Rachel Flips for Jill Sorenson’s FREEFALL

I first contacted Jill Sorenson about an interview at Kiss and Thrill after I finished reading CAUGHT IN THE ACT, because I loved not just the story and the characters, but also her writing style. Basically, Jill writes my kind of romantic suspense. Her characters feel real, they make mistakes, they have strong chemistry, and she writes an intense, involved suspense storyline.

freefall_300We set a date for the interview and to prepare, I nabbed a copy of FREEFALL as soon as it was released. Regular readers of this blog may recall my post from last fall about my family’s whitewater rafting trip, Adventures on Dragon’s Tooth, and remember that I love whitewater rafting. So imagine my surprise and joy when I started reading FREEFALL and discovered that this non-stop thriller wasn’t just about mountain climbing, but also included whitewater rafting scenes.

Sexy characters, great plot, and whitewater rafting? I am so in.

Last fall I gave Diana Miller’s DANGEROUS AFFAIRS a 5-bathtub review, but this book is too intense for bathtub reading, so it seems only fair I come up with a new rating.

FREEFALL gets 5-rafts.

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It’s with great excitement I welcome Jill Sorenson to Kiss and Thrill!

Jill: Thanks so much for the invite! I’m happy to be here.

Rachel: The climbing and rafting scenes in FREEFALL felt very authentic. Have you ever been climbing or rafting?

Jill: I haven’t done either! I’m glad the scenes felt real. I researched both sports by reading books and watching documentaries. I also went to a rock climbing gym where I live in San Diego.

Rachel: Do you have plans to go rafting or kayaking in the future?

Jill: I’d love to! My kids are 6 and 9, so we’re almost ready for high-adventure vacations. We’ve done a lot of hiking and camping as a family.

Rachel: A few years ago I tried to arrange a one-day rafting trip with several of my critique and plotting partners, but finding a weekend when the rivers were running and we all could meet up proved difficult. I still want to make it happen someday. If I do, I’ll be sure to let you know about it.

Jill: That would be great!!

Rachel: What is your favorite sport or activity?

Jill: Surfing, I think. I’ve written several surfer characters and tried surfing once. It was super fun. I love the ocean. My favorite sport to watch is football. I’ve been getting into soccer lately because both of my girls play.

Rachel: What’s next for you in publishing – are we going to get Owen’s story?

Jill: Yes! Badlands is coming in January 2014. It’s my favorite of the Aftershock series. The setting is the Salton Sea area/California’s Anza-Borrego desert. We went on a camping trip there last spring and I took lots of photos. It’s a fascinating place.

Rachel: What is the one thing you’ve always wanted to try but are afraid to?

Jill: I’ve always wanted to go to a nude beach! There’s a famous one in San Diego.

Which brings us to Jill’s question for our readers:

Have you ever been to a nude beach? Would you, if you had the chance? Tell me all about it in the comments. 🙂

Jill is giving a print copy of FREEFALL to one lucky commenter!

jill_bioJill Sorenson writes sexy romantic suspense for Harlequin and Bantam Dell. Two of her novels, Crash Into Me and Set the Dark on Fire, have been excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine.

After earning a degree in literature and a bilingual teaching credential from California State University, Jill decided teaching wasn’t her cup of tea. She started writing one day while her firstborn was taking a nap and hasn’t stopped since. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two young daughters.

Jill would love to hear from you!  Please contact her here.

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About Rachel Grant

Former archaeologist & four-time Golden Heart® finalist, I write romantic suspense where archaeology, politics, and war collide.

Posted on October 1, 2013, in Author Interview, book recommendations, Rachel Grant and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. Welcome to Kiss and Thrill, Jill!

    So, I have been to a nude beach. I was working on an archaeological project on the island of Sint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles. I was there with my dream team – my amazing boss and the three best coworkers in the world. We had one day off during the project to explore the island, and one of our many stops was a nude beach – which I think was on the French side of the island.

    But I was with my coworkers, so I wasn’t about to strip down and sunbathe. We took a picture next to the “no photos, no gawking tourists” sign, which I’d post here if I could figure out how to do it.

    We walked down the beach – it was a gorgeous, hot day in July and stripping and swimming would have been great – and with my peripheral vision I totally marveled at the shapes and sizes of all the people present. It wasn’t a beach full of perfect bodies, it was a beach full of people who were comfortable with their bodies, and I really appreciated that. It was also readily apparent that except for a couple who were having sex in the ocean, the nudity in general wasn’t sexual. It was just people enjoying the sun.

    If I hadn’t been there with coworkers, I totally would have joined in. But there are somethings you can’t un-see, and no matter how much I loved my coworkers, I still had to face them at the office in Bethesda the following Monday.

  2. Rachel, you naughty girl!
    Welcome Jill–wow, what a great interview and a 5-RAFT review?! Whew! Move over Amazon and your silly stars.

