Laura Griffin’s Hardcover Debut: Far Gone

fargoneOne of my favorite authors, Laura Griffin, has a new book out next week, and this one’s special because it’s her first hardcover release. Congrats, Laura!

FAR GONE is another fabulous addition to her quickly expanding oeuvre. A sexy, stoic FBI agent, and prickly, kick-ass cop, and a homegrown terrorist make for an explosive read that will keep you up long past bedtime.

Laura was gracious enough to stop by K&T to talk about FAR GONE, and give away a Starbucks gift card for one lucky commenter. (The caffeine is for the morning after you stay up all night reading. 😉 )

Your new book FAR GONE is a bit of a departure from your Tracers series. How is it different?

Thanks so much for inviting me to visit Kiss & Thrill!

FAR GONE is my first hardcover book, so I’m very excited about that. I spent a lot of time planning this story before I wrote a word, really trying to get my heroine down. Andrea Finch is a detective with the Austin Police Department who is on leave from her job after a shooting incident when she gets an S.O.S. call from her younger brother in West Texas. Andrea suspects her brother has gotten himself mixed up in a really bad situation and goes out there to investigate.

Did you do any special research for this story?

I love book research! While getting ready to write this one, I went on a police ride-along here in Austin. I love this city (my hometown), but I wanted to see it through a cop’s eyes.

Another big help for me was visiting the LAPD training academy with the suspense writers’ chapter of Romance Writers of America. [GH: That tour was awesome.] Touring their facilities and learning all about their rigorous training was really useful when I sat down to write this book. Also, I got to meet a number of women on the job, who helped me get a sense of what it’s like to be a woman in the male-dominated field of law enforcement.

LauraGriffinCopy 2014 (2)This book isn’t an official part of your Tracers series. Do you plan to write any more Tracers book?

Absolutely! I love writing the Tracers series. And readers will recognize a few familiar faces from the series in FAR GONE. I couldn’t resist bringing some of my favorite Tracers in to help with the forensic aspects of the story.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on the new Tracers book, this one featuring Derek Vaughn and Elizabeth LeBlanc, who first met in the book SCORCHED. I don’t have a title yet, but I’ll keep you posted!

[I loved Elizabeth in this book. I’m excited to read her and Derek’s story.]

Also, I’m excited to be writing a new addition to my Moreno & Hart mystery series with Allison Brennan. The book is called HIT & RUN and it features the female PI duo Scarlet Moreno and Krista Hart. Allison and I have had fun collaborating on this series.

Ooh, more Moreno & Hart. Yay! Anything else you’d like to tell readers?

I hope you’ll enjoy FAR GONE! And I would love to see some of you at the RT Convention in New Orleans this May, or the RWA Convention in San Antonio, where I’ll be signing books.

Can’t wait to see you in San Antonio!

GIVEAWAY! To celebrate the release of FAR GONE Laura is giving away a $15 Starbucks card. Leave a comment for a chance to win and then check back on Thursday.


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.

Posted on April 8, 2014, in Gwen Hernandez and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. Congratulations to Laura on her first hardcover release! It looks like a great story, a real thriller.

  2. I can’t wait to read this book! I love Laura’s books!

  3. This book sounds great….will definitely look for it.

  4. Welcome back, Laura. (I think of you as our Steve Martin-on SNL-guest, a testament to how prolific you are.) 🙂

    Congrats on the hardcover, what a major achievement! The story sounds intriguing, and as always, I am in awe of your research methods. Asking a professional to take the time to teach, explain or show me something makes me break out in hives. And yet those are the books I enjoy reading the most. Gotta figure out a way to grow a spine…

    Thrilled to hear you and Allison Brennan are teaming up again. Just saw her at Murder by the Book in Houston (with HER first hardcover!) Will you be on a booksigning tour with FAR GONE?

  5. Hi Sarah, Great to visit K&T again! I love the research side of writing. It is always such an adventure. I get to live vicariously through all these cops and CSIs that I interview. I will be doing a few book signings here and there, including the big one at RWA in San Antonio this summer. I always love that one because it draws such a big group of romance lovers. Hope to see you there if you’re planning to be at the conference!

