Guest Post: The Stealth Knights by Gail Barrett + Giveaway

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Gail in the Pyrenees Mountains

Today, we at at BLI are really pleased to welcome author Gail Barrett for a guest post about her latest work. She’s already authored a host of award-winning romances in the romantic suspense subgenre. Please show her a warm welcome as she chats a bit about the worldwide background research and inspirations for her stories and characters.


Thank you so much for inviting me to chat! I’m honored and thrilled to be here. I’m especially excited since so many of you live in Europe, which is the setting for my new miniseries for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, The Stealth Knights.

Despite their medieval-sounding name, the Stealth Knights are a very modern — and unconventional — group of heroes. Here’s how they came about. I was hoping to create an open-ended series without a set number of books — something I could add to as inspiration struck. I also wanted to have some overlapping characters, but not so many that people would have to read the books in a particular order. I’m always disappointed when I pick up a book I think I’ll enjoy, only to discover that I’ve come in halfway through the series and don’t know who everyone is.

And while I love special ops or law-enforcement heroes, I didn’t want to take the traditional route and base the series on a fictitious military, police, or detective agency. Truthfully, I’ve always been more intrigued by men who don’t obey the rules — those darker, murkier characters who follow their own moral principles, meting out justice as they see fit. So I decided to go against the norm and invent a more offbeat group, a secretive, loosely affiliated association of thieves, spies, and rogues who operate in that gray area between right and wrong — usually outside the law. Of course, since these are romantic heroes, they really are the good guys, albeit in a less obvious way.

Stealth Knights logo

Harlequin loved the idea. They named the group The Stealth Knights and gave them slogan: “The Stealth Knights: powerful, passionate heroes with their own code of law.” They also created a cool little “flash” logo which consists of a shield with swords.

And that brings me back to Europe, or more specifically, the Pyrenees Mountains, where I decided to set the books. I chose that location for purely selfish reasons, I admit. I love it that area. In my opinion, it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth. And since I will shamelessly seize any opportunity I can to travel there, needing to conduct “research” gives me the perfect excuse. (Honestly, who doesn’t get inspired by all that wine?)

So far, there are two books in the series — High Risk Reunion, which came out in November 2011 and High-Stakes Affair, which is out right now. They both take place in an old world, Pyrenees Mountain kingdom called País Vell. Centuries ago, País Vell conquered its neighbor, Reino Antiguo, which the people of Reino Antiguo still resent. They’ve formed a separatist movement to win back their independence any way they can.

The hero of High-Stakes Affair is not only a rebel from Reino Antiguo, he’s the most infamous of them all — “el Fantasma,” a Robin Hood-type thief adored by his people and the sworn enemy of the crown. Of course, the heroine, Princess Paloma Vergara, isn’t aware of that. She needs Dante’s help to break into a casino and confiscate some incriminating blackmail evidence that could damage her family and provoke dangerously violent unrest. What she doesn’t know is that she’s about to hand their worst enemy the power to bring them down.

I had so much fun writing these first two books — and can’t wait to take another research trip. I hope you enjoy the series and love these heroes as much as I do!

Where to find Gail:
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High-Stakes Affair by Gail Barrett

“You’re stuck with me, princess.”

With her country on the brink of unrest, loyal Princess Paloma Vergara escapes the security of the palace walls to protect her family. To eliminate the threat of blackmail against her brother, the heir to the Vergara legacy, she must enlist the help of an ex-con with a very special set of skills.

Dante Quevedo has his own dark agenda: avenge his sister’s death. Teaming up with the royal beauty makes revenge all the easier to claim. Until they stumble upon a terrorist plot that leaves them with no one but each other to trust…

Find it at:
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Read an excerpt of High-Stakes Affair


Gail has generously offered an e-book copy of High-Stakes Affair to one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about the post, or tell us: what’s your favorite type of hero (dark, intense, brooding, noble, nerdy, humorous, etc)?
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you (valid email in comment form is OK).

This Giveaway is open to all.

Giveaway ends on Saturday, March 17, 2012; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Alisha

Alisha, the bespectacled and ever nerdy California girl, simply won't leave home without a book in hand. She loves language learnin' and is working toward becoming a bonafide grammar ninja. On any given day you'll find her haunting local libraries or baking scores of cupcakes and sweet treats.

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  • Marika Weber March 7, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Hi Gail! I love HQN Romantic Suspense and for some reason, this has escaped me.

    For me personally, I like the brooding, intense hero. But I like him protective and tender towards the heroine.

