On Tour with Prism Book Tours
When I Found You is the story of San Diego Police Department K-9 unit captain Logan O’Connor, who readers were introduced to in the first two books of the trilogy, and Ariana Atkins, chief of security and loss prevention at San Diego’s international airport. Of course, a K-9 trilogy book has to have a furry, four-legged character, too, and in When I Found You, that character is Logan’s explosives detection dog, Boomer.
Although Heartwarming books are about happy-ever-afters, they also have emotional depth, are intellectually satisfying, and have the right amounts of humor, drama or action, depending on the book. In each of the three books of my trilogy, I’ve tried to introduce a current, socially-relevant issue for my characters to contend with. In When I Found You, these issues include terrorism, and aviation passenger safety and security. Here’s an interesting fact: explosives detection dogs are far more effective at identifying bombs than trace detection devices, and they cost a lot less, too.
It would be wonderful if you could join me for some if not all of the fun stops for this tour. If you do, please leave a comment or two along the way. And if you get a chance to read When I Found You, I truly hope you enjoy it and I would love to hear from you.
Best wishes and happy reading!
(K-9 Trilogy #3)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 365 pages
July 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Is she part of the solution…or the problem?
It could be a terrorist threat. Or is it some other sinister plot? An unprecedented rash of security breaches at San Diego’s international airport is putting passengers at risk and bringing the competence of the airport’s chief of security, Ariana Atkins, into question. With explosives the weapon of choice, police K-9 unit captain Logan O’Connor and his bomb detection dog, Boomer, might be Ariana’s best, if not only, line of defense. Logan is certain his belief in Ariana, and his growing love for her, aren’t misplaced…but it wouldn’t be the first time he’s misjudged someone’s intentions.
When chief of security Ariana Atkins learns that a Boeing 767 is on its way back to the San Diego International Airport shortly after takeoff, there’s no way she can predict all that would transpire in the next few days. And neither could the two young women who caused the plane headed for Barbados to turn around. The first question in everyone’s minds was, “How did those girls get onto the plane in the first place?”
Having worked at the airport for about a year, Ariana had tightened security, so it didn’t make sense that two inebriated people would be allowed onboard the plane. And when another breach surfaces, Ariana knows something is amiss. A security video reveals that an employee is causing problems, and Ariana has no choice but to fire him for leaving a secure door open. It was difficult for her to do, but afterward she feels sure everything is straightened out. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
One positive result of these incidents is Ariana’s becoming acquainted with Logan O’Conner, captain of the police K-9 Unit. She feels an immediate attraction to him, even though he’s not in the greatest of moods the day they meet, and she soon learns that the feeling is mutual and accompanies him for drinks after his second visit to the terminal. They hit it off right away, but Ariana keeps wondering about a phone conversation she overheard between Logan and someone name Becca. Did he already have a girlfriend?
While Ariana ponders whether or not to accept Logan’s invitation to dinner some evening, she has an opportunity to get to know him better at work. Things have settled down, but on Monday morning she finds an envelope on her desk. Thinking it’s not significant, she opens it to find a note threatening the security of the airport. Ariana has grown accustomed to idle threats, but somehow she knows this one is real.
The airport is put on alert, and Logan returns with his dog, Boomer, who’s trained to detect explosives. During the search, an explosion rocks the building. There are no injuries, but the message is received: Someone is challenging their security system. And as the problems and investigation continue, the chance that Ariana and Logan will get together becomes even more slim. Could the jobs which brought them together ultimately keep them apart?
Kate James did an excellent job of describing airport security and K-9 operations in her riveting novel, which I would recommend to anyone who wants an exciting read along with romance.
Other Books in the Series
(K-9 Trilogy #1)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 293 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Harlequin
Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it’s chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands out—San Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.
Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica’s help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal’s canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?
(K-9 Trilogy #2)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
January 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Keeping her safe at all costs
Could their backgrounds be any more different? Rick Vasquez, a K-9 unit sergeant with the San Diego Police Department, fled drug-related violence in Mexico as a boy. Madison Long, who recently became primary veterinarian to the SDPD’s canines, is the privileged daughter of a judge. Rick has dedicated his life to curtailing cross-border drug trafficking and preventing other young boys from being drawn into the dark world of the cartels.
But everything Rick and Madison value, and the growing love between them, is threatened by the dangers of Rick’s job, and the risks he’s determined to take…
Kate James spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Her writing has been recognized with a number of awards, including first place honors for Silver Linings in both the First Coast Romance Writers’ Published Beacon Contest and Ancient City Romance Authors’ Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. Her November 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release, A Child’s Christmas, received first-place honors from Southern Magic, the Birmingham Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, for the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, placed second in the Ancient City Romance Authors’ Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, and was a finalist in RWA’s Desert Rose Chapter’s Golden Quill Award and the Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence. Finally, her October 2015 release, When the Right One Comes Along, the first book in her K-9 trilogy, has received a Best Book of 2015 award in the contemporary category.
She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.
Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by e-mail, through her website, her Facebook page, Twitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.