Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Guest Post: My Virtual Travel to Afghanistan by Lucianne Rivers + Giveaway

Today I am very happy to welcome back to Ex Libris seasoned traveller and fantastic writer Lucianne Rivers (if you missed Lucianne's first guest post where she told us about how her travels inspired her novels you can check it out here). As you know Lucianne is the author behind the highly exciting and lushly exotic Caldwell sisters trilogy!

I loved Hold Me the first book in the series (as you can see in my review) and Book #2 Thrill Me was just as great (you can read my review here)! Lucianne is here today to celebrate the release of Book #3 Entice Me (my review of Entice Me can be found here) and I have to say after much deliberation and dilemma, I came to the conclusion that though the covers of all three novellas are stunning, I am left speechless by the cover of Entice Me it is stunningly beautiful and vividly emotional. So please give a warm welcome to Lucianne and if you haven't yet read her series then do (if you'd like a taste start by checking out my reviews, you don't know what you are missing!

Have I ever been to Afghanistan? No. Then why use it as the location for the final installment in the Caldwell Sisters trilogy, ENTICE ME? Allison, the heroine, sets out to find her father with the help of former navy SEAL, Robert Rivera. Her dad, Zach, long presumed dead, was in the military. Locating a lead as to his whereabouts, she uses Robert as a bodyguard to journey to Afghanistan to find him. What Afghanistan? Because it's current and it's real.

I never liked it when fiction authors set their stories in a make-believe war zone. It's too easy to make up a country that ends in "...stan" but it never reads well, in my opinion. Therefore I was determined to use a real place. Allison and Robert fly to Kabul, then journey east to Jalalabad and beyond to a tiny Afghan village where they find a terrorist cell.

From travelers' accounts, I came to realize how beautiful parts of Afghanistan's countryside can be, and how devastated the land has become in the wake of fighting. One story mentioned the rocks by the roadside painted with white paint to signify fields cleared of landmines. It's so alien from what we know.

Robert has been to Afghanistan before and sees it quite differently from Allison who has never been outside of the US. He almost died in the Kunar Province several years before our story begins. Revisiting the scene of his almost death, and the death of his entire SEAL team allows his healing process to begin, of which Allison is a part. Without his facing the past head-on, he would not be able to open his heart to the woman who has fallen in love with him.

Writing about post-war Afghanistan and the fallen heroes of the US military was motivation to compete in the annual Crossfit "Fight Gone Bad" fitness challenge for charity this year, the proceeds of which went to aid veterans.

ENTICE ME (book #3 in the Caldwell Sisters Series) is available now.

Heartsick over the untimely death of her mother, Allison Caldwell is blindsided again by the secret revealed in her mom’s will. Her supposedly dead father is alive, and she and her two sisters must find him in order to settle the Caldwell estate.

Robert Rivera, private investigator and former Navy SEAL, alerts Allison to new intel identifying her father as a P.O.W. in Afghanistan. With her sisters out of the country pursuing leads, Allison insists on heading to the war-ravaged country to find him. Robert doesn’t want his naïve client to take the risk. He knows what danger lays in that godforsaken land…he’s lived through it. Barely.

But Allison is determined to go, and Robert can’t let her travel alone. Reluctantly appreciative, Allison quickly realizes how much she needs his guidance and protection, and how deeply she longs for his love. Robert struggles to understand her effect on his battle-weary heart.

The path to Allison’s father is blocked by terrorists, traps and treachery—all demons of Robert’s past. Can he survive a second round with the enemy and keep Allison out of harm’s way?

Lucianne writes sensual romance for Entangled Publishing and Cobblestone Press. Born and raised in Ireland, she currently lives in New Mexico with her young daughter. Formerly a stage and television actress, she now manages a non-profit and is NM State Champion in her weight class for Olympic-style weightlifting. Long story.

You can find out more about the series and Lucianne at her website, blog, Twitter and Facebook.



You can buy HOLD ME, Book #1 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble.



You can buy THRILL ME, Book #2 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble.


You can buy ENTICE ME, Book #3 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble.


You can read my reviews of the Caldwell Sisters trilogy here:



GIVEAWAY RULES:

Thanks to Entangled Publishing one lucky commenter will win an ebook copy of ENTICE ME, Book #3 in the Caldwell sisters trilogy (the stories can be read as stand alones very well so don't worry if you haven't read the previous ones yet).



All you have to do to be entered is

1) tell us about a place you would love to visit virtually, through a novel set there for example *wink* and
2) leave a way for me to contact you (e-mail address, Twitter handle, etc.)

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 15 November 2011!

Good luck!

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