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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Guest Post from author of Suspicious & The Sheriff of Shelter Valley, Heather Graham, plus $10 Visa GC /Book/T-Shirt Giveaway


Suspicious & The Sheriff of Shelter Valley
(Bestselling Author Collection)
Adult Romantic Suspense
Paperback and ebook, 544 pages
May 26th 2015 by HarlequinGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23569719-suspicious

Suspicious
by Heather Graham

Cold-blooded predators lurk in the Everglades—and not all of them are gators

When Jesse Crane returned to his roots to serve on the Miccosukee police force, he'd hoped to leave behind the violence of the city and the memories of his murdered wife. But bodies start to pile up in Jesse's corner of the sultry Florida swampland…

As he probes these crimes, Jesse is drawn to the beautiful Lorena Fortier, a new hire at the local gator farm and research facility. Lorena is a little too interested in Jesse's investigation, but before he can uncover her true motives, they're both pulled into a dangerous web of greed, ambition and animal cunning. To survive, they'll have to decide whether they can trust each other…before the hunters become the hunted. 

The Sheriff of Shelter Valley
by Tara Taylor Quinn

Six months ago, Beth woke up with no memory of her past, a bruised face and a little boy who called her "Mama." Until her memory returns, the most dangerous thing she can do is to fall for the sheriff—the one man who can uncover the truth and destroy the person she's become.

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Guest Post
I love Arizona.  Anyone who knows me, or has followed me, probably knows this.  The mountains speak to me.  I feel the spirit in them.  The sunshine heals me.  If I am down, I need only to step outside to feel healing begin.  And unlike most Arizonans, I even love the heat!  I live for those hot summer months that most of my fellow residents dread.

Several years ago my editor suggested that I might want to write a series of books set in the same town.  I could pick any town, big or small, real or fictional.  I pondered for a day or two.  Took the question with me as I went about my life.  And the one thing that kept coming back to me, not from a sales standpoint, or even a larger than life one, was that I had to set my town in Arizona.  Because if this series was a success, I was going to be spending a lot of mental and emotional time in this town.  I was going to have to want to be there.  I was going to have to love it.  So that my readers would want to be there – and love it – too.

I wanted a fictional town.  If I was going to take on this huge project, I wanted it to be my own.  My people.  Restaurants as I wanted them.  The type of school system I chose.  I wanted this to be a university town and didn’t want to get involved in the legalities of using an existing school.  I wanted it to be a small town.  Out in the dessert at least an hour away from a major city.  I wanted blue skies and mountains.  An Indian reservation nearby.  And, okay, there could be a golf course.  But only because it wouldn’t be an Arizona town without one.

I needed a name.  I made some suggestions to my editor.  Her very sweet reply to me was ‘we’ll keep thinking.’  I knew what that meant.  So I pondered some more.  Spoke with her some more.  Until the morning she called me to tell me she knew the name of my town.  She’d been on a trip with her husband over the weekend, heading to some property they had, and she’d seen a street sign.  Shelter Valley road.  It hit her in a way dramatic enough that she called me about it.  And as soon as I heard the name, I knew, too.  It was perfect.  This was my town.  Shelter Valley.  A place where people who are hurting from the bumps and bruises of life could find shelter.  Solace.  Forgiveness.  Protection.  And most of all, love.

There are currently fourteen books set in Shelter Valley.  Most of them aren’t connected, other than by a town.  Sometimes you run into people you know there.  Sometimes you don’t.  A couple have direct or indirect spin-offs.  Most don’t.  The Sheriff of Shelter Valley is one of my favorite Shelter Valley books.  Greg Richards appeared as the Sheriff of my town sometime in the early days.  He’s older now, but still the Sheriff, as I sit here, writing this blog, and contemplating the next proposal I’m going to be sending in.  I’ve been told my editor would like to see me go back to Shelter Valley.  I hope you all will join me here… 

About the Authors

Heather Graham

New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare. 



She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages. She has written over 200 novels and has 60 million books in print. She has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations for excellence in her work, and she is also proud to be a recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers. (And award for charitable endeavors.) Heather has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television. 


Heather loves travel and anything that has to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. She also loves ballroom dancing. Each year she hosts the Vampire Ball and Dinner theater at the RT convention raising money for the Pediatric Aids Society and in 2006 she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken Gulf Region.  She is also the founder of “The Slush Pile Players,” presenting something that’s “almost like entertainment” for various conferences and benefits. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living. 


Tara Taylor Quinn

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold.  She is known for delivering deeply emotional and psychologically astute novels of suspense and romance. Tara is a recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award, a five time finalist for the RWA Rita Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award and appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists.  Tara is the past-president of Romance Writers of America and served eight years on that board of directors.  She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning and is a frequent guest speaker.  In her spare time Tara likes to travel, climb Arizona mountains, and inline skate.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.  If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233. 



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Print copy of Suspicious/The Sheriff of Shelter Valley (US only)
2 ebooks of Suspicious/The Sheriff of Shelter Valley (INT)
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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for being on the tour, Sharon!

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  2. These books sound fantastic! I can't wait to check them out! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. Both of these books sound great! I haven't read a crime drama/thriller in awhile, and these sound like they'd fit the bill! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  4. Your Shelter Valley stories are some of my favorites of your books and the best place for a "reading vacation!"

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  5. Thanks for joining me, everyone! I love this blog and appreciate the opportunity to visit! We'll be back later this summer!

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