Review, Q&A and Giveaway: Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue Series) by Katie Ruggle

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Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue Series) by Katie Ruggle

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense

Synopsis
imageIn the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder…

As the captain of Field County’s ice rescue dive team, Callum Cook is driven to perfection. But when he meets new diver Louise “Lou” Sparks, all that hard-won order is obliterated in an instant. Lou is a hurricane. A walking disaster. And with her, he’s never felt more alive…even if keeping her safe may just kill him.

Lou’s new to the Rockies, intent on escaping her controlling ex, and she’s determined to make it on her own terms…no matter how tempting Callum may be. But when a routine training exercise unearths a body, Lou and Callum find themsePlves thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who will stop at nothing to silence Lou—and prove that not even her new Search and Rescue family can keep her safe forever.

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Donna 5 Stars

This book was a witty, fast-paced story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I related to Lou right away; her strength, her humor and her struggle to be independent was entertaining. I completely related to her choice in falling for Callum as well. I knew there was more to the hot boss-man and boy was I right. I just wish their consummation of all that sexual tension happened earlier but that did not take away from my love of the book. The Search and Rescue Team seems like a fun diverse group of people who have an easy rapport that I can’t get enough of. Their funny camaraderie just made them all real and showed how they deal with the danger above and below the ice. I read way past my bedtime because I could not put it down until I knew what happened with the danger and the romance. I highly recommend this novel and I cannot wait for the next installment.

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Buy Links

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PREQUEL NOVELLA IS FREE

✦FREE ➢ On His Watch: Search and Rescue (Novella) by Katie Ruggle
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Search and Rescue Series 
On His Watch (novella) http://amzn.to/1n61qck
Hold Your Breath (Releasing April 5, 2016) http://amzn.to/1P4yEFa
Fan the Flames
Gone too Deep
In Safe Hands

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First of all I loved this book and the prequel novella, On His Watch. The witty dialogue was so much fun mixed in with the danger and romance.

Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Except for the few times I was reduced to banging my head against the desk when my characters refused to cooperate, it was a blast to write, too.

1. You have a well-rounded background so I would like to ask; did those experiences urge you to become a novelist or did the desire to write spur your exciting life choices?

My life and writing mostly ran in tandem. I chose the eclectic range of jobs and classes and hobbies because I thought, “That sounds fun.” Once I started the Search and Rescue series, though, my experiences began sneaking into the books. In Hold Your Breath, Lou’s first time in a dry suit was uncomfortably close to mine (minus the hot men—oh, and the dead body). My editor had to keep steering me away from too-graphic forensic descriptions. What is “interesting” and “kind of awesome” to me is “gross” to her and most of the rest of the world.

As most people who know me can attest, I can discuss alternative energy systems for hours, long after the listener’s eyes have glazed over with boredom. Therefore, I tried to restrain myself when writing about Lou’s rudimentary system, although a few of my own challenges crept in. Sometimes, like Lou, I just wanted toast, but when my wind turbine and propane generator were both down, leaving only the PV (solar) panels, there was no toast for me—at least not during non-daylight hours. There was no TV, either, which meant I got a lot of writing done.

2. I love the camaraderie of the Rescue Team most of all but what do you love the most about your characters?

Yay! I really wanted to capture the closeness of a team of first responders, so I’m glad it clicked for you. I think my favorite aspect of the Search and Rescue series is the characters’ courage. Whether it’s jumping into ice-cold water, running into a burning building or just deciding to make a positive life change and following through, they face fear head-on and push past it. I’m amazed and impressed by how real-life first responders go to work every day, knowing that they could encounter life-threatening dangers. That steady, constant bravery truly impresses me.

3. What was the easiest and what was the hardest part of writing this book?

The easiest part, surprisingly enough, was writing the first drafts. The stories seemed to just flow out of me, and, after going out to sweep snow off the solar panels or feed the wood boiler, I’d be excited about returning to writing a scene. The hardest part…hm. It was probably the edits. Normally, I love doing edits, love rearranging the story until it’s as good as we (my editors and I) can get it. Since I’ve started working the overnight shift at a bakery, however, my editing and writing time has been compressed into that too-short period between making bread and writing words. With the rapid-fire release schedule of the Search and Rescue series (all the books are only two months apart), things have been…busy. Overall, though, the process has been amazing. Working with Sourcebooks has been a wonderful experience.

