The News: Shelley Coriell’s Apostles Series is here!

THE AUTHOR

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No one was more excited than the authors at K&T when we heard The News that our Golden Heart sister Shelley Coriell  was writing a romantic suspense series. The first book in the series THE BROKEN has finally arrived in the stores, and more importantly, on our bookshelves. And even better still, Shelley is spending the day at K&T to talk about The Apostles series. Before I introduce her, let’s start with The Buzz. And don’t stop reading before you find out about The Giveaway. Shelley’s Book Birthday Bash and Book Giveaway is AMAZING!

THE BUZZ

“… the suspense is top-notch, with so many twists and turns that even the most astute reader will be riveted to the stunning conclusion.” — Publishers WeeklySTARRED REVIEW

“TOP PICK, 4.5 Stars. Coriell’s latest grips the reader from the first page. A definite must-read.” — RT Book Reviews Publishers Weekly — Best Summer Books 2014

THE BOOK

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THE BROKEN (Apostles Series #1)

He took her life, but left her alive.

Three years ago, reporter Kate Johnson was the first victim-and only survivor-of the Broadcast Butcher. Scarred both physically and psychologically by the brutal serial killer, Kate lives life on the run, knowing that one day, he will find her and finish what he started.

In the pursuit of justice, you sometimes have to step outside the law.

Agent Hayden Reed spends his life chasing monsters. The only way to stay sane is to detach, but the second the Broadcast Butcher case crosses his desk, Hayden knows this is the case that might just cost him his soul. To catch this vicious murderer before he strikes again, Hayden must find Kate and earn her trust. For it’s her darkest secrets that hold the key to stopping this madman once and for all . . .

THE INTERVIEW

KH: Congratulations on such stellar reviews, Shelley! How did you come up with the idea for the maverick team of elite FBI agents called the Apostles? Did you do any special research for this story?

SHELLEY: I kept writing stories about law enforcement officers who weren’t afraid to break a few rules when it came to fighting evil. Since my hunky crime fighters worked outside the box and at times outside the law, I knew they wouldn’t fit in with the Blue Suits at the FBI. That’s when Parker Lord popped into my head. A childhood friend of the president of the United Sates, he’s a legendary FBI agent who is now wheelchair bound and living as a semi-recluse along the rocky cliffs of Northern Maine. Over the past five years, Parker has hand-picked a select group of agents who, like him, are a little maverick, a lot broken, but in the end, fierce champions of justice. As for research, I went through an eight-week citizens police academy where I trained in everything from fire arms to crisis negotiations to forensics. That’s also where I learned how to throw a 250-pound man over my shoulder in hand-to-hand defensive training.  Take that, bad guys!

KH:  Why did you start the series with Agent Obscenely Thorough aka Special Agent Hayden Reed?

SHELLEY: Hayden is a world-renown criminal profiler who “sees everything but feels nothing.” I loved the idea of creating a romance hero who spent so much time in his head that he wasn’t in touch with his heart. Early in the book, one of the minor characters—Detective Lottie King—likens Hayden to peanut brittle, “all shiny and polished, hard as hell, too. In order to get to that stage, you got to boil the shit out of it. So I figure you’ve done some boiling in your life.” It was fascinating to see Hayden’s pains and past, and eventually his heart, revealed.

KH: You have a colorful cast of characters in THE BROKEN. Which one was the most fun to write? Which one ended up surprising you?

SHELLEY: Detective Lottie King was hands-down the most fun to write. She’s a sixty-something grandma and homicide detective with no filter. She and her four-inch stilettos have walked some rough roads, and she swears like a trucker. Lottie is raw and honest, has a giant capacity for love, and is key in softening the heart of my guarded-heart hero, Hayden. She was such a strong voice in my head that she now has her own series of short stories.NewShoes_small

As for surprises, heroine Kate Johnson threw me for a loop. Kate had a rough childhood and stabbed twenty-five times by a serial killer. She’s broken and scarred, BUT she has a great sense of humor, which you see through her interactions with the cantankerous but lovable Smokey Joe. Then I got to thinking, Why should I be surprised? Humor and laughter are great healers.

KH: Lottie was one of my favorite characters too. I didn’t realize, however, that she was wearing Louboutins 😉 Way to go, Lottie! Where did the idea for Agent Reed’s custom painted silk ties come from?

SHELLEY: I needed an anomaly, something in marked contrast to Hayden’s exquisite custom suits, fancy Italian shoes, and Egyptian cotton shirts. And because Hayden is such a “head guy” I knew this “something” needed to come from the heart, such as art. Hand-painted silk neckties were a perfect fit.

