Tuesday, September 4, 2012

GUEST LAUNCH PARTY + GIVEAWAY: In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker

Please welcome back Julie Ann Walker! Her latest book, In Rides Trouble, is in stores this month! That’s right—she’s got a back to back to back release schedule for her debut military romantic suspense trilogy… 

Hidey-ho everybody.  'Tis I, Julie Ann Walker.  As promised, I'm baaacckk.  And, boy-howdy, am I ever ready to par-tay!  Today on the Casablanca blog I'm celebrating the release of the second Black Knights Inc. book, IN RIDES TROUBLE.  So grab a glass of something tasty, crank up some fast tunes, and come along with me as I introduce you to Frank "Boss" Knight and Becky "Rebel" Reichert. 

Besides each of them having stubborn streaks a country-mile wide, you won't find two people more opposite.  Frank is built like an Abram's tank and Becky is so petite she's almost diminutive.  At twenty-six, Becky still views the world with wide-eyed optimism and, at nearly forty, Frank is nothing if not jaded.  Becky's artistic; and Frank spends his free time sharpening his knives.  But if there's one thing we've learned throughout the ages, it's that opposites attract.  And these two are so hot together, I think their story should come with a warning label.  But don't take my word for it.  Read for yourself.

To set the scene, an injured Frank is in the sickbay of a Navy Destroyer after having rushed to Becky's rescue.  And he's high as the proverbial kite on pain medication...  

“You know,” he said, opening his eyes, the color was dark and turbulent, like Lake Michigan after a nor’easter, “I’ve missed your sharp little tongue.”

The way he said the word tongue made her own feel as if it was weighed down by an anvil.
And the way he was staring at her? Man, she was either dreaming or imagining things, because this just couldn’t be real.

“You’ve missed my sharp tongue?” she managed, panting as he brought her hand to his whisker-covered cheek. He rubbed his face on her palm like a cat seeking comfort. “Now, why is that, Frank? Is nobody stepping up to the plate and poking holes in your ego on a…,” she licked her lips again, “on a regular basis? Is your swelled head st…starting to hurt?”

“Mmm,” he grinned, his big square teeth blazing as white as the bandage on his head, “maybe.” He lazily snaked his hand around the back of her neck and slowly started pulling her down.

If she’d been the fainting type, she’d have gone lights-out right then and there, but she was not that type of girl. And thank God she wasn’t, or she’d have missed the feel of his hot breath brushing across her tingling lips.

Frank,” she whispered his name, her heart threatening to come crashing through her breastbone.

He groaned, the sound intoxicatingly fierce and darkly yearning, and then he was kissing her.

Frank Knight was kissing her.

Her. Rebecca Reichert, the thorn in his side, the professed bane of his existence, and his full male lips were so warm and surprisingly smooth as they brushed over her own.

She was instantly caught in a storm of his making when he angled her head with the gentle pressure of his thumb along her jaw, licking lazily at the seam of her lips. Opening to him wasn’t an option; it was automatic. And when he dove inside, she melted against his chest. That wasn’t an option either since her knees just gave out.

Oh, she finally understood what it meant to be tempest-tossed. But what she couldn’t understand was whether Frank was the storm or the shelter from the storm. She only knew that she wanted it to go on forever. The devouring plunge of his tongue into her mouth, the smell of him so warm and male inside her nose, the feel of his heavy chest cushioning the sensitive weight of her breasts, the deep sounds of hunger and triumph he made at the back of his throat, and the answering groans of desire and surrender at the back of her own.

This is wrong. This is so wrong!

She recognized that voice. It was reason, and it occasionally screeched at her, but she chose to ignore it because what they were doing felt so, so right...

See?  What did I tell you?  Hot, hot, hot!  Thanks for celebrating with me today on the Casablanca blog and be sure to come back next month for the third book in the series.  That's right.  There's still more to come!

Thanks again to Julie for coming back to the Casa blog to celebrate her latest release—we’ll see you again next month! To enter to win one of 2 copies of In Rides Trouble, please tell us in the comments who your favorite characters on bikes are… maybe it’s über-tough Lisbeth Salander… or hilarious Pee-Wee Herman! Be sure to leave an email address so we can reach you if you win! US and Canada only. Winners will be chosen on Tuesday, September 11.

