IT IS WHAT IT IS Release Day

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Tracking down the runaway teenage daughter of a senior member of the Noir et Bleu Motorcycle Club should be a quick, easy assignment for Tait—a chance to earn his full patch and officially join the outlaw biker family. But Tait didn’t count on the complication of working alongside the sassy-mouthed older sister, Kolby. He also didn’t count on the mission leading them into the clutches of a lethal international drug ring. Defying direct orders and relying on only his training and wits, Tait will have to risk everything to protect Kolby, rescue Roxie, and get them all out alive.

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DR Graham

D.R. Graham is an author for HarperCollins and Entangled Publishing. She worked as a social worker with at-risk youth before becoming a therapist in private practice. The clients she works with are children and teenagers, and her novels deal with issues relevant to young and new adults in love, transition, or crisis. She is also an award winning columnist for the Richmond News. She currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband.

HIT THAT AND YOU’RE DEAD is an Apple iBooks bestseller for fiction under $9.99.

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Q&A with D. R. Graham

Interview by Ali Williams, UK

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I’m delighted to welcome HarperImpulse author, D. R. Graham, as we talk about her novel Rank…  The book has compelling characters, cowboys and more than a little heart.

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What was your favourite scene to write in Rank?

Billy and his brother Cole have a complicated relationship, and I enjoyed writing all of the scenes that show their reluctant loyalty to each other. My ultimate favourite scene in RANK, though, is when Billy and Shae have their first unplanned date. It is so sweet and real. I like how Shae brings out the best in Billy. Here is a sneak peek at how it starts:

I parked facing the fence that surrounded the playground area. Shae-Lynn was sitting on a bench talking to a little boy who looked as if he’d been crying. He nodded at something she said. She held his chin gently and said something else that made him smile…

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Here is my interview with Danielle R. Graham

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Name: Danielle R. Graham

Age: 43

Where are you from?: I was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and live in Vancouver, Canada

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

When I’m not writing, I am a counsellor in private practice. I own an integrative medical clinic with my husband. He is a chiropractor specializing in sports medicine and a former professional football player.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I released three new adult books in three months this spring. The first two are a part of the Noir et Bleu Motorcycle Club Series. The third is about two brothers on the rodeo circuit. You can find out more about them here: http://www.amazon.com/D.R.-Graham/e/B008KA3IBU

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Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

The first time I remember enjoying writing was in grade four. My teacher that year encouraged creativity and originality over form, and I loved…

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#HIFortnight SALE: RANK .99cents

HarperImpulse Rodeo is all Billy Ryan and his brother Cole have ever known — until one deadly wreck changes everything. With their mom requiring full-time care and Cole dealing with his own demons, Billy needs to step up to take care of his family. So he walks away from his future as a champion bull rider. Convincing himself he didn’t quit because he lost his nerve…

Barrel racer Shae-Lynn, the sweet good-girl-next-door, grew up with the boys on the rodeo circuit. She’s the only person who knows Billy better than he knows himself. She could help him get back in the ring, but there’s a limit to how many times she’ll watch him make the same mistakes. Especially when it comes to her heart.

When Cole’s gambling debts get out of control and the bills at home pile up, Billy has no choice but to enter a winner takes all bull riding event. He needs Shae-Lynn by his side, but that isn’t going to happen unless he figures out a way to cowboy up and prove he’s good enough for a woman like her.image2 image1

 

 

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The Handler (Noir et Bleu Motorcycle Club)

Today, I’m celebrating the release of THE HANDLER. Unlike most biker romances, it’s actually a sweetheart love story, so, even your teens can read this biker book. And, I’m pretty sure Cain will make a swoon worthy book boyfriend for a few of them. TH_1600For a limited time it is only .99 cents.

 

He promised he would never be an outlaw . . .

While searching for the member of an outlaw motorcycle gang who murdered his dad, Cain Allen is offered a boatload of cash to “handle” the stunning teen popstar Lincoln Todd. Although he doesn’t need the headache of a high-maintenance celebrity, getting out of town will help him keep a low profile until he testifies against the other two killers.

Touring Europe with Lincoln proves to be more complicated than Cain anticipated, and despite his efforts, the line between their personal and professional lives blurs. She’s sweet, smart, and totally unpredictable. And he loves it.

But Lincoln’s association with Cain puts her in more danger than anyone could have imagined. When he joins forces with the Noir et Bleu Motorcycle Club to protect her, Cain discovers the lengths he’s willing to go, and the person he’s willing to become to protect the people he loves…

 

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In case anyone is keeping track, yth billboard walles, THE HANDLER is my third book published in three months. It’s unusual. I know. It just worked out that way because I’m working for two different publishers, and this is how the release schedule turned out.

The great part is that readers don’t have to wait years for me to write my next book. And since the Noir et Bleu MC series books are all stand alones that can be read in any order, a reader can pick up on the series at any point.

I have to admit, it is a little tricky to keep track of all of my books. So, to make it easy, here’s a run-down of the new releases available as of today:

Coming soon…

The next two books of the Noir et Bleu Motorcycle Club Series, and a three-book sweet romance series for young adults titled Brampton Beach.

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I hope you love them all!

-Danielle

#ToTheGirls: The Most Powerful Word in the World is No!

Many people, especially girls, were taught that “no” is a bad word. Some even have trouble shaping their mouth in such a way to let the sounds of “n” and “o” pass through their lips. The aversion to the word “no” causes many people to agree to do things they don’t have time for, or get pressured into things they don’t want to do.

