2014 RITA® nominee Julie Ann Walker

Welcome 2014 RITA® romantic suspense nominee Julie Ann Walker!

Her nominated novel is: THRILL RIDE

HER FIRST LINE IS: “They say he’s gone rogue.” 



Ex-navy SEAL Rock Babineaux is as Cajun as they come—spicy, sexy, and more than a bit wicked. But would he actually betray his country? Even his best friends on the special-ops Black Knights team aren’t sure they can trust him. Now the target of a massive manhunt, Rock knows the only way to protect the team—especially his partner, Vanessa—is to run…


Rock might think he can outmaneuver them all, but he hasn’t counted on how stubborn Vanessa Cordero can be. And she refuses to cut him loose. Sure, her partner has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good because she and Rock are about to get very tight…

Julie Ann WalkerJulie Ann Walker is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series. She is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She’ll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. You can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

For more information on Julie Ann Walker: (just go to our Nov 7th blog; she guest-hosted!)

Website: http://www.julieannwalker.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jawalkerauthor

Julie Ann is generously giving away 2 signed copies of THRILL RIDE to 2 lucky commenters.

Check back tomorrow 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 3, 2014, in Author Spotlight, Sarah Andre and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 88 Comments.

  1. I loved this book, Julie Ann. It was one of the best books I read last year, and I am so happy it was nominated. Congratulations!

    • Ah, thank you! And sorry for my tardiness in visiting the site. It’s been an insane day, and I won’t bore you with the details. But, yes, so glad to be back on KISS AND THRILL!

  2. Great opening line, Julie Ann! Congratulations on your RITA nomination! It’s always fun to have you visit K&T!

  3. Welcome Back, Julie Ann!
    Thrilled to see your name as a RITA finalist, is this your first nomination? Tell us about ‘the call’.

    • Yep. First nomination. And the call… It should have been so fun, right? But I was panicking and writing my little heart out trying to make an April 1st deadline. On “call day” I was fueled by caffeine and rage – snort – and I kind of couldn’t wait to get off the phone and get back into the scene I was writing. Isn’t that awful?!? LOL! But since I’ve had the time to sit back, take it in, and really enjoy it. I’m completely honored and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support, especially from my fellow RS writers. What a great genre, right?

  4. I would love to win your book!!!!! Love me some Black Knights ❤️❤️

  5. Chris Finizio-Gaeta



  6. Heather Wejroch

    Congratulations….well deserved. Your books are amazing!!

  7. Congratulations on the RITA final, Julie Ann! Definitely deserved. 🙂

    • Thank you, Gwen! I don’t know about “deserved.” There were a LOT of RS titles that came out in 2013 deserving of recognition – really? Did I just go there? – but I’m honored by the nomination. Thrill Ride was a pleasure to write, so I’m happy that some folks found it a pleasure to read.

  8. Dominique Brothers

    Would love to win it. Love those books.

  9. Connie Felkins

    Can’t get enough of the Black Knights! Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. Lynn Roehrborn

    Congratulations on the nomination!! I love the Black Knights!

  11. I LOVE the black knights! And your writing of course!

  12. Congrats!! Can’t wait til 5/6 and new book.

  13. Ashley Traylor

    This is awesome!

  14. Julie!! Welcome back to K&T and HUGE CONGRATS on your RITA final!! I cheered so hard when I saw your name!!!!

  15. Congrats on your nomination!!!! Love love love the Black Knights. Cant wait for the next book.

  16. Ellen Culverwell

    Love this whole series !! Can’t wait to read the rest. Would love to win a signed copy

  17. Love your books. Can’t wait to read Rock’s story. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Congratulations on your RITA nomination!!!!!!!! LOVE the series!!!

  19. It would be so cool to have one for Thrill Ride…I was lucky enough to get one for Born Wild… you rock!!

  20. Love the blurb =) Can´t wait for my chance to start reading!
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Thursday!

  21. Congratulations, Julie Ann, the book sounds terrific! Good luck at the Rita’s.

    • Thank you, Diana! I’m nervous as hell about possibly winning and having to give an acceptance speech. Worst Public Speaker Ever!!! <- That's me. LOL!

  22. Congratulation! I love this book. Heck, I love the whole Black Knight series! Rock and Vanessa are red hot and dangerous!!

  23. LOVED Thrill Ride! Congratulations to Julie Ann and thanks for your excellence in Romantic Suspense! We’ll be cheering you and the other fabulous RS Rita nominees on in San Antonio.

  24. Hmmm…. I believe SHe’s gone rogue has been used to describe me at least a time or two. Usually a couple Midols take care of it though. 🙂 Sorry… it was there and I had to take it.

    I can’t believe I’ve missed the Black Knight series. That’s something I’m going to have to rectify immediately. Congratulations on your RITA nomination Julie Ann.

    Julie Ann O

    • Another day, another laugh! Thanks Julie. Yes. Go check them out immediately! I think her first in the series is HELL ON WHEELS.

      • Sometimes I can’t help myself Sarah. I’m the person that others move away from because I’ll start chuckling at the thoughts in my head while externally no one else sees anything funny. I amuse myself, scare others.

    • Hehehehe! Yes, my poor husband would agree I suffer this same affliction.

  25. Great to meet a Rita nominee. Good luck, Julie Ann. Thanks for bringing Julie Ann on, Sarah. You do such a good job keeping the conversation going! Rolynn

  26. Love your books, nice to dream about those alpha men

  27. Connie Miconi

    If you love bikes and hot guys, this series is for you! Love it!

  28. I keep hearing about the Black Knights series, Julie Ann–I am putting you on my list for sure! This book sounds fab! Good luck in the RITA’s!

  29. Hi Julie Ann

    That bike on your cover looks one hell of a machine …. as does the guy riding it!
    I guess ‘Special Ops’ is the US equivalent of the British SAS, an elite commando force, but I’m not sure that the SAS allows women members. Particularly dangerous combat roles are not considered suitable for the gentler sex!

    Is Vanessa a member of the the Black Nights, or is she Rock’s partner in other arenas of action?

    Congrats on the nomination!

    • Well, these spec-ops guys are all “former” military. Yes, the US in similar to the UK in that women aren’t allowed in certain combat roles. But espionage and super-secret government sanctioned missions? You better believe there are women involved. We ARE the more cunning of the sexes, are we not? LOL!

    • You’ve asked such great and thoughtful questions all week, Quantum. We sure enjoyed your visits!

  30. Gasp! A giveaway of my favorite book in the series so far? Count me in! 🙂

    Thank you so much for the post and giveaway, and congratulations on the RITA nominee! So exciting.

    Lindsey8907 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  31. Okay, ladies! I’m off to catch a flight to the Virgin Islands. *ducks various objects being thrown in my direction* Thanks again for having me on today. And thanks, as always, for the amazing support. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE for the win! Booyah!

  32. Thank YOU, Julie Ann, it was quite a fan showing! Have fun in the Virgin Islands (simmering with jealousy.) We wish you the best of luck in July. Based on the enthusiasm above, you’ll have quite the cheering section!

  33. Julie I love your books they keep me reading and I can’t put one down once I’ve started it.

  34. Sheryl Johnson

    Love, love, love this series! Perfect blend of suspense, sex, and humor! Congrats on your nomination!

  35. I love Julie’s writing. She is one of my favorite authors. I always eagerly await her books.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. I just love your book’s I can’t wait to read this crossing fingers to win so I can read it and add it to the other one’s in this series.

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