Monday, October 10, 2016

In Safe Hands {+ Giveaway}

It’s a pleasure to be taking part in the tour for author Katie Ruggle’s new release, IN SAFE HANDS, the fourth installment in her Search and Rescue Series.

Katie has graciously answered some questions about her writing. In addition, you have the opportunity to win a copy of HOLD YOUR BREATH, the first book in the Search and Rescue Series. Please see the end of the post for more details.

He was her hero,
But one wrong move ended their future before it could begin.
Now he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe,
Even if that means turning against one of his own.

As a member of the Field County Sheriff's Department, Chris Jennings is used to having it rough. The Colorado Rockies aren't for the weak-of-spirit, but he's devoted his life to upholding the law—and to protecting the one woman he knows he can never have. He'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
          Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she'll never be a part of the world...until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search & Rescue brotherhood apart for good.

IN SAFE HANDS is available at the following sites:

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Katie as she answers some questions. Welcome, Katie.

What was the hardest thing about writing this series?

The hardest thing about writing the Search and Rescue series was the crazy schedule. Although I loved that the books came out so close together (only two months apart), it made the editing schedule insane. At one point, I was working on three books at one time. Gah…just remembering that makes me tired.

How did you go about doing research for this book and the series?

Most of my research for this series had been done unknowingly months or even years before I started to write it. I received my law enforcement degree while working for a police department. My favorite part of the job was collecting and analyzing forensic evidence as part of the Crime Scene Team. Also, while doing volunteer work with a fire department in Colorado, I was certified in cold-water rescue, which helped a lot with the first book in the series, Hold Your Breath.

For In Safe Hands, most of my research was on agoraphobia, gas leaks, explosions, and panic rooms. Yeah, I’m pretty sure my internet search history has put me on a few government watch lists.

If this book was turned into a movie, who would you like to see playing the two main characters?

So, this is a tough question for me to answer, because I’m terrible at names, especially when talking about actors. I’m that annoying person who says, “You know that guy, who was in that movie, the one with the killer?” Yeah, I’d like that guy to play Chris.

What can readers look forward to next from you?

The first book in my Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit series will be out in June 2017. There are hot cops and heroic dogs and scary villains and explosions and women on the run… What more could anyone ask for?

Katie, thanks for joining us today and sharing this background. I can understand when it comes to not remembering actors’ names. lol

Now for those who aren’t familiar with Katie, here’s a bit of background on her.

Author Katie Ruggle
When she’s not writing, Katie Ruggle rides horses, shoots guns, and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the police academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold.

While she still misses her off-grid, solar-and-wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains, she now lives in Rochester, Minnesota, near her family.

This giveaway is for one print copy of HOLD YOUR BREATH by Katie Ruggle, the first book in her Search and Rescue Series. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have you or do you know someone who has ever been involved in a search and rescue team?


  1. Search and rescue teams are unsung heroes. Often. The world over.

  2. I have never been part of a "search & rescue" effort. I live in a small town in the mountains of Virginia (beautiful lakes & rivers, hills and mountains, and a state park), and there are a number of rescue and emergency response organizations in our area. Even though I pray to never have need of their services, I am extremely appreciative of all they do to help our community.

  3. That is a crazy writing schedule. I would be so confused!

  4. The premise of this sounds really interesting! And I think that a search-and-rescue context is an effective one for a series. Thanks for sharing, Both.

  5. I bet ice rescues would be cold.

    It might've made for a frantic schedule, but releasing the books so close together is a smart move.

  6. Your "real life" research should make this series even more fascinating!

  7. This books sounds enthralling. I haven't ever been involved in search and rescue.

  8. The volunteer work sounds like a great way to do research as well as helping out the community. Wishing the author well.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  9. I work in a high end pet food store. There are quite a few customers who train and work with search and rescue dogs.

  10. This is a very exciting topic. Whenever I hear of a search and rescue going on, I pay close attention.

  11. I know a few people who were involved in a search and rescue team. I think I'm too emotional to be involved myself

  12. I know a few people who were involved in a search and rescue team. I think I'm too emotional to be involved myself

  13. I've always admired their courage and fortitude. Great that both books came out so close together. What a whirlpool of an event. Congratulations.


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