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