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I am always in awe of the women who write on this website.
This year I spent the better part of my Thanksgiving holiday not cooking or cleaning anything.
It was very refreshing! Instead of baking and prepping the house for guests, we decided to take advantage of the school holiday and venture into the great outdoors.
Destination: Sedona, Arizona. If you’ve never been there, it’s a breathtaking area at the gateway to the Grand Canyon. After getting up before sunrise and rushing to the airport, we landed at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport and were delighted to be exploring the red rocks by afternoon.
We spent several days hiking, snapping photos, and taking in the beautiful scenery. One thing I love about hiking on vacation is that I can indulge in some hearty meals and guilt-free ice cream cones. This trip I discovered a wonderful breakfast spot called The Coffee Pot, which takes it’s name from the pitcher-shaped rock formation nearby. I was so excited to find grits and biscuits on the menu as well as 101 different types of omelettes. (I tried the chorizo and cheese, but the most creative selection on the menu was PB&J.)
The highlight of the trip was a three-hour trek out to Devil’s Bridge, which is a natural rock bridge tucked deep into the mountains. If I’d realized how long it would take to get there, I might not have ventured the journey… but it turned out to be well-worth the effort.
And the nicest part of the week? I didn’t spend a single moment worrying about turkey or gravy or pie until Thursday morning.
Do you have any non-traditional plans for the holiday season?
Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of my new book SCORCHED, which I am thrilled to say is a New York Times and USA Today best seller. I snapped a photo of the book at the Phoenix airport, where it is part of the book store’s “Read & Return” program.
Some stories began years before a single word is written.
Thirteen years ago I was newly married and living in the Philippines, having the adventure of a lifetime. Without kids to tie us down, my husband and I spent the weekends and any day off he could get traveling around Southeast Asia on a shoestring budget, taking in the exotic sites. Besides exploring Thailand and Hong Kong, we went all over the Philippines–from the pristine white beaches of Cebu to the verdant rice terraces of Banaue and the lush rainforests in between.
The Philippine islands are spectacular. But for all the nation’s natural beauty, there is some ugliness, too. The poverty in Manila is heart-wrenching. I’ll never forget the street children or the tiny, makeshift huts many families call home. And as Westerners, we were warned that certain pockets of the country weren’t safe to visit–such as the southern islands, where they were having political strife and foreign missionaries were being kidnapped and beheaded.
The contrasts of the place got to me. At the time I was writing magazine articles–mostly fluffy features about restaurants and shopping. But I always thought if I ever wrote something meatier, such as a book, I’d like to set it in the Philippines.
More than a decade later, that desire has become a reality. My new book SCORCHED opens in the Philippines, where the suspense story is set in motion.
SCORCHED features two of my favorite Tracers characters, forensic anthropologist Kelsey Quinn and Navy SEAL Gage Brewer. These two have a history, but at the book’s open they are worlds apart–both in body and spirit. Gage is on a daring rescue mission in the Indian Ocean and Kelsey is leading a human rights dig in the southern Philippines at the site of a brutal massacre. While excavating a mass grave, Kelsey stumbles upon a skeleton that doesn’t fit. Her search for answers leads her back to the United States, where she finds herself at a murder scene and ends up on the run for her life.
Despite their tumultuous past, Gage is the only person she can trust for help. They end up on the run together, both as prime suspects in a murder. Much of the story is about their struggle to unravel the crime, elude the investigators who think they’re guilty, and also dodge the bullets of the real killers, who want them dead.
Writing this story was quite an adventure for me. I got to interview Navy SEALs and forensic anthropologists. I visited a body farm and got to hold human bones for the first time, trying to put myself in the shoes of my main character. It was so much fun writing this novel and I hope readers will enjoy it. I’ve been thrilled with some of the early reviews:
“Dynamite characters, a taut plot and plenty of sizzle.” –RT Book Reviews
“Starts with a bang and never loses its momentum.” –Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
“SCORCHED kicks major butt….Definitely one of The Best Romances of 2012.” –A Tasty Read
I have a free excerpt of SCORCHED posted on my website. And today I’m giving away a signed copy of the book! Leave a comment for a chance to win.
So much going on this week my head is spinning! On a personal note, I attended a graduation ceremony for my fifth-grader. I said goodbye to some friends who are moving. And I have been caught up in the end-of-school whirlwind of recitals, parties, and appreciation luncheons.
I’m delighted to reveal the cover for SCORCHED!
And just to make things crazier (in a good way) I was thrilled to be featured in a Barnes & Noble spotlight these last two weeks. My Tracers series is catching some new attention (yay!) and the first book, UNTRACEABLE, is on sale for just 99 cents through tomorrow. I have been thrilled to hear from lots of readers who are discovering the series for the very first time.
Finally, it’s release week for LOVE IS MURDER.
I am honored to be a part of this story collection, with an all-star lineup of authors that includes our very own Allison Brennan, Debra Webb, Toni McGee Causey, plus Roxanne St. Claire, Lori Armstrong, Lee Child, Sherrilyn Kenyon… the list goes on. The reviews have been wonderful and author Douglas Preston calls the book “the finest collection of romantic suspense ever published.”
My story “Night Heat” was inspired by a cocktail party I once attended at the American ambassador’s house in the Philippines while I was living overseas. In the story (fictional, I promise!) a band of terrorists storms the compound and takes the Ambassador and his guests hostage. A team of U.S. Navy SEALs comes in to rescue everyone, but when the mission goes awry they are forced to improvise.
This is a fun, action-packed book that I plan to toss in my beach bag so that I can read and enjoy throughout the summer. Today I’m giving away a copy of LOVE IS MURDER. Just leave a comment for a chance to win!
Allison Brennan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly three dozen romantic thrillers and mysteries, including the Lucy Kincaid series and the Max Revere series. She lives in Northern California with her husband, five children, and assorted pets.Read more
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