    Marika Weber

  • Gail Barrett March 7, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Hi Marika! Thanks so much for stopping by to chat!!! I love brooding heroes, too. That dark intensity and drive is VERY appealing:))) I think that’s why I’ve gravitated toward writing and reading suspense, because it lends itself to my favorite type of hero.

  • aurian March 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Thank you for the guestpost! Your idea really sounds very interesting, but I am a little bit disappointed it doesn’t take place in the here and now, but in an imagined kingdom. Is this more historical romance, or fantasy?

    • Gail Barrett March 7, 2012 at 10:11 am

      It absolutely DOES take place in the here and now. This is contemporary, not historical. The government is still a monarchy, but the people want a democracy. There have recently been uprisings, much as what we are seeing in the Middle East. The heroine wants to reform the government and give the people the freedom they want, but her father is old fashioned and still wants absolute control. Does that make sense? This is not fantasy, and it is definitely not a historical:)))) I hope you’ll give it a chance!

  • JOYE March 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Sounds like an interesting concept for your Stealth Knights book. I like heroes who are confident and have a sense of humor about life. And he has to be tall

    • Gail Barrett March 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Thanks, Joye! I agree about the height. I know it sounds silly, but I’m 5’10”, so I want to read about a hero that makes me feel sheltered and protected. And I KNOW that there are tons of fantastic men who are shorter — and quite able to protect their women — but in my fantasy, the guy has to be taller than I am. So never fear, my heroes are always tall:))))

  • Na March 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    The Stealth Knights sounds so interesting, and yes I did initially think it came from Medieval times. I like all kinds of heroes but usually gravitate toward the dark types, though I do want them to have a sense of humor.

    • Gail Barrett March 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      Na, I think the name itself (Stealth Knights) and the sword and shield give the impression that this is a historical/Medieval series, but it’s not. On the other hand, most of the villages in that part of the world do come from Medieval times, so I don’t really mind the insinuation. I love strolling through those ancient villages!!!!!

  • StacieD March 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I love a dark and tortured hero. He has closed himself off from his feelings. I like it when they are a little cranky too. I like to see the right love interest come along who breaks down his barriers.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

    • Gail Barrett March 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Exactly right, Stacie. Not only cranky and closed off from his feelings, but he often mistakes the origen of those feelings. It is very satisfying to have him realize in the end what is keeping him from seizing the love he deserves:))) I think the hero’s growth is really what keeps us reading romance novels!

  • bn100 March 8, 2012 at 3:03 am

    I like a dark, brooding, tortured hero.

    • Gail Barrett March 8, 2012 at 6:36 am

      You and me both, BN:))) Thanks so much for stopping by!!!!

  • Filia Oktarina March 8, 2012 at 4:35 am

    I like a dark and tortured hero. But he must have sense of humour to, and a bit dangerous.

    • Gail Barrett March 8, 2012 at 6:38 am

      Hi Filia! Some stories don’t lend themselves to humor, so I think that if it isn’t possible to show that side of him, we must at least see that he has a tender side. But a sense of humor is definitely very attractive!

  • sienny March 8, 2012 at 7:44 am

    my favorite kind of hero is tall, dark, dangerous, with a touch of vulnerability and romantic. a sense of humor is always welcome, and if he comes in loaded it would definitely a plus 😀

    • Gail Barrett March 8, 2012 at 7:51 am

      I can’t argue with that, Sienny:).

  • erinf1 March 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Thanks for a great post and giveaway! This book sounds awesome! I ran over to amazon and added it to my wishlist 🙂

    I would love a tall, witty, sarcastic, romantic and intelligent hero. Tall order I know 🙂 Doesn’t have to be handsome but confidence makes up for not having model looks.

    • Gail Barrett March 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Thanks, Erin! I hope you enjoy the story!!!!!

  • Yadira A. March 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    My favorite type of hero is dark, intense, brooding, noble, nerdy, humorous kind… well that might make him slightly bi-polar, so maybe I’ll stick with the intense and noble kind:)

    • Gail Barrett March 9, 2012 at 6:44 am

      Intense and noble work for me, Yadira!!! My heroes don’t tend to be funny simply because of their situations, but they definitely would have a sense of humor in lighter times:)))

  • MJB March 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    This book looks great. I love, love, love my heroes to be dark and broody on the outside, but soft and mushy on the inside. But you have to go through a lot growly, husky sounds whispered in your ears to get there. Yum!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

    • Gail Barrett March 10, 2012 at 6:30 am

      I couldn’t have said it better myself:)))) That sounds like the ideal hero to me!!!!

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