I’m Lorie O’Clare. Many of you know me as the author of the lunewulf, as well as other shapeshifter books, including Cariboo lunewulf, Malta werewolves, leopards, black jags and owls. A lot of you will remember my FBI series, my erotic island books, and of course, what I’m here to talk to you about today, my bounty hunter books.
Hot Pursuit releases on March 26, 2013. I hope many of you pre-order the book at your favorite bookstore, or pick it up off the shelves once it comes out. I think you’ll really enjoy this erotic, action packed, romantic suspense. It’s the latest release in my bounty hunter series. Hopefully today I can share with you more about HOT PURSUIT and wet your appetites.
Ben Mercy has just received his private investigator’s license, which is required in the state of California to be a bounty hunter. It’s been a rough start. Ben is a felon, and although wrongfully accused of the crime, has done time in a minimal security penitentiary. It took a lot of hard, cold cash to clear his record.
Ben hates being in debt to anyone. He works hard, lives hard, and is willing to get his hands dirty to get the job done. When his best friend, Micah Jones, aka Micah Mulligan, is suddenly wanted for heinous crimes and disappears without a word to anyone, Ben doesn’t blame him for not saying goodbye first. He’s been on the inside and wouldn’t wish it on anyone—if they’re a good person.
A million dollar bounty is on Micah’s head. That’s enough to bring other bounty hunters around looking for Micah. When one of the top names in the business ransacks Ben’s apartment looking for clues as to where Micah has run, Ben knows he must warn his best friend. He heads up north to where he knows Micah had headed, Zounds, California, a northern fishing community. All is not as it appears in this picturesque town. Everyone in Zounds appears to have something to hide, including a hot little number named Zoey Cortez.
Zoey doesn’t know a lot about bounty hunters, but she’s willing to learn more about Ben Mercy. If it’s wrong to wish that he is in Zounds to take her oppressive warlord of a father to prison, then so be it. Ben won’t tell her why he is in Zounds but he is willing to take her on the ride of her life.
As the suspense thickens, the pages get hotter, and action and sensuality sizzle, Ben and Zoey learn a lot about each other, and where their paths were meant to take them. Each comes to the other with baggage they must sort through, and sometimes that is best done with someone you love. Their relationship smolders, growing hotter toward that anticipated climax. Finding Micah might save both of them, and Zounds.
HOT PURSUIT is the latest book in my bounty hunter series. There are six bounty hunter books, each about a different bounty hunter. They are: PLAY DIRTY, GET LUCKY, STAY HUNGRY, RUN WILD, SLOW HEAT and HOT PURSUIT. With these books, it doesn’t matter if they’re read in the order released. I know some people are picky about that. And I understand. If I like a book I am instantly at the author’s website making sure if it’s part of a series I read starting from the beginning. The bounty hunters don’t need to be read in order, however, to fully understand the storyline and characters. Each book is about a different bounty hunter, all of whom work at KFA, King Fugitive Apprehension.
You can learn more about HOT PURSUIT and read the first chapter on my website. www.lorieoclare.com
The Giveaway: I’ve included an excerpt from HOT PURSUIT below, but before scrolling down, I have a contest for today here on the RJ Blog. Read the excerpt below. You can click on the link to head over to my website (www.lorieoclare.com) and on the home page there is a link to read the first chapter from HOT PURSUIT. Read either, or both, and post a comment below about something that intrigued you about the book. Tell me what grabbed you and made you want to read more. Of course, be honest, if nothing sucked you in, say so. There are definitely no F’s issued for honesty. One winner will be selected from the comments posted to my blog entry and they will win an ARC (advance readers’ copy) of HOT PURSUIT. I don’t discriminate on where you live. I’ll mail the advanced copy to the winner regardless of where he/she lives in the world.
A winner will be selected on Saturday, March 30, from everyone who posts a comment on what they think of HOT PURSUIT. I’m really excited about Ben’s story. I can’t wait for everyone to read it. Let me know your thoughts. They mean more to me than you know.
EXCERPT from HOT PURSUIT by LORIE O’CLARE:
“What is it I’m sensing in this town?” Ben asked and took Zoey’s helmet from her without asking.
Her long, incredibly straight black hair was breathtaking when it tumbled over her shoulders, over her breasts, and down her back. Zoey grabbed it with both hands, pulled it to her nape, then continued meticulously combing tangles out with her fingers. Ben ached to take over the task and watched with fascination.
“I’m not sure,” she said off-handedly. “I don’t sense anything.”
Zoey wasn’t giving him wary looks any longer. Her tone had gone noticeably flat and that masked expression he swore every citizen in this damned town had to practice in their mirrors was back on her face. As she tugged her fingers through tangles and slowly had her hair falling in glossy, black tumbles down her sides, Zoey stared at the ground in front of her. Not only did he sense that his question bothered her, he got the feeling she knew exactly why everyone in this town acted the way they did.
