Wednesday, August 8, 2012

GUEST LAUNCH PARTY + GIVEAWAY: Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker

 A Big Casa Welcome to fellow Casablanca author, Julie Ann Walker, whose DEBUT novel, Hell on Wheels, hits stores this month!

A big "hey!" and "whadup?" to all you romantic suspense addicts out there!  Have I got a treat for you!  Today, I'm introducing my new series, Black Knights Inc.  And it is time to raise the roof!    

Why, you ask?  Well, because the Black Knights just happen to combine two of the all-time sexiest male stereotypes on the planet, the man in uniform - yum! - and the Harley-riding bad boy - double yum!  And if that's not enough to make you want to go grab a cocktail and start dancing on tables, then I don't know what is. 

But don't take my word for it.  Just grab a quick peek at the blurb on the back of HELL ON WHEELS, the first book in my new series, and try not to start celebrating Nate "Ghost" Weller, the tough, taciturn, completely tasty hero:

Black Knights Inc.—Behind the facade of their tricked–out motorcycle shop is an elite special ops team assigned the jobs too hot for anyone else to handle.

Hold On Tight...
Ex–Marine Nate "Ghost" Weller is an expert at keeping his cool—and his distance—which makes him one hell of a sniper. It's also how he keeps his feelings for Ali Morgan in check. Sweet, sexy Ali has always revved his engine, but she's his best friend's baby sister...and totally off limits.

Rough Road Ahead
Ali's never seen anything sexier than Nate Weller straddling his custom Harley—or the flash of danger in his eyes when she tells him she's in trouble. First something happened to her brother, and now she's become the target of a nasty international organization. With Nate, her life is in the most capable hands possible—but her heart is another story altogether.

What did I tell ya?  Scrumptious, right?  And to sweeten the deal, I'm throwing in a teensy, tiny, morsel from the prologue.  To set the scene, Nate has just told Ali that her brother is dead...

“Nate!” She threw her arms around his neck. God, that felt right…and so, so wrong. “Tell me! Tell me what happened to you. Tell me what really happened to Grigg.” The last was breathed in his ear. A request. A heartrending plea.
“Y’know I can’t, Ali.” He could feel the salty hotness of her tears where she’d tucked her face into his neck. Smell, in the sweet humidity of her breath, the lemon tea she’d been drinking before he knocked on her parents’ door and told her the news that instantly blew her safe, sheltered world apart.

This was his greatest fantasy and worst nightmare all rolled into one. Ali, sweet, lovely Ali. She was here. Now. Pressed against his heart.

He reluctantly raised arms gone heavy with fatigue and sorrow. If Grigg could see him now, he’d take his favorite 1911-A1 and drill a .45 straight in his sorry ass. But the whole point of this Charlie Foxtrot was that Grigg wasn’t here. No one was here to offer Ali comfort but him. So he gathered her close—geez, her hair smelled good—and soothed her when the grief shuddered through her in violent, endless waves like the tide crashing to shore behind them.

And then she kissed him…

Oooh, the chemistry between those two is enough to have me fanning myself!  Thanks for joining me on the Casablanca blog today, and look for me next month when the second Black Knights Inc. book hits the shelves.  That's right!  There's more military/motorcycle-y fun to come!  So in the venerable words of Arnold Schwartzenegger, "I'll be back."

Deep in the heart of the Windy City, three things can be found at Julie Ann Walker’s fingertips: a keyboard, a carafe of coffee, and a sleepy yellow Labrador retriever.  They, along with her ever-patient husband, keep her grounded as her imagination flies high. Look for the next two books in her fast-paced series: In Rides Trouble (September 2012) and Rev It Up (October 2012). For more information, please visit or follow her on Twitter @JAWalkerAuthor and Facebook

 Thanks to Julie for joining us today and celebrating her fabulous debut! She'll be back in September and October for the releases of the next two books in the Black Knights Series. To enter to win one of two copies of Hell on Wheels, tell us in the comments what is your favorite type of romance hero? Please leave an email address for us to reach you at... Winners will be chosen on Monday (US and Canada only, please). Good Luck!


  1. Love the cover and loved the teaser. Sending congrats and much luck for a huge success!

  2. Congratulations! I see a winning trilogy!

  3. I enjoyed what I read. Congratulations. I like reading about the alpha males. They are so much better in romances than in real life lol.


  4. Congrats on your release! I remember helping pick this cover. So fun!

  5. Congrats on your debut release! I love reading romantic suspense and your uniform wearing and Harley riding bad boy sounds like just the type of hero I like to read about!

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  6. Definitely the tortured, emotionally scarred hero! Come on, who doesn't want a guy who thinks he could never fall in love fall in love with them? That sounded a little complicated, but ya get it ;-)
    CONGRATULATIONS, Julie, on your book! How exciting! I wish you good luck!


  7. Thanks for all the kudos, ladies! It's been a big couple of days!

  8. Congrats on your debut release, Julie. I do love an alpha hero who is not afraid to show his sensitive side.

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  9. Folks, I had the pleasure of an advance peek at this book and LOVE, LOVE, LOVED it!! Congrats, Julie, on a stunning debut!

  10. Loved it! Can't wait to get to the next book. Congratulations.

  11. Congratulations on the book! The book sounds good. I like alpha heroes.


  12. Hi Julie!
    CONGRATS on your release and debut!!! Love the cover:)

    My favorite type of romance hero is the man in uniform, but now that you've combined him with a Harley-riding bad boy there is no way I am going to be able to resist:) Definitely reading this series!

  13. I like heroes with problems like Ian from the Madness of Ian MacKenzie.

  14. My favorite type of Hero? That is so hard to choose, but I suppose I most lean to the bad boy kind.

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  15. I love heroes who are strong yet vulnerable, those who aren't afraid to laugh at themselves yet step up when the going gets tough. Congrats on the new book!

  16. Congrats on your debut release, Julie! Sounds like an awesome trilogy you've got here.

    As for favorite type of romance hero, I've got to say alpha heroes and tortured ones as well.


  17. Congrats on the release!! Sounds great.

    I like the alpha tortured heroes the most

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  18. Good morning! Our winner are


    I will be emailing you both shortly. Thanks to everyone who commented on Julie's post!