Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Bodyguards of LA County Series

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Let’s Celebrate!

I’m incredibly honored to have two books earn medals in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.  The perfect place to celebrate is with Maureen and all the wonderful people at Just Romantic Suspense!  I always love my visits here!

2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards: Romantic Suspense

Book One: Morgan’s Hunter, the story of Morgan and Hunter.  (4.2 Stars!)

Morgan Taylor, D.C. socialite and wildlife biologist, leads a charmed life until everything changes with a phone call. Her research team has been found dead—slaughtered—in backcountry Montana.

As the case grows cold, Morgan is determined to unravel the mystery behind her friends’ gruesome deaths. Despite the dangers of a murderer still free, nothing will stand in her way, not even the bodyguard her father hires, L.A.’s top close protection agent, Hunter Phillips.
Sparks fly from the start when no-nonsense Hunter clashes with Morgan’s strong-willed independence. Their endless search for answers proves hopeless—until Hunter discovers the truth.

On the run and at the mercy of a madman, Morgan and Hunter must outsmart a killer to save their own lives.   

"-one thing I noticed right away was Hunter is smoking hot. This author captured his attractiveness well. Many romance authors have said their main character was good looking, but this was one of the very few times where I thought, "Wow. He's hot!" And let me tell you blonde-haired blue eyed guys are not my type. The author deserves some serious props here." Raven Reviewer

Book Two: Falling For Sarah, the story of Sarah and Ethan.  (4.6 Stars / Award Winner!)

Widow Sarah Johnson struggled to pick up the pieces after her life was ripped apart.  After two years of grieving, she’s found contentment in her thriving business as photographer to Hollywood’s A-list and in raising her angel-faced daughter, Kylee…until bodyguard and long-time friend Ethan Cooke changes everything with a searing moonlight kiss. 

Sarah’s world turns upside down as she struggles with her unexpected attraction to Ethan and the guilt of betraying her husband’s memory.  But when blue roses and disturbing notes start appearing on her doorstep, she has no choice but to lean on Ethan as he fights to save her from a stalker that won’t stop until he has what he prizes most. 

"This story, although starting sad with Jake's death, goes zero to sixty from there. A creepy, insane, psycho thrown in with HOT manly men always make for an awesome ride." Inside BJ's Head

Book Three: Hailey’s Truth, the story of Hailey and Austin.  (4.4 Stars!)

Hailey Roberts has never had it easy. Despite the scars of a tragic childhood, she’s made a life for herself. As a part-time student and loving nanny, she yearns for a family of her own and reluctant Austin Casey, Ethan Cooke Security’s best close protection agent.

Hailey’s past comes back to haunt her when her long lost brother tracks her down, bringing his dangerous secrets with him. At an emotional crossroads, Hailey accepts a humanitarian opportunity that throws her together with Austin, taking her hundreds of miles from her troubles, or so she thinks.

What starts out as a dream come true quickly becomes a nightmare as violence erupts on the island of Cozumel. Young women are disappearing, community members are dying—and the carnage links back to her brother.  

As Austin struggles to keep Hailey’s past from destroying her future, he’s forced to make a decision that could turn her against him, or worse cost them both their lives. 

"WOW. My head is in a whirl from this one. From the high intensity of Suspense, down to the oh-so yummy Romance, by far, Hailey and Austin have the hottest freaking scenes of the three books! ~ It's so good... or I'm so bad because--I hate to admit it--I reread the hotter than Hades scenes! I could read the entire novel again, and that's rare for me."  Hammy 

Book Four: Forever Alexa, the story of Alexa and Jackson.  (4.5 Stars!)

First grade teacher and single mother Alexa Harris is no stranger to struggle, but for once, things are looking up. The school year is over and the lazy days of summer are here. Mini-vacations and relaxing twilight barbeques are on the horizon until Alexa’s free-spirited younger sister vanishes. 

Ransom calls and death threats force Alexa and her young daughter to flee their quiet home in Maryland. With nowhere else to turn, Alexa seeks the help of Jackson Matthews, Ethan Cooke Security’s Risk Assessment Specialist and the man who broke her heart. 

With few leads to follow and Abby’s case going cold, Alexa must confess a shocking secret if she and Jackson have any hope of saving her sister from a hell neither could have imagined.

"FOREVER ALEXA is a book that is impossible to put down. I loved the first three books in this series, Morgan's Hunter, Falling for Sarah and Hailey's Truth, but FOREVER ALEXA is far and above my favorite in the series. That being said, I not only recommend but encourage readers of romantic suspense to give Ms. Beauman's books a will not be disappointed!!!" NicoleMD

Book Five: Waiting For Wren, the story of Wren and Tucker.  (4.6 Stars!)

