Get Scorched with Laura Griffin

I always look forward to a new Laura Griffin book, and Scorched—of which I received an advance reading copy (yes, you should be jealous)—didn’t disappoint. The main characters, Kelsey and Gage, first met in the novella Unstoppable, which was a sexy, suspenseful read.

In Scorched they get their own full blown story.

Laura always gives us hot, stoic, alpha men, and Gage is no exception. Unlike many of her previous heroes though, he isn’t law enforcement. He’s a Navy SEAL. And in this book, a good portion of the action takes place outside of Texas. But the Delphi center and your favorite Tracers still have a strong presence.

Scorched delivers more of Laura Griffin’s trademark twists and steamy suspense. You won’t want to miss it. Read on to learn more about Laura’s research for the book.

One commenter wins a signed copy of Scorched, so be sure to let us know you stopped by!

Thanks for inviting me back to Kiss & Thrill, Gwen! I am so excited to celebrate this release day with you all.

My favorite part of writing takes place before I type a single word. It’s the beginning part, when I get to know my characters and start envisioning their adventure together.

Scorched was a particular thrill because I had so much fun with the research. To learn about my hero, Gage Brewer, I read up on Navy SEALs and then interviewed a few—and yes, they are just as impressive in person as they are in fiction!

Gage’s love interest is no less fascinating. As a forensic anthropologist at the Delphi Center crime lab, Kelsey Quinn studies bones to provide leads for homicide investigators. To learn about Kelsey’s character, I interviewed forensic anthropologists and visited a decomposition research center, otherwise known as a body farm.

Ewww, right?

I was a little wary at first, but it turned out to be fascinating. I enjoyed every minute of it and pestered each person I met with tons of questions.

When Scorched begins, Kelsey and Gage are (literally) worlds apart, with Gage and his SEAL teammates on a daring rescue mission in the Indian Ocean and Kelsey leading a humanitarian dig in the Philippines. At the story’s outset, both are harboring regrets about their failed relationship. But when fate brings them together again through a murder investigation in which Gage is the prime suspect, Kelsey and Gage are forced to reach some sort of truce in order to survive the storm of events coming their way.

Kelsey and Gage’s story has all the elements I love to write—mystery, forensic twists, some fun action scenes. And then there’s the falling-in-love part, which I like best of all. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too.

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Happy reading!

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About Gwen Hernandez

Author of SCRIVENER FOR DUMMIES & the Men of Steele romantic suspense series. Manufacturing engineer turned writer. Scrivener instructor, runner, reader, explorer, Kung Fu sifu, AF spouse, mom, vegan.

Posted on October 30, 2012, in Author Spotlight, Gwen Hernandez and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. Laura, Congratulations on your latest release. I’m fascinated that you actually went to a body farm to perform research for this book. Can you tell us more about that experience?

    • Hi Lena,
      It was really interesting. Not only do they have a collection of human bones, they also keep a huge collection of animal bones for comparison. Often people find bones in isolated areas, and part of a forensic anthropologist’s job is to determine whether they are human or not, so the police know whether there needs to be an investigation. Sometimes people report discovering “child” bones, but really it’s a small mammal, such as a raccoon.

  2. Yay! Kelsey and Gage back together again! Don’t you just love the research you get to do for your books? We as readers get to visit exotic places and go behind the scenes and *get dirty* because of all that valuable research. I really do love this series.

  3. Hi Laura- welcome back!
    We at Kiss and Thrill are about to celebrate our 1st anniversary together, and I honestly think you’ve published 3 or 4 novels in that time!

    As always I am fascinated with the depth and scope of your research. How on earth did you call up the Navy Seals for an interview? And do they have a base in TX??

    My biggest surprise about them is how involved they’ve been in Afghanistan. When I think Navy Seals I think ocean, not land-locked mountains and desert. In fact when the news broke about Osama’s death I thought: “where the heck were the Special Forces?” (Green Beret’s.)

    • One of the interesting things I learned about SEALs is that many retire to join various areas of law enforcement. I was put in touch with the SEAL I interviewed through a contact at the FBI.
      Another interesting fact, SEALs specialize in oceans, but they are now doing missions in practically any terrain around the world. They are extremely adaptable, which makes them so much fun to write about.