Some people would rather say “yes” because they think it makes them more likeable and will avert possible conflict. The problem is that saying “yes” to everything can impact your own health or the well-being of your family. It is important to note that a child who does not know how to say “no” is at risk of falling victim to peer pressure.

For children to become comfortable with asserting themselves they must have a role model who sets good boundaries and doesn’t get walked all over. If “no” feels like a dirty word to you, here are a few points that might help you to become a better “no sayer”:

Remember that saying “no” is not selfish or mean. It allows you to spend more focused quality time on the priorities in your life and often keeps us safe. Why spread yourself thin doing things that mean little to you, for people who mean little to you?

Just because you said “yes” once doesn’t mean you have to do it forever. If you try something, like organizing your child’s school play, you don’t need to get roped into doing it every year. You have other goals and interests that you can lend your talents to, so saying “no” is actually saying “yes” to other things.

Stand up for your rights. You don’t have to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed. Unscrupulous people will push you until you reach your breaking point, and they don’t really care, because they’ll just find someone else that they can push once you break down. They don’t care about you, why care what they think?

Say “no” without feeling guilty. If you say “no”, but then spend the next two days fretting with guilt, it defeats the point. Saying “I’m sorry, but no,“ is all you ever need to say. No long excuses or justifications are necessary. If the person is being respectful, they will accept your “no”.

If you are a beginner “no sayer“, you may want to start off slowly.

If someone is pushy, say: “My initial reaction is that I don’t feel comfortable doing that, but let me think about it and get back to you.” Then, get back to them and say “no”.

If someone is giving you a guilt trip, say: “Yes, I’ll help you, but you owe me one.” Then ask them to cover your shift or help you move.

If someone asks you to do something that you actually want to do, or must do as a part of your job description, you can say: “Yes, I will do that, but I won’t be able to get to it until tomorrow.”

Finally, just practice saying it out loud. “No thank-you,” “sorry, but no,” “I would love to, but I can’t,” “no, no, no, no, no, no!”. Ah, feels good doesn’t it?

The best bucking bulls are rank… and so are the cowboys who ride them

I’m super excited to announce that RANK released with HarperCollins Publishers today!

When I was about four years old, I followed my older sister and cousins for a walk across our grandparents’ acreage in Regina, Saskatchewan. We reached the south fence as the sun started to set. I was convinced that we, or at least I, wasn’t going to be able to make it back to the ranch house before it got dark. That’s when my Papa rode up on his white horse. He extended his hand down to me and swooped me up to sit on his lap. Then he said, “Shall we gallop?” and we rode, literally, off into the sunset. This type of chivalry is why I dedicated RANK to my Papa and every other cowboy with heart and try.

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Although romantic and set against the backdrop of the rodeo, RANK is also a serious family drama. As a counsellor by profession, I wanted to write a story about how mental illness impacts siblings, and that psychological angle is where the story for RANK began. I made the characters cowboys because I grew up spending summers in the country, and who doesn’t love a cowboy?

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Rodeo is all Billy Ryan and his brother Cole have ever known — until one deadly wreck changes everything. With their mom requiring full-time care and Cole dealing with his own demons, Billy needs to step up to take care of his family. So he walks away from his future as a champion bull rider. Convincing himself he didn’t quit because he lost his nerve…

Barrel racer Shae-Lynn, the sweet good-girl-next-door, grew up with the boys on the rodeo circuit. She’s the only person who knows Billy better than he knows himself. She could help him get back in the ring, but there’s a limit to how many times she’ll watch him make the same mistakes. Especially when it comes to her heart.

When Cole’s gambling debts get out of control and the bills at home pile up, Billy has no choice but to enter a winner takes all bull riding event. He needs Shae-Lynn by his side, but that isn’t going to happen unless he figures out a way to cowboy up and prove he’s good enough for a woman like her.

Intense, emotional and complex, RANK is Friday Night Lights meets Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride… with edge!rank teaser

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ONE PERCENTER Book Release

netb bannerPhew. It’s taken a couple of years, but ONE PERCENTER (Book #1 in the NOIR ET BLEU MOTORCYCLE CLUB series) is finally here. I’m really excited to share it with everyone and I hope you love it. It’s a psychological and emotional story about what it is like to grow up loving the people the rest of the world is terrified of. It’s geared toward 18-25 year old new adults, but mature young adult readers will also enjoy it. If you are missing your Sons of Anarchy, this will be up your alley.

99% of bikers obey the law. The other 1% make their own…

Eighteen-year-old Tienne Desrochers grew up in the rough world of the Noir et Bleu Motorcycle Club. Bikers. Family. Outlaws. But after her dad’s murder, she decides she’s had enough. Refusing to end up like her drug-addicted mom, Tienne grabs her younger brother and leaves it all behind…including her boyfriend, Aiden Gyllenhall.

More comfortable in the middle of a bar fight than at a country club, living with her wealthy aunt and uncle is an adjustment, to say the least. No swearing. Designer shoes that pinch. And charming, corporate types like Leland Crofton instead of super-sexy, tattooed Aiden. But even the upper class can’t escape the toxic touch of underworld violence. And this time, Tienne won’t just learn who she really is—she’ll learn who has her back.

Here is the feature in USA TODAY if you want to read more about the story behind the book.

It’s going to be a whirlwind for the next little while because I am also releasing a book with HarperCollins, titled RANK, on April 2nd. It is available for pre-orders now. Then THE HANDLER (Book #2 in the NOIR ET BLEU MOTORCYCLE CLUB series) releases April 27th.