The Weekly Recap – 1/21/22

The Weekly Recap – 1/21/22

Don’t miss my chat with Jayne Ann Krentz

I had so much fun chatting with Jayne Ann Krentz and Barbara Peters of The Poisoned Pen Bookstore! You can watch still watch our conversation at the link below:

If you haven’t read LIGHTNING IN A MIRROR yet, grab it now! The entire (now complete!) trilogy is fabulous.

An Interview with Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff

This interview ends with the highest praise I can or ever will receive, and it brought me to tears in the best way. I am so honored Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff agreed to narrate a pivotal scene at the end of DANGEROUS GROUND. As is clear from this interview, Dr. Yatchmeneff is an amazing woman. We need more women like her in STEM and I have made a donation to the organization that helped her achieve her dreams: the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) and encourage you to give too.

Please listen to this interview and cry with me. I want to thank Montlake and Amazon Publishing for supporting me with publishing this book, and thank Brilliance Publishing for working to cast a woman from the Unangax? community to narrate the role of Marion in DANGEROUS GROUND. I really have no words for what Dr. Yatchmeneff’s comments mean to me, just happy tears.

To listen to the 7 minute interview, click the image below, then click the upper left button that says LISTEN.

Fiona and Dean are back in CRASH SITE

Nine months after DANGEROUS GROUND (Fiona Carver #1), Fiona Carver has landed her dream assignment on Ruby Island–and has just learned that wildlife photographer Dean Slater is joining the team. But danger follows this couple around, and his arrival on the island is anything but smooth.

“Rachel Grant does it again! Engaging characters, gripping suspense, and steamy romance. CRASH SITE starts with a bang and delivers non-stop action.”

— New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin

For archaeologist Fiona Carver, the Caribbean glistens with untold menace in a heart-racing novel by Rachel Grant, USA Today bestselling author of Dangerous Ground.

Fiona Carver has landed a dream assignment: conducting an archaeological inventory of Ruby Island, a privately owned, pristine gem in the Caribbean. Two months in paradise exploring and mapping a lush rain forest, vast caves, and a seventeenth-century star fort and following up on legends of hidden Spanish gold. Add a simmering reunion with wildlife photographer Dean Slater and it’s enough to take Fiona’s breath away. But the sparkle fades when Dean’s arrival is met with sudden, terrifying danger.

Reunited and determined to see the project through, Fiona and Dean find themselves in a swirl of intrigue as they delve into the complex history of the unspoiled refuge, now a tropical haven for billionaires and their secrets. But the work isn’t easy, as someone appears determined to kill the project—by any means necessary.

As betrayal casts tropical storm clouds over Ruby Island and treasured friendships dissolve into distrust, one thing becomes clear: Fiona and Dean are trapped in a dangerous paradise.

I hope you enjoy Fiona and Dean’s steamy Caribbean adventure! If you love it, please tell your friends and consider posting a review online. Drop me a note and let me know if I made you laugh out loud or cry (I cried more than a little in writing this one).

Listen to CRASH SITE on Audible

Like DANGEROUS GROUND, CRASH SITE has 3 narrators: Eva Kaminsky, A.T. Chandler, and Nicola Lambo. Romance audiobook fans will likely be familiar with Eva Kaminsky and A.T. Chandler (although they might be more familiar with A.T.’s work as Aiden Snow), but triple threat actress Nicola Lambo (with a long list of amazing credits!) is newer to audiobook narration, and I am deeply honored she agreed to read two scenes written from the point of view of Sadie, a Jamaican archaeologist who plays a key role in CRASH SITE.

There aren’t enough words to convey how thrilled I am that Brilliance Audio once again made sure to cast a woman with the same ethnicity and nationality as the character she is narrating. Click on the link or image below to watch a video (make sure your sound is on) and enjoy a sample from one of Sadie’s scenes.

The Weekly Recap – 10/1/21

The Weekly Recap – 10/1/21

Don’t Miss My Conversation with Laura Griffin!

