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I grew up in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, then lived in Denmark and traveled throughout Europe before coming back to Colorado. I have two adult sons, whom I cherish. I started my writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor of two different papers. Along the way, my team and I won numerous state and several national awards, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, I was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism. Now I write historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense.

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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Win a bound copy of SEDUCTION GAME! I-Team 10th Anniversary celebration continues


The Goodreads contest has closed, and ten lucky people are about to find out they won the entire I-Team series. The contest on this blog ends tonight at midnight, with winners being announced tomorrow. But there is still one more chance to win I-Team prizes.

Berkley/NAL is hosting a US-only giveaway of an I-Team prize package that includes a bound advance review copy of Seduction Game. Be the first of your friends to have Holly’s story, and replace those dog-eared copies of the first six books with fresh, new copies. Or, if you haven’t read the series, get ready for some sleepless nights.

To enter, follow the links below. Good luck!

In the meantime, Seduction Game is available for preorder in ebook for Kindle, Amazon UK, Nook, and iBooks and audiobook via Amazon. You can read an excerpt on my website. The mass market paperback will be released in March. 

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I-TEAM SERIES! 10th Anniversary Celebration Giveaway



It started with a conversation with my agent.

“A state health official called to say he thinks my whistle-blower and I might be in danger. He saw the supervisor at the cement plant whipping up his employees and telling them that if this ‘lady journalist’ doesn’t back off, they might all lose their jobs. “They’re not going to write you letters to the editor,’ he told me. 'They’re going to beat the shit out of you with baseball bats.”

I wasn’t afraid. I’d gotten more serious threats in the past, including one lunatic who told me he was going to shoot me with his AK-47.

My agent was quiet for a moment. “You ought to write romantic suspense because you live it.”

“Yeah,” said I, “except for the ‘romantic’ part.”

Out of that conversation, the I-Team series was born.



Ten years ago today, Extreme Exposure, the first I-Team novel, was published. I had no idea on Aug. 2, 2005, where the I-Team series would take me or how much my readers would embrace the series and love the characters. I only knew I'd had a great time writing that story, putting the world of investigative journalism and elements of my own life on the page.

Extreme Exposure was followed by Hard Evidence and then Unlawful Contact. Somewhere in there, I realized I had created something special with characters that my readers and I adored. Now, the series includes seven full-length novels with Seduction Game coming out on Oct. 20, and four novellas, including Soul Deep, which was just released on June 28.



To celebrate, I’m giving away signed books in all languages in which the I-Team series is published.

Also, Berkley/NAL is giving away 10 sets of I-Team books on Goodreads. Click here to enter. (US only).

Later this week, I’ll be launching a Rafflecopter giveaway that will include a bound manuscript of Seduction Game. So there are lots of ways to win, lots of fun to be had. Stay tuned to make sure you’re part of all of it.

On this blog post, you can enter to win a signed copy of an I-Team book. Winners will receive a signed I-Team book in their language (UK winners will get the UK edition published by Eternal Romance). All you have to do to is post your favorite I-Team moment in the comments below. If you’ve never read one of the books, tell me you’re an I-Team virgin. The I-Team heroes will take care of that for you.

If you’re already an I-Team fan, you might be able to replace a dog-eared copy of one of your books with a shiny, new signed copy. If you’re new to the series, you’ll have a chance to catch up before Seduction Game is released.

Happy Birthday, I-Team!

And many thanks to the thousands of wonderful readers who have been so passionate about these stories and made this past decade such a joy!

Now, where’s the birthday cake?

Rules
Anyone on Planet Earth may enter. (My apologies to those who live elsewhere.)
This contest takes place on my regular blog, not on the Goodreads reprint of my blog, so Goodreads readers will need to make their way to my actual blog.
The deadline to enter is 11:59 on Aug. 8.
To enter, you must include contact info and your country in your post. You can breakup email addresses to avoid your email being lifted by spambots. Posters who leave no way for me to reach them will not be entered.
Only one prize per winner.
Winners will be chosen on Aug. 9 at random and notified by me.
Winners who fail to respond with their mailing info within 48 hours forfeit their prize, which will then go to another winner.
Winners in any given language are limited to the available number of prizes I have on hand.
These rules apply to this contest only and not the Goodreads or Rafflecopter giveaways.

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