  6. Congrats on your Hardcover debut Laura. And FAR GONE! I can’t wait to read Elizabeth and Derek…I really loved them in Scorched…
    Love your Tracer series…I was hooked on your books every since Deadly Promises…
    More Tracer Series is wonderful to hear…How does it feel to go on those ride-alongs with the local police for your research? I bet it’s exciting..keep writing these fantastic books….xo

  7. I actually haven’t read any of Laura griffins books but Far Gone seems like something I’d pick up 🙂

  8. Thanks for being with us today, Laura! I couldn’t put FAR GONE down. Another winner. 🙂

  9. Hi Laura! The new book sounds fabulous! And I am particularly fond of your Moreno and Hart series! What was the most surprising thing you learned on your police ride-alongs?

    • Hi Krista, Thanks for reading Moreno & Hart. I’m having fun with the new Krista Hart story 🙂 Police ridealongs… very eye opening. One thing that surprised me was how many officers work undercover. I had no idea until my uniformed officer started pointing them out to me. Another surprise, how much paperwork/computer work is involved in the job.

  10. Hi Laura! I have this book on my TBR Pile and I can’t wait to get to it. I am so happy to see your hardcover debut and I wish you all the success in the world. 🙂

  11. This sounds very exciting – so exciting to get your first hardcover – that’s a great endorsement, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

  12. Hi Laura, you’ve been on my watch list ever since your first book, One Last Breath. I have Far Gone on my pre-orders, waiting on its delivery 🙂
    Congrats on the hard cover, I bet it holds a special place on your library shelf.

    • lauragriffin1

      How nice! One Last Breath was a special book, too, because it was the very first. Thank you for reading my stories all this time…

  13. Good to have you here, Laura…I am a fan! I agree with you that it’s fun to do the research…and the results are often surprising. Writers say: “Write what you know;” I think it’s more exciting to explore what I don’t know to add depth/muscle to my books. And I’m not surprised cops were forthcoming with their stories/detail…I find most professionals love to be asked about their careers. Good luck with your hardcover!

    • lauragriffin1

      Agreed! I have never really believed in the “write what you know” saying…It should be “discover what you want to know… then start writing”

  14. Hello again, Laura! I’ve loved your Tracers series, so I imagine I will love this one as well. And congrats on your first hardcover book! BTW, I lived in Killeen, TX for a year when my hubby was preparing to go to Viet Nam in the late 60’s, so am familiar with Texas territory, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, etc. The weather extremes and size of bugs in Texas amazed me! 🙂 Further continued success to you, hardcovers and more Tracers stories!

    • lauragriffin1

      Hey there to a fellow Texan! I love setting books here because there are so many types of places. Thank you for reading the Tracers stories. I’m working on the new one now.

  15. Congrats on your first hardcover release, Laura. I’m already imagining the banter between Elizabeth and Derek. I’m still hoping you’re eventually get to write Kate and Rowe’s story.

  16. Welcome Laura! And congrats on your first hardcover release. I love sexy FBI heroes, and I went to college in Austin so I’m totally down! Sounds wonderful!

  17. So thrilled to see you here and to start reading this book! Lovely interview, too. Congrats on the hardcover release

  18. Hi Laura, welcome back to K&T! Huge congrats on your hardcover debut! FAR GONE looks wonderful!

  19. Congratulations on another great read, Laura!! Not sure if you saw my review over at The Romance Dish, but it’s pretty much glowing! I especially appreciated Andrea’s complicated relationship with her brother, and I have a weakness for heroes like Jon. Seeing Alex and Nathan living their HEA was just icing on the cake. So glad you came back to K&T!

  20. Starbucks and a book? Bliss!
    Congratulations on your first hardback release Laura! Far Gone sounds great!

  21. sherry gladden

    I love to read your books and having them kept in my forever Office Book Cases along with other “To KEEP” When I moved, I watched and watched t make sure those books got packed. They didn’t make it. They told me not to be a baby, I had already read them once! (Smoke) (Smoke) Shut up Sherry OMG do you just get a new husband once, then pass him on for a new one. Rag over Would love to get your next book. Thank you for writing what i love to read!! And it will fix a hole in my new forever book shelves.

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