If you missed it on September 29th, you can still listen and watch anytime on YouTube at the link below. We experienced a few technical difficulties, but it was great to have a chat with Laura!

BROKEN FALCON (Evidence #11) is on PreOrder!

You can now pre-order both the BROKEN FALCON ebook AND the audiobook narrated by Nicol Zanzarella & Greg Tremblay! Pre-order now, so you can read or listen to the rest on October 22nd.

Chase Johnston is leading a double life. After two years of psychological torment, the quiet, highly skilled Raptor operative now has a darker side, and he’s hellbent on bringing sex-traffickers to justice—using any means necessary. The only relief he finds for his troubled mind is a woman he’ll never meet in person.

Eden O’Keeffe is also leading a double life. By day she’s a grad student and barista, but at night she sits in front of a camera and provides companionship for those seeking entertainment, titillation, or simple conversation. She enjoys the freedom of being a siren online, but her secret career comes with risks that force her to hide her true identity at all costs.

When Chase walks into a coffee shop and comes face to face with the one person who makes him feel again, it seems his long nightmare may be coming to an end. But in entering Eden’s world, he’s bringing that nightmare—and the danger that comes with it—to her doorstep.

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Join Me for Halloween Fun!

I’ve signed up to be part of Midnight in the Garden’s Annual Tricks & Book Treats Halloween Giveaway! On October 29th, over 160 authors will be part of this one day event, giving away books, gift cards, and swag. Be sure to join the group early so you can participate in the fun!

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The Weekly Recap – 8/20/21

The Weekly Recap – 8/20/21

DANGEROUS GROUND is Available Now!!

Fiona Carver #1

In the remote and unpredictable Aleutians, danger comes without warning in an adrenaline rush of a novel by USA Today bestselling author Rachel Grant.

Archaeologist Fiona Carver has unfinished business in the Aleutian Islands. After an emergency evacuation cut her first expedition short, she’s finally back. But time is not on her side as she races to finish documenting the remnants of a prehistoric village, recover missing artifacts, and track down missing volcanologist Dylan Slater.

Having bluffed his way onto Fiona’s team with fake credentials, wildlife photographer Dean Slater is willing to risk more than federal prison to find his missing brother, but he needs Fiona’s help. She knows the inhospitable terrain better than anyone.

When the two set out together on a perilous journey, it becomes more than a recovery mission. In their fight for survival, nature isn’t the only threat. They aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Mile by dangerous mile, someone is hunting them.


Christina Dodd shared this exclusive excerpt from DANGEROUS GROUND

I’m so thrilled that Christina Dodd shared this DANGEROUS GROUND excerpt on her Facebook page!

Dean lowered the camera and searched with unenhanced vision, spotting a small shape on the roof of one of the dilapidated structures as the moon rose behind it. He raised the viewfinder to his eye and zoomed in. Sure enough, it was a short-eared owl.

He snapped several pictures. These would be keepers, as the moonrise and the crumbling structure combined with the owl’s fixed, knowing gaze gave the image an eerie feel. He could sell these shots. A good price could pay his bail if he ended up getting arrested.

“What is it?” Fiona asked.

“Short-eared owl. Third building over. On the roofline.” He offered her his camera. “Want to see?”

“Yes, please.”

She stepped beside him, and he draped the sturdy strap of his camera around her neck, then pointed the lens toward the round-headed raptor.

She let out a soft gasp. “Oh! He’s beautiful. I mean, if it’s a he.”

“It’s hard to tell with short-eared owls. The females are slightly larger than the males and maybe darker. But that’s difficult to gauge in this light and without both present.”

“Well, it’s beautiful, whatever it is.”

He looked down at the woman holding his favorite camera, as she gazed with rapture at the tiny bird thirty meters away. The rising moon gave her skin an ethereal glow.

Usually, in moments like this, he was the one holding the camera. Or the moment of discovery was planned, expected even, as part of the expedition. Tonight was random; that’s why it felt . . . special.

