Love and Scandal – Rachel Kall

Rachel Kall

It’s my pleasure to welcome my friend and fellow suspense author, Rachel Kall, back to Kiss and Thrill. Rachel writes political thrillers, including her brand new series she calls “Love and Scandal.” What a perfect name for a series involving politics and romance!

So, what are people saying about her new series? Take a look…

“Rachel Kall writes gritty, fast-paced, realistic romantic suspense that carries a punch to the gut and a twist to the heart. Don’t miss a word!” —Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times bestselling author

Excuse me while I shove the little green monster off my shoulder. What an awesome endorsement!

Rachel just released PRESIDENTIAL PURSUIT, a prequel novella to the first book in this series. (But you can read either one first.) Helen Riley, the heroine, has overcome some serious issues in her past to rise to the level of frontrunner in the presidential election. Below is the cover and a description of the story.

Rachel Kall-Presidential Pursuit coverDynamic and determined, Helen Riley has devoted her life to public service. Now she’s on the verge of doing something no other woman has ever done: Become the President of the United States of America. But her enemies will stop at nothing to end her Presidential hopes.

Smart, loyal, and sexy Sean Mackay has never pushed to be more than Governor Riley’s best friend and strongest supporter. However, when her life is threatened Sean steps up to protect the woman he loves beyond all reason.

As the campaign heats up, sparks begin to fly between Helen and Sean. Will she make history and admit her love for Sean, or will her pursuit of the White House end in tragedy?

Rachel’s gorgeous kitty, Willow, certainly appears to approve of PRESIDENTIAL PURSUIT! Rachel Kall-Willow PP

Love intrigue, suspense, and scandal? Then the Love and Scandal Series is for you. Set in the nation’s capital, these stories are full of drama, feature sexy heroes, political intrigue, and edge of your seat suspense.

The first full-length novel in this series was released just a few days ago and is called RACE TO KILL.

When fiercely independent Vivian Reese is thrust onto the national stage during a heated presidential campaign, she doesn’t expect to become a media darling. She also doesn’t expect to start to fall for her sexy new bodyguard, Marcus Locke. But when threats start surfacing against the sitting President’s campaign and all evidence points to Vivian, she doesn’t know who to trust. 

Rachel Kall-RacetoKillDelta Force Operator turned FBI agent Marcus Locke is supposed to be investigating campaign finance crimes. He’s not supposed to be checking out the sexy, eloquent campaign spokeswoman Vivian Reese, who’s one of his prime suspects! But when they are caught in the middle of a presidential race that is quickly turning deadly, he is forced to put both his heart and his job in the line of fire.

Tempers flare and passions ignite as the campaign gets dangerous, but when bullets start to fly will either of them survive?

Not to be left out, Rachel’s cute lab, Chloe, wants to let you know that she highly approves of RACE TO Kill! Rachel Kall-chloe rtk

Now, for a quick lightning round of questions…

Q. Favorite TV shows?

A. I Love The Good Wife, Castle, Bones and New Girl.

Q. Favorite food

A. I love cheese. Which also means I love pizza.

Q. Pepsi or Coke?

A. Neither! I’ve given up soft drinks. But I love coffee.

Q. Cat or dog person?

A. I’m a HUGE animal lover. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats.

Q. Beach or mountain?

A. Beach

Q. Dream vacation?

A. Grand Cayman.


One lucky commenter will win a free e-copy (Nook or Kindle, winner’s choice) of PRESIDENTIAL PURSUIT.  Check back on Thursday to see if you’re a winner!

Rachel’s question for commenters: “I love writing strong and intelligent heroines, so writing the story of the first woman president was exciting. What are the characteristics that you like most in romantic suspense heroines? What things turn you off?”


Author links

Twitter: @rachelkall

Posted on December 16, 2013, in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Lena Diaz and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. They need to be strong willed and not take anything from anyone. The thing that really turns me off is if they run to a man for everything. I think if you’re going to have a heroine they have to be able to stand oi their own two feet.

