Lynn Raye Harris, Hot Pursuit and Giveaway!

Today we have author Lynn Raye Harris and she's sharing about a book she loved! Connect with Lynn on Facebook and Twitter. A kindle gift copy of Hot Pursuit for one commenter!


Some stories never die.  About 8 years ago, I started work on a book that I loved.  I don’t know what I called it back then, but it opened up with Evie Baker, a chef and restaurant owner who’d lost everything, coming back to her hometown where she was going to have to start over again.  Matt Girard, who was always named Matt (but not Girard) was the richest boy in town – and the one Evie had always loved.

Originally, I thought this book would be a Harlequin Blaze.  Then I decided it was more than that.  I also decided that Matt had to be in the military.  He was originally a fighter pilot.  It took a little bit of thinking for the Hostile Operations Team to be born, but that finally happened too.

 HOT PURSUIT grew and changed over the course of a few years (including finally getting a title I liked, and a few years before Suzanne Brockmann used it).  But then I started to write for Harlequin, and it got shoved into a drawer (even though it was a Golden Heart Finalist in 2008).  But I couldn’t quite forget about it!

 My then-agent didn’t think it would sell to New York, so I just kind of sighed sadly and left it in the drawer.  But then self-publishing exploded and I knew what I needed to do with this book.  I just couldn’t give up on Matt and Evie and the team!

 

I hired an editor, did the hard work of revisions, got a great cover, got some more editing, and finally put the book on NetGalley for some advance reviews.  I’ve been stunned and thrilled with the reaction readers have been having to this story!  Some books should stay buried, probably, but I’m glad this one didn’t.  I’m glad I didn’t give up on it.

 

I hope you enjoy Matt and Evie!  I look forward to hearing from you, and to writing more stories set in this world.  Next up is a novella, HOT MESS, which features Sam “Knight Rider” McKnight, a new recruit to HOT, and his best friend’s little sister, Georgeanne Hayes (who isn’t so little anymore!).  After that, Kev “Big Mac” MacDonald gets his turn.  I can’t wait to share all these stories with you!

 Hot Pursuit on Kindle.

Best Wishes,

Lynn

A kindle gift copy of Hot Pursuit for one commenter!

22 comments:

  1. I love how perseverance has paid off, and in a big way for you! Congrats on what sounds like a terrific book~

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  2. Already bought the book and it was amazing. Keep them coming can't wait Hot Mess.

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    1. Aw, thanks! That excites me so much! :)

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  3. What a great story! Good for you for not giving up. :)

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  4. I love hearing stories like this. I'm glad your perseverance paid off. Your book sounds great!

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  5. Judging by the blurb and cover, (yowza!) "hot" sounds like the perfect word for this book. Great reviews, too! Good luck, Melissa. I hope you sell a bazillion.

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  6. DUH! Not Melissa... although I'm sure she's a delightful lady... I meant LYNNE. (Sheesh.)

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    1. LOL!! It's okay. Trust me, my brain is elsewhere these days! In fact, I just remembered I had to come back here and check in because I've been madly finishing a book.

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  7. that is a brilliant story of never giving up on something you love, we already know you are a great writer but I am glad you followed this through. All the best with the others and just to let you know already have it! :) woo hoo Not mess is next ladies and gents :)
    Jan. xxx

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  8. Yay Lynne! I also have a few drawer-novel characters I love very much. I'm so glad you've gotten to breathe new life into yours! :-)

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  9. HOT PURSUIT does look and sound amazing. Glad you pulled it out of the drawer.

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  10. Oh cool! Love when writers dont give up on their stories! Thanks for sharing yours today Lynne!

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  11. Well suddenly my reply key stopped working! Argh!

    Lexa, thank you!

    Mary, I'm glad too!

    Pk, I'm so happy I didn't give up! :)

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  12. Congratulations to Dana! Your name was picked as the winner of this contest!

    Thanks for coming by to chat with Lynn. And thank you Lynn for chatting with all our friends here!

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    1. Thanks you! I'm so excited! :D

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