Pleasure of the Chase by Ann Roberts (plus a couple of FREE books!)

Congratulations to mattersoftheheart356 and Jacky! They both won a copy of Pleasure of the Chase by Ann Roberts.

Check it out! Ann Roberts came by to celebrate the release of her FIFTEENTH book. Seriously. That is certainly a milestone worth marking, yes?

And, because she’s the giving sort, she’s offering up two copies of Pleasure of the Chase–that’s the title of the new book–in paperback or ebook. Due to the insane prices of shipping, paperback is limited to the US only. Drop a comment in the space below and I’ll draw the winners on Friday, March 4.

Good Luck!


Pleasure of the Chase by Ann Roberts

Chase coverPicture this: you’re sitting at a red light one day, wondering if you’d really move to Canada if Donald Trump or Ted Cruz were elected president, when the oddest car you’ve ever seen pulls up beside you. It’s covered in black and white geometric figures, and if you stared at it for too long, you’d get a migraine. The driver notices you checking out the car (and her), and when the light changes, she hits the gas and screams away. You think, What’s her problem?

More than likely she pulled away quickly because she thought you were a member of the carparazzi, a group of industrial auto spies who trek around the world, attempting to take pictures and video of never-before-seen automotive prototypes. Like the paparazzi, these photographers sell their pictures to the trade magazines for lucrative paydays. Car enthusiasts who long to see the next great model and the new features flock to the magazines for these unauthorized pics.

My upcoming romance, Pleasure of the Chase, explores this fascinating lifestyle and the relationship between two members of the carparazzi, veteran photographer Nellie Rafferty and newcomer Jos Grant. Nellie is well known for her fierce competitive nature and her willingness to do anything to get the shot. Once she dressed up as a nun and infiltrated a convent that overlooked an Italian proving ground just to get a picture. However, trotting around the globe is tiring. Nellie has chased cars her entire adult life and is discovering her priorities are shifting.

Jos Grant joined the carparazzi after happening upon a prototype parked in a fast food lot. She sells a picture to a magazine and is hooked. Jos is a mom and getting the shot equates to putting food on the table. She’s a rookie, still learning all of Nellie’s tricks. She tries to be as ruthless as Nellie, or at least, she tries to live up to the legend that is Nellie.

Both have a love of the chase and soon find themselves drawn to each other while they compete for the same shots. Romance waits behind the camera lens and competition becomes more difficult. When a ruthless automaker manipulates both of them, they must join forces to prevent a dangerous car from being mass-produced.

One theme that surfaces throughout the novel is America’s love of automobiles.  Most of us have car stories—our first car, the family car we rode in for summer vacations, the first time we made out in a car, or a favorite make and model. My favorite car is the ’66 Mustang. I’ve owned two and I often reference Mustangs in my books. The picture you see here is my second Mustang. If you look closely you can see two of our dogs, Wylie, the World’s Most Relaxed Ridgeback, and Babe, a little black spaniel Many treats were used to cajole Wylie off the couch and into the car for this photo.

mustang

I inherited my first Mustang from my grandmother, and I have fond memories of tooling around Sun City with her, as she routinely exceeded the 15 miles per hour speed limit and scared the heck out of the golf cart drivers. Grandma was hell on wheels.

As we move closer to self-driving cars, there is talk that cars will become non-descript black boxes. We’ll board, sit down, and enjoy the ride. Some believe the days of choosing a color or a model are numbered. Car aficionados scoff at such talk, believing that a person’s car is an extension of personality.

What do you think? Will the automobile go the way of the 8-track? Do you have a favorite car? What are your favorite car memories? I’d love to know your thoughts.

 


Pleasure of the Chase is Ann Roberts’ fifteenth novel with Bella Books. An award-winning author, Ann writes general fiction, romance and the Goldie-winning Ari Adams mystery series. Please visit her website at annroberts.net.

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35 thoughts on “Pleasure of the Chase by Ann Roberts (plus a couple of FREE books!)

  1. I can’t believe that we would allow the black box thing to happen. I for one would be devastated to no longer have
    the choice of a blue Challenger or a red one. As for the drawing count me in. Thanks to Ann and all the great writers who put their blood, sweat and probably some tears into their work for all of us to enjoy. Count me in.

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  2. I love the idea behind this book, something totally new and fresh. My favorite car was a mid-70’s Datsun with a green checked roof. It bought me some freedom as well as being the easiest car to find in a parking lot. Thanks for offering up a free book.

