2014 RITA® nominee: Carolyn Crane

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.



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 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.

For more information on Carolyn Crane:

Website http://authorcarolyncrane.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolynCrane

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolynCrane

Newsletter: http://carolynjeanjackson.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=f2412c16d838ecf6c1fe740a1&id=fc81556a81

Carolyn is generously giving away a digital or print copy of OFF THE EDGE to one of our commenters.

Check back on Friday to see if you won! 




About Sarah Andre

Romantic Suspense That Keeps You Up All Night! I live in sunny FL, love daydreaming, reading and chocolate. I write in the wee hours of the morning before my helpless hubby and 2 male Pomeranian pups awaken with their demands. :) My debut LOCKED, LOADED and LYING is available now.

Posted on April 2, 2014, in Author Spotlight, Sarah Andre and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 48 Comments.

  1. This book sounds very good! I can’t wait to read it!

  2. That’s quite an intriguing line, isn’t it? Welcome Carolyn. Is this your first RITA nomination? If so, “tell us about the call!”

    • I barely remember it! It was kind of like a dream, because I didn’t know it was RITA day, and I was just getting on twitter and waking up with some tea, and I saw people tweeting about it, and I thought, oh, RITA day!! and then my phone rang. And it was Helen Kay Dimon. I think I was all babbley during the call, and I probably thanked her a million times. I was just so crazy thrilled!!

  3. Welcome to K&T, Carolyn! Congratulations on the RITA nomination for OFF THE EDGE! I’m intrigued by the setting. Have you ever been to Bangkok?

  4. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon. I drove my parents (and neighbors) crazy solving “the disappearing (fill in the blank) mysteries ” on my block. The summers were so much fun though. I have read quite a few good reviews about Ms. Crane’s book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Oooooh, this story sounds soooo good, Carolyn! I love that line “She could use a dangerous friend.” : ) Good luck in the RITAs!

  6. Just popping in with my own comment – thank you so much for having me on your fabu blog today! It’s so thoughtful of you guys to run this feature, and I’m just so honored and excited about this nomination.

    • You’re so welcome! It was an impulsive decision, so thanks for giving us all this wonderful information to post so quickly.

  7. Thank you, Carolyn for joining us today! I’m excited to read your book (and all the Rita RS books!) Love the exotic setting. We’ve had quite the discussions among ourselves about the use of foreign settings and I’m intrigued by this story premise. Thanks so much for representing Romantic Suspense with excellence. We’ll be cheering you and the other nominees on in San Antonino!

  8. Sounds really good.

  9. I love it that Laney has to rescue Peter!

  10. Loved the tease. Excited about your RITA nomination. I’m getting this book regardless if I win or not. Chained in the hotel basement? Oh wow! What a hook.

  11. Congratulations on your nomination! My husband and I have read your Disillusionists series and loved it. Looking forward to reading this one. It’s on my list.

  12. Oooh, this book sounds right up my alley. Love spy stories and this one sounds like a winner!

    Thanks for being here at Kiss and Thrill and Good Luck at the Ritas.

  13. Very exciting week having the RITA nominees here discussing their work. I’m filling my boots with great RS books!

    I always check out the audio books at Audible UK and find that instead of RS, Carolyne is represented by an Urban Fantasy series ‘Disillusionists’. I would like to ask if the same elements of romance and suspense are present in this fantasy series. Is it romantic suspense set in some futuristic world?

    I will of course be reading ‘Off the Edge’ as well … especially if it wins!

    In contests here in the UK we like to say ‘May the best man win’
    I’m wishing good luck to all the nominees! 🙂

    • Hi, Quantum!! Thanks for your good luck wishes and for giving my books a spin.

      It’s such an good question you ask, and yes, I have always felt that urban fantasy is related to romantic suspense. UF is typically set in a recognizable modern-day city, with the difference being that the fantastical is possible. Otherwise, it’s very much like RS, at least the way I write it, full of crime fighters and villains and double agents. And sinister plots.

      One difference: in my UF, the crime and romance arc can stretch over multiple books. In my RS, the books stand alone, with the crime and romance arc resolved inside one book.

      In the Disillusionists, the crime fighters have powers that arise from what’s broken about them, from their most neurotic traits. In Undercover Associates, what is broken about my spies is often a strength (but not a supernatural one). I guess that’s a theme for me. Thanks so much for stopping by!! .

  14. Welcome to Kiss and Thrill, Carolyn!! Huge congrats on the RITA nom. I’m so thrilled to see self-published books nominated!

  15. Congratulations on your RITA nomination Carolyn. You had me at “shirtless, sweaty and chained up”. And, I love names that start with the same letter…. Laney Lancaster makes me smile.

  16. Oh, wow, another book that sounds excellent! Congratulations on your RITA final, Carolyn, and thanks for joining us today. I’m a runner too, though I had a 2-month hiatus before heading out today and I’m feeling it now. 😉

  17. Thanks, Gwen. I took a snow break from running and I totally feel it, too. Also, congrats on your debut!!

  18. Carolyn, there may be more comments trickling in, but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you SO much for being our guest all day. We really enjoyed getting to know a bit more about you and we all wish you the BEST of luck on Awards Night!

  19. Finished the book last night. Very satisfied with the story. Loved the action and the hero’s internal conflict. Looking forward to another story by you.

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