  4. Sending thoughts and prayers to all our K&T members and readers out there battling The Storm!!! Hang in there.

  5. this looks like such a good book!!!!!

  6. Welcome, Laura! We’re so glad to have you here for your release day. SCORCHED sounds like my favorite kind of read!

  7. My thoughts are with our K&T sisters and readers on the East Coast. I’m anxiously waiting to hear everyone has weathered the storm and is okay.

  8. Laura: Happy release day! Thanks so much for being with us today.

    Amazingly, I still have power. Not sure about the rest of the ladies over here. Diana and Krista live closer to the coast than me, and Sharon’s power seems to go out a lot. Keeping my fingers crossed for them.

  9. Hi Laura,

    Congratulations on your release day. Wow, your books sounds like it has everything! Navy SEALs, forensic anthropology and falling in love.

    I’m also curious about how you contacted both the SEALs and the body farm. Being a Virginian, I’ve run across all types of Navy guys (I even married one) but I don’t know that I’ve talked to anyone who identified himself as a SEAL. *sighs*

    Thanks for being here today. And now I have a book to buy from Barnes and Noble when it opens for business next week!

    • Hi Mary,
      I have interviewed a number of forensic anthropologists. Several are people whose books I read and then I reached out to them through email or a their web sites. Several are people who are affiliated with a university, so I was able to contact them through the university. This can be a good way of reaching out to experts, I have found. Some people are too busy to talk to you, but some people don’t mind at all. I was put in touch with the SEALs through a contact at the FBI. An old habit from my reporter days is I always hang on to people’s contact info in case I have a question down the road.

  10. I love your books, Laura! Unstoppable was fabulous! Can’t wait to read Scorched!

  11. Laura we are so happy to have you back! Congrats on your new release. It sounds Amazing. What’s new ? 🙂 I have to say that as fascinated as I am by the Seals, I am even more fascinated by the body farm. Field trip anyone?

  12. Happy release, Laura! I always enjoy your books.

  13. Thanks so much, Na. Hope you will like this one, too!

  14. Laura, I love Kelsey and Gage and am so happy to see they have their own book! I hope you and the book have great success!
    I’m glad you’re okay, Gwen. We had a few scary hours of power going off and surging back on, but everything seems to be on for good. I loved this interview and can’t wait to read this book. And I’m eerily fascinated by the body farm. Must be the Halloween season getting to me. LOL.

  15. Just finished reading SCORCHED! (What? I realise it was released today, but with everything being closed yesterday for Superstorm Sandy, I spent all day in lab planning the week’s experiments and waiting for reagents that didn’t arrive, so I had loads of down time). Kelsey & Gage are some of my favourite characters, so seeing them back for another adventure was legend. I know I say this every time, but this may be my favourite Tracers story yet! Also, I’m convinced my siblings and I would fit perfectly at the Delphi Centre: the eldest is a chemist, the youngest an anthropologist (who’d be over the moon being near a body farm!), and I’m a microbiologist intimately acquainted with PCR so Mia wouldn’t be alone :D.

    I’ve turned my mum into a huge Tracers fan as well, so she’s definitely getting this for the holidays. She wouldn’t mind an autographed copy… just sayin’ :P.

    • Cool, Cris! You would fit in well at Delphi.

      I finished my copy in a day too. 🙂 Hard to put down.

    • Yay! I am so glad you liked SCORCHED, Cris. Can’t believe you are finished already! My mom hasn’t even started yet 🙂
      I think you guys would make great Tracers. Sounds like you come from a family of brainy scientists.
      Hope your mom will like the book, too!

  16. Liz Lincoln Steiner

    Can’t wait to read your latest! Seems so many of my favorite RS authors have either moved to straight suspense, or gone paranormal. It’s harder to find a good romantic suspense, so that makes your books even more valuable to me.

  17. Congrats on the upcoming release, Laura. Are there any forensic science TV shows you enjoy?

  18. I’m so glad Kelsey and Gage now have their own book! Thanks for stopping by Laura. Great job Gwen, and lots of luck to all of us suffering with Hurricane Sandy.

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