Friday, March 3, 2017

Virtual Tour - The Russian Obsession (Foreign Affairs, #3) by Nikki Navarre

The Russian Obsession
Foreign Affairs, #3
by Nikki Navarre
Releasing February 21st 2017

From The Book Junkie Reads . . . The Russian Obsession (Foreign Affair, #3) . . .

Sexy pilot, high-octane action, wild jungle chase, a rapid spreading virus, blank spots in memory, killer skills, deadly results, two people on the opposite side of the equation. Or are they? Christa and Max have lots to uncover including the truth about each other in this race for answers, cure, and to stay alive. All that with love closing in on them just as fast as the enemy on their trails. Survival was the game and winning at all cost was the price that needed to be paid. Hot sexy red-head scientist with gaps in her memory and a sexy hot pilot that has an ax to grind team up to some explosive action and romance. 

Looking for some action, intrigue, drama, and romance in a foreign country through jungle, sky and more for a weekend read try The Russian Obsession.

Foreign Affairs series:
The Russian Seduction – Foreign Affairs, #1
The Russian Temptation – Foreign Affiars, #2
The Russian Obsession -  Foreign Affairs, #3

BlurbChristabel Orlova remembers nothing before the night she woke in a Turkish bazaar with two passports, two governments on her tail, and no memory of her shadowy past. Armed only with keen wits, survival instincts and mad skills in the research lab, Christa has three goals. Stay alive. Stay one step ahead of her hunters. And find a cure for the Ebola bioweapon whose secret is locked in her brainbox—before it wipes out the human race. Gypsy, loner and wild child, her first rule of survival is never to trust.

Ex-Russian fighter pilot Max Vasylko is a gun-for-hire smuggler who’ll fly contraband cargo anywhere in the world, no questions asked. But he can’t fly far enough to forget the wife and daughter who died in an Ebola outbreak. When a bioweapon from a rogue U.S. program is to blame, Max’s mission turns personal. Find the scientist responsible for designing the super virus—and make her pay. The last villain he expects is Christa: a smart, sexy, scrappy survivor in hiking boots who’s lost her own brother to the virus.  

Now Max is flying high above the African jungle with enemy agents in his six and a sweet redhead he’ll risk his backside to protect. Christa’s tempted to trust this hot-as-hell jet jockey with his wildcat courage and Mafia past. But the vaccine isn’t the only secret locked in her head. To uncover the truth, Max and Christa must win their toughest battle yet. The battle of hearts between them.     
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The biggest bouncer she’d ever seen was powering toward her like a tank on steroids. Packing a machine gun the size of a bazooka.
Teetering on her stilettos, Christa froze. The music throbbed in her ears like a heartbeat. An electric current of panic pulsed through her veins. Cheesed-off cops on one side and a bad guy bouncer on the other.
And, clutched tight in her perspiring palms, the McGuffin. A briefcase holding five million doses of a deadly virus. Or a cure that could save the world.
“Hey, doc.” A voice dipped in Brooklyn brass grated in her ear. “I swear to God, I ought to turn you over my knee.”
Alarm and annoyance jolted through her—swamped by overwhelming relief. She spun to face six and a half feet of towering menace. Ultramarine eyes seared through her like lasers. Stripped to his tee shirt, bronzed biceps and wicked tattoo sheened in sweat, Max Vasylko spelled danger with a capital D.
The breath shuddered out of her tight-locked lungs.
Along with a whopping dose of sass.
“What kind of grunting Neanderthal are you, major? Were you raised in a cave? If you think you’re laying a hand on me, you’re going to need an army—”
“Army of one, baby.”
His low growl in her ear sent goose bumps racing down her arms and curled her toes in her boots. His big hands closed around her naked shoulders. Heat snaked from his callused palms and sheeted down her spine.
Max pushed her into a vacant banquette scattered with cards and cash. Her bottom hit the red vinyl seat with a bounce. He snagged the briefcase from her startled arms and tossed it at the opposite seat.
“Hey!” she cried. “That case isn’t a football. You can’t just—”
“News flash. I just did.”
He crawled right in after her. Right between her thighs.
Her heart was a kettledrum roaring in her ears. She slithered and scrambled over the slippery seat. He took every inch she gave him and kept on coming. Which was how she ended up flat on her back.
He crawled right on top of her, weight braced on those impressive arms.
For a moment in time that stretched surreal, like a Dali clock melting in the desert sun, he crouched over her. She forgot about the jumpy cop with the trigger finger, the tank-sized bouncer packing heat, the backstabbing ex-boss sprawled somewhere on the floor.
The world narrowed to the span of Max’s powerful shoulders and the primal musk of saffron and cedar. Above his neckline, the spiky tips of another fierce tattoo curled around his neck.
She was guessing that hidden ink spread all the way across his shoulders. Maybe all the way down his back. And that was a lot of real estate to cover on a man like Max. With the flashing lights behind him, shadows cloaked his face. And every inch of him scorched her skin.
“Wow.” She managed a husky whisper. “You’re…really…something.”
“Pot and the goddamn kettle,” he growled.
Right before he kissed her.
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Interview with Nikki Navarre
Globetrotting Ex-Diplomat and Author of The Russian Obsession

