Michelle Grey - Certified Storm Spotter
My name is Michelle Grey and my most recent novel, Convergence, highlights a storm chasing heroine and an FBI agent hero who’s trying to track down the person trying to kill her.
Convergence is my third romantic suspense novel in the Long Shot Series, and I’m so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to interact with amazing professionals as I’ve researched these novels.
I love authenticity in fiction. It adds an element of depth that I love to read, and strive to provide to readers. In previous novels, I’ve interviewed policemen, FBI agents, paramedics, adoption specialists and audiologists to get elements into my stories that allow people in those professions to still lose themselves in the story. And that’s ultimately my goal; that the story flows so smoothly that nothing yanks the reader out with a “well, that would never happen” moment.
With Convergence, the authenticity came easily. I’ve lived in the Midwestern United States almost my entire life, so respect for super storms and tornadoes comes very naturally for me. I’m a certified storm spotter (don’t be impressed – I went to a seminar and they took my number so they can contact me after a storm happens to get feedback on what I experienced).
Despite my minimal training, there’s nothing more compelling to me than being in the middle of a storm capable of producing tornadoes, and that ominous radio warning from the emergency alert system gets my blood pumping every time.
The genesis for Tori’s character came from watching an incredible storm chaser named Reed Timmer, first on Discovery Channel then on TVN. He seemed fearless and willing to risk everything to find the perfect storm, and while I’m sure his motivation to chase storms was different than Tori’s, I really wanted to incorporate that intensity into Tori’s character.
I sincerely hope you enjoy Convergence and get caught up in the thrill of the chase. Tori is chasing her past and tornadoes, and the killer is chasing her.
Nothing comes between Tori Whitlock and her tornado chase season -- not a serial killer, not even the hot FBI agent who’s vowed to save her life. But Detective Jack Mathis plays tough. Ending this case isn’t just his job, it’s his mission. And he finally has the advantage.
He faces Tori’s hostility and objections head-on, interjecting himself into every aspect of her life, and leaving him no time to dwell on his own.
Through the twists and turns of the madman’s game, Tori is forced to adapt to her unwelcome circumstances. Still, she fights Jack's presence, and her attraction to him, as he tries to open doors better left closed.
For Tori and Jack, life and death decisions are part of their jobs. But, can they overcome their pasts and realize that there’s a difference between life and living?
This meeting isn’t about Glenn and his new show.”
Tori checked Cam and Dwayne to see if they were as confused as she was, but neither one was looking at her. She sat back and cocked her head. “Then what?”
Alan tugged at his shirt collar. “The emails. Cam gave them to me. And I gave them to the FBI.”
Her head swiveled to Cam, her voice low and menacing. “You rat bastard. I want my key back. You had no right.”
Cam’s steady eyes assessed her. “Would you have turned in the emails?”
Tori rolled her eyes. “Of course not. I –”
“Exactly. I had no choice but to be the responsible one.”
“Responsible my –”
Alan raised his voice, interrupting their spat. “Either way, the FBI thinks the emails are credible enough that they’re sending their lead agent on the case down here to become your best friend for a little while.”
Fingers dug into the chair’s padded fake leather arms as she shot a pointed look at Cam. “I don’t need another ‘friend.’ I’ve got enough of them already. What’s he going to do, live with me?”
“Probably. And chase with you, too.”
Tori’s chair exploded against the conference room wall as she flew out of it and planted her palms on the table. “Oh, hell no.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Michelle Grey is an avid lover of books, and had always thought that someday she would take up her pen and write romantic suspense. In 2009, Michelle was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer, and she realized that “somedays” aren’t guaranteed. This life changing event motivated Michelle to pursue her dream of becoming an author.
In January of 2013, Michelle released her debut novel, Dangerous Ally.
In September of 2013, the next book in her Long Shot Series, Unspoken Bonds, was published.
Now a cancer survivor, Michelle decided to use her platform to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms. In January 2014 she published, Are You Listening: A Personal Journal of an Ovarian Cancer Survivor.
Because it is so important to spread the word, one hundred percent of the proceeds from this $.99 ebook go directly to the Vicki Welsh Ovarian Cancer Fund to support their mission of fighting ovarian cancer through awareness, education, research and support.