KH: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

SHELLEY: I’m a former restaurant reviewer, food retailing magazine editor, and avowed foodie. I love everything about food. I haunt local farmers markets, go to wine tastings, putter in my kitchen, and adore sharing good food and great wine with people I love.

KH: Tell us about your rescue weimaraner? (Then I’ll have an excuse to tell you about my puppy Rosie.) What makes her the world’s neediest dog? Rylee_

SHELLEY: We rescued Rylee four years ago from a local weimaraner shelter and were told up front that she had “issues.” She had fear-based aggression while on a leash, abandonment anxiety, and health problems. At least two adoptive families had already returned her. During a home visit, Rylee charmed us. She was sweet-natured, adored our three teen-age daughters, and knew basic commands. We had hope. We moved forward with the adoption in part because I work out of the home so Rylee wouldn’t have to be alone during the day. Long story short, we’ve been working with her for four years, but she still has issues on all fronts, especially with being alone. If she gets lonely while I’m working at my desk, she climbs into my lap…all 65 pounds of her, and when my husband and I are gone, she sneaks into bed with one of the girls. She’s clearly a dog who had a good deal of trauma in her early life, but at least now she has love.

Okay…now you, Krista, we all need Rosie details. And pictures! Rosie 7

KH: How wonderful that you found each other–the magic of three. Rylee meet Rosie. She’s a 4-month-old chocolate Lab puppy with one white paw. Twenty-five pounds of pure energy! The word that best describes her is: beguiling. But I digress.. How many books do you plan to write for The Apostles Series?

SHELLEY: That is very much up to readers. I have three Apostle books under contract with Grand Central Forever. Hatch Hatcher, the team’s crisis negotiator, is featured in THE BURIED, and bombs and weapons specialist Evie Jimenez gets her time in the spotlight in THE BLIND. If the series takes off and readers want more Apostles, I have at least five more elite crime fighters who’ve popped into my world, including a missing and endangered child specialist, gem and jewelry specialist, forensic artist, forensic linguist, and a sharp-shooting assassin.

KH: I’m excited to see that smooth-talking, southern charmer Hatch Hatcher is front and center in book 2 THE BURIED. How long am I going to have to wait to get my next Apostles-fix?

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SHELLEY: Six months. THE BURIED comes out on Oct. 28, 2014. But Hatch is so worth the wait. Gotta love a man who lives on a 35-foot sail boat called No Regrets. I’m equally thrilled about Evie’s story, THE BLIND (January 2015). Evie is the “kid sister” to all of my yummy Apostles, but as a bombs and weapons specialist, she holds her own and then some. I have never had a character take over a story like fiery, big-hearted Evie. The world has been warned.

THE GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the release of THE BROKEN, Shelley is giving one lucky reader TEN SIGNED books from her favorite thriller/romantic suspense authors with new releases from Lisa Gardner, Allison Brennan, C.J. Lyons, Sandra Brown, Laura Griffin, and Kiss & Thrill authors Carey Baldwin and Rachel Grant! Enter to win at Shelley’s Book Birthday Bash & Book Giveaway.

THE QUESTION

Shelley’s heroine Kate Johnson is a justice-seeking investigative reporter, but readers quickly discover she’s also an artist. She designs and sells tourmaline jewelry. Art also plays an important role in Hayden’s past (hint – it has to do with those hand-painted silk neck ties). If you could create any type of art and do it well, what art would you chose? Anything is game…fine art, performing art, technical arts!

See, I told you Shelley has an awesome giveaway! Thank you for joining us at K&T, Shelley. I know our readers will love your new series as much as we do!

Shelley Coriell is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and novels for teens. Her debut romantic thriller, THE BROKEN, was named one of the Best Romances of Summer 2014 by Publishers Weekly and a Top Pick/4.5 Stars by Romantic Times Book Reviews. An avid foodie and former restaurant reviewer, Shelley lives in Arizona with her family and the world’s neediest rescue weimaraner.

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About Krista Hall

Author of RWA Golden Heart ® Award for BROKEN PLACES

Posted on May 8, 2014, in Author Spotlight, book recommendations, Guest blog, Krista Hall and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 39 Comments.

  1. Welcome to K&T, Shelley! Photography is the art I would choose.
    The ability to capture a moment and distill it into a single image that tells a story is an amazing talent. The National Geographic Museum had an amazing exhibit of the work of a dozen women photojournalists. It was fascinating and the photos just pierce your heart.