Wren Cooke has everything she’s ever wanted—a thriving career as one of LA’s top interior designers and a home she loves. Business trips, mockups, and her demanding clientele keep her busy, almost too busy to notice Ethan Cooke Security’s gorgeous Close Protection Agent, Tucker Campbell. 

Jaded by love and relationships in general, Wren wants nothing to do with the hazel-eyed stunner and his heart-stopping grins, but Tucker is always in her way. When Wren suddenly finds herself bombarded by a mysterious man’s unwanted affections, she’s forced to turn to Tucker for help. 

As Wren’s case turns from disturbing to deadly, Tucker whisks her away to his mountain home in Utah. Haunted by memories and long-ago tragedies, Tucker soon realizes his past and Wren’s present are colliding. With a killer on the loose and time running out, Tucker must discover a madman’s motives before Wren becomes his next victim. 

“I loved the book, the chemistry between all the players, always love it when a man knows what he wants and goes about getting it. Of course I did cry some tears and my spine tingled not just the suspense but the intimate times Tucker and Wren spent together and not just between the sheets.”  Seawitch Reviews

Book Six: Justice For Abby, the story of Abigail and Jerrod.  (4.8 Stars / Award Winner!)

Fashion designer Abigail Harris has been rescued, but her nightmare is far from over. Determined to put her harrowing ordeal behind her and move on, she struggles to pick up the pieces of her life while eluding the men who want her dead. 

The Mid-Atlantic Sex Ring is in ruins after Abby’s interviews with the police.  The organization is eager to exact their revenge before her testimony dismantles the multi-million dollar operation for good.

Abby’s safety rests in the hands of former US Marshal, Jerrod Quinn.  Serious-minded and obsessed with protocol, Ethan Cooke Security’s newest agent finds himself dealing with more than he bargains for when he agrees to take on his beautiful, free-spirited client. 

As the trial date nears, Abby’s case takes a dangerous turn.  Abby and Jerrod soon discover themselves in a situation neither of them expect while Jerrod fights to stop the ring from silencing Abby once and for all.

“I really thought this would be a routine bodyguard/subject book, boy was I wrong. Cate Beauman's characters popped! By the end of this book (which I read in one sitting) I was exhausted but replete… From paragraph to paragraph this story shifts and changes. The betrayals and surprises come at the reader at a furious pace. And while this story revolves around a very dark occurrence, there are enough moments that will make you smile, chuckle, snort and go "awwwww." Sebella Blue

Book Seven: Saving Sophie, the story of Sophie and Stone.  (4.7 Stars / Award Winner!)

Jewelry designer Sophie Burke has fled Maine for the anonymity of the big city. She’s starting over with a job she tolerates and a grungy motel room she calls home on the wrong side of town, but anything is better than the nightmare she left behind.

Stone McCabe is Ethan Cooke Security’s brooding bad boy more interested in keeping to himself than anything else—until the gorgeous blond with haunted violet eyes catches his attention late one rainy night.

Stone reluctantly gives Sophie a hand only to quickly realize that the shy beauty with the soft voice and pretty smile has something to hide. Tangled up in her secrets, Stone offers Sophie a solution that has the potential to free her from her problems once and for all—or jeopardize both of their lives.  

“Saving Sophie is truly a beautiful story... Cate has woven a meaningful story about a courageous woman who overcomes domestic violence to build a life for herself…The author beautifully shows the readers the struggles and fears that Sophie goes through to break free. There is pain in sorrow and beauty in the tears. The heroine is broken and whole. She survives to show us that if you have the courage and the will you can overcome all odds... Saving Sophie is about abuse, courage, romance, honor and so much more.”  Rebecca

Book Eight: Reagan’s Redemption, the story of Reagan and Shane.  (4.6 Stars!)

Doctor Reagan Rosner loves her fast-paced life of practicing medicine in New York City's busiest trauma center. Kind and confident, she's taking her profession by storm--until a young girl's accidental death leaves her shaken to her core. With her life a mess and her future uncertain, Reagan accepts a position as Head Physician for The Appalachia Project, an outreach program working with some of America's poorest citizens.

Shane Harper, Ethan Cooke Security's newest team member, has been assigned a three-month stint deep in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, and he's not too happy about it. Guarding a pill safe in the middle of nowhere is boring as hell, but when he gets a look at his new roommate, the gorgeous Doctor Rosner, things start looking up. 

Shane and Reagan encounter more than a few mishaps as they struggle to gain the trust of a reluctant community. They're just starting to make headway when a man's routine checkup exposes troubling secrets the town will do anything to keep hidden--even if that means murder.

