Laura Griffin Exposed

EXPOSED Griffin (5)Writers often say their favorite book is the last one they wrote. My favorite Laura Griffin book always seems to be the last one I’ve read. In this case, it’s EXPOSED, the 7th book in her Tracers series, which releases tomorrow.

EXPOSED pairs an FBI agent with a forensic photographer from the Delphi Center Crime Lab for a suspenseful read that delivers on the romance too. If you’re already a fan of Laura’s stoic heroes and independent heroines, you’ll love EXPOSED. If you haven’t read her yet, you’re missing out.

GIVEAWAY ALERT! (Keep reading for a chance to win.)

Laura was nice enough to stop by to talk a little about EXPOSED and the research she did for the story. Welcome, Laura!

LauraGriffinPic3Thank you for inviting me back to visit Kiss & Thrill! I love this blog and have discovered some wonderful new authors here.

This week is sure to be a roller coaster because it’s release week. Yay! The seventh novel in my Tracers series hits book stores Tuesday and, as usual, I’m feeling jittery. Launching the book is always the nervous part for me. Writing is when all the fun happens.

EXPOSED was especially fun to write because the heroine is a forensic photographer. As soon as I came up with the story idea I immediately thought “field trip!” I love going out to do research in the field. Maybe it’s because of my background as a news reporter, but any time I write a new book I always have to get out there and interview people. In the case of EXPOSED, I interviewed crime scene photographers and learned all about their fascinating job.

EXPOSED is the story of Maddie Callahan, who is a forensic photographer at the Delphi Center Crime Lab, where elite forensic scientists known as Tracers help detectives solve their toughest cases. Maddie is passionate about her work. She considers herself “the eyes of the jury” and makes it her mission to document every detail of a crime scene in order to help bring criminals to justice.

While interviewing crime scene photographers I learned just how important this job is. Photos can be key evidence at trial and an entire murder case may hinge on something as small as a wad of chewing gum or a shard of glass discovered at a scene.

Maddie has a stellar career, but her personal life needs work. Following a serious loss, Maddie is aloof from people and avoids relationships, especially with men…. until she meets FBI agent Brian Beckman. Brian takes an immediate interest in Maddie after one of her photographs becomes key evidence in his investigation. He’s determined to get to know Maddie and get past her defenses. He is also determined to protect her when it becomes clear that her life is in danger because of something she witnessed through her camera lens.

Writing Maddie and Brian’s story was an adventure for me, and I hope you will like it. People ask me all the time if they need to read the Tracers books in order and that’s not necessary. Each book focuses on a different mystery and a different romantic couple.

If you’d like to read a free excerpt, visit http://www.lauragriffin.com/books/exposed.php#excerpt.

Today Laura is giving away a signed copy of EXPOSED (U.S. residents only, please). Leave a comment for a chance to win!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. Her books have won numerous awards, including a RITA, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and the Booksellers Best Award. Laura lives in Austin, Texas. Visit her Web site at www.lauragriffin.com.

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. gwenhernandez.com

Posted on June 24, 2013, in Author Spotlight, Gwen Hernandez and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. Brenda Rumsey

    Congrats Laura on the new book. Love the sound of this book! Laura Griffin writes intense stories that keep you up late at night reading and I would love to read this one. Your love of research comes out loud and strong in your writing as the reader gets drawn in to another world. Thanks for the contest.

  2. Laura,
    This sounds like a really good book! I can’t wait to read it!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a great read. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  4. Laura, you have a winning plot with EXPOSED. I suspect that digital photography along with way photos can be altered so easily these days, complicates your heroine’s job. I always wonder how we/juries can be sure the pictures used as evidence are ‘real.’ Good luck with EXPOSED!

    • Ooh, good point, Rolynn. I suppose a good defense attorney could make life hard for a forensic photographer. That’s when you call the digital data expert in. 😉

    • lauragriffin1

      Hi- this was one of my first questions in the interview. It’s technical but there are ways to see if a photo has been doctored. Loved learning about forensic photography for this book.

  5. Congratulations on the new book, Laura! I’m sure it’s another one that will keep me up all night reading.

    Thank you so much for visiting with us here at just an thrill.

    • lauragriffin1

      Staying up late reading is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Hope you like EXPOSED, Diana. Thanks!

