Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ten Things You May Not Know about Robin Perini and Finding Her Son PLUS GIVEAWAY!


And the WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY is

VALRI!!!!

Please send me an email at robin (at) robinperini (dot) com with your address and I'll send you a copy of Finding Her Son! Congratulations!



Thanks for stopping by to visit today, everyone!

I'm excited and thrilled to be blogging about my very first Harlequin Intrigue, Finding Her Son. The entire process of writing for Harlequin has been a dream come true for me. In Finding Her Son, a determined woman suspected in her husband's death is forced to team with the man assigned to prove her guilt in order to find her kidnapped son.

So here are ten things you may not know about me and my very first Harlequin Intrigue, Finding Her Son.

10. I train in small-bore silhouette shooting.

9. Finding Her Son won the 2011 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart as Stolen Lullaby in the Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure.

8. My 'how-to-write' workshops have been included on the Top 24 Workshops CD from the Romance Writers of America's® National Conference CD five times (Bill Stephens Productions).

7. Finding Her Son takes place in Denver, Colorado, where the hero Mitch Bradford was on the SWAT team with the Denver Police Department.

6. Mitch has three siblings: Noah, Chase and Sierra. His father Paul is a former Denver cop who was paralyzed as a result of a gunshot wound.

5. Autographs don't have to come on paper. If you have a Kindle version of Finding Her Son, you can get an autograph through Kindlegraph. (http://www.kindlegraph.com/authors/RobinPerini)

4. Emily Wentworth, the heroine of Finding Her Son, has one brother who is in the military and is stationed in Afghanistan.

3. Mitch's last name of Bradford came about because I am a huge Oklahoma Sooners Fan (and alumni) and a big admirer of Sam Bradford, the Sooners' Heisman Trophy winning quarterback who now plays for the St. Louis Rams.

2. I have broken my tibia and fibula near my left ankle and used my rehabilitation and physical therapy experience when writing the rehab scenes between Mitch and Emily (who is a physical therapist.)

1. Finding Her Son is my second published novel. My first novel was In Her Sights, published by Montlake Romance in November, 2011.

I'd love to answer questions, about almost anything on either Finding Her Son, In Her Sights or my upcoming projects. If you comment, you earn a chance to win an autographed copy of Finding Her Son.

I love to hear from readers. You can catch me, read excerpts, read reviews, sign up for my quarterly newsletter or mailing list, and even request trading cards or a Kindlegraph on my website at www.robinperini.com. I'm also on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.


CURRENT RELEASE - FINDING HER SON

4.5 Stars from RT Book Reviews – "Perini keeps the tension taut, the romance irresistible and the mystery...deep."

THE ONLY MAN A DESPERATE MOTHER CAN TRUST…

Investigating a cold case is SWAT cop Mitch Bradford’s worst nightmare—especially when it involves a kidnapped infant. But thanks to an injury, he’ll have to settle for following Emily Wentworth instead of breaking down doors and cuffing criminals.

The prime suspect in a mysterious disappearance, Emily has always claimed she was framed. And as he earns the trust of the incredibly desperate—and unbelievably beautiful— mother, every instinct tells Mitch to believe her. Then new evidence unfolds, revealing an elaborate conspiracy and forcing Emily into a deadly spotlight. Now, torn between loyalty to the badge and his promises to Emily, Mitch may have to make the ultimate sacrifice if he’s to bring her little boy home.


EXCERPT

Chapter One

Cursing under his breath, Mitch Bradford yanked his collar up against the bitter Colorado wind. Where was Emily Wentworth going? He stalked across Colfax, on a stretch of the street known as a candy store for illicit drugs and prostitution. He could've been home alone in front of the fireplace, his bum leg propped up, nursing a stiff drink and a double dose of ibuprofen. The irony didn't amuse him. He'd been tapped for the Wentworth case because of his injury. One more reason to kill the guy who'd shot up his leg during his last SWAT operation.

Mitch ducked his head and plunged forward into the night, ignoring the exchange of money on the corner. He would've busted the dealer any other time, but he refused to let his suspect out of sight. When she approached a group of gang-bangers, he tensed and reached for his weapon.

They circled her.

Two murders last night in the neighborhood. No time to be subtle.

He broke into a run, disregarding the twinge in his leg. He'd pay for it later, but they could shoot or stab her in seconds. Before he reached her, she tilted her head at the assailants like she was flirting and skirted through the wall of thugs. They let her go.

