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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hard Target Blog Tour - Spotlight + Guest Post + Nook GlowLight Giveaway: Hard Target (Elite Ops #1) by Kay Thomas

Author: Kay Thomas
Series: Elite Ops
Number in Series: 1
Expected Release Date: November 12, 2013
Pages: 380
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Synopsis from Kay Thomas

The first installment in the Elite Ops series, featuring sexy ex-military men ... and the women who rescue their hearts.

Former DEA agent Leland Hollis wasn't planning on being a hero. Recovering from an injury sustained during a drug bust gone wrong and with more personal demons than he cares to admit, he wants nothing more than peace and a chance to rebuild his life. But when Anna Mercado's crazy ex shows up wielding a baseball bat, Leland can't ignore his instinct to help. And after her son is kidnapped, Leland agrees to deliver the ransom into dangerous territory south of the border.

Anna has no choice but to go with this stranger she's just met if she ever wants to see her son again. But getting the boy out of a violent cartel region involves risking everything. And for that Leland will have to convince Anna to do the scariest thing of all … open her heart and trust him.

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This is a scene from the first chapter of HARD TARGET where the heroine, Anna Mercado, overhears her estranged husband, Max, talking on the phone.
Take Zach from the party before the guests arrive. We won’t dump her body until the designated time. It’s all been arranged.”
Anna stopped in the doorway of the Presidential suite, her husband’s words abruptly penetrating her lust-fogged brain.
No, I’m not worried. Haven’t you heard? Mexico is the land of vicious drug cartels and random violence. My wife will be a sad statistic.”
Was this a dream?
She felt the cold Italian marble beneath her bare feet and recognized Max’s voice in the adjoining room, but she didn’t wake up. The seductive words he had whispered moments earlier on the beach still resonated in her head.
The only thing I want you to wrap yourself around is me.
She’d come up immediately when Julia had volunteered to get Zach and the cousins’ meals from the hotel’s beach grill. But on the way to the room she’d been calling herself all kinds of a fool. She and Max were on the verge of officially separating even though they’d been living apart for several months. The counseling wasn’t working. Having sex was a terrible idea. Even comfort sex.
Yet he’d been so attentive, so different on this trip. So anxious to please her, while keeping his temper completely in check. Last week she’d been considering which attorney to use in a divorce. Now she was just grateful she was standing here overhearing his phone conversation in the next room.
Her thoughts raced and her blood chilled, but her feet were glued to the imported floor. She stared across the opulent suite’s living room to the open balcony doors. The heir to the Mercado Tequila fortune settled for nothing less than the finest, even when planning his family’s demise.
An ocean breeze blew through the room, ruffling her hair like a playful lover. The Gulf of Mexico was just as blue as it had been ten minutes ago when Max kissed her on the sand, yet everything had changed. She was listening to her husband order their son’s kidnapping and her murder.


Guest Post

Write What You’d Like to Know by Kay Thomas

As a writer I’ve been told many times to “write what you know” but I once heard someone say, “Write what you’d like to know.” As a romantic suspense author I don’t really want to know what it feels like to have someone point a gun at me, kidnap my child, or plot my demise.

In writing my second book, Bulletproof Texas, I had a terrifying experience when I insisted on learning how to rock climb myself because my character was going to in the book. The equipment at the rock climbing gym malfunctioned, and I fell about 12 feet— flat on my back—in front of my husband and child. For the record, my agent had begged me not to do this. I’ve now learned my lesson and do my “extreme research” online only!

That said there are some fascinating places I would love to visit, virtually—places I would never dream of buying a plane ticket to. Hard Target—my first book in the new Elite Ops series—takes place in extraordinarily remote locations in Mexico and one area in particular where drug cartels are quite active. I have no desire to do a live research trip there, but on-line I’ve made a wonderful discovery.

You can find English speaking expat bloggers in pretty much any place you’d like to set a story.

For me that is finding someone who has documented their experience of moving from their “first world” life to a third world country and is writing all about how that exposure to a dramatically different way of living and looking at the world has changed them. Some folks are in their adopted countries for a few weeks, maybe a year, others arrive and decide never to leave.

Regardless of the length of their stay, I find very similar themes in most of their stories:
what they notice first about being immersed in a new culture, what they miss about their old life, what they appreciate, what they find fascinating and freeing about their new home. These are many of the things my characters would think, feel, or experience if they were travelling to the area for the first time.

These eye-opening travel logs introduce me to places I’ll never physically visit, even for a day. With the Elite Ops series I’ve found that where I set something will sometimes depend specifically on what kind of blogs I can find on-line. For Hard Target I found a blog with you tube videos.

An older California couple had moved several years ago to the area of Mexico I was writing about before it became so dangerous. They drove their airstream RV into the jungle and just decided to stay. They have fascinating videos of the terrain, the people, festivals, towns, and parks.

Part of the next book in my Elite Ops series is set in West Africa. Again, with all the political unrest in that area, I have no desire to visit personally right now. But I do want to read and learn as much about Africa as I can. I’ve found a woman blogging who is originally from the UK and moved to Niger with her husband’s job. Their young children are going to elementary school there. It’s been a complete transformation of their lives and she’s writing all about things that will help me write authentically about the area.

I’m not sure I’ll ever want to move across the globe to a totally different way of life, but I’m definitely up for a virtual trip and learning as much as possible from folks who’ve “been there, done that.”

My question to you: If you could visit anywhere for a day by just snapping your fingers and being there, where would you want to go?


Kay Thomas Bio

I didn’t grow up burning to be a writer. As a child I wasn’t even much of a reader until fourth grade. That’s when I was stuck at home with the flu and my big sister read THE BLACK STALLION aloud to me. For hours I was enthralled—shipwrecked in a foreign land and riding an untamed horse across the hot desert sand. Then tragedy struck. My sister lost her voice. (I think she caught my flu.) But I couldn’t wait to hear what happened to Alec Ramsey—so I picked up that book, finished reading it by myself, and went in search of more adventures at the local library. Today I live in Dallas with my husband, our two children, and a shockingly-spoiled Boston terrier.

My next novel will be published with Avon Impulse in November 2013. HARD TARGET is the first installment in a three-book romantic suspense series titled ELITE OPS, featuring sexy ex-military men…and the women who rescue their hearts. For excerpts, book trailers, and more—visit my website at

I can also be found online at Facebook.

And Twitter.

In addition to their US releases, my national best-selling books have been published in France, the Netherlands, Estonia, Australia, the UK and South Africa. BULLETPROOF HEARTS (April 2011), won the 2012 HOLT Medallion in Short Contemporary and was a finalist in the National Readers' Choice Awards. My debut novel, BETTER THAN BULLETPROOF (January 2009) was a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient, a Readers’ Crown finalist, and a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nominee. 

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