I’m giving away FIVE print ARCs! As with some recent contests, to enter all you need to do is…sign up for my VIP mailing list. If you’re already signed up, you do need to sign up again, so I’ll have your name on the entries list, but it doesn’t change your subscription. You will receive a confirmation email to receive a book you likely already have. To sign up for the contest, click the image below or this link: https://contest.rachel-grant.net/
Everyone who enters gets a free ebook
Contest closes at 11:59 pm Pacific on Nov 15th.
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.
Our July 2019 Picks
A hot Green Beret & beautiful diplomat race to stop a plot that could ignite a US military base in Africa.
Narrated by the always magnificent Greg Tremblay/Boudreaux Voice Actor!
Enjoy an Office Space-meets-Princess Bride romantic comedy from a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author!
Daisy le Fey is good at a lot of things: Math, science, accidentally turning people into pumpkins… Unfortunately, she’s hopeless at the one skill hiring managers look for when filling open positions for magical beings: Magic.
When she jeopardizes her apprenticeship by getting involved with sexy mortal Trevor Masterson, it’s one disaster too many. In order to earn her wings, she’s going to have to ditch the human–and her one chance at true love.
We were fascinated by the latest hairstyle fad!
I’m delighted that FIRESTORM is included in Kobo Writing Life’s cover contest! Check out the gorgeous covers and vote!
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This week I gave away a signed print copy of BLUE CHRISTMAS by Alexandra Haughton. It’s Book 2 of Alexandra’s Mistletoe Key Series and features an injured hockey player and a grinchy heroine, set on a tropical island.
Never-ending sugar cookies, hockey on the beach, Christmas décor galore—Who can be blue on Mistletoe Key?
Kelly Griffin grew up on Mistletoe Key and is so over it—the fake snow, the jangly jingle bells, the forced cheer. Ugh, so over it. All she wants for Christmas is to never have to think about Christmas again. But leaving the only home she’s ever known and starting over where no one knows her name is an impossible wish.
Enter the one man who knows all about what Kelly has lost—Hunter “Blue” Bowen. A hockey superstar trying to keep a low profile while recovering from his career-threatening injuries, Blue starts to fall in love with the kitschy charm of the island…and its grinchiest resident.
Kelly’s wish could come true…if Mr. Hockey God would just buy out her half of the property. But leaving the island also means leaving Blue alone under the mistletoe, and that’s something she’s not sure she can do.
Check out Darcy Burke’s new release THE DUKE OF KISSES!
Frances Snowden can hardly believe her good fortune when she’s whisked away from her boring life by her sister who is now a duchess. Instead of becoming the third wife of her parents’ stuffy neighbor, she can be anything she wants: a doting aunt to her newborn niece, a debutante in London, or even an independent spinster. But when she meets and kisses a mysterious man on a walk in the countryside, she knows exactly what she desires—him.
David Langley, Earl of St. Ives, is resigned to marrying the dull woman his parents chose when he was a child. His future is suddenly, and happily, diverted when he encounters a captivating young woman who shows him everything he’s been missing. Ready to embark on a blissful life together, a long-buried feud between their families makes their marriage impossible. Nothing is more important than duty and family, but can he turn his back on love?
And be sure to check out my interview with Darcy from March 2014!
Click here to read the interview: Darcy Burke Interview
Monday and coffee – the struggle is real.
Each week I’m giving away a book on my Facebook page, and this week’s prize is Jenn Stark‘s DEMON UNBOUND. It’s the exciting start to her Demon Enforcers Series, featuring a demon special ops team led by a warrior who “has seen it all, done it all, killed it all“. But he’s about to meet his match in Maria, a beautiful and dangerous undercover cop.
Be sure to check my Facebook page every week to enter the giveaways!
And don’t forget to check out Jenn’s latest release! THE RED KING is the start of her new Wilde Justice Series. I loved this book, and was delighted to review it!
“Whether you are a longtime Jenn Stark fan or new to her addictive Tarot-themed stories, you will love Sara Wilde’s first adventure as Justice for the Arcana Council! Fast-paced, twisty, and dark but spiced with Sara’s wry humor, this is an intense, satisfying read!”– Rachel Grant, author of the award-winning Flashpoint series
As the first Justice of the Arcana Council in two hundred years, Tarot-reading Sara Wilde is tasked with taking out the most dangerous magic-wielding criminals on the planet. Her first assignment? A killer known only as the Red King, who’s systematically picking off the world’s most gifted magicians in the rollicking streets and storied canals of Venice, Italy, on the eve of Carnevale.
Amidst the festival’s music, masks, and brightly colored costumes, Sara must unravel the truth about a brutal murderer from Venice’s own murky past, navigate the twisting political currents of magicians who seek to rival her own Council, and keep one costume change ahead of a conjurer whose lethal spells could end Justice–permanently. Good thing the diabolically sexy and deeply powerful Magician of the Arcana Council has Sara’s back…if only he didn’t hold so much of her heart as well.