Which bugged him. At the same time he was intrigued. Not only did he want to know the answer, he wanted to know the woman sitting on his bike a lot better. Zoey was one of the most sensually distracting ladies he’d ever laid eyes on. Most women seemed at least mildly interested in him after meeting him. Ben guessed there had to be at least one who simply saw nothing at all about him that appealed to her. If that were the case, though, wouldn’t she have been more adamant about not going on a ride with him?
He decided it was better not to care. Ben was here to protect Micah, to return the huge favor that had been done for him. Micah had saved Ben’s hide by leaving all that money. There was no way Ben ever would have been able to pay it all back, but Micah would have known that. If it were at all possible, though, Ben would help save Micah’s freedom.
Ben knew Micah was trying to turn his life around. He had retired and was no longer an assassin. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations would never run out on Micah’s crimes. The favor Ben could do for Micah was make sure Micah wasn’t hauled in. At least not this time around.
“Are you sensing something weird right now?” Zoey asked.
Ben blinked. He didn’t realize he’d been staring into space until he snapped out of his thoughts and focused on Zoey’s face. A small, amused smile lit up her face. That masked expression he knew he hadn’t misread a moment ago was no longer there.
And god damn! Zoey was so far beyond beautiful it stirred more than his groin to life. Her caramel colored skin glowed in the moonlight, and with the help of a nearby street light. Her dark eyes were opened wide and looking up at him. For once, he had all of her attention. Her lips, which were full and appeared moistened, were just a few shades darker than her skin.
“Actually yes,” he murmured, and dared a step closer.
Zoey couldn’t be much more than five feet, or so. She wore heels which helped bring the top of her head possibly to his chin. She wasn’t petite but thin. Zoey didn’t strike him as fragile, in spite of how small she was. There had been something wary in her eyes, possibly because she’d agreed to do what women were taught never to do. Ben would have thrown a fit if any lady he knew took off with a man she didn’t know. He wasn’t sure what had compelled him to force her in to the ride, but since he had he needed her to know she was safe.
“And what might that be?” Zoey didn’t look wary now. She looked amused and didn’t back up when he began to narrow the distance between them.
Ben reached out and stroked her shiny black hair. “It has me curious.”
“My hair has you curious?” Zoey had to lean her head back to look at his face. “I’ve never heard that line before.”
He shook his head slowly. “I’m not giving you a line. Honestly, that really isn’t my style.”
“And what is your style?”
He’d just convinced himself leaving her alone was his best bet. Making a move on her wouldn’t help convince her he was a trustworthy man passing through her town. Ben didn’t want Zoey talking about him, or in any way drawing unwanted attention to his being in Zounds.
The last thing he needed was some hot cutey with large brown eyes that seemed to stare up at him with wonder interfering with him helping out Micah. Ben needed to be discreet. He needed to remain focused. He also needed to leave soon and spend his evening trying to find Micah. It wasn’t as if the guy would have a cell phone, or address that Ben could look up.
Ben agreed with all of his thoughts as he finished stroking Zoey’s hair and cupped her chin. It took a bit more reminding of why he was here to get himself to let go of her.
Zoey grabbed his wrist. Her hand was so noticeably smaller than his. Her fingers didn’t wrap all the way around his wrist. She held on to him with a cool touch. Her hand was soft and her fingers smooth. Not that he wouldn’t have guessed it about her, but whatever she did for a living it wasn’t physical labor. He needed to leave her as a stranger and quit being curious about the different layers he was already noticing in her in the short time they’d been together.
“This isn’t my nature,” she began, her voice sultry as she spoke just above a whisper. “Zounds makes me nuts. It stifles me and I go stir crazy. There’s nothing to stimulate me and I’m—“ She cut herself off, breathed in slowly as if to regroup and quit staring at his chest. She raised those big dark eyes and stared into his. Zoey blinked, flashing thick black lashes that were more distracting than such a small body part should be. “I’m trying to say that this isn’t how I usually behave.”
“Do you mean taking rides on motorcycles with men you don’t know?”
“That’s exactly what I mean.” She had a quiet laugh.
He got an odd impression that she didn’t laugh enough. Ben knew from enough experience not to judge a person too soon.
“This was a bad move, stupid, incredibly dangerous and I’m going to ask you in a minute to return me to my car. I’d appreciate it if you did just that and not keep me out longer.”
“In a minute?”
“Yes,” she said. “Since I’ve made this bad, stupid, incredibly dangerous move, once I go home, I’d rather not berate myself over it all evening. I would prefer to go home and think about other things.”
“What do you want to think about?”
“Kiss me,” she said. It wasn’t quite a sentence and not completely a question.
The two words hung between them only for a moment.
Ben pulled his wrist free from her grip, then wrapped his hand around her arm. He pulled her closer when he lowered his head and kissed her.
