USA TODAY Bestselling Author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane's Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.
Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin' love stories full of hot heroes, saucy heroines and spicy romance. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she's either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a Canine Companions for Independence puppy. She's currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series. Give her a shout at Kelsey@KelseyBrowning.com or drop by www.KelseyBrowning.com. For info on her upcoming releases, subscribe to her Sass Kickin' News.
Tracey Devlyn is an award-winning author who writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine’s happy ending). She’s a co-founder of Romance University, a group blog dedicated to readers and writers of romance, and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland’s exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction.
An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters. For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website.
Hey there, Ramblings from this Chick readers! Adrienne, Tracey, and Kelsey are so excited to be hanging out with y’all today. Together, we’re writing a sizzling new romantic suspense series called Steele Ridge.
Four determined brothers - One broken town - A mountain of secrets
In case this is the first you’ve heard about the sexy Steele brothers, we wanted to bring you up-to-date on what’s happening. For those of you who’ve already read the current releases--The BEGINNING (FREE!), Going HARD, Living FAST and Loving DEEP--you’ll get some insider deets about the series and what’s coming up in the next year!
Steele Ridge is a collaboration of individual books written by USA Today bestselling authors Kelsey Browning, Adrienne Giordano, and Tracey Devlyn. Each of the first three books features one of the Steele brothers—Grif is a slick Los Angeles sports agent, Reid is the badass Green Beret, and Britt is our sexy wildlife biologist. You’ll find the back cover copy for all three books at the end of the post!
We asked our readers what they’d like to know about the Steele Ridge series and this is what they said...
How did the Steele Ridge series come about and why is their father living like a hermit?
Kelsey: I think Tracey came up with the initial idea to collaborate on a joint series (not our first rodeo together - we cofounded the Romance University blog, one of Writers Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers). But we tossed around a lot of ideas before we settled on the concept of four brothers as the heart of the series.
Tracey: The name Steele Ridge came about when we visited the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina to scout possible locations for our small town. While driving around, I looked up and saw a billboard sign that had the word “steel” on it. We took it from there! As for the dad...we all agreed pretty early on that he would be out of the picture, but we didn’t want to make him into a villain either.
Adrienne: Oh, that Asheville, trip! What fun. We were there for four or five days and worked relentlessly trying to come up with a “hook” for the series. For the first few days, nothing was hitting us as THE idea. So we talked and plotted and talked and plotted (and talked and plotted!). Then on the last day one of us suggested doing four brothers who return home and--bam--ideas flew. It was almost as if we needed those first few days of tossing ideas around to get us to the winning concept. Regarding their father, as Tracey said, we decided early on that he wouldn’t be around. We thought about having him be deceased, but that wasn’t really working. I know for Reid’s character, I wanted readers to see how he handled an absentee dad and what lessons he learned from it.
Will the missing sister come back?
Kelsey: Oh, you better believe it! In fact, I’ve read a little of Micki Steele’s story, and it’s going to be fabulous!
Adrienne: I’m working on Micki’s book as we speak and I can tell you I am loving writing her story. She’s different from any character I’ve written. She’s dark and damaged and incredibly hard on herself, but underneath all of that there’s a fierce loyalty that drives her. The hero in Micki’s book will be Reid’s friend (Gage) whose name popped up at the end of Living Fast. Micki has nicknamed him Mr. All-American (also know as Mr. Double A). We’re targeting spring of 2017 for the release of Breaking Free.
Tracey: Readers are gonna love Micki’s book. I remember us getting chills when we finished plotting Breaking FREE. We all knew we’d just created something special.
What is coming next for the series?
Kelsey: Three more books in 2017. Each Steele sibling needs their day in the sun and their chance at true love.
Adrienne: I’ll add that we’re not going to make those days in the sun easy on them. :)
Tracey: We have sneak peeks of the next three books on our website -- http://SteeleRidgeSeries.com!
Thank you all for stopping in to say hello! We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing a bit about our process and the Steele Ridge series.
Read on for the back cover copy of all currently available books!
Steele Ridge: The Beginning by Kelsey Browning, Tracey Devlyn, and Adrienne Giordano
The Steele brothers have a problem.A big one.In his own way, each is slowly dying inside.Grif is jaded.Reid is unsettled.Britt is frustrated.Jonah is bored.But what none of them realize is their loyalty to their hometown will force them to decide between the life they each thought they wanted and a love they can't live without.In The Beginning, the Steele brothers go all-in to save their small-town from bankruptcy, and readers will catch their first glimpse of Grif and Carlie Beth, Reid and Brynne, and Britt and Miranda. And let's not forget the baby brother billionaire, Jonah, who has secrets of his own.
Going Hard by Kelsey Browning
Slick sports agent Griffin Steele is living the highlife in Los Angeles, far from the shadow of the North Carolina mountains where he grew up. But when his hometown falls on hard times and needs his help, Grif reluctantly agrees to commute between coasts. He never expects the lush scenery, in the form of pretty tomboy Carlie Beth Parrish, to be such a temptation.After an impetuous one-night stand with Grif Steele fifteen years ago, hardworking blacksmith Carlie Beth has tried to make a living and raise her daughter in the hometown she loves. Then, too-sexy-for-his-Rolex Grif blows back into town like the perfect storm, making Carlie feel less like a thirty-something mom and more like an infatuated teenager.When a stalker targets his hometown and Grif suspects Carlie Beth might be the next victim, he can’t help but step in to protect her. But once he discovers the fourteen-year-old secret she’s been keeping from him, will he embrace the truth or will he turn his back on Steele Ridge and Carlie Beth forever?
Living Fast by Adrienne Giordano
Green Beret Reid Steele needs a new career ASAP. After a knee injury permanently sidelines him from his dream job, Reid heads home to the mountains of Steele Ridge to regroup, but small-town life isn’t cutting it for a man accustomed to action. When sexy boutique owner Brynne Whitfield captures his attention, Reid thinks he’s found the perfect distraction from boredom.The last thing recently-dumped Brynne is interested in is another fast-talking man who will break her heart and dismiss her like yesterday’s trash. Even if Reid Steele’s body does make her yearn for things she knows are as bad for her as hot fudge sundaes.When Brynne’s closest friend is murdered and she’s also targeted, Reid can’t resist the lure of action and goes on a hunt for answers to disturbing questions. But can he protect her from a cold-blooded killer—and win her battered heart?
Loving Deep by Tracey Devlyn
A rugged mountain man falls for his beautiful neighbor, the one person who can save his beloved red wolves and whose business depends on their destruction.Britt Steele is on a mission to protect endangered red wolves in the mountains of North Carolina. But when the wolves’ territory is threatened, he clashes with the new landowner, a woman who’s capturing his heart even as she plans to sell that precious land to the highest bidder.Miranda Shepherd’s quirky bar is her passion, but money’s flowing out faster than she can pour a drink. An outsider’s bid to purchase the land she’s long called home will save her business. Only one man stands in Randi’s way—a dangerously handsome and persuasive man who poses equally dangerous questions that rock her whole world.An unscrupulous trophy hunter wants the game-rich property and he’ll stop at nothing to get his hands on the wolves’ haven and another trophy for his collection. When members of the pack begin disappearing, Britt and Randi must join forces to protect the wolves and save the love of a lifetime.
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