Mitch pulled back. Crazy woman. He tucked his Glock into the shoulder holster. He'd had enough of these cat-and-mouse games. He sped up and followed her across an alley. The scent of vomit and urine, and God knew what else, soured the night.

She stopped in front of a darkened building. After a furtive glance right, then left, she knocked. The door cracked open, then squeaked wider. Before he reached the entrance, she vanished behind the worn oak.

"Figures." Why would anything about this case be easy? Cold seeped through his jeans as he searched the front of the building for a sign. Nothing. No indication of what took place inside. That didn't bode well. His guess: drugs, sex, who knew what else.

[Cover Art Copyright © 2012 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved. ® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies, used under license.]


BIO

Award-winning author Robin Perini is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes adventure with a love story sure to melt their hearts. Her mission's motto: "When danger and romance collide, no heart is safe." After seven prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finals, Robin sold seven novels within one year. She won the Golden Heart® in 2011, and that title became her first Harlequin Intrigue, Finding Her Son (March 2012). Residing in the southwestern United States, by day, she works for an advanced technology corporation, and in her spare time, you might find her giving one of her many nationally acclaimed writing workshops or training in competitive small-bore rifle silhouette shooting.

She is the author of In Her Sights (Montlake, 2011), Finding Her Son, Cowboy in the Crossfire and Christmas Conspiracy (Harlequin Intrigue 2012) as well as the upcoming Montgomery Justice Series from Montlake Romance.

Robin loves to interact with readers. You can read excerpts, read reviews, sign up for her mailing list and even request trading cards or a Kindlegraph on her website at www.robinperini.com. She's also on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. She'd love to hear from you.

34 comments:

  1. Okay -- the only thing *I* didn't know is about the KindleGraph. Checking that out.

    So I pride myself on knowing *all* about you!!
    Best of luck with your first INTRIGUE !

    ~Angi

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    1. Whew! Glad I had *one* thing you didn't know about LOL... Thanks for stopping by, Angi! You were a big part of this book coming into being...you know that!

      Hugs,
      Robin

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  2. Finding Her Son sounds like a wonderful read and I would love to read it. Do you ever base your books on things from real life? I have always wondered about this is some books. I also didn't know that you could go and get your kindle books autographed, neat idea.

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    1. Great question! I get a lot of plot ideas from newspaper and magazine articles. And I will admit to being a big fan of things like Cold Case and Unsolved Mysteries or the like. Or sometimes something happens to me or a friend and then I take it to the n-th degree in a story.

      For Finding Her Son, I did a lot of research from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They have an amazing organization that helps so many people.

      One thing I do take from real life are the emotions in my books. I really try to tap into those true emotions.

      I hope you enjoy the story and thanks SO much for stopping by.

      Happy reading,
      Robin

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  3. Sounds good. I don't even know what " small-bore silhouette shooting" is. I imagine it is target practice of some kind. Can't wait to read the book.

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    1. Hi Gayle--

      Love the question...so, small-bore silhouette shooting is a competitive sport. Men and women compete equally. The small-bore refers to the type of rifle. In silhouette shooting there are four free-standing targets: chickens, rams, pigs, and turkeys. They are positioned at different distances (the rams being the farthest away). The shooter must shoot at 10 of each target and must shoot them in order (1-10). If you hit a target out of order it doesn't count. Most shooters use a scope.

      My dad is an accomplished silhouette shooter and introduced me to the sport. It's tough because you stand up and hold the rifle so it moves. It's quite the challenge and learning about it really helped me in my first book, In Her Sights, about a female SWAT Team sniper.

      I'm not very good yet. But I try :-). It has a lot in common with golf actually, in that there is a large mental component to the sport.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the story!

      All my best,
      Robin

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  4. Thank you for sharing your book with us today... it is one I know I would enjoy reading... I will have to keep my eye out for your books.

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    1. Hi Colleen--so glad you stopped by. Thanks for checking out the book and good luck in the giveaway!

      All my best,
      Robin

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  5. Wow...I didn't give anyone links if they want to buy Finding Her Son. Sorry about that. You can go to the Harlequin website now and get it. It's available in mass market paperback, larger print and ebooks. It's on the shelves wherever Harlequin books are sold on March 6, and available via all ebook retailers on March 1.

