Saturday, May 21, 2016

Kansas City Cops


Congratulations to "Lynn B.", the winner in Julie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

One of the questions I get asked a lot by readers is, “Why Kansas City?” As the author of nearly 60 books, more than half of my romantic suspense and paranormal suspense tales have been set in the Kansas City area.

My brand new miniseries, The Precinct: Bachelors in Blue, featuring three brothers and their widowed father—all cops of one specialty or another—launches May 24th in print, with a June 1st digital release—and those books are also set in Kansas City. So if I’m writing fast-paced, gritty romantic suspense, why not choose a bigger city? Why set so many stories halfway between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains—a veritable no-man’s land and dearth of culture to many people?

The easy answer is—I love it! I’m excited to showcase the Midwest, not only because there are people out there who know little about this part of the country and I’m proud to teach about where I live, but also because Kansas City, Missouri is a rich location to set my stories. Kansas City might be on the map because of its World Series champion Royals baseball team, but besides exciting baseball, the city offers so much more. K.C. is a culturally diverse urban metropolitan area, situated on the Missouri River. It’s the hub of railroad lines and interstate highways, and boasts a beautiful international airport, making it a thriving place for ethnic diversity, world/state/locally based businesses, and a center for the arts, sports and food for just about any taste. In addition to all the urban amenities, Kansas City has many neighborhoods and suburbs that offer a small-town feel. And just at the edge of the city, you can find real small towns and agricultural country, giving tourists and me, as an author, endless possibilities to draw on for characters, settings, chase scenes, hideouts, plot twists and more. Kansas City has a rich Western history and laid-back vibe if that’s your thing; but it also has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel, too, making it the perfect place to set my stories.

I lived in Kansas City. My family still lives there, so I visit often. And I often go simply because I want to spend time in the city I love so well. If you’re a K.C. native, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Kansas City, here are just a few reasons you might want to check it out. (I’ll share more Kansas City highlights on the Harlequin.com blog in June. And you can find more K.C. pix on my Pinterest page.)

1. Julie Miller writes breathtaking romantic suspense stories set in the K.C. area—and you can find many real locales and events featured in her fictional world.

2. If you love baseball, you must visit Kauffman Stadium where the Royals play. If you’re not a big sports fan, I think you’d still love the stadium’s design, food, and its fantastic fireworks and fountains.

3. Speaking of fountains, Kansas City is an artistic mecca of boulevards, parks and business areas decorated with more fountains than Paris, France!
4. Whether you love hunky cops, sexy cowboys or suave billionaires—Kansas City has the hero for you.

5.  The arts scene. Whether you’re into museums, jazz music, dance, live theater or more, K.C. is famous for promoting the fine arts.

Giveaway:
What’s your favorite place to visit? Or hometown you’re proud of? What part of the country would you like to see in person one day? I’ll give away a copy of my newest release, APB: BABY, to a reader who leaves a comment.

Happy Reading!
Julie Miller


(You can read an excerpt from APB: BABY, and learn more about Julie and her books at www.juliemiller.org)

APB: BABY

After a near-fatal shootout at his sister's wedding, third-generation lawman Niall Watson comes home to a baby in distress. The abandoned newborn in his neighbor's apartment sends the Kansas City PD criminologist into rescue mode once again. 

Social worker Lucy McKane will do whatever it takes to protect the infant boy entrusted to her care. The tall, sexy ME next door may be clueless about her feelings for him, but Niall's the only one who can keep them safe. As a vengeful killer targets them, desire draws Lucy and Niall dangerously closer. Together, can they find justice and safeguard their newly created family?


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 22nd. 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.

23 comments:

  1. I live in Italy so there are plenty of places to visit, but I just love Sicily. It's very different from the North yet has an appeal that makes you want to go back over and over again.

    Pls enter me in the giveaway. Wow, it ends in 2 month?! Hopefully not :)
    natalija(dot)shkomare(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I believe that's a typo, Natalija. ;) The giveaway ends tomorrow (JUNE 22nd).

      I bet Sicily would be a wonderful place to visit! I know my gran loved her visits to Italy.