“Take a few pictures if you want,” he said. “I’ve got more than enough memory cards for the next two weeks.” He bought them in bulk, like they were Costco bags of Halloween candy.

“I don’t know where to begin. I’ve never used anything more complex than a point-and-shoot.”

“I’ve already set the shutter speed and adjusted the light meter for these conditions and that depth of field. You’re good to go.” He moved her finger to the shutter release button.

“Fire away.”She did, and after she took a few, she lowered the camera to look at the screen, which showed the last image taken. “I took that?”

He smiled at her obvious joy. “You did.”

“Well, I kind of cheated, but still, it might be the prettiest photo I’ve ever taken.”

“I’ll email it to you.”

“I’ll have it mounted and framed and tell everyone who will listen that I was the photographer.”

His grin deepened. He liked this side of her. “If you want, I can give you photography lessons when we’re on Chiksook.”

“Really?” Her face lit with excitement. “That would be amazing. Learning how to use a real camera is one of those things I’ve always wanted to do but have never had time for.”

“First weather day, you’ll get a lesson.” And he’d enjoy every moment like this one. Standing close. Teaching her . . .

On instinct, he dipped his head down, making a move without thought. This was as natural as breathing, as ingrained as scratching an itch. Fiona leaned in, lips ever so slightly parted, but then she dropped back. “Bill, don’t. Don’t ruin this. I don’t do field flings. Ever.”

All at once, he was zapped back into the moment. His name was Bill. She was Fiona. His brother’s girlfriend.

And he’d almost kissed her.

Watch and Listen to My Facebook Live Chat with Jayne Ann Krentz!

On August 19th I had the BEST chat with the always amazing Jayne Ann Krentz!

The Weekly Recap – 8/7/20

The Weekly Recap – 8/7/20

Catch my Happy Hour Chat with Jayne Ann Krentz!

Here is my happy hour Live with Jayne Ann Krentz!! I was so thrilled to be able to catch up with Jayne and share some exciting news (x2)!!

I’ll drop links to the FREE Danger and Desire anthology in the comments.

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The Weekly Recap – 11/1/19

The Weekly Recap – 11/1/19

POISON EVIDENCE is 99c – Sale ends Saturday Night!


It was supposed to be paradise…

Ivy MacLeod has the perfect opportunity to test her advanced remote sensing technology: mapping a World War II battle site in the islands of Palau. The project is more than an all-expenses-paid trip to paradise. It’s also an opportunity to distance her reputation from her traitorous ex-husband.

But foreign intelligence agencies will kill to possess her invention, and paradise turns deadly when her ex-husband’s vicious allies attack. In desperation, she turns to Air Force pilot Jack Keaton. But is he the bigger threat? Jack might be protecting her as he claims…or he could be a foreign agent. Her compass is skewed by his magnetic pull and further thrown off when she learns her own government has betrayed her.

Stranded on a tropical island with a man whose motives remain a mystery, Ivy must decide who is the spy, who is the protector, and who is the ultimate villain. She longs to trust the man who rescued her, but she’s risking more than her heart. Choose right, and she saves her country’s secrets—and her life. Choose wrong—and she risks nothing short of all-out war.

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Raptor operative Nate Sifuentes isn’t thrilled to find himself back on the job on the first day of his winter vacation, but he can’t say no when his brother asks a favor. At least he’ll earn an easy Christmas bonus—after all, driving a fired military contractor home after she’s been escorted off base by military police can’t be that hard.

In a matter of minutes, Leah Ellis has lost everything, and now she’s left stranded in the nation’s capital on the first night of Hanukkah without money, phone, or bed. All she has is a mysterious driver who might be after her technical knowledge of the US military’s drone operations.

The former Green Beret’s protective instincts—and skills—kick in when he discovers the alluring AI engineer is being hunted. On the run, they escape the winter cold by generating their own heat, but will they find answers in time to stop a terror attack on Christmas Day?