The canals of Venice will run with blood when you deal in The Red King.
*Originally published March 10, 2015 on the Kiss And Thrill blog.
This month I have two books out, Midnight Sun (a re-release after being published in the Twelve Shades of Midnight anthology, which is no longer available) released on March 1st, and Incriminating Evidence (Evidence Series #4), which will release on March 24th. By sheer coincidence, both books are set in Alaska. It may sound strange to say it’s a coincidence, but it is. I’ve had versions of Incriminating Evidence in my head and on on my computer since 2010 – and it was always set in Alaska. It was the perfect setting for Alec and Isabel’s story. The inspiration behind Midnight Sun was completely different.
A little over a year ago, the fabulous Robin Perini approached me and asked if I wanted to participate in a paranormal romance anthology with her and ten other authors. Because the story would be paranormal, it couldn’t be connected to my existing books, and I began considering what my contribution to the anthology would be. My first inspiration was a story set in Hawaii, about an archaeologist who comes face-to-face with Night Marchers. The story excited me and I was ready to move forward with it, as we as a group were discussing via email potential titles and themes for the anthology. We settled on the name Twelve Shades of Midnight relatively quickly, and all agreed that something important in each of our stories had to happen at midnight. My Night Marchers story was perfect. I lived in Hawaii for three years — I know the setting well, and my husband worked as an archaeologist there, so the research would be a snap, and the story would be fun to write.
Then one morning, I woke up with the kernel of the plot for Midnight Sun in my mind. Maybe I was inspired by the word “midnight” — I really don’t know — but in the space of five minutes I went from planning to write a novella set in Hawaii to one set in Alaska. Once the idea grabbed me, I couldn’t let it go. I’d only ever visited and conducted archaeological survey in Sitka, Alaska, but fortunately, my husband had worked in Barrow, and he knew other archaeologists who’d worked for a length of time in the Arctic Circle who were willing to answer even the most ridiculous questions (yes, I do need to know what the airport terminal in Kotzebue looks like, and if the vegetation is primarily muskeg…). And so Midnight Sun the story of Sienna and Rhys and an ancient Iñupiat mask, was born. The Hawaii story will be the second in the series, featuring Sienna’s sister, Larkspur (look for it in late 2015).
As I mentioned above, I’ve had the story for Incriminating Evidence in the works since 2010. It was supposed to be the 3rd book in the Evidence Series (and I finished a draft of it in 2012, long before I wrote Withholding Evidence), but one problem I had with the execution of the story was the setting. It was clear to me that I needed to visit central Alaska if I wanted to get it right, so last summer, before tackling a major rewrite, my family and I visited Alaska and explored the area where the story is set.
One of the things I wanted to see while I was there was the forest at night–I knew in the summer it wouldn’t really get dark, but I wanted to see the phenomenon first hand. This photo was taken at midnight in mid-July in Fairbanks – without a flash.
We were in Alaska for eight days and drove from Anchorage to Fairbanks in a loop, exploring Denali National Park on the drive north (we saw lots of animals including bears, caribou, moose, and a wolf!), and went east for the drive south, where we passed through the setting for Incriminating Evidence.
En route, we saw salmon spawning, went whitewater rafting–necessary because a glacial silt-laden river plays an important role in the story–panned for gold, and hiked on a glacier.
I came home from the trip buzzing with ideas. There is no way to see something as magnificent as Alaska in just a week, but we tried.
The final story of Incriminating Evidence is very different from that first idea I plotted in 2010, but it is so much richer, so much better, for having visited the setting which plays a central role in the story. Also, even though there wasn’t supposed to be a connection between my paranormal romance and my 4th Evidence Series book, because they were both set in Alaska (even though hundreds of miles apart) I couldn’t resist slipping one thing in. I can’t wait to hear from readers who catch the connection…
Have you read my book MIDNIGHT SUN? It’s a paranormal romantic suspense featuring a prehistoric Iñupiat mask, a haunted museum collections specialist, and a sexy Assistant US attorney!
Here’s a short excerpt:
“You don’t handle the gun like a lawyer,” Sienna said.
Rhys shrugged. “I served in the army prior to law school. Two tours in Iraq as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist. I know guns, bombs, pretty much anything that explodes.”
“That must be why the mask chose you.”
“It’s been haunting me for two months. In all that time, it’s never reached out to anyone else until you. I think the mask chose you because you can protect it in a way I can’t.”
He studied her, his body heating at the memory of exactly how the mask had brought them together. He had a feeling it had chosen him to protect Sienna, because the ancient piece of carved wood could, clearly, take care of itself.
From enemies to allies…
When archaeologist Isabel Dawson stumbles upon an unconscious man deep in the Alaskan wilderness, her survival skills are put to the test. She tends his wounds and drags him to shelter, only to discover she’s saved the life of Raptor CEO Alec Ravissant—the man who may have covered up her brother’s murder to save his senatorial campaign.
