Thursday, August 8, 2013

Romantic Suspense RITA Winner Laura Griffin

A Tracers Novel

Pocket Books

Every picture tells a story. But not all of them have happy endings.

As a forensic photographer at the Delphi Center crime lab, Maddie Callahan is used to seeing violence up close, but she’s never before been the target of it. When a freelance photo shoot goes awry, she realizes she may have seen, and perhaps photographed, the kidnapping of a key witness in a federal probe. And although her camera was stolen, Maddie knows she has something that could be even more valuable to investigators.

FBI agent Brian Beckman has spent months investigating a vicious criminal known as the Doctor, only to have a key witness abducted on his watch. Worse, he’s falling for the woman who may be the Doctor’s next target. Maddie’s aloof facade hides a world of hurt that he wants to heal, no matter how much she keeps him at bay. But first he has to protect her from the danger that’s just out of focus, drawing close enough to shoot . . . and kill.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.

ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
LAURA: My favorite (modern) fairy tale is probably Star Wars. I love the themes of good versus evil and people finding their inner courage to face impossible odds.

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
LAURA: The hero of my story is FBI agent Brian Beckmann. I love him because he’s strong (of course), smart, confident. He’s not afraid to go after what he wants (in this case, my heroine Maddie, who is very reluctant to give her heart away and for good reason). Brian is younger than Maddie, and she sees that as a problem, but he is determined to prove her wrong and overcome her many reservations about getting involved. Of course, he’s very convincing...

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
LAURA: I have had the honor of meeting some of our Navy SEALs. I am so impressed with the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make and I don’t think we do enough to help and appreciate them when they are home.

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
Laura accepting her 2013 RWA RITA
LAURA: my children laughing

ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
LAURA: Action adventure!

ANGI: What’s a book in your To-Be-Read pile?
LAURA: My sister just gave me The War of Art. And I’m looking forward to Lee Child’s new thriller, Never Go Back.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
LAURA: I love so many movies! One of my favorite movie series is Jason Bourne. I loved Matt Damon as Bourne and then was thrilled to see Jeremy Renner in the latest film, The Bourne Legacy.

ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
LAURA: My biggest vice is books. I load up twice a year (usually during the holidays and before summer) and then devour them all year long. I can never stick to a budget when it comes to books, so those one-click buttons are dangerous.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: You've got a matching set of RITAs for your office. Mind sharing where you're keeping your ladies?  

LAURA'S GOTTA ANSWER: I love the two RITAs! I have them in my office as bookends, with my books in between.

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FAR GONE, coming in February 2014


RITA Award winning novel
a Tracers Novel, book 6

 a Tracers Novel, book 7

LAURA WILL BE DRAWING for a signed copy of her new book EXPOSED.

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LAURA GRIFFIN WANTS TO KNOW: I love to go to the movies. What is the best film you’ve seen this summer? Any upcoming movies on your must-see list?


  1. WELCOME BACK, LAURA. Your Tracer Series is great. Can't wait to get this one on my NEXUS to read.


  2. Congrats on the series! :)

    I love Iron Man 3... Can't wait to watch Avengers 2 when it comes out!

  3. I read SCORCHED and truly enjoyed it. Exposed is on my must read list and hope to get it soon.
    Iron Man 3 was great and GI JOE was really good. Haven't had much time to see many movies this summer so will have to pick them up on DVD in a few
    Thanks for the giveaway and writing such great books for us.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

  4. Hi Laura,
    Welcome to GLIAS and huge congratulations on your RITA. I'm so excited for you.

    I love going to movies too. Sadly, this summer has been drought-like for movie dates. We saw all the Oscar films earlier in the year but I still have to see the good summer action flicks: Star Trek, Iron Man, Despicable Me 2 :-). Of all the silly things, though, I did see The Lone Ranger. It got fairly awful reviews, but I loved it. I enjoy romps and this one had enough serious themes trickling through it that I found it poignant as well as silly. Some didn't like that juxtaposition, but I truly enjoyed it!

    Thanks again for joining us!

  5. Congrats!

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  6. Congrats on winning two Ritas! I love action movies as well. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the Marvel and DC movies that are out this year as well as The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, RED 2. Also you need to see Despicable Me 2, it's a great movie for the everyone.

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