    I hope you like it!

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  6. Hi - your books look really great - I love finding new authors!

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  7. So nice to find someone who's willing to take a chance on a new author! I really appreciate it!

    Thanks for checking in, Sarah! I hope you like the stories...I must admit I love writing them. Okay, maybe I like having written them LOL.

    All my best,
    Robin

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    1. Well, most of the time you "enjoy" writing them. LOL
      ~Angi

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    2. Yeah...my feelings are probably skewed right now. Being a week away from deadline does that to a person! LOL

      Robin

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  8. I found out two things I didn't know about you. I, too, am a shooter. I don't train any more but I used to teach riflery at camps.
    But PLEASE tell me you aren't a SOONER! Oh, dear--how did we let you go to school there? (Every man a Wildcat!!!)

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    1. Thanks SO much for stopping by, Cousin Jane. I'm just learning to shoot. It takes SO much practice! I do remember you saying you shot, but how cool about teaching riflery. :-)

      As to the other...Goodness...my cousin is a Wildcat? Gulp! I may have to disown you LOL...I'm Sooner born and Sooner bred! My dad played football for Bud Wilkinson. My mom went there, too! It's all in the family!

      Hugs,
      Robin

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  9. I can't wait to read Mitch and Emily's story. I haven't read your novels...yet, but if the excerpt is an indicator of your writing-then I'd have to say I love your writing voice.

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    1. Ooo...here you are again. I've responded below LOL...sometimes electronics can be so... persnickety LOL.

      Robin

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  10. OMG! I graduated from OU in 1997. I was born and raised in Oklahoma. I haven't lived there since graduating from OU though. But I never miss a Sooners football game on TV. What a fun coincidence.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Hi Stacie!

      Excellent! My mom grew up in Oklahoma and my grandparents lived there as well. I never miss a game either! Fun! Nothing like an OU football game, huh! Mitch's last name was a natural. Bradford!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Robin

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  11. Hi Robin,

    Maybe third-time's the charm. I've tried unsuccessfully to post comments using my Kindle Fire, so here I am with the laptop.

    I'm looking forward to reading Mitch and Emily's story and loved the excerpt. If it's an indicator of your writing-then I love your writing voice!

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    1. You're here! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'm so glad the third time's the charm!

      Thanks for the kind words on the excerpt. I really hope you enjoy Mitch and Emily's story.

      BTW, for everyone--there are trading cards available if you're interested. You can take a quick peek--they're on my website.

      Happy reading,
      Robin

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  12. I have relatives that live in Oklahoma and are big football fans there! I can say i've been to OK once! Your book looks very interesting. I'd love to read it. I can say that I haven't read anything by you yet but after reading the excerpt, I will be looking for your books now! Thanks for the "insight" into your life - interesting!

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    1. Wow, Valri--what a small world. Thanks for the kind words about the excerpt. I do hope you enjoy either In Her Sights or Finding Her Son. And I have two more books coming out this year. Cowboy in the Crossfire and Christmas Conspiracy! It's been an amazing year for me.

      Thanks for stopping by and all my best,
      Robin

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  13. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read RomanceFebruary 25, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Congrats on your first intrigue! I look forward to reading Mitch and Emily's story.

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    1. Thanks, Laura. Hope you enjoy the book! I really do love Mitch and his family. And Emily...well, she's an amazing person.

      Happy reading,
      Robin

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  14. Finding Her Son sounds Like a great read!

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    1. Thenks, Chey! Hope you enjoy the book. It's great of you to stop by.

      All my best,
      Robin

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  15. The book sounds very good. Will Mitch's siblings all have their own books?

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. There are some plans in the works for Mitch's siblings. :-) Stay tuned! I love the Bradfords, so I'm hoping I'll be able to find their stories as well!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      All my best,
      Robin

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  16. Congratulations, Robin. This one sounds like another winner!

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    1. Thanks Gwyn! And thanks for visiting! It means the world!

      All my best,
      Robin

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  17. And the WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY is

    VALRI!!!!

    Please send me an email at robin (at) robinperini (dot) com with your address and I'll send you a copy of Finding Her Son! Congratulations!

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  18. Congrats on your first Intrigue!! It's a fun family!! BJ

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  19. Thanks, BJ! I'm SO excited to be here!

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