The newest series by Brenda Novak is White Heat. Its going to be a trilogy in the Department 6 Hired Guns. (Body Heat #2 and Killer Heat #3)
ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publisher Harlequin Mira)
Nate Ferrentino and Rachel Jessop are operatives for Department 6, a private security company, and they’re going undercover to expose a new and dangerous cult.
This group has taken up residence in the Arizona desert, in a ghost town called Paradise . Members worship at the feet—and in the bed–of its charismatic leader, Ethan Wycliff. On his orders, they tried to stone a woman to death. And they’re implicated in the disappearance of a teenage girl.
To expose the Church of the Covenant, with its arcane rituals and debauched practices, Nate and Rachel must pretend to be married. That’s the only way they can get in—but being Nate’s “wife” is the last thing Rachel wants. She and Nate have a one-night history that’s just an embarrassment to her now. But they don’t have a choice. Wycliff has to be stopped.
ABOUT BRENDA NOVAK
Most writers say they’ve had stories running around in their head since they can remember, but that wasn’t the case for Brenda. She grew up thinking she didn’t have a creative bone in her body. She considered herself “left-brained,” with talents in science and mathematics, and even went to school for business.
It wasn’t until she was 29 and married with three kids that she discovered writing — and if not for a difficult situation that prompted her to find a way to make money from home, she might not have started even then.
Brenda was a loan officer for a mortgage company when she caught her in-home daycare provider drugging her children with cough medicines and Tylenol to get them to sleep while she was gone. They’d been waking up several times in the night and she couldn’t figure out why. Except for the baby, they were too old for that. But once she found the medicine in her baby’s bottle, she suspected the baby-sitter had been doing this for several months.
No longer able to trust someone else with her children’s well-being, Brenda quit her job to stay home with them — but her husband’s business was failing and she needed to find some way to help him financially. That’s when she decided to write a book.
It wasn’t the “quick fix” the Novaks were hoping for. It took her five years to teach herself the craft and to finish her debut novel, Of Noble Birth, published in November 1999. But it introduced her to something she loves to do more than anything else. Shortly after she sold Of Noble Birth, she sold three books to Harlequin’s Superromance line, the first of which, Expectations, came out in February 2000.
Now she has five children; three girls and two boys, and juggles her writing career with softball games and field trips, carpool runs and homework sessions, and trying to keep up with her active husband. Fortunately, her family is as involved in what she does as she is in their activities. Her husband or one of her daughters sometimes go to conferences with her, they put stamps on the postcards she sends to her mailing list when she has a new book come out, and they come to all her book signings.
Her oldest, Ashley, throws her backpack down when she gets home from school and immediately joins Brenda at her computer, wanting to hear the latest installment on her current work in progress. Ashley gives Brenda valuable feedback, and so does her husband, who hears the same pages when he comes home from work. Now, as a family, the Novaks look back on those hard times when Brenda was just starting out and are grateful that something so good came out of it.
Brenda loves to hear from fellow romance enthusiasts. You can contact her at P.O. Box 3781, Citrus Heights, CA, 95611 or via her web site at www.brendanovak.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
She also runs an annual on-line auction for diabetes research every May at Brenda Novak. To date, she’s raised over $1,072,000.
Interested in reading the first chapter to see if this book is for you? Click here to read it: Dept 6 Hired Guns.
Watch the trailer:
Doesn’t this sound really good? I am in the midst of reading this and I am enjoying it. (My review is to come.)
Guess what readers? I have one sweet giveaway for you. Thanks to Chelsy at Big Honcho Media I am able to offer this:
A White Heat prize pack including:
-3D viewer bookmark
-White Heat lip gloss – made especially for the book!
-A copy of White Heat
ABOUT THE LIP GLOSS:
White Heat Lip Gloss is a sheer and sexy hot pink gloss with silver-white and opalescent shimmer created in our signature non-sticky lip gloss formula. Available in a stackable swing-out pot, this universally flattering shade is the perfect travel-friendly gloss to keep your lips moist and hydrated on the go!
-The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian addresses. (No PO Boxes)
-Please leave me a comment with a email address so that I can contact you should you be a winner. (failure to do this will disqualify you)
The giveaway is sponsored by MIRA Books. Thank you Mira Books.
Also from the author’s website: If you’d like a pair of Brenda Novak 3D glasses (which double as a bookmark), send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Brenda Novak P.O. Box 3781 Citrus Heights, CA 95611
Twelve people have been shot at point-blank range and left to rot in the desert sun. It’s Sophia St. Claire’s job to do something about it. She’s Bordertown, Arizona’s new chief of police—and she’s out of her depth.
Help arrives in the form of Department 6 hired gun Roderick Guerrero. As far as Sophia’s concerned, his involvement only makes things worse. Maybe he’s managed to turn his life around. And maybe he’s a good investigator. But as the bastard son of a wealthy local rancher, he has a history he can’t get past. A history that includes her.
Rod refuses to leave town until the killer is caught. He’s not worried about the danger posed by some vigilante. It’s Sophia who threatens him. Because he’s used to risking his life—but his heart is another story. (Aug 31/10)
The bodies of seven women have been discovered in Skull Valley, Arizona. Jonah Young, a private security operative from Department 6, has been hired by the Yavapai County Sheriff to assist in solving these murders. But Jonah’s not prepared for the complications that arise when he’s forced to work with a woman from his past, private investigator Francesca Moretti.
Jonah betrayed Francesca ten years ago. She hasn’t forgiven him and she’s pretty sure she never will. But the woman she was hired to find has been murdered in exactly the same way as the seven in Skull Valley, so like it or not, Francesca has to work with Jonah. They quickly zero in on the most likely suspect–but questions remain. Questions they have to answer. Because if they bet on the wrong man, it might be the last thing they ever do…
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