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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for IN THE HEAT OF THE TROPICS by Christina Elliott, a romantic suspense available now from Melange Books/Satin Romance.

Christina Elliott will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more they comment, the better their chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.

In the Heat of the Tropics

by Christina Elliott

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GENRE: Romantic suspense

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BLURB:

Amid a sweltering Miami summer, a serial killer is haunting the city. Reporter Ingrid Sorenson is assigned the story and her primary source is brusque detective Rick Gonzalez. The pair clash, but sparks of passion ignite. They risk their jobs to give in to their desire, but mistrust of each other’s career motives wedges them apart. Then Ingrid gets a tip that leads her into the killer’s lair. She and Rick must choose between saving themselves or rescuing their love.

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EXCERPT:

She arrived before the police had erected a tent around the victim, and even standing at the mouth of the alley, she could see the silhouette of a man reclining at an odd angle in the driver’s seat of a minivan.

A man murdered in his car. Just like the John Killings. Could the John Killer have returned to mark the year anniversary of his last murder? She tried to control her excitement. If it was the serial killer, this would be a huge story. And she just happened to be working that night.

Then that detective had shown up, wrenching her incredibly good luck to incredibly bad inside two minutes. She still didn’t even know the guy’s name. But maybe he wouldn’t be working the case. Maybe he was just on duty and got the callout, and maybe it wouldn’t matter if he was on the case. Her primary contact at the P.D. was media relations. Still, it was a bad break. Developing a personal relationship with detectives was the way to scoops. She didn’t need him possibly poisoning other cops against her.  

The coroner’s tech was photographing the body and the car. Detective Asshole was standing with folded arms, watching. Every now and then, he turned in her direction—checking on her. With her initial excitement fading to disillusion, a wave of tiredness overcame her. She wiped her forehead with her forearm. The air had cooled at this time of night, but it was still muggy. She trudged back to her car, posted a two-sentence brief online about a suspicious death in an alley north of downtown from her phone and headed home.

As she raced down the normally traffic-choked U.S. 1, she recalled that whole embarrassing video incident.  As Mel had predicted, she’d been hauled into Marlena’s office the next day to give her side of the story. Thankfully, Marlena had concluded that it wasn’t Ingrid’s fault. Why would an undercover operative be so reckless as to show up at a media conference? Still, Ingrid had been nervous that it would be held against her when she applied for the police beat, but it hadn’t. Neither did it seem to matter to Major Montoya when Ingrid had gone to the station to introduce herself as the new Star reporter. The only person who held the grudge was the detective, although he seemed to have landed pretty well if he was investigating homicides.

Despite being an asshole, he was cute, hot actually. But being an arrogant jerk seemed to be the required personality trait of good-looking men, as if they knew handsome guys were in short supply and acted accordingly. Still, Ingrid wondered whether something could’ve developed between them if the video thing hadn’t happened.

She had felt a frisson of … what exactly, attraction? … in that look they’d shared, and he must’ve rushed to get to the door before she left the press conference for a reason. She stopped herself. What-ifs were nothing but a trap of despair.  They didn’t bear thinking about.

She pulled into the driveway, tires crunching over the carpet of red berries fallen from the palm trees in her front yard. She was due back at work in a few hours for her regular day shift. She’d get some sleep and head back to follow up the homicide. If she could break the story that the John Killer had returned, and stay ahead on the story after that, maybe she could nab a promotion to a coveted slot on the investigative team. Then she’d never have to worry about running into Detective Asshole again.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:


How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

In the Heat of the Tropics is set in the summer in Miami, which is a brutally long, hot and season so the title represents both the physical heat and the sensual heat between the two characters. I love the word “tropic.” It conjures up a lot of great romantic, sensual images. Technically, though, Miami/South Florida is a subtropical climate zone. The mainland US does not have any actual tropical zones. However, “subtropic” just does not have the same sexy ring as “tropic.” So I took a little dramatic license!


Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular design?