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.

Rebel With A Cause...
Becky "Rebel" Reichert never actually goes looking for trouble. It just has a tendency to find her. Like the day Frank Knight showed up at her door, wanting to use her motorcycle shop as a cover for his elite special ops team. But Becky prides herself on being able to hang with the big boys - she can weld, drive, and shoot just as well as any of them.

Man With A Mission...
Munitions, missiles, and mayhem are Frank's way of life. The last thing the ex-SEAL wants if for one brash blonde to come within fifty feet of anything that goes boom. Yet it's just his rotten luck when she ends up in a hostage situation at sea. Come hell or high water, he will get her back - whether she says she needs him or not.
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 first and third books in her fast-paced series: Hell On Wheels (August 2012) and Rev It Up (October 2012). For more information, please visit www.julieannwalker.com or follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/jawalkerauthor or Twitter @JAWalkerAuthor.


  1. And here I thought summer's heat was abating! Congrats on the release and one the series, Julie. I love that you've gone with a hero slightly outside the typical age range, one with the dings and dents to show for his time.
    Best of luck!

  2. Congrats on the release, Julie! I agree with Grace, there's something about a man with some miles on him:)

  3. Congrats on the release! Your question really made me think. I recall Elliot and ET on a bike...loved that movie. More recently, I have heard of a film called Premium Rush that has one of my favorite actors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an NYC bicycle messenger.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  4. Thanks for the release day congrats everyone! I'm celebrating with high fever and strep throat. Yay! :-/

  5. I am new to your books, but I love bad boys on bikes... Now I go back to Peter Fonda in Easy Rider....
    You can bet your books are going on my tbr shelf....

  6. Welcome, Julie! I love the excerpt. Hope you feel better soon!

  7. Congrats on the latest release and hope you feel better soon, Julie!

    As for favourite character on bikes... does Bones on a bike count? lol, he's definitely my favourite in the Night Huntress series and he did ride a motorcycle :)


  8. Happy Release Day, Julie. I really liked Catwoman when she was riding on that Batpod in The Dark Knight Rises.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  9. Congrats on the release! Winnie took mine! Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series is my favorite book character on a bike! On TV, it was Lorenzo Lamas on Renegade! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    ehaney578 at AOL dot com

  10. Somehow, I think of Mary Poppins on a bicycle and reading the comments, ET is a good one as well. So sorry to read that you are ill, hope that it is fleeting but pamper yourself and drink tea and honey!

  11. I'm gonna go with Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider-- he was pretty bad ass! He is just one of those guys who will always have it ;-)


  12. Congratulations on the book! I'd say the characters from Sons of Anarchy.


  13. I just got through reading Hell on Wheels a few days ago and I LOVED, LOVED it!! I cannot wait to get my hands on In Rides Trouble, it looks great. I hope you start feeling better soon. I have to agree with Lorenzo Lamas and Nick Cage, and the Sons of Anarchy. Love me a man on a motorcycle. Congrats on a great series!!

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  14. CONGRATS on the latest release, Julie! That excerpt was hot, hot, hot!!! Can't wait to read the rest:)

    I remember watching Pee-Wee Herman, but I can't say he's my fav on bike:) Taylor Kitsch from The Covenant is über-tough and very sexy!


  15. I just watched the Avengers movie for the umpteenth time, so the image of Captain America on a cruiser is fresh in my head. Hawt.

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

  16. Congrats on the release! For me there is no question about this. I LOVE Jax from "Sons of Anarchy" on FX. These bikers are tough, dangerous, and many are so sexy (Jax being my fave).
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  17. Thanks for all the "get wells" and release day kudos everyone! And I'm so glad a few of you mentioned Sons of Anarchy. I. AM. ADDICTED. To that show. I'm sure that doesn't come as a real shocker to any of you. LOL!

  18. Congratulations. The first to come to mind is Nauti and Wild by Lora Leigh and Jaci Burton. I must admit I haven't read a lot about bikers.


  19. Congrats on the release!

    I like the ones that are all business during the day and let their wild side out at night and weekends on their bikes.\

    And Bones of course.

  20. Thanks to everyone who commented! Our winners are
    Elizabeth H

    I'll send an email to you both shortly.