About the Author

New York Times bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. Her books have won numerous awards, including a 2010 RITA (Whisper of Warning) and a 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award (Untraceable). Her debut novel, One Last Breath, won the Booksellers Best Award for romantic suspense. Laura currently lives in Austin where she is working on the next book in her popular Tracers series. Visit her website at http://www.lauragriffin.com.

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A Note From LauraI always knew I liked to write, but the road to creating my first book was long and winding and full of potholes.

Laura Griffin takes home the 2010 RITA Award for Best Romantic Suspense Novel.

I spent the better part of my college years in the basement of the Vanderbilt Student Center, where I helped write and edit the campus paper. It was called The Hustler, and if you ever want to raise a few eyebrows, just try showing up for a job interview with that at the top of your resume. Seriously, The Hustler was great. And I loved the caffeine-fueled buzz of the newsroom so much, I graduated from college determined to be a reporter.

For the first few years, I lived all over the place doing what I call extreme reporting–either slogging through snow and ice to cover riveting school board meetings in the Chicago suburbs, or braving scorching tropical heat to interview American expats living in the Philippines. I wrote news, features, and even a few travel logs. As much as I loved living in various parts of the world and being a reporter, some of the assignments were real yawners. Even so, I’m glad for the experience. Besides being fun, journalism gave me an excuse to subscribe to all the news magazines I could ever hope to read, and I learned lots of arcane grammar rules that I work hard to keep to myself so people won’t avoid me at parties.

When I finally got the travel bug out of my system, I returned to my native Texas and decided to try my hand at writing fiction. Strangely enough, all my stories seem to take place near the Texas Gulf Coast, a colorful region where I spent much of my childhood.

These days I make my home in Austin, where the sun shines about three hundred fifty days a year and the favorite local slogan is “keep Austin weird.” When I’m not busy enjoying the lakes and hills near my house, I’m pounding away on my laptop. Writing is my passion, and I feel incredibly lucky to get to go to work every day in my jeans and bare feet. I hope you’ll check out my next release, another romantic suspense novel by Pocket, and please keep stopping by the website for sneak previews and upcoming events!




“I will never quit” By Laura Griffin

                Several years ago I stood knee-deep in the Pacific Ocean, teeth chattering, wondering what on earth would possess a sane man to join the Navy SEALs. I was on Coronado Island that day, and my mission was partly tourism and partly research. I had decided to write a SEAL character in my next book, and had spent the past few months researching what many would call the most elite fighting force in the world.

                Coronado is a place where young men who aspire to be SEALs suffer through a ruthless training regimen that boggles the mind. For weeks on end, bands of SEAL trainees run with telephone poles, do five-mile ocean swims, undergo “drown-proofing,” endure sleep deprivation. They are systematically broken down—pushed beyond all limits, both physically and emotionally—and if they survive, they’re built back up again. Few make it through, and that is the point. Those who do come out stronger and more deeply committed to their jobs than most of us can imagine.

                It takes a special sort of man to become a Navy SEAL, which is precisely why I had decided to write a SEAL character in my next story. I want my heroes to be, well, heroic. I had recently finished reading Lone Survivor, a book about Marcus Luttrell, the SEAL who managed to live through a deadly firefight in the mountains of Afghanistan. Three of his teammates died. After being blown off a mountain by a rocket-propelled grenade, Luttrell–severely injured–crawled and walked seven miles to a village where he was taken in by a local tribe.

                How did he do this? The man is a SEAL. The word “impossible” is not part of the SEAL vocabulary. Men who become SEALs share a special vision of what it means to stand in the face of adversity.

                I will never quit…If knocked down, I will get back up, every time…I am never out of the fight. Sound hardcore? It is. It’s straight from the SEAL creed.

                A man such as this—one who is unwilling to give up under the most dire circumstances—was just the sort of hero I needed for my story, UNSTOPPABLE, which involves a terrorist plot on American soil. After months of research, I started writing about U.S. Navy SEAL Gage Brewer, and I’m still writing about him today.

                I thought about the SEAL creed this week as I watched the news about Osama Bin Laden. I am never out of the fight. It seems fitting, and not altogether surprising, that SEALs were the ones to finally track down the world’s most wanted man. They risked their lives, in an operation that could have ended in disaster, in order to make the world a safer place. These guys are tough, they are committed, and they never give up—not even after ten years. They are heroes. And it’s a good thing we have them in real life, and not just in books.

UNSTOPPABLE appears in the Pocket Books anthology DEADLY PROMISES..

Laura’s next book, SNAPPED, will be published in September.

**Thank you Laura for visiting with us today…..





From the Publisher

THESE HEROES ARE 100 PERCENT RAW, DANGEROUS, AND . . . UNDENIABLY SEXY.New York Times bestselling authors Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, and Cindy Gerard and rising romance star Laura Griffin mix seduction and suspense in three irresistible romantic adventures. From sultry international jungles to the rugged terrain of the American Southwest, join the larger-than-life, scorching-hot alpha heroes of the Bureau of American Defense, Black Ops, Inc., and the U.S. Navy SEALs for all the pulse-pounding, heart-racing, toe-curling excitement. They’re cool under pressure, steamy under the sheets, and when the enemy strikes, there’s not a lethal mission these gorgeous men can’t handle. . . . Just Bad Enough

Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna LoveLeave No Trace

Cindy GerardUnstoppable

Laura Griffin

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