An exclusive excerpt from Karina Halle’s upcoming release “Racing the Sun” + book giveaway!

by Maryse on July 14, 2015 · 65 comments

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You guys know Karina Halle is one of my absolute favorite authors, and even though I originally fell in love with her… “horror-romance series” I just love that she’s writing so much contemporary romance, too!

Racing the Sun: A Novel is her latest upcoming release (it will be out in just a couple of weeks!!) but I have a fun excerpt for y’all right now.

But first… what’s this one about?

Racing the Sun: A Novel <— From the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of  Where Sea Meets Sky comes a new adult novel about a young woman who becomes a nanny in Capri and falls for her charges’ bad-boy brother.

When I’m traveling, I feel like the secret to my life, to myself, to really becoming, is one step ahead. It’s in the next destination, the next town I get lost in, the next stranger I talk to. It’s always next but never here . . . 

After six months of backpacking and soul-searching across the world, Amber MacLean is flat broke. There are worse places for a twentysomething to be stuck than the Amalfi Coast, but the only way she can earn enough money for a plane ticket home to California is to teach English to two of the brattiest children she has ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, the young master of the crumbling villa tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

When her position turns into a full-time nanny gig, Amber grows dangerously closer to the enigmatic recluse. But can she give up the certainty of home for someone whose closely guarded heart feels a world apart from her own?

You can check out the first post in this excerpt chain over at Heroes and Heartbreakers!

Read on for part 2…  This is the Blue Grotto scene from the middle of the book… Blue grotto huh? *waggles eyebrows* Tee hee!!! :P

He takes my hand and we walk over to a locked gate, which he helps me climb over, lifting me up like I weigh noth­ing at all. We walk down steps carved into the rock and stop at the end. There are no stairs leading down into the water, which seems deeper and darker than I imagined. It’s one of those jump-in-or-don’t-get-in-at-all situations.

Now, I’m not afraid of the sea the way Derio is, but I’m also not a fan of deep water, especially when I can’t see to the bottom.

“Is this safe?” I ask him as he takes off his shorts, revealing his buck-nakedness underneath. I blink at his penis because it’s such a wonderful but unexpected sight. It even seems to grow under my watchful gaze.

“It is as safe as anything,” he says, gesturing to my dress for me to take it off. “Hurry, we only have so much time before the first boat shows up.”

“You don’t want them to catch you naked.”

He gives me a cocky look. “I don’t mind if they catch me naked. I might give a little old lady a thrill. But we could get in trouble and I don’t want that to happen to you.”

I can’t argue with that. I tear my eyes off his body, not surprised that he’s not the slightest bit bashful about it, and take off my dress, tucking it under his shorts on the platform. I can’t even see the entrance to the grotto from here; it’s just nothing but steep rock.

“I’ll jump if you jump,” he says, gripping my hand tighter. He smiles and his face looks so bright against the grainy light. It seals the deal.


Uno, due, tre,” he counts down.

And then we jump.

The icy water surrounds us and my first reaction is to kick for the surface. I let out a little yelp as my head breaks through and I stare right at Derio’s grinning face, his wet hair flopped over on his forehead, making him look a little like Elvis.

He lets out two hoots and pulls me close to him. We are still close to the rocks, though I’m not sure how we’re going to get back on the steps since the platform seems so high above the water now that we’re in it. I make the mistake of looking down between us. Beyond the pale white of our legs treading in the navy blue, the bottom remains dark and mysterious and out of reach. The cliffs must go straight down.

“Come on,” he says, pulling me along. We swim toward the opposite rock face and only then do I noticed the tiny entrance to our right. The hole to the cave is even smaller than I thought. I’m surprised a boat would even be able to pass through it. I can see why in rough seas, going in there wouldn’t be an option.

Once we’re at the mouth of the cave, Derio leaps upward out of the water and grabs hold of a chain that threads along the roof of the cave entrance. He pulls it down and tells me to hold on. “This is meant to guide gondoliers in and out of the cave. The water is not rough so you do not need it but it might make you feel better.” The fact that he’s holding on tells me I should do the same.

“Are you ready?” he asks.

Don’t forget to check out Natasha is a Book Junkie tomorrow for the next episode in the RACING THE RELEASE excerpt chain, and follow along with all the other stops for the full RACING THE SUN excerpt. There’s some steam coming – promise!

Now for the giveaway:

How to enter for a chance to win a print copy of Racing the Sun? Just leave a comment below, and by 10pm EST, Sunday July 19th 2015, I will randomly select ONE winner for the prize above.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent to the winner directly by the publisher.