Michelle lives in the Midwestern US with her husband of twenty-eight years and has four amazing and unique children, a wonderful son-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters. Michelle believes that any day that involves family, writing, or reading is a great day, indeed.
Michelle Grey will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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The Wade Family Saga
Listen carefully. Do you hear the sounds of a large family going about their daily tasks on a small eastern Missouri farm after the Civil War? They have no radio, television, or internet, yet they engage in happy conversation, laughing, calling to one another, and sometimes raising their voices in contention. This is Leann Frances Clark’s family. Leann is a young lady at the beginning of the Wades of Crawford County series which consists of three books and another, Heaven Must Wait, Part II, now on pre-order and coming online May 3.
Leann desires to become engaged to Ralph Wade who lives on a farm ten miles away. Her father, John Clark, objects saying she’s too young, and Ralph cannot make a good living on his farm. Missouri is devastated after the war. Some of the bloodiest battles of the struggle were fought there. Earning a living on the land is difficult with much of the livestock stolen, food crops destroyed, and homes burned or destroyed. Outlaws roam the countryside reeking havoc.
Ralph begins farming on acreage cut from his father’s holdings after the conflict, but has a difficult time making a living. However, he loves Leann and is determined to make her his wife. He will wait as long as John Clark insists. Leann wants to abide by her father’s wishes, but loves Ralph and determines to marry him with or without John’s approval.
After retirement, I became interested in family genealogy and began researching my father’s line. I found the connection to John Sevier, my fourth great-grandfather and first governor of Tennessee. John Sevier, one of the original settlers in Tennessee, is also a Revolutionary War hero who fought in the Battle of Kings’ Mountain. His grandson immigrated to Missouri during the early 1800’s, settling in the Cuba, Missouri area. The immigrant’s son, my great-grandfather and Civil War veteran, is portrayed in the character of Ralph Wade, hero of the Wade family saga. However, another side of the veteran’s personality after the war—one of emotional conflict—is captured in Sonny Wade, Ralph’s brother. Both brothers are in love with Leann. Conflict between her love for Ralph and desire for Sonny arises throughout the series.
Heaven Must Wait, Part II is a novella and extension of Heaven Must Wait, the first book in the series. The two books introduce the characters and setting of the Wade family saga. Another novel and last of the Leann stories, is planned for the near future.
Heaven Must Wait - Part II
Times are difficult in Missouri after the Civil War. Families struggle to keep their property from creditors and outlaws. The desire of Ralph Wade’s heart is to marry the girl of his dreams, beautiful Leann Clark, but many obstacles stand in their way. Ralph finds love is not enough to persuade Leann’s father to give his permission for their marriage. John Clark wishes more than love for his daughter. He wants her husband to provided a good living with a secure future. Ralph is much too hot-tempered and unreliable in John’s eyes. Leann desires the dashing Ralph and defies her father to be with him. She believes her love is strong enough to see them through the hard times. Through adverse circumstances, the young couple struggle to keep the fires of their love and faith burning.
Leann felt she couldn't be happier. Her parents seemed to have forgiven Ralph for the altercation he had with Wesley Snipes over a saloon girl and were making friendly overtures toward him. She knew Pa expected both she and Ralph to act responsibly, and she determined not to break his trust. Her heart sang as they walked to the oak tree where Maude waited patiently.
Ralph put his hat on, then untied his mare. “I love you, Leann. I'll see you next week.”
“I love you. I can hardly wait 'til next Tuesday.” She looked toward the house, then stood on her tiptoes and lightly kissed his lips.”
He quickly glanced toward the house, bent down and planted a firmer kiss on her mouth, then mounted Maude. Without saying anything more, he turned his horse toward home. She stood watching until he rode out of sight. With a heart bursting of love for Ralph, Leann made her way back to the house.
About the Author:
The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.
Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.
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When friends become lovers, is there a chance friendship can turn into something more?
Cyber security consultant, Sloane Cooper is dumped by her wanna-be politician boyfriend, his parting shot—not only are you the worst girlfriend ever, but you're a lousy kisser, too! So she turns to game developer Miles Preston for “kissing lessons”. But Miles doesn't want to be Sloane's rebound guy. How does he convince his best friend steamy kisses are not enough? Traditional wooing won't work. Can a few well chosen gaming obstacles do the trick instead?
“You're not wearing the dress I bought you.”