  6. This sounds like a great read! Congratulations on the new book!

  7. Congratulations on the new book. Love the premise of this book & look forward to reading it.

  8. Congratulations on the new book! Your books got me hooked on romantic suspense because they reach the perfect balance. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Yay! I’m so excited to have you here, Laura! I’ve loved your writing since I first picked up Thread of Fear. So many great books later, I scored an early copy of Exposed and was once again blown away by your characterization. I especially loved that Maddie and Brian’s relationship was a May/December thing–though is it still May/December if the older partner is the woman? Enh, who cares. They were totally hot together!

    I’ve been sitting here typing and erasing paragraphs about what it is I especially love about your books. And ultimately I think it all comes down to characters. No matter how complex the mystery or action-packed the take down of the bad guy is, I wouldn’t care about any of it if I didn’t fall in love with your heroes and heroines every time. In every one of your books there’s one scene that sticks with me long after I’ve finished reading. And in EXPOSED it was the scene where Maddie finally tells Brian about the dark incident from her past. Those moments of emotional intimacy between your heroes and heroines are what keep me coming back book after book.

    Hope this one sells like hotcakes!

    Your (non-stalkery) fangirl,
    Manda

    • Manda, you perfectly described what makes Laura’s books so appealing.

      Now I need to go see if my linguistics-obsessed son can tell me where May/December comes from. 😉

    • lauragriffin1

      Hi Manda,
      Thank you so much for your note here! I am very touched that you like the Tracers characters. They feel like friends to me after I spend so much time with them. Thank you for letting me know which scene resonated with you… That happens to be a scene that made me weepy when I first wrote it.
      I appreciate your support of the series!

  10. Laura thanks so much for being here today! I was already psyched to read Exposed (I LOVE the forensic photographer angle) but Manda has now left me no choice except to read it now, rather than wait for my vacation. Dang you, Manda!

    • lauragriffin1

      Ha ha!
      The forensic photographer angle was so much fun. And my sister is a photographer, too, so another good resource. I dedicated the book to her.

  11. I am excited about this book. I love the Tracer series and I can’t wait to meet another member of the Delphi team. Congratulations on the new book Laura.

  12. Welcome back, Laura! The latest book sounds wonderful. It’s going to the top of my TBR pile!

  13. I just love your Tracer series, Laura. And I can’t wait to read this next book. I love the fact you get to go on field trips for your stories. Although the topic is a bit scary, it sounds like fun!

    • lauragriffin1

      Hi Sharon,
      Sometimes I get nervous about the field trips but it always ends up being fun. 🙂 Thanks for reading the series!

  14. Welcome back, Laura (we like to think of your visits like Steve Martin on SNL!) WOW, that really is an interesting plot. Sick with jealousy that Manda got to read it early! 🙂

    I always thought crime scene photographer was just another position in the PD…learn something new!

    BTW, congratulations on the DOUBLE RITA NOMINATION! My fingers and toes are crossed!

    • Sarah: Thanks for bringing up Laura’s double RITA! I forgot to mention that.

      Just a side note, the crime scene techs can be PD or not depending on the city/county. For example in Fairfax County (Virginia), all forensic techs that operate in the field are sworn police officers with a minimum of 5 years on the force. Other places hire civilians. And then in Laura’s books, those who work for the Delphi Center are privately employed and essentially consulting for the local PD. See, I learned something in my citizens police academy. 😉

    • lauragriffin1

      Thank you so much, Sarah! I’m so excited about the RITA-nominations. Can’t wait for Atlanta!

  15. Hi Laura,
    As you know, I Ioved Exposed and rated it 5 stars. The series is so great that, normally, when someone asks which Tracer book is my favorite, I respond the last one Laura wrote!

    Good luck one more day!

    Marijane Diodati

  16. EXPOSED sounds like another 5 star bestseller! I really love the way this series explores so many different facets of forensic investigations.

    • lauragriffin1

      Hi Krista,
      I am currently writing a heroine with your name. Love it 🙂 Thank you for the comment and I’m glad you are liking the Tracers

  17. Laura: Thanks so much for being our guest today! I know that EXPOSED is going to be a huge hit, and I’ll be cheering for you in Atlanta! 🙂

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