  2. My favorite heroines have both intelligence and common sense. I don’t like heroines who act before thinking.

  3. RACE TO KILL is sitting in my epic TBR queue of doom and I was hoping to finally get to it over the holidays when I don’t have to deal with the prepwork for 4 classes… looks like I now have the perfect reason to do so!

    Most annoying RS heroines? The constant damsel-in-distress type. I get that the the whole protective alpha saving the day thing is sexy, but you should be able to save your own ass sometimes! Or at least give the villains a good kick in the crown jewels 🙂
    Being a trained experimental scientist myself, I have a weakness for scientist heroines, but I like anything that involves the use of the heroine’s brain rather than her looks.

  4. I love independent and smart heroines, but prefer those who are also flawed. I don’t like perfect heroines who have it all together because I can’t identify with that type of woman. So a woman with a past, a woman who once made the wrong choices, a woman seeking forgiveness. It’s not always the alpha hero who needs redemption!
    Great interview, ladies!

  5. The books sound great, Rachel. Do you have experience with political campaigns or did you have to do a lot of research? I live in the DC area, and I always enjoy reading books set here, so it’ll be fun to check yours out.

    I love heroines who are smart, strong, but still vulnerable. Actually, same for the hero. 😉

    • Hey, Gwen. I haven’t worked in a campaign, but I’ve been very into politics since college where I majored in political science. Luckily for my social media fans, I keep politics off the feed, as to not be “that person.” But I love elections. Total political junkie:)

  6. First of all, yay to having Lena host today’s event!, but wow!!! Presidential Pursuit NEEDS to be uploaded to my Kindle. It sounds fantastic.

    Chloe and Willow are precious.

    For me, heroines have to use common sense and display tenacity. While I love for a man to be a man, I want the woman to be his equal in all respects and not cower when facing adversity. I am sure Helen Riley will embody those characteristics.

    Even if I don’t win, thank you for the recommendation!

  7. Chloe and Willow are adorable! Congrats on the new releases, to one of the kindest, most supportive, honorable author-friends I know. Skal, Rachel!

  8. Congratulations Rachel! Sounds like such an exciting story- can’t wait to read it! And welcome back! Great job, Lena! I’d have to say I love a heroine who speaks her mind!

  9. Love the reading pet photos! Great interview, you two.

    I love a heroine that must survive by her wits, and while vulnerable, isn’t too whiny. I hate it when simple misunderstandings stand in the way of love. There needs to be more to a story than that. I also love complex plots with complex romantic relationships.

    Thanks so much for being here today, Rachel. Cannot wait to read your book.

    • Diana, in theory I agree totally about all these modern heroines who are smart and independent (and not whiny!) but for some reason I still love my eighties romances. I know they probably wouldn’t sell in today’s market, but my keeper shelf is full of the old bodice rippers where the women were practically helpless. I wonder why I still love those old romances so much?

  10. Welcome back, Rachel! Sorry to be chiming in so late.
    Your novella sounds fabulous, ‘go women for president’!

    All my plots (for some reason) send the hero’s life into a tailspin in every possible way, and it’s the heroine who ‘rescues’ him. I remember hearing Julia Roberts say that famous last line in ‘Pretty Woman’:
    “And she rescues him right back.”
    And I thought, ‘what a dumb line.’
    And yet years later, my writing reflects that 100%!

    Except for physically saving her from danger (a must for an Alpha-Hottie,) she’s the one with the level head, the smarts, the contacts or the impulse to do something crazy-risky that turns the tide.

    So, I guess I like my heroines like that. 😉

    Best of luck with sales- so great to have you with us again!

  11. Thanks so much for the warm welcome back, ladies. So happy to be here!

  12. like smart and strong
    not really interested in reading about anything scientific

  13. Welcome back, Rachel! Sorry I’m late! (Holidays are ruining my schedule…)

    Like you, I’m a total political junkie and find it a delicate balance to include politicians in my stories without including politics – I don’t want to alienate any readers. 🙂

    Looking forward to reading your new series!

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