Giveaway open to US & Canada only, although all are welcome to comment!

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Author Karina Halle


Karina Halle is the New York Times bestselling author of Where Sea Meets SkyThe PactLove in English, and other wild and romantic reads. A former travel writer and music journalist, she lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails, and devours a lot of books. 

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{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

Teri July 14, 2015 at 8:49 AM

Yayyy. I just finished Where Sea Meets Sky and had a feeling Amber would get a book. WSMS was magnificent and I’m so looking forward to Racing The Sun!!!

Jacqueline July 14, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Oh, I can’t wait for this book! It’s been burning a hole in my 1-click finger for months on my Wishlist. Thanks for the chance.

Tina July 14, 2015 at 9:07 AM

Awesome, Thank You for the giveaway. I love Karina’s books.

MichelleS July 14, 2015 at 9:17 AM

First, how cute os she? And second – I totally agree – loved Dex and Perry, but also love her contemporary stuff. And last…. the cover of Love, in Spanish (with Mateo)…. my all time favorite hot guy cover! (Yay for a chance to win a copy of her new book). :-)

Nancy Parken July 14, 2015 at 10:10 AM

I would just love to win!!!!!!

Cheryl July 14, 2015 at 10:26 AM

Karina Halle is one of my favorite authors too!! Thanks!

Cheryl July 14, 2015 at 10:39 AM

Have been wondering why this series costs so much more than her previous books?

Wendy Racine July 14, 2015 at 10:56 AM

This sounds so good! I can’t wait to read it :)

Hazel B. July 14, 2015 at 11:29 AM

I can’t wait for this one. It sounds so good. Boy do I love her books.

Kassandra Zamora July 14, 2015 at 11:29 AM

I have not read a single Karina Halle book I haven’t fallen in love with! This will probably be no different! :D

AngieG July 14, 2015 at 1:18 PM

I love Karina! Thanks for the chance to win!

Mindi July 14, 2015 at 1:26 PM

I want to win!!!!

Stacy P July 14, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Looking forward to reading Racing the Sun. Karina Halle is one of my favorite authors. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Amanda July 14, 2015 at 3:54 PM

Love this author! Can’t wait to start this series.

Michelle Harlan July 14, 2015 at 4:46 PM

I am so excited about this book. I love Karina Halle’s romances!

Joy July 14, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Maryse…. I’ve been completely immersed in Fearless the past few days, did you finish it?? I completely LOVED it!!! I’ve now started Price of Angels!!!

Maria Malaveci July 14, 2015 at 4:56 PM

Thanks so much for the chance Maryse!!!!

Katie Lowden July 14, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Thanks so much for the chance, would love to read this! Great series!! :)

Cassandra July 14, 2015 at 5:13 PM

Cant wait to dig into this! Thanks for the chance

Ana Rodriguez July 14, 2015 at 5:14 PM

I really can’t wait for this, Karina’s writing is amazing and with this series if books she has taken us around the world.

I love it!

Selenity Jade July 14, 2015 at 5:15 PM

I can’t wait for this book! ^_^

Myisha Davis July 14, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Can’t wait for this thanks for the chance

Erica Stranahan July 14, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Karina Halle’s book are phenomenal!!! I seriously can not wait for this book! Thank you so much for the chance to win this amazing book! Love you Karina Halle!!!

Heather H July 14, 2015 at 5:33 PM

Thanks for the chance! I’m looking forward to reading this book. I love Karina’s books. She is so talented.

peggy burnaine July 14, 2015 at 5:38 PM

Love her books! Good luck all

bn100 July 14, 2015 at 6:04 PM

sounds different

Gisselle Adorno July 14, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Thanks for the chance!!would love to read this book!!

Heidi Hines July 14, 2015 at 6:40 PM

I have been waiting for Racing the Sun since Karina first began talking about it! SOOO cannot wait

Niki July 14, 2015 at 6:43 PM

I can’t wait to read this book! I love Karina Halle’s writing, and I love Italy, so what can be better than a book that combines both! I went to Italy a few years ago, and it was an absolutely amazing experience. We traveled throughout the country with close family friends from there, and that was the best way to experience everything- the food, the culture, the sites. Racing the Sun looks like it will incorporate all of the beauty that is Italy.

Andi M. July 14, 2015 at 6:56 PM

I’m so excited to read this book! I’ve loved all the books I’ve read by Karina.