  2. shelleycoriell

    Thanks for having me, Krista! I’m amazed at the artistic genius found in many photographs. I’ve seen some particularly stunning black and whites. And thanks for sharing a picture of ROSIE! It’s going to be a great day when there are two dog pics in a blog post. Onward!

  3. Welcome, Shelley! I am so excited to read The Broken but I am saving it for my trip to the beach this summer. That way I won’t have to wait as long for the next book in the series. 🙂
    I am so happy for all of your success and just love to see fellow GH sisters (especially ones with so many GH finals) achieve such acclaim.

    As for the question, I love art and after attending the Fashion Institute in NYC (as a teenager), I became a wedding gown designer. I stopped after having kids and picked up writing, but I’d love to do that again one day. Or I’d become a photographer. There are just too many choices!

    • Designing wedding gowns? How fun! Did you make yours? I love to sew and made my own wedding gown…complete with a royal-length train and hand-beaded bodice. A true labor of love!

      • I did make mine and I’d love to see a picture of yours. I had no idea you loved to sew. I love it too but unfortunately my kids think it’s weird and I don’t do too much of it now.
        I also had a long train with hand worked lace. I loved this Princess Di-inspired gowns.
        Seriously, I’d love to see a photo! 🙂

  4. Hi Shelley, welcome to K&T and congratulations on your debut! I proofread Krista’s interview last night and was so enthralled I forgot it was a draft and not up yet. Literally clicked the ‘comment’ section to chat!

    So cool you went through such extensive citizen’s police training (on my to-do list) and yes, I would be interested in seeing you flip a 250 lbs guy, LOL!

    Your premise of maverick FBI agents is really unique and calling them The Apostles is genius! I look forward to downloading The Broken today. Best of luck on sales, you have some dynamite reviews. (See how much I wanted to chat last night?! Someone shut me up!)

    An art form I’d be interested in…hmmm. Do I have to have the skill in real life? If so, I’ll stick to fiction writing. If not, then I would like to be (don’t laugh) a ballerina. With pretty toes. 😉

    Hope to see you in San Antonio, Shelley-

    • shelleycoriell

      Thanks for the kind words, Sarah! Ballet is an exquisite art, and as the mother of THREE ballerinas, I can also attest that it’s hard work. Such pretty costumes, too. My oldest daughter wore one of her ballet tutus to her junior prom. Absolutely stunning!

  5. Loved this interview ladies! I’m so proud of you Shelley and so happy to see one of my golden heart sisters doing so well.

    As far as art, I would be a sculptor. There is nothing as exciting as seeing raw clay come to life in the expression of the human form.

    Best of luck with the book, I’m ordering it right away.

  6. PS: Downloaded the book just now
    PPS: Forgot to say I LOVE the pictures of your pups, girls!

  7. Reblogged this on DIANA BELCHASE and commented:

    My Golden Heart sister, Shelley Cornell has just launched her new book. I know it will be fabulous! Happy reading, all.

  8. Shelley!!!! We are so thrilled to have you at Kiss and Thrill today! The Apostles sounds AMAZING and I can’t wait to read it (as soon as I send the WIP to my CP I’m going to dive in)!

    It was such a pleasure to see you launch first as a YA author (my daughter is a huge fan!) and I’m so excited for your first RS. It sounds like your writing schedule is full right now but I’m curious if you have any plans to write YA RS in the future?

    As for my artistic pursuit, when I was in high school I had dreams of being a singer. I lack any natural talent, so I took voice lessons for a few years, which did help – I *can* sing but am limited to only certain songs and must work really hard and practice, and even then it’s hit or miss. It is a good thing I gave up that dream, 🙂 but still love singing, even if I’m only singing along with the radio.

    • shelleycoriell

      I could totally see you as a singer, Rachel! As for me, I just make joyful noise.

      I don’t have any YA Suspense projects on the table right now. Because my adult RS is a bit dark, I love the light and laughter of my funny contemp YA books. Nice balance. As for my next YA project…it’s my beastly time travel set in modern-day Scottsdale and 16th century Venice. I’ve been working on this book of my heart for FIVE years. Can’t wait!