I don’t have preorder links yet but you’ll be able to find them on my website here when they’re live:

Listen to my Podcast on creating an audiobook!

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I had a blast doing this interview with @GTremblayVoice for @KoboWritingLife! This is a podcast for writers, but fans of my books will enjoy insight into my work and Greg’s narration of the Flashpoint books. Plus I spill a secret near the end. ?

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Rachel Recommends – 2 Free Books!


COURTED and CAPTURED by Jennifer Chance are free for a limited time!  Read the first two books in Jennifer’s Gowns & Crowns Series for FREE!


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We can all relate to Monday mornings!

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The Weekly Recap – 10/25/19

The Weekly Recap – 10/25/19



Raptor operative Nate Sifuentes isn’t thrilled to find himself back on the job on the first day of his winter vacation, but he can’t say no when his brother asks a favor. At least he’ll earn an easy Christmas bonus—after all, driving a fired military contractor home after she’s been escorted off base by military police can’t be that hard.

In a matter of minutes, Leah Ellis has lost everything, and now she’s left stranded in the nation’s capital on the first night of Hanukkah without money, phone, or bed. All she has is a mysterious driver who might be after her technical knowledge of the US military’s drone operations.

The former Green Beret’s protective instincts—and skills—kick in when he discovers the alluring AI engineer is being hunted. On the run, they escape the winter cold by generating their own heat, but will they find answers in time to stop a terror attack on Christmas Day?

I don’t have preorder links yet but you’ll be able to find them on my website here when they’re live:

A Conversation with Jayne Ann Krentz

Something amazing happened!

I got to meet the fabulous, amazing, and legendary Jayne Ann Krentz!!! ??? Check out our conversation and read to the end for a little news from me!
Thank you so much, Frolic, for making this possible. ??????


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Toni Anderson’s New Release & Contest

To celebrate the release of COLDER THAN SIN, Toni Anderson is giving away a gift card.  To enter click the image below or visit Toni’s Facebook page here.



Top FBI negotiator Quentin Savage is hurled into his worst nightmare when a terrorist attack on a luxury hotel propels him from esteemed keynote speaker to powerless captive.

Haley Cramer is co-owner of a private security firm and prides herself on her independence, but she is shaken to the core when gunmen attack a conference she is attending. She survives, but only because Quentin Savage pretends she’s his wife.

Together Savage and Haley plot their escape from a ragtag army of brutal but efficient thugs while struggling to figure out exactly who the enemy is. Why was the conference attacked, and why was Quentin a specific target?

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JJ Knight has a free ebook for a few more days.



He’s fighting to win. She’s running for her life.
This runaway success romantic suspense series with over 1000 five-star reviews is now COMPLETE.
Colt McClure is a rising MMA fighter out to prove that he has what it takes to be a champion.
Jo is on the run from her one terrible mistake.
When Colt drags Jo from a brawl with street thugs, he recognizes her potential as a female fighter.
But as they begin her training, their desire for each other sparks a love affair that could jeopardize them both.

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A little Halloween humor made us giggle!

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The Weekly Recap – 5/3/19

The Weekly Recap – 5/3/19

A $50 Amazon Giveaway celebrating the Flashpoint Series Boxset!

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4 pulse-pounding, edge of your seat, steamy military thrillers! Get the first 3 books in the series—all named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of the Year—plus a never-before-published novella for only 99¢!

To enter the giveaway, simply visit my Facebook page or click on the image below, and comment on the post!


The adventure heats up in TINDERBOX, when an archaeologist races across the desert to seek protection at a US military base and is saved from an explosion by a solder who kindles a different kind of fire. Temperatures rise further in CATALYST, when an American aid worker is abducted and her only hope for rescue is the Green Beret she once wronged. In FIRESTORM, a CIA operator and Special Forces soldier set off to stop a coup and find a conspiracy that could ignite all of Africa, while in INFERNO, government relations have reached the flashpoint, and a diplomat and Green Beret must work together to douse the flames.

