Spotlight & Giveaway: Beyond Limits by Laura Griffin

Posted January 20th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 53 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin to HJ!

Hi Laura and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Beyond Limits!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Beyond LimitsThanks for inviting me! This is a story I’m dying to share with readers because it’s about two of my favorite characters, Navy SEAL Derek Vaughn and FBI agent Elizabeth LeBlanc. While on a rescue mission overseas, Derek uncovers clues to a terrorist cell operating on U.S. soil. He returns home determined to help Elizabeth and her team track down the bad guys. Elizabeth is wary of Derek because they have a past together, but she puts those feelings aside for the investigation… or at least, she tries.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

The night was all wrong for an op, but they were going anyway, and not a man among them disputed the call. Lieutenant Derek Vaughn sat wedged between his teammates in the Black Hawk helicopter listening to the thunder of the rotor blades as he pictured the city below…


Please share a few Random facts about this book…

  • Derek Vaughn has been one of my favorite heroes for years. He first appeared in the novella “Unstoppable” and later appeared in “Night Heat” (in the LOVE IS MURDER anthology).
  • Derek met Elizabeth LeBlanc in SCORCHED, winner of the 2013 RITA Award for Romantic Suspense. He’s definitely been waiting patiently to star in his own book.


Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Elizabeth is a brave and resilient agent, but as the story unfolded I learned more about her soft side. Same for battle-hardened Derek. Both Elizabeth and Derek put on a tough face for world, and few people know them very well, which is what makes their romance special.

Do you think there’s a common trait or a je ne sais quoi that your heroes must have?

I love a man who is determined. Derek is taken with Elizabeth from the moment he meets her and makes it his mission to convince her to give him a chance.

Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?

Well, here’s one that made me smile…

Wet strands of hair clung to her neck. She was flushed, panting, and pissed off at him. The Holy Trinity of turn-ons, and he couldn’t resist grabbing her hand and pulling her in for a kiss, but before his mouth connected, he got a sharp shove to the solar plexus…


If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

I would give them a warning: Brace yourselves, you’re in for a roller-coaster ride.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2015?

I’m having fun working on the next Tracers book! This one is SHADOW FALL and features some of my favorite Tracers characters: Mark Wolfe, Kelsey Quinn, Mia Voss. The hero is Mark’s brother, Liam Wolfe, who runs a private security firm and finds himself in the FBI’s crosshairs after evidence implicates him in a brutal murder. SHADOW FALL comes out later in 2015.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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She crossed the room with a flutter in her stomach and peered through the peephole. For a moment, she just stared. Square jaw, erect posture, ridiculously muscled body. In her memories, she’d made him less impressive, more average-looking. But of course, that was wishful thinking. There was nothing average about this man, and he was standing outside her hotel room, refusing to go away.

He looked directly at the peephole and her heart skittered. He knew she was gawking. She pulled open the door and her heart did another little dance. She’d forgotten his eyes, too–whiskey brown with gold flecks. The look in them now was pure determination.

God help her, he’d come here on a mission.

He wore a plain black T-shirt over faded jeans and scuffed brown cowboy boots that brought a fresh wave of memories. She lifted her gaze. His dark, longer-than-regulation-length hair curled at the nape of his neck, and his beard had to be going on day two.

“Hi,” she said.


“How’d you know where I was?”

“Asked around.” His gaze scanned the room and then settled back on her. He propped his shoulder against the wall. “What’s it been, a year?”


“You don’t call, you don’t write.” A smile curved at the corner of his mouth. “How the hell you been, Liz?”

The smile was teasing, but his tone was serious. He was taking her to task for pointedly ignoring the messages he’d left for her back in December.

“It’s been a busy year. I was assigned to a major case…” She let the thought trail off. He didn’t really want to hear about it, and she definitely didn’t want to tell him. “How are you?”

Dumb question–the man had just lost a close friend. But he shrugged it off.

“Pretty hungry. We just finished a training op. Thought I’d stop by, see if you wanted to grab dinner.”

“Actually, I just ate.”

He eyed the PowerBar wrapper on the desk and lifted a brow. “Okay, how ’bout a drink, then?”

Temptation pulled at her. He probably thought she was being stuck up, but that wasn’t it at all. The truth was, he terrified her.

Derek Vaughn was smart, and confident, and impossibly attractive to women who liked their men a little rough around the edges. But he knew it, too. And she couldn’t stand the thought of becoming one of his forgettable women. It was high on her list of Reasons Not to Go There. Another reason was she had a case to work–possibly the most important case of her career. And a muscle-bound SEAL with a sexy gleam in his eye was sure to be a huge distraction. Elizabeth felt incredibly lucky to have been picked for this assignment and the last thing she wanted to do was slip up.

“Come on.” He stepped closer. “Lemm


Book Info:

An FBI agent and a Navy SEAL race against time in New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin’s newest Tracers novel. “Griffin delivers the goods!” (Publishers Weekly)

FBI agent Elizabeth LeBlanc is still caught in the aftermath of her last big case when she runs into the one man from her past who is sure to rock her equilibrium even more. Navy SEAL Derek Vaughn is back home from a harrowing rescue mission in which he found evidence of a secret terror cell on US soil. Elizabeth knows he’ll do anything to unravel the plot—including seducing her for information. And despite the risks involved, she’s tempted to let him. Together with the forensics experts at the Delphi Center, Derek and Elizabeth are closing in on the truth, but it may not be fast enough to avert a devastating attack…

Following in the bestselling tradition of the Tracers series, including Exposed, Scorched, and Twisted, Beyond Limits pulls out all the stops with Griffin’s most gripping thriller yet.

