Spotlight & Giveaway: Ride the Tide by Julie Ann Walker

Posted November 18th, 2020 by in Blog, Spotlight / 42 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Julie Ann Walker to HJ!

Hi Julie Ann and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Ride the Tide!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

A man who’s been burned by love. A woman who’s only ever wanted the love of one man. Mason and Alex must overcome personal demons – and a violent man from Mason’s past – before they can give in to the passion that has been growing between them for months. Oh, and you know, there’s a treasure hunt going on too.

Please share your favorite quote from the book:

Something broke inside him. His restraint? Certainly. His ability to think? Most definitely. With a growl of…what?—Impatience? Defeat? Who knew?—he stomped toward her. As he closed the distance, she became his entire world. Or maybe she’d been that since the moment she landed on Wayfarer Island. Then he was on her.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • This is the first time I’ve written a virgin heroine.
  • I spent WAY too much time watching YouTube videos trying to get Mason’s Boston accent right.
  • I wrote this book while traveling all over the country. Parts of this story were penned in Key West, New Orleans, Boston, Boulder, Santa Fe, Tulsa, Panama City Beach, and Asheville. That’s seven states for anyone who’s counting.


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

She squealed slightly when, with a hand at her waist, he pushed her hard against the door. Stepping close, he eliminated any space between their bodies.
Her eyes rounded when she felt him hard and throbbing against her belly. Her mouth fell open, and he took advantage of her unwitting invitation.
When his lips landed on hers, he wasn’t gentle. He wasn’t rough either. It was more like he was a starving man. Devouring her. Consuming her.
He thought perhaps his abruptness, his lack of finesse, would frightened her. Quite the contrary. Her hands speared into his hair. Her tongue darted into his mouth. And the most erotic-sounding little moan he’d ever heard issued from the back of her throat.
She tasted like something he’d been missing his whole life but hadn’t known it until right that very second. She smelled like sincerity itself, so clean and fresh.
Never dreamed it could be like this, he thought a little desperately.
But that was a lie. He’d dreamed. He’d dreamed every damn night. Except not one of those dreams has come close to this. The reality of her. The reality of them.
She kissed stardust into his mouth. It sparkled. It burned. He wasn’t sure if she flew him to heaven or tossed him into hell.
He was sure that as the moment stretched out, as her unrestrained fingers and tongue and hips moved against him, desire stole away what little control he had.
He’d come to her room to put an end to the idea of them sharing anything more than friendship. But what was he doing instead?
He was kissing her.
And just as he’d feared, now that he’d started, he couldn’t make himself stop.
In the end, he thought, maybe it was inevitable.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

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

That it’s never too late to take a second chance on love.


Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Book Info:

Once a fighter, always a fighter…

Former Navy SEAL Mason McCarthy is done being a fighting man. Now he and the Deep Six Salvage crew are working feverishly to find the wreck of the Santa Cristina and its legendary sunken treasure. Unfortunately for Mason’s peace of mind, chatty, brilliant historian Alexandra Merriweather has joined the hunt and there’s no avoiding her. Alex is exactly the kind of distraction Mason can’t afford right now…or maybe ever.

When a murderous enemy from Mason’s past threatens the Deep Six, he must rely on old instincts and the skills he honed from years of running black ops to make sure nothing touches Alexandra. But with their lives on the line and the adrenaline running high, it’s inevitable that sparks will fly.

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Meet the Author:

Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Black Knights Inc. and the Deep Six romantic suspense series’. She has won or been nominated for numerous awards including a Top Ten Romance by Booklist and a Best Summer Read by Publishers Weekly. She lives in Chicago, IL.

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42 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Ride the Tide by Julie Ann Walker”

  1. Mary Preston

    No absolute favorite, but I am reading a lot of murder mysteries. Isolation will do that to you.

  2. Pamela Conway

    I can’t pick one! Have discovered funny rom-com authors Christina Hovland & Helena Hunting. Chelle Bliss, JR Ward, Jill Shalvis, Lori Foster are just some of the authors I’ve read with amazing books.

  3. Eva Millien

    If I have to pick just one…I will say Christine Feehan’s Shadow Flight as I was eagerly awaiting it! But to be truthful…all of them because they were great and they alone preserved my sanity!

  4. Glenda M

    I honestly don’t have a single favorite. I’ve binged so many series this year that I can’t even pick a favorite series. :o)

  5. Amy R

    What has been your favorite read while sheltering in place, social distancing, and/or quarantining this year? My most recent 5 star audiobook listen was Principles of Spookology by S.E. Harmon

  6. Texas Book Lover

    One of my favorites this year has been the Consortium Rebellion series. It was so different from what I normally read and so much fun! Unfortunately, now that I work from home pretty much permanently I am reading about half the number of books I did when I worked outside the home because I have lost the time I used to listen to books during my commute and lunch breaks. But the upside is I no longer have to pay for gas or dry cleaning and get to work in my pjs and get to spend all day with my daughter and pups!

  7. Debra Branigan

    I have actually dropped off on reading as I have discovered video games. I have been working my way through Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series. But the holidays are here, so back to romances.

  8. Jana Leah

    I don’t have one favorite, but I’ve really been enjoying Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon series.

  9. Patricia B.

    I have had very little time to read during this whole thing. I don’t know why since I haven’t accomplished anything else. I usually read romantic suspense/intrigue or historical romance. One book I really enjoyed was not either. BEACHSIDE BEGINNINGS by Sheila Roberts is women’s fiction and one of the first I have read. It deals with three women at critical points in their lives and how they deal with it. I am switching to holiday stories now and will likely need some good suspense reads to start off the new year.

  10. Irma

    I’m a blogger, so yeah, I read all the time. My favourite reads so far were Rise of a Queen by Rina Kent and Famine by Laura Thalassa <3

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