Spotlight & Giveaway: Hidden Heat by Carla Swafford

Posted February 17th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 59 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Carla Swafford to HJ!

The Brothers of Mayhem series revs up as a headstrong beauty faces off against an outlaw motorcycle club—and falls for the bad boy she never saw coming.


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Hidden HeatGoing retro here because that’s how I roll some days. Think of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Ted telling you about Hidden Heat.
Check it out, a totally radical babe wants to stop her little bro from joining these bad-ass biker dudes. She struts into their bar and smashes up the place. Then this awesome dude tells her to chill. He’s all over the babe, hangs with and helps her out. When the fearless babe finds herself in most heinous trouble, the cool dude decides to claim her as his old lady. No way! Yes, way! Then she finds out the dude is an undercover cop. Excellent! They join forces and become unrivaled partners in bringing down the most odious biker dudes.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Cassidy Ryder swung the bat, testing the weight and reach, as she marched around the line of motorcycles. Wrinkling her nose, she ignored the sharp pungent smell of marijuana drifting across her path.
Huddled in the shade beneath the building’s eaves, men with greasy hair and beards puffed on tightly, rolled joints and eyed her in mild curiosity.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • I did a lot of research on this book and the series, but I pulled a few characters from my misbegotten youth.
  • Sand County, Marystown, and Sand City are fictional. It frees me from worrying if I get a street name correct or not.
  • This is my first book cover with totally clothed people. HA!


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

This scene reveals how Cassidy’s bravado is mostly for show, but she’s a smart cookie. She knows something isn’t clicking when it comes to Thorn. As she will think later in the book,white armor on a bad boy.

Cassidy hugged herself. “I’m sorry, Thorn.”
“You have nothing to be sorry about.”
“If I hadn’t made Stonewall so mad, we wouldn’t be here now.”
He pulled her back into his arms.
She wanted to soak in his body heat — she’d never been so afraid in her whole life — but she had to be brave. Chill bumps traveled down her spine.
“What are we going to do?” she whispered.
“I’ll think of something. I promise you have nothing to worry about.”
“Are you real?”
He leaned back, still holding her.
“Like that. You don’t talk like anyone I know. You have the looks, the tats, the clothes, you ride a bike like you’re born to it, you even have the family, but you’re too nice.”
“Because I didn’t fall on you as soon as the door closed?”


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

Oh, goodness, so many fun and sexy moments. Mainly, I hope the reader enjoys discovering the love story of a couple, due to their corrupt families, were destined to be bad people. Instead, they knew they didn’t have to go down the same path and could change their lives. That they found each other, when they needed each other the most, was a miracle in itself. Was that too deep?


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

I’m writing book number three of the Brothers of Mayhem series. Of course, the first book is HIDDEN HEAT, due out February 16, 2016. Then the second one is FULL HEAT, releasing July 5, 2016; third, NAKED HEAT, November 29, 2016; and last, RAW HEAT, April 18, 2017. They have different heroes and heroines, but the same MC. You can read them out of order, but it’s more fun to read as they’re written. That way you can see how the characters and the club change.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: Ebook: HIDDEN HEAT by Carla Swafford (Via Amazon)


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Book Info:

Cassidy Ryder refuses to be intimidated by anyone, even the hell-raising, hard-drinking Brothers of Mayhem. The daughter of their former president, she’s not above smashing a few heads to keep her teenage brother safe. But when Cassidy’s big mouth gets her in trouble, the only thing that saves her is some quick thinking from the Brothers’ bartender. He’s commanding and strong, and as smooth as the whiskey he pours: the ultimate temptation for a girl who swore she’d never be a biker’s plaything.

But Thorn Savalas is no ordinary biker. He’s a cop, and he’s worked too hard earning the Brothers’ trust to blow his cover over a female—even one who rocks a pair of jeans like Cassidy. The only way to protect her is by claiming she’s his old lady. Trouble is, Thorn can’t just pretend. He wants Cassidy, and every scorching touch tells him she feels the same. But acting on their hottest fantasies could leave them both exposed . . . even if nothing else has ever felt so real.

Meet the Author:

Carla SwaffordCarla Swafford loves romance novels, action/adventure movies and men, and her books reflect that. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Alabama.

Carla is presently working on her new series for Penguin-Random House/Loveswept.

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59 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Hidden Heat by Carla Swafford”

    • Carla Swafford

      I’ve heard they are really good. Since we don’t have that brand here in Alabama USA (I think), I guess I may have to order some on line. For a special occasion, of course. *wink*

  1. Mary Preston

    I actually don’t snack when I’m reading. It’s hard to juggle a book & food. I snack at other times though. Sometimes sweet, sometimes salty.

  2. bastdazbog

    Potato chips, although I do try to resist I end up giving in more often than not. If I am in the mood for something sweet then it’s red vines. 🙂

    • Carla Swafford

      I may be the only person in the world who has not tried Nutella. Maybe because I know I’ll love it too much, but I may have to try one jar. Sounds dangerous because I know that would be only the beginning. LOL!

    • Carla Swafford

      My grandson’s (I’m a young grandmother. HA!) school was selling the type of cookies that come frozen and you pop them into the oven to bake. LOVE THEM! So easy and the chocolate chip kind are to die for. Anyway, I bought so many tubs, my husband was asking everyone to take a tub home PLEASE! The stinker. Now I’m out and no more will be available until September. 🙁

    • Carla Swafford

      Too funny. I have already mentioned Cheetos and Popcorn in earlier comments. BUT, ice cream is my big downfall. I could eat chocolate or vanilla with chocolate syrup or strawberry with chocolate syrup…I guess you see the theme. LOVE ICE CREAM! LOL! Homemade is my favorite. Yes, in Alabama, we are known for making our own. Nothing better.

    • Carla Swafford

      Thank you so much, Harlequin Junkie, for letting me visit and post about HIDDEN HEAT. I’ll check back in a little bit to see if there are more comments. Like a lot of authors, I’m at my day job and must get back to it for now. Thank you again!! I’m having lots of fun!

  3. erinf1

    potato chips! But I have gotten a healthier route and I snack on veggie straws and dehydrated pea pods chips. They are very tasty! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carla Swafford

      Have you tried baked pepperoni slices (be sure to pat them with a paper towel after baking them. Perfect low fat snack. Not as good as potato chips, but helps cut back the cravings.

  4. veRONIca

    I am addicted to popcorn….which I don’t consider junk food so no guilt with binging lol

  5. Amanda Thompson

    Pretzels or goldfish crackers or pretzel goldfish crackers and Hershey’s chocolate 🙂

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