Wednesday, June 26, 2013

***GIVEAWAY*** Review of Exposed the latest in the Award Winning Tracers series + Interview with author Laura Griffin––"What really motivates me, though, is hearing from readers who have been moved by a story. I love it when readers tell me they feel connected to the characters and want to hear more about their lives."

Every picture tells a story. But not all of them have happy endings.
As a forensic photographer at the Delphi Center crime lab, Maddie Callahan is used to seeing violence up close, but she’s never before been the target of it.

"EXPOSED is Laura Griffin at her Finest! If you are not a TRACER-A-HOLIC will be after this."
—A Tasty Read
"If you like CSI and well-crafted suspense, don’t miss these books...You don’t have to read them in order. Just read them!"
—RT Book Reviews
"Swoon worthy men and kick ass women... her best book in the series so far."
—K & T Book Reviews
"Explosive chemistry."
—Coffeetime Romance


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This Giveaway is sponsored by Laura Griffin- Thanks Laura!!

I’m pleased to welcome back to The Reading Frenzy, New York Times Bestselling author Laura Griffin. Laura was my guest last October when she talked about her novel Scorched. Click here to read her guest blog post. Today she’s with us to tell us about the latest in her Tracers series Exposed.

Laura welcome back to The Reading Frenzy.

Tell us a little about Exposed.
Thanks for having me, Debbie!
Exposed is the newest book in the Tracers series, which focuses on a world-renowned crime lab where forensic scientists known as Tracers help detectives solve their toughest cases. The heroine, Maddie Callahan, is a forensic photographer.
At the start of the story Maddie is trying to put her life back together after a major loss and she is pretty closed off to people. When a photo Maddie took becomes evidence in an FBI investigation, Maddie meets Special Agent Brian Beckman. Brian needs Maddie’s evidence, but he’s also determined to protect her after he realizes that her life is in jeopardy because of something she saw through her camera lens.

Do you have a set number in the Tracers series?
Nope. I originally thought it would be three books, but it seems that every time I finish telling one couple’s story, there is a new couple to write about. I try to make each novel stand alone, though, in terms of the mystery and the romance. That way readers can pick up a book in the middle of the series and not feel lost.

Laura on your website you say that you always liked to write but the road to becoming a novelist was not a short and sweet one.
Can you tell us about your journey?
Well, this is a tough business to break into. I wrote several manuscripts before selling my first book, but now I have a job I love and it was worth the wait. If writing is your dream, don’t give up. Keep on writing and eventually your stories will find readers.

Also on your website it says that research is one of the best parts of writing, and you’re shown at the FBI Academy in Quantico VA.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?
Good question! Hmm... I’ve handled human bones, learned how to fingerprint a corpse, done a virtual reality exercise in which I got “shot” by a bank robber. I always jump at any chance to meet investigators and learn first-hand about what they do.

You write in the Romantic Suspense category.
I love the combination of pulse-pounding suspense and romance.

What genre do you like to read?
I read a variety—romantic suspense, thrillers, historical fiction, non-fiction. Some of my favorite books are the memoirs I read for research.

You’re the recipient of numerous awards, including the coveted RITA and a Daphne du Maurier Award as well as the Booksellers Best Award for your debut novel One Last Breath.
Is there an award that you still have your sights set on?
The awards are wonderful, and I’m excited to have two Tracers books up for the RITA this year. What really motivates me, though, is hearing from readers who have been moved by a story. I love it when readers tell me they feel connected to the characters and want to hear more about their lives.

Do you write full time?
Yes. It’s a juggling act because I’ve got young kids, but I absolutely love it.

Do you belong to a critique group?
I’ve never been part of a critique group. My first reader is usually my agent.

Laura, are you planning any signing events for this release?
I’m really looking forward to signing at the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing in Atlanta this summer (sponsored by RWA on July 17). This event brings together hundreds of romance authors and the proceeds go to support literacy charities. I’ll be signing copies of EXPOSED and also my RITA-nominated books SCORCHED and TWISTED. Hope to see you there!