***Inferno will be priced at $2.99 when it is released as a stand-alone ebook in late June.***

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My Interview at Frolic

If you want to know more about me and my books, check out this interview at Frolic!



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A KaT Fight Ensues over Laura K. Curtis

A KaT Fight Ensues over Laura K. Curtis

The Kiss and Thrill blog, where this was originally published, will soon be disappearing, and I am republishing my Kiss and Thrill posts here to keep a copy. This one is from April 2015.


In the 3-1/2 years since Kiss and Thrill launched, the 9 of us who banded together to create the blog have become family—we exchange emails about business, craft, and plotting. We cheer each other on and talk about our families, our struggles, and our successes. I’d be a wreck without my KaT sisters. But our deep and supportive bond only goes so far when one of the KaTs invites an author I adore to the blog. Then it’s time to bring out the claws…


It wasn’t pretty, but I won. But then, I’m not afraid to fight dirty, while Carey and Manda are too nice to resort to blackmail and bribery.

What did I win? The chance to put Laura K. Curtis in the Inside the Actors Studio hot seat!

I devoured Laura’s debut novel, TWISTED, and just neglected my family for the weekend (and a holiday one at that) because I couldn’t put down her latest release, ECHOES.

ECHOES has everything I love in romantic suspense–a hot, hard-edged, former military hero, and a smart, strong, determined heroine who must work together to unravel a complicated, intense mystery. The romance is sexy and fun and moves at a pace that is true to the characters and situation.

ECHOES is set on St. Martin/Sint Maarten, an island I visited for an archaeological project many years ago, which made the book that much more fun for me to read, but you don’t have to have visited the French West Indies to enjoy the lush setting.


It is my absolute joy to be the one who introduces our Kiss and Thrill readers to Laura by subjecting her to the Inside the Actors Studio Questionnaire:

What is your favorite word? Sussurant.

What is your least favorite word? Moist.

What turns you on? Intelligence combined with humor.

What turns you off? Prejudice of any kind.

What sound or noise do you love? The sound of waves on the beach.

What sound or noise do you hate? The sound of an animal in pain.

What is your favorite curse word? Fuck in all its glorious forms.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’ve had a number of professions over the years, from teacher, to bartender, to record saleswoman, to glass bead maker. I loved them all for different reasons. I’m not sure what else I’d like to do for a career. There are a number of hobbies I wish I had time to pursue, but not for careers. I guess if I had a chance to go to culinary school, I’d like to be a professional baker.

What profession would you not like to do? Sanitation worker. I have a touch of OCD and that would really not work for me.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Fuck.” Or, if I can’t have that, “Here, go play with all the dogs you’ve had over the years.”

I laughed out loud at the last answer. We share an affinity for the same curse word, and I think I want to steal Laura’s response if I’m ever subjected to the quiz again.

Thank you so much, Laura, for joining us today!


Who is she?

A single photo of herself as an infant on a beach, taken before the date on her birth certificate, throws everything Calliope Pearson knows about herself into question. Hoping to find answers, she takes advantage of her job as a travel writer to make a reservation at the Caribbean island resort in the picture.

Resort security chief Mac Brody distrusts Callie on sight. After all, she looks exactly like his deceitful missing wife, Nikki, who owns half the resort. But when Nikki’s found dead, Mac’s facing murder charges, and he’s sure that Callie must hold the key to proving his innocence.

The deeper Callie and Mac dive into the mystery of her past, the more bodies surface. And they’ll have to learn to trust each other, or become victims of a dark danger neither could’ve imagined….

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LauraKCurtis-websizeLaura K. Curtis has always done everything backwards. As a child, she was extremely serious, so now that she’s chronologically an adult, she feels perfectly justified in acting the fool. She started teaching at age fifteen, then decided to go back to school herself at thirty. And she wrote her first book in first grade. It was released in (notebook) paperback to rave reviews and she’s been trying to achieve the same level of acclaim ever since. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and a pack of wild Irish Terriers, which has taught her how easily love can coexist with the desire to kill.

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