Excerpt: Julie Ann Walker, author of Thrill Ride

Posted April 16, 2013 by Shari in Excerpt / 0 Comments

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It’s Thrills.  It’s Chills.  It’s… What Makes Romance Great!

Motorcycle chases…

Guy on Motorcycle

Terrorists with AK 47s…

Terrorist with AK47

Corrupt politicians…

Corrupt Politicians

Car Chases…

Car Chases

Gun battles…

Gun Battles

Knife fights…

Knife Fights

Hello all you romance fans out there!  Julie Ann Walker here, author of the bestselling Black Knights Inc. series.  I’m pleased as punch (though why punch should be pleased I’ll never know… LOL!) to be here on Delighted Reader talking to you about romance, and more specifically romantic suspense!

Now, it’s probably safe to say all of us here on Delighted Reader enjoy a good love story.  I mean, seriously.  What’s not to like?  Guy meets girl.  Hijinks ensue.  Guy gets girl.  They live happily ever after.  It’s a time-honored and universal tale.  We can all relate to it.  And, yet, for me to pick up a book there needs to be something more.  More… excitement, if you will.  Because while I find the story of John meeting Jane, falling in love, and riding off into the sunset appealing, unless there’s a few knife fights, car chases, terrorists with AK 47s, corrupt politicians, or gun battles involved in their journey to man-and-wife, it’s too staid, too everyday for my particular tastes.  I live that life – thanks to my wonderful, loving husband of fifteen years.  So when it comes to entertainment, I want something other than the everyday.  I want to be taken through the gamut of emotions.  I want to be afraid and biting my nails just as much as I want to feel warm and ooey gooey inside.  I want to laugh; I want to cry; I want to get chills and check under my bed for intruders…

And it’s that range of emotions, that rollercoaster ride, that in my humble opinion makes romantic suspense the best dang genre out there!  Then again, I’m biased.  ;-D

But don’t take my word for it.  Read this excerpt of Rock and Vanessa on the run in the jungles of Costa Rica and tell me your heart isn’t pumping by the end of it…

“What is it?”

The look on Rock’s face was enough to have the ceviche in Vanessa’s stomach going rancid.

“They’re here,” he whispered.

She had a brief flashback to a scene in Poltergeist a split second before he grabbed her around the waist and lunged for the open doorway. No sooner had they cleared the threshold than all hell broke loose. A flashbang detonated inside the tree house, momentarily blinding Vanessa and causing her ears to ring.

Of course, she was glad her eyesight wasn’t working when Rock yelled, “Hang on!” and looped her arms around his neck.

She instinctively obeyed and was sure as hell glad she did when he grabbed hold of a rope she hadn’t seen dangling from an upper branch. Before she knew what he was doing, he stepped off the platform, and then…


Just the thick, wet jungle air between her and a forty-foot drop into oblivion.

Biting back a terrified squeal, she wrapped her legs around Rock’s waist and, even though she was still partially blinded by the flashbang, squeezed her eyes closed all the same.

This isn’t happening. This isn’t happen—

Oh, yes, this was definitely happening.

She was swinging through the jungle, Tarzan-style—uh, Jane-style?—while bullets whizzed by her head. Even with all her senses reeling, she was still painfully aware of the feeling of displaced air near her ear when a round barely missed her.

Holy cow, they were trying to kill her.

Those bastards! They’re actually trying to—

And then she didn’t have time for thought, because Rock dropped onto a small platform secured to a massive tree trunk opposite the tree house. He landed with enough force to jar the teeth from her head, so it was a good thing she had her jaw clenched. Working solely on instinct, she went to release her hold on him but was stopped when he immediately shuffled around on the barely foot-wide ledge to the back of the tree. There he stopped beside a ladder similar to the one she’d climbed to get to his tree house.

“Swing around to my back, chere,” he instructed, his tone amazingly calm considering there were groups of men, dressed all in black, repelling from out of the sky while simultaneously shooting at them. Of course, Rock and Vanessa’s current position behind the humongous tree trunk gave them a moment’s reprieve, but she knew it would only be a moment. Now that she’d recovered from the shock of the flashbang, she could hear the rhythmic muttering that’d initially alerted Rock to the approaching trouble. Glancing overhead, she caught a glimpse through the swaying canopy of not one but two fabled stealth Chinook helicopters shining bright spotlights into the forest below, lighting up Rock’s tree house like a Christmas ornament.