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  3. Oh, my first car was a dark metallic green Mustang (with sort of an avocado interior – hey, it was the 70s – what can I say!) … but I think we would be appalled to calculate the real cost – to us and the world – of our devotion to our cars.
    Thanks for the intro to the book … would like to read it! (I’d go for an ebook also if that is easier!)

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  4. I agree, Pat. It would be a sad day, indeed, to have to settle for a black Challenger. Although she would still have her great lines, she’s somehow not as sexy in black.
    I’ve read and enjoyed three of Ms Roberts offerings — Beach Town, The Complete Package, and, Hidden Hearts.
    It would be awesome to win a copy of Pleasure of the Chase.

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  5. I was a huge Nancy Drew fan and dreamed of having a blue roadster like Nancy. Although it never happened, that car is a far cry from a black box self-driving thing.

    Your latest sounds like another great story, Ann, and one way or another I’ll add it to my collection of Ann Roberts books.

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  6. You know I’m a great fan and lover of automobiles. My favorite was the first new car I bought, a 1967 mustang convertible (with a built in 8 track). I kept it for 19 years.

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  7. I just taught the story “Love in L.A.” where the main character considers his ’56 Buick being free from dings and scratches to be a major accomplishment. Cars say so much about who we are and thus translates to who our characters are. Do they drive a stick or an automatic? Prius or Hummer? What a character drives can reveal so very much! I’m looking forward to reading your book, Ann!

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  8. Oh, very fun! I drove a ‘vette in high school. A Chevette. ;). I did love the car, it was manual transmission and took me everywhere I needed to go.

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  9. Looking forward to read this book. My first memory of a car was Dad’s red Valiant with push button transmission. My first car was a Duster that had no heat. It was a constant fight to keep a thermostat working in that car. The garage guys just shook their heads so I bought a big Air Force Parka and had lots of blankets. 🙂

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  10. Have owned a 67 and a 68 Mustang but my favorite was a new 88 GT 5.0, white with a red pin stripe that went very fast. My first was a used 49 DeSoto sedan. Have your book on my “to buy” list.

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  11. Love cars and love her books! The 1st car I bought myself was a ’68 Camaro. My partner bought a ’68 Mustang. We thought we were so cool!

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  12. I grew up with Corvettes and Street Rods so I can’t wait to read this book! I have a 1960 Nomad sitting in the garage 😉

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  13. I hope even with self-driving cars, there will be those rebels who want to retain control of their vehicles at least some of the time. I have a favorite car story.
    My Mother used to get a new Oldsmobile almost every 5 years. (My Dad worked on for GM in Chicago, IL so they got cars at cost!) Anyway, she loved to drive, liked big engines and speed. My Dad didn’t drive at all. She got a new Cutlass in 1966 or 1968. It was white with a red interior and a 454 engine.
    I was 9 or so. We were at a stop light on the South Side of Chicago and this teenaged boy pulls up in a older car and starts revving his engine at the light. I was in the front seat and looked over at him. My Ma smiled at me. The light turned green and she took off. I looked back we were almost a block away and the kid was still revving his engine.
    My Ma had the biggest grin on her face, that said SEE….girls CAN do anything better than boys!! I laughed the whole way home.

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  14. Oh, put me in the drawing.
    My favorite car I’ve owned was a manual 1981 BMW 320i, that I had before people knew what a BMW was.

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  15. My first car was a mini only being 4’10” indexed a cushion to see over the dashboard, but could park nearly anywhere . Please count me in. Looking forward to reading the book when it’s available

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  16. Count me in the drawing please. As for the future of cars … well, it seems people are more interested in doing multiple things when driving (especially texting), so it’s possible we’ll lose “manual” cars, but as someone else commented, there will always be “rebels” plus it’s a long way in the future, by then I may be past caring.

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  17. I love this concept. Something I’ve never heard of. And you nailed it with the Mustang choice. I’d love a classic one from the 60s. I think there will always be specialty cars as long as there are people with enough money to buy them. Not everyone wants to do the cookie cutter thing. Very cool idea for a book. Kudos to you. I really hope it does well.

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  18. My first car was a Simca…that’s right, Simca. ‘Twas a looking time ago and I cannot even recall the color but I know it was stick. Yum, another Ann Roberts story. Can’t wait!

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  19. sounds like a fun read! my favorite car is a ford falcon station wagon (in green!) but i still haven’t gotten it yet!

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  20. Okay, seems like I am the minority here but I see myself enjoying the convenience of the black box for intercity commuting and the dream vehicle for getting out of town or pleasure driving. Just got caught up on all the Ari books so looking forward to this new book by Ann.

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