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WINNERS OF 2014 RITA® BOOKS!

toastCongratulations again to the 4 romantic suspense RITA® nominees! We really enjoyed having this chance to meet you individually. And thanks for submitting your first lines, smoking-hot covers and back cover blurbs. We wish you all the best of luck on Awards Night!

And now announcing this week’s lucky winners!

JUSTICE FOR SARA by Erica Spindler goes to: JULIE O

THE KILLING GAME (DIGITAL COPY) by Toni Anderson goes to: CARMEN PACHECO

OFF THE EDGE by Carolyn Crane goes to: DIANE SALLANS

THRILL RIDE by Julie Ann Walker (2 signed copies) go to: DOMINIQUE BROTHERS and ELLEN CULVERWELL

WINNERS: Please click on the CONTACT US link above, and let us know where the nominees can send your books. Remember, you have 10 days to respond and this giveaway is only eligible to readers in the Continental US. (Sorry everyone else!) 😦

Thank you to ALL the many, many commenters who stopped by this week! It was so exciting hosting the 4 RITA® RS nominees and we appreciate you joining us.

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Be sure to check in next week when we host Laura Griffin and learn about her upcoming release–her hardcover debut–FAR GONE!

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.” 

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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…

SHE WON’T BACK DOWN

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!

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.

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SHE MAY BE HIS WORST ENEMY…

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 MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE…

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.

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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! 

 

 

 

2014 RITA® nominee: Toni Anderson

Welcome 2014 RITA® romantic suspense nominee Toni Anderson!

Her nominated novel is: THE KILLING GAME

HER FIRST LINE: Dmitri chewed a piece of dried meat, then swallowed a lump of gristle.

 

ToniAnderson_TheKillingGame1400Wildlife biologist Axelle Dehn isn’t about to let anyone harm her endangered snow leopards—not the poacher intent on killing them, nor the soldier who wants to use them as bait. But Axelle is unknowingly entangled in a conflict that stretches back three decades, a conflict that could spark a war between two of the world’s great nations.

British SAS soldier, Ty Dempsey, is on a mission to hunt down an infamous Russian terrorist in a remote region of Afghanistan. Dempsey hasn’t failed a mission yet, but when Axelle is kidnapped by the Russian, he is forced to choose between duty and his heart.

He risks everything to save the determined, prickly woman he’s fallen for, but in doing so sparks a deadly series of events that threaten to expose the most successful spy in history. A spy who will destroy anyone who gets in his way.

ToniAnderson1Toni Anderson is a New York Times & USA Today best-selling author of Romantic Suspense. A former marine biologist, Anderson travelled the world with her work. After living in six different countries, she finally settled down in the Canadian prairies with her husband and two children. Combining her love of travel with her love of romantic suspense, Anderson writes stories based in some of the places she has been fortunate enough to visit.

Toni donates 15% of her royalties from Edge of Survival to diabetes research–to find out why, read the book!

She is the author of nine novels including Dark Waters, Dangerous Waters, and The Killing Game. Her latest release is the first book in a new FBI series called A Cold Dark Place.

For more information on Toni and her books please visit:

Website: www.toniandersonauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tonianderson

Toni is generously giving a digital copy of her book to one lucky commenter.

Please check back on Friday to see if you won!

2014 RITA® nominee: Erica Spindler

Welcome 2014 RITA® romantic suspense nominee, Erica Spindler!

Her nominated novel is: JUSTICE FOR SARA

HER FIRST LINE: Katherine McCall stood at the broken front gate and stared at the words that had been spray-painted in black across the yellow clapboard siding.

 

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When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall arrived home one night to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye.  Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death…

Now, ten years later, Kat still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder, receives a chilling, anonymous letter that’s impossible to ignore: “What about justice for Sara?” What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, is the only way to move forward–and to catch Sara’s killer. 

But the town she’s come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting—and dying—for.

profileErica Spindler is the New York Times and International Chart bestselling author of 30 novels and two eNovellas. Published in 25 countries, She has been called the “Queen of the romantic thriller,” her work lauded as “terrific twisted tales” and “must-reads for suspense fans.”

A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, she received a Kiss of Death Award for her novels FORBIDDEN FRUIT and SEE JANE DIE, won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence for her novel BONE COLD and is a four-time RITA® Award finalist. In 1999, Publishers Weekly awarded the audio version of her novel SHOCKING PINK a Listen-Up Award, naming it one of the best audio mystery books of 1998. Her newest novel, the RITA® Award finalist JUSTICE FOR SARA, is in bookstores now.

Erica lives just outside of New Orleans with her husband and two sons, where she is working on her next romantic thriller, FINDING TRUE.

For more information about Erica please go to

Website: http://www.ericaspindler.com/

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

 Erica is generously giving away a copy of JUSTICE FOR SARA to one lucky commenter!

Check back on Friday to see if you won.

 

Sharon and Sarah Final in the Golden Heart (and a Thursday winner)!

Sharon, Gwen, and Sarah before the 2013 GH/RITA Awards in Atlanta.

Sharon, Gwen, and Sarah before the 2013 GH/RITA Awards in Atlanta.

Every year around this time, thousands of romance writers are sitting by their phones waiting for “the call.” Not the one from an editor or agent, but from one of the members of the board of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) telling them their manuscript or book finaled in either the Golden Heart® (unpublished) or the RITA® (published) Awards.

These prestigious contests are sort of like the Oscars of romance, complete with a ceremony emceed by an author-celebrity, lots of fancy gowns, and a golden statue for the RITA winners. The only thing missing is the E! reporter.

I can tell you from experience that there is no day so nervewracking as finalist announcement day. (Okay, except the actual awards ceremony.) I’ve been through it twice (2010 and 2011) so far. You think you will distract yourself with writing, but find that you’re constantly checking the RWA web page, Facebook, and Twitter to see if your category is done. And every time the phone rings your heart skips a beat.

Several of us at Kiss and Thrill suffered through the suspense again today, and I’m happy to announce that Sarah Andre and Sharon Wray are both Golden Heart finalists in the Romantic Suspense category!!

We’re so proud and excited and can’t wait to cheer them on this summer in San Antonio!

And now on to today’s winner…

 CONGRATULATIONS msrh0nda!

You’ve won the digital copy of Avery Flynn’s newest release: High-Heeled Wonder.

Please click on the Contact Us key and let us know where to send it.

Thank you ALL for stopping by and adding to our eyesore-fashion list!

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Congratulations also to the 2014 RITA Romantic Suspense nominees:

Toni Anderson: THE KILLING GAME

Carolyn Crane: OFF THE EDGE

(Frequent K&T guest!) Julie Ann Walker: THRILL RIDE

Erica Spindler: JUSTICE FOR SARA

On Tuesday, April 1st, Sarah is posting the first sentence of each of their books! Please stop by and read the lines, see their covers and check out their bios. She’s invited each of the nominees to visit, so please come and congratulate them!

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