Thanks so much for chatting with us. Good Luck.
Thank you, Debbie. And happy reading to everyone!

Be sure and visit Laura on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

My Review of Exposed

Laura Griffin
Pocket Books

Moonlighting as an event photographer Maddie Callahan inadvertently takes a photo that’s lands her in a heap of trouble and the target of a crime ring that the FBI’s been investigating. Which puts her toe to toe with too sexy for his shirt, and younger, agent Brian Beckman who’s making her want him and things she’s refused to want for years. Her day job as a forensic photographer at the private crime lab The Delphi Center will come in handy as she takes the bull by the horns because she refuses to be a helpless victim, again. But what to do about her feelings for Brian is a bigger puzzle
FBI agent Brian Beckman has been on the trail of a murderous doctor that he and his team have been building a case against but the irrefutable evidence the need is elusive. When a sexy photographer’s untimely shot puts her in harms way he’s determined she’ll stay safe even if she’s determined to be in the middle of the ever changing chaos of the case. The more he gets to know her the more he wants her not only in his bed but in his life too. Convincing her will not be easy because she’s got ghosts from her past that may never be put to rest, if, they even survive to find out.

It’s a rare talent for a writer to combine a heart-stopping, pulse-pounding thriller with a sheet burning romance and Laura Griffin has that talent in spades. She continues her award winning Tracers series with the romance of Maddie and Brian an unlikely yet well suited couple, who are far from cookie-cutter characters, they’re well developed complex and complicated in both their professional and personal lives. Plus we catch up with old friends and meet new enemies. She uses her standard no-nonsense cop-speak dialogue that will make readers sweat through every terrifying scene and swoon through all the lovemaking while her narrative will perfectly and in living color bring the sights and sounds to her readers, plus an Oh My God near the end. So if you’re looking for that mild mannered romantic suspense look somewhere else because this read should come with a warning. If you’re a long time fan of Laura’s you’ll not be disappointed. If this is your first by her and you like the writing of Lisa Gardner, Lisa Jackson, Harlen Coben or Nelson DeMille get on the Laura Griffin train you will not be sorry you did. This is a summer must read. Laura I’ve enjoyed every breathless mile I’ve traveled with you and can’t wait to see where our journey takes us next.

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  1. I haven't read a thriller in a while and I love me a great romance which I am sure to find, and I've never read a book by Laura! I am prepared for the ride ;) Thank you for the chance to win!

    1. Lorelei, good luck. She's one of my all time favs!!!

  2. I just reviewed Scorched on my blog and gave it 5 stars, loved it! This new book Exposed is on my wishlist on blog & Goodreads and I became a fan of Laura Griffin on her Facebook and Goodreads.
    I like that she can write a romantic suspense that is evenly from both genres! Thanks for this chance :)

    1. Hi Rita, thanks for your comment I just posted multiple times on you blog and am now a follower too. We seem to have a lot of the same taste in novels. I'll be looking forward to more from you.
      And good luck with the contest :)

    2. Congrats Rita on winning the novel!!!

  3. I have read all of the Tracer books as well as her earlier books. Exposed is excellent! I gave the book five stars to it on Amazon, Goodreads, B & N, and

    Keep them coming, Laura!

    1. Thanks for the comment Marijane, I totally agree with you about Laura.

  4. Romantic Suspense is hands down one of my favorite genres and I have read a few in this series, the post has me checking to see exactly where I am in this series. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful interview and for the giveaway!

  5. What I love about Laura's books is the balance between the romance and the suspense . . she has it down perfectly, so by the end of the ride I am a happy reader on all counts . . :D

    1. Hi Willa, thanks for stopping by and telling us why you like not only Laura's work but the genre as well
      Good Luck
      I hope you'll stop by often

  6. Can't wait to start this series!