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  2. Good for you, Julie, to write about what you're familiar with and what you love! I wish I could say the same about where I lived long ago. I grew up in a teensy, dusty cow town that slowly died when the beef market went downhill. After I graduated from high school I went to my Dad's alma mater, New Mexico State University. I did love New Mexico's slower pace and gorgeous skies and I think I'd like to go back there to visit someday. It still has the flavor of small towns, so I guess some of my upbringing stuck with me. But it also has lovely cities that are not so big that the traffic and crowds get to you. I have lived in Northern California now since the 60's and the traffic and crowds are getting to me and expensive living is getting to me. I'm glad I "met" you on this blog today. I love cop stories and mysteries (not creepy thrillers) so I'm gonna go shopping on Amazon for one of your books today. jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. It's nice to "meet" you today, too, Janice. ;)

      I've lived in a small town, too (more than one, actually). I've driven through parts of New Mexico, too, and thought it was beautiful country.

      Thank you for trying my books. I hope you enjoy them!

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  4. I was raised in the Minneapolis area but have lived most of my life in Washington state. I love the Pacific Northwest...we have the ocean, the mountains and even the desert! But my favorite thing is to spend time watching the waves. Thanks for the chance to win this. vandine3atmsn.com

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Trude. I took a family vacation to your part of the country back in high school. I thought it was gorgeous country. But wading in the ocean was cold!

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  5. I was raised in the Minneapolis area but have lived most of my life in Washington state. I love the Pacific Northwest...we have the ocean, the mountains and even the desert! But my favorite thing is to spend time watching the waves. Thanks for the chance to win this. vandine3atmsn.com

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  6. no fav

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  7. I used to love visiting my grandparents in Delaware... one day I hope to visit Hawaii! Congrats on your new miniseries Julie!

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    1. Thanks, Colleen! I was in Delaware back when I was a child, and unfortunately don't remember much except the capitol building in Dover. And Hawaii is on my bucket list to visit.

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  8. Can't wait to read this new series! I love to visit Nashville! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! Nashville is a favorite city of mine. Took a wonderful ghost tour there once. And loved visiting the Hermitage outside the Nashville area. 2 of my favorite dolls in my collection came from there.

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  9. I visit the Sunshine Coast at every opportunity. It's breathtakingly beautiful & I have family there.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Is that in Australia, Mary? I'd love to visit there someday.

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  10. I'm a Noo Yawk girl all the way, now living in the suburbs. Too many cliches about New York City, sometimes mistaken for Manhattan, but not so much about the less unusual parts of town, for example Queens. For those of you from elsewhere, Queens is where the "NYC" airports, JFK and LaGuardia, are both located. Other than Wiseguys, made into the movie "Goodfellas", not sure we're the subject of many movies....

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    1. I know Manhattan is what most folks think of when they think of New York. But I also know there's such a rich diversity of cultures and folks there. I did love visiting Manhattan, but I'd love to see the New York countryside someday, too.

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  11. Hi Julie - I love your books- I will get this book if I do not win it. I do like going back to my hometown Santa Barbara, CA to see friends and favorite places yenastone at aol dot com

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! I've been to California a few times, but I don't think I've ever made it to Santa Barbara. I bet it's a beautiful place.

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  12. Theresa ZachariasMay 22, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, my hometown. I moved back here 10 years ago in 2006 just after my mom had a stroke. She died in December, 2010. I am glad I moved back here. I have made a lot of new friends here and got to renew friendships with cousins I haven't seen in years. I enjoy reading your books and would to win. I will buy it if I don't win. I enjoy your books and love learning about Kansas City when I read them. Thanks for the chance of winning a book!!

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  13. I love visiting Washington DC. If I could visit anywhere, I'd like to visit Hawaii.

    brookeb811 at gmail.com

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  14. Banff in Canada is one of my favourite places, it's where I first experienced the magic transformation of snow from the first flurry to a inch of powder. We don't get a lot of snow in Australia and so I'd only ever seen snow in the setting of ski fields when we'd taken the long drive up of of the few Victorian mountains so, much to the amusement (and bafflement) of my Canadian hosts and the hotel staff I was awed and delighted and ready to dance in the snowflakes despite being closer to sixteen than six when the snow everyone predicted wouldn't make it to the ground started to fall in earnest. I've wanted to go back ever since.

    Annabel (dot) Pitt (at) gmail.com

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