The up and coming political star with aspirations for the U. S. Senate, was irritated.
Sloane wasn't surprised. She glanced down at the black leggings, emerald-green flowing top inset with slashes of lace, and her favorite Converse tennis shoes before opening the door wide as an invitation to enter.
She grabbed her cell from the side table where she'd left it. Five o'clock? Crap!
Scrambling to find an excuse that wouldn't irritate him further, the only thing she could conjure up was the truth. “I'm sorry. Picked up this sweet gig today. Identifying spyware. Worms. Intruders. The whole nine yards. I lost track of time.”
She backed toward her bedroom and the dress that so wasn't her style.
Her consulting business, Cooper Cyber Securities, was her life. Well, with the exception of Todd, the guy she'd been dating for two years. And she loved it. The challenge. Excitement of the chase. Sussing out code gone wrong. Locking out hackers.
When her apology had no affect—Todd's brows pulled into an intimidating
canyon—Sloane stopped retreating. Hands plunked on hips, she took a stand. She didn't need anyone telling her what to wear. Except just this once she should probably make an exception. If she was interested in talking him out of his foul mood.
She wasn't given a chance.
“My god, Sloane! When are you going to grow up and start living in the real world?”
Real world? What was that supposed to mean? She had a real-world job. She swallowed sudden anger before she said something that wouldn't help the situation. “I said I was sorry. It won't take long to get ready. Ten minutes. Fifteen tops.”
Before she could spin around to perform this miracle—really she'd need at the very least thirty minutes—Todd's next words stopped her cold.
“This isn't going to work for me.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Like all children of military families, Susan spent her childhood moving from one duty station to the next. An ardent student of human nature, she acquired a love for ancient history and myth, a fascination for the ridiculous and unusual, and is the first to admit, she still collects way too much useless information. These days, when not working as a Registered Nurse, she writes whenever she can. When not writing, her favorite things to do are spend time with family, read, watch movies, garden, take black-and-white photos, travel, and remodel her house.
Susan Lute will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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1893 . . . Jennifer Crawford, the peacekeeper in a well-to-do Boston family rife with anger, deceit, and even treachery, was born to solve mathematical mysteries at a time when women are only beginning to venture from home and into the world of commerce and politics. Beautiful and shy, she struggles to find the courage to face a scheming mother and guide a father denying their familial dysfunction, hesitant to traverse the volatile economics banks are facing at the turn of the twentieth century. But danger threatens when she discovers the crimes of an abusive man determined to make Jennifer his own.
Zebidiah Moran, chief of staff for a new senator in Washington, is determined to uncover the lovely Jennifer’s secrets and guard her from danger. But will his sacrifices be enough to keep her safe?
The carriage rolled to a stop at a discreet side door on the massive stone building that was the Crawford Bank, and her father stepped out. “Take Miss Crawford to the lobby.”
Jennifer pulled her gloves tight as they rounded the corner and then accepted the doorman’s help down the two carriage steps. She drew herself up as she’d seen Jolene and her mother do on so many occasions, straightening her back, and slowly turning her head from side to side. Gentlemen stopped on either side of the dark carpet that went the entire way to the bank’s marble foundation.
The doorman nodded and opened the door for her to enter. “Good morning, Miss Crawford.”
Snow had begun to swirl around her, sprinkling white on her dark blue walking coat and velvet hat, the pheasant feather dipping with each step. The men who had stopped to let her pass were tipping their hats or removing them.
“Good morning, McAtee! It is a lovely morning, even with this wretched snow.”
“Let me hold my umbrella over you so you don’t get wet,” a young man shouted, and received laughter in reply from the men around him.
“Thank you, but I’m almost inside,” she said, and tossed her dark blond curls over her shoulder as she smiled brightly at the man holding his umbrella out to her like an offering.
Jennifer entered the bank with a nod to the doorman.
“She smiled at you, boyo,” another man said to the man holding the umbrella. “Lucky dog, you.”
“She did,” he replied, still staring at the now closed bank door. “She did.”
“I time my mornings to be just here when she arrives,” the man said. “’Twas a dreadful stretch when she was away. I thought I’d right died when she come back.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Holly Bush writes historical romance set in the U.S.in the late 1800’s, in Victorian England, and recently released her first Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and on Facebook at Holly Bush.
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