April 29th, 2009
Book of the Day: Dangerous Grounds, by Shelli Stevens


Madison’s needs are simple. All she wants are two things: Make Ooo La Latté the newest trend in espresso, and seduce the sexiest cop in Seattle. But things aren’t going exactly as planned.

First, Gabe’s a little hung up on the fact that she’s his best friend’s little sister, and he’s determined to keep his hands off. Second, her shop gets robbed by the increasingly violent Espresso Bandit, and now she’s the only one who can identify him.

Gabe whisks her into hiding for her own protection, but soon finds his heart is under assault by the luscious—and persistent—Madison. But no matter where they hide, danger follows.

On such dangerous grounds, the trick will be to live long enough to keep the flame alive.

You can find Shelli:

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Author Bio:Shelli read her first romance novel when she snuck it off her mother’s bookshelf when she was eleven. One taste and she was forever hooked on romance novels. It wasn’t until many years later that she decided to pursue writing stories of her own. By then she acknowledged the voices in her head didn’t make her crazy, they made her a writer. Shelli currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her young daughter, where she is President of her local RWA (Romance Writers of America) chapter. When not writing, Shelli enjoy music, reading, being outdoors, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends.

Interview Questions:

1.) How did you get started in writing and how long have you been doing it? I’ve always been a writer. Even as a kid when I would write my own versions of Sweet Valley High. Granted they were a lot sexier.  I only became serious about writing in my early twenties though. I sought out advice from my dad’s cousin who wrote regencies, joined the RWA, and the rest is history.

2.) What genres/subgenres are your favorites to write within and do you have any aspirations to write outside your current genres/subgenres. Try something new? Gosh, I’m already a bit of a genre hopper. I’ve done contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal, and futuristic. All pretty spicy/erotic. I love to write any story and have a suspense hook. So some day, I can see myself really going hardcore into a spicy romantic suspense. I love a good suspense thread. Action stuff.

3.) What are you working on now and what releases do you have coming up? I’m working on a proposal for my option book with the Kensington Aphrodisia line. It’s a hot shifter story that shows what happens with two side characters I introduce in my novella in the Sexy Beast VII anthology.

Readers, here is the contest part. Answer this question in the comments to be entered in a drawing for a copy of DANGEROUS GROUNDS. Check back to tomorrow for the announcement of the winner. The winner will have until May 5th (that’s the last day of the contest) to contact me in order to collect the prize. This contest IS open to non-US entrants.

Name a favorite author, living or dead. If you went to lunch with him/her, what burning question would you ask?:

Shelli says: Hmmm. I’d do lunch with Lora Leigh and ask her how she makes her heroes so damn yummy.

70 comments to “Book of the Day: Dangerous Grounds, by Shelli Stevens”

  1. I would have loved to have lunch with Kathleen Woodiwiss. I would ask her how she wrote so many fantastic romances.

    Rhonda 😉

  2. My fav author to meet would have to be J.R. Ward b/c I just have sooo many questions about what will happen with each character.

    I also would like to meet Lora Leigh and ask about the background of her Breeds’ Series 🙂

  3. That’s a hard one. I have so many I’d love to meet.

    Nora Roberts: how do you come up with all the story lines? I have meet a few authors and get really tongue tied! 😮

  4. wOULD LOVE 2 meet Erin Mccarthy and ask her about her Nascar Characters…Such a fabulous new series!! 😀

    lyoness2009 AT hotmail.com

  5. I’d love to go to lunch with JD Robb/Nora Roberts and ask her how she got the idea for her In Death Series.

  6. I’d want to have lunch with Christine Feehan and ask her where she came up with the idea of the Carpathians. It’s a twist on vampires I haven’t found anywhere else. That and I’d have to tell her that I love her books and await anxiously for her new ones to come out.

  7. OK I’d love to meet Linda Howard and I would ask her why she still doesn’t have a website where we can find previews, lists of all her books etc.

  8. I would ask the Amanda Quick part if she could go back and writer her historicals like she used to. I loved them

  9. I would go to lunch with Lora Leigh and ask her how she comes up with her series and how can she write such great books with heat and intensity like she does.

  10. I’d choose Jane Austen. I would want to ask her if there was any particular person who inspired the character of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

  11. I would choose Charlotte Featherstone. I would ask her what her motivation was when she wrote Addicted. I absolutely loved that book.

  12. that’s tough. Because I’ve gone to lunch with some of my favorite authors.

    I hear the worst question to ask is :where do you get your inspiration. So I guess I would ask what they would do in the case of a zombie emergency 🙂

  13. I would ask J R Ward which hero is her favorite.
    I’d love to ask Lora Leigh which one of her heroes she likes the best.

  14. Ahh, that’s hard! I’ve been so fortunate to ask many of my favorite authors those burning questions I have, and I would most want to have a conversation with Jane Austen since she’s the most brilliant mastermind I’ve ever read. But I would ask Stephenie Meyer why she wrote the Bella/Edward/Jacob triangle like she did.

    I have a huge thing for best friend/little sister stories right now, and this one sounds SO good! I’m looking forward to it.

  15. I think I would like to ask Deborah Cooke where she gets her inspiration for her dragon shifters. :mrgreen:

  16. I would like to have lunch whit Christine Feehan and ask her how she came up whit the Carpathian’s.

  17. Anne Franks’ ghost – when did you realize you weren’t going to make it?

  18. i hve to say leslie kelly
    love her books

    where do get all yoru steamy stories ideas

  19. I would love to have lunch with JR Ward and ask her what she is going to do now that the Brotherhood books are done.

  20. Since I’ve been re-reading Jane Austen, I would want to ask her more about Darcy. If there was anyone who inspired him for her to write him!