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About the Author
imageWhen she’s not writing, Katie Ruggle rides horses, shoots guns, and travels to warm places where she can SCUBA dive. Graduating from the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. While she still misses her off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains, she now lives in Rochester, Minnesota near her family. Katie Ruggle: http://katieruggle.com/

Romance Books We Can’t Wait to Release (from March 2016)

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I was checking my release list yesterday and there are so many great books releasing this year so I thought we should do a quick post and include a list for y’all. Check it out and if you have a favorite releasing this year feel free to comment and tell us. These are just the books we can’t wait to get in our greedy little hands. -Cori

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FROM MARCH to OCTOBER 2016

✦SINNER’S CREED by Kim Jones (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 03/01/16) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://amzn.to/1NMLsdr | Amazon PBK $14.47 http://amzn.to/1NMLy4J

✦A COVERT AFFAIR (A Deadly Ops Novel) by Katie Reus (Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 03/01/16) ➢ Kindle $7.99 http://amzn.to/1NMLPVj | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1TiEWPd

✦Phoenix Reborn: An Alpha Pack Novella by J.D. Tyler (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/15/16) ➢ Kindle $2.99 http://amzn.to/20Qaroa

✦Dark Promises: A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/15/16) ➢ Kindle $13.99 http://amzn.to/20QaAbk | Amazon HBK $18.37 http://amzn.to/20Qaws1

✦Wild Things: Shifters Unbound by Jennifer Ashley (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/22/16) ➢ Kindle $0.99 http://amzn.to/1OXPbsP

✦Scorched by Darkness (Dragons of Eternity Book 2) by Alexandra Ivy (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/22/16) ➢ Kindle $3.99 http://amzn.to/1SH1fBI

✦The Undoing (Call Of Crows) by Shelly Laurenston (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/29/16) ➢ Kindle $9.99 http://amzn.to/20QaFM6 | Amazon PBK $10.78 http://amzn.to/1SY0YZn

✦The Sweetest Burn (A Broken Destiny Novel) by Jeaniene Frost (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/29/16) ➢ Kindle $6.99 http://amzn.to/1PhArnq | Amazon PBK $6.13 http://amzn.to/1mo8GPE

✦The Angel Wore Fangs: A Deadly Angels Novel by Sandra Hill (5 Stars) (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/31/16) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://amzn.to/1PhAFL6 | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1PhAAXO

✦The Beast: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward (PNR) (Releasing 04/05/16) ➢ BLOG POST ► http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-2Kl | Kindle $13.99 http://amzn.to/1KX7Jsj | Amazon HBK $18.56 http://amzn.to/1eZVP2k | Kobo $13.99 http://bit.ly/1UvfAik | iBooks http://apple.co/1MTDing | Book Depository (Hardback) $25.06 http://bit.ly/1Mc3FDg | B&N $18.56 / $13.99 http://bit.ly/1O42sjE

✦One With You by Sylvia Day (Releasing 04/05/16)
►YouTube Sylvia Day Announcement: https://youtu.be/KikiQ7WrbDQ
►Read Excerpt: http://www.sylviaday.com/books/one-with-you/#excerpt
►Amazon: http://amzn.to/1S2gLUB | Additional Links: http://www.sylviaday.com

✦Take Me Home Tonight (A Rock Star Romance Novel) by Erika Kelly (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 04/05/16) ➢ Cover Reveal: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-2Wo | Kindle http://amzn.to/1JFMAN3 | Amazon PBK http://amzn.to/1JFMGUW | B&N http://bit.ly/1NR1dDq | Kobo http://bit.ly/1KW4koo

✦BRAVE ENOUGH (“Tall, Dark and Dangerous”) by M. Leighton (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 04/05/16) ➢ Kindle $9.99 http://amzn.to/1PhAX4T | Amazon PBK $12.96 http://amzn.to/1QnEiNr

✦WHITE TIGER: A Shifters Unbound Novel by Jennifer Ashley (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 04/05/16) ➢ Kindle $7.99 http://amzn.to/1PhBi7w | Amazon PBK $6.13 http://amzn.to/1QnECMc

✦Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle (5 Stars) (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 04/05/16) ➢ Kindle $3.82 http://amzn.to/1P4yEFa | Amazon PBK $5.99 http://amzn.to/1PhB8Nx

✦Invision: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Science Fiction/ Fantasy/ Paranormal/ Young Adult) (Releasing 04/05/16) ➢ Kindle $9.99 http://amzn.to/1KeSLyQ | Amazon HBK $16.91 http://amzn.to/20YDBl8 | Amazon Series Link: http://amzn.to/1KeSz2r
(Note: This is not romance but I’m including it on our list because she’s a favorite author. I read the series because it’s linked to her Dark-Hunter series and it’s great)

✦The Player (The Game Maker Series, Book 3) by Kresley Cole (Erotica/ Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 04/12/16) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1OoF1fR

✦Bounty (Colorado Mountain Series Book 7) by Kristen Ashley (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 04/18/16) ➢ Kindle $3.99 http://amzn.to/1KGeLNJ | Amazon Series Link: http://amzn.to/1KGeOJh

✦Ride Hard: A Raven Riders Novel by Laura Kaye (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 04/26/16) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://amzn.to/1PhBWlF | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1mo9ZOq

✦Last Mile: A Vicious Cycle Novel, Book 3 by Katie Ashley (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 05/03/16) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1MhgsB1 | Amazon PBK http://amzn.to/1Op3ENs | B&N http://bit.ly/1jeEq8v | Kobo http://bit.ly/1G0TWiM | iBooks http://apple.co/1WQfdAd

✦BIG EASY TEMPTATION: The Perfect Gentlemen Series by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 05/03/16) ➢ Kindle $9.99 http://amzn.to/1moadoU | Amazon PBK $12.96 http://amzn.to/1moahFe

