Sunday, October 28, 2012

Walking In Other People's Shoes


Congratulations to "Erin F.", the winner of Laura's giveaway.  Thank you to all who participated.

One of my favorite aspects of being an author is getting to walk around in other people’s shoes.

Through my characters, I have had an amazing array of jobs, including cop, hair stylist, forensic artist, PI, sniper… the list goes on. All have been an adventure, but my latest book, Scorched, was a particular thrill. Not only did I get to interview a real, live Navy SEAL (yes, they are just as impressive in person as they are in fiction!) but I also got to meet a forensic anthropologist and go on a bone-chilling tour of a decomposition research lab, also known as a body farm.

Learning about Navy SEALs and the grueling training they undergo was eye-opening. I started researching these guys four years ago for my Tracers novella Unstoppable and was hooked right away. These warriors are, literally, unstoppable. When they see an obstacle they find a way over it, under it, around it, or simply blow it up. You can get a feel for their determination by reading a snippet of the SEAL creed: If knocked down, I will get back up, every time….I am never out of the fight.

After researching SEALs and meeting several in person, I could tell that the SEAL creed isn’t just words, but a philosophy toward life that these men take very seriously. I started envisioning my hero, Gage Brewer, who has been knocked down many times in life—most recently by Kelsey Quinn, the story’s heroine. But every time he finds a way to get back up and keep fighting for what matters to him, no matter how many obstacles stand in his path.

Kelsey is her own sort of warrior. As a forensic anthropologist, she has committed her life to analyzing bones and pursuing justice for victims who cannot speak for themselves. Kelsey’s creed comes straight from a woman I interviewed who told me she knew forensic anthropology was her calling the first time she held a human skull in her hands and tried to deduce its secrets.

Scorched starts with a SEAL mission halfway around the world and ends much closer to home, here in the United States. Kelsey and Gage tackle many challenges throughout the story, including deep-rooted uncertainty about their relationship, which has been hammered repeatedly by the tough realities of their chosen professions. Of all the couples I have written, Kelsey and Gage really had to work hard for their Happily Ever After.

I’m giving away a signed copy of Scorched here on Just Romantic Suspense! Please leave a comment for a chance to win. Also, you can read an extended excerpt of the book on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LauraGriffinAuthor

Happy reading!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. Her books have won numerous awards, including a RITA for WHISPER OF WARNING and a Daphne du Maurier Award for UNTRACEABLE. Laura lives in Austin, Texas, where she is working on her next book.
On Twitter: @Laura_Griff

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Oct. 29th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

36 comments:

  1. Reading about and hearing the descriptions of what SEALS can do always impresses me. They are definitely good hero material. Congratulations to Laura on the new book.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Thanks, Maureen! I'm so excited about this one.

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  2. Squeeeeeeeee - so excited to read more about Gage and Kelsey after Unstoppable. Thought they had their HEA and then in Twisted read they had broken up *sob*. Greatly enjoying the premise of them having their own full length book after their short story :D

    Any plans for Rey Santos *swoon* to have his? willa (at) talktalk dot net

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    1. Hi Willa,
      I love those Santos men. I hope Rey will get his own book someday. He's been waiting very patiently since THREAD OF FEAR... I'll keep you posted.

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  3. Yes! Stoked for Tuesday-- definitely takes the edge off getting hit by Hurricane Sandy and gives me a genuine reason to stay indoors during the storm :). I've been looking forward to more Gage & Kelsey since UNSTOPPABLE!

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Cris. One of the reasons I wrote this book was because of feedback after UNSTOPPABLE... people wanted Kelsey and Gage to get a full-length book, and I was happy to tell more of their story. Hope you like it.

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  4. I cannot wait for this book!

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  5. I have been anxiously waiting for this release! I have read all the other Tracers books including the novella about Gage and Kelsey. Can't wait to read this one!

    samgirl_99_99 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  6. I love any book that features a Navy Seal. After reading true Seal stories I'm ready for a romantic suspense that has a happy ending for one. Thank you for the giveaway and may you have continued success in your "walks".