YOU CAN READ THE FIRST CHAPTER AND ORDER YOUR COPY OF HOT PURSUIT AT www.lorieoclare.com
If you missed the other books in the series here’s your chance to check them out:
Heartthrob bounty hunter Greg King knows how to work it –and every lady who’s ever met Greg would love to make it work with him. But there’s more to Greg King than meets the eye. He’s still haunted by the memory of his beautiful and estranged wife. Much as he’s tried to move on, he’s never been able to stop wondering what he could have done to make her stay… After putting a vicious criminal behind bars, Haley King makes the tough decision to leave her loved ones behind and enter the witness protection program. Turns out that, in her new life, Haley has once again found herself in serious trouble—her boss disappears, mysterious notes show up, then the drug dealer she testified against dies in prison. Coincidence or something quite a bit more dangerous? There is only one person Haley can trust: her husband. Now, as old secrets threaten to tear them apart and danger closes in from all sides, Haley and Greg rekindle a passionate, erotic love affair. Their love will eventually die without trust, and both of them will suffer a lot sooner if they don’t learn to trust and work together now. Whoever is out to get them is playing a dangerous game, but they’re about to learn Greg and Haley King know how to play dirty.
Checking into a Colorado ski resort for some serious down time, bounty hunter Marc King wants nothing more than to cool and chill out. But then he meets London Brooke. She’s one of the hottest women Mark has ever met, and the sparks between them could melt the snow off the Rockies. But this beautiful, intelligent, and beguiling stranger is hiding a secret from Mark that could get them both killed.
London knows she can trust a man like Marc. But how can she tell him about the mysterious package she receives—and the photos that threaten to expose her past? With time running out, London has no choice but to draw Marc into a dangerous world of blackmail and revenge. As a professional Marc can’t refuse her. As a man, he can’t resist her. But the deeper he falls, the deadlier the game. And if he doesn’t play his cards right, he could lose London forever.
Read the first chapter. / Purchase Get Lucky here.
Jake King is one of the best bounty hunters in the country, but now he’s been hired to protect a beautiful private eye who’s flirting with danger. Her name is Angela, and the last thing she wants is hired muscle getting in the way of her investigation. But this time she’s so deep undercover, she could use all the muscle she can get her hands on.
Jake agrees to play by Angela’s rules—and lay low while she gets close to one of the deadliest crime lords to have entered the States. But the closer Angela gets to her target, the closer she feels to Jake. As her bodyguard, he has more than just a professional interest in her body. And he’ll do anything to keep her safe. But Angela is playing a dangerous game with a criminal mastermind who can make any woman his slave. And she could be next.
Once again, Jake puts his bounty hunting skills to the test as he goes after his deadliest target yet. This time, the game will end!
Hot on the trail of a cold-blooded killer, a small-town sheriff risks his life—and his heart—with one sexy partner…
Raised in a family of professional bounty hunters, Natasha King knows the dangers of tracking down fugitives—especially when they’re wanted for murder. But this is no ordinary mission. This time, it’s personal. The suspect is her own long-lost father—and the lawman hunting him down is dangerously close to catching her off-guard…
In all his years as sheriff, Trent Oakley has never seen a woman as strong-willed—or as scorching hot—as Natasha. With her big-city experience and black-belt training, she’s his best chance for tracking down the Trinity Ranch killer. Problem is: Can he trust her? As the trail gets hotter, their attraction burns wilder, and soon Trent’s not sure who’s hunting who. But one thing’s for sure: Natasha is one woman who always gets her man…
As a new trainee at the King family’s bounty-hunting agency, Micah Jones is trying to keep his cool. But his latest assignment—to bring in a night-club owner suspected of money-laundering—heats up fast when he meets the “brains” of the outfit: an irresistibly beautiful bookkeeper who’s resisting arrest. So Micah takes her into custody—by taking her into his powerful arms and not letting go…
Held for questioning but released by police, Maggie O’Malley is still a person of interest—to Micah. And Maggie is interested, too—in his services. With his iron-hard muscles and tough-guy exterior, the Harley-riding bounty hunter is just the man Maggie needs to track down the real crook at the club. A slow-burning attraction ignites a firestorm of insatiable desire—until the secrets of Micah’s past are exposed. Explosive passion now must prove stronger than a history so terrifying it might haunt them
Read the first chapter of SLOW HEAT. / Purchase Slow Heat here.
Lorie O’Clare Bio:
All my life, I’ve wondered at how people fall into the routines of life. The paths we travel seemed to be well-trodden by society. We go to school, fall in love, find a line of work (and hope and pray it is one we like), have children and do our best to mold them into good people who will travel the same path. This is the path so commonly referred to as the “real world”.
The characters in my books are destined to stray down a different path other than the one society suggests. Each story leads the reader into a world altered slightly from the one they know. For me, this is what good fiction is about, an opportunity to escape from the daily grind and wander down someone else’s path.
Lorie O’Clare lives in Kansas with her three sons.
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