‘itch’ to return to that life-or-death existence once he came home and the genuine brotherhood camaraderie/lingo?
I’m so glad you found Mick authentic. I read a lot of books, blogs, and articles about military and private security contractors (PSCs), but the book that really brought Mick to life for me was Big Boy Rules by Steve Fainaru. It’s about PSCs in Iraq and what motivates them to work in that environment. The Long Walk by Brian Castner, about a former EOD officer trying to leave the war behind, is another good one.
Some of my sense for how men interact comes from my reading, but it also comes from years of working in male-dominated fields or workplaces. Oh, and I’m an Army/Navy brat who spent time in Air Force training, and married an Air Force officer, so that helps too. ;-)
One major mystery in BLIND FURY is a dark secret Mick promised to keep from the sister of his dying best friend. (And he keeps it from us, readers, it’ll drive you crazy!) This secret ultimately puts their lives in danger, but he promised. Did you know in advance what the (mind-blowing) secret would be, or did you hope to come up with something as you wrote the story?
I had a pretty good idea of what the secret would be when I started, though some of the specifics changed over time.
When did you conceptualize this plot and what triggered it?
I started this book back in 2010, and the initial spark came from reading Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill. He was writing about the scandal surrounding Blackwater (private security company) and its contractors, and I wanted to explore what it would be like to be a good guy working in that type of environment.
Any current actor/actress in mind for Mick and Jenna, when Hollywood calls (and they will!)
I would love it if Hollywood called (thank you!), but I’m awful at finding actors to match the vision in my head. Bodies are easier though. I think Blind Fury’s cover captures Mick’s physique quite nicely. ;-)
You’re so very polite! I would have said: “I think BLIND FURY’S cover captures Mick’s smokin’ hot bod just fine!” ;)
The cover mentions A Men of Steele Novel. What is Steele and how many novels are planned for this series?
Steele refers to Steele Security, which admittedly is a pretty loose connection in Blind Fury. Mick’s friend, Kurt Steele, has a company that provides personal security and security assessments. In this book, Kurt and some of his guys help out Mick and Jenna, but they’ll be the heroes in the later books. I have a least four stories in mind so far.
Any tentative publishing dates and titles we can look forward to?
Right now I’m working on a short novel starring Jenna’s friend, Tara, who will get her happily ever after with a new guy at Steele. ;-) Her book, Blind Justice, should be out by May of this year.
Beyond that, I’m hoping to get Blind Ambition (Dan’s book) done before fall, and one more as-yet-untitled book (Kurt’s story) out early next year.
(Readers: get to work thinking up a Blind __ title.)
Because of your husband’s work your family has moved many times. Where have you lived and which place was your favorite? Why?
If you go back to my childhood, the list gets really long—if I had a theme song, it would be “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash—but my husband’s Air Force career has taken us to Oklahoma, Ohio, California, Virginia/DC, and Alabama. We’re back in Virginia now, but hoping to get to California again (or Europe). I’m a west coast, beach girl at heart.
Meeee tooo! Fingers crossed you’re transferred to Orange County and I can live in your garage apt. (Hey, a girl can dream!)
As Supreme Goddess of Scrivener (software for authors), you’ve been famous in the writing world long before this debut release. Which was easier—writing fiction or a detailed, humorous Dummies book?
Ha, I could get used to Supreme Goddess. ;-) Not sure about famous, but maybe known in certain circles. (See Readers? She’s so very polite! She’s crazy-famous to us writers.) Writing Scrivener For Dummies was definitely easier. My sense of humor is a good match for the Dummies line, and I wrote a lot of technical documentation in the years before I turned to writing for fun. Plus, I can outline like a champ for nonfiction, but I’m a complete seat-of-the-pants writer with my fiction. That was quite a shock to this left-brained gal, but I’ve learned to go with it.
On to the nosy, mind-your-own-business type of questions our readers have been waiting for! Novel you are presently reading?
I’m between books, but I just finished Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare. Loved it.
Food you make a pig of yourself eating?
Corn tortilla chips. And Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Sometimes together.
(Tiny gagging sound.) How…uh…unusual. Favorite movie or TV show?
I have such a hard time picking favorites, but my current TV obsession is BBC’s Sherlock.
Meeee tooo! Benedict Cumberbatch (sigh.) I even like saying his name…
Well, I know you’re a private person, so I’ll stop being nosy (perhaps Carey can throw in her famous ‘lightning round’ in the comments section…snort!) On a serious note: We are SO thrilled for your romantic suspense debut, Gwen, and I personally cannot recommend this riveting story enough!
And now you’ve officially finished your very first K&T romantic suspense interview! :)
Thanks so much for hosting me today, Sarah!
Gwen is giving a free copy of BLIND FURY to one lucky commenter. Answer both of these questions (if you dare!): “Have you ever had an important or huge secret to keep? Did you keep your promise or spill the beans?”
Check back on Friday to see if you won!
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Please join us February 27th, when Sharon interviews Heather Ashby. Heather will tell us everything about her newest release, Forget Me Not, and her sexy hero, Sky Crawford.
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