Oh, hell. She nearly swallowed her tongue.

Because there was a legend within the spec-ops community that went a little something like this: if an operator ever makes an error of egregious proportions, then regardless of who he is or where he is, a mysterious black Chinook arrives, and that’s the unqualified and unmistakable signal that the spec-ops community no longer requires that particular operator’s services.

When a black stealth Chinook shows up on your doorstep, you know one thing for sure,—it’s time to bend over and kiss your ass good-bye because you’re completely and unequivocally fucked six ways from Sunday.

Well, not if I have any say in the matter…

Dropping down to the narrow ledge, she hastily tiptoed around Rock until she was pressed against his back and could once more hook her arms around his neck. He barely gave her time to adjust her hold before he grabbed on to the side rails of the metal ladder. Only he didn’t use the rungs to scale down the sucker. Oh, no. That would’ve been far too natural a descent. Instead, he hooked his boots on the outside of each rail and once again…

Nothing but air.

For interminable seconds they were hurtling toward the earth at breakneck speed, the thick air rushing by them, the lush bromeliads growing on the trunk rushing by in a kaleidoscope of colors muted by the darkness. Then Vanessa felt every muscle in Rock’s body bunch and strain and felt a deep grunt build in his chest as he tightened his grip on the rails of the ladder. Miraculously, their momentum slowed. And to her amazement, instead of slamming into the ground at terminal velocity, they landed with a soft, controlled thud.

She marveled at his sheer strength even as she dropped to the ground behind him. A split second later, he had her hand secured firmly within his own, yelling, “Run!” as he jerked her into a sprint through the thick undergrowth.

Thanks Delighted Reader for having me on today.  It was a true pleasure!

Thrill Ride by Julie Ann WalkerThrill Ride
by Julie Ann Walker

He’s Gone Rogue…

Ex-navy SEAL Rock Babineaux is as Cajun as they come—spicy, sexy, and more than a bit wicked. But would he actually betray his country? Even his best friends on the special-ops Black Knights team aren’t sure they can trust him. Now the target of a massive manhunt, Rock knows the only way to protect the team—especially his partner, Vanessa—is to run… 

She Won’t Back Down…

Rock might think he can outmaneuver them all, but he hasn’t counted on how stubborn Vanessa Cordero can be. And she refuses to cut him loose. Sure, her partner has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good because she and Rock are about to get very tight…


To Purchase Thrill Ride: 

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Julie Ann WalkerJulie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series. She is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She’ll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. You can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission. Look for the first four books in her fast-paced series: Hell On Wheels (August 2012) In Rides Trouble (September 2012) Rev It Up (October 2012) and Thrill Ride (April 2013). For more information, please visit www.julieannwalker.com or follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/jawalkerauthor and/or Twitter @JAWalkerAuthor



Want to win a paperback copy of Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker? To enter, leave a comment below by April 26, 2013 11:59 PM EDT. US/CAN only.


NOTE: All photos used in this post, I either own outright or purchased the right to use through Dreamstime Stock Photos
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Julie Ann Walker

Thank you so much for having me on today! What a treat!

Jessie L
Jessie L

I have Rev It Up in paperback. I just had to get it when I saw it in the store. I will be reading it very soon. Thank you for the giveaway for this book & having the author here.

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Okay, I am definately on the edge of my seat! I have read the previous books so I expect this one to be just as good. I have to.have my HEA, but I want excitement along the way. Love to win a copy!



Nicole H
Nicole H

So wicked of you to have 3 books back to back then having to wait months for the next few 😉 Can’t wait for the next BKI book. The anticipation is killing me to read Wild Bill’s story.


Nice excerpt

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Meghan Stith
Meghan Stith

I really love that book cover. It’s so hot! Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to win this!
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Carol L
Carol L

Nice cover. I read the first book . And loved it.. I have to catch up and look forward to reading In Rides Trouble and Rev It Up. Thanks for this chance to win.
Carol L
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Melanie J
Melanie J

This book sounds amazing! I would love to read it! ;0)

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