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  7. That is what I love so much about books - putting yourself in other people's lives and getting to experience that. I have a new appreciation for SEALs after reading so many books about them. I know that you authors try your best to be as real to the truth as possible when it comes to your hero and heroine's careers and jobs. Thanks for letting us readers walk in someone else's shoes while we read! On a side note, I have Untraceable and Unstoppable on my Nook but have not read them yet (took advantage of sales!). Should I read all the Tracer books in order or can they be read on their own, not necessarily in order?

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  8. I keep forgetting my email! jo1963jo at gmail dot com
    Thank you again.

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  9. I love reading your books they are all awesome please keep writeing.i love books that always have happy endings,thank you debra stolhand / cher123@cableone.net

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  10. This series is incredible. I first discovered your books when Borders unfortunately went out of business. I read them in order, and all were great, but the Tracers surpassed my expectations. I read 4 of them over a long weekend.

    Scorched is going to be another winner. Even though I would buy it anyway, I would love to win it!

    I really have a thing for series so please keep the Tracers coming!

    Marijane Diodati
    mjdiodati@yahoo

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    1. Thank you, Marijane. I hope you'll like SCORCHED as much as the others. I had so much fun writing this one.

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  11. I am such a fan of your books... truly enjoy them, but I am a little behind... need to catch up!

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  12. Love romance books where you can escape to other lands and experience new ways of life through the words you read. Add a hero that makes your heart melt and a happy ending and you get a perfect book. Thanks for sharing with your readers.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

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  13. Congrats on the upcoming release, Laura. I've been waiting for Gage and Kelsey's book. Love that Kelsey is a warrior.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

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  14. Both warriors, had to be tough to get a relationship in there but I am glad they will have their HEA!!!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

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  15. The series keeps getting better and better - can't wait to read Kelsey's and Gage's story!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  16. Congrats on the new release!! Looking forward to it.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  17. Congrats! Nice post.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. thanks for the great post and giveaway! I'm just starting this series and it sounds fantastic!

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Awesome post...and sounds like fun!!

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  20. Love your books!! They are awesome.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  21. I always fascinated by stories about SEAL and your books sounds great looking forward to read it :D....


    pinglecoon at gmail dot com

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  22. I am awed by the work that SEALS in real life do and I think that this is shown in your books. I really like all of your books that I have read so far, and am glad that it is a series, as, we cannot have too many of these books. annpa@gmail.com

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  23. love stories with the seal teams in them looking foreward to a good read

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  24. We had some comments emailed in...

    This book is in my Amazon “Wish List”. I’ve enjoyed ALL of Ms. Griffin’s books and look forward to reading this one! -- Sandra G.

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  25. Hey Laura, It sounds like you have a lot of fun writing your characters.
    I am enjoying your books.
    Jan

    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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  26. I've come across so many interesting job occupations in romantic suspense. They teach me a lot and the danger is thrilling. I imagine the research must be eye opening. I always enjoy your stories, Laura!

    Cambonified{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  27. I can't wait to download this on Wednesday. I loved the novella where Gage and Kelsey first met!

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  28. Love your books, Laura. Untraceable was heart-in-the-mouth suspenceful. Look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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  29. Laura, I LOVE your Tracers Series.
    I practically inhaled Untraceable, Unstoppable, Unspeakable and Unforgiveable in one sitting.
    I can't wait to read Kelsey's story in SCORCHED.
    I would love a signed copy of SCORCHED.
    Please keep the TRACERS books coming.

    last_lines AT kimkoning DOT com

    - Kim

    PS* I wish I worked at the Delphi centre.

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  30. I love this series! I can't wait for more Kelsey and Gage :)

    alisonlee_79@yahoo.com

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  31. Ever since I have discovered your books, I have been looking for the next book. I love the Tracers series and your other books.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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