Books & Spoons Author Guest Post by Heather Graham - the author of Strangers in Paradise
Strangers in Paradise
& Sheltered in His Arms
(Bestselling Author Collection)
by Heather Graham & Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 544 pages
July 1st 2016 by Harlequin
A SAFE PLACE
Alexi Jordan moves to her family's crumbling Florida estate to start over. The house needs work, but that's exactly what she's looking for to get her life back on track after a disastrous marriage and an exhausting career. But after a series of unsettling phone calls and someone tampering with her lights, Alexi begins to fear that her home is far from a refuge.
Her neighbor, Rex Morrow, insists on protecting Alexi. She can't deny that Rex is strong and sheltering, but the feelings she begins to develop for him are just as frightening as the series of scary events in her home. As the danger increases, Alexi must decide who poses the greater risk—her mysterious stalker, or the man who threatens to steal her heart…
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Sheltered in His Arms by USA TODAY bestselling author Tara Taylor Quinn
Ten years after doing the unforgivable and leaving Shelter Valley, Sam Montford returns home. But forgiveness proves hard to find…particularly with the one woman he loved the most and hurt the deepest: his ex-wife, Cassie Tate.
Strangers in Paradise takes place in the area that’s been my home my entire life—with all the good and the bad that come with living in such a paradise! I do love Miami, for all of her beauty, though I admit, of course, we have our problems. We’ve grown too big for our britches in my lifetime; we have crime, and we have craziness. But, still, there’s nothing like a sunset in the western sky, a sunrise, the Deco insanity of Miami Beach, and the beauty to be found in the coral shelves off our coastline. I am a diver—maybe that’s half the reason I love my area so much!
We’re entirely crazy; head down to Key West and you can hear a story about a man who married and lived with a beloved corpse for seven years. Look back a decade, maybe, and you can find a newspaper headline reading “Electric Chair Deemed Dangerous!”
Yes, crazy. I see us as the New York City of this generation—we have people pouring in from the islands, South America, and beyond. You can hear just about any language . . . lol! Sometimes, even English!
But, we are a great place where we are accustomed to embracing everyone, and that’s what I find most important as we move forward. This doesn’t mean it’s a giant love-in here. We still have our troubles with backgrounds and customs and so on—but we know that acceptance is what we need to grow, and we’re always trying to take those steps forward.
I grew up here, and so, of course, I remember being a child and spying on some of the giant old Southern estates we have, even this far South! Hey, Miami might be comparatively new, but sad to say, the American army was down here battling in the Seminole Wars early on in the nineteenth century and there was a fort—Ft. Dallas—on the Miami River hosting officers during the Civil War.
It can be hot—but, hey! We’re rarely into the nineties in summer while a lot of other places are hitting the 100 mark. Yes, we’re humid. Okay, you probably will sweat here! But, come on down. The diving is great. Beaches are wonderful. We’re a hop, skip, and a jump from the Florida Keys—and they truly are fabulous. A quick ride along the Tamiami Trail, and you’re in the Everglades. We even have a Venetian palace—Vizcaya! Museums and zoos and theater and art.
And, of course, the sun. The golden sun, drenching us each day, and leaving us at night with an extraordinary palette of color. We all see something different in the world around us. But . . . .
To me, yes . . . South Florida can truly be a bit of Paradise!
New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare.
She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages. She has written over 200 novels and has 60 million books in print. She has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations for excellence in her work, and she is also proud to be a recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers. (And award for charitable endeavors.) Heather has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television.
Heather loves travel and anything that has to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. She also loves ballroom dancing. Each year she hosts the Vampire Ball and Dinner theater at the RT convention raising money for the Pediatric Aids Society and in 2006 she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken Gulf Region. She is also the founder of “The Slush Pile Players,” presenting something that’s “almost like entertainment” for various conferences and benefits. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.
The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.
Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.
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STRANGERS IN PARADISE PRISM TOUR GIVEAWAY
1 Winner: $10 Amazon eGift Card
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