Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Suspense, Romance, and a Love of Hawaii

Congratulations to "Mary P.", the winner in Melissa's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

A big THANK YOU to Just Romantic Suspense Blog for having me today.

Many people know me for my Harmless books that are mostly set in Hawaii. So, when two characters, Del and Emma (Seductive Reasoning, Book One TFH), popped up in A Little Harmless Rumor, I knew I had another Harmless spinoff. Task Force Hawaii was born.

Different from Harmless in that they are not termed as erotic, although they dance on that line between super sexy and erotic, Task Force Hawaii follows the adventures of a tight knit group of law enforcement officers in Honolulu, Hawaii. I wanted to also explore romantic suspense with bigger suspense plots. Yes, I combined my own love of Hawaii, with a dash of Hawaii 5-0 and a whole lot of Harmless into the series.

 In the first three books, I covered a serial killer, a cold case, and computer hacking espionage. Now, in Book Four, Tangled Passions, we have another serial killer, but one who is hunting men through a dating site.

Drew and Cat, the hero and heroine of the book, are mismatched, at least on the surface. They have a past and it does color how they work together now. It was so much fun to write their HEA and learn more about them!

(spinoff from The Harmless Series)

Even paradise has a dark side…

Working with local, state, and federal agencies, the men and women of TASK FORCE HAWAII work on cases ranging from bank heists to terrorism. A diverse team filled with ex-military, law enforcement, medical, and technical support, they are Hawaii’s last defense against the worst criminals.

All books are standalone although it increases your reading pleasure to read the others.

Task Force Hawaii, Book Four
Facing an obsessive killer proves to be easier than falling in love.

The last person Drew Franklin wants to work with is Cat Kalakau. Their history makes it difficult being in the same room, let alone being joined at the hip during a case. Months ago, they’d shared a night filled with romance and a bit more, but that ended after he was shot. Since then, even their friendship seems to have fallen apart. But he will do his job, even if spending more time with her is killing him.

Working with Drew every day reminds Cat she’s to blame for his injury. It doesn’t matter that she wants him more than her next breath, or that every time he looks at her she melts into a puddle of lust. She needs to resist her own desires to protect him as they hunt a serial killer targeting wealthy men signed up for dating services.

Soon though, their time together proves to be too much.  One fight leads to a kiss, which leads to so much more.  Neither of them is prepared for the overwhelming need they have for each other or the connection they seem to have. But when Cat realizes Drew is the object of the killer’s obsession, she will do anything to protect him even if it means sacrificing her life for his.

One lucky reader leaving a comment or email entry can win a $25 gift card to ebook retailer of their choice (Amazon, Kobo, BN, or Ibooks).

About Mel:
From an early age, USA Today Bestselling author Melissa loved to read. First, it was the books her mother read to her including her two favorites, Winnie the Pooh and the Beatrix Potter books. She cut her preteen teeth on Trixie Belden and read and reviewed To Kill a Mockingbird in middle school. It wasn’t until she was in college that she tried to write her first stories, which were full of angst and pain, and really not that fun to read or write. After trying several different genres, she found romance in a Linda Howard book.

Since her first published book, Grace Under Pressure, Mel has had over 60 short stories, novellas, and novels published. She has written in genres ranging from historical to contemporary to futuristic and has worked with 8 publishers although she handles most of her publishing herself. She is best known for her Harmless and Santini series.

After years of following her military husband around the country and world, Mel happily lives with her family in horse and wine country in Northern Virginia.

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  1. Since I love Hawaii 5-0, this series sounds fantastic. I love when you get to see a close-knit group of friends/co-workers find their respective HEAs with a dash of intrigue thrown in! Fun!!

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  2. This sounds really delish! I haven't read your book before, would I have to read the other series before grabbing the spin-off?

    1. No you would do not have to read Harmless to understand what is going on in TFH. While they take place in the same world, they can be read by themselves. Most readers suggest reading the whole series from the beginning, though. Readers get to see former heroes and heroines' lives continuing on.

  3. Congrats on the release of book 4! Loving this series!

    1. Thank you so much, Colleen! I really love this series.

  4. Love these type of stories! Almost a love/hate relationship, but that always makes their connection even more steamier!! Cant wait to read!! :)

    Angelica ,

  5. I like the sound of Tangled Passions with Drew and Cat having history but have to work together to find a serial killer. Actually, all the Task Force Hawaii books sound good.

  6. congrats on the new release! Thanks for sharing :) sounds fantastic!

  7. like Hawaii

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  8. Love stories set in Hawaii. My first grandson was born in Hawaii and of course I HAD to go see him. Such a gorgeous place. Throw in a romantic suspense plot and I'm so there. Trishleroy 49 at gmail dot com

  9. Love the series! I have fond memories of my visits to Hawaii.

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  10. Sounds like a super fun read, I like the mix of suspense thrown in with the task force!

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  11. Hawaii makes for such an amazing location. Makes me want to visit.


  12. Tangled Passions is on my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway!


  13. You have picked a locale that adds drama and beauty to any story set there. Work relationships and romances are complicated and it sounds like this will play a big part in your stories. Good luck with this new series.

  14. Love reading books set in Hawaii

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