Book Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million iBooks IndieBound


Meet the Author:

Laura GriffinNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books SCORCHED and WHISPER OF WARNING) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for UNTRACEABLE). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.

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53 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Beyond Limits by Laura Griffin”

  1. Christina Riggs

    Love in English by Karina Halle. It’s was a really good book, knowing Hollywood they’d probably just cut it up though.

  2. doveknoll

    Nan Dixon’s book Southern Comfort. Of course almost every movie based on a book isn’t usually as good as the book. They cut or change to many things and it doesn’t have the same impact.

  3. Mary Preston

    I’d love to see WYRD SISTERS by Terry Pratchett. The books is genius & hilarious. A visual read.

  4. Irma Jurejevčič

    I have to say that I’m more of a book lover that a movie one… But if I really had to pick one, than that would be Raze by Tillie Cole.

  5. Suzanne

    To me, not the author, I find it sad when a book is made into a movie. Nobody does casting like I do so the characters are not always what I thought. When I read I draw my own conclusions from the author’s work and I often mentally enlarge on scenes or ideas presented in the book. A movie often turns out to be the opinion of whoever writes the screen play which is usually not my opinions. I do not dislike movies, but I do mourn the loss of the book that I read.

  6. Kathleen O

    I think we need a good romantic sassy modern western movie and any from Carolyn Brown’s Honky Tonk or Spikes and Spurs series would make a good movie..

  7. kgagnon2013

    Last Hit by by Jessica Clare & Jen Fredrick. It has it all, action, suspense, a hot & sexy redeemable bad boy and a broken but strong and feisty heroine. Love this series.

  8. Martha B

    Book to movie – Mean Streak by Sandra Brown. A Romantic Suspense with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing just WHO was the villain until the end.

    I just finished reading it so perhaps that’s why it popped into my head. In fact, I re-read to see whether I could catch the clues and figure out the ending. Nope, it was well done. That’s what I enjoyed the most; the outcome surprised me. I kept thinking, ‘how can this story end happily?’ It seemed as if the hero was irredeemable. Yet, I wanted them to achieve their HEA. It kept me reading way late into the night. That’s a sign of a good book. 🙂

  9. Sue C

    I have read so many good books that I couldn’t pick one. I would love to see some on Heather Graham’s books on screen. Especially Vision.

  10. Angela

    Not really looking forward to any of the movies but have been looking forward to this book for a while!

  11. Pennie M

    I really struggled with this answer because usually if I’ve read the book I won’t see the movie because no doubt I will HATE the movie, especially if I loved the book.

  12. joy isley

    C J Box writes wonderful mysteries. Also any book by Sandra Brown, especially Mirror Image. This would make a wonderful romantic suspense movie with a lot of tension in it.

  13. Natasha Harris

    I would love to see Laura Griffin’s Exposed come to the big screen- or really, anything from the Tracers series!

  14. Vicki P

    Scorched–with Kelsey and Gage! Crazy, terrific, suspenseful book! Would make a great book!

  15. Amy Rickman

    I would like to see The Knitting in the City by Penny Reid made into a movie, I think the characters would transfer well to the big screen and make an excellent rom-com.

  16. Traci

    There are so many choices, I could never choose one! So many times the book is a thousand times better since movies have to leave out so much for time constraints. I will say though, I thought they did a great job with Gone Girl.

  17. ndluebke

    There are so many, but I agree with many, you lose a lot of what we love in the books. However this series may just be the kind to make a good one.

  18. Linda Moffitt

    Heaven is for real because it looks really good and I just saw one for the money which is not last year I don’t believe but I just saw it LOL It’s one of My Fav series

  19. nightowlinil

    What book would I like to see on the big screen? Why?
    The Winged Series by L.M. Pruitt. It just lends itself so well to being on the big screen. Such a fabulous series!

  20. Kumiko Shin

    Body of Evidence by Rachel Grant would make a good movie with the wonderful balance of romance and action.

  21. Kitty Szaro

    Daddy’s Gone A Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark – her storylines are always very puzzling with great characters that I think could make a decent movie if done right.

  22. mrsmac19

    The BDB series would make a great movie franchise! I’d also enjoy something about Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive boys, Jay Crownover’s Marked Men, or Bully/Rival/Falling Away by Penelope Douglas.

  23. Leanna

    I hate when books are made into movies. The book is always better. I like books better anyway.

  24. glam009

    I love so many books I love to see into a movie….. The Blackstone Affair by Raine Miller, This Man by Jody Ellen Malpas, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Consequences series by Aleatha Romig!!!

  25. erinf1

    LOL… it’s so hard to pick… maybe The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen. Thanks for sharing!

  26. taswmom

    I’m not trying to cop out here, but loving a book, and then seeing it onscreen is often a let down. I’d much rather see the movie before I read the book, because then I do already have their pictures in my head than the the other way around.

  27. AmandaS

    I would love to see some of Suzanne Brockmann’s books made into movies. They are such intense stories with great characters! I love a good romantic suspense.

  28. Aline

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ books! Especially the Chicago Stars series, preferably Match Me If You Can 😉

  29. Eka Fony W

    Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas. I love Sebastian St Vincent very much and want to see it in movies.

  30. Terri C

    I’d love to see Nora Robert’s Wedding Quartet on the big screen. They were just wonderful love stories and seemed very visually appealing to me.

  31. Glenda

    Since I’m usually disappointed in the movie versions of books I’d rather not have any of my favorite books made into movies

  32. angela smith

    i’m not the kind of person who reads a book then see a movie based on that book or the kind of person who sees a movie then reads the book.i dont really see the point in it.but if i have to choose it would probably be a book by stephen king

  33. BookLady

    J.D. Robb’s In Death series would make an exciting movie, but I would probably still prefer her books.

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