With no memory of the assault that landed him five miles deep in the forest, Alec doesn’t know what to believe when he wakes in the clutches of the beautiful redhead who blames him for her brother’s death, but he quickly realizes he needs her help to uncover the truth about his lost hours.
Isabel never imagined she’d find herself allied with Alec, and he’s the last man she ever expected to find attractive. But the former Army Ranger-turned-politician proves seductively charming, and he’s determined to win much more than her vote. When their quest for answers puts Isabel in the crosshairs, Alec must risk everything—his company, his campaign, and his life—to protect her.
Everyone was interested in learning more about a location in FIRESTORM. The palace of former President Mobutu is still standing in the small town Gbadolite, and made an interesting setting for Cal and Savvy’s story!
I’ve been mostly off social media this week because I’ve been working hard on Silent Evidence during my writing retreat! I’ve read all your comments and hope to reply when I’m settled back in at home. I hope everyone has had a great week!
This week I gave away a print copy of Toni Anderson-Author Page‘s COLD BLOODED. The lucky winner was notified today. This book is close to my heart because not only is it dedicated to me, my book FIRESTORM makes a cameo appearance. Toni writes gripping, sexy, fast-paced romantic suspense that will keep you up until three a.m.
Be sure to visit my Facebook page and enter the giveaways!
How about several dozen? You guys are the best! I LOVE reading your recommendations and hearing about your favorite authors and titles.
We take our cookies very seriously. Doesn’t everyone?
Chocolate chip variations were the most popular!
It’s conference time in Houston! We’re here at Romance Author Mastermind to learn all the things about the business of writing. #RAM2018 is the brainchild of author Skye Warren and I’m so excited to be attending!
Speaking of Skye Warren, she has a new release I’ll be reading on the plane!
THE EVOLUTION OF MAN! ????
“Pure writing gold filled with heartmelting swoons, angst and a lovestory of the ages.” – Bookgasms Book Blog
After the conference I’ll be on a writing retreat with Toni Anderson, Annika Martin, and Jenn Stark, where I will hopefully be closing in on writing the ending of SILENT EVIDENCE. I can’t wait!!
On Tuesday I posted a fun giveaway on my Facebook page! A few weeks ago my pal Kristina McMorris, Author was in my area for a book signing event along with T. Greenwood, Author. It was great to have a chance to catch up with Kristina and meet T, plus I picked up signed copies of their new releases you now have a chance to win!
Both books are historical fiction; SOLD ON A MONDAY by Kristina McMorris is fiction inspired by an historic photograph, and RUST & STARDUST by T. Greenwood was inspired by a real crime (that was in itself the inspiration for LOLITA).
The lucky winner was announced on Facebook.
Last weekend I took my baby to college. She’s a ferry and a long car ride away. She’s our oldest so this was a huge milestone in our lives!
This week’s most popular post was a fun one!
If you could have dinner with any two authors, living or dead, who would they be?
This week I posted the title for Evidence 8 in code with the challenge that the first person to crack the code and figure out the title would win signed copies of all 7 Evidence books.
But before the second code went live, we had a master code-breaker solve the puzzle!!
This week’s Throwback Thursday was to a quickie just as hot as the rest of the Evidence series, but a fast read. Do you like short books in the midst of a series? Or should they all be equal in length?
Some secrets are worth dying for…
Military historian Trina Sorensen has a nearly impossible task before her: get recalcitrant but tempting former Navy SEAL Keith Hatcher to reveal what happened during a top secret Somalia op five years ago. Recent history isn’t usually her forte, but the navy wants an historian’s perspective and has given her the high security clearance to get the job done.
Keith isn’t just refusing to tell Trina about the op, he’s protecting a national secret that could destroy the lives of those he cares about the most. But not wanting to talk about a covert mission doesn’t mean he isn’t interested in spending time with the sexy historian, and the first time they kiss it’s explosive.
The Duke of Deception is Book 5 in Darcy Burke’s The Untouchables series and is just 99c for a limited time!
Difficult and defiant as a child, Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton left England as a young man to pursue independence and adventure. He never expected to inherit the title and when duty calls him home, he still finds Society’s codes constricting and others’ expectations oppressive. Nevertheless, he needs a wife to be a mother to his young daughter, preferably a woman of intelligence and warmth who is, above all, immune to his idiosyncrasies—and to falling in love.
Widow Joanna Shaw isn’t interested in a second marriage, not after the loveless, passionless union she endured. She’d much rather dote on her young niece and nephew since they will likely be the only children in her life…until she meets a precocious girl, in desperate need of a mother. But her father, the so-called Duke of Defiance, is as peculiar as he is handsome, and Jo won’t take another risk with her heart. Their rules, however, are made to be broken, even when the consequences could destroy them both.
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Experimental new technology is being used to preserve a 500 year old warship.