✦The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld) by Gena Showalter (PNR) (Releasing 05/31/16) ➢ Kindle $6.49 http://amzn.to/1LIlgDi | Amazon HBK http://amzn.to/1OQ2L0C | Kobo $6.49 http://bit.ly/1Px37Lf | iBooks http://apple.co/1jRCLpL | Book Depository HBK http://bit.ly/1M3RrJ5 | B&N not available yet | Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1QOWgKo | Amazon Series link: http://amzn.to/1LB5575

✦Blood Lust (The Sentinels) by Alexandra Ivy (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 05/31/16) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://amzn.to/1QnFPDf | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1KEc1Wb | Amazon Series Link: http://amzn.to/1SH0TuO

✦Wicked Burn (Realm Enforcers Book 3) by Rebecca Zanetti (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 6/07/16) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://amzn.to/1QUpW9X | Amazon Series Link http://amzn.to/1KEdjkb

✦Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue) by Katie Ruggle (Romantic Suspense) (Releasing 6/07/16) ➢ Kindle $3.82 http://amzn.to/1SH25hR | Amazon PBK $6.99 http://amzn.to/1SH25hR | Amazon Series Link: http://amzn.to/1QUqjBr

✦ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR (Psy/ Changelings) by Nalini Singh (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 6/14/16) ➢ Kindle $13.99 http://amzn.to/1QUqtsG | Amazon HBK $22.95 http://amzn.to/1QUqnRU

✦Born of Legend (The League: Nemesis Rising) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Science Fiction/ Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 06/21/16) ➢ Kindle $14.99 http://amzn.to/1o8xFYY | Amazon HBK $21.79 http://amzn.to/1o8xHQG | Amazon Series Link: http://amzn.to/1ytVx7S
| Reading Order Lists: http://wp.me/P3d0RZ-AF

✦REAPER’S FIRE by Joanna Wylde (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 06/28/16) ➢
Cover Reveal: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-3xS | Kindle $5.99: http://amzn.to/1SAZswv | Amazon PBK $12.96: http://amzn.to/1OPlDcb | iBooks: http://apple.co/1JUbzxl | B&N: http://bit.ly/1mzrJaD | Kobo: http://bit.ly/1Uu6bXu | Amazon Series Link: http://amzn.to/1OPnuOl

✦SHADOW RIDER (The Shadow Series, Book 1) by Christine Feehan (Romantic Suspense) (Releasing 6/28/16) ➢ Kindle $7.99 http://amzn.to/1QUqzAy | Amazon PBK $6.79 http://amzn.to/1QUqSv4

✦ADDICTED: An Outlaw Novel by Elle Kennedy (Science Fiction Romance) (Releasing 6/28/16) ➢ Kindle $7.99 http://amzn.to/1KEeeRJ | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1SH35Te

✦FALLING IN DEEPER (Wicked Lovers Series) by Shayla Black (Erotica/ Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 7/05/16) ➢ Kindle $9.99 http://amzn.to/1QUrktk | Amazon PBK $14.40 http://amzn.to/1QUre53

✦THE ANGEL’S SHARE: A Bourbon Kings Novel by J. R. Ward (Releasing 7/26/16) ➢ Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Y3uf4a

✦Fearless (Rescue Squad Book 2) by Kimberly Kincaid (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 07/26/16) ➢ Kindle $5.84 http://amzn.to/1ZF2ZiK | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1ZF2Yex

✦Dragonmark (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 08/02/16) ➢ Kindle $14.99 http://amzn.to/1o4C7qZ | Amazon HBK $21.79 http://amzn.to/1o8wxVd | Amazon Series Link http://amzn.to/1o8x5KW | Reading Order Lists: http://wp.me/P3d0RZ-AF

✦DARE TO STAY (The Sons of Steel Row) by Jen McLaughlin (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 08/02/16) ➢ Kindle $7.99 http://amzn.to/1Mn0nKS | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1VcPQcH

✦DARK CAROUSEL (A Carpathian Novel) by Christine Feehan (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 08/02/16) ➢ Kindle $13.99 http://amzn.to/1QintHH | Amazon HBK $20.94 http://amzn.to/1Qino6O

✦Gone Too Deep (Search and Rescue) Katie Ruggle (Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 08/02/16) ➢ Kindle $4.99 http://amzn.to/1LiJlm3 | Amazon PBK $6.99 http://amzn.to/1TIGnKf

✦Guardian’s Mate: A Shifters Unbound Novel by Jennifer Ashley (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 09/06/16) ➢ Kindle $7.99 http://amzn.to/1QinRWB | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1QinX0x

✦LOVING YOU EASY by Roni Loren (Erotica/ Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 09/06/16) ➢ Kindle $11.99 http://amzn.to/1Qio2kO | Amazon PBK http://amzn.to/1TIGQMA

✦WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER by Lora Leigh (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 10/04/16) ➢ Kindle $12.99 http://amzn.to/1LiKlGT | Amazon HBK $23.40 http://amzn.to/1TIGS7a

✦DOWN SHIFT: A Driven Novel by K. Bromberg (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 10/11/16) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/21xgpe7 | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1TIGZ2C