How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I write sleek, smart, sexy spy romance set in Russia and other glamorous international locales. Think Casino Royale with a happy ending.

What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
I write in two genres under two names for two publishers. So staying sane is always a major goal! J Nikki’s working on the sequel to The Russian Obsession. My “innocent twin,” historical romance author Laura Navarre, has a Tudor fallen angel romance trilogy releasing under Harlequin’s direct-to-consumer paranormal romance line. Magick by Moonrise is City of Angels meets The Tudors

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
The ideas flow naturally. Execution is something else.  I’m a plotter, not a seat-of-the-pantser. I need detailed character dossiers, research notes, story outlines all lined up before I can write a word.

Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
I can’t wait to unveil a new villain, head honcho of the super-secret National Security Intelligence Agency—and powerful ex-lover of U.S. President Ellen Cartwright. So far in the series, he’s been off-screen, operating behind the scenes (just the way he likes it). That’s about to change.

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional characters, who would they be?
Jamie Fraser from Outlander.
Lestat from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.
Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones.
And Phedre and Joscelin from Jacqueline Carey’s dark and sensual Renaissance fantasy Kushiel’s Dart. Do yourself a favor and read that one!

Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
Round-the-world backpacking adventure with my karmic mate (my screenwriter hubby.)

Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?

I’m super excited to be writing Book Four in the Foreign Affairs series. Since I work on weapons of mass destruction issues in real life (that whole ex-diplomat thing), Book Four is my cyberwar book. My heroine’s a cyberpunk hacker (though she prefers the term “social engineer”) for the CIA. Her hero’s an internationally hunted cybercriminal…and cyber spy for Russia. Can’t wait to show you this one!  

Author Info
Subject:  Nikki Navarre
Assignment:  Double Agent
Cover:  Diplomat. Playgirl. Author of the Foreign Affairs series.

Nikki Navarre is the author of the award-winning Foreign Affairs series and the sinister twin of unsuspecting historical romance author Laura Navarre.  In her other life, Nikki is a diplomat who’s lived in Russia and works on weapons of mass destruction issues.  In the line of duty, she’s been trapped in an elevator in a nuclear power plant and has stalked the corridors of facilities churning out nerve agent and other apocalyptic weapons. In this capacity, she meets many of the world’s most dangerous men.

Inspired by the perilous realities of her real life, Nikki writes romantic suspense set in glamorous international locales and laced with political intrigue.  From her island compound in the Pacific Northwest, she divides her time between her writing career and other adventures for government clients.  Her notorious exploits in the world of diplomacy will get her in trouble one of these days.

The Russian Obsession may be the last mistake she ever makes.
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