It was designed by a fabulous cover artist at Melange Books, my publisher—Caroline Andrus. I specifically requested her because I love her work. She always does really top notch covers. The backdrop is a skyline of Miami Beach at sunset, which generates a warm palette of colors—great for a romance! Then we have the scantily clad couple, which gives an idea of the heat level of the story. I saw it and thought it would definitely stand out on the shelf!


Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
I had a weird case of life imitating art with this book. I used to be a reporter in Los Angeles, and several years ago I got to do a ride-along with a police sergeant named Rick.as part of an assignment. (A ride-along is when police take citizens out on a tour to see what police work is like.) As we’re driving around, I suddenly realized I was actually living a scene from my book, when Rick takes Ingrid out on a ride-along! I told the sergeant of my weird déjà vu. He smiled but he didn’t seem to really appreciate it. I think he thought it was a unique way of hitting on him!

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
Other than reading and writing books, my other passion is travelling. I’ve travelled to about sixty-five countries and I’ve hit every continent. I love other experiencing and learning about other cultures and histories. I’ve still got so many places on my bucket list to visit. Sometimes I think I should just throw a backpack on and hit the road for a while to get to as many as I can!

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
I had to research alligators, which are very common in Florida. Anywhere there’s water, there’ll be a gator lurking somewhere. Tucker, the killer in the book, lives in the Everglades, where of course there are tons of gators. He poaches them for skins and eats the meat (I’ve heard it tastes like chicken!). So I had to research state laws about alligator hunting, alligator nesting seasons, alligator behavior in hurricanes and storms, as well as which law enforcement agency is in charge of enforcing these laws. It was kind of an odd thing for a romance novel, but I aim to get the details right!


What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?

I’m working on another romantic suspense, titled “Angel’s Lust,” which will be more of a mystery rather than a thriller that is “In the Heat of the Tropics.” “Angel’s Lust” is set in Los Angeles, which besides being the home of Hollywood, but it’s also the home the adult entertainment industry, which is the backdrop for the mystery. The love story is between two homicide detectives competing to solve the suspicious death of an executive that is linked to the adult entertainment industry. The case deepens into sex trafficking and an unsolved murder.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Tell other readers! Either personally or through reviews. Authors appreciate honest reviews and feedback, including criticism as long as it’s respectful, but there’s no need to be cruel or nasty. We know everyone is not going to like everything so it takes courage to put our work out in public for judgment. Think how you would like having your own job performance made public! So we really appreciate it when people take the time to spread the word when they do enjoy it.


Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
Don’t give up!  It’s a long, rocky journey to publication and after that, to publishing success. There are few, if any, overnight sensations in this business. You really have to keep at it, out of drive and passion, despite rejection. Rejection is part of the journey. Don’t let it derail you.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Christina Elliott is a former Miami newspaper reporter and editor. She now writes spicy romantic suspense novels from Los Angeles, where she’s glad to report there are far fewer bad-hair days but sadly far less Cuban coffee. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America.


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GIVEAWAY:

Christina Elliott will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


TOUR PARTICIPANTS:


December 18: Christine Young
December 19: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
December 20: Nickie's Views and Interviews
December 21: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
December 22: Sharing Links and Wisdom
January 2: Romance Novel Giveaways
January 2: BooksChatter
January 3: The Avid Reader
January 4: Rachel Brimble Romance
January 5: Fabulous and Brunette
January 8: Harlie's Books
January 9: Sea's Nod
January 10: Harps Romance Book Review
January 11: T's Stuff
January 12: Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
January 15: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
January 16: Readeropolis
January 17: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
January 18: Long and Short Reviews
January 19: Straight From the Library

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13 comments:

  1. This book sounds like an awesome read!

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  2. I enjoyed reading about your book; congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  3. Thanks so much for the great excerpt and congrats on the tour.

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  4. Enjoyed reading the excerpt and your interview today

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  5. Many thanks for hosting me today on the blog!

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    1. It's my pleasure! Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres. Best of luck with IN THE HEAT OF THE TROPICS and the book tour.

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  6. Thanks for sharing the great post, I enjoyed reading it!

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  7. Who is your favorite literary character? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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