Desert Exposure Kindle Release and Giveaway!

I’m so thrilled to announce the release of my 2012 RWA® Golden Heart® finalist book: Desert Exposure.


This book is very dear to my heart, because it’s the book that made me a believer…in myself.  It’s the third book in Desert Heat, three standalone books, featuring the small fictional town of Rancho Almagro in the Southern California desert, a redneck cop, three girlfriends, three hot dudes, a ton of bad guys, and one fluffy white dog named Ralph.

The book is in Amazon’s KDP Select program, which means it is a Kindle exclusive for three months. The full release through my publishing house, The Wild Rose Press, will be in print and all digital formats on August 2, 2013.

Short Excerpt:

“Oh, dear God–“

Rachel didn’t look back. If she was about to die, she didn’t want to see the bullet coming. Another burst of gunfire sounded. A bullet lodged in a tree trunk above her head. She squashed the backpack against her chest, keeping Ralph in place, and pumped her legs hard to get over the slight rise.

Once down the other side, she darted through a field of date palms and got to the old truck, which she’d parked off the main drag. Opening the truck door, she slid into the seat and shoved the key into the ignition. With a quick gasp for air she tossed the backpack onto the floor of the truck. Slick with sweat and trembling with fear, her fingers shook as she turned the key in Grandpa’s old truck.

“Please start. Please start.” It leaped into action. She yanked on the zipper of the windbreaker, and let Ralph out onto the seat. He ran to the open window and barked.

“Shh, Ralph,” she whispered. “Good boy. Lie down.”

There was no sign, or sound, of movement. She pressed the accelerator hard. The truck roared across the unsealed track, and out from under the cover of tall date palms like a raging bull released from a rodeo pen. She headed for the highway and toward the safety of Grandpa’s cabin.

“Oh, hell, oh, hell…oh, hell,” she said, and tried to slow her panic.

The empty camera case still hung around her neck and it bumped against her chest. Pulling the strap over her head with one hand, she gripped tight to the steering wheel with the other, and then shoved the case on top of the backpack.

I risked my life for a freakin’ camera?

 Available now at

Also, I’m gifting one Kindle download of the book to one commenter (I’ll draw the name on Friday) along with a $10 Starbucks gift card. If you don’t have a kindle I can make that a PDF copy. Your choice. : ) Just leave a comment to enter.


Congratulations, I’ll be in touch!



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32 Responses to Desert Exposure Kindle Release and Giveaway!

  1. Janie Emaus says:

    Congratulations! Great excerpt.

  2. Sam Beck says:

    I second Janie’s comment–gripping excerpt! I’m grabbing my Kindle as I type this ’cause I can’t wait ’til Friday…I loved Unlock the Truth and am almost done with the equally amazing Blue Dolphin. I gotta have my next fix of Robena Grant now. Hello Desert Heat!

  3. robena grant says:

    Aww, thanks Sam (she says while scuffing her toes against the carpet.) I hope you enjoy reading the adventures of Detective Michael Baxter Delaney, and rabble-rousing Rachel, as much as I enjoyed writing them.

    Congrats! on the release of your second book: Lover Undercover. Can’t wait to read it!

  4. Skye Hughes says:

    I totally understand her risking her life for a “freakin’ camera”: I know photographers! LOL!

    This sounds very exciting. I read Kindle books on my iPhone; it works much better than I expected.

  5. Oooh, can’t wait for this one, Robena. I love animals in stories like this. They bring an extra level of caring to the reader. Congrats and best wishes. P.S. Say ‘hi’ to Humphrey from me. I want to interview him on my blog sometime. lol

    • robena grant says:

      Had to put a hand over the screen to type this. Humphrey is hovering. Oh, no, he saw it, and he said he’d be delighted to be interviewed. You do not know what you’re getting into. ; )

  6. Great post! Wonderful excerpt. Can’t wait to read it. Congratulations, Robena.

    • robena grant says:

      Thank you for stopping by, Kathleen. And thanks for the kind words. It’s so exciting to see my GH finalist book make it out into the world. ; )

  7. Marge says:

    I loved the 3 series because, living here in the desert, I was always trying to figure out what local place you were talking about. I know you have worked hard- very hard- and long on these books and I am so glad that you have been discovered ! I am sure there will be many more exciting reads to come.

    • robena grant says:

      Thank you, Marge! And thank you for being a beta reader and persevering with those messy first drafts. I’m waiting on Corsica Gate to be published. That’s the one I want to dedicate to you three ladies. ; ) Fingers crossed that there will be a contract soon.

  8. Chris says:

    Congrats. Added to my TBR list. 🙂

  9. J.L. Hammer says:

    Congrats on the new release! I’m currently reading The Blue Dolphin and loving it! Can’t wait to read Desert Exposure.

    • robena grant says:

      Thank you, J.L. You’ve been quiet lately but I knew you were promoting your book. Hope it’s all going well for you. So glad you’re enjoying TBD.

  10. Yay yay yay. I’ll get it Friday when I get paid. Can’t wait!

    • robena grant says:

      You are too sweet, Judy. Did you get the email I sent you this morning? I think I had the addy right. Anyway, I meant what I said, so email me. Please. ; )

  11. Mackenzie Crowne says:

    Heart pumping excerpt, Robena. Love it! Congrats on the early release and many happy sales.

  12. I love, love, love your cover!
    Love the excerpt.
    BTW, I love your dog’s name, too (I’m assuming Humphrey is a dog). ;D

  13. Pamela Kopfler says:

    Love the excerpt! Good luck on the launch!

  14. Meg Kassel says:

    Congrats on your new release, Robena! It’s so wonderful to see so many of my fellow 2012 G.H. finalists getting their finaling books published. Wonderful excerpt and a wonderful cover, too! All the best to you 🙂

    • robena grant says:

      Thanks, Meg! Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I love seeing the 2012 GH finalist books getting out there on the shelves, or the internet. Such fun!

  15. Jill says:

    Robena, I am so excited for you ! Exposure is on my Kindle. I have grown attached to your people and the setting-after 2 books !

  16. robena grant says:

    Hi Jill, it pleases me to hear you say that. : ) I love my characters and their little fictional town.

  17. londonmabel says:

    In what way did it make you a believer in yourself?

    And–congrats! yay!

    • robena grant says:

      LM, I felt my writing was stronger in that book, then it became a GH finalist. With that validation, I knew was on the right track. We never stop learning, growing, but we reach a higher plateau at different times and sit there for a bit until we gain more knowledge of craft and move up another level. Something like that, anyway. ; )