Teresa H. July 14, 2015 at 7:31 PM

Karina Halle is one of my top favorite authors too. Great giveaway!

Kristy Petree July 14, 2015 at 7:37 PM

I love Karina’s books! Thanks for the chance; I know I’ll love this one, too.

Miria Ardizzi July 14, 2015 at 8:02 PM

WOW can’t wait for this….so so excited….can’t wait to read what happens in bella Italia….ahh….la bella vita for sure!!!! <3

Kim Perry July 14, 2015 at 8:30 PM

I can’t wait to read this! I love Karina’s books!

Kristen K. July 14, 2015 at 9:13 PM

I’m excited!!!

Jodie L. July 14, 2015 at 9:51 PM

I love Karina’s books! Can’t wait for this one.

Michelle F July 14, 2015 at 10:21 PM

Karina Halle is another author I started reading after your recommendations about the EIT series. She’s become one of my absolute favorites and I think I’ve read all her books so far. Love her writing!

Heather July 14, 2015 at 11:20 PM

Sounds amazing!!! I can’t wait to read it!!!

Jennifer July 15, 2015 at 12:54 AM

I’m so excited for this book! I have horrible luck but I hope I win! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

Bianca Thaci July 15, 2015 at 3:30 AM

grrrr I can’t wait to read it!! I loved WSMS and now I neeed to read her story!!! ♥

Jessica Mobbs July 15, 2015 at 4:10 AM

Thanks for the chance! I love Karina Halle!

Tami July 15, 2015 at 4:37 AM

Cant wait to read Racing the Sun. I love Karina’s books !!

Laura July 15, 2015 at 6:48 AM

Karina Halle is my favorite author (even if I can never remember how to pronounce her last name!)! From her EIT series, which you, Maryse, turned me on to, to every contemporary she has written! I can’t wait for Amber’s story!

Chantelle Larson July 15, 2015 at 7:01 AM

I love reading!!!! Yay!!!!

jenn July 15, 2015 at 7:46 AM

Karina Halle is one of my favorite authors…….thanks for the giveaway

Dawn M. July 15, 2015 at 7:56 AM

This looks great! Thanks for a chance to win.

Kristine R July 15, 2015 at 8:38 AM

I’m really looking forward to reading this. Perfect book for summer vacation.

Tiffany Mastro July 15, 2015 at 8:39 AM

I Can’t wait to read this! All of Karina’s books are awesome! Thanks for the Chance! :)

Diana Merse July 15, 2015 at 9:33 AM

Thanks for the chance!

Constance July 15, 2015 at 6:58 PM

I love everything Karina Halle has written! Such a great story teller.

MJ Fryer July 15, 2015 at 7:04 PM

I love Karina Halle and honestly can’t wait for Racing The Sun. I find her books truly warm my soul.

Thanks so much for the chance!

Erika July 15, 2015 at 9:34 PM

I love Karina Halle! Excited to read this series now! Obsessed with EIT series! Thank you!

Amanda C July 15, 2015 at 11:30 PM

Hiii! I’m so excited to read this book, it looks amazing. Crossing my fingers! Xx

Jackie July 16, 2015 at 6:54 AM

There is only one Karina Halle! She’s it for me-thank you!

K Paradis July 16, 2015 at 9:16 AM

Karina Halle was 1st introduced to me by your blog. She quickly became one of my favorite authors with TAT. Would love to win. She has a knack for transporting readers right into the pages.

Michelle Harlan July 16, 2015 at 1:40 PM

I read Karina Halle’s The Pact & was hooked! It was my favorite book of 2014. Since then, I’ve started working my way through her backlist. Now she’s an auto-buy!

Cindy Myers July 16, 2015 at 2:08 PM

I totally love Karina Halle and every single one of her books. She’s one of the top authors I will 1-click all the time. Thank you for the chance and good luck to everyone.

Lacey Thach July 16, 2015 at 3:20 PM

So excited for this book!

Faye July 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM

I’m a huge fan of Karina Halle’s writing, and I’m really looking forward to reading her latest!! Thanks!

Sophie Crissman July 17, 2015 at 8:16 AM

This book sounds so good!!

Vika S July 17, 2015 at 11:56 AM


Jennifer C July 18, 2015 at 3:24 PM

I would love love love to win/read this book! It sounds great!

Zandalee July 19, 2015 at 1:30 AM

Wooo! I love that excerpt! :D I’ve been dying to read RtS since I finished WSMS. I too am loving Karina’s latest contemporary novels. xx

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