March heralds in Spring and its air of possibilities, rebirth, and fresh dreams.
What’s your favorite thing about Spring?
Living so many years in the upper Midwest, where winter locked us in and pummeled us for far too long, my favorite thing has always been sitting in the warm sunshine, smelling lilacs, seeing green, and hearing the spring birdsongs. A breath of fresh air, quite literally. Now that hubs and I live, work, and travel fulltime in our motorhome in the Southwest, the differences aren’t quite so pronounced. We’ve enjoyed warm daytime temps all winter and have been able to hike, bike and generally be outdoors in comfort whenever we’ve wished. Still, the birdsongs have begun to change, even cactus are starting to bloom, and the air carries a different, fresher scent. It’s time.
What’s a must-have for Spring? Shorts, definitely. Sandals. Sunscreen. Saucy sun-dresses (hubs likes those, too – me in them, that is). Deck chairs for soaking up the sunshine. And time – precious minutes to spend just sitting taking it all in.
Spring cleaning. A must or a bust? Hah! Some people might think living in a motorhome we might not need much cleaning, but you’d be amazed how much work it takes to stow our belongings, keep them neat and organized, find them, toss what we don’t need, and stay spic and span. We can’t afford to wait for spring. It’s a daily requirement. One of our by-lines is if we buy anything, we have to throw something else out in order to make room for it. Makes sticking to a budget easy, though!
Where do you like to write during the season? I have two favorites. My inside writing spot is on the gaucho in our motorhome living room – it’s part of the slide-out, so it’s almost like being in a window seat. I have windows at both ends plus along the entire side, a one-eighty view of whatever’s happening outside. It gives me comfort and makes me feel taken care of. My favorite outside spot, so far? We move around a lot, but our home base is not far from Las Vegas, and our home resort has a stunning cactus garden, with seating and even outlets where I can plug in my computer. I’ll attach a couple pics for you.
Any fun trips planned? Easy answer – all the time! But actually we tend to settle in one place for two to four months in between our travels. Right now for the month of March we’re near Saguaro National Park outside Tucson, getting ready for the Tucson Festival of books March 15, and loving the desert trails that abut our park boundary. We’re booked on a cruise along Mexico’s Baja California coast in May. July and August we plan to spend in the Pacific Northwest (to stay cool for summer). What I love about all this? If we pace our travels well, we can travel and keep on writing, working as we go. It’s a win-win combination.
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, MARCH 15/16: For readers who live anywhere close to Tucson, come check us out on Saturday – we’re in booth #107, with romantic suspense and erotic romance books in print!
THE UNMASKING is our most recent release. We’ve set this romantic suspense in the far north woods of Minnesota, where we once lived. Our heroine, an undercover cop from Wisconsin, loves winter (as did we, when we lived up north) and throws herself into cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and whatever else is possible outdoors, no matter the temperature. Our hero, an anthropology professor, is a California boy who hates winter and can’t wait for spring, or better yet, his ticket out altogether. But this particular spring will sorely test them both as the campus stalker Nancy’s been hired to track down sets his sites on a spring ritual to end all rituals.
The Unmasking, by Adriana Kraft
Romantic Suspense, 87,000 words
Heat rating: Four flames
Whose mask will crumble first—
the enigmatic professor of Celtic Studies,
the undercover cop masquerading as a co-ed,
or the campus stalker,
biding his time to strike again?
Is anthropology professor Matt Bayfield the Blackthorn College rapist, or a potential ally? Aloof and unapproachable, Matt has academic ambitions. He can’t escape Blackthorn College soon enough, and he doesn’t want any entanglements to slow down his exit.
Nancy Appleby would like nothing more than to solve the string of campus rape cases before Thanksgiving so she can go home. The last thing she wants is a relationship to complicate her life—but she’ll settle for a fling, especially when the sex sizzles.
The stalker has his own carefully crafted timetable, with a special date just for Nancy. Can Matt and Nancy force him out of his hidey-hole before it’s too late?
Four and a half stars at Romance Junkies: From beginning to end, THE UNMASKING is a fascinating tale…I was intrigued at how the writing team is able to intertwine a love story with such horrifying circumstances in startling clarity. If you enjoy romantic suspense novels then I can definitely recommend THE UNMASKING. Chrissy D.
Five Stars at Amazon: One of the best stories ever written by Adriana Kraft…a truly great read. Could not put it down until I finished it. Amy B.
Five Stars at Goodreads: The suspense is so well done you don't know who the bad guy is until it's revealed in the book. The action is fast paced and kept my interest to the very end. Could not put the book down. Donna H.
Who will be the next victim?
Nancy Appleby scanned the co-eds in the small lecture hall. Each could be his next prey. Each looked much younger than she remembered being as a full-time student. Each woman hung on Professor Bayfield’s well crafted words.
Was it the topic, Celtic Myths and Rituals, or was it the aloofness of the tall, dark-haired lecturer with the strong protruding chin that mesmerized? He did command attention. Although his tone was mild, Bayfield played with his audience like a polished actor. Clearly he was in control. Though he gestured but rarely, he moved like an athlete, comfortable in his body.
Nancy jotted notes on a yellow pad pretending to be no different than anyone else in the room. She glanced up at Bayfield, whose eyes had settled on her; they were piercing and inquisitive. Then he shifted his gaze, but he’d noticed her, was thinking about her. Why? She’d done everything she could to blend in. He hadn’t seemed particularly troubled by her presence, just curious.
Nancy redirected her attention to the individuals sitting in front of her. She’d arrived early to claim an aisle seat in the back row. The raised auditorium layout provided an advantageous observation post. About sixty women and twenty men were in attendance, no doubt a decent turnout. Blackthorn College had a student body of less than two thousand.
Nancy scribbled more notes and then focused on the men in the room.
Was he in the lecture hall? Would he strike again, tonight? Or would the rapist stay in his hole, biding his time?
ABOUT ADRIANA KRAFT
Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing Erotic Romance for Two, Three or More. The award-winning pair has published over thirty erotic romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.
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