Please welcome author Lucianne Rivers with the story behind her new Entangled Flirt novella HOLD ME and a fantastic giveaway!
The Real-Life Adventure Behind HOLD ME
I spent Christmas in Guatemala three years ago. Jane Caldwell’s nightmare journey to El Remate from Mexico is based on my own sweaty, bumpy, toilet-less, bus ride through Belize and into the jungles near the Mayan ruins of Tikal.
Back then, there was no toddler to contend with, only my own teeny bladder and inability to fend off mosquitoes despite copious amounts of OFF. Unlike Jane, I remembered to pack hiking boots, thank goodness.
We stayed at El Gringo Paradiso, a “five star” (by Guatemalan standards) lakeside hotel. That same lake is pictured on the cover of HOLD ME. Our room had no fourth wall and looked out on the blue-green water. The bed was surrounded by netting, but that didn’t stop the tarantulas from coming in.
We awoke one morning to squeals from the neighboring room. A family had woken up to one such hairy legged creature, attached, upside down to the ceiling above their bed. When they asked an attendant to remove the spider, he shrugged and said it’s “muy tranquilo.” The American visitors left that same day.
A Christmas Day trek through the ruins of the Mayan City of Tikal was made even more memorable by our hung-over tour guide. With one haphazard hand, he waved us towards the steep side of a pyramid and happily sank onto a stone bench, head cradled in a shaky hand.
I didn’t brave the croc-infested waters of Lake Peten Itza, but did frequent the many roadside taverns that lined its banks. Built back into the jungle, these establishments would peek out through the green foliage and beckon to tourists and locals alike, saying, “Beer here!” Along with fried plantains served with a yoghurt-like sauce called crema.
Unlike my heroine, I did not meet the love of my life in El Remate, but the trip did provide me with the inspiration for Jane’s journey into the depths of the jungle and her heart.
Read about it, high-heels and all, in HOLD ME.
Her Hot Pursuit: The Caldwell Sisters Trilogy
- Hold Me, Thrill Me, Entice Me
- Lucianne Rivers
- Entangled Flirt
- ISBN: 9781622664306
Still reeling from her mother’s death, news anchor Jane Caldwell’s life is upended further when she learns the father she lost twenty years ago is still alive. Her mother’s will unleashes a manhunt—the Caldwell sisters must find their father, or their mother’s estate will not be settled, and their questions about his disappearance will remain unanswered.
Jane’s search leads her to Guatemala to investigate a man who claims to be her father and heir to the family fortune. Needing a translator, she enlists enigmatic Harrison DeNeuve, a sexy ex-patriot with a penchant for wearing dark sunglasses in public.
As Jane struggles to reunite with her would-be father, Harrison fights to suppress his desire for Jane. He has a secret—one he’s sequestered himself in a third-world jungle hideaway to keep safe—and falling for Jane puts more than his heart at risk.
Jane finds two men in Guatemala—a father and a lover—but can she trust either of them?
Santa Fe Police Detective Margo Caldwell needs a vacation, but the wild goose chase her mother’s death triggers isn’t quite what she had in mind. Margo and her sisters must locate their father, or the Caldwell estate will remain unsettled—and they’ll never know why their father didn’t return from the Gulf War.
Pursuing a lead, Margo heads to the Virgin Islands in search of Zach Caldwell. To navigate the waters of the Caribbean, she needs a boat and a captain. Too bad Captain Adrian Prince, with his mesmerizing muscles and wicked grin, may be a gunrunner.
Adrian takes Margo on his delivery route to small islands near St. Thomas that hide more than wildlife, booze, and sexy boaters. On a remote, mangrove-ridden patch of sand, they find gun-toting Zach Caldwell. When their mission turns deadly, Margo must save Adrian’s life—and her own—even if she loses her heart in the process.
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?
About Lucianne Rivers
Lucy was born and raised in Ireland. She moved to Santa Fe in 2007 and has a beautiful young daughter. Lucy is a published poet and author of women’s fiction; also a singer, professional actress, and lover of all things related to exercise. The former Program Director of a not for profit, from 2007 to 2011, she is happy to be back in that role after a brief career as a law enforcement officer. Lucy is a student of criminal justice and lover of all things equitable. She advocates for women’s rights, especially in the arena of domestic violence and sexual assault policy.
- Website: www.luciannerivers.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luciannerivers
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5039713.Lucianne_Rivers
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