“Cate Beauman's eagerly anticipated book Reagan's Redemption the 8th book in her Bodyguards of La series did not disappoint! I have not found a book in a long time that I just could not put down. I literally stayed up until 2am reading. This book had it all, suspense, great hero, heroine, mystery, and romance. I believe Cate definitely knocked this one out of the part.”  Kindle Customer

Book Nine: Answers For Julie, the story of Julie Keller and Chase Rider.  (4.6 Stars!)

Julie Keller relishes the simple things: hot chocolate on winter nights, good friends she calls her family, and her laid-back career as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. Julie is content with her life until Chase Rider returns to Bakersfield.

Bodyguard Chase Rider isn’t thrilled to be back in the town where he spent his childhood summers. His beloved grandmother passed away, leaving him a house in need of major repairs. With a three-week timetable and a lot to do, he doesn’t have time for distractions. Then he bumps into Julie, the one woman he hoped never to see again. Chase tries to pretend Julie doesn’t exist, but ten years hasn’t diminished his attraction to the hazel-eyed stunner.

When a stranger grabs Julie’s arm at the grocery store—a woman who insists Julie’s life isn’t what it seems, Chase can’t help but get involved. Julie and Chase dig into a twenty-five-year-old mystery, unearthing more questions than answers. But the past is closer than they realize, and the consequences of the truth have the potential to be deadly. 

“This series just gets better and better! I loved Answers for Julie - as with the whole series, it's a careful balance between suspense and romance, the characters are really well developed, and the plot moved at just the right pace with a fair number of surprises thrown in!” LCF

Book Ten: Finding Lyla, the story of Lyla and Collin – Coming Soon!

Meet Cate Beauman

International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Finding Lyla, the tenth novel in her popular bodyguards series.


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  1. Great post, thanks for sharing! I highly recommend "Longmire". It was cancelled after the 3rd season but later Netflix picked the show back up for its 4th season.

    1. Thanks Natalija! Looks like a crime drama - right up my alley!

  2. I love all of the NCIS shows. Give them a try.

    1. NCIS is a mainstay! My husband loves to imitate the lead detective in the Miami series - his main facial expression. Thanks Joan!

  3. I rarely watch TV!! Love the Big Bang Theory because it always makes me laugh!!

    1. Thanks Sue! I have heard much about Big Bang Theory but have not yet tried that one. It's on my list now!

  4. I'm a big fan of the superhero shows so I'd say Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Flash, Arrow and the upcoming Supergirl and DC's Legends of Tomorrow (which I'm really hoping are good!)

    1. Yes Ada! My kids (not really kids anymore I guess) are big into the superhero shows as well. Have you tried "Hero's?" They love that one as well.

  5. I highly recommend the BBC show Luther and think you'd like it. It's on Netflix and my husband and I have watched all the episodes at least three times.

    1. Forgot to mention how much I'm enjoying this series, three books in.

    2. Thank you Jonetta! I had not heard of that show but a quick google search and it's now on my list!

  6. Love this series!! I don't really watch much TV, but I do like NCIS and Castle.

  7. Breaking Bad has a lot of techniques to use in writing.


    1. My husband tells me that Breaking Bad is one of the best shows he has ever watched. He's a teacher - the parallels better stop there! Thanks Janet!

  8. Oh,so many shows! Criminal Minds, NCIS, CSI, Arrow, The Flash, Columbo, Murdoch Mysteries, Cold Case, Miss Fisher's Mysteries, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gotham, How to Get Away with Murder, and Primeval, are the first ones that spring to mind.

    Your series looks good; I hadn't head of it before.

    Beasbooknook AT gmail DOT com

  9. I enjoy Arrow, The Flash, SHIELD, and more...

    1. Arrow, Flash, and SHIELD are all over these comments. Colleen, I must be missing out on something! Thank you!

  10. Depends on what you're looking for. :)

    For a just plain silly laugh, try The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Middle, The Goldbergs, etc.

    For a crime/suspense, I enjoy Criminal Minds, Hawaii 5-0, Blue Bloods, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, etc.

    1. Thanks Lynn! It really depends on how writing went that day. Am I looking for deep criminal ideas to work through my head or am I looking to unwind? Right now I'm at the tail end of a second draft so I have been watching Friday Night Lights for my light drama / relax my mind escape. So much more than football in that show - one of my favorites!

  11. I'm a fan of the BIG BANG THEORY. Seriously funny.

    1. Thanks Mary! Clearly Big Bang needs to be on my list!

  12. Love the NCIS shows.

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    1. Interesting Tammy... Looks like a US Marshal show - on my list now! Thanks!

  14. Oh yes! So many incredible suggestions! Thank you all for your picks- I'm making a list!

  15. I love Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy!

  16. I recommend Once Upon A Time. Such great twists to fairy tale stories that we love! And on the darker side, Sleepy Hollow and Grimm!!

    1. Thanks Anita! I didn't know about Once Upon A Time - Have to get that one on my list as well!