    It’s amazing reading this, because we have a lot in common: I’m presently researching Champion Surfing for the next book in my Extreme Adrenalin series featuring bad-boy athletes (none published, BTW.) 🙂

    And my personal trainer gave me a gift certificate to a rock climbing gym a few years ago- coolest afternoon of my life so far. It may be eclipsed this weekend though: I am hot air ballooning Friday and rappelling down a mountain on Sat.
    Yeah, that’s the way I roll.
    😉

    Best of luck on sales, Jill. I also plan on luxurious hours poolside catching up on my TBRs, so consider FREEFALL on the list!

  3. Great story, Rachel! I can’t believe a couple was having sex in the ocean!! Wow. I love the idea of being comfortable enough with your body to just strip down and go for it. Ten years ago or so I went to a place called Tulum (near Cancun) which allowed topless sunbathing. I was with my husband, who encouraged me to go ahead (ha), but I just couldn’t do it. There was only one other woman going topless.

    Now, at 37, I’d probably do it. Back then I was too inhibited and self-conscious.

    There’s a famous beach in San Diego called Blacks Beach where nudity is permitted. Also a hot springs called Deep Creek (I believe). Someday! Maybe. 🙂

  4. Hi Sarah! Thanks for the welcome. Good luck with your adrenaline series. Sounds hot!

  5. LOL – you’ve just reminded me of the times I went skinny dipping during archaeological field school when I was 20 (how did I forget that??) – there was a quarry on the island (San Juan Island, here in Washington state) that you had to know how to find in the woods, so it was relatively private. We’d go swimming after fieldwork, to wash off the dirt. It didn’t take long before we started skipping the bathing suits. A few times strangers would walk up and see that we were skinny dipping and stripped themselves. It was that kind of place.

    You should totally try the one in San Diego, Jill, and report back! 😉

  6. I’m also pretty sure I stripped in a hot spring once. But maybe I kept my suit on. I do remember the others in the spring were naked.

    • Just noticed there is a reply button. I’m so jealous of the skinny dipping! That field of work fascinates me also. I admit to taking a midnight dip (w/ boyfriend, now hubby) in a neighbor’s pool once. Ah, memories.

      Speaking of hot springs, there is some naked hot springs action in the book I just finished, Backwoods. If I can’t do it, I can write about it!

  7. Yes , I want to read this!

    Many years ago when I was young, cute , and perky I went to a topless beach in the Bahamas. Didn’t last long.

  8. No I never been to a nude beach or would I ever go to one.

  9. Only if I get advance notice that Hugh Jackman will be there 😉

    Rachel, I love the new rating system for romantic suspense!

    Jill, your series sounds fantastic! I know someone who has recently taken up surfing. This guy is a very talented skier, wind surfer–an all-around gifted athlete. He said that surfing was the hardest sport he’s ever learned.

  10. I had no idea my blog mates were such rebels! Personally, I’d never go nude in public. There are just some things the world doesn’t need to see. I’ve never skinny dipped either. The most outrageous thing I’ve ever done is having sex on a balcony. But I made absolutely sure no one could see us, so it wasn’t that bold.

    Jill, I love action in thrillers so the white water rafting story sounds like something I’d love. I’ve been rafting only once and only on level three rapids but it is one of the most fun things I’ve ever done.

  11. I would love to read this book!

  12. Welcome, Jill! I’m so glad you’re here! I’ve been meaning to try your books for a while so this might be the push i need:) I’m so impressed with the high action in your stories! Moreso since you wrote about whitewater rafting from research alone! I’m impressed!

    As for nude beaches…I just don’t think so. I might go to one but I wouldn’t strip down. I’m just not a risk-taker when it come to baring it all. But I’m all for other people doing it if they feel so moved:)

  13. Carmen Pacheco

    NOT a fan of water, and am painfully modest (nursing my daughters eliminated ALL of my curves! :D), so it’s a no for me with the nude beach adventures. More power to all of you! 😉

    • Nursing eliminated your curves? Well, that’s not fair! But as Rachel said above, it’s great to see all body types going bare.

      • That was what I loved about the beach in Sint Maarten. No one was there to show off their awesome bodies and make everyone else feel inadequate. It was pretty liberating to see so many people so comfortable in their own skin – literally. 🙂

  14. Being a small town girl, I knew about nude beaches, but hadn’t ever expected to accidentally stumble upon one. That is exactly what happened on a trip to Miami FL.
    My hubby being the “guy” that he is…was happy happy happy to have entered every guys dream. Naked women, right?
    Not so much for me. I was so embaressed that all I could think about was getting out of there.
    Haven’t forgotten it either. And no, I don’t think I could take my clothes off for anyone except my hubby. Ever.

  15. Hi Jill,
    I can’t wait for “Badlands” to be released. I’ve never been to a nude beach, but I think I might be able to go topless.

  16. While we’re on this topic, I thought I’d mention @ToplessPulp, a twitter account I follow. It’s a group of ladies who read topless in public. They’re my idols!

  17. That would be a big NO to the nude beach. Even in my younger perkier days I would have been too timid. Hubby did a white water raft while we were stationed in Texas. He loved it.

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