  9. Welcome, Shelley! Congratulations on THE BROKEN! I have it queued up right after Krista’s BROKEN PLACES ….you and Krista are practically twins with your titles and puppies! This is all so exciting and just these teasers you’re giving us are killing me. I cannot wait to read this. Thanks so much for offering our readers such a fantastic giveaway, and for including CONFESSION. Krista, you know I have puppy envy. This is almost cruel 🙂
    My art: Photography – I displayed and sold my photographs and my children’s photographs at art festivals for years. I retired that “hobby” after my son went off to college because it was something we did together as a family. And sadly now between work and writing I really don’t have time.
    Thanks for a lovely visit Shelley and please come back soon!

    • shelleycoriell

      How lovely to share an artistic hobby with your son! My girls love to cook and bake, so I guess you could say we do culinary art together. Hugs!

    • You know you want a puppy, Carey! My recommendation is pick a crate trained 6-month old. I haven’t slept through the night since mid-March!

      • Seconded! I’ve never been so sleep deprived in my life. Luckily we experimented and found that they can be caged inside the kitchen (with crates, water bowl and toys) and they now hold their bladders and don’t make a sound all night. Matter of fact, they’re reluctant to get started in the morning, the lazy hooligans!

  10. Hi Shelley! So glad to celebrate your first Apostles book’s release here at K&T! Desperately looking forward to reading it! As for Art, I’d love to be able to paint. My mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as my sister, are all gifted painters. But I seem to have missed out on the art gene. I’d love to be able to create beautiful scenes with just a few brush strokes.

    • shelleycoriell

      Manda, bummer about the missing art gene, but I hope you have some of your relatives’ art in your home! BTW, Apostles Book #3, THE BLIND, is set in the Los Angeles art world, and I did a good deal of art and art history research. I spent a full day at The Getty in L.A….talk about masterful work! One of the best art museums I’ve ever been to. And it’s free. 🙂

    • Manda, the art gene didn’t skip you. You paint with words, not a brush 🙂

  11. Shelley, how did you come up with the idea of using Super Glue to close a cut that probably needed stitches? I loved that scene with Smokey Joe, Kate and Hayden. “…jist squeeze and squirt.”

    • shelleycoriell

      This came straight out of my childhood. Smokey Joe is based not so loosely on my father who lived on a mountain in his retirement years, knew how to use C4, and mended cuts with Super Glue. And yes, I had a fascinating childhood.

  12. Mona Kekstadt

    Hi Shelley, never read your books but I will start. They sound really good. I love tourmaline jewelry. Rosie and Rylee are so sweet. We adopted a greyhound-lab mix awhile back who was 4. He was a big time runner. The people who kept adopting him returned him. He had several homes. When went looking for a dog the shelter was the only option for us. He was a nut. Out first meeting with him was chaos. Me and my husband and the shelter person were in a room getting to know him. He shredded a coat. Then he came over licked me on the face and sat by me. The rest was history we took,him home. We had him for 7 years. I kiss him all the time. Never for another dog.

    Ok so I read The Broken first. I can’t wait…

    • Yay, doggie kisses and another HEA! Mona, you will LOVE The Broken! Be ready to stay up all night reading. I guarantee you will not figure out the villain until the very end. Happy reading!

      • Mona Kekstadt

        Awesome…well I’m placing my order on Amazon right now.
        I’ll go like your FB page…I will do reviews on GR, and Amazon, and B&N and of course my FB timeline..
        Thank you…Hope Rylee gets better. I could never leave my Blitzy too long..I was let go from work after 14 years. So I stayed home. I read a lot, and love it.

        That must have been exciting to be a restaurant reviewer? I would love to do that except wouldn’t be able to eat fish..highly allergic to Salmon. Take care all my best…

    • shelleycoriell

      Sounds like true love, Mona! So glad to hear these stories where hard-to-place pets find their forever families.

  13. Shelley, thank you for spending the day with us! Sending you K&T kudos for your exciting new series! Hope you’ll come back in the fall to tell us about the Apostles book #2 aka Hatch’s book.

  14. RS fans, don’t forget to stop by tomorrow. Rachel Grant will be announcing the winner of the $25 Amazon gift card from Fatal Trust author Diana Miller. Happy reading!

  15. Wow, Shelley! I’m sure glad I saw this post and read it. You are new to me, but won’t be for long I assure you! I love mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense…puzzles in print I call them. My sister and I are devoted fans and trade books back and forth all the time. What book of yours would you suggest I start with? I want to go to Amazon right now! Thanks so much for this post. jdh2690@gmail.com

  16. Your newest book sounds fabulous Shelley! Congratulations on the series. Art? I dabble with watercolor and fused glass – I’d love to have the time to build my skills. 🙂

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